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Charming, luxurious, 18th century cottage in typical Dorset village. Sleeps 6

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

One of the most luxuriously appointed holiday homes in Dorset.

Thornicks House is a truly lovely, deceptively spacious four bedroom terraced cottage dating from the late 18th century and situated in the charming Dorset village of Winfrith Newburgh. It is set on a quiet country lane (cul-de sac) off the main village street. The cottage was originally owned by the village baker, and the cottage next door was the bake house itself. There is a large field and stream between the lane and the main part of the village.

The cottage has just been subject to very substantial renovations and improvements and absolutely no expense has been spared to make one of the most highly appointed, luxurious and comfortable holiday lets in Dorset.

A lovely, additional garden room has been added, adjoining the newly combined dining room (with its old portland flagstone floor) and kitchen. This makes a marvellously spacious eating, kitchen and living area, which flows naturally through to the patio. Under floor heating in the kitchen and garden room adds to the feeling of comfort.

The new kitchen features top of the range bespoke painted kitchen units, created by the English Kitchen Company of Romsey, with Silestone worktops and a high class Falcon range cooker. Luxury extra appliances include a bean to cup De Longhi coffee machine, a Kenwood food mixer and fitted wine cooler.

We have had the bathroom gutted and reappointed and there is now an additional toilet downstairs.

The downstairs has the advantage of a Sonos multi room hi-fi system throughout. The spacious sitting room, which opens directly onto the lane, benefits from a lovely bay-window and a large, old-beamed brick fireplace with a newly fitted log-burner for the winter months. There is a Samsung smart TV and a blu-ray disc player. BT Infinity Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.

The cottage has been furnished to a high specification. Many antique items sit alongside handmade wooden furniture and bespoke upholstery. Some more contemporary but traditional solid oak furniture sits comfortably in the overall scheme.

Outside, the garden room opens onto a large new patio, with a brick-built barbecue and charming water feature. The patio is surrounded by a lovely, mature and secluded garden with a large lawn, shrubs and flower beds.

Winfrith Newburgh: Winfrith is a typical Dorset Village, with a lovely church, Manor House and picturesque main street full of thatched and period cottages and houses. There is a pub, a village shop and post office. Dorchester and Weymouth are the two nearest large towns, where you will find supermarkets, many other shops as well as restaurants catering for all tastes and pockets. There are an abundance of fine country pubs in easy reach of Winfrith, many serving fine ales and excellent pub fare

More Details

David Pollard
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Winfrith Newburgh in Winfrith Newburgh

Property Type:
  • cottage (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , power shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Garden
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The cottage is furnished with period and antique furnishings including some antique pine. As the photos show, it has been imaginatively decorated throughout, each room having its own personality. The old staircase is quite steep and windy and therefore probably not suitable for very elderly or infirm clients. The front door opens directly onto the lane and and open fields over to the village. A pathway across the fields leads to the village shop and Post Office and the Church.


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Charming, luxurious, 18th century cottage in typical Dorset village. Sleeps 6
average rating of 4.9 based on 10 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Well equipped property which we found clean and tidy. Nice Welcome Pack awaited us too which was much appreciated. Lovely garden to enjoy when weather is nice. Peaceful location and enjoyed walks round the village.Very comfortable all round. Good location for touring the area.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Luxury cottage in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We were staying for work, and the house provided a warm and well equipped nest to return to after a long day of wind and rain!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything you could want!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage, in a lovely location. Set on a little lane with a field in front, and at the end of the lane you can see the cows. A very peaceful location, but near enough to all the sights and the attractions. Just around a 25 minute drive takes you into Weymouth, and everywhere is within close proximity. I cannot comment on restaurants in the area as we ate elsewhere whilst we were out for the day. I can however recommend a lovely eating place in Weymouth, just opposite the sea front. It is called The Criterion, and serves a good choice of tasty food, for a very reasonable price. As we had two young granddaughters with us who enjoyed the food so much, we ate there quite often! The cottage itself was lovely. It was comfy, clean, well thought out, beautifully decorated, and has a lovely private garden. This place is everything you could want! Just one thing to mention, the stairs might be a bit tricky for some people, we soon got used to them though! You might want to take the Park and Ride bus ( it's so easy), if you are spending the day in Weymouth, as on sunny days it gets very busy and it can be difficult to get parked. Thank you for a lovely stay! Mrs J Thornback 12-19 August 2017

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage, beautifully renovated and excellent location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped with a lovely garden. It was only several miles away from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and 15 to 20 minutes to Dorchester.

Being in the countryside there were some lovely walks straight from the doorstep.

The small village of Winfrith Newburgh had a well stocked local shop and 3 great pubs within a mile or 2. (The Red Lion was only a 5 to 10 minute walk ).

Would thoroughly recommend the cottage!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very homely spot!

  • 4 of 5

We all really enjoyed staying in Thornicks House. The decor was just to my taste and I loved the sitting area that looks out on the garden. It was a lovely treat to have the coffee machine so we made the most of it and drank plenty of coffee.

One disadvantage was the one parking space as we travelled from different parts and had three cars.

We also mentioned to the housekeeper that my daughter found what appeared to be animal hairs on one area of her quilt cover. It smelt fresh so had obviously been laundered but, having had a cat, I know animal hair isn't always removed by washing.

Lastly, our email said that the house should be vacated by 11.00 so we were surprised when the door knocked at 10.00 and we were informed that we were supposed to be ready to leave at 10.00. The housekeeper was very pleasant, but it did put us under a little pressure.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, warm, well equiped cottage

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our 10 days at Thornicks House which we found very comfortable, warm and well equipped. Obviously we were fortunate to have the most fabulous weather to enjoy the beautiful coastal countryside. The dogs were walked off their pads but we still had time to enjoy the sandy beach at Studland and swim in the sea. We found that the cottage was centrally placed for all that we wished to do. Had a delicious dinner on the last night at The Crab House Café in Weymouth, very atmospheric.

A brilliant holiday and would thoroughly recommend Thornicks House.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
39 Miles
M27 -M3 extension
Car: recommended

Thornicks House is situated in a conservation area in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex. It is but a few minutes drive from Dorset's famous Jurassic coastline, most notably Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, Chessil Beach and Durdle Door. 20 mins drive to the west is the popular Georgian seaside town of Weymouth, with its lovely sandy family beach and old harbour. A 30mn drive to the east takes you to the fabulous safe white beaches of Sandbanks (National Trust), from where a short car ferry trip takes you to Poole and Bournemouth. Dorset, of course, is famous for its beautiful countryside, old villages and historical monuments; Abbotsbury (Tropical Gardens and Swannery), Cofe Castle, the lost village of Tyneham, Milton Abbas (village and abbey), the Cerne Abbas Giant and Morton, the resting place of T.E.Lawrence, are all within easy reach.

Other Activities: Historical and Literary Interest


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Damage Deposit £150

We accept cheques in pounds drawn on an United Kingdom Bank account or bank transfers.
Prices quoted are per week and includes heating, hot water, bed linen and towels. A deposit is payable at time of booking. The balance becomes payable 8 weeks (56 days) before commencement date of holiday.
Please note there is a surcharge of £30.00 for bookings taken from renters who do not have a British

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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