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17th Century detached Thatch Cottage in rural Dorset, beautiful garden

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, log fire, luxury kitchen, 20 mins from the World Heritage coastline

Historic Grade II Listed (English Heritage) 17th Century detached cottage with a thatched roof and a wealth of period features. The cottage is on Benville Lane, which is the lane that Tess of the D'Urbeville walked along on her journey from Beaminster to Evershot. Benville remains the small unspoilt hamlet that Thomas Hardy described in the 1800's. You will find the pub that Hardy describes (The Acorn) and the cottage where Tess was to have stayed in nearby Evershot.

Peter Scott
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2017


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Corscombe in West Dorset District

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • There is a small family bathroom upstairs with a roll top bath / shower, sink and WC. The downstairs cloakroom is easily accessible from the garden via the utility room. It has a toilet with a small sink.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Travel cot also provided
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a large double bed; wardrobe; dressing table and a small flat screen TV. There is plenty of room to put up a travel cot in the master bedroom if required. The second bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a double bed. Finally, the third bedroom (downstairs) has a single bed with the original window seat - perfect for seeing our neighbours ride by on their horses!
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Garden ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Restored to a high standard with a luxury hand built kitchen and separate utility room with flagstone floors and vaulted beamed ceiling. It includes a 2 oven Aga; separate electric hob; an electric combination oven/microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, CD player/radio, washer/dryer and large butler sinks. The dining room has a large oak table which seats 6. The lounge has an inglenook fireplace with a wood burner (open fire) and oak floor. The lounge is full of character with a low ceiling/exposed beams, and a small stone carving of a king in the wall found when renovating the cottage. There is a 3 seater sofabed, small 2 seater sofa plus a leather armchair, with a 32 inch TV and DVD. We bought the cottage for its views across rolling hills and open countryside. The beautiful 3/4 acre garden is filled with a variety of flowers and soft fruit bushes and trees. A haven for for wildlife and butterflies. There is a play house, trampoline with safety net and trees to climb.


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(13 traveller reviews)

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17th Century detached Thatch Cottage in rural Dorset, beautiful garden
average rating of 4.769231 based on 13 reviews

A gorgeous cottage in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

Benville Cottage is just gorgeous. The property is beautifully presented and is in a magical location in the heart of Dorset. We spent a whole week there and came back feeling like we'd had a proper break; having enjoyed the wonderful coast line (fossil hunting with the kids), great pub lunches and the stunning countryside. It's the first time we've hired a cottage and based on this we'd do it again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the cottage and its garden. We are very lucky to be located in West Dorset where the pace of life allows you to truly unwind. A weekend away feels like a weeks rest, whilst a week in this environment makes you think you have left everything behind for month. Come back soon.
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A hidden gem in a peaceful rural location

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful cottage in an idyllic spot. The house has been modernised to a very high standard but still maintains a country feel. The kitchen is well equipped with the Aga providing a warm welcome and we can imagine cosy winter nights in front of the woodburner! It is very easy to relax and unwind when taking in the stunning view from the back of the cottage. Peter, the owner, was friendly and very helpful, responding promptly to our emails regarding our booking. We would strongly recommend a stay here as it is perfectly situated for exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside and villages with the coast within easy reach. We would recommend a visit to Hardy's cottage, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and Forde Abbey's gardens and fountain are well worth a trip. For a breathtaking coastal walk we suggest Golden Cap at Seatown followed by lunch at either The Anchor Inn or The Hive Beach Cafe at Burton Bradstock. Locally we recommend The Acorn Inn at Evershot and for a real treat try Yalbury Cottage at Lower Bockhampton. It's a wonderful area to visit and explore. We'll definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paul from Surrey

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Cottage with lovely views from the garden.Great Pub a few hundred yards along the lane.Some good walks round Evershot and the Melbury estate.Cottage had every facility we could have asked for.We all were delighted with our stay.Why not give yourself a treat.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely property with gorgeous garden

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a relaxing, family holiday at Benville cottage at the beginning of September 2013. The property is lovely with large, airy rooms and a beautiful garden for adults and children to enjoy. Having access to an Aga and large wood burning fire was useful during the occasional chilly evening and gave the cottage a really cosy feel. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area, with a number of beaches and coastal walks a short drive away. The owner was extremely helpful and provided us with suggestions for things to do and places to eat during our stay. Recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the feedback, this definitely strikes a chord with us. Long coastal walks in Dorset, pub lunch followed by time in front of the cottage's fireplace - enough said!
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Lovely Cottage in a Beautiful Setting

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the beautiful cottage for the Easter weekend (family of 4 with two children aged 13 and 10).

The facilities in this very well appointed and presented cottage were great. Large lounge with wood heater and seperate dining room. Great kitchen with AGA and seperate oven and hot plate. Excellent Utility room for entrance and exit to keep boots/coats/etc. We had never used an AGA before but it proved to be simple to use and was excellent for warming hot cross buns!

The beds were comfortable and gave a really good night's sleep for us.

Peter, the owner, gave use easy to follow directions to find the cottage.

Benville itself is really only one pub, but Evershot (2 Miles) has village shop. All the facilities of West Dorest are close by. Beaminster (4 miles), whilst small, has a good range of shops whilst the larger towns Bridport and Dorchester are really a short drive away.

There are lots of excellent pubs within a short distance for eating out.

We used Benville Cottage as a base to explore West Dorset ... it worked perfectly for us and we would recommend it to others.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at the cottage. The surrounding area is a bit of a 'foodies' paradise mostly offering good local food. Next time try doing a roast in the AGA it's well worth it!
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Thoroughly Enjoyed, a Great Rest

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I stayed in June last year for 3 nights just for a get away. The cottage is lovely, very quaint on the outside but modern inside, wonderful warm kitchen because of the AGA, but decor is very nice and classy. You can cook at the cottage or eat at nearby villages where there are some very nice restaurants and pubs.

We were lucky enough to have a couple of evenings that we could sit outside with a bottle of wine in the large garden on the patio and watch the sun set, the views from the garden are uninterrupted, fields after fields, feels like you are the only ones for miles but a town only 5 minutes away.

The cottage is very clean and very well maintained and would definitely stay again. Great break for city folk like us wanting to enjoy the countryside.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is also one of our pleasures to pour a glass (or two) of wine, sit out on the large patio and watch the sun go down. The lack of 'light pollution' ensures that the sunsets are stunning and the night sky something to behold. As it gets darker you can even see the odd satellite go over. The animal life settles down and you feel the city stresses melt away.
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Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.8 Kilometres
The Talbot Inn
Nearest Ferry
38 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6.2 Kilometres
Halstock Golf Club, Common Lane, Halstock
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Yeovil - Crewkerne
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
The Summer Lodge
Nearest Beach
16 Kilometres
West Bay & Burton Bradstock
Car: necessary

Benville is a tiny hamlet consisting of a dozen or so houses and cottages. It is an ideal base for touring West Dorset and Thomas Hardy country. 2 miles (3km) to the east lies Evershot with its award winning pub The Acorn and outstanding restaurant The Summer Lodge. In nearby Beaminster you'll find a traditional market town selling excellent local produce along side tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. 10 miles (16km) to the south you will find the Georgian town of Bridport and the fishing port of West Bay. This stretch of Jurassic - World Heritage - coastline boasts the stunning beaches of Burton Bradstock, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, as well as the Swannery and tropical gardens at Abbotsbury. The county town of Dorchester is 10 miles to the South East. The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and if full of prehistoric sites, the Dorchester Museum has a good collection of locally found artefacts.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Corscombe, West Country

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

- The rents shown are fully inclusive of bedding and towels, (beach towels are not supplied) there are no other charges.
- 25% of the rental is payable at the time of booking, with the balance due 8 weeks before the rental date.
- Payment preferably by bank transfer although Cheques accepted.
- A 10% discount is available for bookings of over 7 days during the 'Low' period

This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.