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Halfpenny Cottage - Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton, Dorset
Sleeps 2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Romantic
Towels included
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At a glance

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  • Charming bolthole within Sturminster Newton’s historic town centre
  • This traditional cottage blends original features with contemporary comforts
  • Explore the verdant Blackmore Vale and enjoy riverside walks nearby
Property code: 83777

This Grade II-listed cottage for two has character in abundance and is ideally placed for touring, with Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury and the Jurassic Coast all within easy reach.

Straddling the banks of the River Stour, Sturminster Newton is a historic market town that’s renowned for its beautiful surroundings, friendly museum and annual cheese festival that’s a foodie favourite. Your couple’s retreat is studded right at the heart of town and has everything you need to kick back and relax before continuing your Dorset adventure. Explore the Jurassic Coast, stride across the countryside and visit the pretty small towns and villages scattered throughout the local area.

Quintessential and straight out of the pages of a fairy tale, this cottage is Grade II listed with lots of original features. Climb the steps and head inside ready to cast aside your walking boots and snuggle up with your favourite brew by the wood burner. The cosy lounge/diner has wooden flooring underfoot, comfortable furniture and period beams to admire, and the kitchen area has everything you need to prepare meals. There’s a downstairs shower room, and the open stairs lead up to a small landing and a WC. Follow the steep cottage-style stairs right to the top to find the mezzanine-style bedroom. Slipping through the patio door will reveal a small yet charming outside nook complete with a table and chairs for enjoying an evening glass of wine. Due to the age of the property, there are some areas of reduced head height and level changes.

Discover the Blackmore Vale from the comfort of your doorstep, venturing into the town during peak festival season to try local food after a bracing walk through the surrounding footpaths. The 14-mile North Dorset Trailway is a must for walkers and cyclists, factoring in several sights such as medieval Fiddleford Manor, 2 miles away. The nearest beach is worth the 29-mile drive for seashore strolls, tempting fish and chip suppers and the bright lights of Bournemouth.

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.

  • 1 bedroom - king-size
  • 1 shower room with shower and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge and washing machine
  • Wood-burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV available in the lounge
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Compact balcony with furniture
  • Roadside parking within the surrounding streets (subject to availability)
  • Shops, pubs and restaurants within 0.2 miles
  • Regret no babies or children under 5

Claire Tranter

This property is personally managed by Claire.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 8 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Debbie 23rd October 2021

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Lovely cottage in a prime location. Very comfortable and clean. A welcome hamper for us on arrival and treats for our dog. Will definitely visit again

Reviewed by Jan 1st October 2021

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Lovely cosy cottage, well located just off the market square. Excellent launch pad for exploring Dorset

Reviewed by Wendy 27th September 2021

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Reviewed by Nigel 20th September 2021

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This a wonderful bijou cottageabsolutely perfect for a break in Dorset very central. The cottage was very clean and well appointed with a lovely atmosphere. The owners went out of their way to make our arrival special with lots of treats for us and our dog.

Reviewed by Mel 13th September 2021

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Delightful cottage in an equally delightful location. Well equipped cottage. Beautifully decorated with a real homely charm. Welcome basket was fantastic and all the extra touches like dog treats, blankets, bowls and towels were a fantastic idea and very much appreciated by our dog.

Reviewed by Paul 25th August 2021

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Very clean & well equipped cottage. The welcome hamper was thoughtfully compiled & excellent quality. Linen & towels high quality. Perfect for a romantic stay. Ideally located in a largish village. The owners were great at communicating. The co op was a short walk & open late. We would recommend Poets Corner cafe for coffee. Also Walking to FiddlesRead moretone Mill & pub a little further on. Hide

Reviewed by Gabrielle 20th August 2021

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We had the most amazing 5 days. The village is stunning and has everything you need and within an hours drive to the coast. The cottage was perfect for the two of us and our dog, Pamela and Gordon had thought of everything and their little touches especially for our dog made us very welcome and at home. We cant wait to book again.

Reviewed by Kelly 8th August 2021

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Honoured to be the first reviewer of this beautiful cottage! What a place, we were made to feel so welcome on arrival with a hamper of local produce and treats for Joey the dog. This cottage is super clean and very comfortable, having everything you could possibly need. The location is placed with oodles of country walks on the door step, but roundRead more the corner from town to get any supplies/takeaways or visit the local pub - highly recommended and we cant wait to return to explore more! Hide

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Although it's just three hours from London and the South East, Dorset feels like a world away from the hubbub of the city. This gem of a county offers the very best of rural England: magnificent coastal scenery, vast sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, country pubs, stately homes and medieval castles.

Take time to explore the dramatic and diverse coastline. Stretching 95 miles from East Devon to Poole, the Jurassic Coast has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status. Here, visitors can uncover Earth's fascinating history whilst enjoying unspoilt views over superb beaches, many of which welcome canine companions too. From the iconic rural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland, Dorset has it all.

Why not head to Lyme Regis, classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? Like much of West Dorset, it has an old-world ambience and offers excellent fossil hunting opportunities. Or head east to discover the beauty of Lulworth and the vibrant seaside resort of Swanage.

Steeped in history and with a certain quintessential charm, Dorset's glorious countryside is peppered with small towns and villages which are well worth a visit. Many are graced with fine buildings, immortalised in the books of Thomas Hardy, a Dorset-born novelist and poet. For more energetic visitors, footpaths and cycleways reveal the county's hidden secrets with the coast always close at hand for those who love the water.

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