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Chestnut Cottage, Rodden

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Rodden near Abbotsbury, Dorset Show on map


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  • 9 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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34 Customer Reviews

  • "I stayed here from 17th - 24th May 24 with my family (age range from 3 - 76), and with three small dogs."

    We were all very happy with the cottage, the garden and the surroundings. Across the road is the farm and we could see and hear the 2 week old calf’s and we saw chickens and roosters on the morning walks with the dogs nearby. The cottage was clean, the kitchen had everything you could need, the lounge was spacious and comfy, the bathrooms were all clean and the beds were firm but comfy. The things that stand out about this cottage were the extra ‘touches’ like the drawer full of games and books, the wide range of books and magazines about things to do in the surrounding area, the small selection of toys for under 3’s, the outdoor garden games, the crisp white bed linen and the hotel like towels in the bathrooms. We all had such a lovely week and were sad to leave. I would recommend this cottage whole heartedly.

    Reviewed by Debbie5.0May 2024

  • "Beautiful spacious property in a great location to explore much of Dorset."

    Reviewed by Edward5.0May 2024

  • "We had a lovely weekend at Chestnut Cottage!"

    The property was really clean and spacious and we loved being able to make use of the garden as we had great weather. Kitchen well-equipped and the children’s toys were a lovely surprise too! The pub in walking distance was closed during our visit, which was a shame, however we had good meals at both The Lugger Inn and The Royal Standard which were a short drive away. Great location to visit Weymouth and Chesil Beach! Would definitely stay again!

    Reviewed by Debbie4.7May 2024

  • "We had a really great weekend away staying in the cottage , highly recommended."

    The property clean tidy comfortable. However i would suggest a BBQ in this place we couldn’t find it , and better sound system for modern devices. Thank you

    Reviewed by Mahsa4.1Mar 2024

  • "Great cottage, perfect for a large family gathering."

    We have older less able family members who really appreciated the level access and easy entry downstairs bedroom and bathroom. Kitchen was well equipped and fully catered for us all in terms of crockery, cutlery and equipment. Beautiful rural location. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Mar 2024

  • "Chestnut Cottage was perfect for our weekend away for my daughter's birthday."

    The cottage was lovely and warm and beautifully decorated for Christmas. We had plenty of room and everything we needed, the kitchen was very well equipped. The beds very comfortable and we enjoyed the log burner in the lounge particularly as the weather was so cold. A great place to stay and we hope to come back before not too long.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jan 2024

  • "The property was very comfortable and beautifully decorated with Christmas decorations."

    It was one of the best places we have stayed as a group of seven adults, it was spacious and had a really well stocked kitchen. Perfect for self catering. There are no amenities near so you have to be prepared to stock up at the shops and travel to the nearest pubs, only a ten minute drive. It’s not far from the coast and was well situated for exploring the lovely villages and Jurassic coast. The owner was extremely helpful.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Dec 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at Chestnut Cottage."

    It is perfect for larger family groups and the area is great for some really nice walks. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed and it was overall a great, cosy cottage perfect for a wintery weekend.

    Reviewed by Emma4.4Nov 2023

  • "A very lovely place for a family autumn break, warm and cosy."

    The central heating failed for a couple of days but the woodburner was marvellous and the lady owner quick to act. She was also very generous when she discovered we had a 70th birthday in the group. Recommended.

    Reviewed by Jon3.8Oct 2023

  • "The cottage was perfect for our group of 8 consisting of 5 adults, one with wheelchair, 3 children and 2 small dogs."

    It was well appointed in all respects, and we didn't need for anything. Beds were extremely comfortable, and showers always produced plenty of hot water. The facilities for our wheelchair member on the ground floor were excellent. Yes, there were a few flies on arrival but nothing to be concerned about as the large zappers did their job. Also, the kitchen chairs did grate whilst being moved but after a visit to Weymouth we discovered a Poundland and hey presto a few felt pads and no noise! It is as it says a farm cottage, so farm traffic is to be expected but other than an infrequent pass the cottage was extremely quiet. The children enjoyed seeing the calves in the barn and trying to identify the different vehicles that passed. Being able to all sit around the table of an evening really added to our stay as we chose to eat in most evenings. The choice of local information literature is exceptional and exhaustive, and the games and toys amused the younger members of our group. The owner called on us to check that everything was to our liking and was friendly, helpful, and pleasant. We wouldn't hesitate to return.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Oct 2023

  • "Excellent stay as always."

    We make repeat visits

    Reviewed by Judy4.7Oct 2023

  • "Lovely property, great location."

    Alot of the other reviews talked about alot of flys however we didnt find that to be a massive issue, the sticky papers that are hung seems to get any that did come into the house. It would have been good to have some suggested walks in the guides provided as wasn't really sure where we could and couldn't walk and the kitchen chairs need some felt feet pads as they are very noisy when moved

    Reviewed by Tracy4.4Jul 2023

  • "Fantastic place to stay I have been here over many years and always meets my expectations."

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely cottage lots of space for a family get together loved the outdoor toys in the shed."

    Well equipped would have appreciated more than one loo roll per toilet and enough dish washer tablets for the week but small issue. Well situated, we loved seeing the cows and yes there are lots of flies but it’s in farming country.It’s within walking distance of a lovely pub would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Jane4.4May 2023

  • "Lovely break at Chestnut Cottage with group aged 16-81 years."

    Very comfortable, spacious and immaculately clean. Kitchen full with everything you would need. Disabled bathroom and ground floor bedroom was essential for us and did not disappoint. Garden furniture was available but no cushions for comfort was our only gripe. Would recommend Chestnut Cottage for location to beaches and beautiful countryside trips.

    Reviewed by Ashley5.0May 2023

  • "Excellent property."

    Wonderful ground floor accommodation for my elderly parents with step free access to the kitchen and lounge from their twin bedroom and en suite. Owner, extremely pleasant and helpful. Would return again.

    Reviewed by Andree4.7Apr 2023

  • "Very comfortable and happy stay with extended family."

    The owners were extremely helpful and welcoming, and solved the boiler problem we had very quickly. We would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Gillian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Another enjoyable stay at Chestnut cottage."

    We certainly expect to come again, we continue to enjoy great family holidays in a lovely cottage in a delightful part of the country

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2022

  • "We found the the bedrooms comfortable, bathrooms clean and we especially appreciated the wet room downstairs."

    The lounge was spacious and comfortable. Our experience of the kitchen was, unfortunately, not pleasant due to our constant, unsuccessful, battles with the flies. They were very hard to get rid of even with the owner's provision of various traps and a spray. When we arrived we saw a number of dead flies stuck on the walls. There was no fly swatter which might have helped. Perhaps a door and window screen might also help. It made us reluctant to open windows, even upstairs, as the bedrooms were sometimes inundated with flies too. There were several good aspects to the cottage: the garden and outdoor games were appreciated and the actual surrounding area is beautiful with many places close by to visit. If the fly problem could be sorted, I would recommend a visit there.

    Reviewed by Susan3.1Sep 2022

  • "Flies, flies and yet more flies."

    I feel there was not enough information regarding the cottage being opposite a cow shed, I know it said on a working farm. During our weeks stay the house and gardens were inundated with flies with no respite. It is difficult to describe how bad it was you had to experience it to understand. I don't think enough was done to alleviate this problem. One can of fly spray, some fly paper and a fly zapper in the kitchen is not enough, screens on doors would help. We had to buy more spray and was constantly swatting them. We went through 3 spray bottles of disinfectant. I left my car window open for a few minutes to find at least 50 flies in the car. My rating would be much higher as we did like the place but I won't be returning due to the discomfort we suffered.

    Reviewed by Graham2.8Aug 2022

  • "Lovely cottage with more than enough room for our families."

    Some of the facilities need updating . Loved the games and activities provided. Good location for exploring Dorset.

    Reviewed by Angela3.8Aug 2022

  • "Great accommodation, lovely setting."

    Perfect as a base for our family holiday, 3 generations exploring Weymouth and the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Jul 2022

  • "Chestnut cottage was a perfect home from home, very comfortable, spacious and well equipped."

    We were a 3 generation family party and everyone loved the cottage. It was great to have the large garden for the children to run about, and also the small sheltered courtyard for meals. There are games provided for both adults and children and also some toys. It was lovely to meet the owners who were very friendly and helpful. We were there during a hot week so the upstairs in particular stayed very warm, the downstairs bedroom was cooler. In Rodden there are lots of bats and we had at least two in the cottage. The first we removed like you would a spider, except with a bucket and magazine! The 2nd we just ignored, assuming it would fly out again. They are only little. It just meant that in the hot weather, noone wanted their bedroom windows completely wide open!

    Reviewed by E5.0Jul 2022

  • "The perfect venue for our group of 8 old codgers ( 78 to 92 years old who have been friends for over 60 years) having a comfortable lounge and spacious, well equipped kitchen/dining room and a variety of bedrooms, it was an ideal home from which we could explore the beautiful and interesting Dorset countryside."

    Reviewed by KEN5.0May 2022

  • "A delightful cottage, very well equipped with lots of lovely touches."

    Very comfortable and quiet, super walks from the cottage, the garden a real bonus, only slight niggle, en-suite upstairs bathroom - the hot water temperature control of mixer tap and shower, far too stiff to turn without extreme force, even after your agent had adjusted it. Also the button to send water to shower very difficult to pull up. Otherwise an absolutely perfect stay, would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.7May 2022

  • "Upstairs bathrooms have water problems, can’t adjust water temperature in en suite and shower head needs adjusting in other bathroom There are no instructions on the cooker and oven door needs attention as it doesn’t always close."

    Please put felt pads on the feet of the kitchen chairs! It is very disappointing to get one small cloth, one tea towel and only 2 dishwasher tablets for 9 people. There was no washing up liquid. Toilet rolls also needed. This all seems very mean when the price is so high. Shower chair should be stored in the disabled shower not in upstairs cupboard. Super house, just a little attention to detail would make it perfect

    Reviewed by Vanessa4.1Apr 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week helped enormously by the very spacious rooms which easily accommodated all 10 of us ranging in ages from 6 months to 94yrs (across 4 generations!"

    ) The cottage was very well equipped with everything needed and we really appreciated the extra touches that welcomed us on arrival, tea, coffee, biscuits and fresh milk in the fridge. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Francesca5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely property - spacious, cosy, beautiful gardens, tranquil location."

    We just loved it!

    Reviewed by Jenny5.0Mar 2022

  • "Chestnut Cottage is extremely comfortable."

    It was perfect for our group: spacious and very well equipped. The location is beautiful. The Cottage is very well furnished and decorated throughout - just as described.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jan 2022

  • "Another brilliant week in Rodden."

    The area, cottage, facilities all splendid. We will be back

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2021

  • "The property was exactly as we expected, clean, comfortable and spacious."

    The facilities for my father who has restricted mobility were by far the best he has experienced. We were fortunate to meet the owner who clearly takes great pride in the property and has high standards. Located in a very peaceful hamlet however within a short driving distance of Weymouth and other towns / villages, the property is an excellent base to explore Dorset.

    Reviewed by Craig5.0Oct 2021

  • "Lovely cottage, comfortable clean and warm, had a lovely holiday, would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Sep 2021

  • "Pros: This is a lovely property with quality furnishings and plenty of space in a beautiful position with lots of places to visit."

    Cons: And this is a big one. FLIES. We were inundated with them. There were 2 large ultraviolet fly traps already in place but we could not leave any food uncovered or indeed sitting down to eat was a very, very difficult. So much so that it completely spoilt the holiday. We met the owner who brought along several sticky fly traps that immediately caught dozens of flies. There was no mention of this problem in information supplied.

    Reviewed by Howard3.4Sep 2021

  • "Fabulous cottage, exactly as described."

    So peaceful. Very well equipped with wetroom on the ground floor. The only challenge for me using a mobility scooter was the gravel on the drive but my husband managed to reverse the car so I got out on the slabs. Met the owners who said that they were thinking of extending the patio slabs to make it easier accessing the back garden. Would love to go back.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Jul 2021

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  • Five bedrooms: 1 x super king with en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x king size, 1 x twin, 1 x single, 1 x ground-floor twin with wheelchair friendly en-suite wet room, basin and WC
  • Family bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Oil-fired central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, American fridge/freezer, additional under counter fridge, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, DVD player and WiFi
  • Family friendly
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Enclosed patio with outdoor seating area and BBQ
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, please note pets are not to be left alone at the property
  • Highchair, travel cot and stair gate available on request
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.5 miles, Elm Tree Inn 1.6 miles, walk able across the family farmland
  • Note: Logs provided for open fire during winter months Note: Dogs cost an additional £25 per week per pet.

The property

Portesham 1.6 miles.

Delightfully situated on a working farm in the picturesque hamlet of Rodden, lies Chestnut Cottage, a charming and traditional cottage close to the stunning World Heritage Jurassic coastline and neighbouring countryside.

This property was once an old stone barn and has been lovingly converted into a wonderfully spacious property sleeping up to nine guests and providing an ideal base for a large family or group of friends to discover all the wonders of Dorset in a quiet and peaceful setting, with pretty farmland surroundings.

Step inside and be welcomed into the sitting room, with exposed beams and stonework, boasting a real cottage style feel, with the woodburning stove giving that extra charm and warmth on a chilly evening.

Settle down on the comfortable sofas and plan your days ahead before carrying on the conversations in the kitchen diner, an open plan space sure to be the social hub of the property, whilst the head chef cooks up a delicious meal.

The kitchen is well equipped to cater for all your culinary needs and the lawned garden and outdoor patio area is the perfect spot for some outside entertaining and alfresco dining in the warmer months.

When it’s time to retire, take your pick from 5 bedrooms; on the first floor, one super king bed with an ensuite consisting of a bath with overhead shower, basin and wc, one king size bed, another twin bedroom and single room.

The family bathroom, again with bath, overhead shower, basin and WC is also on this floor, whilst the ground floor offers a twin bedroom with a TV and an ensuite wet room, basin and wc which is suitable for wheelchair users.Take a scenic walk across the family farm to Langton Herring and visit the Elm Tree Inn.

The thriving and popular tourist town of Weymouth is just over 7 miles away and here you will find the award-winning blue flag beach with its sweeping sandy shores and a host of seaside attractions, and backed with an attractive Georgian esplanade lined with shops, cafes and bars.

Discover the old historic harbour where you can take a leisurely stroll with a delicious ice cream or traditional takeaway fish and chips and while away the hours watching all the comings and goings of luxury yachts, fishing trawlers, tall ships, RNLI Lifeboats and across harbour rowing ferries.

Enjoy a fun day out at the Nothe Fort, a unique attraction steeped in history with spectacular views out towards Portland, or explore the amazing underwater world at the Sea Life Adventure Park, home to penguins, sea turtle, sharks, seals and much more.

Stop off at incredible landmarks such as Sandsfoot and Portland Castles, before continuing along the West Dorset Heritage Coast to Chesil Beach and Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Swannery, follow the coast road to West Bay, fondly known as “The Gateway To The Dorset Jurassic Coast” and popularised by the TV series Broadchurch, lies close to the glorious sandstone cliffs of Golden Cap, at the western end of the dramatic pebbly Chesil Beach.

Just a short drive from West Bay you can visit the attractive market town of Bridport, here you will find an interesting variety of shops, antiques stalls, restaurants and inns.

Take a day trip to Lyme Regis, a coastal town offering a selection of restaurants, specialising in seafood. Learn a new and exciting watersport out on the English Channel, or head further inland to the town of Dorchester, learn the history of Thomas Hardye or take a tour of The Keep Military Museum and the Terracotta Warrior Museum. Chestnut Cottage promises to be a superb home away from home and a fantastic home and a pleasure to return to each day after exploring the delights of Dorset and making treasured memories with your loved ones.

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About the location


Weymouth 8.8. miles.

Nestled on the Dorset Jurassic Coast, the historic village of Abbotsbury offers quintessential high streets and a variety of amenities, including a village shop with a post office and ATM, a farm shop selling local produce, tea rooms, art galleries, and a character pub. The town boasts a selection of family attractions including Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, with its 20 acres of flourishing exotic plants and a pathway leading to the dramatic Chesil Beach, and a swannery, a unique attraction allowing visitors to wander through a colony of nesting Mute Swans Booming with tourism, the nearby popular seaside town of Weymouth has a wide variety of attractions on offer, including sandy beaches with opportunities for watersports such as kayaking, pedal boating and deep sea diving, a picturesque harbour, as well as a wide range of shops, pubs, cafes, and restaurants to choose from. Additional nearby points of interest include the County town of Dorchester, Portland Harbour, and the rugged “Isle” of Portland, which is linked to Weymouth by Chesil Beach.

Please note: This property will be decorated for Christmas in December

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter