Become a host

Thatch and Tranquility

  • 6 guests

  • 4 bedrooms

  • 2 bathrooms

  • sq/ft

Add dates for price

Ask the host anything

Do you have a question about this home or the local area?

Tucked away in the Dorset countryside, this thatched cottage couldn’t be more charming if it tried. Inside, a roaring inglenook fireplace, rolltop bath, and cosy library nook tick off all the cottagecore boxes. While outside, there’s a quintessential English garden with an alfresco dining area for long summer nights. While the cottage feels surprisingly roomy with four bedrooms upstairs, a home of this heritage naturally has its quirks. Expect a ladder-type staircase leading up to the old hay-loft double bedroom and low beams dotted about elsewhere. Set in the sleepy village of Winterbourne-Houghton, there’s a local pub within walking distance. But for a little more bustle, the vibrant market town of Blandford Forum is just a five-mile drive.


The Plum Promise

  • No time for average – We reject thousands of homes worldwide, so you don't have to.
  • Hosts we know – With track records of high-quality hosting.
  • Rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot – Exceptional service before, during and after your stay.

Ask the host anything

Do you have a question about this home or the local area?

What to expect


Highlights

Hop on a boat to Brownsea Island from Poole Quay – just a short drive away

Hop on a boat to Brownsea Island from Poole Quay – just a short drive away

Curl up beside the inglenook fireplace for a game of chess

Curl up beside the inglenook fireplace for a game of chess

Fire up the smoker barbecue in the private garden

Fire up the smoker barbecue in the private garden

Lose yourself to a classic in the cosy library nook for two

Lose yourself to a classic in the cosy library nook for two

Like what you see? Explore more of this home

Home truths

    Due to this home's rural location, you'll need a car to get the most out of your stay.

    There is free parking outside the cottage.

    Please be aware that the cottage is traditional in style, with low beams and uneven and small steps.

    The old hay-loft bedroom is accessed via the dining room, up an open-tread traditional stairway.

About this stay


Amenities

Outdoor seating

Wi-fi

Parking available

Washing machine

Dryer

Garden

Bedrooms & bathrooms

4 bedrooms, 4 beds

2 bathrooms

Extras


VIP services

Arrange a chef

Tickets and experience booking

Additional fees

  • Your host can help arrange private chefs, paddleboard hire, Champagne cruises, gin school and more for an additional fee – speak to your host about the full range of experiences and activities they offer.

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Blandford Forum

Sixty-five years after the Great Fire of London wreaked havoc on the capital, the sleepy Dorset town of Blandford Forum was also the victim of a catastrophic inferno that burnt down the vast majority of the wooden, thatched dwellings. From the ashes, local architect brothers John and William Bastard were called upon to draw up a new town plan and using stone quarried from the nearby Isle of Portland, they...

Explore the area

Local restaurants, cafes, museums, sites and activities, recommended by our community of hosts and travel experts

Get the village pub experience at Hambro Arms

Get the village pub experience at Hambro Arms

Serving up traditional pub fare and a range of coffees during the day, the Hambro Arms is a classic local haunt.

16 min
Explore Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Explore Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Get up close with rescued primates at this natural and well-designed animal park. Watch orangutans play with towels and see chimps use their hands to reach broccoli. A lovely place for a day out with the family.

32 min
Explore the Blandford Fashion Museum

Explore the Blandford Fashion Museum

Step into the heart of Georgian Blandford Forum and discover a carefully curated collection of fashion from the 18th century to 1990. Immerse yourself in the history behind the garments while enjoying refreshments in the cosy tea room.

18 min
Explore Hall and Woodhouse Brewery

Explore Hall and Woodhouse Brewery

Embark on a fascinating brewery tour, led by knowledgeable guides, and learn about the beer-making process. Enjoy beer tastings and indulge in delicious food at the bar/restaurant.

16 min
Explore the Blandford Town Museum

Explore the Blandford Town Museum

Step into the Tardis-like Blandford Town Museum and be amazed by its size and fascinating exhibits. With knowledgeable staff, a dog-friendly environment, activities for children, a beautiful garden, and a lovely gift shop, this free museum is a must-visit.

19 min
Discover the Dorset Museum & Art Gallery

Discover the Dorset Museum & Art Gallery

Discover exceptional exhibits, from Iron Age artefacts to local fossils and Thomas Hardy's effects. Immerse yourself in the history of Dorset while enjoying the charming café and lovely gift shop.

33 min

Get around

Airport

Bournemouth

55 min

Southampton

1 hr 20 min

Bristol

1 hr 53 min

Train station

Moreton

34 min

Bus stop

Winterborne Stickland, Winterborne Stickland: St Mary

20 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

16 min

Cafe

15 min

Pharmacy

15 min

Points of interest

Beach

Lake Beach

47 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Not suitable for infants under age 1

No smoking

No pets

No parties or events

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    14

    days

    Cancel at least 14 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 14 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Richard

This home is managed directly by a business. A member of their staff will be your point of contact before and during your stay. Richard and his knowledgeable team provide lovely, handpicked homes and excellent service for guests. With a strong focus on quality and friendly customer service, your finest holiday starts with them – and trust us, you'll be in good hands.

This home is nominated for the Plum Guide Award.

  • Great hosts, not just great homes – We reject homes managed by hosts who don’t meet our standards of excellence.

The Plum Promise

  • Every home scrutinised by experts, they have to meet our standards.
  • Hosts we knowHigh-quality hosting, with track records of high-quality hosting.
  • Impeccably clean, well maintained homes.
  • Peace of mind in the rare event your host cancels.
  • Rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot, delivering exceptional service before, during and after your stay.