For baby T’s first family holiday we choose to head for Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. My in-laws every year have a small holiday down by the coast, a couple of years ago after discovering Helpful Holidays, it was so good they have used them a few times, this year we decided to use them for a weeks break in May.
Helpful Holidays have a brochure full of unusual houses, cottages, to quant traditional homes for you to rent with accommodation for children and four-legged friends. This was perfect for us. We came across Badgers in Charmouth just 8 miles from Bridport, so we booked for a week before half term, enjoying the term time advantage before Baby T goes to school.
We arrived at the Badgers but blink and you miss it, even though we were following instructions, it creeps up on you quicker than you think when in the car. The little cottage is a Grade II listed building, local records indicate that it dates back to early 16th century. It was integrated with the cottage next door and called Foxley Farm House, it is now known as Foxley Cottage.
In the 19th Century the farm was home to Issac Hunter, a renowned family in Charmouth they introduced bathing cabins to the area and it was from this it developed as a holiday destination. Along with this introduction to Charmouth, he frequently won the Charmouth Regatta and my favourite story about Issac was that he famously rescued three French sailors from a wreck in Westhay, legend has it that Hunter had a dream his lobster pots were being washed up, so he went to investigate.
The tales of Badgers does not end there, during the 20th Century the steep staircase was added and a discovery of a bread oven was unearthed and as you explore the property you notice little parts of history that still exist.
After the Second World War, the cottage became a bookshop, called the Badgers Bookshop. It is unsure how the name Badgers arose but it remained a bookshop until the late 60s.
A nice place for sitting in unwearied contemplation – Jane Austen
However, do not let the small cottage fool you, we were very impressed with the space and large bedrooms. There are 3 bedrooms in total, two doubles and a room for children decorated with a seaside theme. The cottage consists of a tv lounge with a cute hideout for blogging, or watercolour painting. A reading lounge for those cosy nights in front of a fire. A fully equipped country kitchen with all things you need to cook a hearty meal. A shower room and family bathroom, so there should not be any arguments in the morning.
The garden is the perfect retreat for the summer days and although you can not BBQ due to the close surroundings of other properties it is a secluded haven.
The cottage is jam-packed with things to keep you occupied if the weather is not pleasant, such as books, games and films. Perfect for the children.
Did I mention it has a walk-in wardrobe? Every girl’s dream. There is nothing this place does not have.
Just a small walk down the hill, you have all the local amenities including a fabulous fish & chip shop where you can eat in. Two pubs which to Mr N’s and my father in laws delight they were able to watch the FA cup final. As we came the weekend of the Royal Wedding myself and my mother in law were able to watch this to even it out.
Included in this small village were quirky little local shops with local artists and crafters pieces for the perfect souvenirs of your trip. There is also a local bakery that supplies lots of different bread’s and fresh croissants to have each morning.
I absolutely loved Badgers, it was the perfect home from home for our first family holiday. I hope we can return.