Ivy Cottage is just delightful, situated in the village of Cattistock, with fabulous walks from the door in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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 across 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 turning cottage stairs are a delightful feature in this listed cottage, there are grab rails all the way up.
The garden is fully enclosed to keep little ones and dogs safe,
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.

Ivy Cottage

4122

8.5 miles NW of Dorchester / Sleeps 4 + cot*

7 Nights from £431 - £936

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

Nearest pub

The Fox and Hounds Cattistock (150 yards)

A lovely traditional pub in the heart of the village with a great reputation for home cooked food and seasonal produce. Food is served daily apart from Monday lunch time. Dogs are welcome.

Nearest beach

Hive Beach (9 ¼ miles)

Take in the views and let the salty sea air whip your worries away. Found near Burton Bradstock, Hive Beach is a sweeping sandy strip backed by regal golden cliffs. With parking nearby and a celebrated café, Hive Beach is a lovely destination for a day's wandering and relaxing. Eagle-eyed visitors may even be so lucky to spot some fossils hidden along the beach.

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

Eggardon Hill (4 ¼ 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.

Nearest town

Beaminster (7 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 Starkey May 2018

Bonny Beaminster

We loved Beaminster and being only a couple of miles from our holiday home, it was ideal. The Greyhound is a friendly, unpretentious pub serving excellent homemade food at great prices. It is an untouched, charming town with independent shops, a refreshing alternative to the usual choices. Loved Cilla and Camilla-beautiful gifts, homewares and wonderful cafe. Definitely worth a visit.


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 (2 ¼ miles)

'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 (5 ¼ miles)

A traditional English country pub with amazing views of the Dorset countryside. Locals, walkers and cyclists are made very welcome and it's the perfect place for refreshments after a climb up nearby Eggardon Hill. Bring your dog, they are welcome too.

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

Mrs Hammersley August 2017

Wonderful food and a very friendly welcome.


Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Ms Neufeld July 2017

Spyway Inn

Pretty Garden, good food and drinks! 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.

Dorset Knob Throwing (and Frome Valley Food Festival) (150 yards)

With activities such as Knob Eating, Knob Painting and the Knob and Spoon Race, it is worth the small admission charge to see just how far you can throw a Dorset Knob.

Ant Hill Trail (5 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

The Marquis of Lorne (5 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.

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