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The Old Timberyard - Sawmill Cottage

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Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset
Grade 4 Star rating
Pets 2
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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 shower room with walk-in shower and toilet. Both bedrooms with sloping ceiling.

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

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi 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

Show amenities 


  • Dishwasher
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Stairgate
  • Wifi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • All En-suite
    All En-suite
  • Walk-in Shower/Bath
    Walk-in Shower/Bath
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 23/03/2018
    Our third visit to the cottage - always clean, tidy and warm - although it was Match we had over 10cms if snow and it was comforting to come back to a warm house. Alan the owner is on site and always helpful and available

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Lovely cottage and location had a wonderful time. Would definitely stay here again.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 08/01/2018
    We stayed for 28 days 12/12/17-8/1/18 with our 2 dogs. Definitely the best, most relaxed Christmas and New Year ever. The cottage has absolutely everything you could need, a very well equipped kitchen (including everything required to cook a full Christmas dinner), comfortable seating, always lovely and warm. There is a useful entrance hall for coats/boots and wet dogs which we found really useful. The owner, Alan was on hand if anything was needed and always pleased to help. The cottage was decorated for Christmas with a pretty tree and Alan supplied us with wine and mince pies which was a nice touch. Very handy fenced off walk amongst the Hazelnut trees on the farm for our dogs and plenty of lovely walks around the village and beyond. Such a wonderful find in a pretty village with a great pub only a few hundred yards away. Will definitely recommend to our friends.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    Great location for exploring all along the coastline. Amazing pub food at the Crown inn 30 meters away and really great service. Cottage is large &a warm and has everything you need.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 20/10/2017
    Great place with loads of space, everything you need and very friendly owners. Only way to improve would be to get a log burner

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 06/10/2017
    A wonderful gem of a dog friendly cottage in a beautiful area. Very comfortable and spacious, with 2 en suite bathrooms, and a very well equipped kitchen.With a local dog friendly pub within a couple of minutes walk which was a bonus. We had a fantastic weeks stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 29/09/2017
    Everything thing was as required. Owners on site if any problems. Would recommend.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    Lovely, well equipped spacious cottage run by a friendly and helpful on-site family. Just minutes away from the coast with lovely views, beaches and walks. Lots to see and do in the local area and a little further afield. Plenty of places to eat with an abundant choice of delicious seafood on offer. All in all, a wonderful holiday.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2017
    This cottage is lovely. It is comprehensively equipped with anything you will need for your stay. The location is brilliant - being in a quiet village about a mile and a half from the coast. The local pub is very friendly and has a delicious menu. Alan (the owner) met us on arrival, showed us around the cottage and left us a welcome hamper containing milk, sugar, tea and biscuits. The directions we received on how to get to the cottage could perhaps have been clearer - as at one point we thought we had got lost when we drove through a farmyard, but yes this was the way the route suggested. During our stay we did find a better way from the A35 to the village however. In the cottage there is an array of leaflets and brochures suggesting things to do - however many of these are somewhat of an antique. We took our dog with us for our stay and this cottage is eminently suitable for anyone wanting to take their pet with them. There is a public footpath running through the farm - meaning that there is a safe place to walk the dog without any danger of meeting traffic. There is also a small enclosed garden (useful if your pet decides they need to go outside at 2am) and this also has a tiny patio area with a table and benches.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2017
    Lovely cottage in location not far from sea.

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8.9 out of 10 – based on 21 reviews collected by Reevoo
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