Beech Cottage is a wonderful five bedroom  farmhouse that comes with a large garden and a 450 acre nature reserve...on the doorstep!
The 450 acre wildlife reserve is literally on the doorstep - through a wooden gate from Beech Cottage.
The spacious living-room has a cosy wood-burner and plenty of room for all the family.
The dining-room is also a garden room, so you can enjoy your meals with the most wonderful views.
Beech Cottage, right on the edge of the Dorset Wildlife Trust's largest nature reserve.
The living-room has views to the front of the cottage and through double doors to the dining/garden room.
This reading-area is part of the open plan living room.
The stunning Jurassic Coast (this is West Bay at Bridport) is just 10 miles away.
Beech Cottage is surrounded by tranquil Dorset Countryside.
The kitchen window looks directly over the nature reserve.
No need to feel isolated in the kitchen, a serving hatch links to the dining-room.
French doors lead from the dining-room to the outside terrace.
The outside decking-area has wonderful views over the Nature Reserve.
This is Fieldfare, a lovely dual-aspect double bedroom with an en suite shower-room.
This is Bluebell, a spacious single bedroom that looks out over the front of the cottage. It has an en suite shower-room.
The separate family bathroom is light and cheery, perfect for a soak at the end of the day.
This is Waxcap, which has twin beds and an en suite shower-room and views to the front of the cottage.
Dragonfly on the first floor, with a wash-basin in the room and also an en suite shower-room.
The view from Dragonfly, right out over the nature reserve.
This is Lichen, the ground floor bedroom. There is a 'zip and link' bed which can become twin beds and a further single bed; a great family room.
Another view of Lichen, on the ground floor, the wet-room is opposite, and a separate cloakroom.
The ground floor wet-room.
This is a view of Golden Cap, an iconic Dorset landmark, towering above the Jurassic Coast.
Afternoon tea on the terrace listening to the birds.
There are some great wildlife books in the Cottage, you can identify all that you have seen on your travels.
Visit Lulworth Cove and if you're feeling energetic take the coast path to Durdle Door.
Durdle Door, viewed from the cliff path.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis.
The Jurassic Coast at West Bay.
This is another iconic West Dorset landmark – Colmer’s Hill at Symonsbury just outside Bridport.
The beach at Seatown, just below Golden Gap.

Beech Cottage

2887

6.8 miles NE of Bridport / Sleeps 9 + 2 cots*

7 Nights from £677 - £1854

Nearest pub

The Marquis of Lorne (3 ¼ miles)

This 16th Century country inn serves excellent food and real ales. There is a children’s play area and walkers will find The Marquis also makes a good starting point for walks up the famous Eggardon Hill, where there are the remains of an Iron Age fort and Bronze Age burial mounds, as well as great views across the Dorset countryside and coast.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Helen August 2010

A warm welcome

We eat there whenever we are too tired to cook at home! Always a warm welcome and a tasty meal.

Nearest beach

Hive Beach (7 ½ miles)

Located near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is set in the heart of the dramatic Jurassic Coast. Once planned to have been a landing point for Hitler’s troops during the Second World War, these days the beach has a much more pleasant atmosphere. If not too distracted by the views, beach-goers should keep an eye out for fossils buried amongst the limestone.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Helen August 2010

Hive Beach Cafe serves superb food suitable for all the family from an informal premises right on the beach. Get there early as it's very popular, but even when busy the service is usually reasonably quick.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans July 2009

Brilliant place; so popular you may have to wait! Food is more top-class restaurant quality than cafe.

Nearest walk

Ant Hill Trail (2 ¾ miles)

Venture through meadows and pastures, across streams and up sunken lakes along the 6km trail from South Poorton Nature Reserve to Loscombe Nature Reserve in the countryside near Bridport. Keep an eye out for foxes, deer and buzzards, as well as the ant hills that gave the trail its name.

Visit The Dorset Wildlife Trust website for more Nature Reserve walks in the area.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Helen January 2010

Ant Hill Trail

This fascinating nature trail runs through the grounds of Marlpitts Farmhouse so is easily accessed from the property

Nearest town

Beaminster (4 ¾ miles)

Beaminster sits at the head of the Britt Valley, through which flows the river of the same name. The countryside here is glorious and a stay in Beaminster would be incomplete without a stroll through the rolling hills that surround the town. For the history buff, playing ‘spot the listed building’ is great fun – even though Beaminster has been devastated by fire no less than three times, the town still lays claim to some 200 listed buildings. The highlight of Beaminster’s calendar is the Festival of Music and Visual Arts, a jamboree of musical, literary and artistic talent including many big names.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Relf September 2016

West Bay

Lovely harbour and beach


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2012

Beaminster

A lovely little Dorset village with some great independant shops and nice places to eat. Small but well worth a visit.

Also nearby

The Kingcombe Centre (150 yards)

'The farm that time forgot' uses traditional farming methods to work the land. This environmental study centre is situated in a nature reserve in the heart of West Dorset and offers courses and lectures on the local flora and fauna as well as art and music.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A wide range of day courses, guided walks and lectures is available.
-H Minter

The Spyway Inn (3 ¾ miles)

Relax with a real ale in the beer garden after a walk at nearby Eggardon Hill.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Hammersley August 2017

Wonderful food and a very friendly welcome. Such a shame dogs aren't allowed though


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Spyway Inn

Pretty Garden, good food and drinks; Dogs are not allowed in the Pub - that`s sad - but you can bring your dog in the Garden! The owners are very friendly!


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Walker September 2011

Good pub food with good service.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Alexander June 2011

Excellent food - idyllic setting.

If you feel like a something to eat in an idyllic setting away from everything, then this is the place to go. The food is excellent, not expensive and the menu caters for practically everyone - I say 'practically' everyone because there is always that one person for whom it won't! For us though, this is certainly an Inn that we shall be returning to.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Scammell July 2009

A freehouse with excellent pub food. The pub garden has won the Best Small Pub Garden and has lovely views. Family run over a number of years, it's well worth a visit.

The Half Moon (4 ¼ miles)

A grade II 17th Century thatched village pub, the award winning Half Moon offers a seasonal menu and daily specials crafted with local produce. With proud oak beams and cosy inglenooks, this pub is perfect for all months with a suntrap beer garden for the summer and roaring open fires in the winter. Dogs are welcome and there is a play corner for kids too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Scammell January 2011

At last our pretty, thatched pub with its lovely garden has the publican it deserves with a young, local couple taking over. The chef has received AA Rosette awards at the other pubs where he has cooked, and his wife ensures there is a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The food is certainly a cut above the usual pub fare, so much so that Dan, the chef has a dedicated army of followers and so booking for a meal is essential. Its not just for diners though. Popping in for a drink is much encouraged and the cottage garden with lovely views makes it the perfect place for a summer pint.

Eggardon Hill (3 miles)

Crowned with the ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort, Eggardon affords king-of-the-castle-views across the Dorset countryside. There are two Bronze Age burial mounds here too.

See the skies above Eggardon Hill alive with colour at the annual Eggerdon Kite Festival, held here in September.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Helen March 2011

This hillfort is easily accessible from the road and provides fantastic panoramic views of the coastline of Lyme Bay, and inland over the Marshwood Vale.

Hare & Hounds (5 ¼ miles)

Home cooked food is a speciality here with Sunday roasts being a favourite. There's a play area, large garden and decking with views over the countryside. Dogs are welcome.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2017

Excellent pub food and congenial hosts

We enjoying two visits to the Hare and Hounds during our recent holiday. Both times we had excellent pub meals in good surroundings and was well looked after by the hosts. Many thanks

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