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Old Rectory Cottage

Sturminster Newton, Dorset (Ref. 1072821)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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4 Customer Review(s)

  • “Lovely cottage with large enclosed garden for a dog and footpath running past the door.”

    Touch touches with the welcome pack and well equipped. Would stay again.

    Touch touches with the welcome pack and well equipped. Would stay again.

    - Chris, October 2021

The property

Resting in the delightful village of Manston on the Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset borders is this character cottage, Old Rectory Cottage.

Enjoying lovely features like arched doorways and exposed brick walls, Old Rectory Cottage is a quaint setting for a peaceful retreat, sleeping four guests in two bedrooms.

Enjoy unwinding in the living/dining room following a big day outdoors, with a woodburning stove set within a rustic fireplace to warm you as you settle down on one of the sofas, or gather at the wooden dining table in preparation for a feast.

Make your way to the kitchen and make use of the large range cooker to rustle up home-cooked meals, with a host of appliances to make use of.

The pretty enclosed garden provides a wonderful area to enjoy warm weather, with seating at the patio area to relax on.

Head upstairs to freshen up in the bathroom, featuring a bath with an overhead shower, before settling in one of the two bedrooms, comprising of a double and a king-size, the latter able to be a twin on request with zip/link beds.

The village of Manston is just a few miles from Child Okeford, a village sitting on the edge of The Blackmore Vale, where you can find pubs and shops to pick up any essentials or enjoy a drink at the end of the day.

Embark on scenic walks up Hambledon Hill, an Iron Age hillfort protected by the National Trust, with far-reaching views to soak up from the top, with other nearby hikes to enjoy including Hod Hill, Bell Hill and Bulbarrow Hill.

Visit the small Georgian town of Blandford Forum to learn about the fascinating history in The Blandford Town Museum, browse the lovely independent shops and boutiques, and sample some of the excellent restaurants, pubs and bars scattered around the town, with Blandford playing host to Great Dorset Steam Fair annually celebrating the national heritage with over 2,000 exhibits!

Spend a day exploring the National Trust's Kingston Lacy, an Italian-style manor with a Japanese garden, notable art collection and Egyptian artefacts.

For a countryside retreat to Dorset, choose Old Rectory Cottage.


  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size (zip/link, can be twin on request), 1 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with woodburning stove
  • Oil central heating
  • LPG dual cooker with range, oven and hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio with seating
  • One well-behaved pet welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles, pub 0.5 miles

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About the location


Blandford Forum 11 miles.

The small, attractive market town of Sturminster Newton is set on the banks of the River Stour, reached via a graceful, six-arch, 15th century bridge, carrying a warning of deportation to those who may damage it! The whole area acted as inspiration for the works of Thomas Hardy, who wrote Return of The Native whilst living in the town. The region is dotted with thatched cottages, rural walks, stunning country views, and fascinating towns, such as Sherborne, with its abbey and castle, whilst the beautiful Dorset Heritage Coast is also within easy reach, making this an ideal base all year round!

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas