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Benville Cottage

Benville Cottage, Evershot, Dorset

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Sleeps a maximum of: 4

Pricing From: £602.00

This historic Grade II Listed 17th Century detached cottage has a thatched roof and a wealth of period features. Benville is a small hamlet close to Evershot and an ideal base for touring West Dorset and Thomas Hardy country.

Benville Cottage, an historic Grade II Listed 17th Century detached property with a charming thatched roof and a wealth of period features, restored to a very high standard. Benville remains the small unspoilt hamlet that Thomas Hardy described in the 1800's. You will still find the pub described by Hardy and the cottage where Tess was to have stayed in nearby Evershot.

The cottage itself is on Benville Lane, the very lane that Tess of the D'Urbeville walked along on her journey from Beaminster to Evershot. Comprising a dozen or so houses and cottages, Benville is an ideal base for touring West Dorset and Thomas Hardy country. Two miles to the east lies Evershot, with its award winning pub, The Acorn and an outstanding restaurant, The Summer Lodge.

In nearby Beaminster, you'll find a traditional market town selling excellent local produce alongside tea rooms, pubs and restaurants. 10 miles to the south is the market town of Bridport and the fishing port of West Bay. This stretch of Jurassic - World Heritage - coastline boasts the stunning beaches of Burton Bradstock, Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, as well as the Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Garden.

The area is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders and if you've had your fill of prehistoric sites, the county town of Dorchester is 10 miles to the South East where the Dorset County Museum has a good collection of locally found artefacts.

This holiday at a glance

  • Sleeps four guests.
  • Two double bedrooms, one single bedroom and family bathroom.

  • ¾ of an acre of enclosed garden with views on to open countryside.
  • Children and infants welcome.
  • Two small well behaved dogs welcome (small additional charge).

  • Parking for up to three cars.
  • WiFi.
  • Minimum of a two night stay.

Additional features

  • Characterful sitting room with exposed beams and a unique stone wall carving of a King discovered during the cottage renovation.
  • Inglenook fireplace with wood burning stove.
  • Luxury hand built kitchen with flagstone floors and vaulted beamed ceiling.

  • Two oven Aga, separate electric hob and combination oven/microwave, fridge and freezer. Dishwasher and combined washing machine/dryer.
  • Television, DVD player and CD player/radio.

  • Travel cot, high chair and stairgate available on request.


  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • One Dog
  • Two Dogs
  • Baby Welcome
  • Dog Friendly
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Thatched
  • Log Burner/Open Fire
  • On Site Parking
  • Wifi
  • Pub Nearby
  • Beach nearby
  • Children Welcome
  • Welcome Hamper
  • Cycling
  • Spa facilities (on/off site)
  • Walking
Approximate Location

Map is approximate and should only be used to get a rough idea of the cottage location.

Get an Ordnance Survey map covering the Evershot area.

Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Mapperton Gardens - 3.2 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Mapperton, All Saints Church - 3.2 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Toller Porcorum, St Andrew & St Peter Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Beaminster, St Mary's Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Stockwood, St Edwold Church - 4 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Toller Fratrum, St Basil's Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Melplash, Christ Church - 5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Lower Severalls Garden - 6.8 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Minterne Magna, St Andrew's Church - 7.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Minterne Gardens - 7.7 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

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