Life Offbeat

By Hollie Bone


If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a fairytale cottage, this place is ‘just right’ – as the house which inspired the childhood story Goldilocks and the Three Bears goes on sale for £995,000.

The grade II listed cottage in Christchurch, Dorset was once home to poet laureate Robert Southey while he wrote the original prose of the bedtime story which is still told across the world today.

With its exposed timber beams, wood burners, cottage windows and wooden floors, the four bedroom Burton Cottage even has daddy, mummy and baby-sized beds.


Tucked away on the edge of New Forest National Park, the house is said to hold a ‘magical’ feel, but there’s no guarantee there won’t be visitors in the woods on the search for a perfect bowl of porridge.

Inside a relaxed snug and two luxury lounges offer plenty of space to get lost in your imagination while the private southerly garden, well-stocked with mature plants and trees adds to the enchanting character of the cottage.


A spokesman for Fine & Country said: “Burton Cottage is a delightful, 4 bedroom, quintessential Grade II listed thatched cottage which has recently been completely renovated to provide the perfect countryside residence.

“This unusually large, light and airy cottage is wonderfully traditional from the outside and inside retains the unique character that only an older property can give.

“This is now combined with thoughtful and considerate renovations and delightful interior design to give the highest quality finishes resulting in an enchanting family home.

“Burton Cottage has an amazing history, being the birthplace of the childhood story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

“The Poet Laureate who wrote the story and once lived at Burton Cottage must have taken some inspiration from this magical home!”