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, 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. A characterful carpeted spiral staircase leads 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 quarter, half and hourly throughout the day and night, 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 coastline; 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.
Cloakroom with WC and wash-basin
Sitting-room with Smart TV, DVD player, CD player and wood-burner
Kitchen/Dining-room with induction hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with double bed (5')
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, fitted shower, WC and wash-basin
Take care on the spiral staircase. *A cot is not provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome (2 dogs over the age of 1 year only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Parking on road
- No smoking
- Pub 100 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full oil-fired CH
The sitting-room has a cosy wood-burner for chilly evenings.
The bespoke kitchen/dining-room has all brand new appliances including an induction hob.
This beautiful listed cottage has a spiral staircase, seen here at the back of the cottage.
The stylish kitchen/dining-room leads out into the conservatory.
The conservatory looks out over the enclosed south-west facing garden.
The tranquil garden is fully enclosed.
The Fox and Hounds is a cross the square, an award winning pub serving great food and real ales.
French doors open onto the patio.
The beautiful spiral staircase leads from the sitting-room.
The ground floor cloakroom is very compact.
This pretty bedroom has a 5ft bed and looks out over the square.
The cheerful twin room looks over the village square at the front and the garden at the back.
A bath and shower in this bright family bathroom.
The sprial stairs are a delightful feature in this listed cottage, there are grab rails all the way up.
Hours of fun in the village play park a two minute walk from Ivy cottage.
The beautiful church of St Peter and St Paul.
The south-west facing garden is a real sun-trap and fully enclosed to keep your children and dog safe. The lawned area is behind.
Stourhead House and gardens are particularly stunning in the spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in bloom,
The impressive cliffs at West Bay, filming location for the TV series Broadchurch.
The Hive beach cafe at Burton Bradstock serves locally-caught seafood and delicious cakes.
Mapperton House is well worth a visit and is just 9 miles from Ivy Cottage.
Parking for Ivy Cottage is outside in the quiet village square.
Nearby Sherborne has a beautiful Abbey and lots of independent shops, cafes and restaurants.
Sherborne Abbey and you will find some fine medieval buildings in this tranquil market town.
Lyme Regis has it all - a sandy beach, harbour and some great cafes, restaurants and shops.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis is about 24 miles away, impressive at any time of the year.
Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis serves fabulous food with magnificent views. Hix offers a 10% discount to Classic Cottages guests for groups of 6 or less. Please show booking information.
Gold Hill at Shaftesbury is a hilltop market town on the Dorset border dating back to Saxon times.
Iconic Durdle Door on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
Rural Dorset in May.
The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge is an impressive collection of fossils uncovered at the beach there over the last 35 years by local enthusiast Steve Etches.