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Ammonite Cottage

(Ref. 975331)

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Sykes rating

  • 7 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


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

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  • wareham (13)
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  • garden (10)

30 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a lovely few days at Ammonite Cottage, which is really well-positioned for exploring this area."

    We particularly liked being in the town and not always having to go out in the car. Despite being right on the road it was very peaceful. The cottage is very nicely styled - very tastefully and thoughtfully furnished. The sofas and beds are comfortable, and it was warm without having to adjust the heating. As it is an old property, you do have to be aware of low doorways (we had a few bumped heads) but this is clear in the property description. The steep stairs are really quite short, and as there is a downstairs loo, you don't have to use them that often anyway. The hand rail makes it quite easy if you go carefully. As for the parking - we managed to park two estate cars - if the second car lets passengers out first and then reverse in, it is much easier. It's the turn into the parking area from the street that is most challenging - much easier to go past it and come in from other direction. We managed fine - and really appreciated having parking space which is not often the case in town cottages. We enjoyed days out at Corfe Castle, Swanage steam railway, and walking on the coast path at Studland.

    Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased you had a good break and hope we can welcome you back again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mary5.0Oct 2023

  • "It would be good to be able to open the kitchen windows,maybe some signage on the low thresholds to remind people to mind there heads."

    Those two things aside a really lovely cottage, we enjoyed staying therea lot

    We are pleased you enjoyed staying in the cottage. Thank you for your suggestions. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Nicholas4.1Jul 2023

  • "We stayed for a week at Ammonite cottage near the end of July."

    We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 kids aged 15, 12 and 7) The cottage was lovely and welcoming. It had all the facilities required, everything was easy to find. The cottage we felt was in an ideal location for a family. I think the only thing we could have done with really was a washing line, but we managed with the air dryer. The owner, Mandy sent us an email before hand with lots of information which was a great help, and we really appreciated the lovely hamper on arrival! Wareham itself is a very pretty town with all the facilities you could require. We recommend the butcher's opposite the cottage, and the Italian bakery! Very friendly service and gorgeous food. The Italian kitchen restaurant also was fab! Some lovely walks just a stone's throw away. Wareham is also close to the coast by car. We visited Lulworth cove, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Bournemouth. Also close by is monkey world and the blue pool! All great family days out. The cottage we found to be comfortable, but the road it's on can be quite noisy on a Fri and sat evening. Lots of traffic and people walking by after a night out. We did find it quite cold in the evenings and it was damp-there was wet patches on the floor of the lounge and the house itself did smell strongly of damp. We had a lot of rain when we stayed and noticed rain water did seem to seep in from the door. However it's a very old, listed property so I suppose it's to be expected? The cleanliness was in our opinion satisfactory. The bathroom had been cleaned, floors mopped etc, but there were dirty marks on the kitchen cupboards, skirting was dirty and the walls were very grubby. We did struggle with parking. The house has an allocated parking spot at the back of the house, but the neighbours also park there in there spaces. It's very tight and can be hard to get out of! A couple of times we couldn't park at all, as a local lad parked in the middle to work on his car, and neighbours a few doors away who are renovating often had work vans parked up, blocking the way in and/or out. I don't want to come across as a moaning bag, this didn't spoil our time here, but it was inconvenient and not really ideal. On the whole, we all enjoyed our stay at Ammonite cottage, and our daughter appreciated all the board games on rainy days! The garden was pretty and peaceful, it's just a shame we couldn't of enjoyed it more. but the weather wasn't the best. I feel the property is best suited to young couples or families with older children (due to the steep stairs)

    We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday, and had good days out as well as a good time in the cottage - in spite of the weather. I am really sorry you found it damp or cold at all, we are always happy for people to increase the thermostat setting on the central heating, controls for which are in the sitting room. We do take your comments seriously, perhaps the instructions in the guide are not clear enough. I will add something for future guests about increasing the heating if they do not want to light the wood burner or gas fire and are feeling cold. There is a tumble dryer in the shed along with a clothes line and pegs which are freely accessible using the key code number. I am also sorry if neighbours were blocking the entrance to the shared parking which serves a number of houses, but over which we have little control. We do hope that you would consider staying again and have better weather next time! Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sammi3.8Jul 2023

  • "We loved being in a cottage in a town as nice and interesting as Wareham."

    Supermarket close, lots of interesting shops, the riverfront, ducks to feed and lots of pubs! We found Ammonite cottage well equipped, warm and comfortable. A very interesting building with lots of original features, well restored. Lounge floor is a little uneven but 20 month old managed fine; stairs she needed help with. Bedrooms had enough space, beds comfy. The only thing is the stairs, which are very steep and needed careful negotiation but an expectant mother.

    We are pleased you enjoyed your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Keith4.7May 2023

  • "Ammonite Cottage was perfectly situated for our holiday and parking was a bonus."

    The garden was lovely and the cottage was very clean and thoughtfully stocked with high quality goods. It had everything we needed. Our only slight problem was with the stairs. From the listing it wasn't obvious how steep, twisting and narrow they were. Although we are fit and active for people in our 60s/70s, we found them a bit of a challenge and think it would be useful if this was made clearer in the description. Thank you.

    We are pleased you had a good holiday. Following your feed back, along with the photo we will add an extra note in the description about the stairs. As an 18th century, grade II listed cottage, features like the narrow stairs and low beams are not something we can or would want to change. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony4.7Oct 2022

  • "Lovely welcome pack."

    Comfortable cottage with lots of information on the surrounding area

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2022

  • "A delightful, well equipped cottage with a lovely mature garden in a perfect location for Wareham and surrounding areas."

    Thank you we are pleased you enjoyed the garden. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jun 2022

  • "Lovely old cottage in a great location."

    Comfortable beds, lots of towels and well equipped kitchen. Appreciated the welcome basket and Prosecco, lovely touch.

    Thank you and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2022

  • "Very comfortable, well equipped cottage, had everything we needed and more."

    Particularly enjoyed sitting in the beautiful garden and watching the various species of birds. Also enjoyed the welcome pack and bottle of fizz!

    Thank you. We love the birds watching the birds to. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Apr 2022

  • "An excellent cottage in a great location - in middle of Wareham with shops, pubs, restaurants and takeaways on your doorstep but also so close to the East Dorset countryside and even easy day trips to West Bay, Lyme Regis etc."

    Plenty of space and a lovely garden too, can’t think of anything we needed that wasn’t there.

    Thanks for your review and we are pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Apr 2022

  • "Lovely place to stay, authentic beautiful cottage."

    Reviewed by Lesley5.0Sep 2021

  • "Excellent cottage, garden and location."

    All facilities considered and provided. A lovely holiday all round

    Reviewed by Mark4.7Sep 2021

  • "Very well equipped house, with nice touches (arrival pack, including shampoo/conditioner, biscuits, tea, coffee and prosecco!"

    ; games, binoculars, darts). Location is perfect, especially if you like messing about on the river, but also for easy access to Purbeck and the rest of Dorset. We tried some new places: Tyneham Village and Worbarrow bay; Arne nature reserve.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Aug 2021

  • "Everything in the cottage was fantastic, the only downside was the parking."

    It is a very tight space for two cars, which I was made aware of before our stay. However there is free street parking near by.

    Reviewed by Pauline5.0Jul 2021

  • "A wonderfully well equipped cottage in the middle of Wareham."

    Had everything we needed. Was a special place to stay, and felt quite special. Walking distance to shops, pubs and restaurants. Loads to do locally and fantastic walks on coast path. Would definitely recommend to others.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2020

  • "Ammonite Cottage is very a beautiful 18th century cottage, situated In the charming town of Wareham, which has a great selection of stores, takeaways, and all that you’d need within walking distance."

    The house was spacious, well presented, had lots of equipment to make sure our holiday was as convenient as possible, especially with COVID-19 and the garden was a lovely space to use. One thing I would point out, the stairs are very tight and small and anyone whose not to steady on their feet might struggle. Majority of the sights and places we wanted to visit were in no more than 11 mile radius, so if you’re the main driver, this is a big plus point. We’re definitely coming back!

    Reviewed by Trina3.8Sep 2020

  • "A lovely cottage that we would recommend to anyone."

    Parking tight but doable for two cars. Splendid location for exploring Dorset and Wareham is lovely in itself. It is difficult to critise the cottage whose owners have made the best of the current Covid 19 situation. We were so pleased to get away after all we have all been through this year.

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a really lovely holiday at Ammonite Cottage, it is a beautiful house well located conveniently close to shops, pubs and local amenities."

    The cottage is decorated to a high standard and is very comfortable with a well maintained garden. Every thought has been given to comfort and ease by the owners, they are very helpful and friendly if you need to contact them. The village of Wareham is picturesque with stunning river walks close by. A great holiday, thank you!

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jul 2020

  • "Property had not been cleaned prior to our arrival."

    We are really sorry that the cottage was not cleaned when you first arrived, this was a mistake by our cleaner. As soon as we heard we got her to drive straight over and clean the property, which she did I believe in less than half an hour. We are very sorry this spoiled the beginning of your holiday. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Murray3.1Dec 2019

  • "Lovely house in convenient location."

    Clean and everything you need for comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Jenny4.7Oct 2019

  • "The dishwasher was dirty and didn’t work , the television kept losing the signal and when I phoned about it I was told that when people are on holiday they don’t watch television but as we were out every day till quite late all we wanted to do was relax in the evening and watch the tv ."

    The down stairs toilet was not fixed to the wall and the drain outside the patio doors smelled terrible so I had to buy disinfectant to put down it so we could have the doors open T.Worthington

    Thank you for your feedback, We apologise for the delay in resolving the dishwasher issue for you, unfortunately this was due to the bank holiday weekend, further to your feedback we have now added a booster to the television which has increased the signal. We are sorry to hear that you had issues with the toilet and the drains, had we been aware of this during your stay we would have been more than happy for these issues to be resolved for you. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Terence4.7Aug 2019

  • "Fantastic cottage, lots of space, impeccable cleanliness and decor."

    Lots of little extras in the well equipped house made it very comfortable. Will recommend to friends

    Reviewed by Adrian5.0Aug 2019

  • "Wareham is a great place from which to explore the area - loads of good things to do in very easy reach."

    It's also a nice place itself and has some lovely little independent shops for wandering round the streets. And Ammonite Cottage is a lovely place to stay. It's clean, comfortable and well equipped - and close to shops for the all important pint of milk for the first cup of tea on arrival. The parking places are very useful - although I wouldn't like to park a large car / people carrier there - bit tight for getting in and out. And the garden furniture means that the garden becomes another room for nice days.

    Reviewed by Margaret3.8Jul 2019

  • "Wareham is a great holiday base with fantastic scenic walking nearby and the town has everything you need ."

    Ammonite is a comfortable cottage with charming bedrooms and well equipped Kitchen. The extension at the back is perfect to accommodate boots and outdoor clothing and there is a pleasant garden equipped to eat outside. Only one bath/shower room is a limitation and there are low doorways to be aware of. We try to get recycling right but there was not enough info, We worried about traffic noise but it was fine. Overall we had an excellent holiday and would like to do it again.

    Reviewed by Michael4.7Apr 2019

  • "The cottage was very comfortable and the best equipped house we have ever been in."

    The position is great as well. Very nice week

    Reviewed by Sharon4.4Mar 2019

  • "We had a fantastic week at ammonite cottage."

    The welcome pack was really helpful and written in a very friendly way. The location was perfect, nice town and plenty of nearby activities for the kids and us to enjoy. The stairs are tricky for the very young, but with supervision they were fine.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Mar 2019

  • "1/ A very pleasant holiday was ruined by 2 Us not being warned when booking that the new tenants were coming at 13."

    30.On our instruction letter we were told we had to be out by11.00. So can you explain why the cleaners were knocking on the door at 09.35.You must realise that up until 11.00 was part of our paid for holiday.So that day was ruined. Please do not ignore this complaint & imform me what you intend to do about it,you must be aware that we are old customers of yours. I await your reply Mr Peter Marsh

    I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your holiday. I am unsure why the cleaning company turned up at the property at 9.35am as instructions were for 11am so this will have been a misunderstanding by the cleaning company and this will be picked up and addressed by Sykes and I. Once again, I do apologise for this minor disruption on your last morning and it would be nice to see you book with us again in future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Dec 2018

  • "Charming cottage in delightful town of Wareham."

    This cottage was so perfect and the communication with owner was brilliant.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2018

  • "The cottage was fabulous, beautifully furnished with everything we needed."

    Wareham is a lovely town and a great base for a family holiday in Dorset. Booking through Sykes was very easy and efficient, plenty of useful information provided in advance of our holiday about the cottage and the local area.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Jul 2018

  • "The cottage was glorious and had everything anyone would need and more."

    We had a fantastic holiday and coming back to the cottage every day was a pleasure. My mother is 87 years old and was perfect for her to be near lots going on but to also be only a little walk away for quiet and to relax at the cottage. We loved the carnival, the food, restuarants, shops and cinema in Wareham and the boats for hire too. We felt like a local and everyone was very friendly. Thank you and we hope to come back again.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Jul 2018

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  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x first floor king, 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with a hand-held shower, separate shower and basin, first floor toilet, ground floor cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room with gas burning stove
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Sun room.
  • Gas central heating with a woodburning stove and a gas burning stove
  • Electric oven, Rayburn, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, wine cooler, Smart TV, DVD player, WiFi
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Rear enclosed garden with lawns and patios with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 minute walk
  • Note: Tumble dryer in garden shed. Please note: This property has steep narrow stairs which may be unsuitable for those with mobility issues or young children.

The property

Ammonite Cottage sits in a mid-terrace position, bursting with character and within a short walk of the amenities of the wonderful Dorset market town of Wareham.

It is an 18th century grade II listed cottage with numerous original features.

The name Ammonite Cottage was chosen because the property lies on the Jurassic coast where so many fossils have been found.

You can see some of them in the national museums, but there are also small local museums.

If you are lucky you may even find your own fossils on the beach as many amateur fossil hunters have done before you.

With a wealth of rustic features, this is an ideal stay for family and friends wanting to come together and get away from it all.

Feel welcome from the moment you step in through the bright blue door; a cosy sitting room is enhanced by original stone flooring and a fabulous woodburning stove.

A classy dining room rests adjacently, also warmed by an attractive stove.

Rustle up each scrumptious meal in the wonderful country-cottage-style kitchen, laced with cream fittings and all of the appliances you will require, including a marvellous Rayburn, bringing a real sense of character.

To enjoy the sun from the comfort of this homely accommodation, take a seat in the sun room which looks over the surprisingly large back garden.

Ammonite Cottage lies across three floors; the two upper floors house the four splendid bedrooms.

The first floor, graced with rustic wooden floorboards, plays host to a king, a twin and a single, all thoughtfully finished and served by a classy bathroom featuring an exquisite roll-top bath.

Head to the second floor to discover a peaceful double room nestling under the eaves with exposed beams and Velux windows making it a truly delightful spot to get your rest.

Embrace your fine countryside location by spending some time in the back garden; a series of lawn and patio areas offer a variety of spots to sit and relax.

A short stroll brings you to Wareham's town centre with its amenities, museum and cinema.

Wareham is accessible by train and there are also busses and trains to many other local sites such as Corfe Castle or local beaches.

You can even catch a steam train from Corfe to Swanage.

There is much to see and do nearby, from the astonishing countryside and coastline of the Dorset AONB to the stunning coastal resorts of Poole and Bournemouth both making for excellent day trips.

Wareham still has most of its medieval walls which you can walk around today.

Wareham is the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck.

If you are fan of Thomas Hardy, Enid Blyton, Laurence of Arabia or history from stone-age onwards there is much to discover in the town and surrounding area.

As well as walking fishing, sailing or simply relaxing.

A remarkably unique cottage in a fantastic location.

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About the location


Corfe Castle 5 miles; Poole 9 miles; Swanage 11 miles;

Wareham, affectionately known as the ‘Gateway to the Purbecks’ is an ancient Dorset waterside market town. Situated between the River Frome and quaintly named River Piddle, its charming riverside location makes the town a popular holiday destination. Dating back to Saxon times, the town was once surrounded by walls, and became an important port with boats bringing supplies up the River Frome from nearby Poole harbour. Today, the river provides a great playground, you can hire a boat from the attractive quayside and chug your way down the stream, take one of the regular organised boat trips, browse the colourful Saturday market or simply just enjoy an ice cream or a drink relaxing on the Quayside. Whilst seasonally there are also numerous popular events taking place beside the river. A short drive takes you to the Arne peninsula jutting out into Poole Harbour, a designated RSPB reserve, where you can stroll down to the water’s edge, taking in glimpses of the impressive bird population and often viewing some of the resident deer. The friendly seaside resort of Swanage is also easily accessible, where you can experience a traditional family-friendly day out on the beach, or take the coastal path and stop off for refreshment at Durlston Country Park. A real treat is to drive to nearby Corfe Castle and take the vintage steam railway to Swanage. Wareham offers visitors a super Dorset holiday destination at anytime of the year.

Please note only 2 standard sized cars can park. Only 1 vehicle if bigger than a people carrier.

Please note: This property has steep narrow stairs which may be unsuitable for those with mobility issues or young children.