Tudor Rose Cottage

South West England Dorset Blandford Forum

  • From £137 a night
  • Sleeps 2
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A pretty, dog-friendly thatched cottage for two in the Dorset village of Stourpaine

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Tudor Rose Cottage is as pretty as it sounds. Tucked down a lane in the north Dorset village of Stourpaine, it’s a neat 17th-century cottage with a thatched roof and roses climbing up its whitewashed walls. Head outside and it’s a short stroll to a traditional country pub. In another direction, you soon find yourself by the meandering River Stour or atop the National Trust’s Hod Hill, with its far-reaching views of the Dorset countryside. For a couple who like walking, this is an ideal place to stay – and yes, your dog is welcome too.

He or she can curl up by the fireplace while you get to know your home from home. Everything feels in keeping with the cottage but that’s an illusion achieved through an eclectic mix of old and new. Original features and antique pieces sit alongside the rustic, the sumptuous and the modern. What looks like a log-burning stove in the living room is actually electric. The kitchen may have a pleasingly rustic butler sink and scaffold-board shelves but it’s also incredibly well equipped with good appliances, including a Nespresso machine. The overall result is that you can appreciate the age of the place while sitting on deeply cushioned sofas, sinking into a roll-top bath or while drifting off to sleep in a comfortable king-size bed.

These may all sound like grown-up pleasures and that’s because they are. The cottage is designed with couples in mind – though, for them, it’s generously roomy. Downstairs there are separate living and dining spaces as well as a kitchen, bathroom and a south-facing courtyard garden. Upstairs, the comfortable master bedroom is complemented by a single one with a bed and desk next door which can be used as a day room and remote working space – or for a partner who snores!

It’s worth mentioning that with those bedrooms up a steep original staircase and a bathroom on the ground floor, Tudor Rose Cottage is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. It’s the kind of place that will suit active couples who want somewhere to cosy up after long walks or days out exploring Dorset.

Stourpaine sits 10 miles south of Shaftesbury and less than four from Blandford Forum. Slap bang in the heart of Blackmoor Vale, it’s sandwiched between the stunning Dorset AONB and Cranborne Chase. Directly from the cottage door, the tranquil lane leads straight to the North Dorset Trailway, a 14-mile path made up of sections of the old Dorset and Somerset railway line. It’s mostly flat and easily accessed by walkers, cyclists, runners, riders and even those on mobility scooters. Enjoy lovely views of the meandering River Stour soundtracked by the abundant wildlife, before stopping for a coffee and a cake at the old railway station at Shillingstone or a pint at The Fiddleford Inn. The Jurassic Coast is a 40-minute drive south, with Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Poole and Sandbanks all worthy destinations.

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Suitable For

Our cottage is suitable for couples of all ages - although the quirky and pretty steep staircase makes the cottage unsuitable for guests with limited mobility.
Unfortunately The cottage is not suitable for children or babies.
We do accept one small four legged friend to join you (a dog that is!)


Stourpaine is a quiet, charming no through village and is classed as a designated conservation area. It’s the quintessential rural village and is packed with quaint cottages and period properties, as well a pretty church and an excellent pub, which is just a short stroll from the cottage.

Wonderful and varied walks, in this area of outstanding natural beauty, begin at the door step of Tudor Rose luxury holiday cottage. The quiet lane leads directly down to the fabulous North Dorset Trailway, which is Largely made up of sections of the old Dorset & Somerset railway and extending up to 14 miles. It’s a safe and mostly flat surface making it ideal for running, walking and cycling. The Trailway offers some lovely views over the meandering river Stour, which is a haven for wildlife and the surrounding hills of the Blackmore Vale.  The old railway station along the way at Shillingtone is a great stop off for a coffee and slice of cake or visit Fiddleford Manor and pop in for a drink at the Fiddleford Inn.

Stourpaine village is also home to the historic Iron Age hill fort of Hod Hill which offers fabulous views from the top over the surrounding rolling countryside. Dorset is blessed with a number of these historical sites which also include nearby Hambledon Hill and Bradbury Rings; all offering great walks and wildlife spotting at these protected sites.

Further afield.
Dorset is a stunning as well as diverse county, offering guests a multitude of activities and varied  dining options. Picture perfect villages and lively market towns offer many interesting festivals and events throughout the year. Dorset really does have it when it comes to the coast - From wide sweeping sandy beaches to towering limestone cliffs and stunning natural arch at Durdle door, to the world famous Jurassic coast.
The breathtaking landscape is also home to many interesting historic houses, castles and gardens - no wonder Dorset provided so much literary inspiration to the likes of Thomas Hardy and Jane Austin.

FOOD LOVERS will be overwhelmed with the choice of culinary options. There are an infinite number of superb pubs and country inns, fine dinning and world famous seafood and food festivals to discover. Guests will find a useful information folder in the cottage which includes recommendations for places to eat etc.
Well worth a visit is the nearby Compton Abbas airfield. With stunning views this lively and active airfield is a wonderful place to visit. The cafe here is great, so you can enjoy a lovely lunch or afternoon tea whilst watching the aerial action!

Dorset is home to some of the prettiest villages in the south west including the hilltop small town of Shaftesbury home to the famous Gold hill and historic Abbey and museum - the stunning village and castle at Corfe Castle - and the beautiful, historic village of Sherborne, with its lovely Abbey and quaint shops and cafes and another famous castle! All of which are within easy reach.

Food & Drink

The are a plethora of superb places to eat in Dorset, including superb pubs and country inns, fine dinning, world famous seafood and many food festivals throughout the year to discover. But first and foremost, guests love our excellent village pub, The White Horse Inn, which is dog friendly and only a few minutes walk from the cottage. You’ll find a useful information folder in the cottage which includes recommendations for places to eat etc.


Available all year. Cosy and warm in the winter too and festively decorated for Christmas too!


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The Owner Says

Our boutique thatched cottage for 2 is nestled within the pretty little village of Stourpaine; located in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It offers the perfect romantic couples retreat to guests looking for a luxury base to explore all the delights of Dorset or simply some well earned R&R.
Finished and equipped to a high standard including king size bed with designer linens, roll-top bath and separate shower, comfy lounge, separate dining room, fully equipped kitchen and lovely sunny courtyard.
Wonderful and varied walks start from the doorstep and the superb - dog friendly, village pub is just a short stroll away! Don’t forget that your little dog is welcome to join you on your luxury break!


Contact Website  07368 381 041  Tudor Rose Cottage, 1 Havelins, Stourpaine, Dorset DT11 8TH

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Getting There

From the A303, head towards Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum on the A305. After about 17 miles you reach Stourpaine. Turn right on to South Holme, just before The White Horse Inn. At the end of the road, turn right and immediate left (almost straight across) on to Havelins. Tudor Rose Cottage is on the left.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 9 reviews


Beautifully presented cottage in a wonderful location

Cottage was immaculate with everything you could possibly want and with the most comfortable bed imaginable 😀. Everything exceeded our expectations and made for a truly wonderful and relaxing stay. Thank you Denise and Julie.
Apr 2, 2024 by Guy

We would stay here again!

A lovely little cottage in a beautiful location and very well-appointed. Great for walking and a great local pub within a 2-minute walk.
Mar 28, 2024 by Giles

Would recommend it to anyone

We had an amazing stay here - the cottage is beautiful and spotless and clean. I would recommend it to anyone for a weekend away, great dinner at the pub in the village too. We will be back! Thank you.
Mar 28, 2024 by Madeline

Can’t find anything to fault!

Had a fantastic weekend in the Tudor cottage! It was absolutely brilliant, clean, beautifully decorated, cosy and relaxing. Looks like the pictures (maybe better) and had a great binder packed with information about things to do in the local and surrounding areas. The cottage itself has all the amenities we needed, even had a few books and board games. Can not recommend enough! Hoping to be back again for a longer stay.
Mar 21, 2024 by Tess & Barry

Lovely – would definitely stay again

Check in was very easy, and Denise was always quick to respond. The cottage is as gorgeous as it looks in the photos, and everything was spotless upon arrival. The cottage has everything you could need, particularly when it comes to the kitchen. The bed was VERY comfy with gorgeous views to look out onto while you have your morning coffee! We visited The White Horse up the road a couple of times for dinner and a drink, and they are very dog friendly in there. Finally, a little shout-out for the welcome pack left for us - we felt right at home with all the goodies! Would recommend and would definitely stay again.
Mar 14, 2024 by Lucy

Highly recommend

Lovely cottage and great location for walking, cycling and exploring Dorset. In walking distance of a great pub too.
Feb 25, 2024 by Angela

Absolutely perfect for a getaway from the rush of everyday life

Beautifully and tastefully decorated and spotlessly clean, central location for sightseeing by car or walking to see the wonderful views and countryside. Lovely friendly pub at the end of the road which served wonderful home-cooked food. We didn’t want for anything. Lovely welcome package when we arrived with fresh flowers. Such a lovely, thoughtful touch. Easy to find and flexible arrival. Will definitely come back. Denise and Jackie were so helpful with everything. Absolutely perfect. Didn’t want to leave.
Feb 20, 2024 by Steph

As perfect as the name suggests

The cottage is beautifully decorated with lovely touches and is incredibly comfortable. We loved the panelled dining room and enjoyed a cup of tea in the (totally dog-secure) charming courtyard garden one afternoon after a long walk. The location suited us down to the ground as we could access the North Dorset Trailway so easily. We loved everything about this gorgeous home and hope to return - and soon!
Feb 13, 2024 by Laura

Beautiful cottage in the charming and peaceful village of Stourpaine

The interior is very cozy and thoughtfully decorated, and everything we needed for our stay was provided. The location provides easy access to lots of what Dorset has to offer. In particular, we loved being able to get out into the countryside for walks right from the cottage. Denise is a wonderful and very helpful host, and it was such a nice surprise to see the welcome package when we arrived. This is an ideal retreat for a peaceful break, and we would love to return one day!
Feb 2, 2024 by Toby

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