If we could rate a holiday home on looks and personality, Little Thatch will win hands down. It is what it says on the biscuit tin – a quintessential (as its name implies), thatched 18th century rural Dorset house, with room for two, a baby and a dog.
Netherbury village has the advantage of having the Jurassic coast on the doorstep as well as being surrounded by the scenic Dorset countryside.
At A Glance
One Dog Allowed
Pets - No Charge
Flat Screen TV
About Little Thatch
The upstairs double bedroom is under sloping eaves and has views of the sweeping countryside. There’s a shower room on this level and a cot is available on request.
Downstairs, the living room has a wood burner, a Smart TV, Blue Tooth speaker and, in keeping with the cottage’s character, a window seat to take in the stunning rural views.
To keep you in the loop there is free Wi-Fi. The kitchen, with its charming Belfast sink also has mod cons like an electric hob and a washing machine. Besides the kitchen’s breakfast nook, there’s a dining table and chairs in the conservatory, which leads to a barbeque area in the garden. There is private parking at the back of the cottage.
Map of Area
Things To Do in Netherbury
Abbotsbury Gardens, on the coast between Weymouth and Bridport is an unparalleled subtropical plant haven. Acclaimed horticulturists have created a juxtaposition of award-winning exotic, tropical and indigenous flora under one canopy.
It also has a view of the Jurassic Coast, but the cherry on top is that dogs on leads are welcome and it is only 15 miles from Little Thatch.
Even closer is historic Forde Abbey House and Gardens – a mere 10-mile drive from Netherbury. Its 30 acres of formal gardens and an arboretum have evolved over 900 years, making it a definite destination for those of us who take a keen interest in all things flora.
Forde Abbey is dog friendly and all they ask is for your pooch to be on a short lead. Dogs are allowed in the tearoom and there is always a fresh bowl of water at the entrance door.
Make time to visit Broadwindsor, a craft and design complex of shops and workshops not far from Beaminster. New House Farm’s fields and lake attracts a variety of beautiful wildlife.
If you are a keen wildlife spotter then feel free to pack a picnic, your deckchair and binoculars and it is likely you might see creatures such as red foxes, roe deer, kingfishers, woodpeckers and sparrow hawks.
The harbour of the pretty village of West Bay is the starting point for the 11-mile walk along the valley of the River Brit. This scenic route ends to the north of Beaminster at Winyards Gap.
Half an hour’s drive from Little Thatch is pebble-and-sand Monmouth Beach, where dogs can frolic on the shoreline, as well as accompanying you on the numerous trails that embrace this part of the Jurassic Coast meaning leading over the flat-topped rise of Golden Cap, South England’s highest point.
Monmouth Beach is close to Dorset’s coastal “des-destination” of Lyme Regis where you and your dog can stroll on the promenade, as long as you have him or her on a lead. The Cobb, Lyme Regis’s beach does have seasonal restrictions when it comes to dogs, but nearby East Cliff and West Cliff beaches do not.
Little Thatch is the perfect base for a total country and coast experience.
It is not too far off the beaten track, yet a week here is guaranteed to make anyone forget the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Pooch prepared and perhaps baby on board you are set to go.
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