Grace Cottage, built of brick under a tiled roof, is situated in the centre of the peaceful and friendly village of Sydling St. Nicholas. It is a comfortable 1920s semi-detached cottage with leafy views from every window and stands in a flint-walled garden just across a wooded green from the stream that runs through the village.
The cottage sleeps four or five. Upstairs, under sloping ceilings, are two double bedrooms with far-reaching views and a bathroom. Downstairs is a particularly bright L-shaped room, consisting of an attractive sitting area with a smaller space off it, furnished with a chintz sofa and armchair, as well as a TV with DVD/video. A separate study contains a desk, divan bed and a bookcase.
Beyond the main living area is another light-filled area consisting of a large well-equipped kitchen, which houses the washing machine and tumble dryer, with an eating area surrounded by windows and a French door. A small shower room with loo completes the ground floor area. WiFi is provided.
All rooms overlook the attractive, mature garden, which runs round the three sides of the cottage and is secure for those with young children or dogs.
The village of Sydling St. Nicholas is one of the most beautiful in West Dorset. It is a Conservation Area, and the main street, with its stream and charming cottages, has a timeless quality about it, lying in a valley beneath the beautiful rolling Dorset hills. The village has a reputation for friendliness going back many decades and has a welcoming pub, the Greyhound, which has a very good reputation. The unspoilt countryside is great for walking and sandy beaches, as well as the Jurassic Coast, are within easy reach.
Guidebooks and maps showing bridleways, footpaths and places of interest are available for guests to borrow during their stay. For those familiar with the novels and poetry of Thomas Hardy there is much to see, including the villages and countryside he portrayed so well.
The cottage has been owned by a popular American, Nancy, for 20 years. She reluctantly decided to sell Grace Cottage in 2014 and the ownership has passed to Emily, who works away from the area but is Dorset born and bred and whose family lived in the village in the 1980s and 90s. She has been holidaying at the cottage for many years and is delighted to have inherited an excellent support team, headed by the manager Nicky, who ran a B&B in the village for many years, housekeeper Jenny and gardener Carol.