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Upwey near Weymouth, Dorset Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "We were very pleased with the accommodation."

    High ceilings give it a very large feel. There was 3 bedrooms so no arguments from our 2 sons as they got their own room with a smart tv which they were very happy about as they don’t have one at home. Upwey is a lovely location, watery lane is just that in wet weather but not so bad you can’t drive along it. Quiet location close to amenities. Easy to walk the dog around. We were left essentials like tea, coffee, washing up liquid, hand wash, sponges, toilet roll etc. Dog bowls and poo bags were also provided. We took our own crate but this can be provided I believe if you can’t take one. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Feb 2024

  • "Immaculate, perfectly equipped, comfortable, peaceful and ideally located for both the coast and towns and villages of Dorset."

    Highly recommended

    Thank your letting us know that you enjoyed your stay in Casterbridge, so pleased you had a lovely holiday and hope that you choose to return again in the future, all the best Helen and the team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lovely accommodation for our family in an ideal location."

    Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay, so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at North Manor Meadow, Helen and the team Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Aug 2023

  • "Lovely open plan as essential for mom to get around with her walker, lovely location and quiet but convenient as shops, town restaurants a short distance by car."

    We thought as 2 bedrooms downstairs with bathroom that this would be a wet room or shower but it's an over bath shower with no handrails, not safe enough for mom or us really to shower but we made do. The decking is small so the 6 seater table and chairs can't really be used to full potential. A few maintenance issues we reported split in bath seal found on entry, dishwasher only washed clean on bottom rack, freezer on overdrive and needs defrosting, washer drier not great. But we would stay there again and we did enjoy our break. Reported issues to Helen but we asked for them to be remedied on our exit. With a few upgrades and changes this could reach 5 stars.

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your stay, some of our bathrooms do have a shower over the bath and hopefully the photos do show that it is not a wet room but they are specifically designed non slip shower baths but we can always provide an extra non-slip shower mat if required. We are always happy to answer any questions for guests with any mobility questions and assist with anything that may make your stay more comfortable. The dishwasher has been serviced and the fridge freezer is regularly defrosted so Casterbridge is in excellent condition for our next guests, hope you return to stay with us again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline3.4May 2023

  • "We had a thoroughly enjoyable break."

    Everything was well maintained, clean and decent quality. Property was warm and comfortable. In a peaceful location. Perfect for a weekend getaway.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Feb 2023

  • "The property was ideally situated for local towns and the coast within the beautiful and friendly village of Upwey which has good dog walking opportunities."

    We enjoyed our stay however, the property is essentially part of a little holiday complex and if you want to make friends and share the outside spaces then this is for you. In Casterbridge there is no privacy to be had in the kitchen/lounge/dining room due to a wall of sliding doors facing onto the public area, which screening outside would to some degree solve. Casterbridge is the complete opposite to other 'cottages' we have stayed at, there are no local leaflets, sofa throws or any personal touches with a clinical minimalistic feel and the cleaner waiting outside the cottage at 9:50 creating pressure to be out on the dot!

    Reviewed by Simon & Jacqui4.7Oct 2022

  • "We have used Sykes cottages before and always 5 star reviews left ."

    This time was different . The property was very spacious and comfortable . The location beautiful . Now for the not so good . There were stains on the Pillowcases , Bed Throw and sheets . This was in all 3 Bedrooms . There was a pair of socks left in a drawer in one of the Bedrooms . In the Kitchen the 2 baking trays were encrusted with food . We had gone to celebrate a long weekend for my mothers 90th Birthday so we cooked as it was more practical in the evening than go out . The Kitchen itinerary needs to be added to , it’s quite sparse .

    Reviewed by Shelley3.4Oct 2022

  • "This property has a garden which is fenced of, but the grass is in a poor condition with weeds all over."

    We would normally have let our dog onto it ,but we did not because of its condition. Otherwise every thing was excellent and we will book this unit for next year . The garden is not important too us , but would have been better as artificial grass maintenance free

    Reviewed by Joe4.7Sep 2022

  • "Great place to stay , beautiful location , everything you need"

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2022

  • "Overall, it was a lovely stay and the house was really nice."

    My mother-in-law struggled to use the tumble dryer which was sorted by the manager after we spoke to them but some instructions would have been useful or a drying rack to hang small items of clothing. A mat at the back door would be useful as the children played outside and brought in wet foot prints from the rain or dewy mornings. Finally, we all had one bad night when the neighbours in one of the big houses opposite woke us at 4am and were shouting and talking very loudly out in their garden, presumably having come in late from a party. This was rather irritating considering the signs everywhere about us being considerate to the neighbours, but probably can’t be helped and was hopefully a one off.

    Reviewed by Laura3.4Aug 2022

  • "The cottage was excellent, clean, comfortable, lovely location and the owners very accommodating."

    However if I was to pick anything to pass on it would be the condition of the communal garden. Due to this being over grown to knee height, we were unable to allow the dog have use of the area given a previous reviews that their pets were getting covered in ticks. It would have been nice to have been able to of sat on the grass as the weather was lovely. Otherwise I couldn’t fault this accommodation.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4May 2022

  • "Casterbridge was the perfect place for a lovely relaxed break with friends."

    Very quiet location with adequate parking. The property was spotlessly clean and very spacious. Would be lovely for a summer break with nice outdoor spaces. We had a super time here and would certainly recommend the property.

    Thank you so much for your feedback, its great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us at North Manor Meadow and we hope to see you return again very soon, thanks Helen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage - had everything we needed."

    Wish we could have stayed longer. The only minor issue was - we had to turn the bedroom radiators off as we couldn’t figure out why the heating came on at about 2am!!!

    Thank you so much for your feedback, so pleased you enjoyed your stay, the heating timer just needed adjusting, so thank you for letting us know to resolve that, we would always be happy to stop by and check any queries you may have during your stay. I hope we wee you again very soon, Thanks Helen Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terry Ann5.0Dec 2021

  • "Cottage was fantastic."

    Holidayed with two toddlers and two grandparents so a real mix. The location was perfect. The beds were SO comfy. The kitchen was well-equipped. The whole place was spotless. We use self catering cottages a lot as a family and this has to be one of the very best we’ve stayed in. Will definitely be back. Really appreciated the great customer service too. A phone call just before our stay to see if we needed a stair gate etc. and we even received a call during our stay to see if we were ok. All in all, 10/10.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Sep 2021

  • "Nice cottage, lots of space, in good position for exploring Dorset coast."

    Good bedrooms with large comfortable beds, decent bathrooms and two good sofas in the living room. Only downside was the lack of equipment in the kitchen, I note other visitors also commented on this. Only one shelf in the oven, one roasting tin and no baking trays at all, I had to use the roasting tin for everything. Missmatched pans, some very cheap with metal knobs on lids that get hot. Missmatched china, two plates chipped (not by us). No casserol dish or any plates or dishes to use in the microwave. Only a wooden chopping board, no board for preparing meat/fish. Did have good set of cooks knives. Ideal if you don't plan to do any cooking....Would return, but would bring a bag of kitchen equipment with me! I

    Reviewed by David3.4Sep 2021

  • "The accommodation needs more cutlery and another pan/tray for the oven."

    Very nice peaceful location and pleasant accommodation near to beaches and facilities. It’s a shame that due to “COVID cleaning” and therefore late check in and early checkout the holiday is effectively cut down to five days.

    Reviewed by Kate3.8Aug 2021

  • "Cottage was spacious, clean and comfortable."

    Very quiet location but easy access to main routes. Lovely welcome pack. Living area looks a little sparse at first but this is due to covid restrictions meaning cushions etc have been removed, but otherwise we had everything we needed. It does get a little warm, but remembering to open the Velux Windows helps!!

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Aug 2021

  • "The property wasn't in a very good condition."

    It wasn't particuarly clean, clearly some of the window sills hadn't been cleaned for a while as they had a layer of dust and dead insects on them. The property always got exceedingly hot and uncomfortable, air flow was poor and it needs better window coverings. It would definitely benefit from air conditioning. At times it felt like a greenhouse inside. The crockery was basic and again not in particaruly good condition, we actually went out to buy our own cups in the end so we could have a decent cuppa. Some of the pans, again, were not very clean. The cleanliness issue was the biggest one in the age of the pandemic. Ironically some comfort items, such as cushions, had been taken away because of pandemic hygiene protocol, but was completely cancelled by poor cleanliness in the areas described above. The plasterwork in the property was also poor, was cracked and peeling in many places which made it look quite uninviting. The TV were also small with poor sound. The private garden we had, annoyingly, wasn't accessible from the property directly, but had to be accessed through a side gate in the main parking area. This was annoying with letting the dog out. On the plus side, the bathrooms and beds were spacious and comfortable enough, and the property location was good. Upwey is a nice little village. Overall, the cost of the property was far higher than the quality of the experience and I would not recommend booking at its current cost range until some of the issues have have resolved.

    Reviewed by Patrick2.5Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was very clean, comfortable and bright."

    It felt like a home from home. Gardens are lovely and there are deer which come by most days. Lots of walking to be done with picture perfect scenery and only a short drive to the beach.

    Reviewed by Amy5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely peaceful location, short drive to beach."

    Private garden and outdoor decking. Large shared picnic area with beautiful visiting deer. Barn was very comfortable and extremely clean. Everything you need for 6 people Good parking.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Apr 2021

  • "It was the perfect place to stay."

