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South Lodge

(Ref. 969185)

Hazelbury Bryan, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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98 Customer Reviews

  • "South Lodge is simply perfect!"

    Every detail is taken care of to make your stay very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Cecilia5.0Jul 2024

  • "A very well equipped and comfortable place to stay, especially after a day out when a cup of tea and a relax in the lovely conservatory is needed!"

    All the essentials are provided, and the “starter pack” of tea, coffee, sugar, milk, a loaf of bread, carton of orange juice, eight eggs, a jar of honey (from the owners bee hives) and, not forgetting the very tasty homemade jam sponge cake was most welcome. Thank you Linda and Mark.

    Reviewed by Ron5.0Jun 2024

  • "Beautifully equipped cottage so comfy excellent standards well situated for the ..."

    Beautifully equipped cottage so comfy excellent standards well situated for the beautiful Dorset Countryside Very relaxing and peaceful stay 5* accommodation perfect break and we will always remember Nellie the dog and the Bees

    Thank you for your lovely comments. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2024

  • "South Lodge is a fantastic property and the owners have clearly put a lot of thought into it."

    We were particularly impressed by book of instructions/recommendations/advice - it contained absolutely everything we needed to know, and more! We greatly appreciated the welcome gift of fresh bread, milk, eggs (from the owners' chickens), honey (from their beehives) and homemade cake, and the daily visits from the Guest Relations Officer (their dog, Nellie). We have already recommended this property to others and will continue to do so.

    Thank you for your comments and wonderful feedback and for recommending our property, very much appreciated. Nellie our PA particularly liked her tummy rubs. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jeni5.0May 2024

  • "The cottage was first rate."

    It is obvious that the owners have put alot of thought and effort into the property and the needs of their guests. Having hired holiday accommodation for over 40 years this is the first time an owner has asked if we would prefer a lower tog duvet the absence of which has been a major source of annoyance in the past. Kudos to Linda and Mark.

    Thank you for your comments and wonderful feedback. We have stayed in many holiday cottages over the years, and this led us to think about the customer experience. So changing your duvet to a lower tog when the weather changed was for you to enjoy your stay and have a better night's sleep. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0May 2024

  • "The property was beautiful, as was the garden."

    South Lodge contained everything a traveller could want and more. It was one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. The owner left us many goodies, as well as basics: eggs from their hens; honey from their bees and a delicious cake, which we enjoyed each teatime.

    Thank you for your lovely, kind feedback. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I'm also pleased you both enjoyed our homemade goodies. I quite often congratulate our bees and hens, all my girls have names but there are far too many to mention, without their contribution, our welcome pack wouldn't be as nice. South Lodge will always welcome you back anytime. Thank you for the lovely card. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0Apr 2024

  • "A lovely little property in a quiet Dorset village."

    The property was as described but exceeded expectations. It's finished and maintained to an extremely high standard. It was spotlessly clean and equipped with everything you'll require for your stay. Eggs, bread, milk and a lovely Victoria sponge were also provided. I'd definitely use South Lodge again. Highly recommended!

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to the South Lodge. Kind regards Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2024

  • "It's just like other reviews say quiet,peaceful, clean and everything you need ..."

    It's just like other reviews say quiet,peaceful, clean and everything you need plus more we had a lovely stay and thanks for the extras

    Thank you for your lovely comments about your stay at the South Lodge. Glad you enjoyed your homemade goodies! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2024

  • "A very well presented, clean and equipped property."

    Bread, milk,honey and homemade cake was a great touch. Highly recommended.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback and for taking the time to leave a review, very much appreciated. Best wishes Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Mar 2024

  • "Great little cottage with everything we needed ,our hosts Linda and Mark ..."

    Great little cottage with everything we needed ,our hosts Linda and Mark surprised us with a lovely welcome which was greatly appreciated, We visited the local pub on our first evening hoping to get some food but unfortunately they no longer serve food but we did go to other local pub come restaurants and were particularly taken with The Halsey Arms which served great food other than that we had a great chill out week and would definitely visit again thanks again to our hosts

    Thank you for your lovely feedback. I'm glad you like the welcome pack. The Antelope, our local pub, will be serving food from May onwards (though only on Fri/Sat/Sun). As you found, there are plenty of other pubs in the area, The Halsey Arms being one of them. Thank you for booking with us and we would love to see you both again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Feb 2024

  • "We had a wonderful stay at South Lodge, the pictures do not give it justice!"

    We ate in mostly as the kitchen facilities were excellent, everything we needed and so clean. Homemade cake on arrival, milk, bread, own honey and eggs. I would say this was the best Sykes cottage we have stayed in. A base to discover Dorset, Somerset and Devon. Being more inland we enjoyed travelling to more distant areas. Wonderful night sky and owls communicating with each other across the fields. For a holiday in February it was a perfect relaxing recharge.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback concerning your stay at South Lodge. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and I'm glad you thought our location was a wonderful base to explore other areas. And yes, having no streetlights makes for a perfect sky at night to enjoy Thank you again for your feedback and for booking with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Feb 2024

  • "This is an outstanding rental property."

    South Lodge has every possible comfort, is beautifully furnished, has lots of special little touches and was immaculately clean. The generous food "starter" pack was greatly appreciated....especially the home-made cake! Thank you so much Linda and Mark for all the thought given and effort made to offer such a very wonderful holiday home. We had an absolutely fantastic stay with you.

    Thank you very much for the lovely positive feedback, it really is very important to us. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay here and found The Retreat so clean and comfortable. We would welcome you back as guests anytime at all. Once again, thank you for taking the time to leave such positive feedback. It was a pleasure to meet you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Jan 2024

  • "Our third stay here- a home from home."

    Cosy, comfortable, clean. Well equipped kitchen and comfortable beds. Lovely quiet area and Linda leaves bread, eggs and homemade cake, which is a lovely touch.

    Thank you for your kind words. It means a lot to hear that guests enjoyed their stay. Also, it was lovely to see you both, it means so much when a customer returns. Thank you again for your kind feedback, and we hope you will choose to visit us again soon. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very well appointed cottage immaculately presented with the best visitor instructions we have seen."

    A warm property with off-road parking and only a short walk to pub and shop Lovely cake, eggs, milk, bread and honey made by owners on our arrival. Highly recommended.

    Hello David, You were both really lovely guests, it's so nice when people appreciate our lodge. Thank you for leaving the lodge so clean. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Nov 2023

  • "We have stayed in lots of good places but this was one of the best."

    It is a beautifully furnished, comfy and warm cottage located in a lovely peaceful village. The cottage is extremely well equipped down to such detail as emergency torches and Hi-Vis jackets for walking during darkness. There was lots of information on local amenities and places to go. Absolutely spotless too. On arrival we were greeted by a lovely cake, the best we’ve had! Lots of provisions including milk, eggs and honey (thanks Linda, and to the bees and chickens that live in the garden), much appreciated! Owners Linda, Mark and Nellie the dog were extremely friendly and welcoming. All in all a wonderful holiday, thank you! Ps the bees do not go anywhere near the cottage and its garden so don’t worry about them at all.

    Fantastic to hear you had such a good holiday at South Lodge and thank you for taking the time to let other people know of your positive experience. Glad you mentioned our bees, they don't go near the cottage the only intuition might be from Nellie the dog. Honestly, it was really lovely to meet you both. Thank you for booking with us. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Oct 2023

  • "South Lodge was a delight."

    Very comfortable and cosy. Kitchen well equipped, good sized mugs (always a plus for us). Everything we needed for our stay. Little extras - tea and coffee, home made cake, eggs, juice, milk, bread and honey, USB sockets and a hairdryer made it especially nice. The local pub is at the end of the lane, sadly they only do food at the weekend, so didn’t get to sample it, but a very friendly welcome from all including the various dogs with their owners and happy hour 5-7pm nightly. Would definitely stay again.

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and found it to be so well equipped and loved the mugs. The local pub has a busy happy hour which is popular with all. Would love for you to stay again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Oct 2023

  • "Just perfect, very comfy, beautifully clean, lots of hot water all you can ask for plus a good position to explore Dorset a beautiful county, A visit to the Sculptures by the lakes is a must for all, a really good day out."

    Our hosts were lovely and very welcoming plus the fresh eggs, bread, milk and a home made cake ! Not forgetting the lovely honey.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your lovely comments. I particularly love the lakes it is absolutely enchanting and well worth a visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lin & mark were such a lovely friendly couple and most attentive to all our needs."

    It was a beautiful place to stay. We would definitely love to go back to south lodge. The local Antelope pub was an ideal place to walk to in the evening & they made us feel very welcome.

    Thank you for your review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we look forward to seeing you both again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne4.7Sep 2023

  • "We had a wonderful short break in South Lodge."

    The owners had left home made cake, eggs from their chickens, milk, juice, bread and even honey from their bees - so very thoughtful. The garden was amazing, the photo in the details really doesn't do it justice. Just wish we could have stayed longer. For another time though!

    Thank you for this lovely review. We're delighted you had such a lovely time and hope we can welcome you again as it would be lovely to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2023

  • "The accommodation known as South Lodge exceeded our expectations."

    Although there were just the two of us our comments relate to the downstairs as the upstairs area was not used at all. The place itself was spotless and so well thought out. It had everything we needed and the owners had thought of everything from a torch to blankets and everything else. The little touches on arrival like the baked cake, honey and juice, plus the fresh eggs from their own chickens were a delight. Linda and Mark were there if needed but otherwise did not interfere. This was one of the nicest places we had visited as a couple and we have been to a few now. It is so well located for visiting places of interest in Dorset. We would like to recommend the “Sculptures by the Lake” as a special place to visit and is well worth a mention. There is only one thing that would help and that is a mirror opposite for exiting the property as the lane and shrubbery makes it difficult to see traffic on the lane, otherwise perfection!

    Thank you for your lovely review it was a pleasure to read. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Sculptures by the Lake, it's a wonderful, relaxing place to visit. Really special. We have now placed a mirror opposite the entrance, thank you for bringing this to our attention. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Jul 2023

  • "This cottage was fantastic."

    Very clean (and I am really fussy about cleanliness) very comfortable and it was so nice to have a little private yard with a table and chairs there to eat outside. I would definitely recommend staying here if you are traveling in the area. We were so happy that we chose this property, we were in the area to attend a wedding and it was a great find.

    Thank you for your review certainly makes our efforts worthwhile. We enjoy creating a wonderful experience for our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Jun 2023

  • "We greatly enjoyed our stay."

