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The Old Sweet Shop

Portesham, Dorset
Sleeps 5
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Change Sat
Dogs allowed 1
4
star
Downstairs bathroom
Enclosed garden / patio
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Pub nearby
Shop nearby
Beach within easy reach
Fishing onsite / nearby
Family friendly
Towels included
Travel cot available
Highchair available
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At a glance

  • A bright and inviting holiday home in a picturesque village
  • Great for walking with the Dorset Ridgeway, the Jurassic Coast and the Isle of Portland to explore
  • Within easy reach of Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth and the Subtropical Gardens of Abbotsbury, the Swannery and Abbotsbury Children's Farm
Property code: DC181

Formerly a village sweet shop and general store, this lovely 19th-century cottage provides light and cosy accommodation for a family seeking to enjoy the beautiful Dorset coast and countryside.

Portesham is an ideal spot to stay if you want to explore the beautiful countryside and coast of Dorset. The nearby village of Abbotsbury is home to the beautiful Subtropical Gardens, popular Children's Farm and the unique Swannery. Chesil Beach is just 4 miles away, and this stretch of coast leads on to Hive Beach (8 miles) and West Bay (10.5 miles). The popular seaside town of Weymouth (7 miles) has plenty of great places to eat and drink, or you could explore the Isle of Portland (11.5 miles). The bustling market town of Dorchester (9 miles) is home to Thomas Hardy’s property at Max Gate, and you can visit Hardy’s birthplace at Higher Bockhampton (11.5 miles). Bridport (12 miles) a vibrant town full of small shops is just a short distance away and Weymouth (12 miles).

Set next to the owner’s property, this delightful cottage has been in the owners family for five generations. With views overlooking the village, the cottage has been extended and is accessed via the kitchen at the rear. The light and attractive kitchen has a vaulted ceiling with beams and is equipped with a range oven, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and microwave. Exploring the property further, there’s a charming lounge and a cosy snug, each with a choice of seating and a TV. You will also find a pleasant dining room which is perfect for enjoying a family meal. There is a utility room on the ground floor as well as a shower room with WC. Moving upstairs, you will find three comfortable bedrooms: a double room, a single room and a double room with a 6’ bed which can be made up as a twin room on prior request. The bathroom is complete with a shower over the bath and a WC.

Going outside, you can unwind in the back garden which has a terrace with outdoor furniture, a lawn, rockery, pergola and raised beds with shrubs and flowers. It is surrounded by stone walls and eight steps leading up to the former farmyard.

 

  • 3 bedrooms – 1 double room, 1 double room with 6’ bed which can be split to make a twin room, 1 single room
  • 2 bathrooms - 1 bathroom with shower over bath and WC, 1 shower room with WC
  • Range oven, microwave, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine
  • TV/DVD
  • Dining room
  • Snug with open fire - logs included October - end of April
  • Utility room
  • Garden with outdoor furniture and pergola
  • Ample off road parking
  • 1 dog welcome
  • Wi-Fi included
  • Electric panel heaters and electric included
  • Cot/highchair
  • Shop 400 metres
  • Pub 200 metres
  • Coast 2.5 miles
  • Weymouth 7.5 miles
  • This property will be decorated for Christmas
  • Arrival: 15:00 onwards
  • Departure: before 10:00, unless otherwise stated in your arrival details
  • 1 dog allowed. Dogs are charged at £20 each per full or part week

Nicky Rice

This property joined our collection in 2019 and is managed by Nicky.

Reviews

From guests that have stayed at the property.

Based on 35 guest ratings

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Reviewed by Melanie, 30th July 2022

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We have just had the most wonderful week here, you name it theyve got it! Full of home comforts and anything you could need if going with a baby - stair gates, too and bottom, baby bath, monitors, foam mattress in travel cotabsolutely perfect! Thank you so much; we will definitely be back!

Reviewed by David, 9th July 2022

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Reviewed by Michelle, 2nd July 2022

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This is the best holiday cottage we've ever stayed at and we've used holiday cottages for 5 or more trips over the years. The house is beautifully clean and tidy, exceptionally well equipped and the the warm welcome of milk, eggs and a cake in the fridge started the holiday off well . The location was perfect for walking and hiking, being quite neaRead morer to many attractions and the village of Portesham itself is lovely. I'd highly recommend and wouldn't hesitate to go back there myself in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Victoria, 11th June 2022

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Reviewed by Philip, 4th June 2022

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The house was excellent, finished to a very high standard. There were ample supplies in the kitchen catering for all our needs. The TV was a little dated and limited to programme choices, but we were in a Dorset village.

Reviewed by Julia, 30th May 2022

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We have stayed in a lot of holiday cottages and this was one of the best. The house was spacious for 5 people, beautifully decorated and very well equipped. Its minutes from the very nice pub and a farm shop (which does lovely breakfasts). We couldnt fault it, its just a lovely place to stay.

Reviewed by Andrew, 7th May 2022

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Really enjoyed our week in this lovely property which is well located for exploring Dorset's many treasures. The accommodation is superb and the level of facilities and equipment provided is excellent and went far beyond our expectations. Having a decent pub with good food and a well stocked farm shop with cafe within 5 minutes walk was well apprecRead moreiated. Would highly recommend this property and would happily return in the future. Hide

Reviewed by Colin, 30th April 2022

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Lovely stay and beautifully laid out property. Pub and Farm shop/cafe conveniently close by

Reviewed by Maureen, 23rd April 2022

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Reviewed by Anek, 17th April 2022

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The housekeeping at this property is exceptional, its the little things that make it stand out from others we have visited. Loads of crockery and glass wear etc, dishwasher tablets enough for the duration of the stay. A beautifully baked cake, milk and fresh eggs, the list goes on. The village is picturesque, whilst the property is located on the cRead moreorner of a junction the road is not an issue and a good nights sleep was had by all. The pub, cafe and mobile chippy are great. Hide

Reviewed by Bernadine, 9th April 2022

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Reviewed by Steven, 25th March 2022

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Everything in and around the cottage was perfect. Very pretty village with good pub - do evening meals - yards from the front door. Village farm shop is just round the corner, all basics in stock. Don't miss fish & chip van on Wednesday evening.. Need a car if you want to go exploring.

Reviewed by Samantha, 3rd March 2022

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Reviewed by Ann, 22nd December 2021

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Exactly as advertised, everything you could want, real home from home. Owners very helpful and Xmas hamper great touch.

Reviewed by Lesley, 16th October 2021

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Reviewed by Ian, 2nd October 2021

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Further to my previous comments we found everything in THE OLD SWEET SHOP to be excellent from the kitchen appliances .comfort cleanliness and all of the local information provided..Parking may be an issue for clients with large vehicles.

Reviewed by J, 25th September 2021

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This is a really generously equipped cottage that is in outstanding order. We liked the fact the the owners had left us a cake and had done things like leave barbecue coal and lighters to use on the barbecue. Very thoughtful. The location is excellent but is right on the road at the front of the house. WiFi was excellent. We were there for walking Read moreand the location was brilliant for this. Hide

Reviewed by Maureen, 18th September 2021

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A super location for for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Reviewed by Justin, 4th September 2021

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Comfortable, well-appointed and very clean cottage in a lovely part of the country. Genuinely hospitable owners. Our second stay in five months, which says it all.

Reviewed by Anne, 14th August 2021

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The cottage is amazing, lovely and spacious, great location, and immaculate. The best stocked cottage i have ever stayed in. Aot of thought and attention has gone into the planning of this lovely cottage. Great to have 2 parking spots and seriously close to the pub and shop. Centrally located to explore the surrounding towns ,, villages and beachesRead more. The owners were so welcoming and helpful, and lovely touches like fresh eggs and a homemade cake were very welcome. Would definately go again! Hide

Reviewed by June, 7th August 2021

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We enjoyed our stay at the Old Sweet Shop and were impressed by the cleanliness of the house. Friendly owner and in a lovely little village. Lots of information provided to plan our travels in the area. Home made apple cake in fridge on arrival was a lovely touch and delicious. Would recommend house as a good base for exploring Dorset. Not a lot ofRead more outside space but we found lots of accessible beaches not far away for picnics. Hide

Reviewed by David, 17th July 2021

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A lovely cottage in a lovely village. Well worth a visit.

Reviewed by Gladys, 26th June 2021

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Reviewed by Emma, 19th June 2021

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The house was fab everything you need was there and place to visit was only like 15 min drive the village was beautiful with the little work to the pub and the fish chip van in a wed on the green grass cant wait to come back

Reviewed by Mary, 12th June 2021

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Wonderful all round. Noisy traffic but not much of a problem and fine at night.

Reviewed by Debbie, 5th June 2021

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Beautiful cottage in lovely surroundings. Very clean and well equipped. Welcome cake was delicious. Will definately return.

Reviewed by Justin, 8th May 2021

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Just about the best holiday property we've stayed in, very well planned and equipped. It's located in a pleasant and interesting village, in open countryside but within easy driving of Weymouth and Dorchester and with a two-mile cycle path to Abbotsbury. The owners strike me as naturally hospitable and genuinely concerned that their guests should eRead morenjoy their visit. We certainly did! Hide

Reviewed by Ian, 18th April 2021

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Our first stay at ye olde sweet shop and we will definitely go back. The host were very welcoming, locally made spiced apple cake, eggs and milk in the fridge on our arrival. First holiday away with our puppy so I was very anxious but the garden was safe and enclosed. Great location, a fish and chips van is in the village Wednesday evenings 6.30-7.Read more30, reasonably priced, cooked to ordered and very tasty. Thank you Hide

Reviewed by Shrila, 20th December 2020

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Loved The Old Sweet Shop, with all the history preserved but in a modern setting. Super comfortable with everything you need. All made extra special by the special Christmas hamper kept by the owners that included chocolates, cake, biscuits, wine, cheese and many more that my family happily consumed. Appreciated the tree and festive decorations thaRead moret made it all welcoming. Thank you and we will definately recommend this to our friends and family. Hide

Reviewed by Janice, 31st October 2020

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A very comfortable cottage. Lots of space and light. Welcoming . The cottage is well equipped and clean. It is in an ideal location for visiting West Dorset and the beaches.

Reviewed by Rosemary, 3rd October 2020

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This was our 2nd stay at The Old Sweet Shop. Ideally situated for exploring this area of Dorset. 2 minutes walk to the nearest pub. Lovely home made Dorset spiced apple cake waiting for us in the fridge on our arrival along with milk and 6 eggs. Lovely.

Reviewed by Claire, 12th September 2020

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Reviewed by John, 22nd August 2020

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The Old Sweet Shop is beautifully laid out and maintained and is very well equipped. We'd thoroughly recommend it as a very comfortable base for a holiday in West Dorset. The village of Portesham too is picture perfect.

Reviewed by Andrew, 15th August 2020

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Great cottage, well located. Has all the kitchen equipment that you could wish for. Also hairdryers so dont need to take your own. WiFi was decent so kids happy. Easy to use as base to explore Dorset and neighbouring Devon. Extra shower downstairs great when teenage daughter hogs the bathroom! History about the property very interesting.

Reviewed by J, 8th August 2020

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The Old Sweet Shop was delightful, spotlessly clean with a lovely enclosed garden. The kitchen was very well equipped and the welcome pack of milk, eggs and cake was a nice thought. There was plenty of space for us all and the little snug a quiet retreat for the oldies! Good dog friendly pub short walk away serving excellent food and farm shop nearRead moreby. Fish & chip van calls every Wednesday at the green, recommended! Only negative, noise from busy road at the front of the property. Hide

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