Well Cottage

Located in Dorchester, Dorset

This characterful 18th century cottage oozes charm, yet offers all the modern amenities for a fantastic stay. Ideally located for countryside lovers and beach goers wanting to explore Dorset.

  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Pet Friendly: 1


Set in the heart of the historic village of Puddletown – otherwise known as Weatherby in Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far From the Madding Crowd – Well Cottage is ideal for cyclists and walkers wanting to explore the vast local forest and the numerous nearby attractions. The beautiful Jurassic Coast with Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Corfe Castle are within easy reach, as are the vibrant seaside resorts of Weymouth, Swanage and Studland. Dorchester, the county town, is 5 miles away and offers a good selection of independent shops and restaurants, countless museums and entertainment. The local village store is just around the corner, as is the dog-friendly pub.

Recently renovated, Well Cottage retains its historic charm and has been furnished to ensure comfort is key. The country kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, washer/dryer and dishwasher – and underfloor heating in the winter. The characterful dining room leads on from here and is the ideal spot to enjoy relaxed meals whilst admiring the original 18ft well from the viewing panel set into the floor.
The light and airy lounge is ideal for snuggling up on either of the two sofas in front of the wood-burning effect fire watching a film from the DVD library or Netflix.
Upstairs to the landing, three steps lead to the large master bedroom, which has a king-size Provençale-style grand bed. The room is so large it also has a sofa bed (an ideal bed for two small children or one adult) – sit here to watch the small TV or enjoy the beautiful views of the church opposite.
Alternatively, choose the pretty cosy double bedroom to the rear of the property. The bedrooms share the bathroom, which is accessed via two steps from the landing and has a shower over the bath and WC. All of the rooms in the property have Bluetooth music systems.

Back downstairs, from the inner hallway, a stable door leads to the paved and secluded walled garden. Sit here for your morning coffee or evening drinks. Large gates open to the back lane – making the courtyard ideal for cyclists to leave their bikes or muddy walking boots.

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


  • A chocolate-box Grade II-listed thatched cottage – complete with its own 18ft original, glass-covered well in the dining room
  • Puddletown forest just moments away offering miles of glorious walks and cycling routes, yet the county town of Dorchester is just five miles away and easy access to explore Dorset’s magnificent Jurassic Coastline
  • In the heart of the old village square, with the local, well-stocked shop and popular dog-friendly pub just a couple of minutes walk away
  • 2 bedrooms 1 king-size with additional sofa bed (suitable for max 2 small children or one adult) and 1 double
  • 1 bathroom with shower over sunken bath and WC
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, washer/dryer, dishwasher and compact fridge/freezer an additional fridge freezer can be found in the outhouse
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Underfloor heating in the kitchen
  • Electric wood burning effect fire
  • TV with Netflix and DVD in the lounge, a small TV in the master bedroom and a Bluetooth music system in all rooms upstairs and down
  • Walled courtyard garden
  • Roadside parking (subject to availability)
  • Beach 8 miles, shop and pub within walking distance
  • Regret no BBQ s allowed due to the thatch
  • Sleeps 4 2 sofa bed in king size bedroom suitable for 2 children or one adult


Cot Available
High Chair
Linen and Towels
Near a Pub
Pet Friendly
Washing machine



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Area Details


Dorchester is the county town of Dorset and is a town for all seasons. This vibrant, bustling town has an array of "brand name" shops as well as banks and local independent shops up the side streets. Cafes, test rooms, pubs, restaurants, and takeaways catering to all tastes can be found here. There is also a weekly market on Wednesdays selling local produce. Dorchester is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy and he based his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, on Dorchester. Open all year round, Max Gate, the childhood home of Thomas Hardy, now owned by the National Trust, is well worth a visit.

Visit Wolfeton House set in beautiful water meadows, in the nearby village of Charminster. Visit Athelhampton House and Gardens or visit Kingston Maurwood, a Georgian mansion surrounded by 35 acres of gardens. Dorchester Park often has open-air concerts in the bandstand or an open-air cinema in the summer months. The park has a mini open-air gym and a large expanse of grass for the children to run around. For the adults there is a cafe, sit for a picnic or a coffee and watch the kids explore. Join the Dorchester Town Ghost Walks and discover the many haunted buildings. The Dorset County Show attracts visitors from near and far. It is a two-day event, featuring horse competitions, funfair, crafts, and is a chance for the local farmers to show their prized animals and produce. There is so much to do here for all the family.

Visit the Keep Military Museum, 4 floors of military history focusing on the Dorsetshire regiment over the past 500 years. Try the Dorset County Museum or The Dinosaur Museum, an award-winning museum with life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils, and more. Finally, explore the Teddy Bear Museum, house, and shop. This is a celebration of all things stuffed in teddy form that will delight those young of heart.

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