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A Unique And Characterful 17th Century Thatched Cottage.

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property


Netherway Farmhouse is a 17th century thatched cottage, one of 25 listed buildings in the conservation area of Okeford Fitzpaine, one of Dorset’s most attractive villages exhibiting rural charm and relaxed pace.

Netherway is undergoing an exciting refurbishment. In keeping with its character, we are installing a new kitchen, exposing the original stonework with new appliances . We are re-instating the original pantry and creating a new utility with downstairs toilet. The lounge are will also be enlarged with more of the original features revealed.Upstairs we gain new bathroom with separate shower.

We are also installing a separate bedroom with ensuite in the third storey with separate door access, this will be available later.

We will update photos as the rooms are completed.

This has been a fascinating exercise for us and it has revealed more of the history of the cottage: For example when taking out the built in cupboard in the lounge we revealed not only the original stonework and the original oak window - but a newspaper dated March 1950, headline 'Iron Curtain Descends Across Europe'. The last time this window was seen or touched!

The refurbishment will preserve the same homely feel the the farmhouse but give our guests more comfort and facilities. The building work is already at an advanced stage project will be ready for spring however we are currently releasing bookings at the moment from July.

10 good reasons to stay at Netherway:

1. Spend your holiday or break in what we believe is the best village in Dorset! The cottage is in the conservation area of this beautiful village.

2. The cottage is in the heart of the Blackmore Vale with amazing walks direct from the cottage, views and activities (see location info below).

3.Okeford Fitzpaine is in striking distance from the coast; the Jurassic region around Weymouth and the sandy beaches Poole are roughly equidistant and under an hour. To the north Stourhead , Salisbury and Sherborne are conveniently situated.

4. Relax in the comfortable oak beamed lounge, with preserved features and with modern comforts, broadband, and Smart TV.

5.Comfortable dining area inside and modern gas barbecue and seating area outside. There is also the Royal Oak pub a few doors down, a really good traditional pub serving Sunday lunches meals most nights. You will receive a friendly welcome here.

6. Enjoy a perfect nights sleep in Netherway’s bedrooms, each with its own character and charm. Lower Street is quiet and peaceful, and a popular thoroughfare for cyclists and horse riders.

7. Children can play in the secluded and safe garden beyond the barn, in the courtyard. A croquet set is available. Younger children can enjoy the recreation ground opposite.

8. There are many outdoor activities near the cottage: The village is on the Dorset cycle route and also near the cycle trail. For the more adventurous there are mountain biking trails , hang gliding off Bell Hill a mile away.

9. Many of our guests have visited the local riding stables where you can learn to horse ride from scratch, whatever your age or go hacking in the countryside. There is even an indoor learning area. Highly recommended.

10. At the end of a long day enjoy the lack of ambient light by watching the stars on a cloudless night from the patio, or listening for owls in the nearby wood. (We find this also a good excuse for a nightcap!).

The cottage in detail:

Spacious living room carpeted with inglenook , fireplace and original beams . Smart TV with freeview and a flame- effect fire. Gramophone cabinet with inherited selection of LPs from the 1960s and 70s!

Kitchen with 2 ovens, gas hob , microwave, coffee maker, fridge/fridge-freezer, dishwasher and all the utensils you will need. (NEW RANGE COOKER , APPLIANCES FROM LATE SPRING).

Dining room is very characterful with stone built walls, an old fireplace and a lovely large handmade oak dining table seating 6 people.

Lobby room for taking coats and boots off , this has a view of the large patio area which ( spring onwards) boasts patio furniture and an Outdoor Chef gas barbecue and oven.

Downstairs toilet and utility room.


Bedrooms are all newly refurbished.

Bedroom one-King size bed, windows to the front and rear and a dressing area .

Bedroom 2 , King size bed , original oak floors. When the cottage was renovated a stunning original wall was discovered made from stone mined from the old quarry in Okeford Hill, seen from the upstairs windows - together with an original fireplace.

Bedroom 3 exposed beam and 2 single beds.

Towels and linen provided.


Driveway parking for one or two cars, Patio area (furniture put out Easter onwards). There is an old barn , behind which is a secluded garden laid to lawn with fruit trees.

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
4 March, 2018

About Owner/Property Manager

I grew up in Dorset in the 1960's and always wanted to move back there. Due to work in the paint industry I have lived in Essex but go back to Dorset where my mother still resides.

Owner/Property Manager purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Owner/Property Manager chose Okeford Fitzpaine

Last year my wife and I bought a piece of woodland in Okeford Fitzpaine , my favourite village in Dorset. (As a teenager I used to visit the Fox at Ansty nearby!) Working in the wood in the spring we saw Netherway was for sale. We took the plunge and with the help of the local builder (who had worked on the cottage for over 40 years) decorated all the rooms and brought out the original features . Most exciting was Bedroom 2 where we found the original stone wall and fireplace behind an old built in wardrobe. Eventually we want to retire to the cottage, in the meantime we hope you will enjoy the property and village.

What makes this cottage unique

Okeford Fitzpaine is the most idyllic village with a real community feel. It is seeped in history, the walls were built from stone taken from the old Okeford Hill quarry outside the village. It has a lovelly old barn and a sunny courtyard outside . The cottage is a delight to live in , very cosy .


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine in Okeford Fitzpaine

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:30 / Check-out: 11:30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Downstairs closet - Toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Dressing area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Fireplace feature and original oak floorboards
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Yard
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming


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A Unique And Characterful 17th Century Thatched Cottage.
average rating of 3.5 based on 4 reviews

Lovely house in a picturesque Dorset village

  • 4 of 5

The house was well equipped with lovely spacious yet cosy lounge, with an easy to use log burner. My family spen5 many evenings playing cards and games and watching movies, after busy days exploring local villages and countryside. We also hired bikes which was great fun.

We loved Sweet Pea cafe in Sturminster Newton and the local Royal Oak pub just in the village. The little shop was very handy and had a good range of food including fresh vegetables. We were also lucky enough to see the screening of La La Land at the nearby village hall. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. We also visited a few small towns and enjoyed driving through the fabulous countryside.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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Neither clean nor smart

  • 1 of 5

Webs almost everywhere, near towels in the dressing, in ceilings in every room, on kitchen windows. Fat oven, fat dishes and hairs in shower... The owner wants to make us believe that it is not his "usual level of service" but webs were there for far than just a week or even a month and the whole dishes were fate or dirty. No apologize may explain such a situation and a level of service at this price.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Beautiful cottage

  • 4 of 5

Lovely cottage, well equipped & very comfortable

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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gorgeous country cottage

  • 5 of 5

Friday 29th Jul to Friday 5th Aug 2016. My family and I had a wonderful stay at this picturesque thatched cottage, great village location, ideal for our visits out and about. The cottage was well equipped with everything we could want, the internet was fast and reliable (ideal with teenagers).

Very peaceful. Great local pub only a few doors down, small and friendly, and we were perfect timing for one of their beer/cider festivals, great to try local beers. Would definitely revisit :-).

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
The Royal Oak pub
Nearest Ferry
28 Miles
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Beach
34 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 7 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Summer
8 Jun 2018 - 19 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer
20 Jul 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
31 Aug 2018 - 18 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
19 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and new year
21 Dec 2018 - 3 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early 2019
4 Jan 2019 - 14 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Gas and electricity are on a prepay meter, first £20 free .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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