Ivy Cottage


8.5 miles NW of Dorchester | Sleeps 4 + cot*

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7 Nights from £519

Bedroom details

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2


Imagine life in a tranquil Dorset village and Ivy Cottage is just the sort of place you may picture in your mind. Set in the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (now renamed National Landscapes), the cottage is situated in the pretty village of Cattistock. This traditional ham stone and flint, Grade II Listed terraced cottage has been renovated to provide a delightful country retreat, full of character, yet with modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

You have all the ingredients for a relaxing holiday on your doorstep; there is a village Post Office and shop, which has delicious local produce, a tea shop (for holiday indulgences) and The Fox and Hounds Inn, an award-winning pub serving great food and real ales. This dog-friendly village has numerous footpaths to explore the surrounding countryside and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast is just 14 miles away.

The ground floor of this charming property has a small cloakroom, sitting-room with wood-burner and modern kitchen/dining-room. This leads out into the conservatory, overlooking the sheltered south-facing patio and enclosed garden, which is a real sun-trap. Charming, turning cottage stairs lead to a double bedroom with king-size bed, a twin bedroom and a modern family bathroom with a rainfall shower. Ivy Cottage is close to the village church of St Peter and St Paul; the church clock chimes on the hour, which adds to the charm of this village location.

Ivy Cottage is also a great base from which to explore this wonderful part of west Dorset. Lyme Regis is well worth a visit; it has an active fishing harbour protected by its iconic Cobb, a great selection of cafes, pubs, restaurants and independent shops and a beach with watersports available in the summer.

The nearby quirky market town of Bridport has a market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and to the north of Cattistock, is the abbey town of Sherborne, which has two castles, some great places to eat and a very relaxed atmosphere.

The Isle of Purbeck is an hour’s drive but you will be rewarded by some stunning geological features along this stretch of the Jurassic Coast; Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Old Harry’s Rocks and the South West Coast Path connects them all. Corfe Castle has a commanding position above the pretty village of Corfe and the beaches at Studland and Swanage are safe for bathing and offer summer watersports too.

Just six miles from Ivy Cottage is Mapperton House and Gardens, where some of Far From the Madding Crowd was filmed and a relatively short drive will take you to Stourhead House and Gardens, which looks particularly spectacular in the spring, when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in bloom. After a day of adventure, your relaxing holiday cottage welcomes you home.

Ground Floor


Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin

Sitting-room with Smart TV, DVD player, wood-burner

Kitchen/Dining-room with induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher


First Floor

Bedroom 1 with king-size double bed (5')

Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')

Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin

Take care on the turning cottage stairs. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.


  • Dogs welcome (2 dogs over the age of 1 year only)
  • Stair-gate
  • Arrive/Depart Friday
  • Short breaks available
  • Wood-burner/Open fire
  • Parking on road
  • WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub 100 yds
  • Patio furniture
  • Full oil-fired CH