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The Garden Cottage

Upwey near Dorchester, Dorset (Ref. 943806)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • “We had a warm welcome from John ...”
    We had a warm welcome from John and Sally,They showed use how to work heating etc,The cottage was very well presented with nice touches,
    We had a warm welcome from John and Sally,They showed use how to work heating etc,The cottage was very well presented with nice touches, The cottage is in a very nice location,lots of birds about, good walks near by.Plenty to do in the area,
    - Mrs Vickers, May 2017


  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi

The property

Situated on an elevated site above the Dorset village of Upwey, with lovely views across to the ancient village church and surrounding countryside, is this attractive detached stone cottage.

Positioned on the top terrace of the owner's delightful gardens, this small, charming cottage has been equipped and furnished to a very good standard and offers couples or friends a welcoming holiday base from which to explore this beautiful area.

There could be nothing more pleasant than sitting on your own private terrace enjoying drinks whilst taking in the lovely view across the valley.

On cooler days, enjoy the view from inside the comfortable and warm conservatory.

The kitchen, although small in size, provides you with everything you need to prepare some tasty meals. If you don't fancy cooking you can always take the short stroll down to the delightful Wishing Well Tea Rooms, well known for their lunches and cream teas!

When bedtime comes around, you have the choice of climbing up the stairs to the cosy eaves bedroom with low level double bed or to take the comfortable sofa bed downstairs.

The historic market town of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge, is just a short drive or bus ride away.

Venture inland and explore the picturesque Dorset villages, so beloved by Thomas Hardy. An easy drive or bus ride takes you to the popular seaside resort of Weymouth offering visitors glorious golden sandy beaches, excellent watersport facilities and a bustling harbour with good restaurants.

The Inland Coastal Path runs across the ridge a mile uphill from the cottage and is, thus, easily accessible for walkers.

At the end of the day, return to your comfortable little Dorset cottage, a hidden gem, ready to plan your next day out.


Spacious ground floor including a comfortable sitting room with sofa bed; conservatory with dining area, kitchen; wet room with electric shower; basin and WC. Climb the stairs to a first floor eaves bedroom with low level double bed with an en suite WC and basin. The dedicated parking for the cottage is at the top of the owner’s garden and is reached through a pair of five bar gates on Goulds Hill. Care should be taken when entering or leaving using the vision mirror sited on the side of the road opposite the gates. Alternatively, by request, your car can be parked in Church Street outside the owners’ house from where there is direct access to Garden Cottage through the owners’ garden.


  • Under floor heating throughout the ground floor, with supplementary electric oil-filled radiator on first floor (very rarely needed)
  • The cottage is insulated to high current standards and double glazed and, thus, suitable for all year round use
  • Electricity included in the rental charge
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Bosch electric oven with grill, single-ring induction hob, microwave, refrigerator, Bosch washing machine
  • Dedicated BT Wi-Fi for Broadband
  • TV with Freeview; DVD player
  • Selection of guides, books and novels (mostly sailing orientated!)
  • Bicycle storage
  • Private secluded terrace with garden table, parasol, chairs and benches
  • The nearest shop is approximately one mile away; the Old Ship pub is 10 minutes’ walk away, best to book your table if visiting Friday night
  • Note: The eaves bedroom and en suite both have eaves type limited head height and are accessed by a steep and narrow nautical-style staircase not suitable for the less mobile
  • Note: Only children aged 12 years and over
  • Note: The separate lawn and small herbaceous bordered garden is accessed from the cottage by a slope and steps
  • Note: The owner has a very friendly dog and cat so ‘sorry no pets’
  • Note: The owner can speak some German
  • Note: Mobile phone coverage is intermittent depending on network.

About the location


Dorchester 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.

Region Information

Note: Children aged 12 years and over.

Note: This property is not suitable for the less mobile.

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