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The Old Sweet Shop - Weymouth

Portesham, Dorset
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs welcome 1
4 star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A bright and inviting holiday home in a picturesque village
  • Perfect for enjoying the Jurassic Coast
  • Visit the Subtropical Gardens of Abbotsbury, the Swannery and Abbotsbury Children's Farm
  • Within easy reach of Dorchester, Bridport and Weymouth
  • Explore the Isle of Portland
  • Relax on the glorious Chesil Beach
Property code: DC181

Formerly a village sweet shop and general store, this lovely 19th-century cottage provides light and cosy accommodation for a family seeking to enjoy the beautiful Dorset coast and countryside.

Full of history and owned by the same family for five generations, this 19th-century cottage and former sweet shop has been lovingly extended and refurbished. Set on the main route through Portesham, it is just a short stroll from the local pub and shop and only 2.5 miles from the stunning Dorset coastline and the expansive Chesil Beach. Back at the cottage, the character accommodation features an open fire in the snug and spacious beamed kitchen with French doors to a delightful walled patio garden.

Step inside through this property’s back door into the fantastic double aspect kitchen, which boasts a high vaulted ceiling with exposed trusses, range oven, American-style fridge/freezer for stocking up for the whole trip and large French doors opening onto the garden. Once prepared, the charming dining room with farmhouse table, window shutters and original display cabinets make a delightful place to enjoy family meals. Ideal for multi-generational parties, this property offers both a snug with open fire and a spacious lounge with leather sofas. In the summer, dine al fresco in the pretty courtyard at the rear, which leads to a lawn bordered by mature trees and shrubs. There is ample parking.

Ideally located in the beautiful village of Portesham, this cottage is just 200 yards from a hearty meal at the local pub and 400 yards from a great farm shop with cafe. Beyond the village lie miles of unspoilt Dorset countryside just waiting to be explored, while 2.5 miles to the south is the fantastic 18-mile-long dog-friendly Chesil Beach that stretches all the way to West Bay (10 miles) to the west and the Isle of Portland to the east (11 miles). Bridport, a vibrant town full of small shops is also worth a visit (12 miles).


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

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double room, 1 double room with 6’ bed which can be split to make a twin room, 1 single room
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 shower room with WC
  • Range oven, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV/DVD
  • Dining room
  • Snug with open fire - logs included October - end of April
  • Utility room
  • Garden with outdoor furniture and pergola
  • Ample off road parking
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Electric panel heaters and electric included
  • Cot/highchair
  • Shop 400 metres
  • Pub 200 metres
  • Coast 2.5 miles
  • Weymouth 7.5 miles

This property is personally managed by Chris.


From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 14 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Charlotte 14th September 2019

The cottage is on the main road but the garden was a little haven at the back, secured for the dog which was great! The Village is fab with a good local shop, cafe, pub and the fish and chip van visits on a Wednesday night! Great base to explore the jurassic coast line... Highly recommend and would book again!

Reviewed by Elisa 24th August 2019

Beautiful cottage in a great location for exploring Dorset. This was our second visit to the Old Sweet Shop and will definitely be back. The rooms are all very good sizes and comfortable. Equipment provided is plentiful and very useful. Thank you.

Reviewed by D 17th August 2019

A really lovely spacious cottage to stay in, it was equiped with everything you would need and more Beautifully laid out The owners are helpful if you need them.

Reviewed by D 10th August 2019

Despite two wash out days with the weather we had a fantastic time staying at the Olde Sweet Shop In Portesham. A great location to visit all what Dorset has to offer. The cottage had everything you need in a holiday home; a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. We would recommend this property and hope to return again some day in the future to furtRead moreher explore what Dorset has to offer. Hide

Reviewed by S 13th July 2019

This was a delightful cottage with great facilities & very comfortable. We particularly appreciated the well equipped kitchen & lovely shower-room downstairs. The library of local maps, information, DVDs was fabulous & whilst we had lovely weather for being outdoors, if it had been wet, there were plenty of games & books. Friendly owners lived nextRead more door, on hand if needed. They kindly allowed us to store a dinghy! Thoughtful welcome pack on arrival, including delicious apple cake. Hide

Reviewed by J 6th July 2019

One of the best holiday cottages we've ever stayed in. Well equipped especially the kitchen and very clean. Cute little garden. Owners very kindly posted back to us a couple of items we left behind. Only down side, the photos show the rear of the property. The front is directly onto the main street in portesham, which can get busy. My daughter is aRead more light sleeper and was awoken from 7am most mornings by traffic. That said would contemplate staying again. Great cottage in a great location. Hide

Reviewed by E 22nd June 2019

A great cottage, very spacious but comfortable, plenty of kitchen facilities so never run out, very comfortable beds, immaculately clean everywhere, milk, eggs and delicious cake on arrival

Reviewed by Elizabeth 15th June 2019

Excellent location and set up. Very clean, well maintained. Beautiful little garden. Child friendly. Well equipped. I would definitely be more than happy to stay here again.

Reviewed by Mr T Ireland 9th November 2018

Great location in the heart of Portesham.

Reviewed by Mrs R Knight 25th October 2018

Extremely comfortable. Beds were perfect. Fantastic kitchen with everything thought of hat you could possibly need. Small things like leaving new cling film, foil and food bags were really helpful. Everything was immaculately clean. The refuse recycling was so organised it's everything labelled, do there coukd be no confusion as to what should Read morebe put where.Friendly landlords who lived next door, but who left us to get on with our visit, who were their for help if required. Hide

Reviewed by Mr S Kippin 27th September 2018

The cottage was terrific. Lovely and well appointed kitchen , comfortable lounge and bedrooms and all immaculately clean. The owners were delightful and helpful too. Very pleased all round. Slight issue with the heavy traffic down the little lane which was noisy and unnexpeced !

Reviewed by Mr D Kiddle 24th August 2018

cottage contains everything needed to make your stay enjoyable

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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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