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Quince Cottage


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Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
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A Grade II listed cottage in a conservation area with lovely views and many walks and coastal paths easily accessible.

Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Offering cosy accommodation for couples with plenty of rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. 3 steps up to kitchen with tiled floor. Cloakroom. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings and beams throughout.

Large lawned garden and furniture.

Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Coastal within 3 miles
    Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
    Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    Great location, walks from the door. Bus service end of lane ( although we didn’t use it, walked everywhere or car further afield. Lovely large garden

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 20/04/2018
    This is a lovely cottage built in 16XX something or other. As dog owners, it was great to have a cottage as nice as this and be allowed to bring two dogs with us. The hamlet of Acton has about 50 cottages/houses, one lamp post and a post box! There is also a bus stop at the end of the the hamlet approach road. On a clear night, there is so little light pollution, you can reach out and almost touch the stars. The cottage is well maintained, clean and well equiped. My wife and I are 69 and 71 respectively. There were a couple of downsides to the cottage which we were able to cope with but which might cause a problem to those a little older or the infirm. The stairs were very steep as is typical of a cottage of this age. The bath was below a sloping ceiling with a large beam supporting the roof passing above the bath. This means that access and egress to and from the bath was a good game not for the less supple! There were quite a few areas where I had to duck or suffer the consequences. My vertically challenged wife had less problems! The garden was lovely but, because of the car access, was not sealed off from the road. Those of you with well trained dogs will not find this a problem but we did have a couple of times when one of our dogs got out. With sheep in the nearby fields this is not good news. However, the owner also has a cottage for let at the other end of the terrace which has an enclosed garden and higher ceilings including a bath with easy access. Quince Cottage is older and probably has the greater charm but the other cottage is more practical for older visitors or those with dogs that are not yet fully trained. The hamlet is in easy reach of Swanage, Studland and Corfe. There are some great pubs arround including the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers and the Banks Arms at Studland. If you like peace and quiet with access to great walks and some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, this is for you.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 30/03/2018
    A lovely cosy cottage, just what we were looking for and perfectly located for our holiday plans.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 16/03/2018
    Tiny but comfortable and made a nice break. No problems.

  • 1

    Confirmed guest, 27/11/2017
    Cold and uncomfortable, the bed felt damp. The heaters are not sufficient for the very cold weather. The two seater settee and armchair were very uncomfortable. There was only enough hot water for one of us to have a bath in the morning. My Husband got the cold bath. Garden furniture was filthy and although the cottage was fairly clean, the utensil drawer was a bit grubby. The fridge as seen better days. Overall, the cottage needs some updating and some TLC. We left on Sunday instead of the Monday.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; I’m sorry that our guests didn’t enjoy their stay in Quince Cottage and I suspect that the complaints are more of a reaction to the newly installed smart meter than the cottage itself. A new Cottage Suite was installed this spring, a new Mattress was installed in September and a cold bed can feel damp. As to the lack of heating, Quince Cottage has two oil filled electric heaters in the lounge and a very large log burner that heats the hot water and a radiator in the kitchen and another in the bathroom when lit. There is a fan heater in the kitchen and another in the bathroom, there also is a convector heater in the bedroom. If you put all that heating on at once, this small cottage will get very hot, but the smart meter will tell you exactly how much money it is costing! As to the garden furniture, the customers stayed at the very end of November. We will clean all the outside equipment in the spring as usual. Hot water is either provided by immersion heater which is not instant and takes 20 minutes to reheat. The cutlery drawer was emptied and cleaned on Friday as we noticed as well.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 09/10/2017
    Great location, near to lovely beaches and pubs...comfortable cottage with a great big log fire and a lovely garden. Perfect for a relaxing break with the dog...

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017
    Overall a very pleasant stay

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 04/09/2017
    Sweet little cottage with great coastal walks starting from the garden gate

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    Great place to stay with large garden and wood burning stove. Care required with low beams and ceilings and steep but short stairs. One-quarter of a mile from the Preist's Way-then 2.5 miles to Swanage mostly on tracks with the final section on roads into the town. One mile the other way to Worth Matravers and the Square and Compass. This pub is well worth a visit and has a museum attached-great beer and cider but basic food (pies and pasties). The Kings Arms in Langton Matravers (20-minute walk) is very busy in season, but does provide a full menu and well-kept beer and cider. A good place to stay for those who like walking, but equally OK if you want to drive, use the bus or even the Swanage Railway.

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 04/08/2017
    This was the worst cottage we have stayed in over the last thirty years. It was poorly furnished and decorated, poorly lit, had a kitchen which had clearly experienced a long standing plumbing leak causing mould and swollen kitchen unit timbers and had a shower that was not capable of being used unless one knelt or laid in the bath. It was grossly overpriced and fairly obviously we would not return.

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7.8 out of 10 – based on 14 reviews collected by Reevoo
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