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Old Cross Cottage

Charmouth, Dorset (Ref. 1106239)

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  • Sleeps 8

  • Bedrooms 4

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
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The property

This lovely spacious detached thatched Grade II listed cottage enjoys a quiet, idyllic setting on the western fringes of the pretty West Dorset Village of Whitchurch Canonicorum. The property was the original home of The New Inn before the pub relocated to New Cross House on the other side of the crossroads and in more recent times became the fictional home of Rachel and Mark Bell in a book entitled 'Old Cross Cottage' by the best selling author Shani Struthers. The cottage's attractive external appearance is complimented with a tastefully presented interior which retains much of the property's original character and charm including exposed ceiling beams, oak floors and window seats with hand made cushions. The striking, original inglenook fireplaces with woodburners are real focal points in the two living rooms -ideal for warming yourself up after a bracing walk through the Dorset countryside. Outside there is parking for two cars to the rear whilst on the opposite side of the lane there is a mature lawned garden with outdoor furniture and well established hedges which afford a high degree of privacy and seclusion. A welcome pack for your arrival ensures a great start to your holiday and will include milk, tea and a selection of locally sourced produce and treats. The Marshwood Vale, criss crossed by bridleways, footpaths and narrow winding lanes is quite stunning and will appeal to the keen walker and those with a love for the great outdoors. The local pub and the children's playground are just 10 minutes walk away and the coastal village of Charmouth with it's family friendly beach and the spectacular Jurassic coastline are within a 10 minute drive. With a wide range of independent shops galleries and restaurants in both Lyme Regis and Bridport, the property is a perfect choice for small groups and families wanting a unique holiday retreat in this very special part of the South West. Please note: Due to the age of the cottage, the floors in places are a little uneven, the staircases may be steeper than usual and some of the doorways have restricted height. A £100 refundable security deposit is required for all bookings. A maximum of two dogs are accepted. GROUND FLOOR (some internal steps) Lounge with woodburner Kitchen/dining room with pine dining table for 8 persons TV lounge with feature fireplace and woodburner Separate w.c Utility room FIRST FLOOR Front staircase to: Bed 1: Double bed Bed 2: Twin beds Bathroom: Bath, shower over bath,w.c. Back staircase (a narrow staircase with low ceiling) to: Bed 3: Double bed and wash hand basin leading to adjoining: Bed 4: Single bed and further pull-out single bed (please specify if required at time of booking) ensuite bathroom, shower over bath, w.c OUTSIDE Garden with lawn and seating located on the other side of the lane GENERAL INFORMATION Off-road parking to the rear of the property for 2 cars (9.8 metre long space). Additional parking available nearby at a cost of £15 per car per week (or part week), subject to availability. Please call the office to organise. Utilities included Logs - supplied for bookings between October & March inclusive only. Linen and towels included - beds made up Highchair supplied Not supplied, please bring or hire; cot, stairgate FACILITIES TV Blu-Ray player CD player WiFi Electric oven & hob Fridge/freezer Microwave Dishwasher Washing machine Oil central heating Two feature woodburners Hair dryer





  • Four bedrooms: 2 x doubles, 1 x twin, 1 x family room with double, single and pull-out single truckle bed with en-suite with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Oil central heating with two woodburning stoves
  • Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryer
  • TV, Blu-Ray/CD player, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair
  • Off-road parking for 2 cars
  • Garden with lawns, furniture on other side of the lane
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2.3 miles, pub 2.2 miles
  • Note: Logs supplied for October-March bookings only
  • Note: Due to the age of the cottage the stairs are steep and some doorways are restricted in height so please bear this in mind when booking
  • Note: Parking space measures 9.8 metres in length
  • Note: If you wish the pull-out single bed to be made up please let us know at the time of booking

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

About the location


Bridport 5.4 miles.

Referred to as the capital of the Marshwood Vale, Whitchurch Canonicorum is an attractive mix of farms and cottages. Whitchurch Canonicorum is where you can find the very ancient church of St. Candida and the Holy Cross. It is unique in being the only parish church in England to contain the remains of an ancient saint. There is a well nearby, also named after the Saint, which is also rumoured to have similar healing properties. The attractive market town of Bridport grew up around the River Brit and was shaped by its extensive history of rope and net making. The long, wide streets and alleyways between the houses were once where the flax strands were twisted into rope, while today those streets are filled with an interesting variety of shops, restaurants and inns.

Note: Logs supplied for October-March bookings only. Note: Due to the age of the cottage the stairs are steep and some doorways are restricted in height so please bear this in mind when booking. Note: Parking space measures 9.8 metres in length. Note: If you wish the pull-out single bed to be made up please let us know at the time of booking

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas

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