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Annie's Little Plot

Annie's Little Plot

Monday, 3 October 2011

A Dorset cottage garden

We've just spent the best week of the year, weather-wise, on holiday in a little village close to Lyme Regis. Beautiful countryside, fabulous beaches, good food and even better weather made for a great week. We stayed in a classic thatched cottage which was gorgeous, closest I'll ever get to having one!
The garden was a typical cottage garden with exuberent planting, I was itching to get out and do some gardening as it was a bit overgrown in places. There are parts that are like being in a secret garden.

There is a stream running by the side of the garden.

This is the back garden.


Here in the morning light.

The Asters were covered in butterflies.

Like a classic cottage garden there are some fruit trees.

Some free fruit.

There are alpine strawberries everywhere!

There is a nice mixture of plants.
A lovely delicate cyclamen.
The Lemon Balm is taking over a bit!
There is a lovely double Phlox.
A twisted willow.
A Witch Hazel just changing colour.

The view of the garden from the dining room of the cottage is lovely with the green glow.

Finally just had to add some photos of the coastal scenery around here its breathtaking.

Swimming at Durdle Door was fantastic!


  1. Lucky you to stay in a "chocolate box" cottage and what a week to go!!

  2. Glad you had a lovely holiday - the cottage and garden look idyllic - if only!

  3. Glad you had a good holiday - the cottage and garden look idyllic - if only!

  4. Lucky you, that is such a lovely area!
    I wish that butterflies were on my asters which are just covered in bees. Flighty xx

  5. Hi Annie! I was looking for information about grasses and after a quick stop in Dove Cottage I found myself reading your blog about this incredibly beautiful cottage and breathtaking white cliffs. I always thought they were only present around Dover.... Long story short: would you be so kind to post some information here about the exact whereabouts of this cottage? Maybe I can persuade my wife to swim across the Channel with me to visit this beautiful place. Tia! Henk, The Netherlands

  6. Hi Henk,
    The cottage was beautiful and we had a fabulous time, luckily picking the best week for the sun out of the whole summer! It was in a village called Whitchurch Canonicorum, just outside Lyme Regis. The cottage was booked through Lyme Bay holidays ( The Dorset coastline is reknowned for its beauty with sandy beaches, sheltered coves, fossil cliffs and interesting features like Chesil Beach. Its definitely worth a visit. I would recommend a holiday there.

  7. Annie, thank you! I will start a promotional campaign here and right now! Henk