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The Old School Cottage

Tincleton near Dorchester, Dorset (Ref. 20691)


(38 ratings)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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38 Customer Reviews

  • "Wonderful thank you, the cottage is perfect for "all" of us."

    I would hope to visit again. Easy access to the beaches and coastal path and the river walk close to the cottage was ideal for the first evening. The EV charger was an immense help and will be very important to some travellers. Seeing the art work in your gallery was a refreshing change for me, thank you for making us so welcome.

    Reviewed by RachelMay 2022

  • "Peaceful location with a lovely garden."

    The property had all the facilities needed for a short break. Ideal for trips to Dorchester, Studland Bay and Swanage.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2022

  • "A little gem of a property in a beautiful quiet location within east reach of Dorchester, Weymouth and the Dorset coastline."

    Joan was the perfect host and we were lucky enough to be there to experience a wonderful piano recital at the Old School House. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by PatriciaDec 2021

  • "We have stayed at the Old School Cottage several times and it is ideal for us and our dog."

    The woodburner is a bonus. Joan is always very welcoming and gives free rein to her lovely garden. Her beautiful gallery is open to the public and has an array of distinguished works. This time we felt the Cottage was not as clean on arrival as on previous visits. The vacuum cleaner is totally inadequate for the property especially when dogs are present. Otherwise a lovely relaxing holiday in a spectacular part of the world.

    Reviewed by SylviaOct 2021

  • "The cottage and location were just right for us."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable and well equipped and the owner couldn’t have been more charming or helpful. Lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by RosemarySep 2021

  • "The cottage was extremely dirty."

    It was obvious it hadn’t been deep cleaned in a long while.Windows were filthy also. I have photos. One blind in the lounge didn’t stay down and had to put something heavy on it to keep it down. Front door wouldn’t stay shut unless locked. No wardrobes and only one set of four drawers between the maximum of four people. Too few kitchen utensils. Bathroom through the kitchen. The worst and most expensive cottage we have been to.

    Reviewed by DerryAug 2021

  • "Lovely holiday second time bk Joan and David are lovely people highly recommend"

    Reviewed by SharmonAug 2021

  • "Our host Joan was very welcoming and knowledgeable."

    The cottage was a great base for some fantastic days out in the area and beyond. Only criticism is that I would have liked the cottage to be a little cleaner (maybe the cleaner had a bad week!) but otherwise would definitely recommend. Thanks, The Holloways.

    Reviewed by LouiseJul 2021

  • "We had another lovely week in Dorset, this cottage is nicely located for places including Weymouth, Dorchester, Swanage and Bridport, which we visited during our stay."

    Just be aware that the Freeview signal was prone to occasional interruptions and the broadband connection wasn’t great and often stopped completely, so don’t bank on streaming television for your evening entertainment. All in all a very nice holiday.

    Reviewed by JasonJul 2021

  • "Location was amazing."

    Only 20 mins to the beaches, fossil hunting, pubs and so relaxing. Will definitely be back

    Reviewed by ChrisJun 2021

  • "We enjoyed our stay in this quiet, cosy cottage, the setting is really beautiful, looking out onto the grade 2 listed building and beautiful garden."

    The shared garden was great for the kids and dog with space to run around and a patio area with seating. It is well located for places to visit, you'd need to stay a month to even scratch the surface of all the places you could go. The cottage itself is well set up, all you could need in the kitchen, a great wood burner that heats the whole house and comfortable beds. The owners are very friendly and helpful really going above and beyond. The art gallery is well worth visiting, and 2 wonderful Pianos in there.

    Reviewed by KatharineApr 2021

  • "Hosts were charming and attentive and very helpful and understanding."

    They went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Also, the setting of the cottage is utterly lovely surrounded by woods and hills and curated countryside and so is the garden. and the gallery in the main house is definitely worth a visit. Another detail which was very useful is that the garden can be closed and our dogs could be outside without the fear of any dangerous exit. Priceless

    Reviewed by AdelaApr 2021

  • "Had a lovely relaxing break in this quaint little cottage, a lovely rural location with lots to see and do near by."

    Reviewed by AmandaAug 2020

  • "Lovely holiday cottage, everything you need was provided and the owners are really helpful and friendly"

    Reviewed by StephJul 2020

  • "We have just spent Xmas 2019 in this cottage and it was lovely and peaceful, although the owners are on site, they left us alone to cook, walk and drink!"

    They were so nice and left some eggs and mince pies on arrival with the living area being naturally decorated with Holly springs and tea lights and of course the wood burner which is an added extra but worth it! We also had shared use of their garden for the dogs and could close the gates for this. Joan also runs a beautiful Art Gallery, which is definitely worth a look around! The only downside were the mattresses weren't that comfy. Wi-Fi works well as the mobile signal is not good. We would definitely stay there again, as the area is lovely.

    Reviewed by MaryDec 2019

  • "Lovely relaxing time."

    Great location. Friendly helpful owner.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2019

  • "Joan was an amazing host during our stay, nothing was too much effort."

    The cottage was first rate; clean, comfortable and relaxing with everything you could need. Tincleton is an idyllic quiet little spot perfectly positioned for the Jurasic coast and Joan's Gallery is a must visit. Thanks again for a great stay.

    Reviewed by RayAug 2019

  • "This is a lovely cottage in a very quiet but convenient location near to the town of Dorchester and Moreton railway station."

    Attractions including the Tolpuddle Martyrs’ Museum and Monkey World nearby, with Weymouth and Bridport a modest drive away. the cottage is very comfortable and well appointed and I’ve already booked to come back next year!

    Reviewed by JasonJul 2019

  • "A small coffee table between the armchairs will be nice."

    Very friendly owner, pitoresc location.

    Reviewed by MargaretaJun 2019

  • "There are so many things to enjoy in Dorset and this cottage is well located for a short trip to these places."

    The place is clean and cozy. The owner is very kind. We would love to go back again to spend longer holiday there.

    Reviewed by KyumiFeb 2019

  • "A very pleasant cottage."

    Reviewed by IrvingJan 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely, roomy, comfortable, plenty of space well equipped, everything usable, owner friendly and approachable, all facilities grade one."

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2018

  • "This cottage is lovely, in a lovely location, we had a very comfortable stay and would happily book it again."

    Reviewed by JennyOct 2018

  • "Lovely setting, cottage was ok but as said sofa needs replacing and a consideration of the privacy of the down stairs and upstairs toilets should be looked at."

    ..... could be an issue if I was cooking breakfast and my mother in law was showering.......

    Reviewed by RichardOct 2018

  • "Sofa and chairs uncomfortable."

    Bed okay, pillows like sleeping with your head on a sack of new potatoes. Toilets do not flush properly. All dishes and pans needed washing before use. Garden is not secure as owner has picture framing business within the same building and although we were told we could shut the gates the owner and customers would open them and not make sure they were closed behind them.

    Owner Response: Many thanks for your feedback, I take feedback very seriously, All plumbing issues have been rectified and all toilets flush as they should, the pillows have been changed and there is now a choice of firm or soft. Whilst I cannot guarantee a full-time invigilation of the front gates, the garden (being originally a Victorian School) is exceptionally safe for both dogs and children. With regard to my sofa, I have run a survey of visitors over a period of a couple of months, and not one has suggested it needs replacing but I do take your feedback on board, but we think that the sofa is very comfy and homely, All items in the kitchen have been reviewed and some replaced with new items, also The downstairs bath/shower room has now an extra blind (over the frosted panels in the door) so is perfectly private. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SheilaSep 2018

  • "Great location central to everything, quiet relaxing cottage with good pubs a short drive away."

    Reviewed by NathanAug 2018

  • "Quirky cottage,didn't suit us as regards to privacy within the bathrooms and open plan bedroom."

    Toilets did not flush properly and sofa uncomfortable. Owners friendly and approachable. The cottage was close to attractions and plenty of places to eat.

    Reviewed by ChristineAug 2018

  • "Fabulous place to stay."

    Owner and her dog Sheeba were wonderful hosts, an absolute pleasure to meet them both. Eould highly reccomend staying in this beautiful little cottage., in such a tranquil setting. Billy and i loved every minute of our stay, with beautiful walks and the river frome on the doorstep . We loved it here, and it was central to everywhere we wanted to go.

    Reviewed by MaxineJul 2018

  • "This was the second time we have stayed at this cottage and we would consider booking again."

    I always judge my holidays by asking myself would I go back and the answer is yes.

    Reviewed by KevinJun 2018

  • "Chairs and settee most uncomfortable On suite lavatory kept blocking and water pressure very poor"

    Thank you for your feed back. I'm sorry to hear about the issues you had during your stay. We was not aware of a water pressure issue, this is now rectified. Property Owner

    Reviewed by YvonneMay 2018

  • "Toilets dont' flush properly."

    It often took 3 to 4 flushes to clear the toilet. Didn't find the toilets as clean as I would have expected on arrival. The sofa is totally worn out and not at all comfortable. It was cold at night as the heating is switched off by the owner. I don't like it hot at night, but it was that cold, it woke me up. On the plus side, nice location.

    Reviewed by MApr 2018

  • "Very hospitable owner."

    Great venue for my 2 small dogs. Am looking forward to returning!

    Reviewed by JudithMar 2018

  • "The cottage suited our needs, particularly as pets were welcome, and the owner was very friendly and hospitable."

    Reviewed by CharlesFeb 2018

  • "Really enjoyed our stay at the Old School Cottage."

    Lovely and cosy with a woodburner that was perfect for the evenings. The owner was really friendly and her dog was adorable. Would love to have stayed longer as there is lots to do and see nearby.

    Reviewed by PaulFeb 2018

  • "Very comfortable cottage in a very quiet area, perfect for Thomas Hardy fans with his birthplace and final home minutes away."

    Lots of other places to visit nearby as well.

    Reviewed by AnthonyJul 2017

  • "Great place, so peaceful and relaxing, very central to visit great places."

    Reviewed by KarenFeb 2017

  • "Very relaxing quiet break, just what I needed"

    Reviewed by PaulDec 2016

  • "Owner is very friendly and the cottage is very comfortable also is central to go anywhere."

    Reviewed by AlfredOct 2016

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  • Two eaves bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite basin and WC, 1 x twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room with dining area, woodburner and stairs to bedrooms.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, WIFI, DVD, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars.Electric Car Charging Point
  • Lockable bike storage
  • Shared enclosed, lawned garden and patio with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome, Cats and other pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and local butcher 2.5 miles
  • Note: Owner can stock freezer with meals from the Cook shop in Dorchester prior to guests' arrival, by prior arrangement and at extra cost
  • Note: There is an art gallery and framing studio on-site, please contact the owner for further details.

The property

A delightful attached barn conversion set in the rural Dorset hamlet of Tincleton, within the valley of the River Frome and only 5 miles from Dorchester.

Set in the grounds of the owner's Grade II listed 1840 school house, this cottage is attached to a picture framing workshop and has been converted to create a charming holiday home, well-suited to a couple or a small family group.

The sitting and dining area boasts a lovely...

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About the location


Dorchester 5 miles.

The tiny Dorset hamlet of Tincleton nestles in an attractive rural setting within the valley of the River Frome, just 5 miles east of the county town of Dorchester. The area was beloved by Thomas Hardy, who was born at Bockhampton, just 3 miles away, and often mentioned the surrounding villages, such as Puddletown (Weatherbury), in his novels. Abounding in lovely walks, the countryside is rich in wildlife, and the River Frome is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Close by you can visit Lawrence of Arabia's cottage at Clouds Hill, as well as his final resting place at Moreton. If you are looking for fun-filled activities for the whole family to enjoy, Monkey World and the Tank Museum at Bovington offer super days out. However, no trip to this area would be complete without a visit to the stunning Dorset Jurassic Coast, with scenic views from the coastal path, spectacular coves and the sandy beaches of Weymouth, all just a short drive. Tincleton is a convenient, rural base from which to explore this lovely area.

Region Information

Note: restricted head height in the twin bedroom due to sloping ceiling
Note: the double eaves bedroom is open to the staircase, so children need to be supervised at all times.
Note: O2 is good but some mobile signals may be intermittent (can be checked online)

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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