Cottage in Winfrith Newburgh, Nr. Dorchester, Dorset, England - located In a peaceful village, ideal walking countryside, and in easy reach of numerous attractions
About Kelly Rose
We first discovered Snail's Place in 1977 when it was a derelict ruin, as you can see from the picture in the front porch. By 1979, this picturesque 17th century thatched cottage (a Grade II listed building) had been completely restored by an Old Buildings Preservation and Restoration Trust, sympathetically blending exposed beams, traditional fixtures and fittings together with modern household facilities. The cottage was our base for many family summer holidays during the early years with our two young daughters. Now they are grown up, we spend more time travelling, often enjoying the delights of Italy, and especially our grand-daughter who lives there, and our restored 200 year old Italian farmhouse Villa Gelsi in Le Marche, which is also available for rental – see www.villagelsi.com.
Kelly Rose purchased this Cottage in 1970
Why Kelly Rose chose Winfrith Newburgh
After cancelling a much needed holiday in Corfu with our daughters in 1977 because of illness, we eventually found an alternative escape in Dorset. Staying in a local pub at Lulworth, we fell in love with the area. Returning the following year, we discovered the ruin we had seen the previous year was being lovingly brought back to life. We started chatting to the architect who showed us some of the intricate details of the restoration being undertaken. We became so absorbed in the project that we determined that our wishful thinking had to be transformed into reality. So for us, Snail's Place became a dream come true, a quintessential Grade ll thatched cottage with a rose climbing round the front door. Magic!
What makes this Cottage unique
Snail's Place is an ideal location for those who enjoy the pleasures of walking, with glorious rolling countryside within easy reach. There are a multitude of beaches along the coastline, all ideal for families - from the broad sands at Weymouth to the west to the four-mile stretch of golden, sandy unspoilt beach at Studland to the east. There is no shortage of places to eat - from a host of local, and more distant pubs serving good wholesome food, to smart restaurants for that special night out. You can spend your time immersed in the numerous attractions that are on offer in the area, or enjoy a peaceful picnic in the surrounding countryside. There is so much to see and do, both for the young, and the not so young. And all within easy reach of Snail's Place.
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Cosy idyll in a gorgeous little village
Snail's Place (nice pun) is a wonderful little cottage ideally placed to explore the best that Dorset has to offer. Other than the low ceilings one gets with cottages of this age (I'm 6'2", so bumped my head a few times!), everything was just so. We'd stay again in a heartbeat.
Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coastline is about 3 miles away by car.
Other beaches include:
Tyneham - 4 miles (coves).
Kimmeridge - 4½ miles (coves).
Ringstead - 5 miles (pebbles).
Weymouth - 8 miles (sandy beach).
Portland - 10 miles
Swanage - 14 miles (sandy beach).
Sandbanks -National Trust - 18 miles (long sandy beach).
Bournemouth Airport (45 mins drive).
Weymouth ferry crossing (30 mins Drive).
Poole ferry crossing (40 mins drive).
Lulworth Cove/Durdle door - 3 miles (10 mins drive)
Dorchester - 8 miles (20 mins drive)
Weymouth - 8 miles (20 mins drive)
Wareham - 8 miles (15 mins drive)
Portland - 10 miles (40 mins drive
Monkey World and Tank museum - 4 miles (10 mins drive)
Tyneham Ghost Village - 5 miles (8 mins drive)
Corfe Castle - 12 miles (21 mins drive)
Milton Abbas - 13 miles (21 mins drive)
Supermarkets, shopping and other facilities:
At Dorchester: Waitrose, Tesco, M&S, Co-op, Cinemas. Library, Tourist Office, Museum, train station
At Wareham: Sainsburys, Cinema.
At Weymouth: Asda, Tesco, M&S, Debenhams, Cinema
Horse Riding is available at the Lulworth Equestrian Centre in Coombe Keynes - 4.5 miles (10 minutes drive) away.