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The Old School House

Piddletrenthide, Dorset (Ref. 933650)


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  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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15 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very enjoyable time in the cottage with the dogs, lovely house, great walks and helpful neighbors."

    My main criticism is the quality of the beds and bedding, the mattresses were all too soft and the pillows and duvets were cheap ! Also the sound on the TV wasn't good. Other than that we had a good time.

    Reviewed by MarciaApr 2022

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Great kitchen. Most things provided. Beds comfortable. Good touch to provide books and DVD's, but DVD player old with scart connection which Smart TV did not have so unable to play DVD's. A mirror in the double bedroom for drying your hair would be nice. Used vacuum to clean but very low suction so not much use.

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2021

  • "The Old School House was lovely and we really enjoyed our visit."

    The house was warm and comfortable and the location was super with footpaths everywhere. The walk up and over the hill to Cerne Abbas was a favourite for us. The Thimble Inn a couple of miles along the footpath was smashing, dog friendly with really good food and friendly staff. The 2 pubs actually in Piddletrenthide are closed so that information needs updating to avoid disappointment. We’d definitely consider returning here and we certainly recommend this house - thank you

    Reviewed by LesleyOct 2021

  • "This is a charming, spacious house with lots of character in a quiet village location."

    We found it quite clean and well equipped for our needs. The staircase might be difficult for some people - you have to duck halfway up and it curves at a sharp angle near the top like a spiral staircase. We found the drains in the shower of the main bathroom and the basin in the on-suite partially blocked, which has been mentioned in other reviews. There are a few minor inconveniences - nowhere to put anything down in the ensuite so a shelf above the basin would be useful, as well as soap dishes on the walls of the two showers. There is a hairdryer in a drawer in the master bedroom, but it would also be convenient to have a dressing table with mirror to dry your hair. The location of the house is perfect for getting out and about. Most places we went were about 30 minutes away. We would be happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by LouiseSep 2021

  • "Lovely walks from cottage around the village."

    Unfortunately both pubs in village were closed which was disappointing. However the Thimble Inn just down the road was lovely great food, nice beer garden. You can walk the footpath through fields and green lanes easily within about half an hour, lovely off road walk too n dogs welcome. Cerne Abbas up the road lovely village too for a visit

    Reviewed by SusieAug 2021

  • "Really lovely cottage, very clean and cosy."

    Reviewed by WendyJul 2021

  • "Just a couple of items that were not cleaned."

    The cafeteria left in the kitchen still had coffee in it were it was not washed after the last people who stayed there. The garden furniture had not been cleaned for sometime especially the one table, and there was birds droppings all down the back of all the garden chairs. Everything else was very good.

    Reviewed by VJun 2021

  • "Upstairs -----the facilities are of a high standard but the lay-out is "quirky" egs:-doors open onto other furniture door from shower in bathroom onto toilet main bedroom, it is necessary to enter the room and close the door to reach light switch!"

    Downstairs-----insufficient crockery and cutlery sink and shower in en-suite were blocked Stairs ----mention needs to be made of their difficulty,I feel.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2020

  • "Beautiful property and quiet village location."

    Needed to be flexible to get up and down the stairs to avoid banging your head. Not noted on the property description. Wasps from a nest in the loft are getting into the bathroom. Village shop closes daily at 3.30pm and the pub is currently closed (September 2020). I appreciate this is out of your control. Rubbish is collected fortnightly not weekly, advised to put wheelie bin out each week but may be in vain. Also if you are the second week then there will be less bin space for your rubbish.

    Reviewed by JennySep 2020

  • "Lovely week away."

    Cottage very comfortable.

    Reviewed by LynnSep 2020

  • "We have had a lovely week in The Old School House!"

    It's a big, quirky old property with lots of fascinating history and the 4 of us have been very comfortable there, the place would accommodate 5 easily with room to spare. The kitchen is huge and the facilities very good indeed, a huge range cooker, lots of pots and pans and a large utility room with good quality washer and dryer. Plenty of hot water to fill the lovely big bath and when it dropped chilly on an evening the central heating kicked in and warmed the house nicely. The location is great too- 30 minutes to Poole, less to Weymouth and lots of lovely eating pubs within 10 minute's drive. (The pub in the village looked shut unfortunately) Other reviews have said the house was "unclean" - we found the kitchen and bathrooms spotless. The rest of the house may have been slightly dusty, windowsills and skirting boards etc but it's an old house, in the country with beautiful leaded windows, some dust/cobwebs are inevitable. Some of the linens looked a bit tired and the decorative cushions/throws for the beds were all stowed away rather than laid out to make it look nice however all in, we would definitely stay there again, we loved it! Thanks to the owners for a lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by LauraAug 2020

  • "The DVD player didn’t work (a cable was missing)."

    Also, we are not convinced the property was as clean as it should have been. We noticed in the information folder that it asked you to leave the property clean and tidy. If this was the extent of the cleaning that was performed before we visited (I.e. it was supposed to be done by the previous visitors) this may be why it lacked in some areas (I.e. under the bed in the main bedroom there was fluff and a plastic bag - presumably left by previous occupants).

    Reviewed by ClaireAug 2020

  • "Nice location."

    Plenty of room. Quiet area.

    Reviewed by JulieOct 2019

  • "Didn’t feel that we should have to go and buy salt and rinse agent for the dishwasher."

    Also, would have been useful to know about local shopping. Deliberately didn’t bring things because wanted to support the local economy. The village shop was very good but understandably for such a small shop didn’t stock fresh vegetables.

    Reviewed by JeannieAug 2019

  • "Only a couple of minor things, there was no hairdryer and only 2 wine glasses."

    Some of the information about the village was out of date, e.g. there is no longer a bus service and post office only on Monday afternoon. This however did not spoil our holiday and the property was beautiful.

    Reviewed by LynnJun 2019

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  • Over two floors
  • 3 bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite, with shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Reading room with woodburning stove
  • Utility
  • Gas central heating
  • Gas range cooker, dishwasher, fridge, washing machine, microwave, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Off road parking for three cars
  • Walled side garden with table and chairs
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Up to two well behaved pets welcome, charge of £21 per pet per week Pub and shop within 0.2 miles

The property

The Old School House is part of a converted Victorian village school, set at the heart of the Dorset village of Piddletrenthide.

This delightful conversion has retained a wealth of original features, including leaded windows and fireplaces, as well as boasting a seamless blend of contemporary styling to offer a welcoming stay at any time of the year.

Look forward to unwinding within the sitting room which benefits from a woodburning stove and beautiful original leaded windows, offering a charming space to catch up on your favourite TV shows during a winter's evening.

The reading room is situated next to the kitchen/diner and provides a lovely restful space for devouring a good book and a glass of wine, while the woodburning stove gently warms the room.

The kitchen/dining room is a bright space where you can enjoy preparing some tasty dinners and gather together to share stories of your holiday adventures.

There is also a separate utility room and downstairs cloakroom.

Climbing the stairs at the end of the day will see you on a lovely landing with feature original fireplace and three well-presented bedrooms, comprising of a double bedroom with an en-suite, a twin bedroom and a single bedroom which benefits from a skylight window.

The family bathroom offers a bath and separate shower, the perfect place to relax after a long day of holiday adventures.

To the outside, there is a lovely little walled garden with table and chairs, and to the front a much larger lawned garden, half of which is shared with the neighbours.

The picturesque village boasts a typical country pub serving home cooked food, and is just 8 miles north of the county town of Dorchester, where you will find all your high street needs and supermarkets.

The area is perfect for walkers and for those wishing to explore Thomas Hardy country, and the Cerne Abbas Giant is only a short 3 miles drive away and village of Cerne Abbas is a beautiful traditional Dorset village.

If you want to explore the Jurassic coast and enjoy fish and chips on the harbourside as you stroll along the beach, Weymouth is just 16 miles away, and offers all this and much more.

The Old School House is perfect for a small family or group of friends to enjoy an idyllic Dorset setting.

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About the location


Dorchester 8 miles.

The pretty West Dorset village of Piddletrenthide can be found in the quaintly named Piddle Valley, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, only 8 miles from Dorchester, situated off the main road on a private track. The village is surrounded by glorious countryside, with direct access to public footpaths abounding in superb walks, and a village store for picking up those essentials. Interestingly the young Thomas Hardy, as an architect's assistant, worked on the parish church. A great base for touring, there is much to see and do within a short drive of this picturesque area, including the world famous Cerne Abbas giant, only 2 miles away, whilst the bustling market town of Dorchester, with its array of interesting shops, restaurants and museums is well worth a visit. Within easy reach is the family friendly seaside resort of Weymouth and the Jurassic coast, and also dramatic Portland, venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events. With Bournemouth and Poole only 40 minutes away, this is altogether a super holiday destination at any time of the year.

Region Information

Guests please note:
The left hand (as you stand with your back to the road and look at the house) area of the front garden is available to guests of The Old School House, please be aware the rest of the garden is private property and not for the use of guests. Guests may use the front gate and foot path to access the property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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