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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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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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
 

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Aug 1 - Aug 31, 2015
7 night min stay

£695

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  • Taxes Not included

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

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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.

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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

Guestbook comments from the property manager

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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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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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  • Calendar last updated 07/17/2015
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