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Little Ivy

(Ref. 994330)

West Lulworth, Dorset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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56 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely little cottage, the sofa was very uncomfortable, think the bottom had ..."

    Lovely little cottage, the sofa was very uncomfortable, think the bottom had gone on it , needs replacing, kitchen utensils were limited, no egg Turner for frying, tray for oven was full grease , but it was we appreciate was only a kitchenette, overall we enjoyed our stay , and would use Sykes cottages again

    Reviewed by Jane4.7Apr 2024

  • "This cottage was divine!"

    I can see that it’s has been brought up to a fresh standard and really enjoyed my stay there. It was a perfect location for travelling from. Welcoming Milk and biscuits, the cottage was definitely a 10/10 Thank you.

    Reviewed by Carol4.7Apr 2024

  • "Lovely location, ample parking, lovely garden."

    A short walk to Lulworth Cove, a pub directly next door and a good place for exploring the pretty part of Dorset and it's attractions. It is such a shame that this pretty thatched cottage is grubby and poorly maintained inside. I understand that a listed building comes with it's problems but much could be improved. Little Ivy has had many positive reviews and there are many who may accept the condition it is in. It would be so different if it was mine.

    Reviewed by Gary1.6Sep 2023

  • "Lovely cottage in a beautiful village, we were surprised that there wasnt any provisions like milk etc, i know it isnt compulsory ,but it would be a nice gesture when we arrived,also washing up liquid would be great too, but this cottage is such a great base for the area."

    Reviewed by Julia3.1Sep 2023

  • "Just a few things we would like to mention but overall a lovely cottage and fantastic location."

    The cottage really needs a power shower and a thorough clean throughout, the cottage was clean enough when we arrived but the sofa and chair could do with a clean/freshen up. The beds were too high and duvet too heavy. The garden I believe was advertised as private, as pretty as the garden is, this is not private! I would recommend the cottage but obviously point out the shower and garden situation and also the parking is very narrow but understandable considering the width of the village

    Reviewed by Sue3.1Jul 2023

  • "Wow! Absolutely in love with place."

    Perfect location. Already re booking for the next stay!

    Reviewed by Allishia5.0Jun 2023

  • "Very comfortable stay at Little Ivy."

    Well situated and very peaceful

    Reviewed by Hazel4.7Apr 2023

  • "Lovely cottage was perfectly located next to a lovely pub."

    Very quiet clean and the goodies that we had when when we arrived where an added extra. Parking was tight but the couple in the larger cottage parked in the pub car park. Beautiful walks and plenty to do

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage, nice and comfortable had everything think that you could need."

    Maybe the carpet could do with changing or carpet washing, just a few stains (does happen when there is pets) Could do with an extractor fan in the kitchen, I’m not the best cook but I don’t burn everything but the smoke alarm kept going off

    Reviewed by Angela3.8Mar 2023

  • "Just returned from a lovely weekend at Ivy Cottage - 2 of us and 2 dogs."

    Great location for exploring the coast on foot straight from the door. Lovely cottage and the milk, biscuits, loo roll etc much appreciated. The pub next door was very welcoming - worth booking for food as it gets busy. Thank you for a lovely stay!

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Feb 2023

  • "Lovely little cottage in an ideal location."

    Great to have the pub next door.

    Reviewed by Jackie5.0Jan 2023

  • "We have just returned from a week at the Little Ivy Cottage, had a fantastic time."

    The cottage was beautiful, very spacious for 2 people with a dog, lovely enclosed garden, comfortable beds, warm, plenty of hot water and was nice to wash and dry our clothes before returning home. Was not expecting a bottle of wine, bottle of milk, tea, coffee, sugar, dog biscuits, cooking oils, washing up liquid, hand washes, toilet and kitchen rolls to be provided as a welcome package, very very thoughtful. Would definitely return to this cottage.

    Reviewed by Lisa5.0Oct 2022

  • "Totally delightful cottage."

    Very clean and well equipped for our visit .We we’re nicely surprised by the provisions that had been supplied. A very thoughtful touch. I was pleased to have a separate garden area, gated and fenced off from the neighbouring property, as we both had dogs, so it was reassuring that we were able to keep them separate and safe. We had the most enjoyable stay, lots of walking and plenty of hot water for the soak at the end of the day. We loved staying at Little Ivy.

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Sep 2022

  • "Nice cottage, feeling of damp did not help my arthritis."

    Dehumidifier had to be emptied quite a bit. I should imagine it is better in the summer. We did have an enjoyable stay in this beautiful village. Great pub food everywhere although slightly pricey. Great place for walkers.

    Reviewed by Jilly4.7Sep 2022

  • "A lovely cottage, we had a great holiday, it was a perfect base to explore the area."

    A couple of small observations- the smoke alarm is is so sensitive it went off every time we used the oven or toaster, and the boiler seemed to struggle to provide hot water on some occasions, despite it being re- set twice.

    Reviewed by Mitch4.4Sep 2022

  • "Generally we could not find fault with the cottage apart from a few concerns."

    1.The small key safe is fiddly to use.It needs to be modernised. 2.The latch on the inside of the door needs to be larger.It takes quite an effort to raise the latch once in the down position.3.The small rugs "creep"across the carpet and it is very easy to trip up as they form ridges.4.The most worrying aspect of the property is the entrance and exit from and to the very busy road outside.The traffic speeds along the road .Reversing in is difficult with the heavy traffic.Coming out the mirror opposite is too small.Cars can be seen if they have side lights on but blend into a dark background without lights.

    Reviewed by J W4.7Aug 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage and garden set in a picturesque village with a lovely pub next door, and walking distance to corner shops."

    Clean and tidy property.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cosy cottage in chocolate box village, super clean with great bedding."

    For us a shower was missed and would be a great addition to the bathroom. Really good location close to a great local shop and the beaches.

    Reviewed by Steph4.4Jun 2022

  • "Beautiful cottage wonderful garden very dog friendly great location."

    Cottage was very well look after facilities within the cottage were very good. Kitchen well stock with everything you would need over all very good place to hoilday Pub next door very helpful very friendly wonderful food. The village and shops always very friendly and dog friendly.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0May 2022

  • "Love this cottage."

    Sorry did not put out the waste bin.We came down on the Sunday was taken ill and left on the Friday.The padlock in front bedroom was open on arrival.The cottage is well equipped.And the area is outstanding.

    Reviewed by Terence5.0Feb 2022

  • "Despite the inclement weather we were able to get out walking every day sometimes with difficulty with the wind and rain."

    Lovely to return to the cosy cottage and the Castle Inn nextdoor.

    Reviewed by Jonathan5.0Feb 2022

  • "Great location!"

    Could do with a dvd player for those wintery days to watch a good film! Main road bit noisy but we new that, facilities were good Would love to have booked again but we saw your prices went up!

    Reviewed by Tina4.1Nov 2021

  • "Difficulty with the traffic noise in the morning as the property is right on the road."

    I know double glazing may not be allowed due to the age of the property, but some insulation would be good. I fully recommend the pub next door, particularly for take aways, as you can just pop in and have a meal to take home in 20 mins. Very friendly & helpful staff.

    Reviewed by Lindsay3.8Aug 2021

  • "We had a lovely time staying at Little Ivy."

    It is in a great location, with the beach and other facilities within walking distance. My only negative comment is that a check needs to be done on the dishware and glasses mugs etc after each stay. When we arrived and throughout our stay we found that there’s items were not left clean and with bits of dried food/ stains left on them which was not pleasant to find. Other than that I would stay here again.

    Reviewed by Catherine3.8Jul 2021

  • "A wonderful weeks stay in Ivy Cottage and seeing the sights around Dorset."

    Simply idyllic. I would definitely recommend this location and cottage.

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Jul 2021

  • "A comfortable stay."

    The owners have made the most of the room available at this property. It was well equipped. The only downfall for us was the fact that no shower was available. We would have preferred to see a shower unit rather than a bath but perhaps that would be a little difficult for the owners given the area available. The access was not easy but that was conveyed to us before travelling so we expected that. It was great that the back garden was dog friendly and secure so we could leave the back door open to allow him to venture into the garden with reasonable ease. If we chose not to use the car the local bus service was efficient. There was a pub next door to the property but that shouldn't put people off because it was not at all rowdy. We believe it served lovely meals but unfortunately we were not able to book as it was full at the times that suited us. All in all a nice break and the ability to venture further afield, either by bus or car.

    Reviewed by Pamela4.4Jun 2021

  • "The cottage was in a fantastic area to visit all the local attractions."

    It was a lovely warm and welcoming cottage

    Reviewed by Rebecca4.4Dec 2020

  • "Beautiful location , quiet, lovely cottage."

    Reviewed by Sally4.7Jul 2020

  • "Lovely cottage."

    But could do with shower.

    Reviewed by Amanda3.8Dec 2019

  • "Beautiful and cosy cottage, felt like home."

    Great location for a base to visit various beautiful beaches and villages in surrounding area.

    Reviewed by Melanie5.0Dec 2019

  • "Lovely cute cottage, stayed a week with two adults."

    We felt right at home. Everything you need, and more, is present in the cottage. Loved the area and things we got to do during this week: hiking, trailrunning, visiting nice towns such as Weymouth, West Bay, Bridport, Lyme Regis, visiting Monkey World, shopping in the nice small shops... Showering in the bath tub was totally fine and we slept wonderful in the great beds. We have a small car and thus parking was not a problem at all, but I can imagine with a bigger car and less parking skills, it will feel a bit small to get in. In the cottage we noticed a little "dog smell" coming from the carpet, and a lot of spider webs at the ceilings and in corners (no spiders though ;-)). During our stay we had a power break down, right at the moment our fire alarm got off while cooking. But it appeared it had nothing to do with that: the whole village had no power. Got really nice help from the main office when we phoned. Strangely enough we couldn't get the power working again ourselves (although we tried switching the switches several times during 2 hours), but a really lovely couple of the maintenance crew helped us out. For short: really recomment this cottage!

    Reviewed by Merlijn4.7Nov 2019

  • "Little Ivy cottage is ideally situated to be able to visit so many places of ..."

    Little Ivy cottage is ideally situated to be able to visit so many places of interest nearby It is a very comfortable cosy house and a perfect base for a wonderful holiday

    Reviewed by Tierni5.0Nov 2019

  • "A lot smaller than we imagined very cramped indoors."

    Lack of Maintenance could not close the outside gate, outside light did not work, inside very grubby carpets and settee suite, generally a lack of housekeeping. (I have photos if needed)

    Reviewed by John3.1Sep 2019

  • "The cottage was lacking a shower - only having a shower attachment connected to the bath taps."

    There was no curtain to stop splashes, so this meant running a bath for each of us every morning. There is a shared washing machine / dryer with the main cottage. Unfortunately our neighbours totally monopolised this facility including both clothes horses. We had a Jaguar F Pace SUV - it got easier as the week went on to reverse through the narrow gates and there was sufficient room for our and our neighbour's car to be parked side by side at the back of the property. The cottage was immaculately clean and fully stocked with everything you may need from a flashlight to dog treats to cleaning materials. The cottage was in a lovely location - just a 10-15 minute walk down to the Lulworth Cove. It was handy having a pub next door, although we were not impressed with their limited menu. Both cottages have their own enclosed back garden which was handy for our little dog to safely explore.

    Reviewed by Steve4.7Sep 2019

  • "Had a wonderful week at Little Ivy."

    Everything we needed was available and we were cosy & comfortable. The lack of a shower (there’s only an over bath attachment) was a slight drawback as was the shared washing machine however these certainly didn’t affect the great time we had. We’d love to return one day. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Gwenda4.4Aug 2019

  • "We had a wonderful time at little ivy cottage."

    The weather was amazing and the cottage is very quaint and perfectly located. We brought along 2 very well behaved cocker spaniels they enjoyed the small garden each evening whilst you enjoyed a glass of wine. We did wonder how well we might have coped in wet weather the cottage though quaint is a little tight of space and we thought it would be difficult to keep carpets and rugs dry and clean. Perhaps remove the downstairs carpets and replace with wooden / laminate flooring to make it easier to keep clean etc. We would however definitely return again

    Reviewed by Steven2.8Jul 2019

  • "Lovely cottage in a superb location."

    Parking a little restricted if you have a larger car but still able to park. Pub next door not great for food but can recommend the Lulworth Cove Inn a short walk away. The fire alarm goes off when you cook. Standard double bed was a little small for me at 6’3”. Back garden is ideal if you have a pet as it is secure it also gets the sun most of the day. All in all I loved it here and would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Garry4.4Jun 2019

  • "Difficulty parking unless you have a small car and difficult to get on to main road from property due to passing traffic - Sykes forewarned customers regarding this though."

    Reviewed by Janine5.0May 2019

  • "Comfortable cottage."

    Pub next door is excellent but book for weekend evenings. Easy walk down to the cove.

    Reviewed by Sian4.7Mar 2019

  • "On arrival we were informed there was a fault with the oven in our cottage and so we were upgraded to the larger cottage next door."

