Press Release | Historic Old Gaol Cottage in Cerne Abbas Hits the Market

Historic Old Gaol Cottage in Cerne Abbas Hits the Market

The Old Gaol Cottage, formerly the village jail and police station, launches to the market in the quaint village of Cerne Abbas, Dorset. Inviting offers over £415,000, this two-bedroom grade listed character property offers a unique opportunity to own a piece of local heritage.

Dating back to 1859, the Old Gaol Cottage has witnessed nearly two centuries of change. Once a place of law enforcement, it has since been transformed into a quintessentially English country cottage, while retaining echoes of its past within its walls.

Situated at Number 10 Long Street, the cottage served as the village jail and police station with constable’s quarters for close to a century. The adjacent Sergeant’s residence, now number eight, once housed the preparation area for detainees’ meals.

Cerne Abbas itself is a village steeped in history, with architectural styles spanning over 500 years. Its most famous landmark, the Cerne Giant, a towering chalk figure believed to be over 2,000 years old, overlooks the village, adding to its allure and cultural significance.

“The Old Gaol Cottage represents a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire a home with history, character, and countryside charm,” says Greg Carter, Senior Associate Director of DOMVS estate agents in Dorchester. “With its rich heritage and picturesque surroundings, it offers a truly distinctive living experience in the heart of Dorset.”

The current owners, who bought the cottage almost 25 years ago, say they’ll miss “the mullioned windows facing Long Street, which frame everyday village life. We feel a sense of deep contentment as we look out to see villagers enjoying this fascinating village.”

For more information or to schedule a viewing, contact DOMVS on 01305 757300 or view the property here.

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Greg Carter, Senior Associate Director

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DOMVS is an award-winning estate agency with a network of offices providing sales, lettings, holiday lets land advisory services across the entire Dorset county. With a reputation built on honesty, determination and empathy, DOMVS has been exceeding its clients’ expectations since 2005. 

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