This picturesque village lies among the chalk hills of the Dorset Downs. It is located in the valley of Sydling Water, a small river that runs from the village to the River Frome. Sydling St Nicholas lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which is famous for its unspoiled hills, forests and heaths. The village has been inhabited for nearly 5,000 years, evidenced by the discovery of Neolithic hand axes and Bronze and Iron Age pottery in the area. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Sydling St Nicholas, the village has some of the county’s finest architecture, including more than 50 listed buildings. Little bridges cross the river to the thatched cottages that stand on its banks. Don’t miss 15th century St Nicholas Church, with its spectacular tower, Norman font, and gargoyles.

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Thatched and built of stone, this large and stylishly refurbished Grade II listed cottage, built in Tudor times, retains delightful features such as inglenook fireplaces and beams. Ideally located, facing the village green at Sydling St Nicholas, one of Dorset’s prettiest small villages.

Next door is the Elizabethan tithe barn of Court Farm, and Court House, an impressive manor house. Delicious food prepared with the best local ingredients can be enjoyed at the Greyhound Inn, which is located on the High Street, just a stroll from your holiday cottage in Sydling St Nicholas. The woods, fields and green hills surrounding the village offer some of the region’s most spectacular walks. To the east of Sydling St Nicholas, near the near the village of Cerne Abbas, Cerne Abbas Giant is an enigmatic, club-wielding figure, cut into a chalk hillside. To the village’s west, the pretty village of Cattistock is famous for its traditional annual events, which include a Dorset knob throwing competition, Frome Valley Food Festival, and a countryside show with horse and dog competitions, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and plenty of food and drink. Self-catering holidays in Sydling St Nicholas are perfect for visitors who are planning to explore the sandy beaches and towering cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, a scenic drive southward from the village.