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Ivy Cottage

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  • 6 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


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

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely fantastic Christmas break."

    The Christmas tree was a surprise and looked lovely. Very cosy, everything we needed. Great enclosed garden for the dog to run around, even sat out in the garden one afternoon. A short walk to the cove and next door to a very friendly pub with good food.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Dec 2023

  • "Ivy cottage is a beautiful period cottage with everything you need for a relaxing home from home holiday or break, very warm and welcoming."

    The photographs don’t do it justice at all and is much bigger than anticipated. Great location for exploring wether by car or on foot which was perfect for us and our dog with the added bonus of a pub on the doorstep. Would highly recommend without hesitation !

    Reviewed by Steve5.0Oct 2023

  • "Our second stay here."

    We like the cottage a lot - it's well located and comfortable. Parking is limited, but this is covered in the listing and we've had no problem parking a large SUV - but it does depend on how big a car the reisdents of next door Little Ivy have. Cleanliness was good, but as it's dog friendly (and we had dogs), don't expect a pristine finish! Maintenance seems OK, but no plug for the basin in the en-suite was a pretty basic oversight.

    Reviewed by Michael3.4Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, we had milk, coffee, tea, sugar and a bottle of prosecco , thank you."

    So comfortable. Lovely bathrooms and bedrooms and a lovely garden. The car parking space is very tight, but we have a small car so it was ok :-)

    Reviewed by Judi5.0Sep 2023

  • "The property is spacious."

    Plenty of facilities gas cooker fridge/freezer. Clean, good sized table. Comfortable sofas and chairs in the lounge area. The property has WiFi,TV, ALEXA Also garden area with tables and chairs. The only drawback is the property is situated on a bend, making access into and out bit tricky.

    Reviewed by Bruce5.0Aug 2023

  • "Sorry we did not have a good stay."

    We arrived in the evening and were meet with a really bad smell of humidity and mildew/mould. We were very uncomfortable there for our stay and spent all our time away from the cottage. The house (except bathrooms) is very dated and dark - not a nice place at all to stay. Also you forgot to mention the graveyard in the backyard. We tried to contact you on the email provided in the welcome book but it bounced back and does not work. We also texted the two numbers but never received a reply. Could not recommend this cottage at all!

    Reviewed by Natalie2.2Jun 2023

  • "Need I say more than this was out third year at Ivy cottage and we have already booked again for next year"

    Reviewed by Susan4.7Jun 2023

  • "Lovely stay, everything was there that was needed."

    Only downside was the main bathroom shower head needed a hook on the wall as water went everywhere when in use. Great secure garden for the dogs. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0May 2023

  • "We used to own the old Bakery opposite Ivy cottage, so this was a nostalgic trip for my husband’s 60th !"

    ! We were not disappointed , Ivy cottage was very comfortable, with welcome treats left and superb facilities… the location was perfect and the weather excellent for lovely long walks , we didn’t want to leave !! We’ll be back again soon for sure … thank you Denise F

    Reviewed by Denise4.4Jan 2023

  • "Property was as advertised and met our every need."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Dec 2022

  • "What a gem of a cottage, like a tardis inside, we had 6 guests & 2 little dogs & there was so much room."

    Beautiful log fire, made extra special with a Xmas tree

    Reviewed by Penny5.0Dec 2022

  • "Overall the cottage is in a pleasant location ( but parking tricky for large SUV ) ."

    The facilities were generally good but please note the following At least two spare bath and hand towels should be provided ! I do not want to spend my time washing on holiday . Kitchen overall well equipped but only providing one dishwasher tablet and one laundry washing tablet is taking penny pinching too far ! . We had to purchase these items as the party included two children under age of 5 and four adults . No stair gate was available . It may not be easy to fit one but perhaps you should highlight this in your literature The furniture is looking very tired , smelt of dogs and my husband who is allergic to animal hair had to take anti histamines . I had not appreciated it was a dog friendly let but even so good cleaning should remove dog hairs I just felt it was all a bit grubby ! Sorry The en-suite shower needs ripping out ! The tiles are covered in black mould which quite frankly is unpleasant . Fortunately on the plus side there was always plenty of hot water . Beds were comfortable and sheets clean - although the king sheet had a rip in it . Also duvet too hot for mild weather - think there needs to be some alternative lighter bedding available. Overall Ivy cottage is in a good location but I think the interior ( bathrooms and sitting room in particular ) need updating . The rental cost is not cheap and I was disappointed to find the property had the above issues .

