Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday cottage in Dorchester - Mill Cottage
Sleeps 10, 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Mill Cottage has accommodation for 10 guests in 5 bedrooms each with its own bathroom. It is ideal for adults and children over 5 years of age but is not toddler friendly, particularly because of the large and unfenced river frontage.
Briantspuddle is a small village lying in the River Piddle Valley next to Affpuddle and Tolpuddle. The village lies within the Purbeck conservation area and is stunningly beautiful. The area is hilly and heavily wooded. The Purbecks themselves are renowned for their beauty and the Dorset Coast between Poole and Lyme Regis is a World Heritage site (The Jurassic Coast).
Briantspuddle is in the heart of Thomas Hardy Country about 8 miles East of Dorchester (Casterbridge?) and 3 miles West of Bere Regis. Poole, Sandbanks, Studland Bay, Wareham, Corfe Castle, Swanage, Kimeridge, Lulworth, Durdle Door and Weymouth are all within easy striking distance of no more than 30 minutes drive. Mill Cottage is less than 4 miles from Moreton station, which has a direct service to London Waterloo.
After a Day on the beach or fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, guests can retreat to the cottage for a barbeque in perfect seclusion; or simply enjoy a sundowner in the Gazebo overlooking the Piddle. The Gazebo is wired with 13amp mains sockets and electric chandelier.
The Collared Doves also liked the Gazebo. A good place to bring up a family. Safe from predators and nice and dry. So they built their nest on top of the chandelier and raised 2 bonny youngsters ignoring the revelry going on below. Our guests were kind enough to ignore them. Hard work keeping the table clean though! They are gone now and the chandelier has fishing line around it to avoid a return visit.
Mill Cottage is listed Grade II and lies at the end of an unmade lane on the edge of the village. The lane is known as 'School Lane' but is not signed. The cottage has an unfenced river frontage of about 60 yards and a large garden of about two thirds of an acre. The River Piddle itself is a natural chalk stream with crystal clear waters except immediately after heavy rain.
The accommodation consists of five bedrooms (double or twin) with ensuite bathrooms for up to ten guests. The Hall, sitting room and dining room all have seating for ten people. There are terraces for alfresco dining at the front and riverside of the Mill and the Balinese Gazebo with traditional Dorset Thatch sits in the garden above the flood plain and is ideal for enjoying the tranquillity of the garden and the murmur of the River Piddle.
The former stable is a spacious well-planned kitchen boasting an Aga, low voltage halogen lighting and electrically operated skylights for controllable ventilation. The old village bus garage has been converted into the studio with its mezzanine bedroom and acrylic and stainless steel stairs.