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Woodlands Cottage

Ringstead, Dorset (Ref. 994807)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Seaside
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Cot available
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Ground floor accommodation

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Carpets were badly stained."

    Lack of crockery and cooking equipment Sad to see a planning application to convert WWII bunker to 3 bed hol8day right within grounds of property. This will greatly impede the isolation and solitude of the proprty this being the main reason for choosing Woodlands. We have been coming there since 2014 but sadly will not return if building goes ahead

    Thank you for your comments. We will look at the crockery and cooking equipment; this is the first time we have had this comment. All the carpets were professionally cleaned in April as they are every year. We are hopeful that the bunker will not greatly affect the occupants of Woodlands as there will be no windows or access on the west side of the Bunker. In WW2, RAF Ringstead was part of the “chain home” radar which played an important part in the Battle of Britain. Tall radar masts were located on the fields in front of Woodlands and these were used to send and receive radio waves that detected and analysed incoming German aircraft. The Woodlands Bunker was the standby generator house; it is listed grade 2. The conversion to a holiday cottage allows us to preserve an important part of our heritage and for it to be enjoyed by future generations. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PamMay 2022

  • "We and the dogs had an amazing, relaxing time."

    The setting was so beautiful and the bungalow was warm and clean. As mentioned by a previous guest the cream carpet probably isn't the best colour for dog friendly accommodation especially in such a rural setting. The only other mention which is not a complaint would be a clothes airer as it's not always possible to line dry, although there is a tumble dryer it's not something I would choose to use regularly. We are hoping to come again soon.

    Thank you for your helpful comments and we are so glad you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by FranMar 2022

  • "Really can’t fault this place."

    Perfect for walkers and dog owners, close to coastal path and on a footpath. The garden is huge and overlooks the bay . Once you find it , you are 10 minutes from the beach via the woods and probably 20 minutes if you use the beach road . We visited in March and were very lucky with the weather . Lots of wildlife on your doorstep . The cottage isn’t huge but warm and well furnished and a great base . I personally didn’t find the sofas comfortable but I do have problems with my back , the sofas are new and I’m sure will suit many others . Our bed was so comfortable and quality bedding too. We found the cottage very clean , 2 emergency meals left in the freezer and biscuits , milk , coffee and teabags there for our arrival which were much appreciated . It was great for our dogs , they just loved the garden and the lead free walks from the cottage to the beach / coastal path / Osmington and Upton and also the permitted use of fields which weren’t being grazed by livestock. We took our dogs crates and the set up of the lounge and kitchen meant the dogs only had access to the kitchen at all times but could see us in the lounge. WiFi connection is very fast . The water very hot for a bath and decent shower and we used the logs provided for the open fire every night which made for cosy nights in . The security of the garden was compromised by fallen trees onto the fence , following recent storms , it didn’t cause a problem with our dogs and I’m sure the fence will be repaired soon . Just loved the place , it’s location , it’s wildlife and it peace. We hope to return for 2 weeks next year . Thank you

    Thank you for your very nice comments. The fence has been repaired after the winter storms, so the garden is now secure. We hope to see you again next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by TraceyMar 2022

  • "The bungelow is in a great situation and as a dog owner it couldnt have been better."

    It had a large secure garden and woodland walks from the door. Its a short 10 minuet walk through the woods to the pebble beach and 5 more to a beach hut selling hot food and beach equipment. The bungelow was a bit shabby in the front room. 2 chair covers are ripped on the arms and there was no support in the chairs or sofa, and the carpet was dirty, it doesnt help that its an offwhite carpet and therefor will show every mark. I would advise to change with a darker colour or lino/laminate especially allowing dogs. In the winter when its wet i would imagine this to be a bigger issue. We had to fix the hoover while we were there as it was blocked and we also could have done with some extra blankets. I know with covid that could be akward at the moment. The beds were very comfortable. Also the logs were abit large for the fireplace and could do with being cut shorter. Having said all that if i was going away with the dogs again i would go back we had a good holiday and the dogs a had a large secure place to run around, an added bonus was the use of the field below the garden!

    Thank you for your helpful feedback. Some new chairs had already been ordered but delivery is not expected until March 2022. We will get some extra blankets and noted about the log sizes Property Owner

    Reviewed by NicolaOct 2021

  • "Woodlands Cottage is in the perfect location for a holiday with children and/or dogs."

    The nearest beach at the bottom of the property is rocky but the walk through the woods and across the fields to The Smugglers Inn is a must. Weymouth and Bowleaze are a short drive away. The cottage was comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed. It was nice to have 2 bathrooms for our party of 6 people. We would recommend this property to anyone wanting peace and quiet in a lovely rural setting. Look out for hares and deer in the field opposite the property!

    Thank you for your helpful feedback and I am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday Property Owner

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2021

  • "Unfortunately the tumble dryer was broken for our first week so had to use washing line."

    Would be more beneficial to have the washing line in a more open space as washing doesn't dry very well in current location.

    Thank you for your helpful feedback and we will move the washing line Property Owner

    Reviewed by SheenaAug 2021

  • "The cottage was comfortable and well equipped."

    The grounds were superb with amazing views of the sea and surrounding cliffs and woods.

    Thank you for your helpful feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LynneJul 2021

  • "The instructions for the key-safe seemed to be out of date but it was very easy to work out how it did operate."

    Thank you for your helpful feedback. Re the keys, did you mean the instructions given by Dream Cottages? Property Owner

    Reviewed by MaureenJun 2021

  • "Fantastic location but unfortunately the furniture in the lounge was dated and extremely uncomfortable torn fabric on armchairs ."

    Needs seriously updating.

    Reviewed by DeborahJun 2021

  • "Arrived to a broken kitchen tap (note left by cleaner)."

    Lever had broken off, owner had been made aware and repairs would not take place until we left 2 weeks later, very poor. My husband was able to tape the lever back in place for the duration of our stay. I just hope it was repaired when we left for the next guests. Sofa and chair covers badly need replacing, torn through wear and tear. Carpet in sitting room needs a good clean, full of stains. Other than that wonderful location, peace and quiet.

    Reviewed by SusanJun 2021

  • "This was the best holiday we ever had."

    The location, and peace and quiet was wonderful! Watching the cows was the highlight, up and down the hills! Comfortable, walks for my Bella straight from the door. I can’t wait to come back to woodland cottage!! Can’t praise it enough. Love it, love it, ❤️

    Reviewed by ChristineMay 2021

  • "We had a really lovely holiday in Ringstead Bay, the bungalow is amazingly located with a really big garden for the dogs and kids to play in and a view of the sea in the distance."

    Then a short walk through the woods leads you to a beautiful pebble beach, perfect for our family if 6 and 2 dogs! The bungalow was very comfortable, some of the sofas are showing wear and tear but that made us feel more relaxed, nothing is too precious. The dishwasher could maybe do with more salt or it needs replacing because it left a residue on the dishes. We loved staying here and would love to come back!

    Reviewed by AleroApr 2021

  • "The bungalow and location were brilliant."

    We were there at a very wet and muddy time with 2 dogs so we adjusted the furniture to block off the sitting room to keep carpets clean and dogs off furniture overnight!

    Reviewed by MaryDec 2020

  • "Really lovely place very peaceful and lots of wildlife Short walk to the beach for lovely photos and a picnic."

    Would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by KerrySep 2020

  • "Fabulous for the dogs."

    Open the gate and the woods are there, no need for leads. A few varying walks, one to the beach. Beautiful garden, lovely for my elderly mum to sit on the patio to look at. We blocked the dogs from kitchen to living room as we were worried about carpet. The kitchen/diner is large so they were happy. Very peaceful holiday in lovely surroundings.

    Reviewed by JillyAug 2020

  • "This place was like a tardis, surprisingly bigger on the inside than it looked."

    The setting is amazing, and if you get your online shopping delivery right, you would not need to use your car at all once you were installed, which in Covid times was absolutely perfect. So many gorgeous walks immediately you set foot outside of the cottage, lovely big garden for the children to play In, beach was either 10-15 minutes walk down the lane, or even better 15-20 minutes walk through the fabulous woods adjacent to cottage. Emphasis Inside was on comfort, not luxury, great beds, Plenty of comfy sofas, new curtains throughout, loved the little touches like waste bins and door hooks, and more than adequate wardrobe and chest of drawers in each room. Well equipped. Only downside was that whilst I am sure that things like light switches, handles etc had been wiped down for covid, this might have been at the expense of some basic cleaning, e.g. carpet was covered in dog hair, some surfaces had a layer of dust on. However, this would not stop us booking this lovely cottage again which we hope to do. Booking process all straightforward.

    Reviewed by MarilynAug 2020

  • "Our stay was as welcoming as all previous years except that we now have to carry all our rubbish 200m up hill to the collection point which we've never had to do before."

    Also disappointed to find that the hook behind the shower room door is still broken and unusable from last year. We also had a problem with a broken cooker but this was sorted within a few hours.

    Reviewed by SheenaAug 2020

  • "The cottage was in a lovely setting, very quiet and a short distance to the small bay."

    stones on the top section little sandy section when the tide went out. Car park nearby if you don’t want to walk a few yards down the road. Nice beach shop with a good variety of food. Gifts and toys etc.

    Reviewed by ChristineJul 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time."

    Thank you!

    Reviewed by NataliaOct 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in a gloriously peaceful spot but still close to a dog friendly beach."

