Beehive Cottage is a charming and cosy cottage on a quiet lane opposite St Mary's church in the village of Puddletown. Surrounded by farmland, the pretty village is nestled in the heart of Thomas Hardy country and well placed to explore the rest of Dorset. The county town of Dorchester is just six miles away and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast is within a 30 minute drive.
This gorgeous thatched cottage dates back over 200 years and used to be home to the district nurse. As soon as you step through the door you will be met with a wealth of original features including traditional cottage stairs, low lintels/beams and quirky sloping floors; all enhancing the cottage's charm and appeal. The fabulous ornamental inglenook fireplace in the sitting-room is such a special feature. Tucked away behind a wooden door, the stairs lead to the main bedroom, with a king-size double bed, and second bedroom, with a 'zip and link' which can be turned into a king-size double bed or twin beds. The sheltered courtyard garden is a tranquil sun-trap, fully enclosed to keep children and dogs safe.
An excellent pub is a short walk in one direction, and a lazy stroll in the opposite direction takes you to the village shop for a newspaper and various holiday treats. Babes in arms under six months old, and children over four years, are welcome (as long as the party does not exceed the maximum accommodated of four) and a travel cot is available upon request.
Beehive Cottage is an excellent base from which to explore this wonderful part of Dorset with no shortage of places to visit. The Jurassic Coast starts at Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck, all you need to do is park at Studland beach and a leisurely hour's walk will take you there, passing the Bankes Arms on the way, well worth a brief, or not so brief, stop. Further along this magnificent coastline are Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, coasteering trips are available if you wish to see the cliffs from the water. Children will delight in the Dinosaur Museum at Dorchester, or also nearby is Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum.
Thomas Hardy's cottage and visitor centre are a short drive from the cottage, as is the historic village of Tolpuddle, home of the Trades Union movement, and Athelhampton House and gardens are within easy walking distance from the cottage with a choice of two restaurants.
Safe sandy beaches with water sports hire can be found at Studland, Swanage and Weymouth, all a short drive from the cottage.
Step to Sitting-room with TV/DVD player, ornamental inglenook fireplace and wood-burner effect gas stove
Step to Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (king-size or 2'6'' twin) beds
Separate WC and wash-basin
As you would expect in a characterful cottage of this age, there are low beams and lintels at the entrance to all of the rooms, pitched ceilings on the first floor, steep cottage stairs (with grab rails) and some internal steps between rooms so please take care. As this cottage is thatched please do not use candles, charcoal barbecues or other naked flames in the cottage or courtyard.
- Dogs welcome (2 small dogs)
- Travel cot and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Parking on road
- No smoking
- Pub .5 miles
- Courtyard furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
Beehive Cottage is 200 years old and used to be the home of the district nurse.
Sit back and relax in the sitting-room which has a gorgeous original inglenook fireplace with a delightful wood-burner effect gas stove.
The courtyard garden is south-facing, making it a real sun-trap. Fully enclosed, the area makes a fantastic space for children and dogs to safely explore.
The well-equipped galley kitchen looks out over the pretty courtyard garden.
The master bedroom has a king-size double bed and lovely soft linens.
The dining-room is completely separate from the sitting-room, ideal for long lazy meals.
The modern ground-floor bathroom is a lovely bright space.
You will find it difficult to tear yourself away from this lovely wood-burner effect gas stove.
A view of the stairs with the traditional door. Should you wish to use a stair-gate, you will need to place it at the door of the twin room.
This pretty bedroom can either be made up as a king-size double bed (5') or two 2'6" twin beds.
Bee careful to not bump your head on the low lintels! These super sweet bees will help to remind you to take care.
This is the view towards the top of the stairs.
The television is cleverly hidden behind wooden doors.
Situated on a quiet square, in the village of Puddletown, Beehive Cottage lies opposite St Mary's Church.
Coffee in bed, perfect.
Impressive Durdle Door on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, just 12 miles from Beehive Cottage.
The kitchen has a characterful stable-door leading out to the pretty courtyard.
Rural Dorset, gorgeous all year round.
Welcome to Beehive Cottage.
Chesil beach on the Jurassic Coast road, from Weymouth to West Bay, magnificent views in both directions.
Nearby Hardy's Cottage, the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, is well worth a visit.
The safe, sandy beach at Weymouth still has a traditional Punch and Judy show in the summer months.
Bovington Tank Museum, home to the world's best collection of tanks, is seven miles from the cottage.
If you like primates, Monkey World is a rescue and rehabilitation centre, just eight miles from Beehive Cottage.