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Quince Cottage

Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
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Pets 2
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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 wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and tiled floor.
3 steps up to…
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, washer/dryer and tiled floor.
Steep, narrow stairs to…
First Floor: With low ceilings and beams throughout.
Bedroom: With double bed and sloping ceiling.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Large, lawned garden with garden furniture.

Both properties: Convector heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner available locally. Private 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

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 25/10/2018
    The description was accurate-it was small!! The main downside was the bathroom as it was difficult if not impossible to get in to the bath with the very low ceiling. Otherwise excellent and we would definitely stay again for a short time. Convenient, clean and cosy. The star rating was accurate.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2018
    Quince cottage was perfect for our long weekend with my partner and Milo our Golden Retriever. We were only going to stay for two nights but stayed for three. The quarry man cottage was built in 1680 approximately, so has lots of charm with a huge garden. Acton is unspoilt, quiet hamlet with a view of the sea at Swanage, if you walk 100m. There are walks from the cottage to the Square and Compass Pub along the Dancing Ledge Coastal ledge. On Friday nights they have a band which was fun, persuade them to play before their official 9pm start, this pub has a stable door bar and a fossil museum too! It was a good location to Swanage (where you can pick up food supplies), Studland, Corfe Castle, Sandbanks, Poole Quay and Lulworth Cove. We recommend The Scott Inn in Kingston for the view of Corfe Castle and their Jamaican BBQ and Mutton Curry. Also in Studland, the Pig on the beach and Brakes Inn with Old Harrys rocks, is worth a visit too. The weather was amazing for October, so we only put the electric heaters on at night and we were very cosy. The cottage was very clean with fresh white bedding and new towels, the bed was comfortable too....You just have to watch your head, because of the low beams upstairs, so don't rush around inside. Also baths are on the agenda or a kneel down shower. We had breakfast every morning in the garden, which has great access from the kitchen, where the grass was newly cut and the outside furniture was clean. We all loved it, a perfect get away cottage where you can touch the stars at night (so quiet, no light or noise pollution) . Thank you to the owner for giving use the opportunity to stay.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/09/2018
    Quince Cottage was fine, in a lovely village close to the sea. The only downside was the bath which was something of s challenge to use!

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 14/09/2018
    We had a splendid week in Quincy cottage! The rural and coastal setting

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 24/08/2018
    Great cottage in great location. Only let down was comfort of bed and sofa & no garden fence to allow dogs to run around unattended. Would stay again if these issues were attended to. Great owner very responsive.

  • 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.

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8.5 out of 10 – based on 12 reviews collected by Reevoo
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