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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.

This lovely cottage is just 3 miles from the busy town of Dorchester, where you can visit Max Gate, the former home of Thomas Hardy. You can also explore Hardy’s birthplace in the pretty village of Higher Bockhampton (2 miles). Other local attractions include Maiden Castle (4.5 miles), Littlebredy Walled Gardens (10.5 miles), the Nine Stones (8.5 miles) and the Winterbourne Poor Lot Barrows (9.5 miles). The village of Abbotsbury (12.5 miles) is known for its ruined abbey, unique swannery, subtropical gardens and Iron Age hillfort. You can discover Dorset’s stunning coastlines, with the dramatic Lulworth Cove (11 miles), Ringstead Bay (8.5 miles) and the popular seaside town of Weymouth (9.5 miles) all within easy reach.

Three steps lead into the hall with its flagstone floor and then into the comfortable and tastefully furnished lounge. This is a lovely space to relax in, with plenty of seating, TV/DVD, oak floor and a wood burner set in a Purbeck stone hearth. Exploring further, you will find a light and airy open-plan kitchen/diner. The dining room is ideal for sharing a family meal, and the galley-style kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave and washing machine. There is also a ground floor WC and a utility room where you can store boots and coats. Going upstairs you will find three cosy bedrooms. There’s a single room and two doubles, one with a 5’ bed and the other with a feature Victorian fireplace. There’s also a bathroom complete with a claw and ball bath, separate shower and WC.

Stepping outside you will find a charming courtyard garden with stepped, paved and gravelled areas, where you can relax with a morning coffee or evening drink. Off-road parking is available for three cars.


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 Jennifer.

Guest comments

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.

Dorset, a location of enduring popularity is a small rural gem of a county encompassing all of the best parts of rural England: rolling green hills, woodland and hedgerows abundant with flora and fauna running down to the sea yet situated just 3 hours from London and the South East.

The whole coastline from Exmouth to Poole has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Known as the Jurassic Coast, it is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status and offers unspoilt views with dramatic cliff-top walks alongside beautiful, safe, sandy beaches which often welcome your four-legged friends too. From the dramatic natural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland; Dorset has it all.

This South West county is also a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be discovered. Having grown out of the landscape out of the centuries, many of Dorset’s small rural towns expose history at every turn to inform and delight guests, whilst for the more energetic, footpaths and cycle-ways open up to reveal Dorset’s hidden secrets and the coast is always close at hand for those who love the water.

Why not head to Lyme Regis – classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, much like most of West Dorset to uncover an old-world ambience and excellent fossil hunting or discover the drama of Lulworth with the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Dorset’s towns and villages ooze quintessential charm and are graced by fine buildings which have often been immortalised in Thomas Hardy’s books, including Dorchester – his birthplace. Wherever you choose to stay, you are never far from the fascinating Jurassic Coast and World Heritage Coastal Path.

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