Vacation rentals in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland (holiday rentals, cottages)
Review 2472: Dream Cottages, Jasmine Cottage
2bed/1bath cottage in Burton Bradstock, West Country
2004, 1 week
Jasmine Cottage is situated in the heart of Burton Bradstock, a very pretty, well preserved thatched roof village on the West Dorset Heritage Coast (also known as the Dinasaur coast because of the fossils found in the area). The cottage forms a corner at right angles to a row of other village houses, but we were not aware of them; it is very peaceful. I had been worried about noise as the main coastal road between Bridport and Weymouth seemed, on the map, to run through the village - the old part is well away from this and was very quiet. (Some other properties offered by the same agency, and others, are on the other side of the road or actually on the road and I would advise caution in these cases for those sensitive to noise or to taking their life into their hands to cross the road!)
There was a tea room, a good village shop, a very sweet post office and several pubs that serve food. None of these involved crossing the main road. The nearest larger shops were in Bridport 10/15 minutes drive away (though there is a bus) and Bridport has a very good Farmers Market. There was also a farm shop selling eggs etc., up the back road out of the village. The beach also has a nice cafe, which turns itself into a restaurant at weekends in the summer.
It was an old, very picturesque thatched cottage. You enter through a door at the side to a hallway for coats, boots, fishing nets etc., past a utility and shower room. There is an inner hallway leading to a large (eat in) kitchen, or to a spacious living area. A doorway led to an enclosed stairway to a twin and a double (with another unused single bed in) bedroom plus a small bathroom. The cottage is furnished with antiques (well, not valuable) and books and the overall impression as you enter is that Miss Marple is waiting there to serve tea to the vicar!
A long narrow cottage garden with flowers and shrubs with patio table and chairs and a barbeque, surrounded by other gardens so very private. A beautiful spot to eat out. There is an off street parking space accessed through quite a narrow gateway.
The furniture was appropriate to the look of the place - antique cottage style, but with large squashy sofas and plenty of seating.
We had no complaints about the bedrooms. The upper bathroom is small and sloping with just a bath, so everyone preferred to shower downstairs.
The kitchen was large in proportion to the rest of the cottage, with plenty of space despite the table. It was very well equipped - with an everyday set of china and a rather smarter one (I found myself looking at an ornate soup tureen wondering how this would fit into our usual casual holiday eating habits but of course it would be wonderful for Christmas or a celebration).
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The agency was very efficient, though I was a bit surprised that the person I spoke to about a query hadn't actually visited the property. It is not a very large brochure covering a fairly small geographic area and I think all agency staff should have some first hand knowledge of properties. However, the information he gave me was correct. Since we booked, the website had improved to show current availabilities. The property really lived up to the description and beyond.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would recommend this either for a summer break, or a cosy winter one (big fireplace for logs, not used by us in the summer). The cottage is everything a thatched cottage should be in a proper village (not all holiday makers) and very well placed for exploring the area.
Things to do in this area
There is plenty to do in the area - probably better with a car, but not impossible on the local buses. The village is so charming and pleasant to stroll around; we were made temporary members of the little library (though that is probably because we had our home UK library cards with us) and there are lovely walks around. The main one goes through a ford (with a small footbridge for those without wellies!) past the resident geese and through a large water meadow up to the beach. It is mainly pebbles and, due to strong currents, not suitable for swimming. Great for walks though. The nearest swimming is either West Bay (Bridport) or further along to Charmouth. Lyme Regis is in easy reach (relive some Jane Austen on The Cob) as is Weymouth, with a pretty harbour or Dorchester, for Thomas Hardy fans (me, for one). Abbotsbury (another pretty village, is a couple of miles away with tea rooms and galleries; there is also a wonderful hill to climb with views over the whole bay. Chesil Beach, an amazing high and long pebble bank (beloved of school geography trips), is also very near.
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