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Old Gaol Cottage

Cerne Abbas, Dorset (Ref. 994474)

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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

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  • Rating 

  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets No

  • View on map


  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi
  • Reviews

    Mrs Hoult

    “Beautiful accommodation.”

    The Old Gaol Cottage has some lovely artwork, a lot of history and a peaceful atmosphere. The king size four poster bed was wonderful. Unfortunately I couldn't get onto it as I'm small! The large single beds were very comfortable and both of us had really good nights sleep while there. ...

    The Old Gaol Cottage has some lovely artwork, a lot of history and a peaceful atmosphere. The king size four poster bed was wonderful. Unfortunately I couldn't get onto it as I'm small! The large single beds were very comfortable and both of us had really good nights sleep while there. We enjoyed a delicious meal at the Royal Oak pub. There were paintings of the pub from previous decades and some interesting antiques. The landlord and staff are very friendly. A traditional pub dated from 1504 I believe. We also visited the New Inn, with family who live in Sherborne. The lunch was delicious and the surroundings lovely, like a country Manor House. Again the staff were friendly and very accommodating. There's an old building just up from the centre of the village. It used to house visiting monks. We didn't go inside as there was no one to ask, but it was well preserved. On the same street there were several "Tudor" looking houses. One was being renovated and we could see the old lathe outside walls. A really beautiful village. Everyone we met said 'good morning, afternoon, evening'. The lady in the shop asked my husband if we were enjoying our holiday. The cafe/coffee shop is really quaint and quite busy. My husband enjoyed the full English breakfast. There are a lot of place to visit in the surrounding area. We saw the Cerne Giant and visited Sherborne Abbey, which is amazing. Along with my daughter and granddaughter I had a massage in Robin James Salon, in Sherborne. The ladies are lovely and nothing is too much trouble. Very relaxing! We shall be visiting Cerne Abbas and The Old Gaol Cottage again next year. We didn't want to leave. A heartfelt thank you.

The property

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.

This historic cottage welcomes you into a cosy sitting room, where you can curl up with a good book or a favourite film.

The Large kitchen dining room is well equipped and has all you will need to create a tasty dinner.

The comfortable cottage bedrooms provide the perfect place to relax, and recharge for new adventures.

The single beds are a real treat unlike any other single as they are supersized, plenty of space for a comfy nights sleep.

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 jailer’s 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.

This cottage is perfect for a family who want to explore Dorset and its history, and what better way than to spend a holiday in a cottage with so much of it’s own!

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


Bedrooms: 1 x king-size double. 1 x twin large single beds. Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC. Sitting Room. Kitchen dining room.


  • Night storage heating
  • Electric cooker, Microwave, Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Flat screen TV
  • WiFi
  • Fuel and Power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc.in rent
  • On street parking subject to availability
  • Sorry No Pets
  • Sorry No smoking.

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About the location


Dorchester 8 miles; Sherborne 12 miles; Yeovil 16 miles; Weymouth 17 miles.

Cerne Abbas is a quintessential, picturesque village in Dorset, and oozing charm and character, it was once voted as Britain's most desirable village! Dating back to Medieval times, the remains of the Benedictine Abbey, around which the village grew, can still be seen today. Today, it's well known for the Cerne Giant, the 180-foot figure of a naked man cut into the steep chalk downlands, which dominates the surrounding landscape. Local facilities abound, including three pubs and a tea room, plus the surrounding countryside is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers superb views and great walks. A short drive takes you to Dorchester, Sherborne and the Dorset Jurassic Coast. A truly fascinating area close to many places of interest at any time of the year.

Note: No cot or highchair

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas
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