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.
- 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. Dogs are charged at £20 each per week (or part week).
- Property is available from 4pm on day of arrival.
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
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
Garden with lawn and seating located on the other side of the lane
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.
Logs - supplied for bookings between October & March inclusive only.
Linen and towels included - beds made up
Not supplied, please bring or hire; cot, stairgate
- Blu-Ray player
- CD player
- Electric oven & hob
- Washing machine
- Oil central heating
- Two feature woodburners
- Hair dryer