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The Old Post Office


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Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating
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Perfect for book lovers this thatched cottage is in a lovely hamlet, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under The Greenwood Tree’.

This picturesque 18th century thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under the Greenwood Tree’. The cottage is full of historic character, with plenty of books to enjoy in the cosy living room. The kitchen/breakfast room looks over the pretty cottage garden. The River Frome meanders through the village which is home to a renowned restaurant, and you can walk along the meadows to the market town of Dorchester. The lake and gardens of Kingston Maurward are on the doorstep. Golf and fishing available nearby. Sandy beaches at Weymouth, 7 miles. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With TV and CD player.
Dining room.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 1: With double bed.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Rear garden with garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 4

    Confirmed guest, 06/07/2018
    The property is in a good location, lots to do in the area. As noted in previous reviews the cleanliness of this property is an issue and it also needs some TLC to bring it up to acceptable standard. The garden is not enclosed as there is no gate from the garden into where you park the car.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your comments; we are sorry that you were not entirely happy with the cottage. This is a historic property that retains many original features, giving it unique charm and character. However our caretaker is always happy to pop over to the cottage to address any specific issues our guests may have, including of course issues of cleanliness. We would like to point out that the garden is not advertised as being enclosed.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 15/06/2018
    We had a great stay at the Old Post Office and would definitely recommend it as a base for exploring Dorset. It’s even more picturesque than the photos, and more spacious than we thought it would be. The garden in particular was amazing, with 2 seating areas and plenty of space to relax in the sunshine. The cottage is well located, with a nice riverside walk into dorchester and also walking distance from Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and a short drive from the Jurassic Coast. Hopefully we can come and stay again soon!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you very much for your feedback, which we do appreciate. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the Old Post Office and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 06/04/2018
    Despite some cold, wet weather we spent a relaxing week in this lovely cottage. It is well equipped and had everything we needed. The garden is very pretty and, at this time of the year, full of spring flowers. We also had fun watching the lambs in the field at the back of the cottage. My only quibble was the heating. I fully understand why the fireplace is blocked off because of the thatched roof, but oh, on cold evenings, it would have been lovely to have seen the glow of a fire. I would willingly have paid extra for an electric fire........not as good as an open fire or a wood burning stove, but there are some quite attractive ones around now. Having said that, we shall return!

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you very much for your feedback and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. Like you, we both love the glow of a fire but, even in inclement weather the central heating keeps the cottage warm and cosy. We do hope to welcome you back soon, when you can spend more time in the sunny garden.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2017
    The cottage is in a great location and was very spacious. It would have been helpful if the website details had made reference to the varying levels on the ground floor and steepness and narrowness of the stairs. Crockery and saucepans needed washing before use and the cottage overall requires a thorough clean. The spare blankets were very old and dusty. It was disappointing that items such as spare toilet rolls, washing up liquid and salt and pepper were not provided. We note that previous occupants have raised the issue of the cleanliness of the cottage and this is clearly something that is not being addressed. This cottage could be an excellent place to say with a little more care and attention paid to cleanliness.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; Thank you for your feedback and the points which you raise. We are surprised that you did not find the pepper, salt, sugar and other basics which are provided for all our guests in the cupboard above the cooker, the washing up liquid and cleaning materials under the kitchen sink and the extra loo roll in the bathroom. We do understand how unpleasant it is to have to re wash pots and pans before use - we have had the same experience in cottages that we have rented ourselves. We have mentioned this to the cleaner but, unfortunately there is not always time to check every item on changeover day. We do rely on our guests to leave utensils and crockery clean after they have used them.

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 01/09/2017
    The cottage is in beautiful location. Having stayed here on preceding years- we were saddened to see the garden being over grown with nettles and vine weed. The cottage could do with a thorough clean particularly in corners, curtain rails, behind the TV , bathroom etc. We couldn't get the heating to come one particularly cool evening. However the location is beautiful , the cottage could do with a little TLC.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. We are pleased to have been able to welcome you back for your third visit to the Old Post Office and we hope that you enjoyed your stay this year. We have spoken to the gardener and caretaker about your concerns. We are sorry that you found the cottage to be less thoroughly cleaned than you, or we would wish it to be. We are sure that you will appreciate how challenging it is to keep such a historic property in impeccable condition but we have asked him to pay particular attention to the points that you raise. As we mention in the House Book, the upper part of the garden is reserved for the use of guests, who are welcome to explore into the lower part as well, although this part is kept more as a wildlife and vegetable garden.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2017
    We absolutely loved staying at The Old Post Office - we arrived in the dark so, although we instantly loved the interior of the cottage it was wonderful to wake up to the beautiful garden and views! The marks for cleanliness are simply because this is a very old cottage - there are cobwebs & inaccessible nooks and crannies! Certainly no complaints in terms of hygiene. Local amenities is difficult to measure as there are none really close by - but that's what we wanted & Dorchester is only a short drive away. Facilities all excellent & in good working order, fab shower over the bath. Locals friendly, the wise man pub (20 mins easy walk) serves amazing food & good beer! Yarlbury Cottage hotel and restaurant is just down the road but make sure you book in advance - we missed out! Books galore and lots of history provided about the cottage and area! Truly an escape, thank you xx

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your kind comments. It is a real pleasure for us to know that guests have appreciated our cottage and its history. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back soon.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 21/07/2017
    A really beautiful old cottage, with a lovely garden, in a very nice location. Overall very comfortable and well equipped (with the exception of the beds in the twin room which might be more suited to a museum than a holiday let!) Housekeeper and gardener/cleaner were friendly and helpful. We enjoyed our week at the Old Post Office and loved reading about the history of the cottage and surrounding villages.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner: Thank you for your feedback and we are glad that you enjoyed your holiday at the Old Post Office. We have taken on board your remarks about the twin beds and are proposing to replace them for the 2018 season.

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