Dorchester, Dorset

  • 3 Star Gold
  • A detached two bedroom converted coach house in the heart of Charminster

You can book this property from:

  • £473 per week
  • £68 per night
  • 3 Star Gold


Beds & bedrooms

  • Bed linen provided
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • Bath


  • Family friendly
  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Stairgate


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Barbecue
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

How far to ...?

  • Beach 9 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles
  • Shop 2 miles

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Welcome pack
  • Countryside views

Nearby activities

  • Walking


  • Ground floor WC
  • Ground floor bath/shower room

Important - please note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


Ruth’s is a converted detached coach house which lies in the centre of Charminster, a village steeped in history and at the centre of a Conservation Area. This perfect family cottage, which is cosy in the winter and airy in the summer, is just 2 miles from the county town of Dorchester, and 6 miles from Cerne Abbas, home of the iconic Cerne Abbas giant.

Guests can expect a warm welcome upon arrival, with fresh flowers to greet you and delicious home baked treats such as cake and biscuits to tempt your taste buds. Sit back with a nice cuppa, relax and enjoy the start of your holiday.

This delightful property has several interesting features, such as the lovely double wooden entrance doors with high, pitched ceilings upstairs. Downstairs the spacious cottage kitchen/dining room has a really welcoming feel and is perfect for a family get together. The entrance hall leads to the cosy living room, with patio doors leading to an enclosed and sheltered courtyard. The family bathroom and small utility room also lead from the entrance hall. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a small cloakroom with sliding door. To the front of the cottage, a gravel drive leads to a private parking area for one car.

Just around the corner you’ll find the River Cerne, a safe and nearby source of fun for families, great for paddling and picnics. St Mary’s Church is also close by, a picturesque village church with Saxon origins.

There are two pubs and a Post Office/shop within walking distance of Ruth’s and Charminster, surrounded by beautiful countryside, is crisscrossed with footpaths leading the walker to short or long walks - ideal for dog walkers and hikers alike. 

Weymouth’s award winning, family friendly beach is not far and the Jurassic coast, which has World Heritage status, offers fabulous walks and fossil hunting opportunities, pretty villages, rolling countryside and gastronomic excellence.  There are also several historic houses and gardens in the area: Wolfeton House and Minterne Gardens are close by.

In the heart of Hardy country and not far from Thomas Hardy’s birthplace, Charminster is ideally situated to enjoy Dorchester’s thriving town centre, with the newly built Brewers Square, two cinemas, several museums such as the award winning Dinosaur museum, and lots of interesting shops, cafes and restaurants.

Bedrooms:1) Double with skylight and full length feature window 2) twin with skylight and built-in wardrobe.

G/F family bathroom: bath with shower, W.C. and basin

First floor cloakroom: first floor, W.C and basin with sliding door

Living room: comfortable seating, electric log effect fire, TV/DVD and patio doors leading to an enclosed courtyard

Kitchen/dining room: spacious and sociable, with a pretty seating area, terracotta stone tiles and wooden units, microwave, range cooker, dishwasher and fridge/freezer

Hall: coat hooks and boot poles

Utility room:  washing machine

Linen and towels provided: please bring your own beach towels

Cot, highchair, stairgate and booster seat available on request: please bring your own cot linen

Wi-Fi: included

Garden: enclosed courtyard with seating and BBQ

Fuel: gas central heating, Combi hot water system 

Parking: private parking for one car   

Pets: 1 pet allowed (possibly two at the discretion of the owners)





Both Jenny & Richard were very welcoming and friendly

Mrs T B,

Best cottage of many we have visited. Hosts very generous and welcoming. Excellent holiday.

Mrs Virginia A,

The property was excellent, very well equipped, and the items left for us were well chosen.

Mr Bob D,