    The cottage is situated in a most beautiful area of Dorset and is very comfortable, clean and well equipped. There is a conservatory and garden in which you can relax. The welcome-pack we were given was exceptionally generous. Although the owners live next door and called to check that all was well, they did not otherwise bother us. Overall, a very good place to stay and we certainly hope to go again.

    How lovely, so good to hear you have enjoyed the Lodge. Thank you for your review, we do appreciate it and hope you will come again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely stay."

    Everything you need is in the cottage. Lovely cake and provisions left to welcome you. Nellie the pup was lovely. Lovely weather too. Nothing to dislike. Thankyou.

    Thank you for your review it was a pleasure to have you as our guests. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jun 2023

  • "A very quiet, comfortable & well-equipped cottage."

    Thoroughly enjoyed just relaxing in the lovely cottage garden and sitting in the conservatory in the evening. Numerous walks around the village and further afield if you feel energetic! Thank you Mark & Linda for the delicious honey, cake and eggs.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. Glad you liked our honey and eggs which come straight from our garden. It makes our efforts worthwhile. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Frances5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great hosts who provided so many little extras."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this pretty location. The accommodation is outstanding throughout with so much attention to detail. Would definitely stay again.

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. It would be lovely to see you both again Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0May 2023

  • "If you're torn between here, and staying closer to the coast, stay here!"

    It's a really beautiful property, clean and comfortable and very well appointed. The owner was lovely, and provided delicious cake, and honey and eggs from their own property. I would highly recommend staying here. Just for practical info for anyone who books here, things provided over and above the usual include dishwasher tablets, kitchen roll, salt, pepper and oil, ketchup and brown sauce, cling film and foil (and the sharp knives are actually good).

    Thank you so much for your kind words. it's good to hear that guests appreciate the effect of maintaining the cottage to a high standard. It was a pleasure to meet you and your husband. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0May 2023

  • "This well appointed holiday let was an ideal base from which to explore the Dorset countryside and visit interesting local towns such as Sturminster Newton, Shaftsbury and Sherbourne."

    Having the helpful owners next door was a big plus, as was the local produce, which was awaiting our arrival. We would have no hesitation in recommending the cottage to others, or returning in the future.

    Thank you so much for your feedback. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at South Lodge. It would be a pleasure to see you both again. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by David5.0Apr 2023

  • "South Lodge is such a beautiful, clean, well equipped, excellently located cottage run by the lovely Linda and Mark and we could not recommend it highly enough."

    The welcome gifts were above and beyond what we’ve ever had before and included fresh eggs from their hens, honey from Mark’s bees and Linda’s AMAZING home-made cake. The sunsets from the conservatory were glorious, the garden so pretty in Spring - and there was a wine cooler! We loved our 4 nights here and wished we’d stayed longer. We would not hesitate to stay here again and I couldn’t imagine a lovelier Dorset home from home. And special mention to gorgeous Nellie-dog who we got to meet and loves tickles and fuss. Recommended! A perfect stay. Thank you!

    Thank you so much for this lovely review. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay and especially enjoyed our welcome pack. It's always a pleasure to get such wonderful feedback, telling us that we are doing everything right for guests. Thank you again. Nellie loved the tummy cuddles. Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was our first time staying at South Lodge and it was worth every penny."

    We had a lovely stay and the owner Linda's extra hospitality touches made all the difference. We highly recommend this property and a huge thank you for a wonderful stay. We will be back.

    Thank you for providing us with such lovely feedback on your stay at South Lodge. We are so glad to hear that you plan on visiting again. We genuinely enjoy having guests. We can't wait to see you again soon. Many thanks, Linda Property Owner

    Reviewed by Luke5.0Mar 2023

  • "This property was excellent, cosy warm and the owners were lovely people."

    There was home made cake left milk orange and bread tea coffee and sugar very welcomed. I would definitely recommend this property, nothing was too much trouble for them.

    Thank you for your lovely comment. It's nice to know you enjoyed your stay and it was a pleasure to meet you and your husband Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Feb 2023

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely location and one of the nicest we have ever stayed in."

    The bed was extremely comfortable, it was really clean, it had nice quality fittings and a generous welcome pack. What’s not to like! I would concur with all the previous reviews and I’d have no hesitation in recommending the house to friends. We hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week’s stay at South Lodge."

    It really was a home away from home. The owners have thought of everything to make your stay extra special - we particularly enjoyed the welcome pack which included delicious freshly laid eggs and a homemade cake - thank you! The bed and pillows/duvet were really comfortable, the cotton bedding very welcome, and the peace and quiet ensures a good night’s sleep. We enjoyed sitting in the conservatory reading a book and in the evenings snuggling down in front of the log burner. The cottage is in a great central location close to reach many places of interest. We are already looking at booking again for next year!

    Thank you Angela for your lovely review, so glad you enjoyed your stay. You left the Lodge spotless which was much appreciated and I look forward to welcoming you back! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a lovely time at South Lodge."

    The property is do comfertable with everything you could need. Even though we were not lucky with the weather we enjoyed our 4 nights. The kitchen was lovely and well kitted . The fire i enjoyed using and everything felt so comfy and homely. The area was quiet and we liked the short drive to Sturminster Newton. Overall a lovely stay and will be back to enjoy Linda's delicious home made cake .

    Thank you Andrew for your kind words and brilliant review. I'm really delighted that you appreciated everything so much, it makes it all worthwhile! I hope I can welcome you here again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely stay at a vey special little property."

    Lovely walks in the area, many across fields! Enjoyed a couple of meals at the Antelope Inn. Very good with friendly staff. Loved special touches with sponge cake and eggs,along with bread and milk, very much appreciated. Many thanks to Linda and Mark, hope to visit again.

    So glad you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your lovely comments. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael4.4Sep 2022

  • "We booked a last minute stay to this amazing cottage and so glad we did."

    The house was perfect for us and our 2 boys (11 and 15). The rooms are just lovely, immaculately clean and very well equipped. The garden was also a great space. Only 30 mins to tank museum and monkey world, both worth a visit. We had such a great weekend and would not hesitate to recommend. Thank you for a wonderful weekend.

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback, it means a lot to hear you have had a good time. I'm glad to got visit Monkey World it's wonderful for families and it's not too far to travel Property Owner

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have just had a lovely week at South Lodge."

    The cottage is extremely well kitted out, as no expense has been spared. It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. We were greeted with a supply of milk, honey, eggs, bread and a tasty homemade Victoria sponge - this was such a welcoming touch and much appreciated after a long drive. We even had the opportunity of feeding Linda and Mark's beautiful chickens - my daughters thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We would not hesitate to recommend this place (in fact, we have done already!) Thank you Linda and Mark - your hosting skills are second to none.

    wow, thank you very much for such a lovely review. I'm glad you had a wonderful stay with us and thank you for leaving your positive comments, so lovely to read. We strive to provide a welcoming and comfortable place for people to visit and our girls (chickens) love visitors as well. You are welcome back at any time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Aug 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay in Linda's beautiful cottage."

    The cottage was immaculately decorated with lovely little touches. It was extremely well equipped- there was a clotheshorse, pegs, iron and washing basket. There was nothing missing. We loved the freshly laid eggs and delicious homemade cake which Linda left for us. We would not hesitate to return.

    It was a pleasure having you all as guests. I shall treasure the delightful note one of your daughters left for me, my heart was touched, and my spirited lifed. Thank you Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mohit5.0Jul 2022

  • "Linda and Msrk, own South Lodge and it is."

    Amazing, cleanliness and so much more are perfect. The welcoming pack was so helpful, John loved the homemake cake too!

    Thank you for your positive feedback and for your kind words - much appreciated. We are glad that you had an enjoyable stay at South Lodge and you would be most welcome to stay here again. All the best to you Jeanx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jean Lesley and John5.0Jun 2022

  • "Enjoyed our stay in a lovely part of Dorset."

    The cottage is on a quiet lane, with easy local walks and village facilities. We especially appreciated the light conservatory, the secluded patio, and the homemade cake and eggs as part of the arrival provisions. Linda was a welcoming and considerate host.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, it was our pleasure to have you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2022

  • "South Lodge is fantastic, just a great place to stay for a holiday."

    It is beautifully presented and is equipped with everything you could want, and more. The listing doesn’t do it justice. The owners are very friendly and the touches such as having bread, milk, fresh eggs and a homemade cake on arrival were hugely appreciated. The location is good too. If you want to experience the best of Dorset, look no further. We cannot recommend it highly enough !

    Thanks Greg, It was lovely to meet you and I appreciate your kind words. Very uplifting, I hope you visit us again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Greg5.0May 2022

  • "Well appointed property, nicely presented, very welcoming hosts and incredibly clean."

    Reviewed by T5.0Apr 2022

  • "Perfect property, very accommodating, outstanding stay here and would highly recommend."

    We felt at home here and the small attention to details went far. We appreciated the information given in our pack of the property and location, the owners providing toiletries and cleaning products. We really appreciated the items in the fridge, eggs, bread and the baked cake which was delicious! Thank you. The area itself is picturesque, relaxing and quiet. We enjoyed day trips to the surrounding areas such as Somerset, Bournemouth and Weymouth which were all pretty straight forward to travel to using our satnav. Many thanks to the owners for a lovely relaxing stay which was a welcomed break from our busy lifestyle at home.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Mar 2022

  • "We had a fabulous stay in this lovely Lodge."

    It was spotlessly clean, very well equipped and very warm and cosy (despite the cold weather). My husband had fun creating a real fire every day. The owners cater for your every requirement with information, books, games and wifi. Very quiet area and we loved to sit in the conservatory, when the sun was out, and watch the birds feeding. Delightful private outside seating area too. Kitchen very well equipped. We had a great stay and can't wait to return.

    Hello Dawn So pleased you enjoyed your stay. Thank you so much for your note, made my day. Look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Linda:). Property Owner

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Feb 2022

  • "This was our second stay at South Lodge and everything was as clean and perfect as before."

    Thank you for the lovely gifts of cake, eggs, milk, juice and bread! This house is very comfortable, with a really well equipped kitchen, and super bed linen. The outside area would be wonderful in warmer weather too, but we were there in February. There's a modern log burning fire, but the heating works well. One does need a car, but we knew that. Super place for visiting Sherborne, Dorchester,, Bournemouth or Swanage, along with many other towns and National Trust properties.

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Feb 2022

  • "Visited as a couple with with two more adult family members joining us for the majority of the week."

    We have all stayed in many cottages over the years but South Lodge rates with the very best of them in terms of facilities, comfort and the quality of fixtures and fittings, attention to detail from the owners was very impressive with comprehensive printed details, not to mention the beautiful cake provided when we arrived, together with milk, eggs, orange juice and tea and coffee ect, very impressive. The spiral stairs to the first floor bedroom proved a little tight for the largest member of our party but it made a great use of the space available. Although it's a bit of a drive from any main town the scenery makes up for this, we had done our homework first so issues. Hard to find any fault with it at all, to many lovely features to mention, I would not hesitate to recommend and would certainly return. Thanks for a great stay.

    I really appreciate your feedback and thank you for taking the time. It made a very delightful read and I'm glad you enjoyed my cake during your stay. I hope to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Feb 2022

  • "We stayed at South Lodge for a short break, the property was very well equipped, the accommodation was great, clean and spotless."

    Some nice touches eggs, bread and milk provided, overall we had a fantastic time and we will return later this year for a much longer stay.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Jan 2022

  • "We stayed for the weekend in this lovely little cottage with our two friends."

    We took the upstairs room. We loved it! It’s so cosy. Had everything you need and more! Very clean. Lovely fire for the winter. So peaceful. Nice garden, considering coming back in summer to enjoy more! Very quaint little village with lovely people. The pub down the road is really nice. All the attention to detail made it a perfect little getaway for us. Comfy beds and linen. Lovely soft towels. Milk, eggs and bread for our stay. Logs for the fire. Lovely decor. Yes we couldn’t fault it! The owners are very lovely people and nothing was too much trouble. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Amie5.0Jan 2022

  • "I cannot express how perfect our stay was, everything you could need and more for a little break."

    Every small detail thought of and more. Thank you for having us!

    Thank you for giving us a perfect rating its very kind of you. I'm over the moon with your review and glad you both enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jan 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at South Lodge exploring all the picturesque towns and villages and visiting the Christmas markets."

    The property was beautiful with everything you could possibly need. Truly worthy of the 5 tick rating. Thank you

    Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our cottage. We genuinely care about giving our customers a 1st class experience. Many thanks for taking the time to post a review – it’s appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Dec 2021

  • "We have stayed in several cottages over the years and this has to be the best."

    Very clean with every thing you need this was our second stay and hopefully not the last.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "South Lodge is a 5 star + cottage in every aspect."

    We would definitely recommend it. The location was excellent for exploring Dorset.

    Reviewed by Clive5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at South Lodge."

    It had everything we needed for a great stay and the accommodation was perfect, and a lovely place to return to after a day out exploring the local area. We enjoyed seeing the chickens each day and appreciated the eggs waiting for us when we arrived, along with the home made cake. Thank you Mark and Linda for all your efforts to create such a perfect holiday home.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Aug 2021

  • "A fantastic family holiday."

    The cottage was beautiful and very well equipped. The beds were very comfortable, which is a rare find!! The local pub was lovely and welcoming. We had great fun exploring Dorset and visiting the sites, with favourites being shell beach and Brownsea Island x

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2021

  • "Marc and Linda's cottage is delightful in every way: it is very well maintained, extremely clean, and skilfully decorated with a lovely conservatory and even a wood burner."

    Home baked cake and eggs from the owner's hens welcomed us upon arrival. We highly recommend South Lodge

    Reviewed by Virginie5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely comfortable cottage in excellent location for local walking and for visiting many attractive Dorset villages."

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2021

  • "Excellent property would stay again if in area ."

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jun 2021

  • "We had a fantastic holiday at South Lodge."

    The cottage exceeded our expectations. It was spotless, the kitchen had everything in it you could think of, there was a lovely welcome pack and the owners were extremely helpful. The pub in the village was friendly and the food was excellent. Couldn’t fault the property or the location.

    Reviewed by Ruth4.7May 2021

  • "Amazing Cottage in Hazelbury Bryan."

    My favourite place was the beautiful Conservatory, a fabulous place to sit and relax, read and enjoy the delightful Bantam Chickens. The decor throughout was stylish and classy and the property spotlessly clean. The sofas are extremely comfortable for a relaxing evening in front of the TV and wood burning stove. The kitchen is fully equipped and designed to a very high specification, just loved the sliding oven door. The bedroom is luxurious and the bed linen of a very high quality and the bed was the most comfortable I have sept in. Having everything on one level was a real bonus, we didn't need to use the twin room on the first floor. We had a lovely meal on the patio, in the sunshine for my husband’s birthday. Linda's homemade sponge, marmalade and fresh eggs were a delight and the welcome information pack extremely helpful. The Antelope Inn, just a short walk away is defiantly worth a visit, hope to be able to go inside on our next visit. Linda and Mark really have thought of everything, thank you. Everything about South Lodge was fantastic, would highly recommend you visit, we hope to visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Dawn5.0Apr 2021

  • "The cottage was superb."

    Clean and very well equipped and furnished. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Oct 2020

  • "Fantastic cottage in a lovely quiet rural location close to a traditional village pub."

    Cottage was furnished to a very high standard & really well equipped, the owners had thought of everything. Some very special touches were the delicious home made cake, fresh eggs laid by the owners hens, bread, milk & marmalade. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Oct 2020

  • "The cottage when we arrived was exactly as described."