    Easy to reach adjoining places and explore more of lovely Dorset. Let down by a couple of small things. The curtains in the lounge were a little threadbare and need replacing and the windows didn't appear to have been cleaned for a very long time. My husband had a go but didn't have much success. The TV is quite old and has no recordable box which is good to have to catch-up on programmes after a long day out in the Dorset sunshine. We have been to Woodlands before and no doubt will go there again - it just needs a few little "tweeks"

    Thank you very much for your valuable feedback, we are glad that you found Woodlands Cottage to be ideally located in an area in which you could explore all that Dorset has to offer. We are sorry the windows needed cleaning upon your arrival, these are scheduled for regular cleaning and we will look into the option of doing this more often. The TV is only approximately 3 years old and once this is due for replacement the owner will consider SmartTV options. The curtains are due to be replaced at the end of the season. The Owner truly appreciates your feedback and looks forward to welcoming you back to Woodlands Cottage soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PatJun 2019

  • "Loved it completely, we came from portsmouth for a long week-end from Fri-Mon in March 18 fell in love so much, had such a brill time & with our 2 lil doggies, that we booked this time a full week to come back in June so really can't wait."

    Highly recommend, surroundings are incredible fun beautiful peaceful deers/pheasants/buzzards the beach stunning.Hope anyone else that goes has as much of a fantastic time as we did and we will be again. Enjoy people. Worth every penny.

    Mrs FleetApr 2018

  • "Lovely holiday again this year."

    Looking forward to coming back next year. Stayed August 2017

    Mrs Sheena SumnersAug 2017

  • "Woodlands is in a wonderful location it's quiet, pretty and secluded."

    The property is close to the sea and through the trees you can see the sea, truly beautiful. Woodlands has everything you could wish for, spacious bedrooms, two bathrooms, lovely lounge, nice kitchen come diner with all white goods. Property was lovely and clean (we left it the same, which was a challenge for a 10am check out). Stayed April 2017 Love to go back soon, THANK YOU 5***** Stayed April 2017

    Mrs Mary EaleyApr 2017

  • "Really well equipped cottage in an ideal location for Ringstead Bay."

    I hope to stay there again in the New Year! Stayed November 2016

    Ms Merryl WallaceNov 2016

  • "We felt that the property was lovely in a wonderful area = stayed October 2016"

    Mrs Sue BourneOct 2016

  • "One of the few places we have found which is very quiet and peaceful with walks straight from the property and a fully enclosed garden."

    Cottage is very comfortable and very well equipped. Stayed September 2016

    Mrs DeanOct 2016

  • "This is the Second time we have stayed at woodlands and hope to return next year."

    We enjoy the secluded location and the walk through the woods down to the beach. The property has recently been updated and now has more of a modern twist whilst retaining a cottage feel. The open fire in the lounge is perfect for chilly evenings in the colder months. The fact that the owners allows 4 dogs is an absolute godsend. Our 4 dogs love staying here and love the large fully enclosed garden. So all in all I would like to thank the owners of woodlands cottage for all the effort and hard work they obviously put into this cottage. Stayed November 2015

    Miss Sandra SmythNov 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, exactly how it is described on the Internet."

    Stayed August 2015

    Miss Kate BennettAug 2015

  • "The bungalow meet all our expectations and needs."

    So close to the sea and was a brilliant base for our holiday. Stayed July 2015

    Mr BywaterJul 2015

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  • Ground floor via the rear of the property; Three Bedrooms: Bedroom 1, double bed
  • Bedroom 2, twin single beds
  • Bedroom 3, twin single beds
  • Bathroom with bath, hand basin and WC
  • Second WC with hand basin and shower
  • Ideal for the elderly being on ground floor level
  • Large kitchen with separate dining area
  • Sitting room, with open fire.
  • Oil fired central heating, Fridge/Freezer washer/dryer, dishwasher, CD Player / radio, DVD player.TV
  • Wifi
  • Fuel and Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and Towels inc. in rent
  • Private off road parking for 2 cars
  • Cot
  • Garden with table and chairs
  • Sorry no Smoking.

The property

Woodlands Cottage is a secluded bungalow which is set amongst the trees on the edge of Ringstead Wood and lies about half a mile from the beach.

Glimpses of the sea can be seen through the trees in the garden.

The very large enclosed garden is laid to lawn...

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About the location


Ringstead Bay is an unspoilt pebble beach on the Jurassic coastline surrounded by striking cliffs and farmland. The original village mentioned in the doomsday book no longer exists, but there is now a small vibrant community nestled at the back of the bay in a variety of unique houses. You can enjoy walking the South West Coast path or meander through the woodland walks, whatever your preference this is a gorgeous place to be outside. When you are ready to explore further afield, you will find Lulworth Cove and Durdle door a short 11 miles away and Weymouth with it’s beautiful beach and plentiful restaurants and cafes 7 miles to the west. The Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World Rescue, and Tyneham Village all offer varied and interesting days out just a short drive from Ringstead, presuming you can tear yourselves away from the unspoilt beach.

Region Information

Note: the duvets and pillows may contain feathers and may not be hollow fibre
Note: Maximum 2 well behaved dogs.
Note: Please provide your own cot linen.
Note. Logs provided in Autumn and Winter
Any proposed booking with a changeover on a non standard date must first be cleared with the respective cleaners.
Please note that mobile signal at Woodlands Cottage is variable depending on the service provider.
Note: The hill road into Ringstead will be closed from 9am to 5pm on the 26th and 27th April due to the road being re-laid.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas