Poacher's Cottage


8.9 miles N of Dorchester | Sleeps 4 + cot

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7 Nights from £566

Bedroom details

Bedroom 1


Bedroom 2


Tucked away in the picturesque village of Buckland Newton, Poacher's Cottage is one of four gorgeous properties making up Dominey's Yard. Situated perfectly for exploring the beautiful location, the cottage is a stone's throw away from the Dorset Downs and boasts being situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Poacher's Cottage has been sympathetically converted meaning you have all the mod-cons you could wish for, as well as Victorian character features.

After popping your wellies away in the handy porch, enter into the super-cosy sitting-room complete with wood-burner. This is the ideal spot to curl up and enjoy relaxing evenings with friends or family. Step down into the kitchen and the chefs among you will be delighted with the high standard of fixtures and fittings. From here, open the door out to your own private patio - what a spot to enjoy a glass of chilled fizz.

Upstairs there are two spacious bedrooms and the twin room has peaceful views over the gardens. The shower-room is bright and modern, complete with a luxurious walk-in shower.

The owners live adjacent to the cottage and whilst they are very welcoming and on hand to help, you are assured of the utmost privacy.

The grounds at Dominey's Yard are fabulous and guests are very welcome to explore the 2.5 acres of gardens where we are sure a game of hide-and-seek has to be on the agenda! A hearty vegetable patch offers guests the chance to purchase excellent produce from the owners; the farm to fork journey is almost non-existent which is sure to make your family meals that bit more special. In the wonderful grounds there is also a fantastic play area, complete with garden games. Children will love the play equipment and for adults it is a lovely spot to sit in and catch the evening sun or test out your competitive side with a game of giant Jenga or Quoits!

Once you have finished exploring the gardens, head to the outdoor heated swimming pool (open May to September and shared with three other cottages) where you are sure to make many happy holiday memories.

For larger family groups or celebrations (accommodating up to 18 guests), Dominey's Yard offers the perfect escape where everyone can have their own space. Other cottages available are Gamekeeper's Cottage (4523), Woodcutter's Cottage (4524) and Gardener's Cottage (4525)

Buckland Newton is home to the Gaggle of Geese, a friendly local pub, known for serving great food and only a short stroll from the cottage. The Old Chapel village store is perfect for stocking up on locally-sourced produce. Further afield is the county town of Dorchester that still has a weekly market and is rich with Thomas Hardy history. Just five miles away from Poacher's Cottage is the infamous Cerne Abbas Giant, an ancient figure sculpted in to the hillside. For a spot of retail therapy head to the historic town of Sherborne where there are many independent boutique shops waiting to be explored.

A holiday to Dorset is of course not complete without a trip to the Jurassic Coast and within 45 minutes you will be met by the coastal beauty of this county. The seaside town of Weymouth with its award-winning beach and mix of attractions is well worth a visit.

Ground Floor


Sitting-room with Dining-area with Smart TV, Bluetooth speaker and wood-burner

Kitchen with electric hob, double electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher

Separate WC and wash-basin

First Floor

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

Bedroom 2 with twin beds (3')

Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin

Please be aware that there is a step down from the sitting/dining-room (approximately 20cm) into the kitchen and from the kitchen to the outside patio. The staircase is quite steep and narrow. As you would expect in a property of this age, there are some low beams and lintels which all add to the character of this gorgeous cottage.


  • No pets
  • Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
  • Arrive/Depart Friday
  • Short breaks available
  • Wood-burner/Open fire
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Private parking for 2 cars
  • Superfast WiFi
  • No smoking
  • Pub .25 miles
  • Patio furniture and barbecue
  • Full electric CH

Part of Dominey's Yard

Sleeps 18 + 4 cots in 4 properties