    We stayed on a group of new barns. Parking for two cars. Six homes built on at horseshoe - each with a small garden with barbecue and seating and a large area around. The house was well designed for us. Large living area with kitchen, dining table and sofas and tv, with two bedrooms and bathroom on the ground floor and one bedroom and bathroom upstairs. All spacious and well equipped. From the house, there are lots of footpaths and Weymouth is a few minutes away with all its shops. It’s a great location.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2020

  • "We spent a very enjoyable week at Casterbridge- A good base just outside Weymouth to explore the Jurassic coast and the lovely beaches."

    Great communication with the owner Helen. Well equipped modern cottage and dog friendly with excellent wifi. Definitely recommend and would return.

    Reviewed by Nichola5.0Sep 2020

  • "The Casterbridge is a beautiful, modern, spacious accommodation in a lovely setting with a lovely communal garden."

    We went as a family of 6 adults and had a really good holiday. Because of COVID the check in was 5pm and check out was 9am. However there were aspects of the cottage that definitely needed more attention ie the cooker. Overall fantastic experience. Would definitely recommend and hopefully will return.

    Reviewed by Jayne4.4Aug 2020

  • "Just the break we needed, fantastic place to stay."

    Peaceful and perfect family holiday.

    Reviewed by Beth5.0Jul 2020

  • "Have been back here a few times as it is perfect for us as a family"

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0Feb 2020

  • "This is a lovely property, and the surrounding area is fantastic - will definitely be on our return to list."

    A little light on cooking dishes but that didn't spoil it for us as thankfully we took some of our own.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Jan 2020

  • "Beautiful cottages in a quaint village."

    The cottage was of very high standard. Very spacious, clean and situated very close to the sea side town of Weymouth. Would certainly recommend this property and I was very pleased to have stayed here and I will definitely be making a booking for next year. I am a regular visitor to Dorset and this accommodation is by far the best I have stayed in.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0Nov 2019

  • "The only downside was checkout at 10."

    00 which I found a bit early for 6 people to get ready and eat breakfast. Would have liked a little longer but the stay was superb and loved the quietness and the lovely area.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2019

  • "Everything I needed was available I wasn’t expecting the welcome pack everything from washing liquid to tin foil The area was quiet ideal for visiting the local area."

    My family had two of the cottages next to each other, the children enjoyed popping next door!

    Reviewed by Gail5.0Aug 2019

  • "Lovely setting- Upwey is a charmingly quiet village, with pleasant walks and the cottage is ideally situated to explore the coast."

    A peaceful courtyard and garden to the rear were ideal for our little ones to play safely. Inside the cottage is airy, bright and modern and four adults, 3 children and a dog had plenty of space to chill.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Jul 2019

  • "Lovely holiday, cottage spacious and had everything we could need, private garden which was brilliant for our dog, close to Weymouth but quiet location with some lovely walks, highly recommended."

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Mar 2019

  • "Lovely stay in a wonderful village."

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0Feb 2019

  • "Our family rented three of the five properties in this development one for long weekend the other two for week each for wedding."

    Families arrived from Alaska, Pennsylvania and Glasgow this was a real jewel find it was truly perfect in every way, fabulous size of properties for gathering facilities perfect and what a great location for seeing the surrounding area we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Allan5.0Sep 2018

  • "We had a very good week in Casterbridge but we would only recommend it if you were prepared to accept the dog hair covered rug and the dog smells both in the bedrooms and downstairs."

    this was a shame as the cottage was in a lovely area and well situated for coast and country. We would also like to see a clothes airer and more cooking equipment for people who do not eat out all the time. We were surprised that there were no cleaning materials provided as we like to leave a cottage as we found it, and keep the kitchen and bathrooms clean during the week. We were also surprised at the lack of a pint of milk on arrival as we have found in all other cottages we have been in over the last 40 years.

    Reviewed by Susan4.4Aug 2018

  • "Pretty nice cottage in a nice quiet area."

    In sum, we really liked it here. All furniture are similar to an Ikea furniture store, which is not a disadvantage. But you notice at some corners and edges, that the house already has a few tenants behind. The only things we really did not like: After a long journey on the first day we unfortunately had to find out that Helen had given us a wrong code for the locker to the key. Helen was unfortunately not available by phone and it took a while until we finally got the correct code. In the bedroom on ground floor and in the bedding it smelled quite intense for a dog (someone who knows the smell of a wet dog fur, knows what I'm talking about). In the window corners in bedroom were still dead bees and flies and the laundry of the predecessor was still in the washing machine. The stove was really dirty so we did not dare to use it. The cleaning staff would have had to notice immediately when cleaning. But all in all, we would definitely come back.

    Reviewed by Rainer4.7May 2018

  • "We’ve had a wonderful stay, great accommodation and had everything we needed."

    Perfect location, nice and quiet and great for easy access to Dorchester and Weymouth. The dogs loved their holiday, great to have such nice dog friendly accommodation.

    Reviewed by Lisa4.7Mar 2018

  • "Lovely, clean, open plan holiday let."

    Modern with a great enclosed garden and another garden for kids to run around. Saw a deer across the fence while there! Beautiful place! Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Caroline4.8Feb 2018

  • "Fantastic accommodation & excellent location!"

    The place is simple stunning and very spacious. All the immenities you could require and beautiful views and walks to be had with the dog. This is the second time myself and my family have stayed here and it hasn’t disappointed. Would highly recommend to anyone, especially dog owners as the standards are extremely high for accommodation that allows dogs. Sykes is our number one site to search for dog friendly holidays!

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Dec 2017

  • "Parking spaces for the five properties could be marked out more clearly - on a couple of occasions cars were parked across more than one space making it difficult for the last people to arrive home to park."

    Reviewed by Margaret4.4Jun 2017

  • "Really pretty location with good walks for our dog."

    Pristine house which was well equipped made for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Mar 2017

  • "Lovely holiday home, clean with good facilities."

    Reviewed by Karen4.8Dec 2016

  • "The accommodation is lovely and the photographs exact."

    The welcome was great and good to have someone who cast an eye - the owner spotted we might need a stairgate, which we'd forgotten!- and the area itself is lovely.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Nov 2016

  • "This cottage was amazing, a truly love group of cottages with a everything you would ever need."

    A home from home, it was very clean and comfortable. The owners were very helpful and lovely to deal with. We have had a great week.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Nov 2016

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Summary

  • Mostly ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x first floor king-size double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 2 x king-size double (zip/link, can be twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 4 x Smart TVs with Freeview, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture, plus shared enclosed hillside garden with picnic benches
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 10 mins walk
  • Beach 3.5 miles
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst outside, and nearby kennels available to rent by arrangement with owner
  • Note: Sloping ceiling in first floor bedroom.

The property

A wonderful semi-detached cottage, set in a courtyard location, one of five on-site in Dorset’s Wey Valley, close to Weymouth.

This luxury holiday home boasts a superb open plan living area, where you will be immediately drawn to the lovely high vaulted ceiling, then to the delightful open plan living area.

This area features a fitted kitchen, a welcoming sitting area and a dining area, and also on the ground floor is a modern bathroom and two zip/link king-size double bedrooms.

Up on the first floor is another king-size double bedroom, and all bedrooms have the bonus of Smart TVs.

Open up the glass doors to your own private patio, or venture out to the shared garden with views to farmland.

A beautiful cottage with plenty to see and do in the area.

Note: This property can be booked with Refs: 932157, 932158, 932159 and 932160, together they sleep 24 people.

North Manor Meadow Cottages

A cluster of five impressive, architect-designed cottages nestling in a semi-rural south Dorset location, within the valley of the River Wey, on the edge of the village of Upwey, just 3.5 miles north of Weymouth. These five wonderful holiday homes are grouped around an attractive shingled courtyard and are the perfect base for couples, families or friends who wish to enjoy all that Dorset has to offer. These superb cottages have been created to offer holiday accommodation of an exceptionally high standard, featuring vaulted ceilings and en-suite facilities, and great attention to detail has been made in the choice of furnishings and equipment in each one. Each cottage has its own private patio area, as well as use of attractive shared raised lawned areas that take you up shingle paths to a seating area. With such a variety of accommodation on offer, up to 24 people can enjoy the delights of this lovely location, situated so close to the family-friendly seaside resort of Weymouth with its golden sands, attractive harbour offering diving and fishing trips and all kinds of watersports. Locally, take a visit to nearby Portland with its rugged scenery and dramatic Chesil Beach, or venture inland to the attractive bustling market town of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’, where you will find a fine selection of shops and restaurants. In fact there’s so much to see and do, a week is hardly long enough! These luxurious cottages provide an excellent and convenient base from which to explore this stunning coastal area.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £350.

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About the location

UPWEY

Dorchester 4.5 miles; Weymouth 4 miles.

The picturesque village of Upwey lies just four miles north of Weymouth, nestling beneath the Dorset Ridgeway, and takes its name from the shallow chalk stream, the River Wey, which bubbles up here from an underground spring. Upwey is well-known for its Wishing Well, where George III once sought the benefits of the natural spring water. It is now a delightful tea room, serving lunches and traditional cream teas. There are a number of footpaths leading directly from the village to miles of unspoilt countryside, and close by is the market town of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s ’Casterbridge’. An easy drive or bus ride takes you to the popular seaside resort of Weymouth offering visitors glorious golden sandy beaches, excellent watersports facilities and a bustling harbour. An attractive village location and an ideal place to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas