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Tern Cottage

(Ref. 994718)

West Bay, Dorset Show on map


  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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42 Customer Reviews

  • "After booking Tern cottage I wanted to know if it had a washing machine, as this was not mentioned in the list of amenities."

    Dream cottages told me they contacted the owners who said they did NOT have a washing machine at the property. This was lies. I spoke to the owners in person who said Dream Cottages have never spoken to them regarding a washing machine . So I can confirm they do have a washing machine. Tern Cottage was excellent in all aspects. Lovely outside areas, large kitchen and sitting room but shower cubicle is far to small as you can't get out of the way of the water.

    Reviewed by MalcolmSep 2023

  • "We had a lovely week in the lovely Tern Cottage and only 2 mins to the sea."

    Weather wasn't the best, but we found plenty to do. A friendly Robin family living in the garden was a bonus. We previously came 2020 and would love to return in the future for a 3rd time. Thank you Alison and Paul.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2023

  • "Tern Cottage is the best cottage i have stayed in."

    It is in a quiet road and just a one minute walk to the beach. The cottage has a lovely garden to sit in with a glass of wine. It was lovely to meet the owners. Will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by PatriciaJun 2023

  • "Tern Cottage is truly our home from home."

    This was our fourth visit and we have already booked for next year. The cottage is so clean and comfortable with everything one could possibly need and more. The sea front is only a two minute walk away and West bay is so beautiful. Alison and Paul, the owners, always pay us a visit on the Sunday and are always on hand should they be needed. We can’t praise Tern Cottage enough and hope to return for many years to come.

    Reviewed by ValerieMay 2023

  • "The ONLY place to stay in West Bay."

    Top features: at the quiet end of the Bay and with rare onsite parking. We've already booked again for 2024.

    Reviewed by IreneApr 2023

  • "We were very pleased with the property it was very clean homely and comfortable ."

    Reviewed by JeniferApr 2023

  • "Tern Cottage is a wonderful property, just a minute or so walk from the beach - and West Bay is a fabulous location, with lots of pubs, cafes and restaurants on your doorstep and the town of Bridport just a short drive up the road."

    The cottage is comfortable and homely, with all that you'd expect to make your stay perfect. There is excellent off-road parking, great wi-fi, and a Nisa supermarket (open until 7pm when we visited) just down the street. It felt like a home from home. We would very much like to return, as the property also offers an excellent base from which to explore the coast and the county in general. Lyme Regis is just a 25 minute drive away and there is plenty to see and do in the locality.

    Reviewed by MarkOct 2022

  • "A stroll away from the harbour and beach, this comfy, clean bungalow has given us a great holiday."

    Nice to have various sitting areas in the well kept garden. Lovely and quiet, and very private. The owners are very helpful and are on hand if needed. Already booked for next year and I'm sure it won't be the last one.

    Reviewed by JosephineSep 2022

  • "Very nice property and excellent location."

    Spent most of our time walking in and around West Bay. Cottage was comfortable and very clean. A nice relaxing atmosphere. Would return to West Bay and to this property.

    Reviewed by StevenSep 2022

  • "Lovely cottage & situated in an ideal position for walking into West bay & all other amenities"

    Reviewed by RonanMay 2022

  • "We spent another great week at lovely Tern Cottage."

    This was our third visit in the last two years and we will definitely be returning. The cottage is so bright and spotlessly clean and comfortable. It is in a perfect position, just a very short walk from the sea and a little further to the harbour. It is truly a home from home. Also it is lovely that the owners, Paul and Alison, take the time to visit us while we are there, such a lovely couple and obviously take pride in their property. Many thanks to them and we look forward to seeing them again in the near future.

    Reviewed by ValerieApr 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage in great location."

    Short walk to sea side . Wonderful views Not our first visit and hopefully not our last . Just lovely

    Reviewed by PamMar 2022

  • "An absolutely delightful and charming bungalow."

    Spotlessly clean it positively shone. Great location - peaceful and traffic free yet within minutes of the sea, the atmospheric working harbour with its boats, lobster pots, pubs and cafes and the Coastal Path. Heating was a little hit n miss in the evenings which we overcame with our fan heater. While the two of us were fine with the kitchen equipment, four people might find it a little short in some things. We look forward vey much to returning just as soon as there is a vacant booking slot.

    Reviewed by RogerMar 2022

  • "We loved the cottage and its great position."

    I had not realised exactly how close it was to the beach and coast walks and West Bay was also an easy walk away. The cottage was very clean, well equipped, spacious and comfortable. It was lovely to be greeted with vases of garden flowers in several rooms. There were plenty of places to sit both inside and outside in the pretty garden. The cottage was also very quiet even though it is close to the large caravan park. Our only reservation about the property was the heating in the evenings. I am not sure the temperature at the room thermostat which was situated high up behind the television accurately reflected the temperature where we were sitting on the settee by the window where it felt distinctly cooler than the 21 degrees indicated by thermostat. We did mention heating to the owners who checked it was working as intended but we would have liked to be warmer. It would not however stop us returning as we enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by LindaOct 2021

  • "Had a brilliant week away at Tern cottage with my husband and 2 daughters aged 11 and 12."

    The cottage was really clean and the beds were really comfortable for us all and it was the ideal amount of space for us all too. We had a visit from the owner on the second day to see if we had settled in ok, which was good and it was nice to meet her. There's plenty of information left at the cottage which lists all the surrounding areas and restaurant ideas etc which was great. The area in which the cottage is located is perfect for access to the beach/harbour and shops. We visited a different beach every day. We would definitely book this again as it was the perfect base for our holiday.

    Reviewed by AmyAug 2021

  • "Lovely clean cottage set in beautiful quiet garden."

    The owners met us at the cottage and were friendly and helpful

    Reviewed by StuartJun 2021

  • "We were very impressed with Tern Cottage, there was everything there that you could possibly need, excellent experience, would highly recommend."

    Reviewed by CindyMay 2021

  • "Super cottage which was very clean, comfortable and COVID safe!"

    Lots of lovely places to sit and enjoy the weather both inside and out! The owners were very helpful. West Bay was a great place for walks.

    Reviewed by SerenaMay 2021

  • "The heating came on in the morning and as it was quite cold weather this was great."

    The problem was in afternoon and evening there was no central heating so we were quite cold despite a fire in the lounge. It would have been better if it could have been on then as the weather was so cold.. A minor point but as the water was hard there were lots of bits in the kettle and the filter was missing. Otherwise we very much liked the bungalow and its position so near the sea and facilities in West Bay. The adjacent caravan park was not a problem to us as everywhere was quiet.

    Reviewed by JudyApr 2021

  • "Very comfortable property in an excellent location."

    Nice and close to the harbour. We were a bit concerned about it being noisy as it was so close to the caravan site but it wasn’t,a problem. Very quiet and no noise at night either. A lovely spot for a relaxing break. We especially liked the conservatory and the little reading nook which caught the afternoon sun. It was nice that the owners came to introduce themselves and make sure everything was ok. We would have booked for next year but it was already booked. We would come again.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our first stay in Dorset."

    Tern Cottage was clean and very well equipped and perfect place to stay to enjoy the beautiful sunsets and sunrises West Bay has to offer or to explore the Jurassic Coast. It was very nice to meet the owners who came to check if everything was ok. Everything you need is provided in the cottage and lots of information to work appliances and general information. The beach is a 2 minute walk away or a few minutes more and you are in the harbour with an abundance of places to eat, drink or just people watch. Although the harbour is a very busy place all the shops etc surrounding it are superb with restrictions and systems in place to tackle COVID and we felt perfectly safe. We will definitely be back one day. Mrs J Warren (Essex)

    Reviewed by JulieAug 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage with very short walk to the beach."

    Had a lovely week here. Owners very friendly and came to check everything was ok for us. Would love to come again.

    Reviewed by RobertJul 2020

  • "Our two weeks at Tern Cottage were very relaxing and comfortable,we couldn't have asked for more."

    Reviewed by CarolOct 2019

  • "We had a lovely break at Tern Cottage which is very well equipped and located."

    Extremely clean, homely and relaxing surroundings. Would happily stay again. Alison and Paul solved a small problem we had very promptly and are great owners.

    Reviewed by PaulAug 2019

  • "The lovely couple who own this property really go the extra mile to make sure that your stay is a good one."

    I would recommend Tern Cottage to anyone - it's a real home from home and so well presented and looked after. Just lovely!

    Reviewed by ClareJul 2019

  • "The cottage was immaculate the owners very helpful it all increased our holiday enjoyment thanks very much"

    Reviewed by PhilipJul 2019

  • "Ideally situated for the beach , the port and other lovely Dorset resorts."

    If only the weather had been kinder we could have taken advantage of the lovely wrap around garden . Will certainly have a return visit.

    Reviewed by RonaJun 2019

  • "A beautiful cottage oozing quirky charm."

    One minute from the beach and shops'We holiday twice a year in West Bay and have stayed in many different cottages but Tern cottage gets our gold award.

    Reviewed by PamMay 2019

  • "We thought the cottage was excellent and would definitely return."

    Minor detail, it would be worth having a Toast Rack provided in the Kitchen.

    Reviewed by WilliamMay 2019

  • "Tern cottage is a lovely warm and cosy place, it had everything we hoped for and needed."

    Great location for walking and exploring.

    Reviewed by KelvinApr 2019

  • "Great location ."

    Clean ,warm cosy cottage . Second time we have stayed here . Look forward to a further visit in the near future .

    Reviewed by PamMar 2019

  • "Tern Cottage is a lovely, comfortable, well-equipped property ideally situated for exploring the Jurasssic coastline and the beautiful county of Dorset."

