Halfpenny Cottage

Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset

This Grade II listed cottage has character in abundance and is ideally placed for touring, with Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury and the Jurassic coast all being within reach

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: 1


This idyllic cottage is set in the heart of Sturminster Newton, which is a small market town located beside the River Stour. Set within the beautiful Blackmore Vale, there are many walking and cycling routes weaving through this picturesque landscape, including a popular trailway running to Blandford Forum (9 miles). This route takes in several pretty villages and a former railway station, now a small cafe and museum. There is a good selection of local amenities within the town centre itself or why not take a trip to the coast and visit the sandy beaches of Bournemouth and Poole or the rugged Jurassic Coastline, which are within 20 miles.

Steps lead to the entrance into this mid-terrace character cottage and once inside you are met with a welcoming lounge/diner ideal for two, with a step up to the kitchen area at the rear of the space. The inviting lounge area has a wood burner, striking original beams, and a Smart TV. There is space to dine just opposite, and the kitchen area is equipped with an electric oven and hob and fridge. Set within an understairs utility area is a washing machine. Beyond the kitchen is a shower room and a short flight of open stairs leads from the lounge to a small landing area with a separate WC. Carrying on up the winding cottage-style stairs will take you into a mezzanine-style king-size bedroom. This pretty room has been decorated with care and attention with doors leading to the outside balcony which is the ideal spot for your morning coffee. Due to the nature of the property, there are changes of level and areas of restricted head height in places, which only adds to its character and charm.

There is roadside parking (subject to availability)

Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week.


  • Charming bolthole within Sturminster Newton’s historic town centre
  • This traditional cottage blends original features with contemporary comforts
  • Explore the verdant Blackmore Vale and enjoy riverside walks nearby
  • 1 bedroom king size
  • 1 shower room with shower and 1 separate WC
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge and washing machine
  • Wood burner (first basket of logs included)
  • Smart TV available in the lounge
  • Compact balcony with furniture
  • Roadside parking within the surrounding streets (subject to availability)
  • Shops and pubs within walking distance
  • Regret no babies or children under 5


Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Off road parking
Pet Friendly
Real Fire
Washing machine



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Area Details

Sturminster Newton

Sturminster Newton is a market town on the River Stour. The town has a medieval six-arch bridge that joins Sturminster to Newton. Thomas Hardy lived here for a time and wrote much of his novel, The Return of the Native, while a resident at Riverside house. Another famous resident was William Barnes, a popular Dorset poet. Located in the Blackmore Vale you are never far away from beautiful country views. The town has a range of shops, a supermarket, chemist and post office as well as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. Every Monday the town holds a market with local produce to tempt. Visit the towns working watermill that still produces flour every fortnight, take a tour and learn the history behind this historic building. There are great country walks from the Mill to enjoy. There are some great villages to explore close by, most with pubs to experience.

In the middle of September, the area gathers for the Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival. This festival has grown hugely size since it began and is a celebration of all things cheese. The festival is not limited to cheese so it is a great event to explore the best from local Dorset food and drink producers. Live music, bales to sit on while you munch your food, entertainment for the children, all with the backdrop of beautiful country views. Something for everybody and a great family day out.

Explore the North Dorset Trailway, transformed into a walk and cycle path. The trail now leads from Sturminster Newton all the way through Blandford Forum to Spetisbury. It is around 14 miles in total but more sections are planned to open soon. It is one of the best ways to appreciate all the countryside around you with lots of attractions to visit on your way. Visit Sturminster Newton Museum in a beautiful thatched building in the centre of the town. It shows exhibits to do with the local history of the town, the local railways, and even local poets. There is also a souvenir and gift shop and admission is free.

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