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Cerne Abbas - the Most Beautiful Village in England

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Old Gaol Cottage In the heart of the village.

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Last updated: 10/27/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Cerne Abbas cottage description

Our guests say, Cerne Abbas is England's most beautiful village. This country residence has become their holiday home and they look forward to returning every year. We are pleased to share this special place with you.

Old Gaol Cottage is a checkered stone listed building of character built in 1859. It originally served as the jail and police station from 1860-1954 and is situated in the picturesque village of Cerne Abbas, famous for its 2000 year old Cerne giant carved into the chalk hillside.

Flanked by the 'old court' and 'sergeant's quarters', this mid - terrace cottage has been lovingly restored and professionally decorated. The English Tourism Board has awarded the cottage a rare 'five - star' rating for ten years.

In 2008, Cerne Abbas has been deemed Britain's most sought after village by the estate agent, Savills. The Old Gaol Cottage was featured in E-Motion Magazine's ' Top 10 of the very best quirky places to stay' in England.

Cerne Abbas is located 8 miles North of Dorchester, our market town, and 15 miles from Weymouth Harbor, site of the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regattas. The village, with a population of about 750 people, has an impressive array of shops including three fine pubs, tearoom, grocery store, post office and several gift shops. Many historical sites are within a five minute walk from the cottage: the remains of the Benedictine Abbey founded in 987 AD, a fourteenth century tithe barn and Abbey Guest House, St. Augustine's Well, circa 600 AD, and St. Mary's Church, built about 1300 AD. On Abbey Street is the finest row of Tudor homes in Dorset. One of these, The Pitchmarket, was home to Thomas Washington -- uncle of George Washington. More historical information can be obtained by the Cerne Abbas Historical Society.

The countryside is excellent for walking, with many footpaths and bridleways over the chalk hills and through secluded valleys. A short drive to Dorset's Jurassic coast with World Heritage Site status. A fossil hunters paradise with it's dramatic cliffs, pebble beaches & shelter coves awaiting exploring. Weymouth harbor, 30 minute drive is the site for the 2012 Olympic Sailing Regatta events.


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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included
              • Staff

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Pets Not Allowed:

                Well behaved dogs are welcomed. (No cats please) Several dog walks are close by in the fields surrounding the village....moreless

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Stereo
              • Television
              • Toys
              • VCR
              • Video Library

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions

              Attractions

              • Botanical Garden
              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Live Theater
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Recreation Center
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Theme Parks
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • Groceries
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Outlet Shopping
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

                  • Village

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Hiking
                  • Hot Air Ballooning
                  • Hunting
                  • Hunting Small Game
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Rock Climbing
                  • Sailing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing

                  Dining

                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 6 people

                  General

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Fireplace:

                    Master Bedroom...moreless

                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Living Room
                  • Parking:

                    On Street Parking on Long Street...moreless

                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Kitchen

                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Pantry Items
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster

                  Outside

                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Lawn / Garden:

                    Container garden in rear of property....moreless

                  House Cleaning

                      • Housekeeper Included
                       

                      Reviews

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Nov./ Dec. /Jan./Feb.
                      Nov 1 - Feb 28, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      £395
                      Mar./Apr./May./
                      Mar 1 - May 30, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      £495
                      June / July /
                      Jun 1 - Jul 31, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      £595
                      Aug
                      Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                      7 night min stay

                      £695

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Taxes Not included

                      Notes:

                      Pricing exceptions: Holiday Rates:

                      Easter, Spring Break, Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Years Holidays - 595 rate applies.

                      Contact Owner for updated details.

                      Pricing is subject to change.

                      Deposit of 25% due upon booking reservations to hold dates requested.

                      Balance of 75% due 30 days before arrival date.

                      Payment by check or direct bank deposit is accepted.


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                      Last updated: 10/27/2014
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                      Location

                      60 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Bristol
                      Cerne Abbas
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Cerne Abbas
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Ferry
                      Weymouth
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Long Burton
                      8 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Dorchester
                      Cerne Abbas
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Cerne Abbas
                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Weymouth

                      Historic Houses & Gardens - (Athelhampton, Mapperton, Sherborne Castle, Kingston Lacy & Forde Abbey), Cathedrals , (Salisbury, Winchester & Wells), Stonehenge, Fossil Hunting, Swannery, Sub-Tropical Garden, Steam Train Railroad, Roman Town House, Corfe Castle, Hill Fort at Maiden Castle, Museums (Military Tank & Fleet Air) - Haynes Motor Museum, County Fairs - May & September, Lawn Bowling, Snooker, Cricket, Football, Horse Race Courses (flat & steeple events), Site of 2012 Olympic Sailing Regattas in Weymouth harbor.

                       

                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 1999

                      About: Jan and David Kirkpatrick, Old Gaol owners, live in Charlotte, NC in America when not in residence in the UK.

                      Why Cerne Abbas:
                      Cerne Abbas truly is the most beautiful village in England. The countryside provides many wonderful walks and returning to a comfortable cottage just completes the day. This location in the heart of Dorset is a great way to take easy drive day trips throughout the surrounding area. We have found the villagers most welcoming and many have become dear friends. The village is filled with many historical homes and landmarks.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      Most often, the guest comment on how comfortable the beds are. All the furniture are family pieces shipped from America. (Though, many were originally made in England) The cottage was furnished not as a holiday let but rather our UK home.


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                      Speaks: english

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                      Photos

                      • Old Gaol Cottage
In the heart of the village.

                        Old Gaol Cottage In the heart of the village.

                      • Modern kitchen by award winning designer with garden views

                        Modern kitchen by award winning designer with garden views

                      • Master Bedroom

                        Master Bedroom

                      • Village Center  - St. Mary's 14th century church & Royal Oak pub est. 1540.

                        Village Center - St. Mary's 14th century church & Royal Oak pub est. 1540.

                      • One of 3 Pubs in our Village.

                        One of 3 Pubs in our Village.

                      • Village Celebration on Long Street

                        Village Celebration on Long Street

                      • St Mary's Parish Church

                        St Mary's Parish Church

                      • Village Oldest Homes on Abbey Street

                        Village Oldest Homes on Abbey Street

                      • Dorset Coast

                        Dorset Coast

                      • Coastal View from Golden Cap

                        Coastal View from Golden Cap

                      • Lounge with mullioned window capturing views of village life

                        Lounge with mullioned window capturing views of village life

                      • The jail cells are gone leaving a wonderful large dining room

                        The jail cells are gone leaving a wonderful large dining room

                      • Front Garden on Long Street.

                        Front Garden on Long Street.

                      • 15th Century Abbey Porch Ruin

                        15th Century Abbey Porch Ruin

                      • Village Tea Shop and Store

                        Village Tea Shop and Store

                      • Village Celebration on Long Street

                        Village Celebration on Long Street

                      • Abbey Farm

                        Abbey Farm

                      • Long Street - Old Gaol on the right

                        Long Street - Old Gaol on the right

                      • Dorset Coast

                        Dorset Coast

                      • Old Gaol Cottage - Victorian Jail / Police Station - Cerne Abbas Dorset UK

                        Old Gaol Cottage - Victorian Jail / Police Station - Cerne Abbas Dorset UK

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                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                      Date last modified - Saturday, December 13, 2014

                      £395 - £695 per week (GBP)
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                      2 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

                      View calendar: Updated 10/27/14
                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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                      Member since: 2008
                      Speaks: english
                      • Calendar last updated: 10/27/2014
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