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Old Gaol Cottage

Cerne Abbas, Dorset (Ref. 994474)


Dream Cottages rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No

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  • Garden / Patio
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • Peter

    “Five star stay in a five star property.”

    - Peter, August 2023


  • Bedrooms: 1 x king-size double
  • 1 x twin large single beds
  • Bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor cloakroom with 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 rent
  • On street parking subject to availability
  • Sorry No Pets
  • Sorry No smoking
  • No short breaks less than 5 nights.

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: and another showing the cottage - some of the cottage has been updated since: 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.

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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, it oozes charm and character and 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