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Three Little Pigs Luxury Cottage

Dorset, United Kingdom

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The Owner / Manager

Stephanie & Harold Joanknecht

Member since Feb 2016
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BFB's Overview

No huffing and puffing will blow this 240-year old cottage down but families may well be blown away by the award-winning restoration of the sweetly named Three Little Pigs Cottage in the unique thatched village of Milton Abbas in Dorset. And finding this Grade II listed thatched cottage was a fairy-tale come true for owners, Stephanie and Harold, who fell in love at first sight, despite its desperate need for some serious TLC.

The couple had their work cut out to completely renovate and refurbish the cottage to English Heritage’s exacting standards, from replacing the roofing timbers and rotten old thatch to stowing toasty underfloor heating beneath the stone flag floors. But, after a few years of hard work, they can be justly proud of themselves and even won a building excellence award in 2016 for keeping all the period character of the cottage whilst bringing it luxuriously up to date.

From stress-free breakfasts to family suppers (with fine wines from an impressive rack!), an old extension has been replaced with a fabulous open plan dining kitchen, that’s brimming with designer flair and features a high, oak beamed ceiling with roof lights that make it beautifully light and airy. The rest of the cottage is incredibly cosy, in the classic English country house style, with leather chesterfields, Inglenook fireplaces, a Victorian bathroom and big chunky beds tucked beneath beamed ceilings.

With 3 under 5’s of their own, the owners have kitted out the house to keep children happy on the dreariest days, with a play corner of toys, books and games, a Nintendo Wii, an Apple TV and no less than 5 TV’s to watch favourite programmes and movies through Netflix and Amazon. Parents can find quiet corners to curl up with good read too and the house has all the latest tech, including iPod docks, Bose sound-system, Wi Fi and even an iMac computer in a quiet study. After more excavations outside, Three Little Pigs now has an enclosed lawn garden, swings where children can play and bi fold doors from the dining kitchen open onto a terrace for eating outdoors and bbq’s, simply listening to the birdsong and gazing at the stars.

Accommodation overview

Although Three Little Pigs is a 240 year old cottage it’s also a deceptively spacious 3-bedroom home for a family of up to 6 people (maximum of 4 adults) plus up to 2 infants (0-3 years old) in cots: the latter staying for free.. A very large open plan dining kitchen makes an impressive heart of the house, with a high oak beamed ceiling and roof lights, extendable dining table, breakfast bar, fully stocked wine rack and a contemporary designer kitchen with high spec appliances, accessories and baby essentials. The sitting room is super cosy for snuggling into leather chesterfields by a roaring fire and the cottage has a play corner for children with toys, books, games, TV with Netflix and a Nintendo Wii. If grown-ups need to check in with work, a quiet study has an iMac computer and wi fi colour printer. The cottage has three bedrooms (two upstairs and one on the ground floor in the extension with its own ensuite shower room), two of which have a TV. All three have chunky, oak super-king-size beds, iPod docks and space for a cot, with two travel cots available. The Victorian style family bathroom includes a double-ended roll top bath and the cottage has a separate WC.

Location Information

Two and a half hours and a world away from London, Three Little Pigs has a truly exclusive address in the quirky thatched village of Milton Abbas, smack in between the Dorset and Cranbourne Chase Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A great gastro pub, The Hambro Arms is a very handy 100 yards from the cottage and highly recommended by the owners for its gourmet food and friendly staff. They also suggest taking little ones for the easy stroller stroll to Milton Abbey, passing the thatched cottages all down this extraordinary street and then alongside a pond, with far reaching views over the Dorset countryside. On the way back families can call at the Steptonbill Farm shop to pick up free range meats, locally sourced groceries, fruit and veg.

Tesco, Waitrose and Ocado will all deliver to The Three Little Pigs and the large Tesco supermarket is just 10 minutes’ drive, in the Georgian market town of Blandford Forum. Twenty minutes in the opposite direction, Dorchester is the county town of Dorset, with a great centre for shopping and plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants, plus an award winning Dinosaur Museum, a Teddy Bear Museum and a large play park in Borough Gardens. From Roman Times to the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Dorchester is steeped in history, with various trails around the towns and for literature lovers it’s unmistakable as Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge.

Many little ones will be giddy to hear that Peppa Pig World is about an hour away, at Paultons Family Theme Park, while for others the highlight could be a trip of less than 20 minutes to Monkey World, Farmer Palmers Farm Park, Dorset Badger Watch or the Tank Museum! Alternatively families can plan days by the sea, fossil hunting and rock-pooling on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, collecting pebbles at pretty Lulworth Cove (25 mins) or playing on the sandy beaches in the seaside resort of Weymouth (30 mins).

Nearest medical services: GP surgery 500 metres; A&E at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester (20 mins)

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP1,000.00

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP1,000.00

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Late Availability Discount

Bookings made within 14 days of travelling discounted by 10%

Low Occupancy Discount

1-2 guests: 10% minimum of 3 nights maximum of 21 nights

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 11:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP1,000.00

Balance: 60 days prior to arrival

Late Availability Discount

Bookings made within 14 days of travelling discounted by 10%

Low Occupancy Discount

1-2 guests: 10% minimum of 3 nights maximum of 21 nights

Multiple Weeks Discount

10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week

Who owns this place?

We have 3 young children (0-5 years) so we know what child-friendly means if you're going away as a family. We love life as a family and spending time together; family meals and family (outdoor) activities. However, we also like our children to feel at home and play by themselves in the play-corner or the garden so we can enjoy some “adult-time”, whether that’s browsing or streaming an episode, enjoying good food at the pub or made in our own kitchen or sipping on a fine glass of wine when the sun sets outside or at the fireplace ;-).

Three Little Pigs owners

What do they love about it?

The Three Little Pigs is the ultimate cosy and rural retreat to relax as a family in style and luxury, far away from it all yet with all you need within reach.

The cottage and its location are very versatile – on rainy days, it’s easy and big enough to stay indoors, light a fire and play games or watch a movie. It’s easy to go for a stroll in your wellies though and let the children get some fresh air as well as some energy out! On sunny days, you open the bifold doors in the kitchen on to the terrace and you have a unique private setting – there’s an abundance of nearby activities to enjoy. We never get bored here and feel totally at ease. Our place is special because on top of the historic elements it has all the facilities of modern life and technology.

What do the kids love about it?

The cottage and surroundings offer an abundance of attractions, including for children of all ages, ranging from the beach to Monkey World. Our kids love the Three Little Pigs as they have lots of things to play with, they can run around in the garden, explore the garden and enjoy the freedom feeling of the outdoors in the countryside. While at other times they can retreat into their play-corner or in one of the cosy rooms of the cottage to curl up (like us) on a chair or the window seat.

Fast Facts

The cottage sleeps 6 people, however we allow for a maximum of 4 adults (18 years and older). Infants (0-3 years) stay for free and are not included as occupants. Prices are based on 4 adults or 2 adults + 2 children (from 4 years) with surcharges or disc

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

Lulworth Cove is approx. 25 minutes drive away and the sandy beach at Weymouth is approx. 30 mins away.

Amenities within Walking Distance

There is an excellent gastro pub 'Hambro Arms' just 100m away.

Indoor Play Area

There is a thoughtful 'children's corner' which is a handy little play area for raining days.

Babysitting

A local babysitter can be recommended on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear provided includes; two travel cots with soft mattresses, two highchairs, bath support for babies, a swivel bath seat for toddlers, thermometer, baby monitor, steriliser, potty, toddler toilet seat, stairgates (inside & out), socket covers,plastic crockery, cutlery, hand held blender & playpen

Indoor Toys / Games Room

Indoor play gear includes toys, children's books and bath toys. Access to Netflix & Amazon streaming is also provided.

Outdoor Toys

There are two swings in the garden.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

The house has a private terrace and raised garden (stairgate provided).

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

Wi-Fi is provided

Golf

There is a golf course approx. 25 minutes drive away.

Fireplace / Wood Burner

The cosy house has two open fires.


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