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Stepping Stones

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Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely place, perfect for a relaxing week"

    Reviewed by Susan1.6Feb 2024

  • "What a lovely week away, lots to see and do in the area and with beautiful walks from your doorstep."

    Stepping Stones is a lovely peaceful cottage in a beautiful little village. No issues with parking at all and friendly neighbours. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Kaeti5.0Jan 2024

  • "The cottage is in a beautiful place lovely and clean."

    We had trouble with heating not working but emailed owner and they got a plumber immediately to us on boxing day this was much appreciated. Seating in lounge is the only problem not suitable for 4 people to sit comfortably. Everything else is just what you would want great quality.

    Reviewed by Karen3.8Dec 2023

  • "We enjoyed our visit to Dorset and had a very comfortable stay at Stepping Stones."

    It had all the facilities we needed and was in a lovely location with lots of choice for walks. It exceeded our expectations. Thank you

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Oct 2023

  • "This was our 2nd visit to this property, accommodation clean and tidy, only few snags noticed slight leak on en-suite toilet when flushed but overall very enjoyable stay, thank you for the welcoming gifts."

    Reviewed by William3.8Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Basic and essential supplies missing, like soap, hand towels and washing up liquid. No local shop to top up ourselves. No shaver socket. Parking issues, as anxious neighbours will approach you wherever you park prettily nearby. Owner not communicative, but supplies eventually arrived mid-week. I raised the matter of what we can expect to be provided at cottages with Sykes. I was told that owners decide what they do and do not provide, as Sykes is only the agent. There is no basic standard set.

    When you informed us of the missing items we asked our cleaner to drop everything and bring the items to the cottage, which I presumed she had done. You then informed us you had found the hand towels in the airing cupboard and bath towels were on both beds ready for use. We have now installed liquid soap dispensers. We have never been asked for soap before. We always ensure that there is plenty of cleaning materials in the kitchen cupboard. Hope the Welcome pack was of use. Don't worry bout the teapot lid as we have now replaced it. The whole village has a parking issue but Roses Lane has enough space for the 4 cottages on it. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Viv2.5Sep 2023

  • "Was a really nice cottage very central for everything however there was rather a ..."

    Was a really nice cottage very central for everything however there was rather a lot of bugs the grill had not been cleaned parking was a bit difficult at times and on stripping the beds before we left I discovered that the quilt in the main bedroom and the mattress cover in the other bedroom were very badly stained also the shower in the en suite was very hot and you could not turn the temperature down I think the bottom was broken but overall we enjoyed our stay

    So glad you liked the cottage and enjoyed your stay we always love it there. Sorry about the hiccough with the bedding. It has been resolved. You mentioned the problem with woodpigs. Apparently the whole village has this problem and we have sorted it as far as we can. We have been in touch with and infestation company and have been assured that the little things are harmless isopods. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jacqueline4.1May 2023

  • "Langton Herring is a gem, beautiful gardens and countryside."

    Locals friendly. I didn't realise that the name 'Stepping Stones' related to the interior of the cottage. There are about 4 different levels on the ground floor so not for the visually impaired. Well laid out although the under stairs seating not really usable. Fell over the coffee table soon after arrival as it is only about 12 inches off the floor, I still bear the scar on my shin. The main issue I have with the accommodation is the poor level of cleanliness. I have owned and rented out holiday accommodation and know too well what is involved in maintaining a good standard and do not make the following criticisms lightly. I noted that on a past review others have commented on the lack of cleanliness with one person blaming the previous rental tenants. Fair enough if the owners are prepared to be reliant for their star rating based on the holiday makers willingness and abilities to clean up when they leave. It however does not make good business sense. Cleanliness is fundamental to a holiday let and there is a six hour period between lets to get it right. When we arrived it appeared that someone had been in the process of cleaning the kitchen but was called away. The washing- up bowl was partially filled with water in which there were dirty cleaning brushes, a slime covered utensil basket and a cloth with food bits on it. Not nice. The draining board also has food bits on it and the cutlery drawer, including cutlery, food cupboard had to be cleaned. Fortunately we always take cleaning materials with us. The kitchen bin had food stuck to the interior and downstairs was alive with pea bugs. Limescale is obviously an issue and the chrome fittings, taps, shower heads, overflow outlets on basins were encrusted. The plastic bath mat was filthy as was the shower screen on the bath. Cleaning the place before we left was difficult as there is no soft broom for the downstairs hard floors. Buy one! The vacuum cleaner is a 'Henry' unwieldy and cumbersome. It also stinks when in use. It is simply not up to the job and needs to be replaced with a cordless stick cleaner. The rear garden has a a pleasant patio reached by steps, one solar bulb lights the way! There is no seating lower down. Fortunately the weather was good during our stay so we were out a lot. I'd go back to Langton Herring but would stay elsewhere.

