We go away every year as a family and this year we choose Jasmin Cottage in Osmington. This was a quirky cottage which was lots of fun for the children to explore. Plenty of room to move around and not be under each other's feet. Ceilings low which was hard to get used too for a family all hitting 6ft but we got there after a few bumps to the head!! All in all we had an amazing holiday and location was spot on. 10 min drive to Weymouth which was perfect for the beach. We hope to return again.
Location was not as close to the beach as we would have liked it was not walking distance, but its was only a short drive to Weymouth which is a fantastic beach. The location is a bit remote and there are no shops or takeaways within walking distance you must have a car. Lovely cottage and the pub, the sly Fox, that is within walking distance does a great carvery and good every day pub food at a good price.
We booked a last minute rare UK stay here after reluctantly deciding not to take our baby on a 4 hour plane ride to Turkey - we usually do villa holidays - sunshine, swimming pool etc. We were not disappointed! The cottage is very old and gorgeously quirky. Despite having a 1 year old in tow we were not put off by the steep winding staircase. This is a beautiful traditional building which has a lot of old endearing features combined with some welcome modern touches. It is not built to current building regulations and yes the windows are not airtight and prone to condensation now the weather is turning chilly however the place was never cold. We spent the week walking the Jurassic Coast path and hardly took the car out - speaks volumes when you have a baby in tow! The cottage is in a very quiet back water location and perfect for a relaxing break.
This cottage needs a really good clean. We arrived to find stale food in the corners of the kitchen floor, dirty, greasy oven and grill, water and grime in the cupboard under the sink unemptied bin in one bedroom. Windows that didn't close properly Dust and fluff under the settees, badly stained cushions. Very old, dirty, mouldy curtains. The showers and wash basins looked as if they hadn't had a proper clean in months. The downstairs bedroom smells of damp. All the windows were dirty and the frames were black with months of grime. The outside rubbish bin was overflowing, as was the glass recycle box. We had been contacted by the owners prior to our visit who informed us of "minor issues with their cleaners". As you can see these issues were far from minor!!! The owners actually live in the village so, I would have thought they would have visited the property to ensure that everything was perfect for their guests on arrival. They did offer to send "cleaners" in for us when we complained but we declined their offer as we didn't want our week disrupted any further. We have rented many holiday homes but have never come across one in such a bad state before. Dorset is a gorgeous part of the country and we will definitely go back, but not to Jasmine Cottage.
We arrived at Jasmine Cottage,6 adults, 1 15 year old and 2 pups. The house never felt crowded and the bedrooms were ideal. 2 of the 4 rooms required a small amount of mountaineering ability but this just added to the fun. The garden although not huge is very private and fun. We enjoyed the local pub and great walks at Lulworth Cove and Durdledoor beach, with great food at the smugglers inn.
Thanks very much be back one day I'm sure