Old Gaol Cottage

Located in Buckland Newton, Dorset

Old Gaol Cottage is a historic terraced stone cottage is in the village of Cerne Abbas, Dorset and can sleep 4 people in 2 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: No


Old Goal Cottage is a historic terraced stone cottage situated in the village of Cerne Abbas near the town of Dorchester in Dorset designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The cottage can sleep 4 people in a king-size double and twin single bedroom as well as a family bathroom. The rest of the cottage is made up of a kitchen/dining room and a sitting room with a feature fire. To the outside of the cottage is on-road parking and an enclosed patio with furniture. Old Goal Cottage is perfect for families or couples who enjoy exploring the countryside.

Property Details

Old Gaol Cottage lies in the Cerne valley in the village of Cerne Abbas, a village so pretty it was a previous winner of England's most beautiful village. Famous for the Cerne Giant, the largest chalk figure in the UK at 180ft with many tales and folklore surrounding his presence normally to do with fertility. But you don't have to be seduced by the giant when you can be seduced by the village. The River Cerne runs through the village full of chocolate box cottages, many of which are thatched. The village has shops, a rather good tea room, 3 good pubs, The Giant Inn, The Royal Oak and my favourite The New Inn as well as the villages own microbrewery aptly named the Cerne Abbas Brewery. The cottage is the former village gaol and police station and dates back to 1859 with the interior now a very welcoming place and perfect for relaxing holidays for you to discover the area. The village itself holds two events in June, open gardens and a music festival. The walking is fantastic with great countryside views and it won't take you long to realise why this part of the county has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The county town of Dorchester is only 8 miles away with more options for eating out, shopping and five museums and the Jurassic Coast is about a 30 minute drive away so within easy striking distance for those days out on the beach or a coastal walk.

The accommodation at Old Gaol Cottage comprises a sitting room with comfy seating, TV and WiFi-enabled throughout. The kitchen has a dining area as well as a breakfast bar and is equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer. There are two bedrooms arranged as a king-size double and a twin with a bathroom with a bath with a separate shower, basin and toilet.

Outside is a small courtyard garden with furniture. There is on-street parking subject to availability. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.


  • Night storage heating
  • Electric cooker, Microwave, Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Flat-screen TV
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and power included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels included in rent
  • On-street parking subject to availability
  • Sorry, no pets
  • Sorry, no smoking


Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Washing machine



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Area Details

Buckland Newton

Buckland Newton is a pretty village in Dorset on the edge of Dorset's Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village has a playing field and playground as well as a village shop, post office and pub. There are an abundance of country walks to discover here that will take you off the beaten track and allow you to enjoy the countryside and views.

For those who love action, then visit the Henley Hillbillies. Here you can drive quad bikes, Polaris Ace buggies, Mini Mavriks and even hover crafts. Or try your hand at shooting with the option for clay pigeon, archery, crossbows and air rifles. Nearby towns include Sherborne and Dorchester with a wealth of attractions. Visit Cerne Abbas and enjoy a relaxing lunch in the beer gardens of a choice of three pubs, all are dog friendly. Explore its famous chalk giant and wonderful countryside and take in the wonderful views surrounding you.

Those who like horticulture will appreciate Minterne Gardens in the nearby village of Minterne Magna. Set in over two hundred acres of stunning landscapes, streams, and cascades, this is a garden to remember. You can break up exploring by relaxing over a refreshment from the cafe and enjoy the views over the lake. Dorchester is a 20 minute car journey away, so here you can experience the sedate country way of life, knowing that the hustle of bustle of town life is never far away.

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