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Downside in Mosterton, Dorset

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

Downside description

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This semi-detached Dorset cottage is a self-contained wing of the owner's farmhouse, peacefully situated on a working dairy farm close to the charming village of Mosterton. Positioned on the borders of West Dorset and South Somerset, the cottage offers well-equipped, comfortable accommodation, with views across the Axe Valley, a cosy open fire and sunny conservatory. This is a wonderful place to relax after a day exploring this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visitors can enjoy a fresh egg for breakfast from one of the free-range chickens, or watch the calves being fed across this 180-acre farm.

The thriving community of Mosterton boasts a number of good local facilities and is set in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the West Dorset countryside. Close to the Somerset border, just three miles from Crewkerne and less than five miles from Beaminster, this lovely village is perfectly situated for those looking to explore this superb rural area. The region was a favourite destination of Thomas Hardy – author of 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' - and in recent years has been featured in the 'River Cottage' television series. The Monarch Way provides an excellent walking route, whilst Forde Abbey and Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park are both easily accessible. Visitors can also enjoy a trip to the market town of Bridport or explore the historic Jurassic Coast.

Explore the fossils and stunning beaches of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, visit historic Sherborne and Shaftesbury, or enjoy the footpaths, country lanes and thatched-roof pubs Dorset offers.

Oil central heating with open fire. Electric double oven, halogen hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine (in utility room), dishwasher, flat-screen TV with Freeview, DVD, Xbox (a few games provided). Selection of books, games & DVDs. Fuel, power & starter pack for open fire inc. in rent. Bed linen & towels inc. in rent. Cot, highchair & stairgate on request. Ample off road parking. Shared lawned garden, small private sitting area with furniture & BBQ. Three well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop & pub 1 mile. Note: Farm machinery & animals; young children to be supervised at all times. Note: Dogs to be kept on a lead at all times. Note: The farm has its own tested water supply.


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  • Cooker
  • Cots
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
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Mr Kulpa
May 2019
Really enjoyed our stay , very relaxing.. Loved seeing all the animals on the farm. Just remember to bring Wellington boots if you want to do for a walk around the farm. Would stay again
Mrs Thomas
April 2019
Clean, comfortable and a relaxing time.. Just what we needed. Although a working dairy farm it is in a quiet area and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Hope we can return again sometime
Mr Soanes
December 2018
It must be remembered this is a working dairy farm, run by a very hard working couple, with 3 children, 100 + cows and a bull, sheep, chickens, and ducks! A bit of a novelty for townies, superb views in all directions,from a superb vantage point. Single file lanes in all directions . Can be quite noisy with the twice a day milking regime! The cottage, which is part of the original farmhouse, could do with a little TLC . Not exactly 'Homes & Gardens' standard, but very comfy. The owners, the House family, are a superb crowd, even letting me be with them for Christmas dinner!!
Mrs Warren
September 2018
Whilst the cottage was in a fantastic location we were very disappointed by it's cleanliness and contents.. The water is very hard there and we found the kettle so full of scale and scum that we couldn't use it on arrival so had to boil water in a saucepan. The stainless steel sink in the kitchen was very dirty as were the taps and shower in the bathroom. The downstairs toilet wasn't clean. The first morning i went to a local shop and bought cleaning products so spent the first morning cleanig the cottage and descaling and cleaning the kettle . There were lots of cobwebs that I had to Hoover away. No welcome pack which was unusual because every other Sykes cottage we've been to supplied nibbles or bread and milk. Whilst it's not compulsory it is welcoming. In this cottage there was nothing - no washing up liquid, no spare toilet rolls, cupboards full of old food left by previous guests. The last morning I cleaned the cottage and left it as I would have liked to have found it. I left my cleaning supplies and spare toilet rolls for the next people in. It was very disappointing and you should contact the owner to encourage them to be a lot more considerate about cleanliness. Don't want to spend hours of my holiday cleaning. Never had to do it before and don't want to do it again.
Mrs Sandell
September 2018
Downside was just the most lovely cottage on a wonderfully beautiful part of the world.. Although made to feel very much st home we only saw the hosts twice, when we collected and returned the keys. The cottage is ideally located for lots of Dorset and Somerset attractions. Crewkerne is nearby with all the amenities (Waitrose and Lidl) and the village shop in Mosterton was well stocked. The very quiet roads meant that driving at a sensible speed with due caution made it a pleasure. So all in all, everything anyone could need within a reasonable distance and a fabulous cottage. We definitely would consider going back. P.S. we were struck by what a dog-friendly area Dorset is. Albeit cottages that are 2-dog friendly were a bit thin on the ground. Thank you for trusting us with your cottage and our dogs. They loved it too.
Mr Brain
August 2018
Mrs Kemp
June 2018
We had a lovely time and could not fault the setting, my husband even got to see the cows being milked.. Thank you to the Houses for a very comfortable and relaxing stay, would definitely recommend the cottage.
Mrs Garman
May 2018
Excellent holiday on a working farm.. Farmer & wife could not do more to help us and make our holiday unforgettable
Mr Edmonds
May 2018
Think Farm--Think Wellies! Dairy Cattle driven four times daily past property on only available lane.Not noisy but road soiled for some distance. Although welcome to walk dogs on property , fields are quite steep. Not for oldies!! Domestic chickens,duck, lambs and cats all friendly and 18month old grandaughter delighted and entertained. Comfortable double bed in larger bedroom and great power shower in bathroom. Kitchen perfectly adequate to prepare food for four at once. Conservatory provides airy relaxation/ dining area. Tiled floors easy to clean after food spillages and dog footprints. Good menu at local pub and great cider country! Add beautiful views, picturesque villages, and peace. Stir well and serve regularly for a memorable break.
Mrs Rudkin
April 2018
Our holiday stay at Downend exceeded expectations.. The proximity of the cottage to the farm was very close, in fact on your doorstep. I miss all the farm noises - especially the cockerel and cows. We got to feed the lambs and enjoy the dairy farm and its atmosphere. Incredibly friendly owners to the cottage. The accommodation was very comfortable, warm, cosy and very well equipped. The location of the cottage is ideal for visiting the surrounding area and close to the coast.
Mr Bamforth
March 2018
We had a lovely stay at Downside despite the very inclement weather.. The accommodation was excellent and in particular we enjoyed the open fire during the evenings. Our grandson really enjoyed the greeting he got from the hens each time we left the house. Downside is ideally located for the Jurassic coast and we visited West Bay and Lyme Regis on day trips. We owed a big thank you to Andrew and Emma for letting us take our grandson to see the cows being milked, to meet the bulls and see the lambs that were being bottle fed. Then to top it off he got to sit in a One very happy family and one very happy grandson. Our thanks once again for the warm welcome and the way we were looked after during our stay.
Mr Lavine
February 2018
This cottage is all about location if you want to reconnect with nature or your other half this place will do just that .. it's by far not full of all the gadgets it's comfy its warm and open fire , you will struggle to beat the views when you open the curtains. ducks sheep cows fox's badagers monk jacks there all on your door . all ready booked to go again
Mrs Price
November 2017
Very happy with our holiday break.. Was very happy with the cottage and made to feel very welcome. Beds extremely comfortable. Property very well presented and clean.
Mr Stanley
July 2016
Downside was a very comfortable cottage. It is in a very quiet situation with beautiful views. We enjoyed being on a working farm.
Mrs Beard
June 2016
The cottage was spacious and light. Very comfortable and well equipped and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful.
Mrs Lott
May 2016
In a quiet and peaceful setting and with very lovely owners of the farm. Had a perfect holiday.
November 2015
We have just returned from a long weekend here ..and can't wait to return!! ... what a wonderful place to stay! A well equipped cottage in the country on a working farm run by a lovely family who didn't mind us traipsing around whenever we wanted. Cows sheep chickens and ducks, trixie the dog and 3 cats.....and not forgetting the Bull. Situated within a short drive of Somerset and Devon with the gorgeous beaches and places of interest. The Admiral Hood public house also deserves a mention for its hospitality and wonderful food x
Mrs Saunders
August 2015
The cottage was comfortable and cosy and the conservatory enabled us to enjoy the light evenings even if it was chilly outside. The cottage was easy to find and in a good location to explore.
Paul S
August 2015
We stayed in Downhill Cottage for 7 great nights.Fabulous cottage,cosy and clean.Home from home.Private and quiet.Ducks and chickens run around.And cows off for milking.Great location too see Dorset.Great price for August,would cost a lot more for a tin can caravan.Would recommend to any one.Book now.
Ms Reilly
March 2015
A very comfortable cottage with everything you could need.
Miss Chetty
March 2015
Peaceful and very private. It's what people that are from the city look for! Ideal! Tranquil.
November 2014
We stayed here for a week and had a cosy, comfortable stay, in what was (mostly) inclement weather. The cottage was clean, well-appointed and all ready for us. The open fire was really great (extra fuel available from owners) and it burned well, with a good chimney. We especially liked the two new and comfortable settees - each has built-in footrests (you press a lever and these appear individually - two on each settee) - a comfort we've never found before in a UK cottage. The TV is a new flat-screen of a good size - it was pleasant to watch TV by the open fire. The kitchen is equipped with all that we needed (we like to cook) and the spacious conservatory makes a good dining room. The beds are comfy and we had quiet nights. The stars on a clear night are wonderful. The owners live next-door and were helpful without being intrusive. We bought duck and chicken eggs from them - delicious eggs, as the birds run freely. Despite being next door, the cottage is quite private and quiet. We were visiting family in the area so didn't really have time to see the farm, but we enjoyed watching the cows coming to and from milking. A real rural gem!
Mrs Shrubb
August 2014
Set in the beautiful countryside where it is so peaceful and quiet. The cottage has everything you need. This is our second stay and we will book again next year.
Mrs Moore
August 2014
The shared garden was great for the children. The sofas were very comfortable. The cottage smelled fresh and was clean when we arrived.
Mrs Butcher
April 2014
We liked the remote country location and the fact that it was on a working dairy farm. It was furnished as if it was a home not a rental property, a real home from home. The owners were so friendly and were there if needed. A real getaway to enjoy the peace of the countryside. The village pub served very good meals at reasonable prices, but book ahead for 'pie night'! If the chickens are laying,Emma can sell you free range eggs.
Mr Jarman
April 2014
It was a very nice cottage and was within driving range of a variety of activities. It was very nice to find we had complementary eggs from the owners that had been laid by their hens. We enjoyed watching the cows going to and from the fields daily.
Mr Barton
October 2013
Ideal location, clean and fully equipped cottage. Ideal for a family holiday.
Mrs Gethings
October 2013
Farm location great for children and quiet.
Mrs Woods
September 2013
Cottage was very well equipped, and the sun room was a real benefit. It really gave the feeling of space.
Mr Martin
July 2013
Very spacious accommodation and friendly relaxed owners. Couldn't fault anything.
Mrs Jeffers
June 2013
Friendly owners, beautiful garden and surroundings, peace and quiet, visiting animals and location - great places to visit. A very family friendly holiday.
Mrs Shrubb
May 2013
Friendly welcome, the owners were very helpful without being intrusive. Lovely farm animals and pets. Beautiful location, very peaceful.
Mrs Beal
April 2013
The children had a lovely time and so did we.
Mrs Holloway
April 2013
We were made to feel very welcome and it was lovely to be able to see life on a working farm.
Mrs Mciver
December 2012
The cottage was fabulous, and the extra touches by the owners added to our whole experience.
December 2012
the cottage was beautiful everything you could possibly need and more. The owners and there children were lovely and we were left fresh eggs as a welcome gift which we thought was a lovely thought. peaceful and relaxing will definately be back in the summer. The weather wasnt great but hey it didnt spoil the holiday one bit still lots to do
Mr Goodyear
November 2012
The peace and quiet of staying in the middle of nowhere. The friendliness of the owners. Being able to observe the dairy herd close up in the milking parlour as well as walking up the lane to the fields.
Mrs Hardy
October 2012
A very comfortable cottage in a lovely, quiet, rural location with everything we needed.
Mr Brunning
September 2012
Excellent property with friendly owners.
Mrs Hurren
July 2012
We thought the family were very welcoming and were thoughtful in providing toys for our children to play with. The cottage was an ideal size for two adults and 2 toddlers.
Mr Bye
January 2012
Tranquil surroundings. Well placed to visit many places. Friendly family.
Mr Prescott
August 2011
Lovely scenery and quiet location
August 2011
This is our second time visiting this cottage, and we had another fantastic relaxing holiday, Emma and andrew are very welcoming. Our Children had a great time helping out on the farm with Millie and Edward. We will definitely be going back next year. The McCarthys (Twickenham)
Mrs McCarthy
June 2011
We had a fantastic time. The owners were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be going back.
Mr Hill
April 2011
The kids loved the use of the shared garden with its toys and play equipment, and playing with the owner's children.
February 2011
We absolutely loved every minute of staying at the holiday cottage. It was extremely cosy and warm. We arrived and everything was ready for us, it was a little squeeze getting our Vectra Estate in the drive way, but once we got used to it and found a knack of parking, it was a breeze! We walked into the cottage and there were fresh eggs, homemade raspberry jam and milk waiting for us. Also, we stayed over the Valentines week and the owner had left us a heart shaped box of chocolates, how lovely and they were very delish!! The whole of the cottage was lovely and warm and there was a thermostat, so we had complete control over the heating, which was brilliant! The bedrooms were brilliant, expecially the main double room, lovely and comfy! Due to it being on a farm out in the sticks, it was lovely and dark at night. The bathroom was great, the bath a little on the small size, but this wan't a problem for me and my husband as we are only small, but a can imagine that larger families may find this a struggle. The downstairs toilet is great, in the same room as the washing machine, which I thought was a brill idea. The conservatory was a little cold, but we did holiday in February, but when the sun hit it, it was lovely and warm. The wildlife was amazing, plenty of photo opportunities!! The first night we saw two badgers playing the field across, when we were looking out of the bedroom window. The sofas were exremely comfy and the real fire was brilliant. The remote didn't work properly with the TV, but we didn't go on holiday to watch TV and it didn't hurt us to get up once in a while to turn the channel over. You can also hear birds really loudly in the living room from the fireplace, they must sit on the chimney, this was lovely to listen to. The kitchen was brilliantly equipped. Nearly everything you could want, only thing I found missing was a garic crusher, but thats me being fussy! The oven worked brilliantly and also the hob. The fridge/freezer is a great size for the week, we filled it to the brim, but thats only because we didn't go out to eat at all and I cook everything from scratch. The dog felt really at home, they even provide a little dog bed, this was too small for our doggy, as we have a lab/collie cross, but we brought ours along anyway. This is a lovely and very special holiday cottage!! We will definately be visiting again!!
Ninian Millar
January 2011
Stayed at Downside in November when it was very cold (outside) but really warm inside. The owners were very friendly and helpful, the animals (and birds) a delight, and the cottage the best equipped self catering we have ever stayed in.
Mr Millar
December 2010
It was probably the best equipped holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. It had everything we could possibly need including really sharp kitchen knives! The hosts were delightful people and very helpful.
Mr Dalebout
December 2010
Everything you need for a good stay was there. The villages around are very nice, like Crewkerne and Yeovil. Landscape is beautiful and the people of the farm are very kind.
Mrs Bristow
November 2010
The friendliness of the owners and the welcoming goodies left for us - milk, delicious jam and eggs. Peace and quiet. The property was very well situated for our restful needs - wouldn't have known there were 100 cows nearby!
Mrs Milnes
September 2010
Lovely, cosy farm cottage in beautiful, quiet location. Great play area and toys in garden. Friendly Owners.
Mr Mrs Taylor
July 2010
The property was a real home from home, in a great location for getting out and about and close to Beaminster and Crewkerne where there are local shops, restaurants and pubs. The farm is in a beautiful location and the owners are very welcoming. We love Dorset.
Mrs Shearer
June 2010
The peace quiet! It was lovely being next to a working farm hearing the animals but no traffic!
Ms Samms
May 2010
The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was comfortable and very well equipped.
Mr Brannigan
April 2010
Garden was excellent!!
Mr Stefanovic
January 2010
We spent a wonderful holiday in this lovely house. We liked everything, the kitchen, especially the bedrooms were arranged beautifully.
Relaxed, Rested and Rejuvenated
December 2009
It was an idillic retreat which we needed desperately after a terrible year. The cottage was very secluded with only the family and farm animals to keep us company. The interior was like a home from home with every possible amenity provided, including the coal fire. The small touch of the fresh flowers on our arrival started off a relaxing peacefull week.
Mrs Briggs
October 2009
We loved the fact that this cottage was right out of the way. The area was beautiful and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a home from home. The little extras left by the owner were greatly appreciated.
Ms Buttery
August 2009
The peace and quiet of being surrounded by fields and animals compared to our usual city environment!
Miss Pinnock
August 2009
We had a very warm welcome throughout our stay, nothing was a problem. We enjoyed being part of a working dairy farm for the week it made us feel relaxed and at ease straight away. The owners of Downside made us feel welcome, giving up their own time to show us around the farm and the tractors, which gave our young son much pleasure. The cottage was well equipped for our requirements and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.
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