    Reviewed by Pauline2.5Oct 2022

  • "Anyone thinking of renting this cottage should be aware that Ivy Cottage is semi detached to Little Ivy Cottage which is also a rental property."

    It wasn't made clear when booking that the adjacent cottage was also a rental cottage. It was pointed out that the drive way was narrow. You need to be clear that the parking for Ivy Cottage needs to be reversed into, you will need someone to get out of vehicle to stop traffic and direct you in as position of space is dog legged round a low retaining wall. Garden furniture in a previous review I read said tired. Yes, I can confirm it was tired and only consisted of a pub style bench and two very tired chairs. Also as a dog friendly cottage you cannot open door to let your dog out into the garden you need to escort your pet into the enclosed part of the garden and the shared entrance means that your dog will/could come into contact with the other occupiers renting the Little Ivy cottage's dog which may be aggressive and bark constantly which was the case for us. The lounge overlooks onto a grave yard but given the low windows and height of graveyard literally tombstones are level with window. The cottage had a dehumidifier and this needed to be emptied on a daily basis. This wasn't mentioned. There was no grill handle that we could find. In a previous review a read the bath leaked, this was still the case. I filled a bath and washed my face in the sink and when I turned to get into the bath it was half full. The shower pipe in the en-suite disconnected from the shower box so my husband fixed it. We flushed the toilet in the en-suite and the water didn't stop running because the flush button had broken and had been glued. We could still flush toilet but had to leave the button off. In the main bathroom the plug was pushed down and couldn't be released as this had also corroded. Lulworth is a beautiful place and the cottage has potential but is was very dated and tired. A gardener turned up on a rainy day and took up both parking spaces. he said he would be there for two hours. The occupants next door had gone out for the day so his arrival meant that their dog was barking consistently. Given that you ask occupants to leave at 10am and do not let the next occupants enter until 5pm maybe they should arrange for the gardener to attend on that day? The washing machine was located in an adjacent out building located below our bedroom window. The washing machine is shared with the other cottage. The other holiday cottage occupants put washing on at night so a couple of nights all we could hear was the washer/dryer going round as it was hot and we had windows open. To be completely honest the cost of the holiday being over £2000 for 6 days did not equate to the quality of the cottage. We had a welcome pack of biscuits, small milk and a bottle of prosecco which I left behind. There was some fairy liquid and hand soap which was something. I love Lulworth and Durdle Door but we will probably book into the boutique hotel next time which includes breakfast, worked out more reasonable and had better parking and a bit more luxury. There is also only one TV located in the lounge. None in any of the three bedrooms.

    Reviewed by Shelley2.5Aug 2022

  • "Ivy Cottage was very spacious and comfortable."

    The owners have taken great care with the quality of furniture and fittings which was greatly appreciated. Everything worked and as regular annual cottage renters this was by far the best we have ever had. The small garden was fine and we watered the newly planted bedding plants. Reversing the car in off the road takes courage, but we managed it. Please pass on our gratitude to the owners for all the care and trouble they have obviously taken to make this cottage so appealing in every room. A great stay and a great place.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2022

  • "The cottage was comfortable and provided good facilities."

    however the cd player was a mystery to me with no clear instructions. The garden furniture needs replacing. They provide no comfort and one chair is broken. the clothes airer is is broken and not fit for use.

    Reviewed by Gwendolyn5.0Jun 2022

  • "The cottage was fabulous."

    It was spotlessly clean and very comfortable. I appreciated the attention to detail of providing milk, tea, coffee, sugar and if you brought a dog with you they had a bowl and a jar of dog treats. It was also a lovely touch to be welcomed with a bottle of Prosecco in the fridge and some local biscuits. We had an amazing stay and would definitely book again. I would also love to find out more about the history of the cottage. All we found out was it was built in the 1600s

    Reviewed by Nicky5.0May 2022

  • "Ivy cottage was just as we expected and we had a wonderful holiday."

    It is well placed 10/15 mins walk from the pretty cove with its lovely restaurants( booking ahead advisable) and delicious Ice cream kiosks. We had anticipated that parking might be an issue and having a fairly large car this almost stopped us booking however it was not an issue at all despite our neighbour having a transit van!! Would definitely stay again the only downside was the slightly uncomfortable beds, previous guests had mentioned a mattress topper which would be a good idea. Great for our 2 dogs they loved it too.

    Reviewed by Ann4.7May 2022

  • "Good accommodation and location."

    All facilities provided met our requirements. One parking space for the cottage was not ideal, but managed with street parking for the second car. A downstairs loo would be useful, but we acknowledge this is an old property, with lots of character. The Castle Inn next door is a real bonus and not at all noisy. Overall a very pleasant stay and we will certainly book again.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Apr 2022

  • "A truly lovely stay at Ivy Cottage with its thatched roof."

    Had everything that we needed. Good sized bedrooms and having the ensuite helped. Kitchen had everything we needed and the living room was very cosy. Beautiful fireplace and we enjoyed the lit fire. We had our two dogs and the accessible enclosed garden was handy. Conveniently located to local pubs / restaurants and Lulworth Cove. Would love to return. Please note: towel rail in the twin bedroom needs replacing as unusable.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Feb 2022

  • "For the owner: - the plug in the bath leaks - needs a new O-ring - the mixer tap on the bath is loose - needs tightening to the bath - the small cafetiere is missing the filter (!"

    ), needs replacing - radio - cottage could really do with a small radio. The CD players are a bit naff and the FM tuner on the one is pretty useless - the lounge could do with a couple of small lamps on the big window sills or a floor standing light (we borrowed a couple of bedroom table lamps - big improvement) Feedback: Delightful cottage, warm and comfortable, very well equipped. Having the wood burner going in the lounge made the cottage cosy and a pleasure to sit in and relax/read of an evening. Enjoyed having The Castle Inn right next door - great beer and good food. The ensuite bedroom at the back was spacious, comfortable and quiet. The two other bedrooms faced the road and were much noisier with traffic going past in the "rush hour". The cottage has been well fitted out with good quality furniture - has the most storage space we've ever seen in a rental cottage. We stayed in early January, so Lulworth and the pub were relatively quiet. We could imagine the road and pub would be much busier and noisier in season. Parking is an issue anywhere in West Lulworth, so having an off-road space is great - you just have to hope Little Ivy has a small car. Go and stay with the right expectations. We loved our week at Ivy Cottage - easy access to the cove and coastal walks, great pubs, cafes and restaurants. A beautiful, authentic thatched cottage to stay in.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jan 2022

  • "A truly wonderful cottage and just perfect for 3 couples celebrating together."

    Spotlessly clean, really well equipped and so cosy. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Dec 2021

  • "Beautiful cottage in a great location, we had plenty of gorgeous walks with the dogs."

    Reviewed by Louise4.7Sep 2021

  • "Good location , lulworth cove only a 10min walk from cottage and perfect for swimming and eating , all on your doorstep ."

    Reviewed by Juliana4.4Jul 2021

  • "Cottage lovely, well furnished, spacious and well equipped."

    Great location, close to beach, walks, pubs, restaurants and lots of places of interest nearby too such as Corfe Castle and Studland Bay

    Reviewed by Marilyn5.0Jun 2021

  • "A lovely, comfortable cottage in an excellent location."

    Wonderful walks and easy access to Lulworth cove and the coast road. Pub next door served very good food and takeaways. Enjoyed our stay so much we have booked again for next year.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2021

  • "Loved this cottage."

    Big kitchen to cook our meals. Wi-Fi good. Able to stream movies ok. Great location for Durdle Door but Lulworth was great too. Not much night life which suited us. Dogs loved the garden. Very secure. Overall a great cottage to stay. Very roomy for us all and dogs. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Teresa5.0May 2021

  • "We had a lovely holiday in ivy cottage would definitely like to return one day."

    Reviewed by Sheila4.7May 2021

  • "Lovely, comfortable cottage."

    We couldn't have wanted anything more. Perfect location. It was lovely sitting in the garden first thing with a cup of tea listening to all the birds. The garden is a proper sun trap. The Castle Inn next door does fabulous pizzas which you can take-away if you don't fancy sitting outside the pub. Very little noise from the pub either. Great location for lots of walks. There is a little animal sanctuary opposite with a few sheep, pigs, chickens and ducks. To sum our break up, I would just say it was perfect, perfect, perfect.

    Reviewed by Steven5.0May 2021

  • "Absolutely amazing!"

    Wished we stayed longer!

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2021

  • "It’s a lovely cottage in a great location."

    The parking is very tight especially if the neighbour’s car is on the large size and not fully reversed in. It’s the first time in over forty years of driving that I’ve scratched a car. The DVD player had sound but no vision. There was a hairdryer that was intermittent, possibly the power cable is broken. We didn’t use the grill as it had an unpleasant smell, possibly fish. The bath plug leaks, if you’re hoping for a soak in the bath you’ll need to keep topping up the water. The central heating was very efficient, so don’t worry if you’re looking at having a winter break. All in all a nice place to stay with a few issues to be addressed. The locality is good for hikers and dog walkers. The road network makes it easy to get around Dorset. As for local restaurants, you’re spoilt for choice.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2020

  • "Only weakness was the wi-fi which was barely usable."

    Everything else was great

    Reviewed by Christopher4.1Aug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at the lovely Ivy Cottage - it has so much character - the pictures do not do it justice."

    The cottage is well equipped with everything you need and the beds are so comfy. It has two nice pubs within walking distance - and the Castle Inn next door is not noisy or anything. The cottage is a 20 min walk from Lulworth cove and a 40 min walk from Durdle door. The off road car sparking space was difficult to get / reverse into - esp as we have a 7 seater car - but it got easier towards the end of the week.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Aug 2020

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in beautiful Ivy Cottage in an absolutely fantastic location just a short walk from Lulworth cove, and even closer (a few metres) from the nearest pub (Castle Inn)!"

    The cottage is surprisingly modern given its age, with all three rooms a lovely size and plenty of headroom which we weren't expecting given it is hundreds of years old. There is so much to do right from the doorstep, and the other attractions within the wider Isle of Purbeck are all only a short drive away (<30mins). Thoroughly recommend the location (West Lulworth) and this beautiful property.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Jul 2020

  • "The cottage is beautiful, spacious and home from home."

    It is well appointed in the village, we had a lovely week away and we would go back.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2020

  • "We had everything we could wish for and more."

    The cottage was very well maintained and loved by the owners. All comforts were well thought through. We will be coming back.

    Reviewed by Elena5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage was beautiful and 10."

    Mins walk away from lulworth cove had everything we needed and wouldnt hesitate to go back

    Reviewed by Marie5.0Sep 2019

  • "Another enjoyable family holiday with our dogs at the Ivy Cottage."

    The cottage is spotlessly clean and has everything provided with plenty of room for 6 adults and two dogs :) I look forward to this holiday more than going abroad as you have everything on your doorstep, beach, long walks and great dog friendly pubs! Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this amazing cottage and my two furry friends love it too! A few feedbacks have mentioned tight parking and while the space is limited, we had no trouble parking in the allocated space, don’t let this put you off!

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Sep 2019

  • "Nice cottage, super difficult car parking, the listing didn’t advise of the cottage being 2 dwellings."

    This made the parking even more difficult. Some items didn’t work . Overhead extractor on cooker was inoperative. Other than this the cottage was nice but I certainly would not call is a “ dream cottage “ Wouldn’t stay again due to how difficult it was to park . We ended up leaving the car in the pub carpark most nights .

    3.4Jul 2019

  • "As mentioned in your information details, the parking situation is difficult."

    We found it such a problem, especially with the cottage being on such a busy road and ended up parking 50 yards away on the roadside.

    Reviewed by Maureen3.8Jun 2019

  • "Car parking is very tight and in the end we parked on the road as felt safer as access is a problem."

    Reviewed by David4.7Jun 2019

  • "Ivy Cottage was brilliantly located for our family - we had trips out to Lyme Regis, Sherborne, Tolpuddle and Brownsea Island."

    West Lulworth is a beautiful location - and the fact that we could walk from the cottage to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door was fabulous. The cottage was very comfortable for 5 of us and a dog - and having 2 bathrooms was very helpful! The fully enclosed garden meant not having to worry about whether the dog could escape and it was a very pleasant garden to sit in during the evening. Reversing into the parking space was a slight challenge but we had perfected it by the end of the week.

    Reviewed by Gill5.0May 2019

  • "We had a brilliant long weekend staying with good friends in Ivy Cottage."

    ...a perfect base for visiting The Flying Scotsman at Swanage Steam Railway. The cottage was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and very pretty with lots of character. We would love to come back one day.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Mar 2019

  • "This cottage is absolutely beautifully and so spacious, it's clean and has the ..."

    This cottage is absolutely beautifully and so spacious, it's clean and has the most welcoming feeling, I definitely will be using Dream Cottages next year as they are so professional with any queries or enquiry, well done Dream you deliver what you promise, thanks for a great holiday

    Reviewed by Pat5.0Mar 2019

  • "We absolutely loved staying in this cottage for a long weekend this February celebrating my daughter’s special birthday with family."

