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Sweet Chestnut Cottage

West Stafford, Dorset
Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 1
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A cosy and inviting holiday cottage in a picturesque village
  • Just a few miles from Dorchester and Weymouth
  • Perfect for exploring Hardy Country
  • Within 10 miles of the spectacular Dorset coastline
  • Visit Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury and the Isle of Portland
  • Ideal for exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside
Property code: DC161

Set in a lovely spot on the edge of an idyllic Dorset village, this semi-detached 19th-century former farm labourer’s cottage has been imaginatively extended to provide fantastic family accommodation.

Situated on the edge of the village, this semi-detached 19th-century former farm labourer’s cottage has been lovingly transformed into a cosy home from home. With spacious rooms that flow seamlessly from one to another and a pretty courtyard garden for outside dining, this is a sociable house for memorable family getaways. Set out on foot to explore this pretty pocket of Dorset, stopping for a bite to eat at the local pub on the way home, or visit the county town of Dorchester (2 miles).

The house is entered via three steps and inside, a welcoming lounge with oak flooring, leather sofas and a brick fireplace housing a wood burner is a cosy room in which to relax and unwind after a fun day. The shaker-style kitchen beyond features a fantastic range oven and butler sink and is open-plan to the dual-aspect dining area. Upstairs, each of the three bedrooms has been individually decorated in tasteful tones while the bathroom displays a classic Victorian style with its roll-top bath and painted panelling. A stable door opens from the kitchen onto a sunny courtyard garden where a delightful dining area is surrounded by colourful raised beds, climbers and pots. There is parking for three cars.

Set within the Frome valley, the small thatched village of West Stafford is home to a pretty church and popular pub. Deep in Hardy county, this property is surrounded by rolling Dorset countryside dotted with picturesque hamlets and villages, perfect for keen walkers. The bustling county town of Dorchester is just 2 miles away, offering a good selection of shops and eateries, while the dramatic Dorset coastline lies just 8 miles to the south, with the likes of Weymouth (10 miles), Lulworth Cove (13.5 miles) and Osmington Mills (8.5 miles) all within easy driving distance.

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

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double with 5’ bed, 1 double, 1 single sleeping 4 + 1
  • 1 bathroom with claw and ball bath, shower and WC
  • 1 ground-floor WC
  • Range oven, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge, freezer
  • TV/DVD
  • Wood burner, logs provided Oct - end of April
  • Garden with outdoor furniture
  • Off-road parking for 3 cars
  • Central heating and electric included
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Coast 8 miles
  • Dorchester 2 miles
  • Shop 2.5 miles
  • Pub 20 metres

This property is personally managed by Chris.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

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Reviewed by Mrs MARY Johnson 12th September 2018

This is probably the best cottage that we have stayed in - in Dorset - so far! The accommodation was superb and the location just great.

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Note: As the postcode is used to identify the general area of the property, it may not always reflect its precise location, therefore please only use this map as a guide.

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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