    It was extremely clean and tidy, everything you could think of was provided for and as an extra nice touch Linda & Mark, the owners, had baked us a lovely homemade cake and provided a pot of homemade Jam, Wholemeal Cob and a basket of free range eggs. The Conservatory was our favourite place where we spent every morning having a coffee and relaxing. In the evenings we spent many a cosy night snuggling up on the comfortable sofa warmed by the Log burner which came with unlimited logs, Kindling and firelighters which was another lovely touch from the owners. As a holiday cottage we cannot recommend the South Lodge enough, it was fantastic and we shall be recommending it to our friends and family thats for sure.

    Reviewed by David4.7Sep 2020

  • "Fabulous place to stay, property furnished beautifully, lovely gardens to enjoy."

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Sep 2020

  • "The cottage was in immaculate condition and is decked out with lovely furniture."

    It was a lovely welcome surprise to have a beautiful cake and a basket of fresh hens eggs on arrival! The owners were very strictly observing social distancing when needed and there were clear measures for cleaning so that guests felt secure about COVID controls. The wonders were very friendly and helpful. We had a lovely two weeks.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had such a lovely week at South Lodge."

    Linda and Mark have thought of everything for their guests' comfort and needs. The cottage is beautiful, extremely clean and very well equipped including very thoughtful extras such as bread, milk, eggs and very yummy cake! We would definitely recommend a stay at this lovely cottage, you will not be disappointed.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a wonderful week at south lodge."

    In light of the current circumstances with coronavirus we were a little concerned about being away from home. The cottage was spotless and our minds were put at ease straight away. The owners had left a detailed welcome pack outlining all the cleaning that had happened and what precautions had been taken to make the house safe for us plus information about where to find things etc. We were also welcomed with a homemade cake, fresh eggs, milk and bread - all very much appreciated. We arrived late on the first night but the owner Julie did pop round on the Sunday evening to make sure all was ok. She maintained socially distant for the chat and it was lovely to meet her. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the chickens in the garden everyday although if you don’t like chickens don’t let that put you off as they can be blocked from entering the garden if you wish. The cottage is beautiful and true to the photos. I would thoroughly recommend South Lodge to anyone looking for a quiet break away from normal busy day to day life.

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Jul 2020

  • "What a little gem."

    Absolute credit to the owners. It certainly exceeded our expectations from the minute we arrived to walking through the door. Everything oozed quality, comfort & cleanliness. Quality kitchen with granite worktops and stocked with everything you would need. Loved the swivel log burner, so much so we are thinking of getting one. A big thank you to Linda & Mark for making our week perfect. We will definitely be returning. And thank you for the cake and the added extras. You will not be disappointed if you book 'South Lodge'. 10/10 from us!

    Reviewed by Roy5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage is extrememly cosy, tastefully furnished to a very high standard and very comfortable."

    It was lovely to see the pretty chickens pecking about free-range in the garden.

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Feb 2020

  • "An excellent high quality cottage providing a very comfortable place to relax and unwind from routine."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Nov 2019

  • "A lovely cottage which is immaculately maintained."

    Friendly and professional owners make this an exceptional place.

    Reviewed by J5.0Nov 2019

  • "Excellent cottage with every comfort."

    Very clean and tidy, lovely garden. Probably most suited to a couple or 2 adults plus 2 children. The upper twin room is served by a narrow spiral staircase and there is only one shower/bath. Perfect for us though, and good off-road parking.

    Reviewed by John5.0Sep 2019

  • "A wonderful cottage set in a quiet Dorset village."

    Thoroughly enjoyed my stay at South Lodge, everything inside the accommodation is of an exceptionally high standard and beautifully decorated. A lovely garden to sit in as well as outdoor furniture to relax on after a day out exploring. Met the Bantam Hens, who all have their own individual characters. I was left some freshly laid eggs, as well as a home made cake and a selection of other tasty treats, so thank you to Linda and Mark the owners of the cottage for those, a very kind thought. As a keen photographer, I would definitely highly recommend this cottage to anyone looking to stay in and around the spectacular Jurassic Coastal region, an ideal location to visit the outstanding beaches in the area as well as peaceful countryside walks and beautiful gardens to enjoy. South Lodge is somewhere you won't want to leave at the end of your holiday as you reluctantly hand back the keys.....

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2019

  • "Booking with Sykes was done with ease and the information about the area in the run up to our holiday was helpful."

    South Lodge was perfect! Cosy, but enough space for our family, with a lovely outside area. The property was immaculately presented, comfortable and wonderfully clean. The owners had kindly left us some essentials to start us off (including the delicious cake!). We met them and their chickens during our stay and they were all so friendly and welcoming. The property was a drive away from many of the places we wanted to visit during our stay, but a wonderful haven to return to at the end of each day. We would highly recommend South Lodge!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was of a very high standard - the attention to detail was notable and the extra touches such as the eggs from the hens and the delicious home made cake made this the best cottage we have stayed in."

    Very hard to leave!

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0Aug 2019

  • "Firstly, Sykes holidays have been very helpful and I would use again!"

    Having just returned from"South Lodge" I can honestly say we had absolutely nothing to complain about. Everything was PERFECT! Linda and Mark. The lovely hosts were friendly and helpful. The bread and eggs that Linda left perfect, And the homemade victoria sponge was delicious. The property is very high spec" Even down to the linen and crockery. Beds very comfortable, Peaceful and relaxing. My favourite place was the conservatory. (Which is bigger than the pics) And the cute little Pekin/Bantam chickens that visit are adorable. This place is highly recommended. 5* All round. I would return. Thankyou Linda and Mark..

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jul 2019

  • "Cottage was lovely and very well equipped."

    We looked forward to returning there after a day out and it had everything we needed for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. Linda and Mark were very thoughtful and helpful and were available if their assistance was needed. We enjoyed the food items kindly provided for us, especially the eggs and the cake! Would definitely like to return in the future.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jul 2019

  • "Beautiful, immaculate holiday cottage with everything you could wish for."

    Friendly but non-intrusive owners. When we arrived it was really nice to find a home made cake, milk, bread, marmalade and eggs from the chickens who visited us every day. We loved sitting in the conservatory watching the birds feeding when we were in the cottage. The conservatory overlooked a private sectioned off garden with a lovely patio area and you could see the owner's lovely, huge garden over the small picket fence. All in all we had the most enjoyable week and would not hesitate to recommend.

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jun 2019

  • "A brilliant little property, suitable for two couples, or perhaps a small family."

    Very well appointed property with ever helpful owners just next door. Ideally located for lots of National Trust properties, useful if the weather is not perfect, and quite close, of course, to the beautiful scenery of the south coast. Plenty of public footpath type walks criss-crossing the area very good indeed if the weather is on your side. PS, if you are into astronomy, this is the place for you, very dark skies and few streetlamps. And the chickens are adorable!

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jun 2019

  • "My son and I enjoyed South Lodge very much and we already had stayed there 3 times, the owner Mrs."

    Linda Taylor is very kind and friendly. I think we will be back there for holiday in the future.

    Reviewed by Yulong5.0May 2019

  • "Probably the nicest place we have rented for a short holiday in England."

    Loved the conservatory and outside seating and the visits from the bantam hens. Very well equipped cottage with a like-new kitchen (check out all of the photos). We appreciated the comfy beds and welcoming chocs and home made Victoria sponge, etc. We’d hope to stay here again if we revisit this area. Lovely quiet surroundings. Useful Spar shop just a few hundred metres past the nearby pub. The Wednesday Fish and Chip van was very good too!

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Apr 2019

  • "This is a very high quality holiday let."

    Our second visit because of this. Very nice extra touches by the friendly owners too.

    Reviewed by J5.0Mar 2019

  • "The perfect place to be South Lodge is wonderful."

    It's not very usual to arrive to the cottage you have rented and find out that it's much better than what you thought and that you don't want to leave at all. Everything you may need. Romantic and lovely. The place is so beautiful. And the hosts are absolutely great and respectful of your privacy. Such a great experience. I would recommend it to anyone.

    Reviewed by Carlos5.0Dec 2018

  • "This is the best holiday let we have experienced."

    High standard of comfort, style and facilities.

    Reviewed by J5.0Oct 2018

  • "This property is one of the best that we have stayed in would recommend to any one."

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2018

  • "We were extremely comfortable in this cottage, after flying from Australia it was so nice to be able to relax and enjoy our holiday, Linda and Mark were very helpful but not intrusive."

    We would certainly recommend this cottage (already have) and would book it again if in the area in the future. Having the fire was lovely and everything was very high quality, the area was beautiful. Will definitely use Sykes in the future.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Sep 2018

  • "As soon as I stepped into the front door of South Lodge I felt at home."

    It was beautifully decorated and so tastefully furnished. A lovely welcome of gifts including eggs which had been laid by the chickens. And the chickens did visit everyday. A lovely conservatory and garden to sit out in. Nice walks near-by and on a Thursday night its not too far to walk to the Village Hall for delicious Fish and Chips from the van that parks in the car park. A good base to travel around Dorset. Nice friendly pub and village store near-by. I can not forget to mention Linda and Mark, the owners who live next door. They did visit us to make sure we had settled in for our wonderful weeks holiday. I would definitely come back again and again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2018

  • "My son ( over from Tasmania ) and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in South lodge ."

    It was extremely well equipped and in an excellent location for the local attractions. My neighbours are considering coming to Dorset so I will recommend this property to them. Norman Thompson . Skipton.

    Reviewed by Norman5.0Aug 2018

  • "On opening the front door, it was a case of 'WOW', greeting us was a spotlessly clean, beautifully furnished, well laid out, & equipped to the highest standard property."

    The owners had carefully thought about & provided everything needed to make our stay thoroughly enjoyable, comfortable & peaceful. High quality fixtures & fittings throughout, a generous welcome pack incl. eggs from their chickens, plenty of interesting books, magazines & games incl. a Nintendo Wii, comprehensive detailed information on all aspects of our stay, local area information. Even down to the names of their individual chickens, which the owner was kind enough to introduce to my daughter. In my humble opinion, the benchmark for a holiday cottage. Thank you Mark & Linda. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Aug 2018

  • "South Lodge did really exceed our expactations."

    Very clean everywhere and a kitchen which was really full equipped. A lovely lodge, beautiful furnished. It was a pleasure to rent South Lodge for two weeks. Thank You very much Linda!

    Reviewed by Stefan5.0Jul 2018

  • "No complaints at all."

    Lovely well equipped cottage. Would certainly recommend .

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Jul 2018

  • "South lodge was a wonderful cottage to stay in, every amenity,comfortable and relaxing."

    lovely patio and garden. owners very helpful and friendly. the bantam chickens were lovely too. the village shop was so well stocked,very convenient. altogether couldnt be bettered.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jun 2018

  • "The attention to detail at this property was second to none."

    From the comfort of the bed to the range of kitchen equipment and utensils, not to mention the lovely garden/patio area, we couldn't fault this place. It made our stay a memorable one.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was beautifully set up, it had everything we could need, and everything was excellent quality."

    The hosts were friendly and responded very quickly to any needs we had.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Jun 2018

  • "South lodge has everything a family needs."

    From the moment we stepped inside we were totally relaxed. The wii kept us entertained in the evenings and the log burner made a romantic setting. It’s well situated within the Dorset countryside. Everyone in the area are friendly and helpful. We can’t wait to go back.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Mar 2018

  • "Might be a bit crowded for four people."

    Lovely conservatory and secluded outside table and chairs. The free ranging bantams were a delight!

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Mar 2018

  • "If you want a restful holiday, then South Lodge is for you."

    The cottage is lovely with everything you need and more. We arrived on the Friday and on Saturday and Sunday we had snow 4inches, but we were fine as we had everything we needed. Lovely wood stove very modern , a beautiful kitchen and a cosy lounge. And on the Monday we came back to the cottage after a day out , and sat in the beautiful sun room looking out onto the lovely garden, the warmth of the sun was wonderful. What a lovely find, we will go back again.Tony and Jan.

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Mar 2018

  • "Lovely location."

    Very friendly and helpful owners. Cottage very well appointed.

    Reviewed by Glyn5.0Mar 2018

  • "We stayed at South Lodge beginning March."

    It was superb. The accomodation was excellent, and had been fitted out to the highest standard. Ideally located. Would be happy to re-book in the future. John Sue,and Fiona

    Reviewed by John5.0Mar 2018

  • "This property was everything we wanted it to be, and more."

    It has been created and finished to a very high standard, to ensure a comfortable and luxurious stay. The garden view is beautiful, peaceful and rural, with both outside and inside seating facilities from the patio furniture or conservatory - depending on the weather. Inside, the décor is simply lovely, with very comfortable furnishings and beds, and good quality bedlinen. The extra upstairs washing/toilet facility was a real plus for us. The log fire worked very well indeed, and was easy to light and look after. We particularly enjoyed the peaceful location, yet within reasonable car journeys to a host of lovely towns and locations, such as Sherborne, Kingston Lacy, Blandford Forum and Weymouth. One certainly needs a car. The owners of the property live next door, and are very helpful and kind - providing a welcome pack of biscuits, tea, milk and so on. There is a shop in the village for other necessities, and we also used Sturminster Newton 5 miles away, for shopping and cafes. The TV worked well, including BBC iplayer and so on which was always reliable. The wifi also worked very well. We weren't able to get a mobile phone signal for making or receiving calls from the house, but this wasn't a problem for us. All together a super cottage and we would love to return soon. This was one of the very best self-catering accommodation we have stayed in, out of tens of cottages!

    Reviewed by Penelope5.0Feb 2018

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • First floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Conservatory.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge,with mini table top freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, 2 x Smart TV, Wii console, radio, WIFI, selection of books and games, electronic safe
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Rear patio with furniture and a lawn area
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 4 minute walk, shop 8 minute walk
  • Note: Be careful on spiral staircase
  • Note: This property does not accept children under 8 years of age

The property

Hazelbury Bryan 0.6 miles.

This wonderfully furnished annexe cottage sits at the edge of Hazelbury Bryan village in Dorset.

With its rural location and open plan living, South Lodge is the perfect base for a relaxing holiday.

On entering, you are welcomed by a fabulous open plan living area, where you will be immediately impressed by the high quality, stylish furnishings, including a stunning flame picture woodburning stove and a modern kitchen.

The wonderful master bedroom is located on the ground floor, and offers a kingsize bed with charming bed linen and features to make you feel right at home.

The ground floor is completed with a family bathroom and a versatile conservatory with seating, a Smart TV and a computer games console.

Take a walk up the elegant spiral staircase and discover the immaculate twin bedroom under the sloping ceiling with dormer and velux windows allowing natural light to flood into the room.

Make the most of your lovely patio area with seating for 4, accompanied by a private part of the owners' well-kept garden to enjoy.

Hazelbury Bryan is a tranquil little village with an 18th century traditional pub just a 4 minute walk down the road, just opposite the cricket pitch, and a small local shop 8 minutes away.

Close by are delightful towns to explore, including historic Sherborne, the bustling market town of Dorchester, and Shaftesbury with its views over Hardy's Blackmore Vale.

South Lodge is a stunning property in a fantastic rural location.

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About the location


Sherborne 10 miles; Yeovil 15 miles; Bournemouth 25 miles

A tranquil, rural village sat just outside of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hazelbury Bryan is a small, traditional village with thatched buildings, a parish church dating back prior to the 15th century and a popular pub that was built in 1750, it also boasts a Spar shop. In the village there is also a field with cricket and football facilities as well as a children's play area. Hazelbury Bryan proves itself to be a great base for exploring the outdoors with the Dorset and Cranborne Chase Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty easily accessible, offering great opportunities for walkers and cyclists with great views to accompany it. The village is rather secluded, with the nearest well-stocked town being Sherborne 10 miles away, it offers a good selection of shops and places to eat. If you fancy a trip to the coast, visit Bournemouth around 25 miles south, a delightful town with so much to see and do.

Note: This property does not accept children under 8 years of age

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas