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Gardeners Cottage is a charming stone cottage on peaceful Rudge Farm in the heart of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Accommodation is all on one level, and there is also room for a cot, making this two-bedroom property ideal for couples, families or friends. The farm is surrounded by beautiful meadows with views towards the coast and is within walking distance of a traditional thatched Dorset pub, the 16th Century Crown Inn in Puncknowle.
If you dream of a holiday like those Enid Blyton wrote about in her Famous Five series, then you will love Gardeners Cottage. With beautiful countryside outside the front door and the stunning Jurassic World Coast just a few miles away, you have all the adventure you could want. Challenge yourself to scale the Golden Cap and enjoy the highest natural viewpoint in the south-west, or walk a mile or ten along the South West Coast Path and enjoy views that make this area so beloved by holidaymakers that return year after year, into adulthood and beyond to share the destination with their children and grandchildren! There are over three thousand miles of rights of way, plus country lanes, bridleways and dedicated off-road trails for cycling and mountain biking as well.
West Dorset is not only a fantastic summer holiday destination - it is beautiful at any time of year. West Bay, used as a filming location for the ITV series Broadchurch, is a favourite choice for a winter stroll, while Hive Beach has a popular beachfront restaurant and cafe where you can warm up with a meal of local seafood after an appetite building walk. Alternatively, you could pack some sausages or marshmallows and a disposable barbecue and have a mini-cookout on the beach.
The unique characteristics of the Jurassic Coastline, which has UNESCO World Heritage Site protection, have made it world-famous amongst amateur palaeontologists for the magnitude and quality of fossils. Lyme Regis is a fantastic place to start as the town has a range of museums and information to help people find fossils legally and safely, or book a place on a fossil hunt with a local expert. Other favourite local attractions include Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, which is one of the few places south of the Lake District that has a red squirrel population. The scale of the Cerne Giant will astound you, while the size of Henry VIII's Portland Castle is also impressive.
Rudge Farm has excellent amenities so you can happily spend a day lazing in the garden while the children make good use of the adventure playground, indoor games room (with pool table) and games barn (with skittle alley and table tennis/football). Play a game on the all-weather tennis court, try your hand at fishing on the lake or take out a rowboat for a relaxing hour on the water. The beauty of Rudge Farm is that you can do everything or nothing and still have a wonderfully memorable holiday.
Gardeners Cottage is one of ten self-catering properties on Rudge Farm, each sleeping between two and six people and carefully converted so that they retain their original period character. The cottages can be hired on their own or together to accommodate larger groups of family or friends.
Mike Hamer joined Independent Cottages in January 2019
Except for two internal steps, accommodation at Gardeners Cottage is all on one level.
Outside: Gardeners Cottage has a patio with a picnic bench and lovely views of the mature gardens which lend the cottage its name. Guests have access to the grounds at Rudge Farm with shared facilities including an all-weather tennis court, indoor games room, games barn, woodland walks, an adventure playground, fishing lake and rowing boats. The games room has free WiFi for guest use. There is allocated parking for guests close to the cottage. A separate building has shared laundry facilities which are free for guests to use.
Additional Information: All utilities, sheets and towels (not beach towels) are included. A cot and highchair are available on request - please ask when booking. Short breaks are possible out of peak season. Depending on availability, the cottage can be booked with others on the farm to accommodate groups of extended family or friends on holiday together. Pets are not allowed, and smoking is not permitted. A last minute booking discount of 15% is offered for any bookings within two weeks of arrival.
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