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The Courthouse

Sutton Poyntz, Dorset (Ref. 994127)



Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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

Reviews & Ratings

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "Very good. We had just 4people and it had lots of space, inside and out."

    Reviewed by WendyMay 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay at the Courthouse."

    Beautifully clean, well equipped, with very comfortable beds. The good quality cotton bed linen was lovely too, great to snuggle up in after a long day of walks on the local beaches & countryside with our two collies. Perfect bath (there is an over bath shower) or separate powerful shower which is en-suite to the master bedroom. Large comfy lounge (3 seater, 2 seater & two chairs) overlooking a fully enclosed garden which our two loved. Ample parking space for our car. Nice neighbours, they have dogs & whilst friendly kept themselves to themselves. The cottage is just a 2min stroll from The Springhead pub which is nestled away & clientele were lovely, good varied drinks, food menu & pizza oven outside. Lots of great walks for every type of walker. Close to Osmington Mills, Lulworth Cove/Durdle Door & Weymouth, Portland Bill. For avid readers there’s a red telephone box in the village packed with lots of good exchange books. All round excellent cottage & location. Yes, take your own towels as Sykes advises & if your visit is during or following a soggy week or two I’d imagine it is incredibly hard to clean the cottage if they’ve had a mindless family staying & not managing their dogs/tidying up after themselves, as would be anywhere. The decor & detail at this property showed me the owners & their cleaner care greatly for those that stay. I’ve always liked the All Blacks motto, ‘Sweep the Shed’.

    Reviewed by AbiApr 2022

  • "We were informed by sykes that towels were provided but on arrival there were none except I small hand towel in downstairs toilet."

    We therefore had to buy 6 bath towels. Also whole property needs a good clean.

    Reviewed by PaulaApr 2022

  • "Read the email I sent to you regarding the filthy state of The Courthouse, Sutton Poyntz!"

    Do you ever check properties?

    Reviewed by AmandaOct 2021

  • "Very comfortable and roomy house."

    Well equipped. Garden was fully secure so could let the dogs out without worrying. A thoroughly enjoyable stay in a lovely property.

    Reviewed by PamelaOct 2021

  • "Beautiful place and a lovely location, everything is easily accessible"

    Reviewed by KerryJul 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday in a spacious and comfortable cottage which is very well equipped and has a lovely enclosed garden."

    Cottage is situated in Sutton Poyntz and there are lots of beautiful walks in stunning Doraet countryside. We will definitely return...thank you!!

    Reviewed by DavinaJul 2021

  • "Excellent property in an excellent location."

    Lovely and roomy with all the facilities you can ask for. The only negative would be the lack of a overhead or seperate shower in the main bathroom.

    Reviewed by EdwardMay 2021

  • "We have stayed at The Courthouse before and we absolutely love the location and the space and comfort the accommodation has to offer."

    My only criticism is that the property is in need of some redecoration and the cleanliness of the property has some room for improvement BUT we absolutely loved our experience once again and are looking forward to a return trip in September!! The property is in an ideal location, with adequate parking and a wonderful enclosed garden which is perfect for dogs.

    Reviewed by CoraMay 2021

  • "Poor internet connection."

    Reviewed by AlanMay 2021

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a fabulous village."

    There are many walks you can do from the village or it is a great base for days out. The village is really dog friendly with a great pub/eatery central only 4 minutes walk from the Courthouse. There is another pub shop and chippy about 1/2 mile away. Facilities in the courthouse are really good. We ate out and also cooked quite a few meals. Everything you could need in the kitchen. Lovely garden which the dogs enjoyed investigating and all secure for them. Would defo recommend here

    Reviewed by DeniseOct 2020

  • "This property was spotlessly clean and sanitised."

    The beds very comfortable and there is everything you could need for a wonderful holiday. Every room is spacious and light. The location is perfect, great pub in village for meals and lovely walks. Very dog friendly and a very safe garden for them, also neighbours in the courtyard are dog lovers and friendly. Have booked for next year as soon as we got home.

    Reviewed by PaulineSep 2020

  • "Cottage was spacious and well equipped with ample parking."

    Was a bit disappointed after reading previous reviews that certain things hadn't been fixed, especially given the downtime time due to COVID? Think the cottage could, at some point, do with a deep clean. Whist it it a dog friendly cottage the lounge greets you with quite a 'damp'dog' odour. The garden is secure and gets the sun most of the day. All that said we have just re-booked for next year as it fulfilled our expectations and needs. Thanks :-)

    Reviewed by BruceSep 2020

  • "The Courthouse is a comfortable, well maintained property in the lovey village of Sutton Poyntz."

    It is well situated for visiting the surrounding area and Weymouth is within a short distance. We enjoyed the break and would certainly recommend this property.

    Reviewed by JohnFeb 2020

  • "Key safe ridiculously fiddly and necessitates standing on wet lawn to use."

    Front door almost impossible to open from inside as was sticking and no knob to pull on. Decor in 3rd bedroom (where I ended up) frankly horrible. Though cottage superficially clean,there were cobwebs around windows and a deep clean would be beneficial. Overall,a bit of an update - especially in kitchen and third bedroom would be nice. Hope this does not sound overly picky,but we did pay quite a lot (understandable at Christmas). Despite these comments,we did find the cottage spacious,warm and comfortable and would return.

    Reviewed by MarilynDec 2019

  • "Delightful cottage with all the facilities you would need."

    Lovely enclosed garden for dogs with the added bonus of a doggy loo! Very well located within easy distance of Weymouth and very near Lulworth Cove, Corfe and Swanage. The local pub serves very good food and beers and is 50m from the cottage. Lots of other lovely pubs and walks nearby. A great family cottage!

    Reviewed by LauraSep 2019

  • "Lovely cottage well equipped, comfy beds and sofas ."

    Fabulous village, and pub But it needed a thorough deep clean oven ,under beds ect. .It wasn’t cheap and I expected a higher standard

    Reviewed by DawnAug 2019

  • "A good family sized accommodation in lovely location good sized bedrooms but property in need of updating, tired looking furniture and stained carpets and rugs."

    Found it difficult to use ensuite shower at same time as family bathroom, due to water pressure. Could not really use oven as needed deep clean. Enclosed garden was good but had to clean up dog poo on arrival as we had a young child with us. In general property in need of updating and deep clean, if this was carried out property would be ideal.

    Reviewed by AdrianAug 2019

  • "We have stayed here for many years but have noticed that everything is looking very tired and outdated now even though the price goes up every year."

    The property could really do with re decorating, carpets on the stairs or repaired due to very creaky steps. Door latches make it impossible to open or close doors quietly at night and taps won’t fully turn off in the main bathroom. The lounge carpet is very stained but as this is a dog friendly property and the carpets are cream that can’t be helped. Very kind gift of a bottle of wine is greeting you on arrival but white wine would be better as red is not as popular. Washer/tumble dryer is a god send and kitchen is well equipped. Although knifes are exceptionally blunt for preparing food. Upstairs is comfortable and linen is provided free as some other properties do charge.

    Jul 2019

  • "We love the cottage & it was really well stocked for cooking & games."

    .. we had a wonderful time! My only room for improvement would be a more thorough clean- it felt a little lacking in sparkle! Otherwise a delight!

    Reviewed by LouiseJun 2019

  • "I would thoroughly recommend The Courthouse as a cosy yet spacious accommodation."

    With a beautiful walled garden. Dog friendly which is a huge bonus. Friendly people and within easy distance of lots of fun things. Portland Bill, climbing, monkey world, Weymouth, coastal walks, skateboarding and body boarding in the sea. It’s a brilliant holiday destination.

    Reviewed by JackieApr 2019

  • "The extractor in en suite didn't work flush handle in cloakroom needs tightening, works but very loose Otherwise a very well and thoughtfully equipped property."

    We all had a very relaxed and enjoyable holiday and are looking forward to being able to stay at The Courthouse again very soon.

    Reviewed by JuliaMar 2019

  • "Comfortable place to stay in good location."

    Well equipped. Stayed July 2018.

    Mrs Andra HoylandAug 2018

  • "Lovely property in a beautiful location, hopefully will be going back soon."

    Stayed May 2018

    Miss Kerry BirchJun 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the courthouse we would consider going again, lovely village and location, many thanks From all of us."

    Will recommend it to our friends.

    Mr John HindeNov 2017

  • "Lovely cottage with a nice homley feel."

    Ideal setting, quiet, everything there you needed. Would stay again. Stayed July 2017

    Mrs Donna BoylesAug 2017

  • "Beautiful accommodation, clean comfortable in a beautiful location and of a very high standard the owners had thought of everything."

    we have recommended this to some friends of ours. Stayed May 2017

    Mrs PittJun 2017

  • "Beautiful property in a lovely location."

    Stayed May 2017

    Mrs June WaresMay 2017

  • "Very comfortable property, good location!"

    Stayed December 2016

    Mrs Linda SmithJan 2017

  • "Lovely accommodation in a very nice village with a good pub selling excellent food."

    Stayed November 2016

    Mrs Jean CatoNov 2016

  • "Lovely, well equipped property."

    Very comfortable and a relaxing space - Stayed August 2016

    Mrs StablesSep 2016

  • "Excellent location fantastic property ideal for the dogs."

    Would certainly book the same cottage again and with The Springhead Pub just a minutes walk away who could ask for anything better!!! Stayed November 2015

    Mrs RaimbachDec 2015

  • "Very comfortable house set in a lovely Dorset village."

    Close to some public footpaths for walking, ideal for the dogs. Very minor issue, kitchen radiator was not completely functioning could get chilly in the evening. Spring head pub very close nice lunchtime meals following a long walk with dogs, dogs welcome in the bar area. Stayed October 2015

    Mr Kenneth PalmerOct 2015

  • "Lovely cottage, pretty village and nice, dog-friendly pub with very good food, just a short walk away."

    Wanted for nothing and even had good mobile and wi-fi signals! Will be going back. Stayed September/October 2015

    Mr BallingerOct 2015

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x king-size (one with en-suite shower, basin and WC, one can be made up as twin), 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC on ground floor
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Gas central heating
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request
  • Off road parking for two cars
  • Lawned garden with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 5 min drive, pub short stroll.

The property

The Courthouse is a generous, well presented and decorated character detached property with a sunny enclosed rear garden situated in Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth.

During medieval times this property housed the court when Sutton Poyntz was the local regional centre, and later the court house for the Weld Estate.

A refurbished detached barn conversion with a large and spacious kitchen and dining area, where you can prepare tasty meals and then enjoy with a drink in the sitting area complete with exposed beams or on a warm sunny day or early evening open the patio doors and enjoy your meal alfresco while sitting in the pretty garden.

The Courthouse has three bedrooms, one en-suite.

Retaining the street plan and numerous stone houses from this period and from when it formed the inspiration for "Overcombe" in Thomas Hardy's "The Trumpet Major".

Today it offers the tranquillity of village life with the sound of ducks splashing in the pond and rustling willows from the village mill pond.

The Springhead Pub which offers provincial ales, chilled wine and a varied menu is only a very short walk from the property, taking you past the mill pond to a shop which is also within walking distance.

With the famous White Horse and the South West Coast path immediately to the north of the village The Court House is the perfect base for rambling.

Bowleaze Cove is only a mile walk whilst the award-winning golden sands of Weymouth and its picturesque harbour are a short drive or bus journey away.

The Courthouse is perfectly situated to explore the entire Jurassic Heritage coast with Purbeck, Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge Bay all the way to Swanage to the east while to the west you will find Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, Bridport and Lyme Regis.

The Courthouse is a wonderful stone detached property in a stunning village location, perfect for a coastal break away.

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About the location


Weymouth 3.7 miles; Dorchester 5.4 miles

Sutton Poyntz is a small village on the northern side of Preston, on the outskirts of Weymouth, and it sits beneath the George III chalk horse that is carved into the hillside. At the centre of the village sits a beautiful duck pond, and the Springhead pub, where you can enjoy a drink in the pub gardens whilst admiring the chalk horse carving. Just 3.5 miles from Weymouth and it’s golden sandy beach, lanes of boutique shops, sea life centre and historic harbour this is a perfect village base for exploring the Jurassic Coast. Just 13 miles away are the UNESCO world Heritage sites of Lulworth Cove and Durdle, a short drive further on finds you at Corfe Castle, most recently known for being the inspiration behind many Enid Blyton Famous Five novels. Make sure you take a trip on the steam train on the Swanage Railway, which passes the magnificent ruins. A charming base to choose in a stunning part of Dorset.

Region Information

Note: Guests need to provide their own towels
Note: Guests need to provide their own cot linen.
Note: Beds in twin bedroom are 2ft 6’ singles.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas