King Charles Cottage
Located in Broadwindsor, Dorset
King Charles Cottage is a historic mid-terrace cottage in Broadwindsor, Dorset and can sleep six people in three bedrooms and is pet-friendly.
- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 2
- Pet Friendly: 1
King Charles Cottage is a mid-terrace cottage situated in the centre of the village of Broadwindsor, Dorset. Hosting three bedrooms; two doubles and a twin, along with a first-floor shower room and a ground-floor bathroom, this property can sleep up to six people. The ground-floor includes a kitchen/diner with conservatory, sitting room, utility room, separate basin and WC, and hallway with seating. To the outside there is space for parking, and an enclosed courtyard to the rear. King Charles Cottage is a historic beauty boasting character and charm.
King Charles Cottage in the sleepy village of Broadwindsor holds some impressive history.
This mid-terrace cottage is in the centre of the village, on the main square. King Charles once slept in this very cottage when he was fleeing from Parliamentary troops.
It still boasts many of its original features that the king himself would have seen and touched. Suited to a family looking to stay somewhere with a character or a group of history lovers who want to explore the beautiful Dorset countryside, this property is a lovely choice. Enter into the spacious hallway where you can sit down and take off your walking boots in front of the woodburning stove and be welcomed into the antique style of the house, with beautiful pieces of furniture and decor placed around the room and on the walls. Next door, you can relax on a quiet evening on the sofa in front of the Smart TV, watching your favourite shows or a family favourite film, with a large open fireplace to warm you. The uneven floors, low wooden beams and steep steps all add to the incredible charm of this property.
As you head into the kitchen/diner down a few steps, you will reach the magnificent timber-framed conservatory at the far end. A large farmhouse-style dining table can seat the whole party and more, and the chef of the group can look on and stay in the conversation, thanks to the open-plan layout. Housing all the essentials is the utility room which includes the fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer freeing up more space in the kitchen. When it's time to head to bed, continue up the old staircase, and mind your head on those low beams, to find three delightful bedrooms to choose from: two doubles with one being contemporary styled with light and bright decor, and the other being the room King Charles likely slept in, holding a historic aura, and finally a lovely twin room with iron beds and views outside to the village. Serving the bedrooms is a contemporary shower room which has a slanting ceiling and Velux window, and a ground-floor bathroom with bath and shower over. Almost all of the rooms have exposed wooden beams, slanting ceilings or lower ceilings and doorways due to the age of the property. Spend some time outside on a summer’s day and relax on the furniture in the enclosed courtyard surrounded by lovely plants and greenery, with another secret garden further back containing a vegetable plot and dining area with table and chairs. The village of Broadwindsor is within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so there are plenty of rural walks to be enjoyed on your doorstep.
Just a few miles up the road is the Stokewater Meadow Donkey Walking Days, where you and the family can be in charge of looking after a sweet donkey for the day, a brilliant day out for all ages. A few miles further will bring you to Mapperton House and Gardens where you can have an informative tour around this wonderful building, and visit the beautiful sunken gardens before stopping at the café for a bite to eat and a cup of tea. For a royally historic property, bursting with amazing original features, King Charles Cottage will be your home-from-home in this lovely part of Dorset.
- Oil central heating with woodburning stove and open fire
- Electric oven and gas hob, 2 x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
- Fuel and power included in rent
- Bed linen and towels included in rent
- Enclosed courtyard with seating, with a secret garden and dining area
- One well-behaved dog welcome
- Sorry, no smoking
- Shop and pub within 100 meters Note: The AGA is not in use, however, there is an electric oven with a gas hob
- Note: Low eaves and door frames throughout this property
Broadwindsor is a small village with a mix of lovely period cottages and houses. The village has a village shop and a pub which serves traditional home-cooked food. Broadwindsor's claim to fame is its connections with King Charles II. King Charles took refuge in the Castle Inn in 1651 whilst escaping from the parliamentarians. Troops went to search the inn but became distracted. After solving the situation, they went straight to bed exhausted. This allowed Charles disguised as a serving wench to escape. The Castle Inn burnt down and rebuilt in 1850 as the George Inn.
The beautiful surrounding hills allow lots of walking opportunities to admire the views. The Lewesdon and Pilsdon hills are local landmarks with Lewesdon deemed to be the highest in the county at 279 metres. There is some good-natured bantering to argue if Pilsdon is actually the highest hill but it is 2 metres smaller. Lewesdon Hill is well worth a visit at bluebell time, enhancing the beauty even more.