Pet Friendly Cottage in Quiet Village with Good Pub Nearby
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Sydling St. Nicholas cottage description
Sydling St. Nicholas is not on the way to anywhere. Once you turn off the A37 under the railroad viaduct , you travel three miles up the Sydling valley into a magical world which seems far removed from this century. Thatched roofs and hedgerows guide you past fields where deer and pheasant graze. The watercress farm is on the right, Hills rise on both sides to nestle you alongside an ever-flowing stream of cold, clear water. The village itself could be the setting for a Thomas Hardy novel, and once was. Old, classic, thatched roof cottages stand along the High Street which leads to The Grey Hound Pub, featured in the New York Times several years ago. The food is excellent and the welcome genuine.
Grace Cottage lies in the heart of the village but not on a street. Parking is next door, just outside the flint stone garden wall which gives children and dogs a safe place to play. There is also a playground you can see from the upstairs window. Inside, the large lounge gives way on one side to the TV room where you can see BBC24 or CNN, but we would recommend sitting in the garden under the cherry tree. On the other side of the living area is the study with an ample library of fiction, history, travel, and guides to local sites. Upstairs are two bedrooms and bathroom with views to the ever-changing hills. Another bathroom is off the amply furnished kitchen, and there is even a flushing loo in the garden house!
If you are seeking a place for rest and renewal, Grace Cottage is precisely that.
Keywords: Semi-Detached Cottage
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Limited Accessibility:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 5
- Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1)
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Living Room seats 6:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Washing Machine
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Parking Off Street
- Traditional cottage with a lovely flint-walled garden, safe for children and dogs. Quiet village with many walking paths, off-street parking, a good nearby pub, 10 miles to the coast where Olympic sailing races will be held 2012. Comfortable day-trips to Bath, Stonehenge, Exeter, Wells, Salisbury....moreless
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- CD Player
- Lawn / Garden:
- Away From It All
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Open gardens, village fetes, church gatherings.
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Wonderful place; a real treat
Wonderful place; a real treat
Grace Cottage in Sydling St Nicholas is the best value and most wonderful place we stayed in when we were in England in November 2011. We had booked it through the internet and when arrived, the house was warm and welcoming with everything we could want in a place. The pub up the road (The Greyhound Inn) was amazing; some of the best food we ate anywhere, and the owners of the pub were terrific; friendly and welcoming. And the beer was good too. Sydling St Nicholas itself is the most fairytale like place, with plump, thatched roofed cottages. We also loved the playground (we have small children) and the church and churchyard. Sydling is also near to all the places we were keen to visit - Axminister, Lyme Regis, Stonehenge and Bath. There were points during our week that we seriously considered how we might stay here forever. We can't recommend this place highly enough.
- Guest Australian family abroad (Macleod, Australia)
- Date of stay 12/15/11
- Review Submitted 01/08/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Spring 2011 vacation
Spring 2011 vacation
The photos don't do this lovely cottage justice: it's spacious, neat and in such a pretty location by a babbling chalk stream. Very peaceful. We liked the varied sitting areas: plenty of places to sit with a good book or chat with friends. The village is lovely and the local pub serves excellent food and good local ales. Easily within reach of loads of picturesque and interesting places, from coastline to stately homes. Thanks for the fresh flowers, the amazingly helpful neighbours and comfy beds, and for answering all our questions promptly. You couldn't have been more helpful. My only suggestion for improvement is that the path from the carpark to the cottage gate could do with some attention as it isn't easy to negotiate with a buggy or a wheelchair. Other than that, everything was perfect. Thank you
- Guest Sue Palmer (Kent, England)
- Date of stay 04/09/11
- Review Submitted 05/28/11
Recommended for: Sightseeing, pet owners, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Oct-Mar ..... £330/week Mid-Season .. £395/week High ........ £495/week Easter, Spring Bank Holiday, Whitsun, Christmas First Sat in Jun to first Sat. in Sep.
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Year Purchased: 1994
About: I am a retired English teacher who first fell in love with Thomas Hardy's work, which led to a visit to Sydling and Dorset, and then buying the lovely cottage named for my Aunt Grace. We come to Sydling at least twice a year, and love our village.
Why Sydling St. Nicholas:
It was Hardy country and the most beautiful I had ever seen with gentle hills and cows and sheep and beautiful villages. Sydling stole my heart when I first came in 1984 and stayed at the Grey Hound Pub. The Sunday NYT had run a story called, "Bedding Down Above the Pub." We did, and came back and back, again and again until I bought the cottage is 1994.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
It is so peaceful. So quiet and no street lights!!!! Welcoming people, and good pub, and a very special ancient church.
- Primary: 919-967-1414
- Secondary: (252) 903-0215 (North Carolina, USA)
- Tertiary: +44 1308863868
Front of Cottage with flint-walled garden
Sunny eating area in kitchen overlooking the garden
TV wing of Lounge area. Livingroom area not included.
Parking area beside Grace Cottage with garden wall
Kitchen and Dining Area
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