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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, utility room 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.

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.

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

Offers: Guests will benefit from a late Sunday checkout of 4pm at this cottage.

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.

Cottage details
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Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • DVD
  • Fridge-freezer
  • 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

Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire
Exterior view of Portland House © Mike Henton

No two days are the same across these three beautiful counties; from Wiltshire's dreamy downland and the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge, Dorset's coastal beauty and bucolic charms, and the wilds of Exmoor and Quantocks in Somerset. Their wide open spaces and historical sites draws people back again and again.

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


Comments from past visitors

  • Henderson
    • May 2016
    • UK
    Lovely area

    Booking staff are fantastic and very friendly. Particularly enjoyed the surrounding area and how well it was looked after by NT.

  • Kay Turmeau
    • May 2016
    • UK
    Very comfortable cottage

    The location was superb for walking along the Jurassic Coast. The cottage was very comfortable and well-equipped.

  • Julie Pottle
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable...

    Beautiful peaceful location

  • Anonymous
    • May 2015
    • Unknown
    Great location

    Well- appointed, lovely views, great location. Staff very helpful when booking by phone and providing answers to questions by email

  • 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.

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What it will cost

Prices include:

  • 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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