Old Rectory Cottage

Located in Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Old Rectory Cottage is a detached cottage in Manston, near Child Okeford, Dorset and can sleep four people in two bedrooms and is pet-friendly.

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


Old Rectory Cottage is a detached character cottage resting in Manston, near Child Okeford, in Dorset. Hosting two bedrooms, including a king-size (zip/link can be twin on request) and a double, along with a bathroom, this property can sleep up to four guests. There is also a kitchen and a living/dining room with a wood-burning stove. Outside there is an enclosed garden with a lawn, patio and seating, along with off-road parking for two cars. Old Rectory Cottage is a delightful retreat for two couples in Dorset.

Property Details

Resting in the delightful village of Manston on the Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset borders is this character cottage, Old Rectory Cottage. Enjoying lovely features like arched doorways and exposed brick walls, Old Rectory Cottage is a quaint setting for a peaceful retreat, sleeping four guests in two bedrooms.

Enjoy unwinding in the living/dining room following a big day outdoors, with a woodburning stove set within a rustic fireplace to warm you as you settle down on one of the sofas, or gather at the wooden dining table in preparation for a feast. Make your way to the kitchen and make use of the large range cooker to rustle up home-cooked meals, with a host of appliances to make use of. The pretty enclosed garden provides a wonderful area to enjoy warm weather, with seating at the patio area to relax on. Head upstairs to freshen up in the bathroom, featuring a bath with an overhead shower, before settling in one of the two bedrooms, comprising of a double and a king-size, the latter able to be a twin on request with zip/link beds.

The village of Manston is just a few miles from Child Okeford, a village sitting on the edge of The Blackmore Vale, where you can find pubs and shops to pick up any essentials or enjoy a drink at the end of the day. Embark on scenic walks up Hambledon Hill, an Iron Age hillfort protected by the National Trust, with far-reaching views to soak up from the top, with other nearby hikes to enjoy including Hod Hill, Bell Hill and Bulbarrow Hill.

Visit the small Georgian town of Blandford Forum to learn about the fascinating history in The Blandford Town Museum, browse the lovely independent shops and boutiques, and sample some of the excellent restaurants, pubs and bars scattered around the town, with Blandford playing host to Great Dorset Steam Fair annually celebrating the national heritage with over 2,000 exhibits! Spend a day exploring the National Trust's Kingston Lacy, an Italian-style manor with a Japanese garden, notable art collection and Egyptian artefacts.

For a countryside retreat to Dorset, choose Old Rectory Cottage.


  • Oil central heating
  • LPG dual cooker with range, oven and hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power are included in rent
  • Bed linen and towels are included in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio with seating
  • One well-behaved pet is welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop just over 2 miles, pub ½ mile


Cot Available
Great View
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Off road parking
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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