Beehive Cottage is a charming and cosy cottage for four, on a quiet lane opposite St Mary's church in the village of Puddletown. The village is surrounded by farmland, Thomas Hardy country, six miles from the county town of Dorchester and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast is just 13 miles away.
This delightful thatched cottage dates back over 200 years and used to be home to the district nurse; it has low beams, pitched ceilings, quirky sloping floors and a fabulous ornamental inglenook fireplace. The traditional cottage stairs lead to the master bedroom, with king-size bed, and second bedroom, with a king-size bed or 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, a lazy stroll in the opposite direction takes you to the village shop for a newspaper and 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, 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 nearby is Monkey World and 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 double or 2'6'' twin) beds
Separate WC and wash-basin
Take care, there are low beams at the entrance to all of the rooms, pitched ceilings on the first floor and steep cottage stairs. As this cottage is thatched pleased 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 village district nurse.
The cosy sitting-room has the original inglenook fireplace with a wood-burner effect gas stove, the thatch does not allow for an open fire.
The dining-room is completely separate from the sitting-room, ideal for long lazy meals.
The courtyard garden is south-facing, a sun-trap and completely enclosed to keep children and dogs safe.
Impressive Durdle Door on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, just 12 miles from Beehive Cottage.
The well-equipped galley kitchen looks out over the courtyard garden.
Situated on a quiet square, in the village of Puddletown, Beehive Cottage is opposite St Mary's Church.
The kitchen and bathroom are down one step at the back of the sitting-room, the beam there is low, so please take care.
The ground floor bathroom has a fitted shower and heated towel rail.
This charming cottage has steep winding stairs with grab rails. A stair-gate will not fit across the top, so can be placed at the door of the twin room, if required.
The master bedroom has a five- foot double bed, a sloping ceiling and quirky sloping floor.
The first floor landing has a cloakroom to the left, storage space and pitched ceilings.
Pitched ceilings on the first floor add to the charm of this delightful cottage.
Bedroom 2 has a five-foot 'zip and link' bed, which splits to create twin two foot, six inch beds.
Bedroom 2 made up as a five-foot double bed, please be aware of the pitched roof and beams.
Lyme Regis is wonderful all year round, with the iconic Cobb, lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs, independent shops and a sandy beach.
The ammonite pavement at Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis.
Chesil beach on the Jurassic Coast road, from Weymouth to West Bay, magnificent views in both directions.
Rural Dorset, gorgeous all year round.
Stunning cliffs at West Bay, all part of the stunning Jurassic Coast.
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 7 miles from the cottage.
If you like primates, Monkey World is a rescue and rehabilition centre, just 8 miles from Beehive Cottage.
The RSPB reserve on Brownsea Island has lots of visiting birds. A boat trip from Poole Harbour allows you to spend the day with peacocks and native red squirrels.
The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge is well worth a visit, fossils collected over 35 years at Kimmeridge by Steve Etches.
The village of Corfe, dominated by the castle is on the Isle of Purbeck, a short drive from Puddletown.
New Forest National Park, has free roaming ponies, cattle and pigs, with miles of footpaths and cycle tracks through ancient woodland.