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King Charles Cottage

Broadwindsor, Dorset (Ref. 1006503)

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  • Mrs Steptoe

    “We had a lovely stay in King Charles Cottage which had character, as well as being very well equipped & comfortable.”

    - Mrs Steptoe, August 2021

The property

King Charles Cottage boasts history and nostalgia.It overflows with original features and sits in the central square of the sleepy village of Broadwindsor.

Uneven floors, low beams, and a winding staircase all add to the incredible charm.

You can sleep in the same bedroom King Charles slept in when he was on the run from Parliamentary troops in 1651.The story goes that he was about to be discovered when a young maid went into labour downstairs.The ensuing hullabaloo created a diversion and the king was able to escape undetected.

Enter into the spacious hallway with woodburning stove and seating and kick off your boots in comfort, before moving into the sitting room where there is a large TV and wonderful open fireplace to be enjoyed on a quiet evening in, surrounded by beautiful antique furniture and lovely choice pieces.

There are two steps down to a large open-plan kitchen/diner, fitted with an electric three oven Aga, as well as a gas hob and electric oven, leading to a magnificent timber-framed conservatory with additional plush seating, where you can soak up the sunshine on cooler days.

The kitchen and dining area are perfect for entertaining and preparing family meals.The open layout means the cook can get involved in the conversation as the huge farmhouse-style table seats everyone else, with room for more.The separate utility room is a useful addition and contains the essential appliances like a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Narrow and steep steps that show the age of the property lead you to the bedrooms; two doubles and a twin, with ample storage for your belongings and being served by the shower room, as well as the ground-floor bathroom with bath and shower over, and a separate basin and WC.

Outside, there is a private enclosed patio with seating where you can rest up on a warm summer’s day and enjoy a barbecue.

Open a door to another, secret garden with fruit and vegetable plot and terraced area with table and chairs.

There is parking on the roadside at the front of the property.

This 16th century listed cottage lies in the square in the centre of the village of Broadwindsor, a quintessential West Dorset village, with a very short walk to the pub, which is in the process of being refurbished and will open soon (hopefully in March 2021) as a community pub, where you can enjoy lovely classic dishes.

In the meantime, there is a community bar in the village hall, just two minutes’ walk away, which is open on Tuesday , Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm and Sunday lunchtimes from 12 noon.

On Tuesday night there is a fish and chip van on the hall car park, serving delicious locally caught fish, and you can relax in the bar and eat your fish and chips along with a glass of locally brewed ale or cider.

There are also two other pubs within a 5 minutes’ drive.

The larger market town of Bridport is also within easy reach, being just 7 or so miles away, with its thriving twice-weekly market, and the beach at West Bay.

King Charles Cottage is a truly unique property perfect for anyone who likes being immersed in history.

Note: Low eaves and door frames throughout this property


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double and 1 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, and basin
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • First-floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with conservatory
  • Sitting room
  • Entrance hall with seating
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove and open fire
  • Electric Aga with three ovens and a separate electric oven and gas hob, 2x fridges, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Enclosed courtyard with seating, with secret garden and dining area
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub within 100 meters
  • Note: The Aga is in use during the winter and is usually switched off at the beginning of April, however there is an electric oven with gas hob
  • Note: Low eaves and door frames throughout this property

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

About the location


Beaminster 3 miles; Bridport 7 miles.

A charming west Dorset conservation village boasting a community-run store, a popular local pub and an interesting craft centre with restaurant. The surrounding countryside is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, abounding in numerous scenic footpaths, including those to nearby Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon Pen, two of the highest points in Dorset. The small town of Beaminster, with its pretty hamstone cottages, is within easy reach, whilst the bustling town of Bridport, with its thriving market, the West Bay setting of TV’s Broadchurch, as well as historic Lyme Regis can be found within an easy drive. Broadwindsor offers visitors an ideal village base from which to explore this super area.

Note: Low eaves and door frames throughout this property