Beehive Cottage


4.7 miles NE of Dorchester | Sleeps 4 (no children from 1 to 4)

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7 Nights from £474

Bedroom details

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2

Zip and link

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 either 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). 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 nearby 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.

Ground Floor

Entrance porch

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

First Floor

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, any barbecues or other naked flames in the cottage or courtyard. Please note the charging of electric vehicles is not permitted at this property. However, there are charging points locally, the closest being in Dorchester.


  • Dogs welcome (2 small dogs)
  • Travel cot and stair-gate
  • Arrive/Depart Friday
  • Short breaks available
  • Parking on road
  • WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub .5 miles
  • Courtyard furniture
  • Full gas-fired CH