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Lychgate Cottage

(Ref. 994364)

Osmington, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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52 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely chocolate box cottage,nice setting and location,garden excellent,Poor General cleanliness,Extract fan in downstairs toilet not working,light bulbs not working,washing machine door seal ripped,dog pooh bag left on court yard wall,dishwasher was not emptied by previous occupier,poor parking facility,bed linen and towels excellent,furniture could do with update."

    Reviewed by Lance2.8Jun 2024

  • "Really nice property in a great location."

    I could easily live there permanently!

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2024

  • "Beautiful cottage, well equipped, comfortable in a beautiful quiet location."

    Cleanliness lets down a beautiful cottage, would have benefited being aired as smelled musty and damp on arrival. Lovely big bedrooms with comfy beds. Would definitely consider staying here again

    Reviewed by Janice4.1Apr 2024

  • "Much larger than expected."

    Parking not a problem. Key safe OPEN button bit stiff, needs drop of oil. Fridge / freezer could do with de-frosting. Poor old "Henry" requires new hose. We found upper sofa lacks neck support. Low beam at bottom of stairs. We're not tall, but we still caught it a couple of times. Overall, pleasant stay, and would consider returning.

    Reviewed by John4.4Sep 2023

  • "When we arrived the keys were in the key safe as promise."

    ...but the key safe was hanging open. The property is a stunning chocolate box country cottage with many good features (well equipped kitchen, two good sized bedrooms (though without mattress protectors), 2 sitting areas, two toilets, virtually no creaking floorboards and only the staircase for a low beam. A powerful shower with plenty of hot water for 2 guests. A well enclosed garden much enjoyed by our two dogs with good walking in fields nearby. Our own home has no passing traffic and, whilst Church Lane is a quiet country road, it did suffer from abutting the lane and we heard every car that passed from 3am once and 5am onwards on many days! However I found the TV set up to be the most confusing item I have ever encountered on a holiday. I am not sure it is accurate to call it a "Smart TV" - it is a "Genius" as it defeated me every time! It seemed to work solely off the internet but the connection was not strong enough to support it so EVERY programme suffered from buffering - very frustrating! In summary a lovely place to stay but in need of some love and care.

    Reviewed by Paul3.1Sep 2023

  • "Beautiful thatched cottage in lovely village beautiful front garden well kept however cottage could use bit TLC."

    Yard area bit slippery due to moss and we spent week removing spiders and their webs of variously sizes from rooms and walls , definitely nightmare material when spot a huge spider and web at side of bed when plugging charger, Wardrobe hanging space limited due to extra bed in small room wardrobe and black bags in second wardrobe in main room but as only 2 adults and dog not problem but could be if anymore guests staying however, we just used small room as dressing area hanging clothes outside of wardrobe , stairs little steep and daunting not suitable if walking difficulties due to spiral effect but that part of the cottage. Modern kitchen, lovely cool stone floor, plenty utensils for all eventualities, took while to figure oven out but got there in end. Wfi patchy at times but not problematic. Parking often issue till later on as work van and cars from neighbouring resident take up all available space near cottage we had park down end of street most days after returning then moved car when space outside cottage became available. Overall lovely relaxing holiday base to go off exploring gorgeous Dorset and surrounding countryside.

    Reviewed by Rob3.8Sep 2023

  • "Very nice house, beatiful."

    We liked it very much. The shower is working poorly. Although everything was done by Sykes to fix this, the result was not yet perfect. Furthermore, it was a nice house and would like to come back again.

    Reviewed by Hans4.4Aug 2023

  • "Your property is beautiful, but it lacks love and definitely cleaning and if you spent some time and money on the property it could be incredible."

    I think this is typical of owners running a holiday let remotely.

    Reviewed by Lee1.9Jul 2023

  • "Yes Windows not been cleaned since last year Dishwasher does not work ..."

    Yes Windows not been cleaned since last year Dishwasher does not work unless the door is slamed shut and I mean slamed no spare lights bulb all light are different sizes The cottage is lovely but needs some one to care not just keep talking the money

    Reviewed by Michael2.2Jul 2023

  • "Very pleased with the cottage and the staff at Sykes cottages were very helpful."

    We look forward to staying with you company again.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jun 2023

  • "The cottage and our time spent at Osmington in Lynch gate Cottage was so lovely we will return again."

    Everything anyone would need was available at the cottage. It was roomy, clean and comfortable. No daily papers were available local, or by foot, as far as we established. Tv very difficult to work if your not ap friendly, however we learnt how to navigate eventually. Nice reasonable size enclosed garden if you have dogs which was a big bonus. Lovely quiet road, Off main roads which was also a big bonus. Parking not to difficult, but was only March, so quiet. Possibly more difficult high season.?! We, give this cottage ten out of ten for our stay.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Mar 2023

  • "You ok with this feedback."

    ..Lychgate Cottage is warm, comfortable and really lovely. Everything you need is provided for(especially the kitchen), it’s clean, the bed is very comfortable and the sofa is great for lounging on. Osmington is a pretty village and the neighbours are great. When arrived we stopped to pick up a few supplies at the newly opened village shop and discovered we had a puncture. The shop keeper was kind and friendly but what was super special was a local couple who took us to their home to try to sort out the tyre. The washing machine door refused to open after a cycle. Sykes Cottages responded extremely quickly and efficiently on the same day and maintained super friendly contact until the problem was resolved We mainly stayed local and can recommend a walk across two fields to The Smugglers Inn, Craig’s Dairy Tea Room and Ringstead Beach. Osmington is an old village not built for cars so parking is tricky but we always found a space. The one thing that would have made our stay even better is an open fire. There’s a beautiful hearth but no insurance paid for open flames but that would be the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "Chocolate Box cottage in lovely village ."

    Good walking from the door and excellent base for the Dorset coast . Warm and comfortable although it would help if the shower door opened beyond the bath for easier access .

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Oct 2022

  • "Externally this cottage was very attractive."

    However there were some 'comfort' challenges with a low backed sofa in the main sitting room and an inaccessible bath in the bathroom. The main bedroom was very spacious and the bed comfortable for sleep but needs some form of backrest to enable reading in bed( one of the joys of being on holiday). The stairs were a challenge as are stairs in many old cottages. Accessing the TV took some time to figure out, especially with no guidance!!! We won't be visiting again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth2.8Sep 2022

  • "Desperately needs a deep clean and dissapointing standard of interior decor"

    Reviewed by Jonathan2.2Aug 2022

  • "We really enjoyed our stay, the cottage is lovely!"

    Everything we needed was there, also the location was great, right near the Osmington White Horse and coastal walks. Parking was no problem at all, it was easy to find a space near the cottage. Also, it was very clean.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage and the surrounding villages was lovely we enjoyed our ..."

    Lovely cottage and the surrounding villages was lovely we enjoyed our time there thank you so much Michael Tunnicliffe

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jul 2022

  • "Gorgeous cottage in a beautiful village."

    Really friendly locals and lots to do locally. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Tina5.0Jun 2022

  • "This was a very quaint cottage."

    The garden was was lovely, the bed was very comfortable, the location was beautiful, the shower was very good and powerful. If the following points were improved, this cottage could be a "Dream Cottage". Unfortunately, for the price, it's not quite there. No easy access to TV viewing. You need relative accounts on your phone to access terrestrial TV. Only one toilet roll provided in each toilet (the very cheapest possible) and the tiniest packets of soap - antibacterial liquid soap should be provided. No condiments in kitchen - at least salt and pepper should be provided. The cups and mugs were very stained which were easily cleaned with the small amount of washing up liquid and 2 dishwasher tablets that were left for us (very mean). A notice was left asking us to remove all our bed linen on our last day. We are on holiday and don't expect to have to do this, the service charge should automatically include this.

    Reviewed by Phillip3.4Jun 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Lychgate cottage."

    Such a great quiet location to access all the walks and close enough to drive down into Weymouth. You can walk to two different pubs, taking in the beautiful sea views down to Smugglers Inn or across fields and under the White Horse to the Springhead. The garden is enclosed and big enough making it perfect for dogs and children. Fully equipped we had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and memorable. Despite not having dedicated parking we never struggled for a space on the road outside the property. Such a relaxing and enjoyable stay, we hope to be back again soon.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.4May 2022

  • "The property in general was very nice , however a few small issues could do with addressing, The fans in the bathroom and downstairs loo really need servicing as you can see the dirt within them and they are noisy, the bath is quite difficult to get into due to the poorly installed shower screen( this should open outwards ) , the consumer unit should also be labeled as does what, a bulb went in a lamp and tripped out the circuit, the main issue though is the local residents across the road from the property, they are quite rude/ ignorant people who purposefully make parking your car hard, a large van parks adjacent to the property visible through the window at the dinning table , infact thats all you can see, two cars park just beyond the church gates , these are owned by the property owners across the road who have driveways big enough for all the vehicles, if you do dare say hello they scowl at you and walk off, the most pleasant person we met there was the postman ."

    We have stayed in quite a few cottages and never ever met such horrible residents

    Reviewed by Edward4.1May 2022

  • "The cottage is lovely,everything you needed was provided,the weather was great so we sat in the garden which is also lovely and well keptThe only issue we had was parking the car,very narrow roads and when you get back to the cottage after a day out It is very difficult to find a parking space."

    In one of the reviews someone said that the locals were very unfriendly,but we found they were really friendly and helpful and told us about the interesting places to visit.Also the good pubs with good food.We enjoyed it very much.

    Reviewed by Barry4.7May 2022

  • "Beautiful, well equipped cottage."

    We had a comfortable and relaxing stay. Would re moment.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Apr 2022

  • "Everything was great, the property was clean and fresh, the living accommodation was spacious, great kitchen."

    the garden was very pretty, I wouldnt say it was completely escape proof depending on your dog/kids. but very pretty, the village was also really nice. my partner mentioned the bath was difficult to get in and out of, because of the fixed shower shield. We could't work the towel rails in the downstairs bathroom and upstairs bathroom. But really on the whole it was great. We did not have any problems parking but we did park at the church, eventhough it stated "church parking only" we figured that we would not park there when there was a service or activity at the church as the noticeboard stated when these were. We determined towards the end of the stay that it may not have been the church who put the notices on cars it is most likely the people that live opposite the church as they use the church parking for their own and were not very friendly at all. We could not park in the designated parking space as there was a large van there most of the time. I would say that parking is the main problem with the property but it did not cause us any issues

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2022

  • "We loved staying at this property so much, was great value for money & so pretty."

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Mar 2022

  • "Andrew came to sort the TV, he couldn’t do it but he was first class."

    The fan in the bathroom doesn’t do its job because it is totally cloggec.

    Reviewed by Di3.8Mar 2022

  • "Great little cottage with everything you could need and a nice little touch with the Wii we had several hours of fun on that great fully equipped kitchen."

    The outside space could do with some work but was ok. Over all a nice place to stay many thanks

    Reviewed by Kerry4.7Feb 2022

  • "The cottage was really lovely and warm, spotlessly clean and cosy, had everything we needed, plenty of space for us and our little doggie, great location, plenty of great places to visit, we will definitely be back."

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Oct 2021

  • "Cottage could generally be brightened up, cushions and curtains very tired looking."

    Outside backdoor, Old gate metal latch sticking out of wall catches your body/arm when going to garden. Apart from car parking issues, excellent secure garden, perfect for dogs and walkers, location excellent for various attractions.

    Reviewed by Colin4.1Sep 2021

  • "This was the perfect cottage for our holiday."

    I would highly recommend staying here. Even our dog, who hates leaving London seemed very happy there.

    Reviewed by Charlotte5.0Jul 2021

  • "We are a family of 4 with children of preschool age and we had an amazing time in Lychgate cottage."

    The space is fantastic, children could roam freely and enjoyed all the games and lego available. They felt safe and comfortable. Things are maybe a little aged, but everything was in working order. Apart from the washing machine - it didn't draw water at the first attempt and when you put it on spin it would draw water! We kind of gave up in the end. We had no problems with parking right next to the cottage's wall that is the side of the dining area or on the street, no one ever made us feel bad about it. Weymouth beach was the main highlight and everything was in driving proximity of 10 minutes. Brilliant holidays in a very nice accommodation!!

    Reviewed by Beatrix5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was lovely and quaint but as to be expected with a property of this age there was a smell of damp, lots of cobwebs and no parking."

    The listing stated that there was parking in the street but the lane is very narrow, a lot of residents had no drive and more than 1 vehicle. The residents that did have drives had no parking signs opposite their drives as they would not be able to access them if there was a vehicle was parked. On our first night a resident told us to move our car as there were tractor and trailers up and down the lane and our car would get damaged. We parked where he suggested and in the morning we had a note from the parish council on the car asking us not to park there. This cause us some upset!

    Reviewed by Jeanette3.4Jun 2021

  • "Our holiday was perfect, the cottage was beautiful, great place to relax and plenty of walks on the doorstep, very dog friendly."

    .. Will definitely be booking again..

    Reviewed by Katie5.0Oct 2020

  • "Loved it"

    Reviewed by Alex5.0Sep 2020

  • "Everything about the cottage was as said in brochure."

    Excellent accommodation, situation and facilities. Would book again. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Sep 2020

  • "My wife and I + doggie had a wonderful week at Lychgate Cottage blessed by great weather."

    The cottage has magical memories for me, as my mother lived there a long time ago and I hadn`t seen it for 70 years. It was wonderful to be back. I have posted a message about the holiday including a picture of the house on my Facebook

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We found the whole process smooth and well organised."

    We have never considered a UK holiday before but because of the current circumstances we chose to this year and we were very pleasantly surprised. The accommodation was exactly as described and the service received when booking was excellent. We also had a maintenance issue during our stay when the shower stopped working. Within hours this was resolved. All round we are very pleased with the service we received.

    Reviewed by Matt4.4Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was brilliant and exceeded expectations in most respects."

    Little things which would have improved the experience. A supply of toilet rolls and kitchen towel. I took tee towels and dishwasher tablets as they aren't normally supplied but they were available. Lounge flooring needed a wash but that's understanable with dogs and walkers staying.

    Reviewed by Lynn4.7Sep 2019

  • "We enjoyed a lovely week in Lychgate Cottage - pretty well perfect for us & our 2 Scottish Terriers."

    The cottage was well equipped, yes a bit old fashioned in places but with a sparkling new kitchen. Fabulous to have great walks we could do from the village without always having to load the dogs into the car but near enough to Weymouth to enjoy trips in for fish & chips or wandering along the esplanade & around the harbour. Definitely one on our list for visiting again!

    Reviewed by Lorna4.7Sep 2019

  • "Lovely, spacious cottage in a peaceful location."

    Close to coastal walks a bonus with the dog. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and very spacious would definitely recommend as we will definitely be going back there again"

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage looks idyllic and its setting is incomparable; however for a long stay (two weeks) the furniture is very uncomfortable particularly if you have a 'back'!"

    Presumably nothing can be done about the tv reception which is very bad and frustrated our Wimbledon efforts!! Touches appreciated were the laundry change mid holiday, and the scrupulous maintenance of a very beautiful garden. Thankyou!

    Reviewed by Eileen3.4Jun 2019

  • "It was in a fabulous location, had a beautiful garden, near a nice pub, the sea."

    The only constraint was the parking, even though we had enough room it was a bit of a worry that we were going to upset neighbours. Could have done with a better range of games for rainy days as we were all adults. The kitchen didn't have enough dishwasher tablets! or enough toilet roll. Otherwise a very enjoyable experience and would/have recommended it!

    Reviewed by Julie4.4Jun 2019

  • "Cottage was beautiful and well equipped however the tv aerial connection was a continual problem causing us to contact the local office on more than one occasion."

    This should be looked at ASAP.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1May 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in great location."

    Very warm and welcoming. A home from home.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0May 2019

  • "Once again we enjoyed our stay at Lychgate Cottage in Osmington."

    The weather was excellent to add to our enjoyment of the holiday. Many thanks Stayed July 2018

    Mr Roger TarrSep 2018

  • "An outstanding holiday property of charming architectural character."

    Very clean and spacious. Very well furnished and we a well appointed kitchen. Lovely garden and good patio to eat out. Some evidence of the owner's presence which gave it a welcoming feel. I'd recommend it highly – Stayed July 2017.

    Mr Roger TarrAug 2017

  • "Didn't need to contact Dream Cottages at all, everything about the booking was fine."

    The cottage itself is perfect, beautiful, and we enjoyed our stay so much we have booked again for later in the year. We specifically wanted a cottage to take our 2 dogs with us - it was perfect for us - location, equipment, cleanliness - outstanding. Thank you. Stayed June 2017

    Mrs Linda WilliamsJun 2017

  • "We have just returned from a lovely holiday staying at Lytchgate Cottage."

    It is in a beautiful location and it is well equipped and very comfortable. I would highly recommend - stayed June 2017

    Mrs GibsonJun 2017

  • "Ideal location Beautifully appointed cottage."

    Stayed May 2017

    Mr Martin VickersMay 2017

  • "We loved every second of our stay at the cottage, can't wait to go back!"

    Stayed November 2016

    Miss Stacey LindseyNov 2016

  • "Excellent - quiet location very handy for walks from the village & well appointed accomodation."

    Would recommend - stayed October 2016.

    Mr TowlerNov 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over and basin
  • Separate WC and basin
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC on ground floor
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area
  • Lower sitting room with Wii console.
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher
  • TV, DVD, Wii console, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • On road parking on roads around property
  • Lawned garden at front
  • Patio area with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, charge of £21 per pet per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Shop 5 mins drive.

The property

Located in the heart of the centuries old village of Osmington near Weymouth is Lychgate Cottage, a beautiful traditional thatched cottage dating back to C1500.

This two bedroomed chocolate box cottage has so much charm and character.

Admire the beamed ceiling and exposed stonework in the sitting room as you unwind on the corner sofa.

Enjoy the peace of seclusion of the lawned garden at the front of the cottage or on the patio area on warm summer’s evening.

Leading onto a patio garden there is a lower sitting room with another TV and Wii console for games.

Grey stone thatched cottages in this beautiful location are bordered by winding village lanes.

The village is well served with Craig's Farm Dairy where you can buy fresh cow’s milk and their speciality ice-cream - arguably the best in the county!

Adjacent to Lychgate Cottage is St Osmund's Church, sections of which date back to 1200, a must visit location to marvel at local history.

Keen ramblers and walkers alike are spoilt with the choice of discovering the surrounding coast at Ringstead and Osmington Mills.

In the height of the summer the pebbly beach at Ringstead is often quiet.

The Smugglers at Osmington Mills is a famous hostelry serving good food.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are around a 10 mile drive and the award-winning beach at Weymouth is around 6 miles, perfect for indulging in sand castle making on the golden sandy beach or enjoying an ice cream at one of the many beach side cafes, making a perfect day out.

The character, charm and costal setting of Lychgate Cottage is the perfect place to spend your holiday in Dorset.

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About the location


Osmington village, sits on the Jurassic coastline of Dorset, just 6 miles from Weymouth with it’s infamous beach and historic harbour and just 11 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Home to the famous Chalk hillside carving of George III on horseback, cut into the hillside to commemorate the Royal visits to Weymouth, this landmark can be seen from miles away. It is also the place that John Constable spent his honeymoon in 1816 and where he completed his painting of Weymouth Bay that now hangs in the National Gallery. The South West Coastal path runs through Osmington Mills, a tiny hamlet on the edge of Osmington. Here many walkers start their coast path walks at the Smugglers inn, where reputedly there are historic connections to smuggling. Be sure to visit to find out all the stories. A short drive will see you reach a local convenience store at Preston. Weymouth offers a larger variety of shopping, eating and entertainment choices.

Please note; the path leading to the cottage is rocky and uneven. The property has a typical narrow staircase. Both of these will need to be considered when booking this property especially for those with mobility issues.
Note: Please note gardener will attend property every two weeks between March - Oct and access will be required to garden.