    The house keeper made the changes very quickly for us and we found her very helpful and friendly .

    Reviewed by Lyn4.7Feb 2019

  • "This was our first cottage holiday and we spent 7 nights in February at Little Ivy with our dog."

    I can only describe our stay as brilliant. The cottage was immaculately presented on arrival, absolutely everything you could possibly want was available including nice little touches like chilled bottle of wine, quality packet of biscuits, tea/coffee, fresh milk and even a jar of dog biscuits! The quality of furnishings was excellent even down to the Egyptian cotton sheets and luxury fluffy towels. The whole place was spotlessly clean and felt very inviting, it was warm, cosy and fairly quiet despite it’s roadside position. The Castle Inn next door provided a warm friendly atmosphere with excellent food (especially the Sunday roast). Lulworth Cove was a 15 minute walk downhill and provided great views and other very good restaurants especially Lulworth Lodge Hotel. I would not hesitate to recommend this cottage and would certainly consider going back.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Feb 2019

  • "My husband and I spent New Year at the cottage with our two dogs."

    We absolutely loved it! The cottage is cosy and has everything you need. Comfy bed, good quality bath towels and as it was Christmas the decorated tree was a lovely touch. We were really impressed by the fenced off gardens for both cottages as this is a huge help when holidaying with the dogs. The cottage is next to a fab pub, friendly staff and great food. Small disco on NYE but great fun! 10 minutes walk to Lulworth Cove through the beautiful village where there are more great dog friendly eateries. We explored so many walks from the cottage without using the car. We had a wonderful week and will definitely be back to Little Ivy, or the larger cottage next door with friends. Parking at the cottage really isn't an issue as some people have made out. We have a Volvo 4x4 and the people in the other cottage had a Land Rover Discovery and it was fine!!

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely area, nice walks, good food in local pub, we stayed in December so it was a great time to walk the coast path, however, I expect it would be a very busy village during peak seasons."

    Cottage very comfortable, no one next door so parking and garden use was fine.

    Reviewed by Joanna4.1Dec 2018

  • "Lovely cosy cottage in the perfect location."

    Well-equipped and really clean and tidy. We had a great stay and will definitely be back at Little Ivy in the future. Highly recommend - thank you so much :) Stayed April 2018

    Mrs Clare WillmottApr 2018

  • "Little Ivy was exactly what we hoped for, cosy, charming and very clean."

    The cottage was absolutely lovely inside and the owners had made sure we had everything we could possibly need. It was so helpful to stay in a place where kitchen basics like washing up liquid, salt & pepper, bin bags etc were provided and you weren't having to bring a mountain of stuff just for a few nights. The milk, wine and biscuits were very much appreciated too. It was a short walk to the beautiful Lulworth Cove and from there a stunning walk to Durdle Door. We enjoyed our stay so much and would not hesitate to stay at Little Ivy again. Stayed February 2018

    Miss BlackadderMar 2018

  • "We chose Lulworth for our first family holiday."

    Little Ivy Cottage was PERFECT. It was the perfect size for the two of us, our 10 month old daughter and our dog. it felt very homely and comfortable. The house keepers were fantastic and gave us lots of details about the area on our arrival. There was also a dog box with treats, towels and spare leads, a bottle of wine and biscuits on our arrival which was lovely. It was very close to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, which were both excellent places. The location of the cottage was also good to get to coastal beaches and we covered a lot of the coast in our weeks stay. We have booked again for next year as we fell in love with Dorset and we cant wait to stay in Little Ivy Cottage again. Thankyou for making our first family holiday memorable. Stayed May 2017

    Mrs Bridget FarrellJun 2017

  • "This cottage was beautiful and better than we expected."

    Its location in West Lulworth was ideal with a pleasant walk to the cove and its amenities.The attention to detail was unbelievable from the bottle of wine for us, flowers, dog biscuits, bowl & towels to the hand soaps, cling film, tea coffee etc the list is endless and absolutely everything you could need. We have rented a lot of properties in the UK and abroad and this was the best equipped of them all.Thank you. Stayed March 2017

    Mrs Claire BilicApr 2017

  • "Cozy well appointed lovely location Lots welcoming touches like biscuits and flowers Dog box supplies amazing We were so happy there thank you."

    Stayed February 2017

    Ms Kim AdamsMar 2017

  • "Lovely cosy cottage."

