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Fossil And The Cross Cottage

(Ref. 994206)

West Bexington, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

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53 Customer Reviews

  • "A wonderful, restful week spent at The Fossil and the Cross and its environs in an accurately described property with no major gripes."

    The worst thing was the low-powered shower - the best, the view out of the lounge doors towards Golden Cap and Lyme Regis, watching the light and weather change the scenery during the day. Certainly a candidate for a return visit.

    Reviewed by Peter Nicholas4.4Apr 2024

  • "The Cottage is set in beautiful well kept surroundings."

    It is a lovely quiet location, great views of the sea, lots of wildlife and in easy reach of a nice hotel for an evening drink. Maybe the furniture is a little tired, but a lovely place to stay with all the facilities you need and we look forward to returning.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.1Apr 2024

  • "Lovely views, gardens for our dog to roam around and plenty of great beaches to visit with cafe/restaurants that are dog friendly."

    A great base to discover the Jurassic coast. Beds very comfortable and we enjoyed the warmth of the log burner.

    Reviewed by Chris4.7Feb 2024

  • "Lovely cottage, warm and welcoming."

    Such a comfy bed and thanks for the Mulled wine!! (still to be drank) Shame we couldn't use the dvd player though.

    Reviewed by Sheila3.8Nov 2023

  • "Our 4th visit to Fossil in November to avoid bonfire night/week!"

    We have a nervous dog & as usual we had a lovely time. The cottage is spotless, well equipped & cosy. Also complete silence as usual. The views are spectacular especially from the lounge & bedroom & the garden/grounds are a delight & perfect for our dog. Hope to be back for a 5th visit in 2024!

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage with stunning view towards Lyme Regis."

    Cottage well equipped, I agree with previous comment about the sofa and chairs could have done with something with a higher back as no support for neck. Mattress will need replacing soon as sinking in the middle. We had a lovely stay and really appreciated the flowers and biscuits. If you are fortunate you will see pheasants and deer in the garden. One final point for the owner I’m guessing the tv has been recently replaced unfortunately the dvd player is no longer connected as it does not have a hdmi lead. Amazon delivered one for us but something the owner needs to sort.

    Reviewed by Julie4.1Oct 2023

  • "Great host’s!"

    Sue waited for us to arrive (we got lost). Piece of advice, trust ‘what 3 words’. Beautiful cottage, quiet area with a lot to see! We took our 2 3y old boys and we had a great time.

    Reviewed by Jania5.0Oct 2023

  • "Great little cottage, served us well for the week as a family with little ones."

    Few issues with taps and showers but the owner was very reactive and think as she mentioned it's not easy to get plumbers especially in rural area. We enjoyed our stay and would stay again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Oliver3.8Jul 2023

  • "What a fantastic place!"

    We fell in love with the cottage and especially liked the beautiful garden and grounds and the views down to the sea. The rewilding areas are great and really benefiting the wildlife: the place was full of butterflies and birds. The cottage was incredibly peaceful and comfortable and we had everything we needed. We had a great week with good weather and would love to come back again.

    Reviewed by Brendan4.7Jul 2023

  • "A lovely, relaxing place with an amazing view."

    Very helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Lorraine5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is a wonderful little cottage, and although situated close to two others you have complete privacy."

    The facilities were as expected and the cottage was very comfortable. Two great outdoor seating areas and such a wonderful view out to the bay too, a nice place to sit in complete peace and quiet with a glass of wine. Our two dogs had ample space to play and rest outside. A wonderful break in Dorset and a lovely peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jun 2023

  • "This is the second time we've visited this cottage and since my previous visit, I wondered if its under new management or cleaning company looking after the property as it looks and feels a bit neglected this visit."

    The cleaning before we arrived consisted of a wipe over but they forgot to wipe the extractor hood. The cups, plates and other kitchen equipment hadn't been checked and were all dirty and needed washing before we could use anything. The garden is overgrown with brambles poking onto the narrow pathway which was painful, the property roof eaves are hanging off / missing in places and the washing line is rendered useless with the hedge growing through it. The beautiful communal BBQ area was and still is half finished and now looks a bit derelict. It is NOT suitable for 4 adults, we were very cramped, the new seating in the living area is so uncomfortable compared to our previous visit and fits 3 adults max, the 4th person will have to be happy sitting on the floor. On our last visit we saw the lovely owner every day pottering around the garden with the gardeners and assistants, there is no one around caring for the gardens this time which makes me think it's under new ownership and we won't be returning to this cottage again sadly.

    Reviewed by James2.2Jun 2023

  • "We have stayed three times at the property and one of the main features that we loved was not available."

    The view from the living area and the patch of garden that looks over this view hadn't been cut so our kids could not play there as they had previously. Real shame as we all enjoyed sitting and having late night picnics there on previous visits.

    We are dedicated to improving habitats for wildlife and to enhance biodiversity as routine mowing removes habitats and vastly reduces biodiversity. Only shorter plants survive, which has a knock-on effect on the biodiversity of organisms such as pollinators and herbivores. Less frequent mowing will enable bees, butterflies and other such wildlife to take up residence in our gardens. We mow paths and selected patches of grass however given your helpful feedback we may extend the areas mowed outside Fossil and the Cross. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Darren3.8May 2023

  • "Amazing secluded spot."

    Peaceful with stunning views, and great for the dog.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0May 2023



    Reviewed by Janet3.8May 2023

  • "We loved our time at your lovely cottage."

    The cottage was a perfect haven for our holiday with our dog Luna feeling very welcome too. The garden was large, perfect and very private, although not secure but not a problem for us. For two of us, the cottage was a perfect size and equipped well. Our only suggestion would be to have a three seater sofa where the two seater is. There's space and would make a more comfortable living space especially for four people. We also found the pillows a bit soft and didn't sleep great because of this but that's personal preference. Thank you for a lovely stay.

    Reviewed by Angela4.4May 2023

  • "We had a very nice stay in the cottage."

    The wood burner was great as it was a bit chilly in the evening. The bed was very comfortable but the armchairs not so ! We loved the cottage with its great views but it was quite a climb up from the car park, not suitable if old or have walking disabilities. It's not every day that you see a pheasant walk past the door. We would go back ,though to the lower cottage

    Reviewed by Liz4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage set in the most beautiful gardens ,and wonderful views , a peaceful and comfortable place to stay , a larger couch would have been nice , and then it would be a 5 star all round , we will use this cottage again without a doubt ."

    Reviewed by Judith4.7Apr 2023

  • "Stunning location with great views ideally situated in centre of Dorset coast to visit all that it has to offer."

    Firstly the good bits - great location, stunning views from the cottage and its garden down the Jurassic Coast to Golden Cap and Lyme Regis, totally pin drop quiet, pretty garden, cosy and warm with wood burner and supply of wood, loads of walks from the door, comfortable bed, pleasant owner who lives close by and a 40 min drive takes you to nearly all of Dorset’s coastal attractions and into east Devon. Now the negatives - The main one is that it is a minute walk up a steep path from the car park area to the cottage and with four or five trips on arrival and departure it was quite exhausting (and we are relatively fit people in our mid 50’s). Secondly the cottage doesn’t have an enclosed garden area and is one of three cottages sharing an admittedly stunning communal garden and whilst the garden we had was private from the others and obviously ours, our dog had to be put on lead even just to go out for a wee in the mornings in case she wandered off. A small closed off area would be fab. Whilst the cottage has most of what you need and is comfortable don’t expect luxury as it is fairly basic with lots of stuff needing upgrading replacing especially the very small under worktop fridge freezer which is smaller than in our caravan, and dated microwave. The plates cups pots pans etc all a bit mis match showing signs of age, the curtains of the French door don’t fully close so we had to pin them together and there was no curtain or blinds at all in kitchen window or door which is disconcerting bearing in mind the garden is not enclosed and can be accessed by anyone. The main seating is comfortable enough for two but would be a squeeze for four especially if they all were adults and the telly is as small as they come. The heating was a wood burner and portable electric oil radiators (one still with two wheels missing) which were sufficient even in February but on arrival there was no kindling, firelighters or matches and the supplied lighter and newspapers did not get the fire going on the first night but we were not cold. A little more attention to detail and this cottage would be truly magnificent. It has no Wi-Fi so we brought our own plug WI-FI router and it worked ok. In summary Great central location, Stunning grounds, views and gorgeous sunsets - on a warm day we think you would struggle to pull yourself away from the sun drenched garden with its views and could spend all week enjoying it. The cottage could be so much more with small changes but we grew to love it during our week in February, were sad to leave and would return again.

    Reviewed by Gideon3.8Feb 2023

  • "This was our third visit to Fossil & The Cross."

    Always been happy there but this time the cottage had been decorated & a new shower & heated towel rail fitted plus new furniture in the lounge. A delightful place to stay with wonderful sea views from the lounge & bedroom windows. The grounds around the cottage are extensive & perfect for our dog. When we returned from a day out to find we had no water we contacted Dream Cottages who acted very quickly to tell us the problem & the owner rang us from on holiday in Italy to check we were ok. Brilliant customer service all round. We hope to return to Fossil in Novembet

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Jan 2023

  • "The property owner showed every care and attention and the cottage was well prepared and equipped."

    The agents could have been more helpful in advance and were vague about the provision for heating which in winter and at Christmas was very important. Phone calls made in advance to the agents could have been more helpful . Once installed we experienced a very comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Malcolm4.7Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely holiday and definitely feel we will return :) ( *Just a suggestion for 'The Fossil and Cross' : A simple 'grabrail' at the side of the entrance door [ steep step ] and at the end of the bath [ opposite end to shower ] would be a great help to anyone with more limited mobility / 'knee bend'."

    ) Thankyou. * please publish 1st line of feedback only - suggestion is for owners info. only - not in any way a criticism.

    Reviewed by Stella5.0Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in equally lovely location, thoroughly enjoyed our visit only ..."

    Lovely cottage in equally lovely location, thoroughly enjoyed our visit only negative is not having blinds/ curtains on the kitchen window and door, I feel uncomfortable with being able to see out into the darkness, so much so that on one night when I was unable to sleep I couldn't get up to

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Oct 2022

  • "Idyllic little cottage in a lovely setting ideal for a couple or small family."

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Sep 2022

  • "A fabulous property in a stunning location."

    The blue external paintwork does not do the property justice. Loved the biscuits and pear juice as a welcome gift- a lovely start to the holiday. Owners may need to consider post Covid procedures- late arrival time , asked to strip all bedding etc to protect staff and yet no soap or cleaning materials apart from washing up liquid. Seems a little contradictory. However minor issue which did not detract from a fantastic holiday.Please advertise you have a small fridge/freezer- we were told fridge only!

    Reviewed by Mike4.1Aug 2022

  • "The Fossil and the Cross is set in a lovely garden with stunning views across fields to Golden Cap."

    It has been recently re decorated and the new shower is great. The log burner makes it cosy. I enjoyed a very comfortable stay but It is a nuisance not to have Wi-Fi though.

    Reviewed by Jan4.1May 2022

  • "Lovely place, just as described, very clean."

    Felt very comfortable & at home. Well thought out given the limited space. Appreciated the freebies & flowers on arrival. Bar on arrival before 5pm was not helpful though. The only issue is that heating would be a problem in chilly weather. The 2 lots of french doors are not draught proof. The one small electric plug in radiator in the living room would be insufficient. The logs supplied were damp & unseasoned; not enough kindling or firelighters. The plug in electric radiator in one of the bedrooms had wheels missing & only one bar working.

    Reviewed by Patricia4.7May 2022

  • "The cottage was in a wonderful location with great views."

    The cottage had everything we wanted for our holiday. It was a great place to stay with our dog. We thought the area around the cottage was very sympathetically managed to encourage wildlife and we enjoyed watching the many birds . The short walk down to the beach was good and we enjoyed meals at The manor hotel and The Cabin. An excellent holiday.

    Reviewed by Jeanette4.7Apr 2022

  • "This is an absolutely lovely little cottage."

    It's quite and secluded yet near to other homes. Views of the sea from the windows. Lovely surroundings complete with singing chiffchaff

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Apr 2022

  • "We recently had a lovely 4 day break."

    Cottage and grounds were great, fantastic view from main bedroom window, and a very central location, plus the weather was very good for this time of year, so a extra bonus. A couple of minor issues, the shower is not that great, but the owners are aware of this and are going to try and make it a bit more powerful and the double bed mattress is very soft and also could do with a king size quilt. We will definitely come back

    Reviewed by Robert4.7Nov 2021

  • "Another lovely stay at Fossil & The Cross."

    Delightful, well equipped cottage with amazing views & large grounds - perfect for us & our dog! The owners couldn’t be more helpful & are a very friendly couple. The only slight niggle is the shower which is very poor but we made do with the bath so no real problem. We certainly hope to return next year.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Nov 2021

  • "It was excellent and we had a wonderful time."

    We enjoyed lovely views from the Fossil & Cross and it was fairly private in a lightly wooded/garden area. Our hosts were very friendly and we hope to return next year. 10 out of 10 :-) Mike Johnson

    Reviewed by M3.8Oct 2021

  • "This cottage has brilliant views and is comfortable enough but needs updating."

    It feels very "tired", the shower needs replacing with a power and a heated towel rail, the central heating was not working so no where to dry towels. Curtains and lounge furniture need replacing. Bath towels very small and next size up needed. Uphill walk from parking to cottage which could be an issue for elderly. The cleaning was OK but dogs hairs on carpet before our dog made it worse! Also chocolate in the log basket and sweet wraps found. That said it is a nice quiet cottage with lovely views. Thanks for the flowers and shortbreads...very nice.

    Reviewed by Elaine3.8Sep 2021

  • "No WiFi , no phone signal not good if there was an emergency"

    Reviewed by Paula4.4Aug 2021

  • "The Fossil and The Cross Cottage provides excellent views and is ideal for a nice quiet family holiday."

    However, it is in need of some TLC, and modernization when it comes to some of the furniture. We had curtains and door knobs that were falling off, something that had been mentioned in previous reviews and obviously had not been fixed in the meantime. The lounge furniture needs to be updated, it is very old and uncomfortable and there is a desperate need for a power shower in the bathroom. The water trickles out and makes it very difficult and time consuming to have a shower, especially trying to wash your hair.

    Reviewed by Matthew3.8Aug 2021

  • "A great holiday, such a lovely location."

    The gardens are fabulous. This was our second visit and I am sure we will return again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2021

  • "More cleaning products and bin bags would be good no dishwasher tablets or bin ..."

    More cleaning products and bin bags would be good no dishwasher tablets or bin bags bin was very dirty outside kitchen , but everything else was great

    Reviewed by Kate3.8Jul 2021

  • "Had a great time there."

    The site was too quiet especially in the night but marvelous in the day. Few minutes walked to chesil beach for fishing and caught big seabass, bream and flounders. Loved it.

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2021

  • "A picture-postcard cottage in a lovely location."

    A great place to stay, although the shower could have been better.

    Reviewed by Robin4.4May 2021

  • "Beautiful gardens excellent location but the cottage needed a bit of tlc needs ..."

    Beautiful gardens excellent location but the cottage needed a bit of tlc needs a new kettle full of lime scale all the door handles hanging off shower full of lime scale could do with new head cracked window you think because the cottage have been empty for so long the owner would have spent a couple of pounds on it to make it look a bit better inside and when we got there a little welcome pack like a pint of milk and some tea and coffee would be nice

    Reviewed by Carl3.4May 2021

  • "The location of the cottage is great set in its extensive gardens with lovely views across fields to Golden Cap in the west."

    The efficient log burning stove kept it cosy in this year's indifferent May weather. Good facilities for recycling. Wifi would have been nice but the EE mobile signal was enough for calls, emails and social media. Hope to stay again in the future.

    Reviewed by Jan4.7Apr 2021

  • "Cottage was really basic and smaller than expected."

    Shower water pressure was weak, almost no mobile signal which is why WiFi is needed but isn't there, not the most secure doors, overall not value for the money we paid but I suppose that will be the case everywhere this year. On the plus side the hosts were quite accommodative and lovely to have a chat with, as they were around a lot doing up the gardens. The location is fantastic, very peaceful and central to many Dorset beauties.

    Reviewed by Roger3.1Apr 2021

  • "Another fantastic trip to this cottage, and we won’t hesitate to rebook to next year!"

    The cottage itself is everything you could wish for in a relaxing weekend away, always extremely clean, well equipped and comfortable - a real home from home. The cottage is in an idyllic location, with wonderful views from every window and the grounds are fantastic - our dog loves to explore them. The owners really care for your comfort and stay, and despite having to move this booking throughout lockdowns and illnesses this year, nothing was too much trouble for them and we are so grateful we could get back here. I would thoroughly recommend a stay here.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0Dec 2020

  • "The cottage exceeded our expectations."

    Spotlessly clean & well equipped. Very comfortable to settle down in the evenings. The view across the bay from the lounge french window & main bedroom is spectacular, especially the sunsets. Brilliant grounds & gardens which were perfect for our dog & although it was November we managed to have a coffee on our private patio. Lovely area for walking & sightseeing & we will hopefully be back to Fossil & The Cross next year

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2020

  • "The view was as good as we remembered and the cottage as comfortable, our new little dog agreed."

    One spotlight needed a bulb but that was a minor problem.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Sep 2020

  • "Cottage in lovely grounds with fantastic view from French windows."

    Twin bedroom a bit small but cozy enough. Henry very helpful and considerate. The Fossil and Cross is a little way from the car parking space but there are trolleys there to help.The place does not have Wyfi which we thought good. All in all a lovely place and we would come again.Thanks.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Oct 2019

  • "The cottage was very cosy, very peaceful, and in very pleasant surroundings."

    Views were lovely and the cottage was conveniently situated for eating and drinking out if you didn't want to eat in.

    Reviewed by Brian4.4Jun 2019

  • "We had the most wonderful holiday, the cottage was everything we dreamed of and so picturesque."

    The little details including the useful information folder made our trip very personal and we cannot wait to return.

    Reviewed by Gemma5.0May 2019

  • "Nice clean cottage with everything you need for a short break, which we enjoyed with our two dogs."

    If a part of the large garden could be fenced off then it would have been better for us as dogs had to be on leads the whole time. Great location to explore west Dorset and really cosy pub in the village.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.1Feb 2019

  • "There was a problem at the cottage we had originally booked but we were offered an upgrade of another cottage at the same location for no extra cost."

    It was an excellent alternative. The owner also called us that evening to make sure that everything was ok, which it was. The view out to sea was amazing and the cottage was extremely comfortable. We had a fantastic stay.

    Thank you so much for your lovely feedback.. We are glad to hear that you had a great holiday and the second cottage was fantastic. We look forward to you staying with us again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Delaine5.0Dec 2018

  • "A Dorset Gem!"

    Stayed July 2018

    Mr WellsSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage, setting first class and plenty of outdoor space."

    Owners very good, a small problem occurred and they were on to it immediately. Would certainly return and stay there again. Stayed July 2018.

    Mrs PritchardAug 2018

  • "Lovely place great view"

    Mr Michael SwanJun 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with open fire.
  • Electric free-standing heaters and log burner, electric oven and hob, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Garden with patio with furniture
  • Welcomes two well-behaved dogs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 min
  • Farm shop 5 min
  • Beach 5 min.

The property

This lovely cottage is surrounded by a large garden and affords great coastal views between the mature trees and landscape.

This converted stone-built gem is a marvellous holiday home in West Bexington for those looking for a relaxing seaside break and the opportunity of exploring this popular part of the Jurassic Coast.

The setting is wonderful, with designed gardens surrounding a complex of three holiday cottages – The Fossil and The Cross, Whispering Pines and Mimosa Cottage, all of which are well spaced with their own private garden areas in which to relax or play. The Fossil and The Cross Cottage, with its two comfortable bedrooms and sociable living area with kitchen, sitting and dining area, is perfect for a small family or couple's break.

From the lounge, in sunny weather you can open the patio doors and enjoy the patio area with table and chairs.

In chilly weather snuggle up in the lounge, add some wood to the log burner and enjoy in a warming hot chocolate whilst reading a book or watching the TV. The Fossil and The Cross is charming and full of character.

You can relax off the beaten track to the sounds of birds rather than hearing traffic; in fact, the cottage is accessed via a private road and located in a peaceful and tranquil setting. Pull on some wellingtons for a walk and with a short hop and skip across two fields you will find yourself directly on a stretch of the world-famous Chesil Beach.

This stretch of beach is frequented by fishermen and you will often see them sitting under their multi coloured little tents, it's also a haven for walkers and sun worshippers alike.

A little tea room is within walking distance following the path across the field, ideal for some refreshments after an invigorating walk or just head home to your comfortable little cottage sheltered from the elements; kick off your wellies and warm your feet up by the log burner.

Hop in the car and just a few minutes away you will find beautiful West Bay cliffs with beaches stretching to both sides.

Going further along to the east is the tallest point on the South coast – Golden cap offering views to the isle of Portland to one side and Devon to the other.

Lyme Regis and Charmouth are not too far away if you fancy fossil hunting, or enjoying some seaside fish and chips. Come and enjoy time away from your busy life at The Fossil and The Cross and have a relaxing Jurassic coast stay.

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About the location


Abbotsbury 3 miles; Bridport 6 miles.

Lying next to the sea and Chesil Beach, equidistant between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury, is the small village of West Bexington. This is a stunning area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as an area of Special Scientific Interest - pebbled Chesil Beach, which extends for 14 miles, from Burton Bradstock to the Portland peninsula, is part of the Jurassic Coast and now a World Heritage Site. Fishermen and walkers are well provided for, as a great variety of fish can be caught at any time of year, and the South West Coastal Path runs right alongside the beach. Only confident swimmers should attept to swim here, but Weymouth, offering lovely, gently shelving sands, is only a short drive away. There's lots to see and do within easy reach of the village. No journey to this area would be complete without a visit to picturesque Abbotsbury, 3 miles, with its Swannery, Tithe Barn and Sub Tropical Gardens, with Dorchester, Bridport, and Lyme Regis all within easy reach.

Note: max 4 people.
Note: no wifi.
Note: mobile reception is poor in the area.
Note: guests need to provide their own cot linen.
Note: The Fossil and The Cross, Whispering Pines and Mimosa Cottage are surrounded by lovely gardens. Whilst each cottage has a distinct and separate area for their use, these gardens are not enclosed and are on different levels, so children should be supervised.
Note: property accessed via a partially unmade road. There is a 50 metre slope to access the cottage.
Note: first set of logs provided.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas