The Garden House

Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset
Price: £541-£917 per week
Sleeps: 4 + cot
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
  • Beautifully refurbished cottage in the sleepy Dorset village of Okeford Fitzpaine
  • Wood burning stove
  • 2 TVs
  • Wi-Fi broadband
  • Sorry no pets
  • Non-smoking

What our guests say

An extremely well appointed place to stay, tucked away in a peaceful village setting. A truly authentic cottage experience complete with wood burner and everything you could wan....

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The price for your stay will be £379


15% discount for all holidays ending on or before 27th October


Great care has gone into the conversion of this former coach house, which is situated in the garden of a larger house in the village of Okeford Fitzpaine. Lying in the Stour Valley beneath Bulbarrow Hill, (900ft) from where there are magnificent views across several counties, this part of Dorset offers excellent opportunities for walking and cycling.

A beautiful stretch of the South Dorset heritage coastline from Poole - don't miss Browsea Island & Sandbanks - to Portland Bill is within easy driving distance and there is an abundance of visitor attractions in the area to suit all tastes and pockets, including Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Tower Park leisure complex as well as Stourhead, Hardy's Cottage, Corfe Castle and Kingston Lacey (all National Trust). The market towns of Sturminster Newton and Blandford are 3 and 6 miles respectively, whilst Okeford Fitzpaine has its own Post Office/village stores and pub. There are also a number of country pubs in the surrounding villages, which are well worth a visit.

The interior of the Garden House, graded 4 stars by Visit England, has been very tastefully decorated, considerable care being taken through the furnishings, lighting and colour schemes to bring out the building's original character. This is combined with good amenities, including underfloor heating, making this a very comfortable base to return to after a busy day's sightseeing.


Small entrance hallway. 'Farmhouse style' kitchen/breakfast room. Very light sitting room with dining area, woodburning stove and French windows leading out onto a paved terrace. Downstairs bathroom/w.c. with hand shower attachment to the bath and separate shower cubicle. Stairs to landing. W.C. with wash basin. Two bedrooms - one very attractive double room open to roof height with a 5ft bed and one twin room.

Outside there is a fenced and partly walled garden with lawned and paved areas. Barbecue.


  • Woodburning stove - 1st basket of logs included in rent
  • Oil fired central heating (underfloor downstairs)
  • Oil, electricity, bed linen and towels included in rent
  • Travel cot and high chair
  • 2 colour TVs (freeview)
  • WiFi broadband internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Automatic washing machine
  • Slimline dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Off road parking for one car
  • Village pub & Post Office Stores 250 yards
  • Organic farm shop 3 miles
  • Non-smokers only
  • Sorry no pets
  • Note: small changes in level on both floors and one or two low doorways


What our guests say

A warm and homely cottage experience in a delightful setting

An extremely well appointed place to stay, tucked away in a peaceful village setting. A truly authentic cottage experience complete with wood burner and everything you could want from a country escape. The warm and friendly welcome from Sue (the host) soon had us settled in, and with a number of friendly locals in the Royal Oak across the road we soon felt very much at home. Some excellent local restaurants, in particular Plumber Manor and The Ibberton rounded off our days exploring the Jurassic coast. Don't leave the Lulworth Cove area without visiting the ghost village of Tyneham. The Garden House is a terrific place for doing as much, or as little as you want.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 01 May 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The cottage was beautiful with large airy rooms. The owners were very helpful and left us a lovely bottle of wine and a cake which my partner demolished single handedly! The cottage was also very well equipped with everything we could have wanted. A local shop and pub is on the doorstep (although pub was closed when we were there). All in all a very enjoyable stay and would happily stay longer next time!

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 07 April 2017. 5 of 5 stars.

Lovely Cottage and surroundings. Thank you for a most enjoyable and comfortable stay; (staff at The Royal Oak very welcoming even to noisy children!)

Mr Cadbury, 1 April 2017
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Beautiful cottage and lovely place to spend our 3rd anniversary! Thanks Sue for the warm welcome and the sumptuous cake & wine! Was also joined for breakfast by one of your gorgeous spaniels which I nearly kidnapped! Would love to return to explore more of Dorset - we were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather!

Mrs Porter, March 2017

Just a perfect relaxing break in a beautiful cottage so well equipped, it allowed us to live in comfort. The Steam Fair, Haynes Motor Museum, stunning scenery, lively local villages, Lulworth Cove, BBQ's in the garden! Fantastic week!

Nikki Pizey, August 2016.

Very comfortable, well equipped, friendly and helpful owners

We stayed at The Garden House in August 2015 for a few days. Although the weather was wet and miserable, we really enjoyed our stay. The accommodation was very clean and comfortable and well equipped. Upon arrival, the owner Sue welcomed us, and had even kindly made a lovely cake for us to enjoy with a nice cup of tea after our long drive! There were other lovely touches around the house, such as fresh flowers, which helped make us feel welcome and at home. The owners were also very helpful with suggestions for places to visit and where to eat out. We'd certainly recommend The Garden House for people looking for a base to explore the area.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 01 April 2016. 5 of 5 stars.

We loved this quiet retreat

We loved the area, and the carefully appointed cottage. Situated in a lovely village, with owners (Sue and Mike) next door, we had amenities galore. A lovely place for family or just those that want to get away....

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 23 November 2015. 4 of 5 stars.

We have very much enjoyed our relaxing stay in The Garden House. Thank you Sue and Mike for your warm welcome and friendliness and also the lovely cake and birthday fizz. Much appreciated!

The Withers family, August 2015.

What a lovely, homely cottage. Having stayed in lots of apartments and cottages, this was by far the best. Enjoyed by everyone.

Mr & Mrs Paulding, October 2014

A comfortable cottage in a beautiful English village

Good sized living rooms and bedrooms; bathroom and toilet rather small but adequate. Friendly welcome including milk, tea bags etc and CAKE! Supply of towels was particularly generous, plenty of them and nice and thick. I stayed with my husband and adult son; large beds for us. Also toys, books, games etc for all age groups.The kitchen was well equipped for those who want to cook (I don't on holiday!), and the garden had a barbecue as well as seats, table etc. The village is delightful and I enjoyed walking to shop and eating at the pub. A good centre to explore Dorset and Wiltshire from but equally a place to stay and relax if that is what you want.

Guest's review on TripAdvisor, 10 August 2014. 4 of 5 stars.

Definitely the nicest cottage we have stayed in by far. Equipped with everything you need and a lovely garden. Fantastic location.

Mr & Mrs Shelton, July 2014

The cottage was beautiful. We had amazing weather so made good use of the garden and barbecue. A fantastic base for exploring. A lovely village with friendly people. The children enjoyed the toys and books.

Mr & Mrs Ellis, July 2014

What a beautiful and well-equipped cottage - so warm and comfortable to come back to after exploring the lovely villages and coast.

Mr & Mrs Nelson, June 2014

Just returned from a wonderful Easter at the Garden House, Dorset. The owner couldn’t have made us feel any more welcome and was so thoughtful leaving us milk, cake and wine after our long journey. The cottage is delightful, set in a beautiful part of the world and is wonderfully kept. It was well equipped and had everything we needed. Parking was good and the village is so lovely and quiet.

Mr & Mrs Wadsworth, March 2012

An excellent base from which to explore this glorious county. Some wonderful walking. We shall be back.

Mr & Mrs Kefford, October 2010

Lovely cottage, lovely village, lovely part of the country and we had lovely weather, so all in all JUST LOVELY!

Mr & Mrs Newton, September 2010
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