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Puncknowle, Dorchester
Grade 4 Star rating
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Situated in an AONB and sharing four acres of land, Sawmill Cottage is an idyllic retreat with the town of Weymouth nearby.

These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 4 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small beach. Abbotsbury, along the coast, has its famous swannery and sub-tropical garden. Further east is the Victorian seaside town of Weymouth, with Blue Flag beach, sea fishing, windsurfing, Sealife Centre and two RSPB nature reserves. Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool are great places for a family day out. Dorchester, the county town also known as Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’ is 30 minutes’ drive and has a lively weekly market and beautiful Maiden Castle. To the west is the market town of Bridport which was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’ and has the twice weekly market as featured in the popular TV programme River Cottage. The picturesque harbours of West Bay are a great place for fishing. Lyme Regis is an attractive seaside resort which enjoys a dramatic setting with high cliffs, landslips and handsome harbour, known as The Cobb. Both Lyme Regis and Charmouth are renowned for their prehistoric fossils which are displayed in the local museum and on sale in the fossil shops. Local pub serving good food 250 yards.

Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Both bedrooms with sloping ceiling.

  • Electricity fire included
  • Stairgate
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-Fi
  • Small enclosed courtyard with patio

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared fields of 4 acres
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Parking available for boats/trailers
  • No smoking

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  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • HighchairHighchair
  • Pub within 1 milePub within 1 mile
  • Rural LocationRural Location
  • StairgateStairgate
  • WifiWifi
  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine
  • Coastal PropertyCoastal Property
  • All En-suiteAll En-suite
  • Car Parking - On SiteCar Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 11/11/2016
    Lovely comfortable and well equipped cottage - it was November and cold outside but the cottage comfy and cosy - the owner Alan Fry explained the heating controls so there was no restriction on use. We had 2 dogs with us and the small enclosed garden was secure and the big bonus was a safe kilometre walk within the farm through the orchard/arboretum that enabled us to walk the dogs before venturing out for the day We love the area and have been several times and have found a very suitable base to return to.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2016
    Some good pubs along the coast, Anchor at Sea Town worth a visit. Great to have an enclosed garden for the dogs.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/07/2016
    A lovely cottage in a beutiful village with stunning countryside around. We needed to have somewhere that was dog friendly and this cottage had a little garden where the dog could sit outside in the sunshine. It was super clean with not even a crumb left from previously occupants. We would definatly return.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 13/06/2016
    Fantastic place to stay with everything to make your time there enjoyable, great location as well

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 27/05/2016
    Superb holiday, the cottage is so well equipped and Alan the owner is one of the most helpful people I have met. Absolutely superb.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2016
    Have filled in visitors book.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2016
    We had a perfect short break at Sawmill Cottages. We had a very warm welcome by the family and quickly realised that the set up was perfect for our two boys and two dogs. A whole paddock had been set aside for the dogs to use in the mornings and evenings. The accommodation was functional and the location excellent. The local pub was ideal for our first evening meal and again the dogs found it very comfortable! The location is excellent with it being close to the beautiful Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast towns of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and West Bay (now of Broadchurch fame!).

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/02/2016
    Fantastic cottage in a pleasant village (with a good pub in walking distance) the cottage was warm, well equipped and perfectly met the needs of the four of us and two dogs. The owner could not have been more helpful. All in all, a great time (except the weather) but would like to visit again in dryer weather, as there is masses of good walking country to explore.

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