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Thatch Cottage

Buckland Newton, Dorset (Ref. 1044627)


(12 ratings)

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Open fire
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Highchair available

Reviews & Ratings

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12 Customer Reviews

  • "It could have been cleaner as we had to clean the upstairs toilet ourselves the ..."

    It could have been cleaner as we had to clean the upstairs toilet ourselves the windows in the bedrooms are thick with dirt and the conservatory windows spoilt any views as they are all blown, I think the money charged should have at least provided a clean environment however the cottage itself is a beautiful building which just needs some tlc

    Reviewed by CaroleMay 2022

  • "Cottage in a lovely setting."

    Steps inside which were not easy to see because of dark floor coverings. Could be a Health & Safety issue. Felt edge of steps should have visible markings. Apart from that everything was fine. Plenty of space for our group of 5 adults & 1 toddler.

    Reviewed by SueMay 2022

  • "Stunning cottage and location, it’s an old building which we loved but it does need some work especially the conservatory windows which take away from the gorgeous countryside views."

    . it could also benefit from a really good clean .. we had a lovely week, I especially want to say how well kept the garden was and I loved time sitting and exploring a beautiful space..

    Reviewed by MaureenMay 2022

  • "Such a lovely cottage, well-appointed, fantastic spacious gardens, Jake our ES Spanial loved it as well, the living room with lovely open fireplace, the conservatory, I could go on."

    Three things to be aware of - 1 - There are 2 cottages on the opposite side of the lane, so not completely isolated at the front, but in many ways, I think that's a good thing. 2 - There is Freeview TV and DVD players but no SKY, which wasn't a big issue. 3 - The broadband is supplied via an EE SIM HUB in the front porch and really only covers the living and dining rooms, don't stay here to do in-depth research for your next book :-), I tended to use my iPhone for Internet access as a hub to my tablet. None of these things has in any way put us off returning to this fantastic cottage in the near future. PS- Honey from the left-hand cottage, eggs, logs, kindling, etc from the right-hand cottage, both are lovely families. Adrian, Sandra & Jake May 23, 22

    Reviewed by AdrianMay 2022

  • "Ignore the negative comments about this property."

    It is a lovely house set in a beautiful location. The house was lovely and warm, and still had the Christmas decorations up, which made it feel extra special. Really can't fault this property at all.

    Reviewed by ADec 2021

  • "The thatch has not been replaced in twenty years."

    (The original Thatcher visited during our stay). The flying insect population is higher than would be anticipated as a consequence.

    Reviewed by JohnOct 2021

  • "The cottage was already dirty on arrival, dead flies on the windowsills, dusty surfaces."

    Above all, when we opened the cupboard in the kitchen for a chopping board, we found that it was growing a big mould. Therefore we couldn't use the other chopping boards as they were stacked together and it wasn't our job to start cleaning all the chopping boards. We really hoped for more in terms of cleanliness especially during a covid pandemic. The kitchen and upstairs bathroom didn't even have handsoap, and we had to go and purchase these ourselves as well as the chopping board.

    Reviewed by AlvinJul 2021

  • "Delightful thatched cottage with extensive and well maintained gardens."

    Excellent facilities. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by PhilipJun 2021

  • "The owners describe the cottage well and it totally suited our requirements for an away from it all holiday."

    It is an old country cottage so don't expect state-of-the-art showers and fast wifi. Do expect a spacious, well equipped and quiet house. One good thing we hadn't expected was the big utility room. With direct access from the garden, it was ideal to keep the dog separate when he was wet/muddy. The fridge and freezer are big enough for a week's shop, if like us, you have a grocery delivery at the start of your holiday. We will probably return to explore more of Dorset.

    Reviewed by YvonneMay 2021

  • "Thatched Cottage, on the website, looks exactly like the typical old-world cottage associated with the English countryside."

    Not only does Thatched Cottage match its website picture but its interior facilities and general comfort exceed what one might expect from a converted wattle and cob shepherd's dwelling from the 1730s. Its kitchen has all necessary appliances and is well supplied with glass, china and cutlery. The bedrooms aren't large but adequate--given the age of the cottage--but the conservatory extension has a double pull-out sofa bed which serves to supplement the beds in the main cottage. The attractive small garden runs up via some fruit trees and a swing over a tapering lawn to a small old statue of a young woman with a bouquet of flowers at the top. During our springtime April stay, the lawn was carpeted with wild primrose and cowslip and the garden beds were full of daffodils. Over the hedge from the front garden, a narrow mostly car-free road--Spring Grove--leads to access roads. Opposite Thatched Cottage two other C19th houses sell free-range eggs and honey. From the back of Thatched Cottage the view extends down over wide fields, in which surrounding birdsong is punctuated by an occasional pheasant call towards Buckland Newton which has a well-stocked village shop selling daily newspapers and the Goose & Gaggle serving good pub lunches outside. Thatched Cottage has many houses and gardens within easy reach, with the historic town of Sherborne about 30 mins to the north and Dorchester the same distance south. Further south the Dorset fossil coast, with famous Lullworth Cove and Durdle Door, is within easy reach for a day trip.

    Reviewed by HugoApr 2021

  • "The cleaning was not up to scratch, see my email."

    This is very important at the moment though normally I wouldn't care. First question above: I would recommend the cottage but probably not the company as this is pretty well irrelevant to most punters and I have no experience of Sykes other than dealings over this single booking. Don't care whether you publish the feedback or not.

    Reviewed by MargaretOct 2020

  • "Absolutely amazing chilled out best places to visit so peaceful would recommend ..."

    Absolutely amazing chilled out best places to visit so peaceful would recommend a hot tub and loungers to lye on in fabulous weather Kitchen and conservatory needs update and sofas But what an amazing listed building cottage wildlife and views definitely book there again

    Reviewed by LynnJul 2020

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor double bedroom, 1 x double bedroom with en-suite, 1 x twin bedroom
  • Ground-floor family bathroom with shower over bath, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen/dining room
  • Utility
  • Dining Room
  • Sitting room with open fire
  • Conservatory
  • Oil central heating and open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x TV, DVD Player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power rent
  • Small basket of logs supplied for winter lets
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgate, travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed lawns with stream, garden bench, wooden swing
  • Two small or one medium well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking allowed
  • Shop 1.2 miles, pub within 0.8 miles
  • Note: there is a £21 pet charge per pet, per week
  • Note: There is an additional pull out double sofa bed in the conservatory and a trundle bed available in the twin bedroom upon request before arrival

The property

Thatch Cottage is a traditional chocolate-box, thatched cottage with beautiful large gardens, tucked off the road with spectacular countryside views.

Located in the quiet village of Buckland Newton, between Sherborne and Dorchester, this quaint bolthole promises to be that wonderful holiday to Dorset that you have been dreaming of.

This charming accommodation is set over two floors and is full of character with original features and exposed beams, complemented by plush furnishings to ensure a welcoming space to return to at the end of each day.

Enter through the front door into the sitting room, where you can look forward to snuggling up on the sofa and getting lost within a good book, whilst the open crackles in the background.

A traditional kitchen with dining area set off with a tiled floor comes complete with everything you could possibly need to create a delicious meal, which can be enjoyed within the separate dining room.

There is a spacious conservatory with far-reaching views across the meadows, with two sofas and a TV, offering an alternative space for the family to relax.

As the evening draws to a close, look forward to catching your rest within one the three well-presented bedrooms, each boasting plush furnishings and plenty of storage space.

The ground-floor double bedroom has wonderful countryside views, chairs and table, perfect for additional family members wanting additional space to relax.

Adjacent to this room is the family bathroom with shower over bath, basin and WC.

Climbing the stairs will bring you to two bedrooms where you can relax and unwind after a busy day exploring Dorset, comprising of one twin bedroom and one double bedroom, boasting stunning countryside views has the benefit of its very own en-suite.

Step outside into the substantial sized gardens, with a lovely country outlook, a small stream running along one side of the garden, outdoor furniture and a wooden swing for the children, this is the perfect place to sit back and relax.

Thatch Cottage accepts two small or one medium well-behaved dogs, so you can bring your pets on holiday with you and enjoy long country walks with them.

The nearby village of Buckland Newton is well-served by a small local village shop and the Gaggle of Geese pub, where both children and dogs are very welcome.

Alternatively, a scenic drive will take you north to the ancient market town of Sherborne with its wide range of independent shops, historic buildings, cultural events and festivals.

Travel 10.7 miles south and this will take you to the ancient roman town of Dorchester, the county town of Dorset.

Dorchester has some of the country’s best-preserved Roman remains, a beautiful river walk and a good selection of tearooms and coffee shops for you to watch the world go by.

Further afield you have Weymouth with its perfect sandy beach, promising to be a great family day out, whether you are lazing on the sands or walking the sublime coastline.

Thatch Cottage is the ideal property for your holiday providing a relaxing retreat in a countryside setting where you can escape from reality and reconnect with loved ones.

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About the location


Dorchester 12 miles; Sherborne 12 miles.

The West Dorset village of Buckland Newton, and its seven surrounding hamlets including Brockhampton, is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Blackmore Vale, and at the head of the quaintly named Piddle Valley. The village is 12 miles south of historic Sherborne and 12 miles north of Thomas Hardy's Dorchester. Locally there are lovely scenic walks to be had, while a visit to nearby ancient Cerne Abbas is not to be missed, with its instantly recognisable chalk giant and numerous tea rooms and inns serving real ales and good food. Alternatively, travel south to the memorable Dorset Jurassic Coast, now a designated World Heritage Site, where many sandy beaches await you and provide visitors with great facilities for all kinds of water sports. Weymouth offers golden sandy beaches and a bustling harbour from which you can take a day trip to the Channel Islands. A short drive from here takes you to Portland Harbour and the rugged “Isle” of Portland, which is linked to Weymouth by dramatic Chesil Beach. With fascinating Sherborne and bustling Dorchester also just a short drive away, you really are spoilt for choice in this lovely part of Dorset.

Region Information

Please note there is a step from the front door to the sitting room, step from the sitting room leading to the hallway, step from the hall to utility room and a step up to dining room.
There is a rope hand rail for the stair banisters.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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