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Downhouse Farm Cottage

nr Bridport, Dorset

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This semi-detached, former farmworker's cottage stands on the Golden Cap Estate in south Dorset. Downhouse Farm stands on a hillside with far-reaching views over the glorious countryside all round. The Dorset coast has splendid walks on offer particularly over the ten mile stretch of the Golden Cap estate just west of Bridport. The cottage has an enclosed garden and paved seating area to the front where the rolling countryside around can be appreciated.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
kitchen and dining/sitting room with multi-fuel stove.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double and 1 twin) and bathroom with electric shower over bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Parking: There is parking for two cars at the entrance to the cottage.

Utilities/Electricals: The washing machine and tumble dryer are a combined washer/dryer.

Accessibility: Part of the access lane to the cottage is privately owned and is in a poor state of repair at present.

Please drive with caution as there are ruts and pot holes for approximately 200 yards.

Please Note: This cottage is not recommended for babies and toddlers as the stone path from the car park to the front door can be slippery in wet weather.

There are steep stone steps in the garden without a handrail and the garden is on a slope.

There is no space in the bedrooms to erect a travel cot.

Local Suppliers: There is a tearoom garden adjacent to the cottage which is open from Easter to late September.

Castaway Boat Charters - to help you make the most of your holiday Castaway Boat Charters are offering you the chance to experience the amazing scenery from the flybridge and sunbeds whilst cruising the Jurassic Coast or anchored in a secluded bay, aboard a 45ft, high performance cruiser - fully equipped including a BBQ and perfect for family celebrations, romantic sunset cruises, firework nights, group parties and corporate events.

Friendly experienced skipper offering affordable ‘one hour’ harbour cruises, day trips, half day bookings and evening cruises.

Available all year round – subject to Castaway Boat Charters terms and conditions.

To book visit or call 07860793450 - remember to mention the National Trust and the name of your holiday cottage when making your enquiry.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Dorset Coast
Child playing in the sea at Studland, Dorset. © David Levenson

Dorset is Thomas Hardy country - an appealing mixture of rolling heath land, secluded valleys, picturesque villages, great houses and estates, and a coastline awash with natural beauty. The spectacular Jurassic Coast is just one of the many wonders Dorset has to offer and has shaped the county?s history - from the rugged Isle of Purbeck and the sweeping Chesil Beach to the quaint charm of Lyme Regis and Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. National Trust properties in Dorset include Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Clouds Hill once the cottage retreat of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), while other attractions include the seaside resort of Bournemouth and the county town of Dorchester.

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  • The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis made famous in the film The French Lieutenant's Woman
  • Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Fossil Hunting
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Watersports
National Trust places to visit
Hardy Monument
Hardy Monument Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy
Shute Barton
Shute Barton Medieval manor house with later architectural features
Loughwood Meeting House
Loughwood Meeting House 17th-century thatched Baptist meeting house
Branscombe: the Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge
Branscombe Charming vernacular buildings with mill and forge restored to working order
Jurassic Coast
Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory
Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory 14th/15th-century farm buildings, formerly a priests' residence

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Anonymous
    • February 2015
    • --------------
    Made special:

    The remote location of the cottage with easy access to the coastal path. Cottage was lovely and warm for our arrival including a heated towel rail in the bathroom and lots of hot water. The welcome tea tray and vase of flowers was a nice touch.

  • Marja Wallberg
    • September 2013
    • Sweden, living in the UK
    Wonderful stay

    We had a wonderful stay and could not have asked for a more comfortable and beautiful cottage. The location was stunning, we could hardly believe our eyes - just a quick walk up the hill and we were on the cliff top! We had a view of the sea from the sitting room and bedroom window. Absolutely wonderful. The cottage was so well equipped as well - even a DVD-player and a stereo. The kitchen had everything you could need for cooking, a roasting tin, a muffin tray, lots of pots and pans. Oh, and when we arrived there was a tea tray prepared for us, milk in the fridge, and there was wood for the fireplace too! We were all impressed.

  • R Vandewetering
    • July 2013
    • Canada
    Access to the coast

    Access to the coast--fabulous.

  • Vicky Reed
    We thought that this cottage had it all

    We thought that this cottage had it all, it was wonderfully decorated, was cosy and welcoming, with views that were truly amazing. The tea room next door was a good send, our first night we had a take away from them - wonderful and friendly. The tea garden was busy, but not too noisy that you could not enjoy the cottage and gardens. The walks to the coast were fantastic and the fossil finding meant that our two boys were entertained for hours! It is so good I am just about to book it up again!

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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