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Mappowder Cottage

(Ref. 988342)

Buckland Newton near Dorchester, 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
  • Broadband / WiFi

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "The kitchen had dirty plates, cups with brown ring stains on the inside and glasses with fingerprints on them…."

    .it was disgusting but we cleaned them up…we had to. This really put the dampers on our week. We will not return here.’

    Reviewed by Donald2.2Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely relaxing week away in a beautiful cottage in amazing surroundings so quiet and peaceful cows mooing in the background."

    The cottage had everything we needed and more, rooms clean and tidy, lots of space for our dog to roam around. The owner was there to meet us, very helpful and gave us all the information we needed regarding the cottage and local area. Would highly recommend and i will be returning for another relaxing break next year.

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Sep 2023

  • "The cottage is in the middle of a dairy farm, lovely scenery, and stunning sunsets."

    There are also stables on site. Mappowder Cottage is a nice size for a family of four, and dog friendly. Has WiFi, which is great as had two teenagers with us! Some board games, books and dvd’s in the cottage. Magnetic darts and bagatelle were the favourites. Elizabeth and Jeremy, the owners, live next door to the cottages and were very friendly and helpful. Thank you for the wine, flowers and crisps! Great base for exploring Dorset. Bowleaze Beach is dog friendly and parking is right next to beach. We also enjoyed the Heavy Horse Centre, which is also dog friendly. The only problem I had was getting in the bath for a shower, the bath is a lovely roll top, but very high for somebody with a dodgy hip. We had a lovely short break.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Aug 2023

  • "Cottage in very poor, dirty marks on walls, dirty windows, dripping tap, Outside bedroom door."

    Not very much crockery , electric oven was a night mare to use. Problems with locking door and gate. Furniture in very poor state, uncomfortable lumpy needs replacing. Would not give this accommodation more than a one star. This is the worst property I ever stayed at.

    I am very sorry your stay was so unhappy. Windows have been cleaned in the last month. There are over 50 items of crockery items (plates , bowels, mugs etc. The cooker is an ordinary cooker and works the same as most cookers. There are instructions. The door opens perfectly and the gate has a secure latch. The two new sofas, replaced at the beginning of the year are handmade by Balmain and Balmain of Salisbury and are feather filled and of the highest quality. There is a 17thc chest full of games and antique table etc. Please see comments from other guests who seemed very happy. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Derek1.3Jul 2023

  • "Second visit and always feels like home Elizabeth is very welcoming and ..."

    Second visit and always feels like home Elizabeth is very welcoming and nothing is too much trouble We totally relaxed and recharged and then visited some of Dorset’s beautiful places Thanks you

    Thank you for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in idyllic surroundings, the cottage is ideal and has everything you need."

    Private enclosed garden perfect for the dogs, no traffic just open fields so very peaceful lovely, to hear the animals. Nice bottle of wine, crisps and flowers on arrival that was a nice touch. We had beautiful weather too which is always welcome ! Great couple of days of pure relaxing which was wonderful .

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. And for leaving everywhere so clean Elizabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen5.0May 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay at the cottage, the owners are very welcoming."

    The location is rural and right in the heart of a working farm, we loved this..truely away from it all!

    Reviewed by Mary4.1Apr 2023

  • "A lovely cottage in a remote and quiet area, perfect for a relaxing getaway."

    Dog friendly with a lovely enclosed garden to the front.

    Than you so much for your feedback! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joanne4.4Dec 2022

  • "Just returned from a wonderful holiday at Mappowder Cottage."

    This was our second stay here and it didn't disappoint us. The owner, Elizabeth, is on hand if any issues may crop up (didn't need to ask her anything this time) and nothing is any trouble. The cottage is well equipped, clean and comfortable. The area is extremely quiet and very rural. Would definitely recommend this cottage and hope that you all have a memorable holiday.

    Thank you so much for your feedback!xx Property Owner

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely welcoming owner."

    Peaceful location. Well equipped cottage with very comfortable beds, and a good size enclosed garden. However, sofas in lounge not comfortable and the outdoor furniture positively uncomfortable. The roll top bath with overhead shower looked lovely, but as it was quite high, with no handrail, or anti slip mat, one had to be exceedingly careful when getting in and out. We were aware of the rural location, but it did tend to get a little tiresome having to drive up to an hour each day to get to some of the places we wished to visit. Overall, a very pleasant property, and we did enjoy our stay.

    Reviewed by Michelle4.1Jul 2022

  • "Pleasant little cottage, good place to escape and get some piece and quiet."

    Reviewed by Garry3.8Jun 2022

  • "I stayed there with my two fur babies for 5 days and the property was comfortable, well fitted, extremely well kept."

    and I thoroughly enjoyed my relaxing stay. Kudus to the host, there is nothing I could think of that the property is missing. The location being quiet is close to all amenities. The welcoming bottle of wine was a great touch.. Thank you..

    Thank you So much for your review, so pleased you enjoyed yourself. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Alexander5.0Jun 2022

  • "We very much enjoyed our time in this cottage which was a cut above the average holiday cottage."

    It was spacious and in a very peaceful rural location, the traffic on the long access drive was mainly passing dairy cows. The property is a bit remote in deepest Dorset with long drives down country lanes to get to anywhere of consequence. Ideal for a get-away-from-it-all break.

    Thank you for your great feedback and enjoyed the dairy cows! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Morris5.0May 2022

  • "We stayed at Mappowder Cottage for a week from 29th April to 6th May 2022."

    What a wonderful place to stay. The cottage is very well equipped, spacious and beds and sofas very comfy. The cottage is decorated with many pictures that Elizabeth (the owner) as painted. Pretty enclosed garden to sit out in the sunshine. Although off the beaten track, the cottage is in a great situation to reach Sherbourne, Winchester, Weymouth etc. We visited the above place including Blue Pool (beautiful) and Monkey World. Would recommend to anyone with or without dogs.

    Thank you very much for your love comments. Elizabeth Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely cottage, warm and comfortable."

    Quiet and peaceful area - just what we wanted. Experienced a couple of short power cuts, but host was immediately at the door to check we were okay and supplied us with candles. Would recommend to anyone who wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life.

    Thank you so much, most kind of you to leave such possative feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Feb 2022

  • "Lovely cottage in a farm setting with the log fire as a highlight."

    We did have some issues with cleanliness on arrival which we alerted the owner about and she mentioned she had hired new cleaners this season. Otherwise a pleasant stay all in all and not too far from the main attractions and sights.

    Reviewed by Sonal3.4Feb 2022

  • "We booked Mappowder cottage, as we were waiting to move into our new house which was taking longer than expected to complete."

    The cottage was very comfy, cosy and warm during a very cold spell in late November early December. We had everything we needed to make our stay a very pleasant one. The bedrooms were particularly splendid with beautiful crisp white cotton linen and huge cushions which gave a touch of understated decadence. The bathroom again was beautifully clean and bright with a rather magnificent roll top bath. We found Elizabeth and her husband to be very kind and considerate hosts. As we were staying in the cottage for a month, it was like a home from home, with added the extra of beautiful country views and lovely walks for our dog along the safe and long private driveway to the property. Elizabeth has her own horses stabled a short distance away and has great facilities for horse lovers who want to bring their horse or horses with them on holiday. Even if you are not into horses, it is lovely introduction to meet the two very good-natured horses who make wonderful neighbours. It is a great place for a short on long break, as there is lots to see and do for all ages. It is also a delightful quiet place to spend some time just chilling. We would certainly recommend Mappowder cottage, we would have happily stayed there longer, if we had needed to,

    Thank you so much for you your coments! Property Owner

    Reviewed by G5.0Nov 2021

  • "We have just spent a lovely relaxing weekend in this beautiful cottage."

    It's peaceful and quiet location is just what we needed and to be greeted by three friendly dogs on arrival was just perfect :-)

    Reviewed by Deborah4.4Oct 2021

  • "A lovely, cosy cottage in a quiet, rural setting."

    Well equipped and with good facilities. The narrow country lanes may be challenging to some.

    Reviewed by Audrey4.1Oct 2021

  • "The listing wasn’t clear to state just how remote the cottage is."

    The cleanliness was not up to standard. Owner did ask about it as she has a new cleaner but there were many areas that needed a good clean.: windows, skirting boards, cobwebs, microwave inside, cooker hood, dust on some surfaces. Cottage was comfortable and bedding etc was all clean, everything we needed was there. Garden being totally enclosed was great as we could let dog out on her own safely. Enjoyed our time there but could have been even better.

    Reviewed by Sarah3.8Sep 2021

  • "A wonderful week at the cottage with a fabulous host, beautiful surroundings and perfectly peaceful."

    We have loved every minute and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Mappowder Cottage to anyone. Hopefully we will come back soon.

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Aug 2021

  • "Elizabeth is an accomplished hostess and very welcoming."

    She is on hand if you should need to ask any advice on the area or want to see the animals, but doesn't intrude on your relaxation. There is so much to do in the area we couldn't manage to do half of what we wanted in the fortnight we were there!

    Reviewed by Fleur4.7Jul 2021

  • "A lovely well equipped bungalow set in an idyllic quiet rural location."

    Friendly welcoming hosts on hand if needed. A relaxing weekend enjoyed by us and our dog.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7May 2021

  • "A cosy cottage surrounded by beautiful countryside."

    Loved being so close to a variety of animals. Elizabeth was a great host. She was kind enough to introduce us to her new born lambs and puppies. Would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing break. Very dog friendly. Nice local pubs included The Gaggle of Geese and The Fox at Ansty. Good location for Dorset attractions.

    Reviewed by Jane4.7May 2021

  • "Stunning location and wonderful farm setting."

    Our daughters loved seeing all the horses, sheep and cows and the owners of the farm were so hospitable and welcoming. The cottage is perfect for a small family or couple and the bedding/bathroom/furnishings are all excellent! Very clean and everything worked!

    Reviewed by Thomas5.0Apr 2021

  • "After multiple rescheduling due to Covid restrictions we managed a lovely 5 night break with extended family in this cottage and the one adjoining."

    A charming pair of cottages, beautifully presented, well equipped, very warm, in a lovely rural setting. These cottages are down a long private drive, safe for walking and children to ride their bikes. The owners were resident in the country house next to the cottages, they were very welcoming and available if needed. There are stables, a dairy and a riding school which was an added attraction for the children in our party, daily visits to the stable doors to see which ones were occupied, and watching the riders in the riding ménage from Maple cottage windows. . The gardens had outdoor furniture for outside dining. Weymouth beach took us about 50 minutes through beautiful rolling countryside with amazing views. We visited the Gaggle of Geese pub in Buckland Newton for dinner one evening. Excellent food, friendly service and lots of outside space to allow for social distancing. Can recommend, as this was a five minute drive from the cottages. All in all can highly recommend both Mappowder and Maple cottages for a relaxed, rural stay but with easy access to nearby towns and beaches.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Apr 2021

  • "Had a great week."

    Hosts excellent but not intrusive. Everything we needed was there. 2 dogs with us and easy to manage them in cottage.

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Oct 2020

  • "Comfortable cottage, very friendly, enjoyed the week"

    Reviewed by Richard4.7Sep 2020

  • "We have just returned from a lovely week long break at this little gem of a holiday cottage."

    It has everything that you need and is a great home from home. Elizabeth, the owner, was on hand at all times but wasn’t unobtrusive and greeted us on arrival, nothing was too much trouble for her. The cottage was really clean and considering the current climate with COVID-19 we felt completely safe. The cottage is out in the sticks with lovely views, walks on the doorstep and a completely secure garden, a must for us as we have a dog. The mobile signal is a bit hit and miss (we were on Vodafone) but that wasn’t an issue for us. We would definitely recommend this place and if we visit that area of Dorset again in the future won’t hesitate in booking again. Thank you for allowing us to spend time in your property.

    Reviewed by Annette5.0Sep 2020

  • "Having been to stay at Mappowder and Maple Cottage several times over the last few years, we thoroughly recommend the excellent cottages."

    Very relaxing stay at the beautiful cottage which has been kitted out and maintained to a high standard. It is very peaceful and remote (but close enough to all local amenities) ; just what we like when in the countryside. Elizabeth the owner of the cottages is very welcoming and always helpful. We can't wait for our next trip back!

    Reviewed by Jayesh5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a lovely stay at this cosy cottage in a very quiet location."

    Comfortable with all you could need, and whilst more than amply heated, it was nice to light the open fire on the colder evenings. Loads of dog friendly places to visit within easy driving distance (we especially liked Bere Regis). There are also footpaths and very quiet roads all around the cottage itself (wellies are recommended for some paths if its been wet). All in all we had a lovely time - thank you

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2020

  • "We found the property to be first class far more than the average rented properties very spacious with quality furnishings."

    The owners were very welcoming and laying on a very generous welcoming pack which we greatly appreciated. The property is situated a mile down a farm road easy to access. The roads in this area are mostly country lanes so a satnav is a must. The property has an open fire but we found it to be warm enough with the central heating and this was November we attended. Centrally located for the whole of Dorset just 30 to 40 minutes from Weymouth & Dorchester les than an hour to Lyme Regis & Bournemouth. If you are reasonably agile I would highly recommend the property for a really lovely country break " 5 Star plus".

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Nov 2019

  • "We have stayed at many cottages and this is our favourite!"

    Wonderful location to access Dorset’s many gems particularly Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door . Sherborne is a must .. The cottage is so beautifully furnished and we were made to feel very welcome . The welcome pack is the most generous we have had The dogs loved it too !!!

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2019

  • "What a fabulous few days we had at Mappowder Cottage."

    A really peaceful, tranquil retreat in rural Dorset. Very dog friendly cottage with a safe, flat walk straight outside and a secure garden. The perfect cottage for star gazing and waking up to birdsong. The welcome pack was generous and very much enjoyed - thank you! We’ll no doubt be back!

    Reviewed by Sara4.4Aug 2019

  • "Mappowder Cottage was very comfortable, clean, homely and inviting."

    Everything you could possibly want was provided. The surroundings were beautiful and the owner, Elizabeth, was warm and welcoming. The welcome pack was good and the fresh flowers placed in the cottage was a lovely touch. The secure garden is secure for dogs and is very well maintained; a lovely place to sit and listen to the sounds of the countryside. The sunsets were a wonderful sight. We would certainly book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2019

  • "The cottage is decorated in vintage style which was nice, there was a lovely welcome pack, but unfortunately the standers of cleanliness was very disappointing the dust was so thick in certain places that I could write my name in it, there was dirt between the toilet and the wall, black dust in the airing cupboard,dusty windowsills, the cottage really does need a deep clean it was not acceptable, I did speak to the owner who did rectify some of the obvious dust."

    Reviewed by Jim3.4Jun 2019

  • "The cottage was in an idyllic spot."

    The views and the surrounding villages were exceptional. I’ve never seen so many chocolate box thatched cottages! The cottage was ideally placed for visiting both the coast and places of interest. Sherborne is an easy drive away, where a large Sainsbury’s was very handy! Sherborne itself is a real gem! The week went far too quickly and look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by J5.0Jun 2019

  • "A lovely cottage in the heart of the countryside, ideal for a getaway break."

    Very comfortable and cosy with quality furnishings and fittings. The owner was friendly and provided some much appreciated goodies on arrival. There are plenty of attractions nearby - Dorset is a gorgeous place to spend time in.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Mar 2019

  • "The Cottage was in beautiful remote location, very peaceful (sat nav advised)."

    Cottage is comfortable and cosy. Well equipped with everything you would need. Owners were welcoming but didn't impose. The welcome pack was best we have had and we have been on a lot of cottage holidays. Really enjoyed are week in Mappowder Cottage and hope to return in the future.

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had a lovely stay despite the snow!"

    The cottage was extremely warm and comfortable and the owner Elizabeth went out of her way to make us comfortable. We will definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Feb 2019

  • "An attractive and recently converted cottage with modern kitchen and bathroom, antique furniture and nice open fire."

    Lovely linen and towels. Great location for walks and dog friendly. I believe you can also bring a horse! Welcome hosts live in the adjoining farmhouse. Some of the woodwork needs finishing and we found the bed a little soft, but otherwise a great stay.

    Reviewed by Giles3.8Nov 2018

  • "The cottage is a hidden gem in deepest rural Dorset."

    We had our 2 dogs with us and it was ideal as there is an enclosed garden and wonderful walks in the area. The cottage was warm and spacious, and beautifully equipped, and the delightful owner had left us some welcome goodies which were much appreciated. It is an ideal base for walking and cycling. There are no nearby shops and the excellent pub is 4 miles away, so a perfect choice for a complete rural escape!

    Reviewed by Lesley4.7Oct 2018

  • "Really lovely cottage in a wonderful setting - on a dairy farm in the middle of stunning Dorset countryside."

    Easy access to A roads, which will take you to larger towns and interesting tourism spots. The landlord and lady are very welcoming, more than happy to assist with anything you might need, but otherwise very respective of your privacy. Great for dogs, our year old Springer absolutely loved it. Highly recommend the nearby Brace of Pheasants pub as well, delicious food. This was our first Sykes holiday, but based on this we’d definitely book again and certainly would book this particular cottage again. Thanks very much for your hospitality.

    Reviewed by Dan5.0Oct 2018

  • "We enjoyed the cottage, facilities and location."

    The welcome pack was a nice touch and the owners were welcoming. Would definitely return.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2018

  • "Comfortable and spacious cottage with generous welcome pack and friendly owners."

    Situated about 1/2 mile up a farm road, ideal for dog walkers. Good location for visiting surrounding villages, towns and attractions. Lots of dog friendly pubs and cafés in the area. We would certainly visit again.

    Reviewed by Kathleen5.0Sep 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting/Dining area with open fire and telescope to gaze at the unpolluted night sky
  • Oil central heating with open fire
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer, TV, Broadband WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • There is also a 'camp bed' so you can bring an extra child
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Enclosed garden to the front with lawn and patio furniture
  • Pet friendly
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Coast 40mins
  • Note: Guests welcome to bring a horse as there is a stable and field along with parking for horse box and an arena
  • Note: Property can be booked with Ref
  • 988550, together they sleep eight guests with interconnecting doors

The property

Nestled within close proximity to the beautiful Dorset town of Sturminster Newton, complete with a wonderfully presented, spacious interior and a manicured front lawn.

Walk or cycle down the 3/4 mile long driveway and step into the quaint and comfortable sitting room, charm exuding from every angle with the open fire and antique furnishings offering a homely retreat to its guests.

A dining area accompanies the lounge, with alternative pea green chairs huddled around the table, tastefully upholstered, adding a touch of class to the ensemble.

Head through to the kitchen, which boasts a stylish Belfast sink, along with helpful appliances to assist your holiday, complete with cream units and wooden worktops for an immaculate finish.

Two bedrooms reside within this delightful interior; the king-size double comprises of an ornate wardrobe and elegant bed set, mirrored in the twin room with a matching collection of throws and bedside lamps.

The bathroom is appointed with a roll-top bath with a shower over and a basin and a vanity cupboard, brightening up your mornings with a neutral colour scheme and high quality fixtures.

Enjoy the delights of outdoors from the patio, which occupies garden furniture and a parasol to keep you well shaded on those sunny afternoons.

You may also This perfect location enjoys an abundance of walking routes, excellent cycling and the attractive market town of Sturminster Newton offers stunning country vistas, set on the banks of the River Stour with its picturesque 16th century watermill.

For a great day out you can visit the beach which is approximately 40 minutes away.

The enveloping Blackmore Vale is a wondrous place to explore; take a well-deserved rest at this charming cottage and lose yourselves in all it has to offer.

Note: Property can be booked with Ref. 988550, together they sleep eight guests with interconnecting doors.

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

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About the location


Dorchester 12 miles; Sherborne 12 miles.

The West Dorset village of Buckland Newton, and its seven surrounding hamlets including Brockhampton, is located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of Blackmore Vale, and at the head of the quaintly named Piddle Valley. The village is 12 miles south of historic Sherborne and 12 miles north of Thomas Hardy's Dorchester. Locally there are lovely scenic walks to be had, while a visit to nearby ancient Cerne Abbas is not to be missed, with its instantly recognisable chalk giant and numerous tea rooms and inns serving real ales and good food. Alternatively, travel south to the memorable Dorset Jurassic Coast, now a designated World Heritage Site, where many sandy beaches await you and provide visitors with great facilities for all kinds of water sports. Weymouth offers golden sandy beaches and a bustling harbour from which you can take a day trip to the Channel Islands. A short drive from here takes you to Portland Harbour and the rugged “Isle” of Portland, which is linked to Weymouth by dramatic Chesil Beach. With fascinating Sherborne and bustling Dorchester also just a short drive away, you really are spoilt for choice in this lovely part of Dorset.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Christmas