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Beaminster

Beaminster is a charming rural town in West Dorset; a bustling traditional market town, it sits at the head of the valley of the River Britt, a picturesque conservation area full of wonderful wildlife and countryside.

The town itself is a look back in time, with over 200 listed buildings in the area. This quintessential English country town has a prosperous market that draws a big crowd of both locals and visitors alike. Packed with great places to eat, often selling local produce, and a wealth of country pubs, the town is very friendly and perfect for a no hassle country break.

There are a number of excellent outdoor activities to suit all sorts, from groups of friends to families or couples. Nearby stables offer horse riding and there is even a llama farm or donkey rides if you fancy trying something different. The nearby Water Meadow Fishery offers coarse fishing and there is a rowing club that has a range of activities for visitors to enjoy.

The Britt Valley is a conservation area and is popular for walkers and hikers, offering wonderful views across the countryside and with options to suit both casual strollers and serious ramblers alike. Nearby Mapperton House, a grand, stately home that sits in immaculate gardens in one of the most beautiful areas of the valley, is well worth a visit. Why not make a long weekend of it and stay in one of the many cosy cottages in Beaminster.
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  • Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: DCCO

    A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with electric Aga and French doors to a decked patio, has a large garden to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Nearby, visit the quaint market town of Beaminster, Mapperton Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre with its crafts, cream teas and restaurant. Within easy driving, there is a wide variety of sand and pebble beaches including Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay, which is where the popular TV series ’Broadchurch’ is filmed. Lyme Regis, famous for the setting of The French Lieutenant’s Woman with its picturesque harbour, Cobb and beach is a must, and offers a host of outdoor activities ranging from coastal walking, boating, sailing, fishing, fossil hunting and golf. The market town of Bridport is 5 miles, with two markets per week and an antique market held on a Saturday. Alternatively, visit some of the other many attractions in this beautiful part of Dorset, such as Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens or the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, several RSPB sanctuaries, Time Walk, Sea Life Centre and Deep Sea Adventure. The cathedral city of Exeter, Dorchester and Poole are all worth a trip. Beach 6 miles, Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, electric Aga (for cooking), French doors to decked patio and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included (winter only), thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric underfloor central heating (downstairs), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Electric double Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with decked patio and furnitiure
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 1 step from French doors to patio

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  • The Gatehouse

    Hooke, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    5
    Ref: W41364

    Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

    Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and garden, and you can enjoy the extensive gardens around the moated Manor House and coarse fishing in the lake. The surrounding area is rich in heritage, there is glorious countryside and Chesil Beach to enjoy, walking, boating, fishing, and swimming, or visit Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth with its Timewalk and Sea Life Centre, and the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, all of which will leave one with a memorable holiday. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft zip and link), both with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. 3 shower rooms with toilet, one with bidet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week December-January). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There is a moat with deep water close to the property.

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  • Camesworth Farmhouse

    Oxbridge, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W3316

    Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

    This pretty 17th century farmhouse, on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, nestles in the peaceful Dorset countryside. It has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining many original features including beams, a flagstoned floor, mullion windows and an inglenook fireplace. Surrounded by 42 acres of pasture accommodating sheep, horses and poultry, and set in a verdant, peaceful garden with games available, the farmhouse is a haven of peace and quiet. Enjoy the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with breathtaking walks both east and west. West Bay provides a small sandy beach and the beginning of the famous shingle Chesil Beach, and has a picturesque harbour. Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey, Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery, Weymouth and Lyme Regis all within easy reach. The property also has a shared swimming pool available for use between 1st June and 30th September (heating charge up to £6/day). Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom. Separate toilet.

    Central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared swimming pool (payable locally), open June-September. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: Drops and small river on boundary of property. 2 small ponds in garden.

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  • Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DXK

    This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and the small market town of Beaminster (2½ miles). Visitors can enjoy the lovely accommodation, unwind by the pool or wander into the village and sample the local public house. It is excellent holiday accommodation for two families to enjoy this wonderful part of Dorset, with its lovely unspoilt countryside and superb scenic coastline stretching from Weymouth to Lyme Regis. Nearby visit the quaint historic town of Beaminster (Thomas Hardy’s ‘Emminster’), and Broadwindsor which has a lovely craft centre where visitors can relax looking at the craft, or wine and dine in the restaurant. Chesil Beach and the Heritage Coast are a must for scenic walking, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, and are truly breathtaking. For some really exhilarating scenic coastal walking, try walking from Seatown up to the top of Golden Cap with views over the whole of Lyme Bay stretching from Torquay to Portland. Call in on West Bay with its pretty harbour and do visit Lyme Regis with its well known Cobb, which was built in the 18th century and became famous as the setting for John Fowles’ ’French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Within easy driving are many family attractions ranging from the Victorian seaside resort of Weymouth with its Sealife, Timewalk, and beach, and for family days out which the children will love, Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool. For the bird lover, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens are a great place to visit, as are the two RSPB nature reserves at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake. Inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its concorde and carrier flight deck are very popular, as are Sherborne Castle, Haynes Motor Museum and many more memorable attractions. Shops 2½ miles and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Lounge with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electricity and electric coal-effect fire in lounge by £1 coin meter. Oil central heating £80per week April-September (£90per week (October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Private, indoor, heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1m, to 1m). Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Hooke Court

    Hooke, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    23
    11
    0
    9
    Ref: DND

    Dating mainly from the 17th century, with some parts much older, this fine spacious, moated manor house, with its own large garden, was formerly owned by the Dukes of Bolton and the Earl of Sandwich. Now part of an educational complex, it has been modernised, yet retains its character and charm and serves as a memorable venue for large family and group re-unions. Boasting eleven bedrooms (8 with en-suite facilities), an elegant drawing room with open fire, a dining room and a games room, it has its own garden. Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway, and close to the spectacular Dorset coastline, Hooke Court is just 10½ miles from West Bay (formerly Bridport Harbour), and is within easy reach of both pebbly Chesil Beach and Golden Cap cliff. Looking back further into the past than Hardy’s timeless ‘Wessex’, there are traces of Roman and pre-Roman culture ready to be explored. With Maiden Castle, Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and Cerne Abbas – home to the well-endowed Cerne Giant cut into a steep chalk hillside, well worth visiting. For days out, a pilgrimage to Hardy’s birthplace (NT), his school, his home and Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried, is a rewarding experience. Whilst locally, the district surrounding Beaminster has its own rich heritage and is home to a notable Tudor manor house - Mapperton Gardens, the main location for the BBC’s Tom Jones. Close by is Eggardon’s hill fort, 3 nature reserves, fishing, walking and sailing. Roman town of Dorchester (with weekly market), 13 miles. Golf course at Crewkerne. Shops and pubs
    3½ miles.

    Reception hall. Drawing room with open fire and door to garden. Dining room. Kitchen with range-style cooker. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Five twin bedrooms, one with additional bunk beds (for +2). Second floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Old chapel games room. All first floor bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and toilet or shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October – April £250 per week poa)
    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Range-style cooker included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with picnic benches
    • Parking (for 10 cars)
    • Games room with one table tennis table
    • No smoking
    • NB: Moat in garden

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