    Well stocked plus a lovely bottle of wine. Dog friendly pub and the Lulworth Cove Inn close by. Weather was great too. Enjoyed our stay immensely. Stayed November 2016

    Mrs GriffinDec 2016

  • "My wife and I loved our stay at Little Ivy - our dog loved it too."

    It was perfectly sized for us, contained all we needed, was clean, cosy and perfectly situated for our needs. West Lulworth & Lulworth Cove, for us was a perfect place to relax and recharge for a week with our dog. We will be booking again for next year without doubt - stayed October 2016

    Mrs Sarah-Ann DaviesOct 2016

  • "Little Ivy was perfect for us, Mel and Mark made our stay perfect with their little touches and helpfulness, the accommodation was spotless, location fabulous, really perfect."

    Thank you. We will use your cottages again and recommend you to our friends. Stayed June 2016

    Mrs Angela BellengerJul 2016

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Room for parking one car. Good size bedrooms and nice bathroom. Nice garden with patio furniture. Is on the main road but was not noisy. Weather cold while we were there so used the central heating. The cottage was warm within a few minutes. All bed linen and towels were lovely. Would recommend the place and stay there again. 10 minute walk to the cove and a real ale pub next door. Stayed June 2016

    Mrs Gaynor JonesJul 2016

  • "We all enjoyed our stay at Little Ivy, the cottage had everything we required."

    Stayed May 2016

    Mr Kevin ForemanJun 2016

  • "We had a brilliant holiday."

    The service received from staff when booking the holiday was excellent. The cottage was beautiful in a wonderful location and everything went smoothly so we could relax and enjoy our break. Would recommend dream cottages to friends and use again next time we venture down that end of the country. Stayed May 2016

    Miss AyersJun 2016

  • "Little Ivy is a lovely small cottage in a wonderful location."

    We had a perfect holiday there and would definitely recommend it. Stayed March 2016

    Ms Victoria FoxApr 2016

  • "Really lovely little cottage, very clean and cosy ideal for a family of three, or four if you have a little one needing a travel cot, the owners have thought of everything, there was even a box of towels, a bowl and a lead for your dog in case you forgot your own, some dog treats for the dog and even a treat for us (a nice bottle of wine in the fridge!"

    ) Pub nearby was an added extra, we ate there twice, the food was good and no worries about who was driving home! Ivy cottage next door can also be rented and sleeps six we think so you could have two groups of friends or family and take a holiday all together! Would love to stay again sometime. Stayed February 2016

    Mrs KempFeb 2016

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric fire.
  • Gas central heating with electric fire, electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, TV, CD, WiFi
  • Fuel, power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available
  • Off road parking for one small/medium car
  • Garden with furniture
  • Welcomes two well-behaved dogs
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Pub 5 min, seasonal shop 10 min
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Lulworth Castle 3 miles.

The property

A pretty Grade II thatched cottage, Little Ivy dates back 400 hundred years, located in the heart of West Lulworth, this most popular Dorset village is just moments from the UNESCO site Lulworth Cove.

It is a semi-detached and the sister cottage is Ivy Cottage. Accommodating up to three guests in two bedrooms this cosy cottage also has, a living area with electric fire place, dining table and well-equipped kitchen it’s a perfect holiday home for a couple or small family.

Seconds away from the cottage is The Castle Inn, a pet friendly pub with a lovely garden.

Stroll just a few minutes from the property and find Lulworth Cove with its stunning and geologically unique cove.

Be sure to try tempting seafood from the seasonal shacks most serving locally caught fish and crab.

A must is the best ice creams from the small local shops.

There are also several pubs serving food with beautiful views. The South West Coastal Path runs through Lulworth and with abundance of walks in both directions you are assured some spectacular cliff top views.

Don’t’ forget to walk over to Durdle Door for those who enjoy an energetic walk.

Corfe Castle, part of Enid Blyton’s inspiration in her Famous Five novels is just a short drive away and with it’s castle ruins and stone village cottages is a beautiful place to visit.

You will be spoilt for choice of activities from the white knuckle rib raider rides, kayaking and sailing, to the more sedate pastimes of eating delicious fresh seafood.

Little Ivy is the perfect place for a couples or small family retreat to the Jurassic Coast.

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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 3 people.
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 Ivy Cottage.
Note: shared garden with Ivy Cottage, maintained fortnightly by a gardener.
Note: Little Ivy can be booked alongside its adjoining property Ivy Cottage 994302

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas