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The Old Smithy

Dottery near Bridport, Dorset (Ref. 924953)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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35 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Clean and very well equipped. Beds were especially comfortable. It was like a home from home. We had a fab week exploring Dorset and enjoyed relaxing in the cottage in the evenings. Definitely would stay again.

    Reviewed by NicoleFeb 2022

  • "We had an enjoyable week in the warm, clean and comfortable cottage."

    Would come again. Great area too.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJan 2022

  • "Well-equipped, comfortable cottage."

    Ideally situated for exploring the Jurassic coast area.

    Reviewed by KathrynSep 2021

  • "The cottage was very cosy but the lane outside was surprisingly busy with tractors moving up and down frequently, I understand that it was harvesting time so this is to be expected."

    The TV and internet were intermittent which was a little disappointing. Altogether though we had a great holiday and would definitely return to the area at some time in the future.

    Thanks for the feedback. We are sorry to hear that the TV & internet were intermittent during your visit. We have had a local company reposition and upgrade the TV Aerial digital system and there is now excellent TV Reception. SSE is our Internet provider and they have provided us with a new ASDL Filter box and a new cable. We have used these new items and I was able to stream live Football onto our iPad without any drop outs and our internet browsing was consistent; so hopefully this has corrected this issue. David & Wendy (The Owners) Property Owner

    Reviewed by KarenAug 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    A good base for exploring the surrounding areas. Everything provided you could possibly want in the cottage. Would recommend highly.

    Reviewed by JoanneAug 2021

  • "The lane was busier than we would have expected, so caution is required when exiting the drive."

    Very pleasant seating area at the top of the garden which catches the sun all day.

    Reviewed by RogerJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful stay in probably the best equipped cottage we have ever stayed in."

    Plenty of kitchen equipment, games, books, CDs and DVDs available; spotlessly clean and warm and cosy. The cottage is perfectly located for exploring the coastal towns and villages and the beautiful beaches in the area. Hive beach was our favourite beach locally. The cottage is on a fairly narrow country road and we were a little surprised at the fairly constant stream of farm traffic up and down the lane, travelling at some speed. it is not a major issue as such but something to be aware of if you have small children or dogs. The small garden surrounding the Old Smithy is enclosed by a low wall and gate. Bridport is a very nice town though the twice weekly market was a little disappointing. There are plenty of good takeaways in Bridport and some fantastic restaurants. We recommend the Seaside Boarding House restaurant at Burton Bradstock, exceptional food and service in beautiful surroundings. We tend not to re-visit places as there is so much of the world to explore however we would have no hesitation in returning to the Old Smithy and thoroughly recommend it.

    Reviewed by LynMay 2021

  • "We loved our stay at this beautiful cottage."

    Spotlessly clean, every detail thought of. Hosts were very helpful pre-arrival with information and advice. Beautiful views from the garden and upstairs windows. Wonderful to wake up to sheep, lambs, trees and stunning scenery. Footpath straight from the front door.

    Reviewed by ShirleyApr 2021

  • "Lovely comfy & well equipped cottage, great location for beach dog friendly cafes & pubs."

    We would stay there again.

    Reviewed by JenniferFeb 2020

  • "Cosy,warm,well equipped and comfortable cottage."

    Excellent rural location.....peaceful most of the time with fabulous views from upstairs. The cottage is on quite a narrow lane and although it is in walking distance of Bridport,personally,I wouldn't want to walk along the lane as sometimes the local traffic whips along at a fair old rate. The only extra piece of equipment I would have liked in the cottage is a slow cooker......but that really is 'nit picking' and is all down to personal preference. All in all 10/10 for location and comfort.

    Reviewed by ShirleyDec 2019

  • "We have been renting cottages, twice a year, all over the UK for more than 13 years and this was one of the nicest yet!"

    It was very comfortable, warm and spotlessly clean and had all the facilities we needed. There were walks right from the door into the beautiful surrounding countryside and the lovely town of Bridport was only a 1.5 mile walk away. We would highly recommend a stay at The Old Smithy.

    Reviewed by ColetteNov 2019

  • "The cottage was well equipped, lacking only a dishwasher."

    The heating was very efficient. The country lane it adjoins was surprisingly busy even late at night with mainly tractors with very bright lights, so blinds fitted to the upstairs bedrooms would be a useful addition.

    Reviewed by RobOct 2019

  • "The lane outside the cottage was very busy and quite noisy even throughout the night."

    Sorry to hear the traffic was busy during that week this is not normally the case. Due to the good weather at that time local the farmer may have taken advantage of this to bring is harvest in before the onset of the wet weather. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CaroleSep 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, just what we wanted."

    We all had a great time, many thanks

    Reviewed by SamAug 2019

  • "What a lovely cottage with amazing views, so quiet and peaceful and had everything you need for your holiday."

    We had a great time and we recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by KellyJul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage, very well equiped with everything including spare light bulbs and torches!"

    Nice small fenced garden area perfect to sit with pets or young children. Close to Bridport and West Bay.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2019

  • "It was like home from home and in a good location close to amenities and still in the country ."

    A great relaxing holiday .

    Reviewed by TerenceMay 2019

  • "Lovely location, very cute cosy house, and very comfortable bed, we had a very nice few days."

    Reviewed by StephenApr 2019

  • "I like the fact that all the properties have detailed write ups on both the accommodation and surrounding areas."

    This cottage was exactly as described and was a joy to stay in. I now use Sykes cottages as my main booking site when looking for a holiday due to the accuracy and ease of use.

    Reviewed by AnneApr 2019

  • "This was our second stay at The Old Smithy and we enjoyed it as much as the first."

    Its an excellent, well-equipped cottage, very clean and comfortable. Its very convenient for exploring the area. This visit we climbed Colmers Hill opposite and loved the footpaths around there.

    Reviewed by KathrynMar 2019

  • "This is a brilliant cottage and was warm and cosy even in January!"

    It is deceptively spacious with plenty of room for the two of us. There is a really good farm shop just a few minutes drive away or supermarkets in nearby Bridport. A short drive to West Bay or Burton Bradstock and perhaps 20 minutes to Dorchester so the property is in a convenient location. It’s actually up a fairly quiet lane so is a restful and relaxing place in which to stay. The property is well equipped and we couldn’t think of anything else we might need. The owner has thoughtfully provided a drawer full of spare bulbs etc all clearly labelled as to what they fit.....we didn’t need to use any of them but it was a nice gesture. Tea and coffee was available but we had brought our own. The slight downside is that the property may be less suitable for anyone with mobility issues as there are steps up to the kitchen and bathroom and of course to the bedrooms. This is pointed out in the property details and wasn’t an issue for us. We would use this cottage again if we return to the area.

    Reviewed by IanJan 2019

  • "We had a great holiday in lovely cottage."

    Only drawback , no loo upstairs but we managed.

    Reviewed by TrevorJul 2018

  • "A very comfortable, well-equipped cottage."

    We would love to go again. Very conveniently situated for visiting a variety of places and closeness to the coastal path. Would recommend it. Our dog liked it too!

    Reviewed by KathrynJun 2018

  • "Another excellent stay at this cottage and the weather was spot on, will definitely book again."

    Reviewed by AlanJun 2018

  • "The cottage is in a stunningly beautiful setting."

    It was extremely well equipped with everything we needed for our stay. It’s location makes it easy to reach other places of interest such as West Bay, Lyme Regis and Bridport. We had a fantastic time there and cannot wait to return. Thank you.

    Reviewed by DeborahMay 2018

  • "Its a fantastic cottage, very clean, its got everything you need, beds are very ..."

    Its a fantastic cottage, very clean, its got everything you need, beds are very comfy, the cottage is surrounded by fields, we didnt want to leave

    Reviewed by FarleyApr 2018

  • "The cottage was very comfortable to return to after a day exploring."

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2017

  • "The cottage was so well appointed & spotless"

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2017

  • "Excellent facilities."

    Could have done with a key to open both front doors. Great location. Not ideal for the elderly but that's my fault for not checking

    Reviewed by GillianJul 2017

  • "Great location, a real home from home."

    Pity there is no garden to speak of but plenty of parks and beaches for the kids to play on. Lovely scenic walks and pubs to try out. You won't regret booking this one!

    Reviewed by KerriJul 2017

  • "The cottage was very good and the location in the countryside was excellent,ideal for walking dog in meadow behind cottage."

    The country lane could get quite busy but plenty of passing points.Most enjoyable.

    Reviewed by AndreJul 2017

  • "We had a fantastic stay, family of 4 and dog!"

    Lovely cottage in a great location and we were made very welcome. It is our 6th visit to Dorset and we will definitely be back to stay at the old smithy!

    Reviewed by RachelFeb 2017

  • "This is a lovely house, very comfy and everything there that you need."

    Very good area and within easy reach of everywhere.. Very enjoyable and good for us travellers with a dog

    Reviewed by SandraDec 2016

  • "Fantastic weeks holiday in a lovely cottage."

    Highly recommend

    Reviewed by MarcusNov 2016

  • "The cottage was beautiful, it was well equipped and in a beautiful location, there was no need to travel far as the coast was only a few miles away and Bridport had everything that we needed."

    a super holiday

    Reviewed by TerenceOct 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV with Freeview and DVD, CD/radio, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Front enclosed garden
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: There are four steps up from the sitting room to the kitchen and bathroom.

The property

An attractive, semi-detached, former farmer's cottage set in a peaceful rural location, close to the tiny West Dorset hamlet of Dottery, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With stunning countryside views across the neighbouring fields, The Old Smithy has been renovated and equipped to a good standard, offering warm and welcoming accommodation for small groups seeking the sights of this stunning area.

The cottage features a wonderful woodburning stove in the comfy sitting room, together with a galley kitchen, a separate dining room, two good-sized bedrooms and a family bathroom to offer plenty of space for your whole group.

Enjoy refreshments outside whilst taking in the charming country views, or take a stroll or cycle along one of the numerous local byways.

This pretty cottage provides visitors with a perfect base for exploring West Dorset, with its picture postcard thatched cottage villages and stunning coastal seascapes.

A short drive will take you to the bustling market town of Bridport, featured in the River Cottage TV series, and no trip to this area is complete without visiting the scenic harbourside village of West Bay, TV’s Broadchurch, a great place to try sea fishing.

Alternatively, take a trip to the historic seaside resort of Lyme Regis, or Weymouth, both easily accessible from this wonderful Dottery cottage.

An idyllic West Dorset country retreat, perfect all year round.

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About the location


Bridport 1.5 miles; Dorchester 17 miles.

Dottery, a tiny hamlet nestling on the edge of West Dorset's Marshwood Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is set amongst a landscape dotted with picturesque villages, stunning scenery and glorious rural views. Only a short distance from the Jurassic Coast, with its dramatic cliffs, breathtaking views and lovely beaches, there is great walking on offer, with coastal trails and countryside paths to choose from. Enjoy one of Dottery's many visitor attractions, or visit the quaint harbours of Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis, with the bustling market town of Bridport, featured in TV's River Cottage series, less than 2 miles away. With plenty to offer visitors, this is a great coastal location, at any time of the year.

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