    So sorry for the cleaner problem and it has been addressed, and a change has been arranged. We discovered that the cleaner had temporary help with inexperienced staff. The previous owner converted the cottage which included the raised floor in the sitting room. The coffee table was hand made locally and we thought rather sweet but apologise for your trip. The 'Henry' hoover was brand new so cannot understand why it smelt but we have since checked it and replaced the bag. It is a 200 year old cottage in a lovely location which you did remark on. Thank you for your comments. They do enable us remote owners to rectify problems ready for the next holiday makers. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Valarita2.2May 2023

  • "The property location is perfect for exploring Weymouth and the surrounding areas."

    Access to the SWCP is easy and the little village its located in is beautiful. Unfortunately, the cleanliness of the cottage left an awful lot to be desired. It was evident the previous guest had a dog as the downstairs of the house was covered in dog hair. Under the dining table was disgusting and clear the chairs hadn't been pulled out to be vacuumed. The rug in the lounge was also covered in hair. The smell of dogs was also very strong. So much so we had to go out and buy a scented candle. We attempted to vacuum the floor, but the smell from the vacuum made it even worse. The property also has a big problem with bugs. The entrance to the property was littered with hundreds of dead woodlice by the end of the week and they'd also found their way into the cottage. The shower in the downstairs bathroom didn't work upon arrival as it was so clogged up with limescale. I removed this to give it a scrub to get it working again as needed to bathe our 4-year-old. We ended up checking out a day early our daughter really didn't like the place with all the bugs. All in all a disappointing stay. The property has a lot of potential, but the cleaners need to up their game to make it suitable for people with children.

    I think you are prone to exaggeration concerning the wood lice problem. There can’t have been hundreds in the porch area. I know there are a few occasionally creeping in but it’s a problem experienced in the whole village. A pest control company informed us that the little creatures aren’t dangerous and are no threat to human health. They may appear a nuisance but are easily disposed of. Because of that exaggeration I am sure all the other complaints are somewhat exaggerated. It is a dog friendly cottage for guests who want their dogs with them so maybe a few smells. Our cleaner who cleaned up after you left said the place was in a bit of a state and every towel [12 plus] had been used. We paid her extra for the excessive time it took to prepare for the next visitors. Despite that we are sorry you didn’t enjoy your stay. The party who stayed immediately after you posted a glowing report on the state of the cottage. AJW Property Owner

    Reviewed by James2.5May 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, would happily book to stay there again."

    Great area for walking and many amenities and places of interest nearby. The Elm pub should not be missed!! We did have problems with the heating although luckily the weather wasn't too cold. Also would have liked a big wok or large saucepan for cooking but that's a minor picky thought!

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Apr 2023

  • "We returned to Stepping Stones for the 2nd year running."

    Fantastic location for walking and very dog friendly. Warm and cosy in a very cold week.

    Reviewed by Anne5.0Mar 2023

  • "A lovely little cottage equipped with everything you need."

    Smart TV a bonus with Sky, Netflix and Amazon, needed during cold winter nights. Didn’t need log burner as heating more than sufficient. Heated blanket a nice touch. Very quiet location and parking never an issue. The negatives (sorry

    Reviewed by Stephnie3.4Feb 2023

  • "What a beautiful cottage with everything you could need."

    We had a wonderful stay , great location lovely welcome pack and we will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Feb 2023

  • "My wife, I and our small terrier dogs had a most enjoyable week at this delightful double-fronted and well-appointed cottage - so much so that we have re-booked again in May."

    On arrival, everything was to hand as the owners had helpfully advised in an advance email. Unfortunately, the heating had not been left on since the previous occupiers had left. However, the cottage soon warmed up once the controls had been located in the upstairs airing cupboard. We spent the following lunchtime at The Elm Tree pub just around the corner which served a variety of delicious roast Sunday lunches. We also took the fantastic coastal road to Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock on at least two occasions which our dogs thoroughly enjoyed as well as many local walks towards Fleet and the coastal footpaths.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Feb 2023

  • "First booking with Sykes."

