Glorious windswept heaths, ancient forests and sandy beaches are all a stone’s throw from holiday cottages in Cattistock. Nestled in the Frome Valley on the banks of the River Frome, Cattistock is a small village set amid unspoiled countryside. It is eight miles from Dorchester, in the county of Dorset. Cattistock is known for its traditional annual events, which include a Dorset knob throwing competition (the knob in question is a savoury biscuit), and Frome Valley Food Festival, where you can sample the region’s best fresh produce. There is also a countryside show with horse and dog competitions, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and plenty of food and drink.

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The Fox and Hounds won Best Pub of the Year Award in the Taste of Dorset Awards. Located in the heart of the village, visitors can expect a warm welcome, good, honest food and a variety of local ales and ciders. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Cattistock, the narrow streets in the village centre are lined with a mix of historic brick and stone buildings. Lining the triangle by the church, there are several thatched cottages with beautiful displays of flowers outside their windows. On West End, there is a post office with a small shop, and the parish church is one of the area’s finest. Originally built by the monks of Milton Abbey in the 12th century, it has a distinctive perpendicular-styled tower which earned it the nickname, the Cathedral of Frome. 

Other landmarks to look out for on self-catering holidays in Cattistock include Chantmarle, an impressive 15th century country house with terraced ponds and gardens. A few miles from the village, the Cerne Giant is a massive carved figure of a man wielding a club, carved into a field. The house and gardens of Mapperton are well worth a visit, a short drive westward from Cattistock.