Gray’s Cottage

Dorchester, Dorset
+44 (0)1308 485484

An open-plan conversion full of creative flourishes. An orchard garden and sun-trap patio are calming. 8 miles to the Jurassic Coast


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

Pets welcome

The Experience

This is a place to come and hide – to sit out in the bird-filled garden with a good book, or to explore the lovely countryside around you. You have everything in one space – a big bed in one corner, a little kitchenette in another with all you need for holiday cooking and a wood-burner to take off the chill.

Sunlight streaks through the cottage windows on warmer days and there’s a sun-trap patio for summery drinks. An orchard garden is yours to sit in and filled with hawthorn and roses with a spindle hedge around the edge of the lawn. You’ll spot birds, moths, butterflies and bees (there are hives here) and all the land around you is organic.

Walk to Powerstock Common in ten minutes for hikes or strolls and a pond with crested newts; explore Kingcombe Meadows to discover the sort of wildlife which used to be present on every single farm. Powerstock with The Three Horseshoes Pub is a ten-minute drive or half-hour walk; Bridport (20 minutes’ drive) has a good market on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

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We think you'll love

  • Being completely surrounded by nature and wildlife
  • Feeling incredibly private
  • Walking up to the Common for gulps of fresh air
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You should know

  • Seven-night minimum stay all year round
  • You need a car for shops and restaurants
  • It may be a little too pastoral for some


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £55
Weekly price
from £380
1 Cottage for 2
From £551 bed1 bedroom


A lovely, warm and friendly place to stay with similar owners. If you love wildlife and nature you'll be very happy here - gorgeous in summer but equally lovely on cold days all bundled up by the wood-burner with the rain lashing the windows.

nicola, bristol

Perfect! Lovely cottage, heavenly orchard garden, everything you could possibly need, with the nicest hosts possible. Top, top holiday, can't wait to go again


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The neighbourhood

This is an incredibly quiet and rural part of Dorset, tucked away from the crowds and filled with birds and wildlife. The village of Toller Porcorum is less than half a mile away and has a church, pub and post office. You can walk all day without coming across another soul but you're only half an hour away from bustling Bridport with its independent shops and market. West Bay is just a bit further on for a lovely beach and views to Devon. Join the coastal path here for Seatown in one direction and Burton Bradstock in the other - you can get the bus back.

Local points of interest from Lesley Slight

  • Just eight miles from The Jurrasic Coast.
  • Thomas Hardy country.
  • Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens are both within a short drive.
  • Within walking distance of Kingcombe and Powerstock Nature Reserves.
  • Just 15 miles from Lyme Regis for The Cobb and the harbour.
  • Historic Bridport with its twice weekly market and West Bay Harbour, a 20-minute drive.


Lesley Slight

The Slights live across the way and out of sight. They are an artistic pair, she paints, he sculpts, and his moulded plaster reliefs and busts enliven the pine and white rustic room. They came to this lovely spot in 1975 to do up what was a derelict farmhouse and milking parlour. They converted the cottage into a studio first and then used it for holiday lets.