The only downside is leaving. A quintessential farm retreat should feature a traditional homestead, paddocks full of cattle, stunning views, peace and quiet, a charming local village, farm fresh produce and, of course, an open fire. Rest assured, all of these features are offered at Downside, near Mosterton in Dorset.
The two-bedroom family cottage contains one double bedroom and one single with additional pull out stacker bed. There is one ground-floor bathroom and a fitted kitchen, plus laundry. Families will relish the sunlight streaming in through the large windows of the conservatory, with views over the Axe Valley, and will find ample space in the comfortable sitting room, which holds the open fire. The sitting room also contains a TV and DVD player, plus books and games.
The beauty of Axe Valley is also visible from the lawned garden, which is ideal for barbecues and pets.
Surrounding the cottage is the 180-acre dairy farm, from which fresh eggs can be procured daily. Numerous walking paths criss-cross the property and Mosterton village centre, and all of its attractions lies just a stroll down the lane. Within a day’s drive from Downside are attractions such as Beaminster and the Jurassic Coast.
Home from home
It was an idillic retreat which we needed desperately after a terrible year. The cottage was very secluded with only the family and farm animals to keep us company. The interior was like a home from home with every possible amenity provided, including the coal fire. The small touch of the fresh flowers on our arrival started off a relaxing peacefull week.
A friendly warm place
Stayed at Downside in November when it was very cold (outside) but really warm inside. The owners were very friendly and helpful, the animals (and birds) a delight, and the cottage the best equipped self catering we have ever stayed in.
Absolutely fabulous holiday! Couldn't have been better!
We absolutely loved every minute of staying at the holiday cottage. It was extremely cosy and warm. We arrived and everything was ready for us, it was a little squeeze getting our Vectra Estate in the drive way, but once we got used to it and found a knack of parking, it was a breeze! We walked into the cottage and there were fresh eggs, homemade raspberry jam and milk waiting for us. Also, we stayed over the Valentines week and the owner had left us a heart shaped box of chocolates, how lovely and they were very delish!!
The whole of the cottage was lovely and warm and there was a thermostat, so we had complete control over the heating, which was brilliant! The bedrooms were brilliant, expecially the main double room, lovely and comfy! Due to it being on a farm out in the sticks, it was lovely and dark at night.
The bathroom was great, the bath a little on the small size, but this wan't a problem for me and my husband as we are only small, but a can imagine that larger families may find this a struggle.
The downstairs toilet is great, in the same room as the washing machine, which I thought was a brill idea.
The conservatory was a little cold, but we did holiday in February, but when the sun hit it, it was lovely and warm.
The wildlife was amazing, plenty of photo opportunities!! The first night we saw two badgers playing the field across, when we were looking out of the bedroom window.
The sofas were exremely comfy and the real fire was brilliant. The remote didn't work properly with the TV, but we didn't go on holiday to watch TV and it didn't hurt us to get up once in a while to turn the channel over. You can also hear birds really loudly in the living room from the fireplace, they must sit on the chimney, this was lovely to listen to.
The kitchen was brilliantly equipped. Nearly everything you could want, only thing I found missing was a garic crusher, but thats me being fussy! The oven worked brilliantly and also the hob. The fridge/freezer is a great size for the week, we filled it to the brim, but thats only because we didn't go out to eat at all and I cook everything from scratch.
The dog felt really at home, they even provide a little dog bed, this was too small for our doggy, as we have a lab/collie cross, but we brought ours along anyway.
This is a lovely and very special holiday cottage!! We will definately be visiting again!!
another wonderful holiday
This is our second time visiting this cottage, and we had another fantastic relaxing holiday, Emma and andrew are very welcoming. Our Children had a great time helping out on the farm with Millie and Edward.
We will definitely be going back next year.
The McCarthys (Twickenham)
A relaxing home from home holiday
the cottage was beautiful everything you could possibly need and more. The owners and there children were lovely and we were left fresh eggs as a welcome gift which we thought was a lovely thought. peaceful and relaxing will definately be back in the summer. The weather wasnt great but hey it didnt spoil the holiday one bit still lots to do
Excellent cottage stay
We stayed here for a week and had a cosy, comfortable stay, in what was (mostly) inclement weather. The cottage was clean, well-appointed and all ready for us. The open fire was really great (extra fuel available from owners) and it burned well, with a good chimney. We especially liked the two new and comfortable settees - each has built-in footrests (you press a lever and these appear individually - two on each settee) - a comfort we've never found before in a UK cottage. The TV is a new flat-screen of a good size - it was pleasant to watch TV by the open fire. The kitchen is equipped with all that we needed (we like to cook) and the spacious conservatory makes a good dining room. The beds are comfy and we had quiet nights. The stars on a clear night are wonderful. The owners live next-door and were helpful without being intrusive. We bought duck and chicken eggs from them - delicious eggs, as the birds run freely. Despite being next door, the cottage is quite private and quiet. We were visiting family in the area so didn't really have time to see the farm, but we enjoyed watching the cows coming to and from milking. A real rural gem!
What a stay
We stayed in Downhill Cottage for 7 great nights.Fabulous cottage,cosy and clean.Home from home.Private and quiet.Ducks and chickens run around.And cows off for milking.Great location too see Dorset.Great price for August,would cost a lot more for a tin can caravan.Would recommend to any one.Book now.
We have just returned from a long weekend here ..and can't wait to return!! ... what a wonderful place to stay! A well equipped cottage in the country on a working farm run by a lovely family who didn't mind us traipsing around whenever we wanted. Cows sheep chickens and ducks, trixie the dog and 3 cats.....and not forgetting the Bull. Situated within a short drive of Somerset and Devon with the gorgeous beaches and places of interest. The Admiral Hood public house also deserves a mention for its hospitality and wonderful food x
The peace and quiet of being surrounded by fields and animals compared to our usual city environment!
We had a very warm welcome throughout our stay, nothing was a problem. We enjoyed being part of a working dairy farm for the week it made us feel relaxed and at ease straight away. The owners of Downside made us feel welcome, giving up their own time to show us around the farm and the tractors, which gave our young son much pleasure. The cottage was well equipped for our requirements and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there.
We loved the fact that this cottage was right out of the way. The area was beautiful and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. It was a home from home. The little extras left by the owner were greatly appreciated.
We spent a wonderful holiday in this lovely house. We liked everything, the kitchen, especially the bedrooms were arranged beautifully.
Garden was excellent!!
The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cottage was comfortable and very well equipped.
The peace & quiet! It was lovely being next to a working farm & hearing the animals but no traffic!
The property was a real home from home, in a great location for getting out and about and close to Beaminster and Crewkerne where there are local shops, restaurants and pubs. The farm is in a beautiful location and the owners are very welcoming. We love Dorset.
Lovely, cosy farm cottage in beautiful, quiet location. Great play area and toys in garden. Friendly Owners.
The friendliness of the owners and the welcoming goodies left for us - milk, delicious jam and eggs. Peace and quiet. The property was very well situated for our restful needs - wouldn't have known there were 100 cows nearby!
It was probably the best equipped holiday cottage we have ever stayed in. It had everything we could possibly need including really sharp kitchen knives! The hosts were delightful people and very helpful.
Everything you need for a good stay was there. The villages around are very nice, like Crewkerne and Yeovil. Landscape is beautiful and the people of the farm are very kind.
The kids loved the use of the shared garden with its toys and play equipment, and playing with the owner's children.
We had a fantastic time. The owners were very helpful and friendly. We will definitely be going back.
Lovely scenery and quiet location
Tranquil surroundings. Well placed to visit many places. Friendly family.
We thought the family were very welcoming and were thoughtful in providing toys for our children to play with. The cottage was an ideal size for two adults and 2 toddlers.
Excellent property with friendly owners.
A very comfortable cottage in a lovely, quiet, rural location with everything we needed.
The peace and quiet of staying in the middle of nowhere. The friendliness of the owners. Being able to observe the dairy herd close up in the milking parlour as well as walking up the lane to the fields.
The cottage was fabulous, and the extra touches by the owners added to our whole experience.
The children had a lovely time and so did we.
We were made to feel very welcome and it was lovely to be able to see life on a working farm.
Friendly welcome, the owners were very helpful without being intrusive. Lovely farm animals and pets. Beautiful location, very peaceful.
Friendly owners, beautiful garden and surroundings, peace and quiet, visiting animals and location - great places to visit. A very family friendly holiday.
Very spacious accommodation and friendly relaxed owners. Couldn't fault anything.
Cottage was very well equipped, and the sun room was a real benefit. It really gave the feeling of space.
Ideal location, clean and fully equipped cottage. Ideal for a family holiday.
Farm location great for children and quiet.
It was a very nice cottage and was within driving range of a variety of activities. It was very nice to find we had complementary eggs from the owners that had been laid by their hens. We enjoyed watching the cows going to and from the fields daily.
We liked the remote country location and the fact that it was on a working dairy farm. It was furnished as if it was a home not a rental property, a real home from home. The owners were so friendly and were there if needed. A real getaway to enjoy the peace of the countryside. The village pub served very good meals at reasonable prices, but book ahead for 'pie night'!
If the chickens are laying,Emma can sell you free range eggs.
The shared garden was great for the children. The sofas were very comfortable. The cottage smelled fresh and was clean when we arrived.
Set in the beautiful countryside where it is so peaceful and quiet. The cottage has everything you need. This is our second stay and we will book again next year.
Peaceful and very private. It's what people that are from the city look for! Ideal! Tranquil.
A very comfortable cottage with everything you could need.
The cottage was comfortable and cosy and the conservatory enabled us to enjoy the light evenings even if it was chilly outside. The cottage was easy to find and in a good location to explore.
In a quiet and peaceful setting and with very lovely owners of the farm. Had a perfect holiday.
The cottage was spacious and light. Very comfortable and well equipped and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful.
Downside was a very comfortable cottage. It is in a very quiet situation with beautiful views. We enjoyed being on a working farm.