Mafeking Terrace

Mafeking Terrace is a row of three former estate cottages in the small hamlet of Woolland, Dorset. Its date of construction 1901 (hence the naming to commemorate the Relief of Mafeking in the Boer War the previous year) and the initials MSW (of Montague Scott Williams, the then owner of the estate) are carved above the front porches of the terrace.

The terrace is surrounded by gardens and sits at right angles to the road. Our cottage is the furthest from the road with a garden that adjoins open fields. It has been our holiday home for a few decades.


Woolland is a small hamlet with no more than 20 houses and a few outlying farms. The road through the hamlet is not busy. Woolland has a church but no shop or pub. There are pubs in the neighbouring village of Hazelbury Bryan, which serve food. The nearest shops are six miles away in the town of Sturminster Newton. There are a number of pubs and restaurants worth a visit in the area.

Woolland is in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It lies at the southern end of the Blackmore Vale, just below Bulbarrow and Woolland Hills in the chalk ridge. It is quiet, thinly settled countryside with family farms, villages and small towns.

There are plenty of good walks out from the hamlet as well as further afield. The attractive historic towns of Dorchester, Blandford Forum, Shaftesbury and Sherborne are each about a half hour drive away. The coast with its beaches and spectacular cliffs, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, is about 45 minutes away by car. There are plentiful guides and maps in the cottage.

You can find more information on local places to visit, shops, beaches, pubs and restaurants here.