I found the cottage originally in 2002by looking for somewhere to stay in Dorset using Google. There had been nothing that appealed in the usual cottage agencies. Old Gaol came up somehow - could have been Special Places to Stay - and I contacted Nicki, she sent your brochure, and I just knew I'd love it. I knew the village from previous holidays near Sherborne in the '80s, in between trips to Europe, so that was a help.
What did we like? Well, virtually everything. The kitchen is a joy to be in - so light, the dining area is so relaxing, the sitting room is cool and also relaxing. We loved the comfy American beds. Having always spent a lot of money on our own beds - perhaps not so unusual here now as it was 20 years ago - we nearly always have to 'put up with' the beds provided in holiday homes. It was a real joy to know we'd be as comfy, if not more, than at home. The rooms themselves pleased us. Bathroom great. A feeling of space in what seems from the outside to be quite small. A delightful village. When asked where we were staying by people in local pubs and shops, the mention of 'Old Gaol' always brought a special smile and an assurance that you are both pretty special people much liked in the village.
Need I say more!! I just hope you will be able to allow people to rent your place for a few years more.
Another superb holiday here in Cerne Abbas. We are retuning home thoroughly chilled out and relaxed and very sad to go. Old Gaol Cottage is our Dorset home from home. Superbly equipped, cozy and comfortable. The surrounding countryside is so beautiful and tranquil. See you again next year. Thank you!
The Owen family
We have thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in England and most especially in Cerne Abbas. Everyone has been friendly and gracious. The Cottage is beautifully decorated. It has been comfortable & relaxing. It has given our souls a needed rest from our hectic lives. Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your English home.
We’ve had a wonderful relaxing week in Cerne Abbas – enjoying the great atmosphere of the cottage and village & lots of pints in all 3 pubs. Even my kiwi husband has enjoyed pre-Christmas in the cold and dark of the English weather – think the pubs have helped!
A lovely cottage – the best we’ve stayed in. Many thanks
The Olson family
We so enjoyed our stay in your cottage- it is just perfect. And Cerne Abbas is so pretty and typically English. First the cottage- we stayed in some nice self catering cottages even a castle tower but your cottage had such wonderful comfort and was decorated so nice. I loved the bed. It was the best we slept in for 6 weeks. That nice big dining area and the little courtyard and the blue and white kitchen I just loved. Also I could wake up early in the morning, sit in bed with my coffee and watch the birds building nests in the high trees across the street. The town- Mickey just loved walking to everything we needed. The store-Andrew has about everything you need. Walk to dinner and walk to church. We met a few of your friends at church. I took the town walking tour. We loved the Royal Oak. The area- I don't think I've seen a more beautiful place than Lulworth Cove and also the view from St. Catherine's Chapel. The charming little villages just kept us on the road exploring. Also Sherborne Abbey and Salisbury were favorites. We also went to market days a couple of times. Thanks again for introducing us to such an unforgettable place. Dorset is now another favorite part of England.
Eileen and Mickey Lewis USA