Beehive Cottage is 200 years old and used to be the home of the village district nurse.
The cosy sitting-room has the original inglenook fireplace with a wood-burner effect gas stove, the thatch does not allow for an open fire.
The dining-room is completely separate from the sitting-room, ideal for long lazy meals.
The courtyard garden is south-facing, a sun-trap and completely enclosed to keep children and dogs safe.
Impressive Durdle Door on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, just 12 miles from Beehive Cottage.
The well-equipped galley kitchen looks out over the courtyard garden.
Situated on a quiet square, in the village of Puddletown, Beehive Cottage is opposite St Mary's Church.
The kitchen and bathroom are down one step at the back of the sitting-room, the beam there is low, so please take care.
The ground floor bathroom has a fitted shower and heated towel rail.
This charming cottage has steep winding stairs with grab rails. A stair-gate will not fit across the top, so can be placed at the door of the twin room, if required.
The master bedroom has a five- foot double bed, a sloping ceiling and quirky sloping floor.
The first floor landing has a cloakroom to the left, storage space and pitched ceilings.
Pitched ceilings on the first floor add to the charm of this delightful cottage.
Bedroom 2 has a five-foot 'zip and link'  bed, which splits to create twin two foot, six inch beds.
Bedroom 2 made up as a five-foot double bed, please be aware of the pitched roof and beams.
Lyme Regis is wonderful all year round, with the iconic Cobb, lots of cafes, restaurants, pubs, independent shops and a sandy beach.
The ammonite pavement at Monmouth beach, Lyme Regis.
Chesil beach on the Jurassic Coast road, from Weymouth to West Bay, magnificent views in both directions.
Rural Dorset, gorgeous all year round.
Stunning cliffs at West Bay, all part of the stunning Jurassic Coast.
The safe sandy beach at Weymouth still has a traditional Punch and Judy show in the summer months.
Bovington Tank Museum, home to the world's best collection of tanks, is 7 miles from the cottage.
If you like primates, Monkey World is a rescue and rehabilition centre, just 8 miles from Beehive Cottage.
The RSPB reserve on Brownsea Island has lots of visiting birds. A boat trip from Poole Harbour allows you to spend the day with peacocks and native red squirrels.
The Etches Collection at Kimmeridge is well worth a visit, fossils collected over 35 years at Kimmeridge by Steve Etches.
The village of Corfe, dominated by the castle is on the Isle of Purbeck, a short drive from Puddletown.
New Forest National Park, has free roaming ponies, cattle and pigs, with miles of footpaths and cycle tracks through ancient woodland.

Beehive Cottage


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

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The Blue Vinny (¼ mile)

Named after the legendary Dorset cheese (Monty Python fans may recall it mentioned in the 'Cheese Shop Sketch'). The Blue Vinny has a great menu (naturally, featuring dishes such as sirloin steak glazed with Blue Vinny, with wild mushrooms and hand cut chips), and a lovely big beer garden to sleep it all off.

Nearest beach

Ringstead Beach (8 miles)

Home to around 700 yards of shingle beach, Ringstead Beach on the Jurassic Coast has plenty of space for everyone to find a quiet corner of their own. For ease, a shop and cafe are located in the car park. The east end of the main beach, which is about a 20 minute walk, is a nudist area. Ringstead is a dog-friendly beach.

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

Mrs Evans July 2009

Apart from Studland this is our favourite beach spot in West Dorset. Parking is free at top of the hill but it's a longish walk down; you pay to use the toll road down to the car park near the beach.

Nearest walk

Thorncombe Woods (2 ½ miles)

Managed by Dorset Countryside this magical woodland offers a 26 hectare site to explore. With a plethora of trees and wildlife you'll have hours of fun here and may even see Dormice and bats.

Nearest town

Tolpuddle (2 miles)

Between Dorchester and Poole, deep in Dorset’s hilly countryside, Tolpuddle is a picture postcard village of thatched cottages, leafy lanes and a pretty church. The village is famous for its Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of agricultural workers who attempted to form the first ever trade union but whose efforts resulted in their deportation to Australia as criminals. A museum in the village now tells the tale through a series of fascinating exhibits.

Also nearby

Sculpture by the Lake (2 ¾ miles)

Visit this beautiful location to view these sculptures which demonstrate and individual artist flair. Set beside these picturesque lakes the sculptures unite with the environment.

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

Mrs Evans July 2018

This beautiful place is 200 metres from our cottage (The Stables) - the sculptures are fantastic and you could spend all day there with a cool box and picnic! Closed Mondays & Tuesdays April to September and Sundays & Mondays October to March>

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Cowley September 2014

We thought the sculptures were absolutely fantastic, and the gardens, wooded areas and lakes in which they were situated added to the wow factor. We hope to visit again.

Athelhampton House and Gardens (¾ mile)

The beautifully preserved 15th Century manor house has stunning interiors resplendent with antique furnishings. The famous formal gardens incorporate a series of tranquil, sophisticated spaces, including the great court with its giant pyramids, simple plantings of roses, clematis and tulips, fountains and pools laden with water lillies, a canal and the River Piddle. The 15th Century dovecote still houses white doves. Stop off for some home-cooked refreshment at the Topiary Restaurant. Open March to October.

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

March 2009

A beautiful place with lots to day - a lovely day out for all!

The gardens were very interesting with fountains, walled gardens, ponds etc. Very well maintained and beautiful whatever the weather. I'm sure this would be a perfect venue for a wedding, which they do cater for. I also found the food in the restaurant of very good quality. Would definitely recommend a visit!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A Treasure Trove

A lovely day out. The staff here are very friendly and welcoming, the food is delicious and the house is a real treasure trove, full of beautiful antique furniture and artwork. Not to mention the gardens, where you can spend many a happy hour exploring among the ponds, fountains, walled gardens and fabulous topiary giant pyramids.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

February 2009

A charming, quintessentially English garden. With meadows and wide lawns, there are plenty of different styles to enjoy.

Monkey World (6 ½ miles)

The whole spectrum from chimpanzees and orangutans to marmosets - most have been rescued and all are incredible. This sanctuary does an amazing job at looking after the animals, yet allowing the public to enjoy them, without making too much of a spectacle. Fascinating, sad, heart-warming and fun - you can't tire of the monkey antics but there are impressive play parks for the kids to imitate the apes, should they so wish.

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

Mrs Mason August 2015

NOT a zoo-more a monkey rest home!

Had a fantastic day at Monkey World.We were a party of four with ages from 10 to 73 and to be honest the two older ladies didnt expect much.I can honestly say that every one of us thoroughly enjoyed everything about it(not least the wonderful monkeys!)Very well set up for disabled and spotlessly clean everywhere.Food good and not too expensive.All in all a great place to enjoy a day out.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Kay to the Tee December 2013


If you like monkeys, this is the place to go. Initially we were disappointed as on a cold November day, the monkeys were keeping warm inside, plus we thought it was really small. But then we realised we were being silly and discovered the other 90% of park - amazing! It's big, beautiful and all about the monkeys. The monkeys are incredible and the work done at this sanctuary is heartwarming (though the back stories heartbreaking). It is primarily a rescue centre, not an entertainment venue, but there are play parks for the kids, picnic areas and shops. Highly recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

Great Day Out

Thoroughly recommend Monkey World - its fantastic but avoid busy holiday periods if you really want to study the primates.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans February 2009

Monkey World is a great day out for adults as well as kids! It's a rescue centre for all kinds of apes, so your visit is also doing some good.

Hardy's Cottage (2 ½ miles)

A classic cottage with real romance; close your eyes and imagine the characters of Far from the Madding Crowd coming to life here.

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

May 2013

Not open every day - shut when we went but a beautiful thatched cottage and lovely area of Dorset.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans November 2010

Another great visit for NT Members - combine it with visit to Max Gate, Hardy's Dorchester home, and To Cloud's Hill, TE Lawrence's little place near Bovington.

Moreton Tea Rooms (4 ¼ miles)

Situated in the old school at Moreton, stop off for a cream tea or the Sunday carvery. They can't be bad as they won the South West cafe/Tearoom of the Year at the Taste of the West Awards 2010.

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

Mr Cornish September 2011

Blast form the past

This place serves some serious tea! As well as just being able to get a standard cup of 'builders' you can get a huge range of other more exciting teas. Lovely place to drop in on if you fancy a proper cup of tall poured tea.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans March 2010

Excellent tea rooms close to Lawrence of Arabia's grave and the lovely moreton Church. They have a great bistro on Friday and Saturday nights too.

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