    Very smooth and kept up to date. Can't really ask for anything more. Stepping Stones is a lovely cottage in a lovely village. The owners sent us a more detailed write up before we arrived which was very useful. We noted that parking cropped up in a few reviews and on google maps it looked like it would be an issue, but it wasn't. We had no problems at all. Really enjoyed our stay. The Elm Tree pub is excellent. Our first visit was on a Thursday (in January) and we were the only people there and it is really a restaurant rather than a pub and the food was not cheap. However we went back for drinks on Saturday and it was buzzing and there was a cosy area to sit so we wanted to go back for lunch on Sunday but it was fully booked. However we turned up on Sunday anyway and even though it was rammed they fitted us in for what was one of the best roasts I have had and the service was great.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jan 2023

  • "Great location in a lovely village with excellent pub!"

    Reviewed by Matthew4.1Dec 2022

  • "If you want to have a 'get away from it all' holiday this is the place to be."

    Apart from the fabulous pub behind (which caused no distraction) there is little else to be found apart from stunning walks, birdsong, owls hooting and silence! The patio out back was lovely to sit and read with a cup of tea and our dogs. When the evening draws in you can cosy up with a book or the Alexa dot and chill out. The cottage is so so quiet. Very cosy and perfect for the two of us and our shihtzu's. Obviously being in the countryside you have to accept that bugs and cobwebs are part and parcel of the area. You definitely need a torch at night if you venture out on foot. It's literally pitch black but you are rewarded with the most amazing stargazing ever! Weymouth and Abbotsbury are not too far away if you want to dip in and out of civilisation for provisions. The farm shop in Portesham whilst costly is lovely. When the weather was inclement we just pulled the curtains and settled down with a book and a glass of wine, no heating needed.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback, the property itself does have motion sensor lighting outside but yes we would recommend a flashlight for any country lanes outside our control. Thank you also for the high cleanliness and comfort scores, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa4.1Oct 2022

  • "Very pretty nicely decorated cottage, in a picturesque spot, with lots of walks around the village and beyond."

    Well equipped kitchen, and modern bathrooms. Negatives were the beds which weren’t very comfortable and the lounge where you couldn’t lounge. The sofa is OK but you can’t really use the backless lounger as it’s under the stairs. So it is OK but really not comfy at all. The showers were underpowered too. No heating on as we were instructed not to alter the timers (so strangely the heating only seemed to come on twice during the week late at night). Although probably functional, we didn’t feel it practical to use the wood burner as it’s in the dining area with the table too close - but there wasn’t any wood to use it anyway. There are a couple of portable heaters but these don’t help to warm the bathrooms and the heated towel rails are part of the central heating system. Limited towels - and bath towels provided rather than bath sheets - so I would recommend you take your own if you prefer a little more luxury. Parking seems to be an issue in the village- but we were always able to park just down the road from the cottage (unfortunately illegally as you have to park on a junction but it is the widest part of the road). The villagers were friendly though and lots of dog friendly people. I missed there being a visitor’s book with hints and tips on things to do and places to eat (Athelhampton - really lovely & nice to eat there, Abbotsbury Gardens recommended, local pub Elm Inn expensive but pleasant and very loud if busy). And there were hardly any brochures on things to do in the area which I missed as it is useful to be able to browse through. It would have been much appreciated if there had been a welcome pack for a cup of tea too as we were desperate for a cuppa by the time we got there and there’s no local shop. Although the cottage was tidy with clean bathrooms and kitchen I would recommend a deeper clean in the lounge and porch - there was an old crisp packet and clumps of dog hair in the lounge when we pulled out the heaters and there were lots of wood lice and spiders webs. We were confused about the bins too as there was a message on the fridge which contradicted the email about which bins to put out. So we just copied the neighbours. Overall it’s a nice enough place to spend a week and it was available for a very reasonable cost.

    Reviewed by Adele3.1Oct 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in quiet village."

    Great pub within 2 minutes walk and lots of walking to the The Fleet and nearby villages.

    Reviewed by James5.0Jul 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in a spectacular hamlet,lovely feel and clean and comfortable and pleasure to stay at"

    Reviewed by Clive4.1Jul 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, everything you need was there."

    Excellent village pub. Close to many walking trails and Chesil Beach.

    Reviewed by Victor5.0May 2022

  • "We loved our stay at stepping stones."

    The local maps came in very handy. Fab location for lovely walks and our 2 dogs loved it. Thank you.

    Thank you for this good response. So glad you had a nice time! Caroline.watson Property Owner

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0May 2022

  • "Very pretty cottage situated in a lovely little village."