    We were so very warm and cosy and comfortable and it felt very welcoming on arrival with milk and Prosecco in the fridge and a packet of biscuits etc to start us off-very thoughtful. Such olde-worlde quaint features -lovely decor and furnished well. Spacious -ultra clean -very homely and well equipped . Loved the log burner -great focal point . Even a nice little secure garden for our little dog. Photos don’t do it justice. Location excellent -easy walking distance to Lulworth Cove and conveniently situated next door to the very friendly local village pub -great atmosphere and good food! Also a choice of lovely Tea Shops/Restaurants and a local handy convenience store! We didn’t need to drive once! Other longer costal walks available to Durdle Door etc This wonderful cottage and location ticked all the boxes -no complaints -so much so I would like to return again soon as we had such lovely time -great memories!

    Reviewed by anne5.0Feb 2019

  • "We had a great weekend at Ivy Cottage arriving on Thursday evening and leaving on Sunday."

    Ivy Cottage is brilliantly set up for 6 and we also took 2 dogs. On arrival the first impression, the photos on the website don't do the house justice. House is very dog friendly, from the secure garden to the solid floors, dog treats and dog towels - the property owners understand what a dog owner needs. Kitchen and bathrooms were great and the surrounding area is lovely. We are already thinking about returning later in the Year. Stayed March 2018

    Mr SmithApr 2018

  • "Delightful cottage in a beautiful village."

    Equipped to the highest standard and lacking nothing. So homely. Should like to have spent longer there. Great to have come across the board games provided on last evening there. Stayed March 2018

    Mrs Carol WhalleyMar 2018

  • "This was our first dog holiday in the UK, and we couldn't have chosen a nicer location or cottage."

    Ivy Cottage simply has everything you need, even dog towels & dog treats!! The beautiful cottage is so clean and comfortable that we didn't want to leave! Mel and hubby ((sorry forgot your name!), are so helpful and accommodating, nothing is too much trouble. The Castle Inn pub is next door and most importantly, dog friendly and the food is good too! It's a short (doggy) walk to the beach, shops, restaurants and of course Durdle Door, there's also a great little Londis for essentials, which also has amazing homemade brownies and cakes! We will definitely be returning! Thanks for a great holiday! Stayed September 2017

    Mrs Siobhan RosiSep 2017

  • "We loved Ivy Cottage and will hopefully be back very soon!"

    The property is lovely, clean, feels spacious and is in a great location. The garden is lovely with a great area to sit and relax after a days walking! The house was kitted out very well, a real 'home from home'. We have stayed at many properties in Lulworth and we feel Ivy Cottage has been the best. We will not hesitate in recommending it to others. Stayed April 2017

    Mrs JonesMay 2017

  • "The cleaner Mel was great and very helpful the cottage was lovely and clean and well maintained the position was great and had everything we could have asked for ."

    I loved the kitchen :) Stayed December 2016

    Mrs StockJan 2017

  • "Very nice property in a very impressive and beautifiul surrounding."

    Spacious and cozy. Extensive facilities. Stayed October 2016

    Mr Wolfgang FassbenderNov 2016

  • "Ivy Cottage is in the picturesque village of Lulworth."

    It is deceptively spacious and well-equipped. It was very clean and comfortable. There was plenty of room for 6 adults one toddler one baby and the dog! We spent an enjoyable week exploring the area including Lulworth Cove and Castle and also The Blue Pool which is a lovely wooded area around the lake with a nice tea room and the Wareham Bears exhibition which the toddler loved. For the more energetic ones. walking over to see The Durdle Door which was a very steep climb both up and down. Great location!. Stayed September 2016

    Ms Patricia MillerOct 2016

  • "Absolutely fabulous holiday."

    Ivy cottage is gorgeous and in a lovely position. There was everything you could possibly need in the cottage. Myself the wife and 4 kids will definitely be visiting again - stayed August 2016

    Mr Spencer CharltonSep 2016

  • "I chose this cottage to take my daughter, her partner, my grandson and my parents on a family holiday, so there was 4 generations staying at ivy cottage."

    We all had a lovely time and found the cottage to be divine. All the equipment we needed was there, the beds were comfortable and clean and the towels were fluffy and clean. We also found the pub next to the cottage very accommodating, who let as use their car park, and it was very convenient for something to eat. I suppose if I wanted to 'nitpick' there may have been some very minor issues, however I can't remember there being any so they must have been insignificant. Thank you for the welcome pack they were very 'welcome' indeed Stayed June 2016

    Ms Pauline SulmanJul 2016

  • "Absolutely lovely cottage with everything you could possibly need in a perfect location."

    Stayed May 2016

    Mrs Lauren CollisJun 2016

  • "The cottage was fantastic,it had everything you could possibly need including supplies for the dogs."

    The only thing missing was a pint glass for which we happily visited the pub next door who loaned them to us for the week.Great location just far enough from the cove to escape the crowds yet close enough to walk past the queues of traffic down to the beach. Lovely garden to retreat to after a day exploring.Would definitely stay again, loved it! Stayed June 2016

    Mrs Andrea WassJun 2016

  • "Had a wonderful stay at Ivy cottage."

    We felt at home from the minute we arrived and found it extremely cozy with excellent facilities - the log burner was lovely after an evening stroll. The location is great, just a short walk from the cove. Stayed February 2016

    Mr Kevin MarshallMar 2016

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  • Three bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x double, 1 x twin single
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Dining room with inglenook fireplace
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove.
  • Gas central heating with woodburning stove and inglenook, electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for one small/medium car
  • Garden with furniture
  • Welcomes two well-behaved dogs for £21 per pet, per week
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 min, seasonal shop 10 min
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Lulworth Castle 3 miles.

The property

Dating from the 1600s Ivy Cottage is a lovely thatched Grade II listed cottage sitting on the village road leading to Lulworth Cove in Dorset.

It is semi-detached to its sister cottage Little Ivy. Situated in the heart of West Lulworth, one of the most popular villages along the coast in Dorset, Ivy Cottage retains many features such as original beams and the inglenook fireplace in the living area - now with a cosy log burner.

Welcoming 2 well behaved pets you will feel comfortable relaxing in the secured garden after an exciting day out.

The house is fully equipped giving guests that ‘home from home' feel.

Lulworth Cove, famous for its geologically unique and beautiful cove is only a few minutes’ walk from the property where you will find tempting seasonal shops and kiosks including those specialising in ice cream, fudge and sea food.

Access to The South West Coast Path is also just a short walk away, where you have a choice of directions offering fantastic walks, views and scenery.

Make sure to check opening times to nearby Range walks for access to Fossil Forest and the ghost village at Tyneham.

Alternatively, you can look for some fossils and admire different landscape with Jurassic coast rocks at the nearby beautiful Chapman’s Pool, Kimmeridge bay.

Close to the cottage is The Castle Inn, a pet friendly pub with a comfortable garden.

A visit to famous Durdle Door, an iconic rock formation rising from the sea and resembling a doorway, is a must.

This is also a favoured area for snorkelling from the beach or walking along the cliffs.

A kayak tour can be arranged locally from Lulworth Cove and it's an experience to treasure as you are shown secret little pools, fossils and beaches accessed via sea only.

About a 30-minute drive to the west is Weymouth and to the East is Swanage, both are traditional seaside towns and perfect for a day trip.

On your return to Ivy Cottage after a adventurous day out why not eat alfresco in the enclosed garden whilst enjoying the last of the day's sun.

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About the location


Wareham 9.1 miles; Weymouth 14.7 miles

West Lulworth boasts some of the most dramatic geological features on the Jurassic coastline and arguably the most photographed locations in the UK. Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door sit at the heart of this area and really are a must see. Lulworth Cove has many little café’s and beachside shacks serving local seafood, ice cream and other delights, as well as several restaurants and pubs from which to choose. There is an Lulworth estate information centre which offers an insight into how the cove and Durdle door were formed and Jurassic history of the region. If you tire of Cove and cliff top walks then Lulworth Castle is a short drive away and offers another glimpse at some more recent history, along with Tyneham Village, and Corfe Castle. This is a really special area and the village retains a lot of it’s thatched cottages and has a real air of a rural retreat.

Note: max 6 people.
Note: first basket of logs provided between October – April.
Note: off road allocated parking for ONE small/medium vehicle only (size restriction of 5m length x 2.25m width with an entrance drive width of 2.8m). Nearest public pay and display car park is Lulworth Cove BH20 5RS (approximately 15 min walk)
Note: please be aware gardeners will be attending the property intermittently throughout the year for essential garden maintenance and will require access to the outbuildings.
Note: There is a shared washing machine in an outhouse some 7 meters from the cottage in the shared garden with Little Ivy.
Note: shared garden with Little Ivy, maintained fortnightly by a gardener.
Note: Stairs in this property are 'cottage stairs'
Note: Ivy Cottage can be booked alongside its adjoining property Little Ivy 994330

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas