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The Old Post Office

Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
Grade 3 Star rating


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Sleeps 4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Pets 1
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Perfect for walkers and book lovers, this enchanting thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton.

Ground Floor:
Living room: With 32" Freeview TV and CD player.
Dining room.
Kitchen: With breakfast area, 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 patio and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

Enjoy a real taste of rural Dorset in this Grade II listed, 18th-century thatched cottage. Settle in and feel at home; the cottage is full of historic character and original features, and is comfortably furnished, with plenty of books to enjoy in the cosy living room. The kitchen/breakfast room looks over the peaceful cottage garden, a great place to relax while looking out for finches, woodpeckers and other feathered visitors.

The cottage lies in the hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, which was the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under the Greenwood Tree.’ The River Frome meanders through the village, home to a renowned restaurant, and you can walk or cycle along the river path to the county town of Dorchester with its many museums, shops and attractions. Another walk from the front door takes you through the woods to Thomas Hardy’s cottage at Higher Bockhampton. The lake and gardens of Kingston Maurward are on the doorstep, and golf and fishing are available nearby.

There is so much to do in this beautiful part of Dorset. Have a day out on the spectacular Jurassic Coast, enjoying magnificent clifftop views from the South Coast path and take in Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, or evocative Tyneham village. For family fun, hop on the Swanage Steam Line and visit Corfe Castle, or head to Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum or the Dinosaur museum in Dorchester. Just 7 miles away is Weymouth with its glorious sandy beaches, Georgian seafront, old harbour and traditional entertainment. Heading west on one of Britain’s most beautiful roads will take you through Abbotsbury, with the Swannery and Subtropical Gardens, to lovely Bridport and West Bay. Sandy beaches at Weymouth, 7 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

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  • Dishwasher
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Thatched Roof
    Thatched Roof
  • WiFi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 6

    Confirmed guest, 02/02/2019
    It's a house of two halves. The old part of the cottage is lovely but the extension at the back (the kitchen and bathroom) is badly in need of updating, and we found them quite shabby and not very clean. We actually had to clean the loo on arrival. Of course there will be cobwebs in such an old house but we did feel the kitchen in particular was depressing. As we visited in January we did not have the benefit of the garden, which looked pretty. A couple of other points: the parking area is very difficult to get into with a large car, limited by steel railings and a wall. The only bathroom is downstairs (which we knew before we went) and that was a bit tricky to get to in the night. We felt that if only the locked bedroom upstairs could be a bathroom, that would greatly improve the comfort of the house. About local amenities - there aren't any except the excellent restaurant at Yalbury Cottage just up the road.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We are sorry to hear that you did not like our house. We do rely on our guests to look carefully at the description and photographs of the cottage before deciding to book, since everyone's tastes differ, as does what they are looking for in a holiday cottage. We feel that our information is clear and accurate and, whilst we agree that an upstairs bathroom would be more comfortable, we cannot envisage such a modification, as the cottage is a listed building. The same goes for the railings outside: we are in a Conservation Area and are consequently not allowed to modify the exterior aspect of the property. We are sorry for your disappointment and we hope that you enjoyed your visit to this beautiful part of Dorset notwithstanding.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 23/11/2018
    Lovely cottage where we appreciated the charm and character. Back garden had a woodpecker and a peregrine as regular visitors. Owners were very quick to respond to a minor issue. Kitchen was well stocked with implements so you could cook and eat properly (often cottages seem to ration you to one fork, knife and plate each). Good country side and walks, near Hardy's Cottage and it gets a mention in one of his poems.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 09/11/2018
    Picturesque thatched property within walking distance of Hardy`s Cottage and a longer but manageable walk beside the river into Dorchester. If you are not a walker you will need to use a car as there are no shops and no bus service in close proximity. There is however a restaurant virtually next door if you want to eat out and enjoy a drink.

  • 7

    Confirmed guest, 02/11/2018
    The cottage was nice but needed a really good dusting as there were very many cobwebs. The kettle badly needed descaling. However the bedlinen was clean and the bed was comfortable. It was quite cold unless you had the heating on but warmed nicely once it was on.

  • 9

    Confirmed guest, 31/08/2018
    We had a wonderful time, the house was comfortable and clean, the change over was perfect and we had everything we could need.

  • 8

    Confirmed guest, 17/08/2018
    This is a wonderful cottage for those who need to chill out in a quiet village (as we did) within a five minute drive of Dorchester centre and 30 minutes of some great beaches.

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 20/07/2018
    A wonderful week.

  • 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.

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8.4 out of 10 – based on 15 reviews collected by Reevoo
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