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The Old Smithy - Beaminster

Beaminster, Dorset
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Fri
Dogs welcome 2
3 star
Downstairs bedroom
Downstairs bathroom
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Towels included
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At a glance

  • A cosy and inviting 17th-century cottage in an idyllic location
  • Perfect for exploring the Jurassic Coast
  • Visit Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis
  • Ideal for discovering the spectacular Dorset countryside
  • A lovely holiday home for families and nature lovers
  • Close to several glorious beaches
Property code: DC179

Set in the pretty town of Beaminster, this delightful 17th century listed stone cottage offers cosy accommodation for a family looking to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Dorset.

Peacefully located on a no-through lane is this 17th century, listed stone cottage. Inside, the cosy accommodation boasts exposed beams, stone flooring and a large inglenook fireplace that houses a wood burner, while across the lane is a stunning walled cottage garden, stocked with beautiful trees, shrubs and flowerbeds. A short stroll will bring you into the centre of delightful Beaminster where you will find a good selection of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.

Prepare tasty family meals in the cottage kitchen which, together with oak worktops, a Belfast sink and glass door overlooking the steam, contains all of the conveniences of home. Dine at the oak table next door that sits beside a well-stocked bookcase, of which there are many throughout the cottage. Cosy winter’s evenings are best spent beside the roaring wood burner in the lounge or enjoying a long soak in the charming Victorian free-standing bath. Three characterful bedrooms complete the accommodation. When the sun is shining, however, there’s no better place to be than across the road in the delightful walled garden. There is parking on the lane.

The historic town of Beaminster is surrounded by wonderful rolling Dorset countryside, perfect for long blustery walks before a hearty lunch in one of its friendly pubs. The dramatic Jurassic Coast lies just 7 miles to the south, boasting a string of charming seaside towns and resorts including the Broadchurch-famous West Bay (8 miles) and the fossil-rich Seatown. From West Bay, take a stroll along the golden beach that stretches some 18 miles all the way to the Isle of Portland in the east or head slightly inland to browse the independent shops and cafes at the market town of Bridport (9 miles).

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

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 twin, 1 single, 1 double with 5’ bed
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with bath and WC, 1 shower room with WC
  • Oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • Dryer in utility room
  • TV/DVD
  • Wood burner - logs included October - end of April
  • Dining room
  • Garden with tiny pond
  • Roadside parking
  • Regret no children under the age of 5
  • 2 dogs welcome
  • Electric and central heating included
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Coast 7 miles
  • Bridport 6 miles
  • Shops and pubs 300 metres

This property is personally managed by Belinda.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 7 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Helen 29th June 2019

Very old and sweet little cottage with loads of character Well equipped kitchen. Comfortable beds. Interesting town

Reviewed by Vanessa 24th June 2019

Comfy beds but steep step to bedrooms

Reviewed by P 3rd June 2019

Loved it quirky and lovely and peaceful area would stay again

Reviewed by Mrs VAL Knight 2nd January 2019

Beautiful spacious house with lots of character. Comfortable beds and generous supply of logs. Did not want to leave!

Reviewed by Mrs P Sturtivant 31st August 2018

Lovely cottage and in a beautiful place but the sofas smelt very strongly of dogs which was quite unpleasant. The beds were gorgeous and so comfortable. Very kind of the housekeeper to get it ready early for us to help my aged parents after our long journey. Well worth visiting

Reviewed by Mr L Dahl 31st August 2018

The house was an unusual layout, but plenty of room. The house warmed up quickly which was great as it was very cold outside. The master bedroom warmed up less than everywhere else but we were never cold in there: the bed was v comfortable and warm, excellent duvet and pillows. The kitchen was well stocked. Very nice to have milk and nice tea bags Read moreon our arrival. Hide

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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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