    Lovely walks and a good location for days out to Abbotsbury, Portland and Weymouth town centre. Lime Regis and West Bay both under an hour away. Well equipped kitchen. Nice spacious bathroom downstairs. Main bedroom has a nice ensuite shower. The beds were firm (not our personal preference). There were plenty of linen and towels and lots of storage space in bedrooms. Pretty front and back gardens. There is a pub/restaurant in the village.

    Reviewed by Tracey3.4Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property, well maintained and would not hesitate to recommend it to others, thanks for a great stay"

    Reviewed by Wayne4.1Jan 2022

  • "It was very clean and tidy."

    The front Door was very stiff to get in as also was the inner door.The cottage was very nice to stay at Thank you.

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Jan 2022

  • "Very nice cottage, in lovely village, close to everywhere we like to go."

    Main disappointment for us was local pub was closed for refurb.

    Reviewed by Alan4.4Jan 2022

  • "Highly recommended."

    A lovely comfortable, warm and cosy cottage. Well stocked amenities. Great communication from owners. A good number of walks directly from the cottage door. Had some lovely chats with locals on our walks. Welcoming and friendly at the nearby Elm Tree pub. Great food.

    Reviewed by Ceri5.0Dec 2021

  • "Very clean and lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Zinhwan5.0Dec 2021

  • "The property was great, the local pub, The Elm Tree, was very welcoming and had a good selection of beer, wine and food."

    If I was to be picky, the only surprise was how unfriendly the locals were, no one was keen to respond to a greeting, only offering criticism whilst we unloaded the cars.

    The trouble is when first arriving at the cottage and trying to unload your belongings you have to block the road. Usually this is not a problem but occasionally some other resident is prevented from driving past. I explain all this to our punters. It has happened to us too but I apologies to the driver and move my car further along where there is room to park and other cars to pass. There will always be some getting upset at having to wait a few minutes. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Matthew5.0Dec 2021

  • "A lovely cosy cottage and very well equipped."

    We struggled with a few appliances as there were no instructions, hence 4 stars. Also we couldn’t control the fire which blazes away! On the plus side, we didn’t realise there was an en-suite bathroom which was a HUGE plus and should be in the details. The pub was fantastic and the smithy great for Christmas presents! Very good area for walking too. We will return!

    Reviewed by Sue4.4Dec 2021

  • "A cosy, quirky cottage."

    Very comfortable and well equipped. The village is so pretty with very friendly locals. The dogs loved the cottage and the wonderful walks straight from the cottage. Can’t wait to go again.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Nov 2021

  • "Stepping Stone is the most charming cottage."

    Comfortable everything you need. Fantastic pub within stumbling distance with fabulous foo. Fantastic location within a short drive from many beaches and attractions. Great local walks too. Brilliant week away will definitely go back.

    Thankyou everyone..we love it too! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a beautiful situation."

    We would definitely stay there again ,even with the slightly challenging parking.

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Sep 2021

  • "A very lovely cottage in a beautiful setting."

    Cottage was unclean when we took possession, BUT owner resolved the issue quickly and reports that a new cleaner has been hired. We WOULD book again.

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Aug 2021

  • "Location was amazing, the cottage was as described and we had a lovely time."

    Lots to do nearby and very close to outstanding local pub.

    Reviewed by Phoebe5.0Aug 2021

  • "It wasn't made clear on the description of the property that the garden had a shared access for the neighbour and this could have been a problem as we have a nervous dog."

    The cottage was lovely and a great location to visit beaches and visitor attractions. There was a lovely walk down to the Fleet from the cottage which we loved. There was no welcome pack or visitor book which may be due to covid but would have been appreciated. We had a couple of issues during our stay which the owner resolved quickly.

    Reviewed by Paula3.4Aug 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage."

    Comfortable and well equipped. Highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Christina5.0Jul 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage."

    Very clean and cosy. In a lovely spot which is enhanced by having a pub next door which serves great beer and food. Everything in the cottage was well thought out and of a high standard. The only thing worth mentioning for future guests is the parking. If you like to have your car near you it may be an issue. There were quite a few cars trying to park in the small area just past the cottages so you could find your car has to be parked a little walk away. Was not really an issue for us but may be for some people.

    Reviewed by Ellen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Everything about the holiday was great."

    Communication from the cottage owner was excellent and they couldn't have been lovelier or more helpful. All instructions were thorough and clear. The cottage itself was perfect and very welcoming (the welcome pack including a pack of Lovehearts was an extra touch that we really appreciated). The location of the cottage was perfect for us, with walks and a really good pub so close by. Lovely, quiet area. The whole experience was very dog-friendly too - our dogs loved it at the cottage. We are already planning our next trip back.

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Jun 2021

  • "The village and surrounding countryside is beautiful with lovely walks especially down to The Fleet."

    Parking was difficult. The mattress on the bed was not to our liking being far to firm and leaving us with broken sleep and aching bones. The cottage was spacious, very clean and well equipped. The terrace is an excellent addition. Deliveries at 0300 hours were disturbing and suspicious.

    Reviewed by David4.1Jun 2021

  • "A lovely cottage in a peaceful Dorset village."

    Helpful owner who communicated well when contacted. A good base for visiting local gardens, beaches and great walks.

    Reviewed by Hilda3.8Apr 2021

  • "Had a great time."

    The owner was very helpful.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2020

  • "We feel that the property is not suitable for two couples."

    Excellent for one couple! In the second bedroom there is no wardrobe, you cannot sit and read in bed as there is no headboard as the bed is against the window. The kitchen sink drains smelt every day. The oven needed cleaning and there were quite a few cobwebs around the property. During this Covid time we expected it to be cleaner. Property situated in a lovely quiet village, excellent pub around the corner and great country walks.

    Reviewed by Colin2.8Sep 2020

  • "Lovely cottage - every convenience in a pretty village."

    Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful."

    It had everything you need for a wonderful stay. The owners were excellent and the communication was great. The only thing I would say is that the cleaners turned up 15 minutes early and stood in the front garden waiting for us to leave. We were trying to get everything packed and it just seemed a little rushed. They were very friendly but would have preferred them to have popped back when we had left. Overall though I would definitely recommend Stepping Stones cottage to everyone.

    Reviewed by Kelly4.7Jul 2020

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x Double bedroom with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating inc in rent, please note logs are not provided for the logburner but can be purchased locally including at Aldi, approx 10 minutes away
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent.Stairgate available
  • Parking on the left-hand side of the road just passed the cottage
  • Enclosed multi-level patio garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome, no additional requests allowed
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.5 miles and pub 0.1 miles
  • Please note: This property doesn't accept bookings that start on a Sunday
  • Please note: This property only accepts 5 nights or more

The property

Set in the village of Langton Herring, in the Dorset countryside, is this charming terraced stone-built cottage, Stepping Stones.

The property has undergone an extensive renovation and now provides a high quality, contemporary accommodation with exposed beams and original flagstone floors adding a wealth of character.

Set across two floors, the property benefits from an open-plan living room come dining area which has a brick-style fireplace holding a woodburning stove to keep the room nice and toasty as you enjoy a delicious meal or a family board game at the dining table.

The sitting room has a large sofa and armchair where you can put your feet up after a long day and tune into the Smart TV.

Walk through to the kitchen which comes with country-style fitted units and sleek wooden worktops providing plenty of preparation space.

Once the evening draws to a close, choose from two bedrooms, set up as a king-size and double; each bedroom benefitting from built-in wardrobes for storage purposes and lovely views across the countryside, the perfect setting to assist you in winding down into your evening.

To the rear of the property is an enclosed multi-level garden, perfect for dining alfresco, or simply enjoying the sun.

One of the most sought-after villages in Dorset, Langton Herring is the perfect choice for those who are looking for a peaceful and tranquil location with easy access to the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport.

The property is set on the edge of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is steeped in history, wildlife and beauty there for you to explore.

Travel into the town centre of Weymouth and discover a wide range of tourist attractions such as the SEA LIFE Centre, something your little ones will delight in exploring.

Enjoy a day at Chesil Beach or Weymouth Beach and indulge in some watersporting opportunities.

Stepping Stones is the ultimate choice for a seaside break to Dorset.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Weymouth 5 miles.

A charming, rural, coastal village set in a West Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in an elevated position above the Fleet Lagoon and Chesil Beach. Known as a Thankful Village, as all men returned from both World Wars, Langton Herring is dotted with pretty thatched cottages and the local pub boasts connections to smugglers and their contraband! A stroll along the adjacent coastal path provides you with spectacular views across the Fleet Lagoon, home to many migrant birds, whilst a trip to nearby Abbotsbury, with its swannery and sub tropical gardens is a must. Alternatively, visit Weymouth with its bustling harbour or just soak up the sun enjoying the watersports and numerous attractions. Should you tire of all this take the scenic coastal journey towards West Bay, the setting for TV’s Broadchurch series. A picturesque village offering a peaceful West Dorset holiday base, which you won’t want to leave!

Please note: This property doesn't accept bookings that start on a Sunday.
Please note: This property only accepts 5 nights or more.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas