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Overton Cottage

Sturminster Newton, Dorset (Ref. 1075433)

4.4

Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

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

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7 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a wonderful holiday staying at Overton Cottage."

    The house is in a very pretty location and close to shops, pubs and good walks in the area. The house was spotlessly clean, good quality finish with space and everything needed for a family of 3 generations staying together. Parking for one car at the property - free parking nearby for a second car was always available during our stay. Good communication and attention to detail was much appreciated….we look forward to returning again in the future. Janette

    Reviewed by JanetteMay 2022

  • "Place was fantastic, excellent location, car parking not a problem."

    Place warm. My only issue was the shower, I found the surface very slippy and the height of the shower not adjustable. This did not ruin our stay, but was am issue for our relatives who were older. Great addition were the maps and walking guides. Thanks for an amazing birthday stay

    Reviewed by ChristineFeb 2022

  • "Having let the owner know our scheduled arrival we were 1hr early ( The journey being quicker than expected, the worst storm for 30 years was kind to us)."

    We met the cleaner who was lovely and she showed us round the property; it was lovely and clean and well equipped. It was a pleasure to have more than 6 plates, knives, forks etc. Due to the inclement weather the cleaner was most apologetic that no logs were available for the wood burners since her supplier had closed for the day. We bought one bag from town and prior to departure from home had ordered logs from a local supplier who true to his word delivered on Saturday morning. We would throughly recommend Overton Cottage it is comfortable and it’s location in the town is brilliant for walking to pubs and restaurants. The Bull and the Bank Brassiere we excellent. Yes, the drive is a little tight but the cleaner parked her BMW saloon with little effort and after some assistance I parked a Mercedes saloon comfortably. There are super walks from the house, the dogs had a great time. Thank goodness the white carpet in the lounge was marked as this reduced the stress levels when sat in front of the wood burner with a glass of red wine - zero accidents. ( Hopefully when it is replaced a more forgiving colour will be chosen) We did not use the twin room but noticed on day of departure that the gale force winds had blown down the woollen seal in the chimney. It would be good to have a mirror in the bedrooms plus the sinks need rubber seals replaced round the pop up plugs. We had a great time at the cottage and if you want a relaxing week away with all amenities within walking distance would urge you to book this character residence. We have already rebooked!

    Reviewed by MartinFeb 2022

  • "Lovely size property but not at all as clean as it should be (windows filthy) along with a badly stained carpet in the lounge."

    Appreciate that only room for one vehicle - but how this equates with a 3bed/6 person house does not add up. Rear yard was a disgrace and unable to sit out in even if we wanted to as furniture covered in bird droppings and even an old Christmas tree up against a wall. Covid being used as an excuse far to much to not even supply the essentials on arrival e.g. tea, coffee, milk. Two wood burners that had not been cleaned out and 3 logs supplied which again is just very tight.

    We’re sorry to hear that your recent stay at Overton Cottage was not as positive an experience as you would have liked. We want all our guests to have an enjoyable stay, so we will be taking action to address the points you have raised. The windows are cleaned inside and out every 8 weeks and this was due the week after your stay. The carpet in the lounge has become stained over recent months and will be replaced sometime during February, together with the carpet on the stairs and landings. The guest information is clear about the parking situation. There is off-street within the rear courtyard for one vehicle and additional spaces available on-street and in public car parks locally. It’s not unusual for houses of this size in Sturminster Newton and other holiday destinations to have no off-road parking so one space is a real positive. Our cleaner is tasked with cleaning the garden furniture after each stay. Although it is unlikely that guests will sit out in the rear courtyard as much during the winter months as at other times of year, there will be days when the weather is nice and guests want to use the garden. We have therefore asked our cleaner to ensure the garden furniture is kept clean throughout the year. The Christmas tree was left behind by the guests who stayed over Christmas, but it was tucked away in the corner of the garden until we can dispose of it. The property is rented on a self-catering basis so most guests supply the essentials for their stay. We do not live nearby so it is difficult for us to arrange a welcome pack, but we are speaking with our cleaners to see what they could do to provide guests with some basics, such as tea, coffee and milk, on arrival to improve the guest experience. The property information asks guests who have used the wood burners to empty the ashpans into the general waste bin. However, we appreciate that this does not always happen so we have asked our cleaner to ensure the wood burners are cleaned after every stay. Matches and some firelighters are provided in a tin next to each log burner. Some logs are usually provided for use by guests and details of a local shop that supplies logs is provided in the guest information. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AndrewJan 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at Overton Cottage and would recommend it."

    We will hopefully stay there again next year as it is a good central location in 'Stur' and a good base for walking and touring the surrounding area.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2021

  • "The cottage itself was excellent."

    The parking situation is not accurate and unacceptable. Car parking is an important factor when choosing somewhere to stay. The description was "off road" parking for two cars. The angle of the tight access made it impossible to park my car - had I been able to park my car, I would not have been able to close the gate which would have meant the garden was not dog secure.

    Reviewed by SueOct 2021

  • "Good location, lovely cottage - however, lots of cobwebs and spiders!"

    Reviewed by VictoriaAug 2021

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin, 1 x second-floor king-size
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Second-floor bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Utility
  • Dining room with woodburning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Gas central heating with 2 x woodburning stove
  • Range cooker with gas hob, fridge, freezer
  • Utility with dishwasher and washer/dryer
  • Smart TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for 1 x medium sized cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Enclosed courtyard
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles, pub 0.1 miles
  • Note: No puppies

The property

This delightful, Grade II listed cottage is nestled down a quiet lane near to the centre of Sturminster Newton; a quaint market town in North Dorset.

It is resting in the scenic Blackmore Vale, making it a great touring base for those looking to explore Dorset’s main attractions and the Jurassic Coast, including Durdle Door, Weymouth and Lulworth 45 mins away.

With three character bedrooms, including a king-size with feature fireplace and double aspect windows, along with a twin and a second king-size on the top floor, this pleasant accommodation offers a superb place to relax and unwind.

When you’re not dining at a local restaurant, the amply-equipped kitchen offers a range cooker with gas hob, fridge/freezer, while the utility hosts a dishwasher & washer/dryer so you can you rinse your muddy clothes straight away.

Set the dining table for a home-cooked meal, before heading into the lounge for an evening of relaxation, offering a woodburning stove and a Smart TV for entertainment.

To the outside is an enclosed courtyard where you can enjoy your morning coffee whilst the pooch stretches their legs.

Once home to Thomas Hardy and the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes, Sturminster Newton is a real gem; visit the picturesque water mill on the River Stour, find out the rich the traditions of the Blackmore Vale at Sturminster Newton Museum, or celebrate the 2 day annual Cheese Festival held in September.

Avid walkers can explore the unspoilt, pastoral expanses of the Vale following the White Hart Link walking trail, a 50 mile circular route linking the five towns of North Dorset using footpaths and quiet lanes.

The ancient town of Sherborne is 12 miles away, whilst the market town of Dorchester, with its Roman roads and wealth of shops and eateries, is 20 miles away.

Once those are ticked off, the magnificent Dorset Heritage Coastline is a must-visit, awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it offers a great way to see the amazing landmarks and far-reaching coastal views of this part of Dorset.

Whilst here, visit the pretty seaside towns of Swanage, Lyme Regis or West Bay for something to eat or a chance to rest your feet.

Overton Cottage is a superb ‘home away home’, providing great opportunity for exploring Dorset at any time of year.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location

STURMINSTER NEWTON

Blandford Forum 11 miles.

The small, attractive market town of Sturminster Newton is set on the banks of the River Stour, reached via a graceful, six-arch, 15th century bridge, carrying a warning of deportation to those who may damage it! The whole area acted as inspiration for the works of Thomas Hardy, who wrote Return of The Native whilst living in the town. The region is dotted with thatched cottages, rural walks, stunning country views, and fascinating towns, such as Sherborne, with its abbey and castle, whilst the beautiful Dorset Heritage Coast is also within easy reach, making this an ideal base all year round!

Region Information

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £200 for this property

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas