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Riverhouse Lodge

(Ref. 1017591)

Upwey, Dorset Show on map

4.7

Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

Features

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

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "I thought it was a great place to stay."

    As it was winter, it felt very cosy with the central heating on! It was a nice surprise to have ensuite toilet and shower! Really pleased with the cottage and it had plenty of room. The beds were firm but I slept well in the room I had! Overall I would definitely stay their again!

    Reviewed by Duncan5.0Jan 2024

  • "We stayed for 1 week and it was a lovely cosy lodge."

    We had a lovely stay there and the host was really nice. Would definately recommend

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Jan 2024

  • "We were extremely happy with the lodge."

    It was cosy and comfortable. We are 68 and 83 years old and it suited us both. During our stay we had two bad storms in the night very windy and lots of rain but we were warm and secure in the lodge. The owner came to check we were ok after one storm which we appreciated.

    Dear Christine, thank you for your lovely feedback which is appreciated. We do like to check just to make sure are quests are happy and are please you had such a lovely stay. Hopefully, we can welcome you back next time with better weather. x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2023

  • "The Lodge looked good from the outside."

    Being an older couple we found the furniture uncomfortable and the beds were not up to a standard that we expect from a Sykes booking. There was also a distinctive smell and feel of damp in the bedroom by the access ramp. The paperwork giving instructions as to location of the keys for the other doors was not clear - we only found the keys (on nails) after a couple of days. I am unsure what the roof construction is, but any rain sounded very loud as if you were in a conservatory - this affected our sleep at night. Overall, due to the uncomfortable furniture and the "noisy" roof construction, we terminated our break after 4 days as it was beginning to affect our well-being.

    Dear Guest , we are sorry that you had such bad stormy weather, which had blown a lot of leaves into the guttering. The gutters are cleaned every couple of weeks by the gardener, but unfortunately the storms you encountered were noisy for all the properties in the village. The keys for the back doors and are all on hooks on each door and we are sorry you did not find them, although this has not been a problem for anyone else in the last four years. However, we value your feedback and will put a note in the arrival pack to be more specific for future guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robert2.2Oct 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay."

    The cottage was well situated for exploring Dorset and provided a good base to return to each evening. Well equipped kitchen, and very comfortable sofa. One bathroom has a bigger shower cubicle than the other, so we used that. Lots of parking space. Nearby pub does traditional hearty food, but we mostly cooked dinner at the cottage.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, and pleased you enjoyed the Lodge and appreciated all the little comforts we provide. Great that you enjoyed the village local and liked our big car parking area. We look forward to you visiting again in the future x Property Owner

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Sep 2023

  • "The accommodation is spacious and very comfortable."

    The picture shows three doors, all of which are in the same "L" shaped area and give spacious two bedrooms, a lounge and kitchen with access to the lovely, well set out gardens that we enjoyed daily. The hosts are very welcoming, friendly and charming. Well recommended and we have already referred others.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback which is greatly appreciated. We are glad that you had a gread time and enjoyed the peaceful enclosed garden. We look forward to hosting you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tony5.0Jul 2023

  • "Second time staying here, just as lovely as the first stay."

    A real home from home. Close to local amenities whilst having the feeling of being in the countryside. Well set up for people with disabilities. Ample parking. Friendly helpful hosts.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, it is great for us to welcome returning guests, and hopefully we may see you again in the future. regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Jun 2023

  • "Stayed in Riverhouse lodge for 3 weeks to get a break from kitchen renovations at home!"

    Lodge is in a perfect location near all the main sights. It was really well equipped kitchen wise and very clean. Owners are friendly but not intrusive and recommended places to visit. As other reviews have commented, the lodge is very dark all day and we were never without lights on - even in midday sun. Also, the TV is dated - not a SMART TV which is the normal nowadays. WiFi signal was good aside from in the kitchen. Would recommend.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback from your three week stay with us. I am sorry that the trees that are on the edge of the grounds of the property next door excluded the direct sunshine into the lodge, and that as you stayed with us for three weeks you obviously spent more time at home than the average guest. The TV we have does take have a scart socket, can take a plug in from a computer for use with HDMI , and NET FLIX etc, and also there is a video with a selection of films. Unfortunately, a smart TV can need programming for each guest, and some could find it confusing, so we have a modern standard flat screen TV that is easier to use for guests. We appreciate that you would recommend us and hope to see you again. regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7May 2023

  • "Lovely, clean and well equipped cottage."

    Perfect to stay when exploring the beautiful area of Weymouth. We occupied it in a cold week in March and it was cosy and warm. The cottage is rather dark, but that wasn't a problem for us as we were going out each day. We loved waking up every morning hearing the many birds sing!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, and pleased you found it cosy and warm during your winter stay. Hope to welcome you back in the future. regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Lovely lodge , lovingly maintained & well equipped with everything one needs for a comfortable stay ."

    Loved the garden & the birds singing. Good location in a quiet village . Weymouth , Dorchester & that fantastic Jurassic coast all nearby. ‘ Perfick ‘ as Pop Larkin would say .

    ooooh such lovely feedback, and especially love the fact that you appreciated our large secluded garden. You can definitiely visit again!. Kind regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "Another lovely stay in this spacious and comfortable property, and a lovely warm ..."

    Another lovely stay in this spacious and comfortable property, and a lovely warm welcome from the owners , definitely recommend a stay here

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, we are always pleased to welcome back returning guests. Kind regards. Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Mar 2023

  • "Wonderful stay, couldn't recommend it enough, will definitely be staying again."

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Feb 2023

  • "We found the property very comfortable and clean."

    Beds were super comfortable, showers good with hot water. The kitchen was cold and we lost internet signal in there but it was spacious and we'll equipped. Only disappointment was a phone call from Skye's on our way home, saying the owner said the bedding was missing and one bed quilt was not theirs! The bedding was all folded neatly into a bag on a chair in the bedroom and the quilts were both certainly theirs. We advised Sykes but since Friday (2 days ago) we have not received any apology for the owners, failing to check properly and falsely accusing us of theft. Leaves a very bad impression of the owner.

    Thank you for the lovely feedback, and pleased that you found the cottage well equiped. We would appologise that due to the sheets and towels being folded and put into the chiller picnic bag rather than the linen bag these were not immediately found by the cleaner, who mistakenly thought you may have loaded them into your car in error. We have since discussed this and I have apologised for this misunderstanding. We hope that this will not deter you from visiting us again. Regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet3.8Dec 2022

  • "Excellent. Very comfortable."

    Well equipped kitchen. Well thought out for disabled. We will come back again.

    Thank you for your feedback which is appreciated. Although we do not have specific disabled facilities, the f act that everything is on one floor, with only three steps to the kitchen does make it suitable for those with some mobility issues. Lovely that this enabled you to have a great stay and plan to return. Kind regards Lorraine Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed our week at Riverside Cottage, the weather was good for the time of year."

    I would recommend anyone to stay there. The hosts were also very pleasant.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Oct 2022

  • "A lovely holiday cottage in a quiet village close to Weymouth and Dorchester."

    Beautiful gardens. Parking area off the road. We were very pleased with everything to be honest. Comfy beds, great hot showers, and everything else you could want. Owners called in a couple of times to see if we needed anything, which was nice. Exactly as described in the booking information.

    Reviewed by Dianne5.0Sep 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Riverhouse Lodge."

    The accommodation was clean, spacious, well equipped and well located to explore Dorset. Excellent parking and pleasant garden all added to the experience. The only negative would be how dark all the rooms are except the kitchen. This does mean it's cosy at night and there are plenty of lights but it can feel quite gloomy in the day.

    Reviewed by Francine5.0Sep 2022

  • "Lovely property but was very dark so had to put lights on all the time also ..."

    Lovely property but was very dark so had to put lights on all the time also the lighting is not good except for the kitchen that was bright Not sure if it's recommended for anyone with disabilities but having steps going to kitchen could be a problem

    Reviewed by Gerald4.1Sep 2022

  • "Well-located in an attractive village and bigger than anticipated from website images."

    Bedrooms and living room dark at all times, but sufficient lighting. Both beds rather small with footboards compounding this. A good range of facilities but replacement batteries needed for some items e.g. weighing scales and tv remote. The late 5.00 p.m. arrival time meant we had to travel down the following day. Overall though we thought this a good choice and would recommend.

    Reviewed by Helen4.4Aug 2022

  • "We had a lovely week in Riverhouse Lodge."

    Only 2 of us stayed there but there was plenty of room for 4. The garden is very large and private, even though its a shared garden. There was only ever us in it.Plenty of room for any children to explore! The Riverhouse was really well equipped. We didn't go short of anything. Upwey is about 4 miles from Weymouth so you do need transport, but if you don't want to use the car, there are regular buses that run. Can definitely recommend the meals at The Ship Inn, just up the road, and a couple of miles away, and The Springhead Pub, at Sutton Pointz. So good for children and adults, garden overlooking the white horse on the hill, front overlooks a brook, outside pizza hut with a playground. Would happily return!

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our third stay at Riverhouse Lodge."

    The cottage is lovely and clean with all the facilities you need with the added bonus of the garden area in the front. Owners are very welcoming and always happy to help if required.

    Reviewed by Mandy5.0Jul 2022

  • "Little bit of a struggle to actually trying to find the cottage until we noticed the sign."

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Jun 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay at Riverhouse pleasant surroundings, secluded and every thing you need for an enjoyable holiday."

    The one thing I would mention not a lot of storage in the bedroom .

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely welcome a couple of hours after our arrival, which worked well with us."

    The property was well set up and comfortable for our week. Facilities were spot on throughout. All clean and tidy. Plenty of space to accommodate two couples. The garden is lovely to sit in and watch the birds. Ample parking off the road. A short walk down the road you can find a delightful Wishing Well cafe and garden, not to be missed.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Apr 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at the lodge ,very comfortable ,plenty of room , made welcome, and plenty of parking space."

    The kitchen is very well equipped ,with all you need.,and the coffee, biscuits etc were very much appreciated when we arrived. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a lovely peaceful stay at Riverhouse Lodge Very spacious and well ..."

    We had a lovely peaceful stay at Riverhouse Lodge Very spacious and well equipped and furnished to a high standard the owners were friendly and made us feel very welcome , we are already thinking about a return visit in September

    Reviewed by Cheryl4.7Mar 2022

  • "The lodge was lovely and spacious, a nice little getaway, not too far away from both Weymouth and Dorchester."

    The hosts were very welcoming and we were greeted on arrival and wished well on departure. We would definitely stay again, and the garden has a gate that backs on to a large open field which is great for a game of football with little ones or a pleasant walk in the sunshine (if you just so happen to be lucky enough with the unpredictability of the British weather)

    Reviewed by Lyndsey4.7Feb 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay- Ideal location to access Dorset coastal areas"

    Reviewed by Michael3.8Feb 2022

  • "We all had a lovely time at this cottage, and it is well positioned for day trips out."

    The owners were perfect hosts, introducing themselves on our arrival and asking us to let them know if there was anything at all that we needed to let them know. Although we only saw them on a few occasions, it was nice to know they were on hand if we needed them. Definitely reccomend.

    Reviewed by Vincent4.1Oct 2021

  • "Riverhouse Lodge was beautiful, it was just perfect for the two of us, comfy and very clean with everything we needed."

    We met the owner Lorraine and she made us very welcome and asked if we needed anything. We will definitely be coming back here for another stay and highly recommend Riverhouse Lodge as the perfect place to stay.

    Reviewed by Tricia5.0Oct 2021

  • "The accommodation was very spacious and well eqipt."

    A good location for us to explore this part of Dorset.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2021

  • "Excellent setting Needed space in kitchen for own foods"

    Reviewed by A5.0Aug 2021

  • "This is a lovely place to stay in a fantastic location, in a haven of peace between Dorchester and Weymouth, both of which offer plenty to see or do and with Dorchester Brewery Square now fully operational, plenty of food options."

    The Upwey Wishing Well is great for a short walk. This is the second time we have stayed and been blessed by fantastic weather for most of the week. The cottage itself is spacious and has everything we need, suitable for two couples, who want to chill, or use it as a base to explore the lovely area. The garden is a delight and enabled us to meet with friends and family from Kent, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset in lovely surroundings. I would wholly recommend this as a place to stay. We went to Lyme Regis, Maiden Castle, Dorchester Sculpture Park, Bennetts Water Park, as well as walking to Weymouth down the Wey Valley Walk, then getting the No.10 back from Weymouth Promenade, after obligatory ice cream at Rossi's. One day we just sat in the garden and enjoyed the surroundings.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2021

  • "Riverhouse Lodge was very welcoming set in a lovely garden, it had everything we needed for our stay."

    The owners Lorainne and her husband were there on our arrival gave us lots of advice on places to visit including the coastal road, and when we left came out to say goodbye. Although the weather could have been better we found plenty of things to do. We would highly recommend Riverside Lodge for a stay in Dorset, and we have done so already to friends and family Ingram family - May 2021

    Reviewed by Glyndwr5.0May 2021

  • "Very spacious accommodation and well presented."

    Extremely clean and more than adequately equipped with a delightful garden. Ideally located for exploring the Dorset coast both to the East and the West of Weymouth. Local walks are plentiful too. The owners were on hand should there have been any problems but there weren’t. Overall a lovely experience.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Apr 2021

  • "We found it hard to find the property,as we received no directions and there was no name outside the property."

    It would have been better to have blinds fitted to the door windows as light woke us up. There was no information in the cottage regarding recycling.

    Reviewed by Frances4.4Sep 2020

  • "Excellent accommodation."

    Very clean. The cottage had everything you could need. Situated in a lovely village that was central to lots of places to visit. The four of us really enjoyed our stay. We felt very safe even in these difficult times with the covid virus. Everything was cleaned to a very high standard.

    Reviewed by Bridget5.0Sep 2020

  • "Large and well equipped accommodation positioned in a beautiful village with ..."

    Large and well equipped accommodation positioned in a beautiful village with large garden and safe off road parking central to all Dorset has to offer very clean and comfortable

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a very enjoyable week's holiday here in July, the cottage is large, well furnished and everything is provided for a comfortable stay."

    It was also extremely clean and the delightful owners, Lorraine and Roberto, had done all that they could to make it a safe place to stay. We had Sunday lunch at the lovely Wishing Well water gardens tea room, the weather was mostly good and we made use of the cottage garden. Only drawback to the holiday was the sheer number of crowds at every resort we visited, but to be expected at this time of year. We would recommend the cottage to others.

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Jul 2020

  • "We stayed here the first week after lockdown ended."

    Very impressed with the efforts made to keep safe. Lovely place to stay for exploring the beaches of Dorset.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2020

  • "Riverhouse Lodge is spacious and conveniently located."

    Parking is ample with a good garden space. The kitchen was large and well equipped and living room and bedrooms spacious. The seating in the living room was plentiful and comfortable. The owners were friendly and helpful. The only drawbacks were the lumpy beds and temperamental TV in the living room! Overall we had a lovely time in the pretty village of Upwey which is very handy for Weymouth and other local attractions. Booking with Sykes Cottages was excellent with them keeping us informed at all times.

    Thank you for your valuable feedback and glad you found the property spacious and well equipped. Unfortunately, at the time of your stay we did have some bad weather and electric storms which did affect the transmission of the modern digital TV. Both of the mattresses on the beds are new, one is a medium orthopaedic and one is a well-known medium mattress, most people staying at the lodge have had no issues. We are sorry that our beds were not to your individual satisfaction Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Oct 2019

  • "Needed the lights on all the time as it was very gloomy."

    Reviewed by Trevor4.1Sep 2019

  • "Riverhouse Lodge has a spacious, well equipped, airy kitchen with fridge /freezer of ample size, oven and hob, microwave and toaster; all crockery, pans and cutlery are provided for whatever meal one wants to cook."

    The sitting room is pleasant with comfortable seating, large tv and dvd player; both bedrooms are of a good size, with plenty of matching storage space in each room, a tv in each room and a comfy chair and table. It was nicely decorated to a good standard throughout and very clean. Also information provided on the area and places to visit. The whole Lodge was decorated with appropriate paintings and photographs of the Dorest area. There was plenty of room for 3 adults to move around without being squashed.The garden is wonderful, a winning design, car parking space is off the road and has adequate space. Each bedroom has an ensuite; one of which is suitable for people with some disabilities as it has grab rails on the shower and it is a larger ensuite in this room (but remember there are 3 steps down into the kitchen). The electrics throughout and the lighting is all excellent, including security lights. The Lodge felt secure and is very well maintained. Upwey is a very pretty village with the Wishing Well tearoom nearby - delicious meals all day. There are many interesting places to visit in the vicinity for day trips: Weymouth is a typical seaside town, very busy, but lovely sand. The Jurrassic Coast road is beautiful = Burton Bradstock beach ideal and Lyme Regis very interesting but very hilly. Inland - Hardy's Cottage and Lawrence of Arabia's cottage are both worth visits. We were lucky as we had a splendid week of weather, over 20 degrees each day of our stay.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.4Sep 2019

  • "Firstly let me say it was an extremely comfortable and clean accommodation, but the bedrooms and the sitting room got very little natural light."

    We had to have the lights on all the time, and the heavy net curtains didn,t help, so no views of the beautiful mediterranean style garden we were hoping to view from inside.Lighting needs to be much brighter if you want to read. Bathrooms very clean, but could not help wondering why the mirrors were positioned to the right of the wash basins and the shaving lights to the left. also no soap/shampoo holder in the shower cubicle. Solely because of the serious lack of natural light, We could not recommend this property

    Reviewed by Shirley3.8Sep 2019

  • "The Riverhouse Lodge was lovely, everything you could need for our break."

    Riverhouse Lodge is set in a lovely village, and easy to get to Weymouth, perfect setting. Would go back again.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2019

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Summary

  • Ground floor: 2 x double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, with shower, basin and WC
  • Sitting room
  • Lower ground floor - accessible by 3 steps: Open plan living space with kitchen, sitting area and dining area
  • Central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD, stereo, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Mediterranean style garden with picnic area and table and chairs
  • Utility area to the rearof the property for washing and bins
  • Ample off-road parking and room to park a boat
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 1.8 miles, pub 0.7 miles

The property

Weymouth 3.7 miles.

This fantastic recently refurbished lodge is situated in the traditional Dorset Village of Upwey.

Sitting at the foot of the Wey Valley's chalk hills and with the source of the River Wey running through the village, it’s a true Dorset delight perfect for small families or a group of friends.

With the layout being ground-floor and lower-ground-floor level, it’s a quirky wonder holding a lot of character.

This lodge house offers two double bedrooms with traditional wooden furnishings and en-suite shower rooms, both lovely rooms to rest in after a busy day of roaming the lands of Dorset.

The homely sitting room is an ideal spot to unwind with a glass of wine, cosy up in the corner sofa and indulge in all your favourite television programmes.

The farmhouse-style kitchen has everything you need to cook up some delicious meals, a spacious area with enough room to get the whole family involved in a pizza making night, as well as a lovely dining area with you can enjoy your feast and spend some quality time together.

If you don’t feel like cooking, the village boasts two pubs where you can find delicious family favourite meals amongst the lovely countryside settings.

For those warm summer evenings why not relax together in the Mediterranean-style gardens, beautifully landscaped with trees and winding pathways it offers a summer paradise where you can enjoy alfresco dining or soak in the sun.

The local area is a lovely spot to wander around; a traditional village boasting a wishing well and tea rooms that date back to the Victorian era that now have beautiful water gardens, as well as serving delicious afternoon tea.

Upwey is just a short drive to the seaside town of Weymouth, where you will find an award-winning golden sandy beach with shallow waters and a Georgian seafront.

To the east you can stumble across the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Lulworth Cove and the iconic landmark of Durdle Door, offering magnificent scenery and stunning sands, it’s the perfect place to dip your feet in the waters or go for a paddle.

The Isle of Portland and Chesil beach can be found to the West and offer incredible views in all directions, you’ll be spoilt for choice as to where to go next.

Riverhouse Lodge is a delightful property, perfect for exploring the magnificent region of Dorset and spending quality time with your loved ones.

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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.

Note: Shared car parking area. Not suitable for charging electric vehicles owing to distance from parking area to house.

Note: There are three steps up to the property and three steps to the kitchen so the property, although on a ground floor is not suitable for wheelchair access.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Christmas