This quirky cottage is in the heart of the village of Piddletrenthide but it’s set back from the lane and surrounded by three acres of deliciously wild gardens with hidden nooks and crannies, a paddock, and the River Piddle drifting through.
Lucy lives in the adjoining house but you’re nice and private, with an al fresco dining area and barbecue – you can use the outdoor swimming pool in summer too. Find fresh bread, good coffee, milk and flowers as a welcome, and a bundle of games, books, comfy sofas and a wood-burner to keep things cosy.
Bridleways can be joined directly from the house, and it’s a hop, skip and a jump to the village pub and shop. Drive to Thomas Hardy’s home town of Dorchester – which inspired many of his books – in ten minutes, or to the coast in half an hour.