    Stayed June 2018

    Mrs BurrowsJul 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage, very well equipped and absolutely spotless!"

    We had a wonderful holiday with lots to see and do in the local area. Highly recommended. Stayed May 2018

    Mrs Laura BirdJun 2018

  • "We throughly enjoyed our stay in this thoughtfully equipped cottage."

    It had everything we could need. It was very good to have all the separate areas to sit in at different times of the day which we very much appreciated. The beds were very comfy and the whole place was very clean. The central position in West Bay made the amenities accessible for my Mum who can't walk quite so far these days. Thank you for all you help in booking this - stayed April 2018

    Mrs ClarkMay 2018

  • "Fantastic cottage, superb location."

    Full facilities. Comfortable, cosy, so near to the sea front. Definite gold star. Stayed March 2018

    Mrs WatkinsApr 2018

  • "A very comfortable, cosy and well appointed property - also an excellent location for exploring West Bay and the surrounding area."

    The thoughtful owners provided everything for our requirements, including some much appreciated chocolates and a bottle of fizz! We had a lovely stay at Tern Cottage and would have no hesitation in recommending this property. Stayed January 2018.

    Mr Barry SmithFeb 2018

  • "First time I have stayed here, although been to West Bays loads and love it."

    This cottage is wonderful, it was December and cold outside when I arrived, the cottage was warm and inviting. Everything is so clean and lovely, everything you could possibly want, right down to bin bags, washing up liquid and toilet rolls, the list is endless. You cannot fault the cottage its ideal. From a very happy contented customer who will definitely be coming back – stayed December 2017

    Mrs Jacqui RobinsonJan 2018

  • "Lovely cottage in a good location."

    Enjoyed the walks with easy access to the beach. A welcoming place to relax. Hope to return – thank you – Stayed October 2017.

    Mrs Lorraine BrooksJan 2018

  • "Beautiful cottage in an excellent location, the cottage had everything you could need."

    Excellent quality and lovely personal touches. Would definitely recommend to family and friends – stayed October 2017

    Mr DelaneyJan 2018

  • "We loved Tern Cottage, so close to all the amenities, clean warm and comfortable and extremely well-equipped."

    Enjoyed the walks and visits to nearby resorts, hope to return soon – Stayed September 2017

    Mrs CottonJan 2018

  • "A very nice well-equipped cottage, nice surprise waiting in the fridge upon arrival."

    Lovely location, ideal for visiting many different areas and easy access to the beach – stayed September 2017

    Mr Brian SmithJan 2018

  • "Recommended to couple/small family."

    Ms Shash K.C.Nov 2017

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  • All on ground floor
  • 2 x bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin with two singles with en-suite bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC
  • Sitting room
  • Kitchen .Conservatory
  • Gas central heating
  • Electric hob and oven, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking
  • Cot and highchair available
  • Garden with various seating options
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 0.2 miles, beach 0.2 miles

The property

Tern Cottage is a wonderful accommodation for families or couples in West Bay.

Just a two minutes’ walk from the pretty harbour and beach, it is still set in a quiet location.

With a private sunny garden to spend your afternoon or even the whole day, it’s a delight.

Tern Cottage is a comfortable home with airy bedrooms perfect for a good night’s sleep.

You can cook delicious meals in a well-equipped kitchen, cosy up in a sitting room with sun peaking out through the window – a perfect place for a reading session.

West Bay is famous as it was featured in the ITV ‘Broadchurch’ series and is getting more popular every year attracting visitors from every corner.

You may recognise quite a few features not far away from the cottage.

Stretch your legs and venture out, there are many walks right from your doorstep leading to the tallest cliff on the South coast – Golden cap or the village of Burton Bradstock and further.

The market town of Bridport is a short walk away where you will find weekly farmer’s markets, independent shops, supermarket.

Venture along the coast and you will find seaside town of Weymouth with an award-winning sandy 3-mile beach and many beach attractions for children and adults alike.

Tern Cottage is a wonderful couples or young families retreat where you can recharge and enjoy seaside life.

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About the location


  • Bridport 1.5 miles
  • Lyme Regis 11 miles

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. This is a wonderful seaside location, perfect for family holidays, offering scenic walks along the South West Coast Path, as well as ample opportunities to try your hand at sea fishing, crabbing, boating and golf. Visit the homes of Thomas Hardy and TE Lawrence, the Tank Museum at Bovington or the Naval air Museum at Yeovil. Only 1.5 miles away is the vibrant market town of Bridport, featured in the TV series, River Cottage. The area holds plenty of attractions to suit the whole family! Just a short drive West takes you to Charmouth for fossil hunting, to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, and to River Cottage HQ near Axminster. To the East are the lovely Sub-tropical Gardens and Swannery at Abbotsbury, and the golden sands of Weymouth. This wonderful location makes an ideal base for a great family holiday.

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