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Baker's Arms Holiday Cottages

South Perrott, Dorset

This is an owners own site, run by Richard and Mary Torrens.

About the cottages

plansm/png Little is currently known of the history of the buildings to the north of the main house. Local lore says that the row fronting onto the lane to the east had once been two cottages. The lane, nowadays locally called The Drain, was once called Coombe Lane. However there are also remains of other buildings which do not front onto Coombe Lane - click on the plan for a larger version (opens in a new window). The main building (now roofless) was once the pub's skittle alley.

Old arch into skittle alley.
Old arch into skittle alley.
The only clue as to its use previous to being a skittle alley is the remains of a large arch facing the gate. For this arch to be useful the ground here must once have been a lot lower, for the clearance at the arch top now is only 135cm (4ft 5in). So was this a coach entrance and the building labelled "log store" once a coach house? However there is little sign on the other side of this wall that the arch exists.

Coombe lane mid 1980s
Coombe lane mid 1980s

The photo is of the Coombe Lane side around 1985.

The main house became a pub in, perhaps, the late 1830s (See the house history) but there are currently no records of the pub being called The Bakers Arms until the 1861 census.

Oven door by Petter & Edgar
Oven door by Petter & Edgar

As far as is known, the Old Bakery had been a cottage before becoming the village bakery, at an unknown date. However the old oven doors remain as a feature and are of some historical interest having been made by Petter and Edgar of Yeovil who traded in the 1872s until Frank Edgar's death in 1889. Dates courtesy of Bob Osborn from his Yeovil history site. So this seems to date the use of this building as bakery to around that period. The old access door visible in the top photo seems to have been a loading door for flour to the bakery. This old wooden door has long since rotted and the entrance filled in.

The pub ceased trading as a pub in the early 1950s. When listed in June 1953 the official listing states Former Inn, now a private house. The buildings at the rear are not included in the listing details.

Permission was granted in January 1958 to convert the inn to dwellings and the outbuildings into 2 garages. One of these was the building mrked Store room to the left as you enter the courtyard. The other was the Old Bakery. The steel beam that was over the garage door remains visible, see the photos below.

Aerial photo of The Bakers Arms
Aerial photo of The Bakers Arms

An aerial photo, probably from 1960, shows the buildings mostly still roofed.

Both cottages mid 1980s
Both cottages mid 1980s

By the 1980s these cottages were partly in ruins.

The Old Bakery 1990
The Old Bakery 1990

In 1989 The Bakers Arms was owned by Mick & Robbie Mazzeo and their son Tony. They were builders. In 1989 they were granted consent to turn the outbuildings into four holiday lets. They sold the property in 1994; only The Old Bakery had been fully converted. Jasmine Cottage had been partly converted: the kitchenette and shower rooms had not been fully equipped. The cottage was used as an office thereafter. The conversion plans include a third cottage, now the workshop and a fourth incorporating the Old skittle alley and the log store.

The Old Bakery July 2020
The Old Bakery July 2020
Jasmine Cottage July 2020
Jasmine Cottage July 2020

The photos show the two cottages before we bought The Bakers Arms

We moved in to the property in late December 2020 and set about renovating the two cottages. We have used many holiday cottages ourselves over the years and we knew what we liked. We aimed to make the two cottages the sort of places we would be happy to return to ourselves. Letting started in April 2021, when covid restrictions were relaxed. Jasmine cottage first. It had been use as offices so was in good repair so easy to convert fully. the Old Bakery had been neglected - there was water ingress from no fewer than 5 sources - so it look longer to dry out and was opened in June 2021.

Both cottages and workshop
Both cottages and workshop

The photo (takes May 2021) shows both cottages after clearing the various plants which had been allowed to take over.

Other outbuildings

As is visible on the aerial photo, there are other buildings. The one to the north was used as a skittle alley when the pub was running. By the mid 1980s it was roofless. In July 1996 permission was given to reduce the height of part of it and make good the rest.

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