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Find cottages in Dorchester

On the banks of the River Frome sits Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. A popular and historic market town, Dorchester is nestled just South of the Dorset Downs and less than 8 miles away from the seaside town of Weymouth and the Dorset coast.

The busy town centre’s focal point is the Town Pump and impressive clock tower surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. There’s a French Market that is held annually every August, which attracts locals and visitors alike and a number of historic walks that start off in the centre of town. The nearby Tank museum will be a guaranteed hit with the kids.

Dorchester has a long and rich history; being occupied since Roman times and contributing to its cultural identity over the years. Visitors can explore this history through the excellent themed walks around town, which tell a fascinating historical tale. Visit the Roman ruins of Maiden Castle, one of the most significant Roman sites in the UK and the Dinosaur Museum is an absolute must for children and adults alike. There are a number of other historical but fun sights and locations in the area that make the town a great choice for a family holiday, such as the Tutankhamen Exhibition.

To find accommodation in the area see our selection of holiday cottages in Dorchester and start planning your holiday now. Dorchester has an abundance of activities and sights for fun-filled family breaks, a week of exploring the history in the area, or an indulgent week of restaurant meals and shopping trips.

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  • Mill House

    Maiden Newton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: W44038


    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth, Portland and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This property adjoins the former mill and has been lovingly restored to make a great holiday home to accommodate up to 12 guests. It offers two living rooms, one with flagstone flooring and a woodburner, and the other with an open fire, the kitchen/dining room has a large table for 12, and there are 6 bedrooms, as well as a games room.
    Perfectly located in the village, Mill House has easy access to the local shops, pubs and all facilities. Within easy driving, one can spend the day exploring the county town of Dorchester with its many family attractions, ranging from The Dorset County Museum, Dinosaur Museum, Tutankhamun Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors and of course its many restaurants and shops. Further afield, perhaps spend a day out enjoying Monkey World and The Tank Museum, some walking along this famous scenic coastline around Lulworth Cove or the Chesil Beach, and on to Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Nearby, Weymouth with its sandy beach, offers a huge range of sporting activities from boating, sailing, swimming, windsurfing and fishing, or maybe a trip on the ferry to Guernsey or France. Inland, one can visit Sherborne with its two castles, the Cerne Abbas giant engraved on the hill and many historical places, such as Athelhampton House and Gardens, Minterne Gardens, Mapperton House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens. Along with lovely country walks, beautiful country scenery and village pubs, there will be much for everyone to enjoy in this lovely part of West Dorset. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and tiled floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Games room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Plush, nr. Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    14
    7
    2
    5
    Ref: DXS

    The Stables is a detached stable conversion and benefits from a large, open-plan kitchen/dining-room with a high ceiling and beams, a living room with a wood-burning stove and also has its own garden with great views over the surrounding countryside. The holiday property stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland. The Dorset Gap is nearby for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas with its Tudor architecture, tea rooms and the nearby Cerne Giant is also a must on any itinerary. The seaside town of Weymouth with splendid harbour, Georgian seafront and long sandy beach makes a great day out and the ferry for day trips to the Channel Islands also leaves from the town. Just a few of the pretty Dorset villages to explore are Abbotsbury with its sub-tropical garden and swannery, Milton Abbas (the first planned settlement in England) with whitewashed thatched cottages and the 14th-century abbey, NT Corfe Castle and Lulworth with famous natural cove and over the hill to Durdle Door. There are RSPB reserves at Arne near Wareham and two at Weymouth. With good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    One step to entrance. Large living room with wood-burning stove, beams and French doors. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with elec range (for cooking)/dining room with Belfast sink and butcher’s block. Bootroom. Shower room with toilet. Step from hall to remaining rooms. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with low sloping ceiling; one double and one small twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio with furniture
    • Access to 650 acres of farmland
    • Parking (for 7 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

    Note: The Stables (DXS) and Armswell House (DQT) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

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  • Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    15
    8
    3
    8
    Ref: DPU

    Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, and shared use of a games room. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 1½ miles.

    Entrance hall with cloakroom and toilet. Large central hall with vaulted beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and minstrel gallery. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, arrow slit windows, rugs on flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Two steps to large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to further patio area. Two steps to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with hand-made French-style units, combined fuel range, flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Twin bedroom with zip & link bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with zip & link beds, each with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Range – fuel included
    • Wi-fi

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one widescreen)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared enclosed courtyard
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Games room with table football, pool table, table tennis, children’s toys, two toilets and kitchen
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15ft x 30ft, depth range 3ft to 5ft, open 15 April- 15 October)

    Note: DPU and DPT can be booked together to sleep 23 people, making it an ideal venue for corporate events and large families or groups. By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

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  • Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    17
    9
    2
    9
    Ref: W44119

    In the small village of Winterborne Abbas, in west Dorset’s Hardy Country, this large, 300 year old, former guest house is conveniently located next to the main road, making an ideal base for venturing out on day trips and exploring this wonderful area. Churchview House offers great accommodation for 17 guests, which is excellent for family or group gatherings. The house offers 2 living rooms, a large dining area with open fires, and 9 bedrooms, of which 8 are en-suite, all with TV’s the other having a bathroom next door. It is in an ideal location near Dorchester (4 miles) which is the county town of Dorset, and Bridport (10 miles) and West Bay (12 miles). The amazing Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon is 5 miles with many water sports available. Travelling a short distance along the causeway, you can enjoy stunning views from Portland and the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse, all the way over to Lyme Bay, and along this famous stretch of English coastline, now designated as the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its superb coastal walking and scenery. Within easy driving distance, enjoy family days out at Weymouth with its stunning, award-winning sandy beach which the children will love, visit the Sea Life Adventure Park and Sea Life Tower, or perhaps try some windsurfing in Portland harbour. There are many attractions in this lovely part of the world; Dorchester has many museums, there is the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens. Further west, enjoy a day out taking in the famous Cob and harbour at Lyme Regis with its beach and quaint shops. Sherborne, Poole (28 miles) and Wareham (22 miles) are also worth visiting for many further attractions. Beach 5 miles. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room 1: With 40” Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to patio.
    Dining room: With two open fires, drinks fridge and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, range, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Living room 2: With 40” Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 6: With single bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Two staircases (one steep) to...
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 7: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 8: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 9: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Parking for 7 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps into the garden.

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  • Armswell House

    Plush, nr. Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    18
    7
    2
    5
    Ref: DQT

    Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
    The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

    Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    • Open fires – fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (plug-in oil-filled rads in attic bedrooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Two TVs (Teletext)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Access to 650 acres of farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 7 cars)
    • Games room with table tennis and pool table
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

    Note: Armswell House (DQT) and The Stables (DXS) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

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