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Firkin Cottage

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  • 6 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


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

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "A cosy place to come back to after day trips with its perfect location between harbour and seaside."

    Reviewed by Ilona3.8Oct 2023

  • "A very nice well appointed cottage."

    Conveniently situated in a quiet location, but a just short walk in to town. Our second visit to this property, we hope to be back.

    Thankyou very much for your lovely review and we hope to welcome you again soon! Property Owner

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2023

  • "We have stayed in Firkin cottage before probably 8 years ago."

    This year the property looks tired. It needs a good paint! The outside furniture looks tired. The garden is overgrown and needs maintenance. There is no parking permit which was advertised when we booked so that limited what we could do.Basically we couldn't move our car for 2 weeks!! The set up of the bedrooms were good and the general facilities available in the cottage were excellent. Everything worked well. The location was excellent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

    Reviewed by Jennifer3.4Jul 2023

  • "We have stayed at Firkin for the last 5 years and love it so much."

    This time however dustbin full of rubbish bags from previous holiday makers...these were not taken in the 2 weeks of our stay so flies had a lovely time. We recycled everything at Asda so didn't add to the bin as obviously already full. Glasses, cutlery, mugs and teapot filthy. There was also something nasty splashed up the wall in 1st double bedrooms bathroom. At the end of our stay we striped bed of linen and one pillow was very stained...disgusting. There were no small bags placed within the small wastepaper bins and half used toilet rolls in each toilet. Not great and quite sad....time to go somewhere else.

    Reviewed by Phillip3.8May 2023

  • "Another great stay in Firkin Cottage."

    Its like home from home. Close to everything that's going on but in a quite area. We love staying there and will be back again. There is only 1 thing for the maintainas person. There is a small leek in the downstairs toilet, behind the loo over a couple of days you get a puddle. Thanks for a great stay see you again soon.

    Thankyou for your repeat visit and wonderful review. So pleased to hear you enjoy staying at Firkin cottage and we look forward to welcoming you again soon. The downstairs toilet has now been fixed. Many apologies for the inconvenience. We also now have a lovely new sofa in the lounge. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip4.7Oct 2022

  • "We enjoyed a lovely stay at Firkin Cottage during September."

    The cottage was very clean, comfortable and was furnished lovely. It had everything for our needs. Upon the evening of our arrival we noticed that the clip on the dishwasher tablet dispensing unit was broken. After reporting this, it was attended to without delay. Great customer service from Dreams Cottages! The cottage was in close walking distance to the harbour area and also Nothe Gardens overlooking the sea. It was a good base for exploring the area and overall we had a really enjoyable stay/holiday! NB: Safety - Although it is mentioned in the listing about the steep & narrow cottage style stairs, please be aware that they also twist around onto each floor without much handrail and therefore we found them quite awkward to navigate and a bit of a mission. In addition, the hallway is tiled and there is a small step in the entrance hall just short of the front door which we had to be mindful about. Perhaps some sort of hazard tape could be applied to the step to highlight it ~ just a suggestion.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2022

  • "Great location and we had a lovely stay."

    There are a few minor things which could do with being fixed just for info: Sinks need unblocking Dishwasher tablet drawer broken and doesn’t shut Upper bathroom grout damaged Back door needs straightening on hinges, difficult to shut Rear Outdoor light doesn’t work Upstairs bedside lamp doesn’t work properly Downstairs toilet leaks water on the floor. Aside from these the property is great and these didn’t really detract from our enjoyment during the holiday.

    We are glad you had a lovely stay. We have had the issues that you raised investigated and no problems have been identified with the back door, dishwasher, downstairs toilet or lamp. They all appear to be in working order. We saw that one of the sinks was slightly blocked and have attended to this. Many thanks Property Owner

    Reviewed by Elaine4.4Sep 2022

  • "Larger than I was expecting!"

    As I am only 5ft 3" the door ways were not an issue. Easy walk into Weymouth for meals out in the evening. Would recommend the Plaza Cinema in Dorchester to other families.

    Many thanks for your wonderful review and we hope to welcome you again soon Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Sep 2022

  • "We found everything we needed for 3 adults and a toddler."

    Had a great time. The dishwasher and parking permit were very welcome. A useful outdoor space at the back.

    Glad to hear you had a great stay. Thank you very much for the lovely feedback and hope to welcome you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful house in a great location."

    We had a blazing hot week but the house was cool and comfortable at all times. The location is perfect, close to the harbour but quiet and relaxing. The house is well equipped, and very spacious. Our only issue was the stair carpet could be quite slippy. We had 3 members of the party who slipped on the way down. We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Aug 2022

  • "We have stayed in Firkin several times now and enjoyed our stay so much as its in the perfect location if you enjoy the other side of the bridge!"


    So pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Phillip4.1May 2022

  • "Firkin Cottage is a fantastic base for a holiday in Weymouth."

    It is a charming old cottage which is in a quiet spot despite being close to the harbour and the sea. It is well equipped and very well presented, providing a comfortable space for a family. Helpfully, a parking permit was provided for the local carpark (a couple of minutes walk up towards the Nothe). Although not a criticism of the property, it is worth noting that the doorways (as is to be expected in an old cottage) are very low, so it may not suit the very tall. Sykes' communication was clear and helpful both before and during the trip, which helped facilitate a smooth experience. We loved our time there and would definitely return.

    Thank you very much for your lovely feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Apr 2022

  • "Really cosy and lovely."

    Nice clean kitchen, comfortable beds, nicely decorated. Lots of room in the living room, more airy than I thought it would be. Perfect location - 1 minute from the steps down to Newtons Cove and walks on the Nothe with stunning sea views, very close to the lovely harbour, bars, cafes and Londis for milk!

    Thank you for your great feedback. Hope to welcome you again to Firkin Cottage soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Antonia5.0Dec 2021

  • "All good, lovely and clean good location."

    Some positive criticism, the 1st floor shower oscillated between too hot and cold, we're probably spoiled by our shower at home. Also, the extraction fan clacked all night. Nothing major, but you might want to know. Thanks for a great holiday.

    Reviewed by Simon5.0Dec 2021

  • "The cottage was just as described in the listing, and was in an excellent location for the harbour and lots of lovely restaurants and pubs."

    The fully fitted kitchen was fantastic and we enjoyed some leisurely breakfasts sat in the back garden in the morning sunshine, perfect way to start the day.

    Thank you for your lovely feedback - those sunny garden breakfasts sound perfect! Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again to Firkin Cottage soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Gill4.7Sep 2021

  • "We had a few 'niggles' when we arrived; en-suite bathroom sink was very slow to drain, top floor bedroom window could not be opened and none of the keys provided would work, the shower door handle was very loose, the front door swelled so much in the rain that we really struggled to open it from the inside, the washing machine had a lot of black mould in the rubber seal."

    However, all of these issues were dealt with swiftly on the same day when we reported them to the local Dream Cottages office (excluding the washing machine as I cleaned this out myself so I could use it). Maintaining the water temperature in the shower was difficult, the water pressure was brilliant but would constantly change from just right to freezing or boiling. Otherwise we had a lovely stay at Firkin Cottage, it's large, clean and comfortable (the bathrooms can be a bit claustrophobic as there are no windows, the top floor shower cubicle especially), in a brilliant position within walking distance of the harbour, shops and beach, and we always managed to get a car parking space on Nothe Car Park, just up the road. Suggestions for additions to facilities - please add some shelves in the bathrooms and shower areas. There is no where to put shower gel/shampoo and all the other bathroom paraphernalia required for six people, ranging from a 2 year old to great-grandmother. Personal preference would be for blackout blinds in the bedrooms as the Venetian ones don't prevent early morning light coming in.

    Reviewed by Tracey4.7Jul 2021

  • "We stop in Weymouth every year and have done for years now."

    Unfortunately we lost my dad, very suddenly and at a very young age whilst away on holiday 5 years ago. We aim to be in Weymouth on the 14th July every year. Each and every year, your cottages exceed expectations. They make each year perfect. Every cottage we’ve ever stopped in has been amazing. (Firkin will always be my favourite too!) Made even better with Newton’s cove on your doorstep.

    Reviewed by Chelsey5.0Jul 2021

  • "Have stayed in a number of your holiday let’s , all ways clean comfy and good value"

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Jul 2021

  • "Really excellent experience from start to finish." with Sykes was easy and hassle free, with clear options on cancellation if we went back into lockdown as well (in fact we had booked over Christmas 2020 as well but owing to the lockdown this had to be cancelled...Sykes refunded quickly, efficiently and without any hassle whatsoever). The cottage was wonderful...clean, tidy and really nicely furnished with everything we needed. The location was perfect for Weymouth, being on the quieter side near Brewers Quay, away from the crowds but literally a stones throw from Newtons Cove, which is one of our favourite spots in Weymouth. We had one really small issue with the heating.. I guess being first in after lockdown it hadn't been used that much so the battery needed replacing on the thermostat...but this was dealt with by Dream Cottages (who manage this letting) really quickly on the same day and without any problems. Overall I cannot recommend Sykes enough, all advisers I spoke to on the phone were polite, friendly and helpful, it made the whole experience wonderful, and we shall definitely be using them again!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback. Glad to hear you had such an enjoyable stay at Firkin Cottage. Hope to welcome you again soon. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Apr 2021

  • "House was lovely and clean ,nice patio area, perfect location, had a great holiday"

    Reviewed by Janette5.0Sep 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our break in Weymouth."

    It’s a pretty little place and the people are very friendly and helpful. The cottage Is within easy walking distance of the quay- less than 5 minutes, where there is an abundance of places to eat, have coffee etc In the current Covid situation it’s best to book restaurants in advance. Re the cottage. There is nowhere really to stop and drop off luggage etc on your arrival and equally on the day you leave and I would say it’s slightly inconvenient to have to park a car a 10 minute walk away and move things from there into the cottage. It’s good to have a parking permit though. The cottage itself was very nice. Downstairs is a very good sized kitchen, diner, living area. There are 2 floors above. It’s useful to note that the stairs are narrow and steep and in my opinion not great for small children and anyone with any mobility issues. The bedrooms vary in size but are reasonably equipped and the beds are comfortable. The shower screen in the en-suite bathroom could do with replacing. The cottage was spotless in all the places you would want it to be. Occasionally it might be an idea to wipe the skirting boards and hoover down the side and round the back of furniture (bit dusty with some bits of paper, when I dropped something down the back of a chest of drawers and had to pick it up). The dishwasher also needed salt and rinse aid- not sure if that’s checked between guests? The Dreams cottage staff and service was great. We had a bit of an issue with the key and door knob. The lady in the office was very pleasant and helpful. They sent someone out within hours. Rectified the problem and phoned me to let me know the outcome. Excellent service. This feedback is given in the hope that it is constructive and helpful for the company and people looking to stay in a cottage. None of the little niggles detracted from our stay in Firkin Cottage. My friend and I are fit and well. There are several walks that can be taken from the cottage- both away from the town towards Portland or along the promenade etc We used the bus service and so long as you have the correct timetable, the buses are a good way to get around the area. We had a great time in Weymouth. Enjoyed staying in Firkin Cottage and would definitely book with Sykes cottages again.

    Reviewed by Carole4.1Sep 2020

  • "Very well equipped cottage, very quiet but also close to shops and the sea."

    Not for publication: Lack of Wi-fi was a bit of an issue and it should be clarified that there is minimal parking in the immediate area, which could be an issue when unloading/re-packing the car. Everything was very clean, apart from the sofa and cushions!

    Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased to let you know that there is now Wifi available at the property should you wish to return. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Louise4.1Aug 2020

  • "Great location and a lovely characterful house."

    Reviewed by Amy& Dominic5.0Jul 2020

  • "The previous occupants had left the property in an extremely messy state."

    The cleaners had to work very hard very quickly to try to bring it up to scratch but throughout the first few days of our stay, more evidence of the previous occupants' abuse of the property emerged. Live crabs had obviously brought into the property from crabbing trips to the harbour. We found a baby crab dead on the carpet one morning (it must have crawled out during the night from under furniture). Crab and lobster carcasses had been flung into the garden area as had a kitchen tray (possibly used as a frisbee!). We all felt the property needed some tlc and possibly a replacement sofa. Torches had always been available in the bedrooms in the past. This time there were none. The big holly bush and overgrown shrubs in the garden do need to be cut down or back to allow for proper drying space; it does accommodate 5 people and that can mean a lot of drying off. Finally, we couldn't get the central heating to kick in, despite following the instructions provided. Having said all this, we love the location of this property, thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be back in a Dream Cottages property the same time next year.

    Reviewed by Lynn3.8Aug 2019

  • "We would have liked to stay an extra night but despite early request could not get a quote."

    We left instead.

    Reviewed by Carol3.8Apr 2019

  • "Great little house."

    Close to the beach & local amenities. Quiet location. Definitely one of the best we've stayed in over the years. Stayed August 2017.

    Mrs Claire NealeSep 2017

  • "Loved the cottage, excellent layout for our family."

    Looking forward to visiting it again next year . Stayed August 2015

    Mr & Mrs SumnerAug 2015

  • "A beautiful property that I have booked again for next year."

    Would Benifit from a washing line. Stayed August 2015

    Mr Joseph LargeAug 2015

  • "Very quiet location."

    Nice garden that gets the setting sun. Good food and Beer is no more the 5 mins walk, but top double bedroom is cosy.

    Mr Stephen LambAug 2014

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x single, 1 x second floor double, 1 x second floor single
  • Second floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room with dining area.
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV, DVD
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available.
  • Rear garden with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 min
  • Harbour 10 min
  • Coastal walk 5min.

The property

A beautiful, fully renovated cottage just a short walk from the Brewers Quay and Newton's Cove area of Weymouth.

Firkin Cottage is perfect for a tranquil holiday set slightly apart from the bustle of the main town while still very close to the Old Harbour and Hope Square.

The standard of finish inside this property is exceptional and attention to detail obvious.

The beautiful enclosed cottage garden has a patio area complete with garden furniture, where you can enjoy the sun or eat alfresco at any time of the day.

Named after the traditional 72-pint barrel used at the now converted local Devenish Brewery, Firkin, is a popular cottage of our more discerning guests due to its modern presentation and favoured location. The beautiful Isle of Portland, loved by water sports enthusiasts, is just a short drive away.

Chesil beach visitor centre offers a glimpse to the area’s wildlife, you can walk up the shingle beach and enjoy observing the waves crashing dramatically to the shore.

On the less than perfect days it is well worth the effort to visit. A 20 minute drive further will take you to the wonderfully beautiful village of Abbotsbury where you will find Abbotsbury Swannery.

This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Sheltered by Ridgeway hills this historic village inspired a few books of Dorset’s famous writer Thomas Hardy.

From the town centre there are numerous places to visit within walking distance: St. Catherine’s Chapel, St. Nicholas Church, Chesil Beach, Sub-tropical gardens.

If you feel energetic enough a walk to Abbotsbury Castle, the Iron Age hillfort, is a must of the stunning scenery around.

This wonderful house is the perfect place to stay with friends or have a family gathering and discover beautiful Dorset coast.

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About the location


Dorchester 8.7 miles; West Lulworth 15.8 miles

Brewers Quay is the old Victorian brewery situated at the heart of the harbour, in Weymouth, Dorset. Much of the grade II listed complex and surrounding brewery buildings date from the late 1800 early 1900’s and many have stones inlaid commemorating their construction year. This area is now a popular destination with many restaurants, café and bars, creating a vibrant culture, where you can relax with a drink and watch the world go by. Tucked away down the harbourside streets, you will find original Tudor harbour buildings, estimated to have been built in 1600 and well worth a visit, with a very interesting history to share. You will also find the Weymouth Museum, with some incredible exhibitions, and the harbour is also home to the lifting bridge, where you can watch the luxury yachts head out to sea, and then walk over the bridge to the town's winding streets of boutique shops and the seafront esplanade and beach. There is more to this seaside town than meets the eye; Brewers Quay is a much-loved holiday destination in Weymouth!

Note: max 6 people.
Note: narrow cottage style stairs.
Note: low doorway to the sitting room.
Note: Nearest pay and display car park is Nothe Car Park DT4 8UD a 5 minute walk via Just Park app

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas