Dorchester, Dorset Countryside

  • 4 Star

You can book this property from:

  • £801 per week
  • £114 per night
  • 4 Star


Beds & bedrooms

  • 1 king/super-king bed
  • 2 double beds


  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/Aga
  • Freezer


  • 2 WCs
  • Towels provided
  • Bath
  • Shower

Special Features

  • WiFi
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Welcome pack
  • No mobile signal


  • Garden or courtyard
  • Enclosed garden or courtyard
  • Private parking
  • Rural location

Nearby activities

  • Walking
  • Cycling


  • Walk-in shower
  • Ground floor bath/shower room
  • Ground floor WC

Important - Please Note

House Rules

  • Check in: 4:00pm
  • Check out: 9:00am

  To give our cleaners enough time to complete the additional cleaning and sanitising that is currently needed to keep our guests safe, check-in and check-out times at the majority of our properties have been temporarily revised. The revised times for this property are reflected above.


Nestled in the beautiful Dorset countryside Raleigh’s is a beautiful historic home the delights of the Dorset countryside are within a few moments walk of this beautiful home.  Built in 1580 IT once hosted a visit from Sir Walter Raleigh! Fully modernised and sleeping 6 comfortably it is located in the beautiful and historic village of Cerne Abbas.  The County Town of Dorchester 6 miles away this welcoming home offers couples and families with older children a cosy base for exploring the surrounding countryside with the award-winning Jurassic Coast a short drive away. Within a stroll are 3 excellent village pubs, shop and tearoom.  The famous Cerne Giant is within easy walking distance from the house and well worth a visit.

Raleigh’s has all the comforts of home and welcomes you from the moment you enter the cottage. The kitchen at the rear has an electric Aga, country kitchen table and chairs and doors onto a courtyard garden. The large sitting room has almost too many features to mention, from its large Inglenook fireplace with contemporary wood burning stove to the ceiling beams and oak window shutters. This space offers a comfortable relaxing spot for reading - a large library of books are provided - listening to music, catching up with loved ones and whiling away the evening as you watch the embers fade in the log burning stove. The garden is secure and enclosed with an alfresco eating space, Pizza Oven/BBQ and there is use of one portable bicycle (please request use when booking). Also on the ground floor there is a walk in shower room with WC and basin.

The features continue as you rise to the 1st floor on the fantastically uneven stairs to the panelled landing where you can retreat to listen to music, watch TV or spend some time alone and unwind. To the front is the 1st of the 3 bedrooms. The 3rd room is a double with ample hanging space, double bed and views to the bustling village street outside. The 2nd bedroom across the landing again is a double with feature fireplace (not in use), leaded window to the front and plenty of storage space. To the back of the cottage is the family bathroom which is well appointed and is next to the master bedroom with super-king size bedroom, ample storage space and overlooks the courtyard.

Further afield from Cerne Abbas you can find a wide choice of activities from exploring the towns of Dorchester, Sherborne and Bridport and places of interest like Maiden Castle, Nothe Fort and Portland Bill. With so many places to discover locally you will find something to do come rain or shine!

Kitchen/Dining room: Cosy country kitchen with electric Aga, additional induction hob and electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and fridge/freezer. Dining table with seating for 6. Doors opening up to a courtyard garden.

Shower Room: wet room shower space, WC, basin and vanity unit.

Sitting Room: Large living space with feature beams and Inglenook fireplace with log burner. 2 sitting areas to relax in – one with comfortable sofas and the other with 2 arm chairs, a small dining table plus a good selection of books to enjoy. Large flat screen HD TV and Sonas Sound System.

3 Bedrooms: 1 King Size bed, storage. 2 Double bed, storage. 3 Double bed, storage

Family Bathroom: Full bathroom suite, heated towel rail, WC, basin.

Landing: Sofa, Wing Chair, TV, Sonas Sound System, Radio and CD player.

Linen and towels: Provided – please bring your own beach towels.

Garden: Private courtyard garden.  Garden furniture, traditional Italian Valoriani Pizza Oven that doubles as a BBQ.

WiFi: Included. Please note that mobile phone coverage is poor in Cerne Abbas

Welcome Pack: Provided

Fuel: Central Heating, log burner in sitting room with basket of logs provided.

Parking: To the side of Raleigh’s is a gravel driveway with parking for 1-2 small/medium size cars. To the front is un-restricted free on road parking.

Children: Children over 5 welcome (supervision is recommended on the stairs).

Pets: Sorry, no pets.


Thank you for sharing a wonderful property in Raleighs. We have had awful weather which has made the casseroles cooked in the aga even more enjoyable. We are so impressed with the comfort and set up. It has been a fantastic base to come home to after long windy walks. Our meal in the New Inn was 3 hours of perfection. Will be looking to return.

The Fox Family,

A beautifully presented, homely and stylish cottage which we have loved. Despite there only being the two of us we felt comfortable and at home. The Christmas decorations were a lovely touch. I wish we could move in. We had lovely meals at both The Greyhound and the New Inn both surpassed anything we have close to us. We will come back (hopefully with friends next time) and thank you for sharing your beautiful home.

Previous Customer,

Wonderful period cottage, an aladdin's cave of antiques. Super quiet location, lovely locals. Recommend the New Inn for food and drinks. Enjoyed West Bay Beach and also Lyme Regis. Keep up the cleanliness of the cottage - very impressed.

The C Family,

We have had such a lovely time at Raleighs, thank you. The house itself is like a lovingly curated museum. We love all the period touches and photos. Aside from exploring Cerne Abbas we have visited Dorchester, Weymouth, Burton Bradstock, Kingston Mauward and Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens.

The D Family,

Thank you for a very enjoyable stay! Lovely house, lovely location.

D and R,

We have had a wonderful stay at Raleighs, thank you for sharing your wonderful house with us. Staying here has been a real delight, the house is a historical wonder. The village shop is fantastic and we have enjoyed the beautiful beaches and countryside.

Mr H,