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The Strawberry Thief

Muddy says: Wisteria-clad stone cottage outside; luxe mid-century modern inside with wood-burner, monsoon shower, vinyl collection… yes please!

Picture-postcard, wisteria-clad old stone cottage in the idyllic village of Corton Denham on the undulating borders of Somerset and Dorset. Contemporary luxe furnishings, wood-burner, monsoon shower, vinyl collection and record player –  and more. The perfect combo of old and and Elle Deco new.

Sleeps five people (and a dog) in three bedrooms (the main with a king-sized bed and stylish seating – curl up with your novel here) and a super spacious bathroom with a freestanding bath and monsoon shower (swoon).

Kitchen has all mod cons including a SMEG oven, Nespresso machine, bluetooth speakers – and a hamper of Prosecco, chocolates, milk, bread, eggs awaiting your arrival. Eat brekkie here or in the little – duck egg blue – dining area.

Living room is on-trend, mid-century modern, with that big wood-burning stove, vinyl collection and Crossley record player.

Outside, a terrace is perfect for al fresco lunches with space beyond for kids and dogs to run around. Wildlife a plenty (labs, hares, pheasants, finches, thrushes, woodpeckers, robins …)

Location: just hop on a train from Waterloo (2hrs 11) to this village with award-winning Queens Arms pub; historic Sherborne (abbey, castle, indy shops) around the corner and arty Bruton, Frome and famous Jurassic coast nearby.

As Pa Larkin would say: Perfick.

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