Old Gaol Cottage is located in the charming and quaint village of Cerne Abbas, previously voted England's most beautiful village. Overlooking the village is the Cerne Giant, at 180ft, he's the largest chalk figure in the UK; folklore surrounds his presence but there are associations with fertility. Old Gaol Cottage dates back to 1859 and is steeped in history. Formerly the village gaol (jail) and police station, it is now a quintessentially English country cottage which guests are who are looking to enjoy the finer charms of village life will surely enjoy. Decorated and furnished by the current owners, all around are individual touches such photographs of the area and framed and quirky momentos such as an antique truncheon and the jailers keys. Walking through the village you may choose to try the village tearooms for a morning cup of coffee or a delicious cream tea. A choice of pubs serves local ales and good food and the village is serviced by an excellent shop which stocks almost everything! All around is a walker's delight with an abundance of routes right on the door step, and as it is nestled in the Cerne Valley the views are magnificent, being a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The county town of Dorchester is an easy 8 miles away and has a great combination of shopping, historical and visitor attractions. Around a 30 minute drive away is the coast at Weymouth which boasts a long and sandy beach, shops and restaurants. Many guests like to visit Old Gaol to recapture a simpler and less busy lifestyle in a pretty village for a week or so.
Accommodation: Kitchen. Dining Room. Lounge. Cloakroom with toilet and handbasin. Bedroom 1, kingsize double bed. Bedroom 2, twin large single beds. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, hand basin and toilet.
Additional services: WiFi. Night storage heating. Flat screen TV. Fridge / freezer. Dishwasher. Washer/Dryer.
Enjoy the Owners video showing a possible day in the life of Cerne Abbas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHh7tJUXQsQ and another showing the cottage - some of the cottage has been updated since: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JUhZhKWhcY
Cerne Abbas have in recent years held two lovely events in June, firstly they have open gardens and secondly, they hold a music festival which are both very popular to visitors to the village. Please check websites for details. www.cerneabbasopengardens.org.uk and www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk