Gray’s Cottage

Dorchester, Dorset

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


1 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


What a delightful cottage studio – so unpretentious, airy, and full of those creative flourishes you wish you had dreamt up yourself. An open-plan conversion with slate-tiled roof, wood-burning stove, rough-painted walls, kilims on wide stripped floorboards, a super-comfortable, king-size bed in the corner, sunlight streaking through the cottage windows – it is the refuge at the bottom of the garden that we all long to have. 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. The orchard garden is truly delicious – hawthorn, garden rose and spindle hedges run around the edge of the lawn and there’s a tiny sun-trap patio for summery drinks. The cottage is well-equipped, its kichenette immaculately refurbished in stainless steel and wood. This is a place to come and hide; to sit out in the lush garden with a good book; or to take up one of the Slights’ suggestions for walks in lovely countryside around you.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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.


Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £340
1 Cottage for 2
From £801 bed1 bedroom


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

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.