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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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  • Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DPT

    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.

    All on ground floor. Entrance hall. Spacious living room with part brick and flint walls and gas fire. Large, modern-fitted kitchen/dining room with brick and flint walls and pine panelling. Utility. Four bedrooms; two double and two twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Travel cot
    • Ground floor facilities

    • 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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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: DKG

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    A very comfortable cottage, with its own private entrance and garden. Full of character, it has been very well furnished and equipped. Entrance into charming, beamed open-plan living/dining room with rugs on flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with range (for cooking) and Belfast sink. One small step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed, sitting area with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV and designer hand wash basin. Step down to double bedroom with LCD TV. Further step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electric fire included
    • Range included
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture and barbecue

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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  • The Granary

    Piddlehinton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W43680


    Situated on the owners’ working farm, on the edge of the Piddle Valley, just north of the county town of Dorchester, this spacious, well-equipped holiday barn conversion with a large garden, is an excellent location to enjoy Dorset and all it has to offer. There is excellent walking from the doorstep, village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide, and many family attractions within easy driving. Weymouth with its award winning sandy beach, Sealife Aquarium, perhaps a day trip to France or the Channel Islands, and water activities are a must, or the children will love Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Perhaps explore along the famous Chesil Beach taking in the swans at Abbotsbury Swannery, or calling in along the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast at places such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Portland, West Bay and on to the pretty character seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Nearer home, visit Dorchester, with its character shops, history and places of interest such as Tutankhamun Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Terracotta Warriors Museum all to be enjoyed. There is certainly plenty for families to have a memorable holiday. Beach 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Double electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: DTK

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    A romantic detached ground floor property with its own enclosed garden. Large beamed open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with electric woodburner and French doors to patio. Large double bedroom with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV, free standing roll-top bath with shower attachment and en-suite toilet. Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Bamboo floor in all rooms (except bathrooms).

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Electric woodburner and electric fire included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs - with Freeview
    • Widescreen TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Charcoal barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • Private drive with parking (for 2-3 cars)
    • Wheelchair access
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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  • Newbarn Farmhouse

    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC302

    This holiday property is made up of a large section of the owners’ detached farmhouse and offers a great holiday location for two families to unwind, relax and enjoy this popular area. Situated on a working farm it offers four bedrooms, one en-suite, and a spacious living room, dining room and excellent outside area for all to enjoy a barbecue and peace and quiet. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside and yet within easy reach of Dorchester, Weymouth, the Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
    There is great dog walking and scenic country walks on your doorstep, and nearby village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton. For days out, the county town of Dorchester with its quaint shops and museums is well worth a visit, and Weymouth with its sandy beach, family activities such as boating, fishing, yachting or perhaps Sealife World and the tower will appeal. The children will love Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum, both within easy driving distance, or slightly further explore Corfe Castle, a trip back in time on the Swanage Steam Railway, or simply venture down into the Purbecks and take in some beautiful coastal scenery and Durdle Door. Nearer home you can call in at Cerne Abbas and admire the Giant carved into the hillside, go visit the character abbey town of Sherborne, or maybe venture into south Somerset and have family time at the amazing Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes Classic Car Museum. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    1 step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With open fire, 40" Freeview TV with Amazon Fire TV stick, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, beams and patio doors leading to garden.
    Dining room: With beams.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, oil rayburn, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize sleigh bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Shared annexe with washing machine. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are slopes and 6 steps in the garden.

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  • Bookham Court - Crowthorne

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester

    Grade
    9
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: UKC791

    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon House all have use of a games room with table tennis and snooker table and, in an adjacent field, there is a fishing lake for use of guests. Bookham Court is also an ideal location for watching wildlife from the hide, where you can see badgers feeding and birds nesting via some interactive cameras. Crowthorne is located ½-mile down the lane, but guests are welcome to use the facilities at Bookham Court. All four properties can be booked independently or together, and all allow dogs as it is idyllic dog walking country. Within easy driving distance, visitors can be enjoying Cerne Abbas with its giant carved into the hillside, Athelhampton House, Milton Abbey, Corfe Castle, and Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Weymouth has miles of sandy beach, Sealife Park and many other attractions for all the family. The whole of the picturesque Jurassic Coast from Swanage, all the way to Lyme Regis beckons and offers many delightful places of interest. Lulworth Cove, Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay for seaside activities, boating, swimming, fishing and windsailing, and Abbotsbury with its swannery and subtropical gardens. For some great family days out, perhaps the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World at Wool or maybe inland to some fun time at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Dorchester is just 11 miles, Poole and Bournmouth can be reached in less than an hour. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With electric coal effect fire, 40’’ Freeview Smart TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and wooden floor.
    Dining area: With wooden floor.
    Kitchen area: With electric range, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with bath and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed and en-suite with bath and toilet.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor) included. Large enclosed garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 4 cars. Wheelchair access

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker table. Fishing on-site (no licence required). No smoking.

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  • Bookham Court - Great Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester

    Grade
    9
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC789

    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon House all have use of a games room with table tennis and snooker table and, in an adjacent field, there is a fishing lake for use of guests. Bookham Court is also an ideal location for watching wildlife from the hide, where you can see badgers feeding and birds nesting via some interactive cameras. Crowthorne is located ½-mile down the lane, but guests are welcome to use the facilities at Bookham Court. All four properties can be booked independently or together, and all allow dogs as it is idyllic dog walking country. Within easy driving distance, visitors can be enjoying Cerne Abbas with its giant carved into the hillside, Athelhampton House, Milton Abbey, Corfe Castle, and Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Weymouth has miles of sandy beach, Sealife Park and many other attractions for all the family. The whole of the picturesque Jurassic Coast from Swanage, all the way to Lyme Regis beckons and offers many delightful places of interest. Lulworth Cove, Portland Harbour and Weymouth Bay for seaside activities, boating, swimming, fishing and windsailing, and Abbotsbury with its swannery and subtropical gardens. For some great family days out, perhaps the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World at Wool or maybe inland to some fun time at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Dorchester is just 11 miles, Poole and Bournmouth can be reached in less than an hour. Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With wood burner, 40’’ Freeview TV, DVD player, beams and French doors.
    Kitchen: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and wooden floor.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds, pull-out bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), Freeview TV and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil underfloor central heating and logs for wood burner included. Sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Shared lawned garden and ¼-acre landscaped grounds. Private parking for 3 cars. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker table. Fishing on-site (no licence required). No smoking.

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  • Tincleton Lodge

    Tincleton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: UKC226

    Situated in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, in a very beautiful area just east of the county town of Dorchester, and in the small quaint village of Tincleton, this lovely semi-detached lodge for 10, is well presented and graded 5 star by Visit England. It offers extremely good accommodation for 2 to 3 families to unwind and enjoy a very pleasant holiday. Situated within the 600 acres of the owner’s farm, which you are welcome to explore, there are many wonderful walks to enjoy. As well as cycling, fishing available on the River Frome, nature trails to be walked, and at allocated times during the day, use of a tennis court.
    The accommodation has a spacious living room with inglenook fireplace, woodburner, old bread oven and beams, a dining room with large table and woodburner and a contemporary well equipped bespoke kitchen. There are 2 double bedrooms and 3 twin bedrooms, 3 of which are en-suite, and in the garden sun loungers are available. If you are not enjoying a barbecue or simply relaxing in this lovely cottage, there is a wealth of attractions and places to visit in this glorious part of Dorset. Within easy driving you can be on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, simply soaking up some stunning scenery from Swanage, Studland Bay, or along the Purbecks (taking in Durdle Door), and to Weymouth with its sandy beach. Portland with Portland Bill, and onwards is the renown Chesil Beach, West Bay and Lyme Regis, while not too far away you can have some family time at the ever popular Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum or Weymouth Sealife Centre. Or perhaps visit one of the many museums in Dorchester, Tutankhamun Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum and the Terracotta Museum to name a few. There are also many historic houses in the area, maybe visit Athelhampton House and Gardens, or venture further and explore Poole, Bournemouth and inland Sherborne. You will find so much to do for a truly memorable holiday. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 kingsize, both with en-suite bathroom with roll top bath and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, (partial underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Six Freeview TVs (one 32"). DVD. CD. Electric hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Shared tennis court (allocated times per day, by arrangement). Fishing available on site (licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond 100 yards in grounds.

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  • Fryermayne

    Broadmayne

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: E3237

    Amidst peace and rural seclusion, yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester, this spacious and very comfortable house stands on the owners’ 160-acre working farm. Converted from the former stables and adjoining two farm cottages, it offers accommodation of a very high standard and has a cosy woodburner (logs included) and range-style cooker with double oven. Equally suitable for less mobile guests, it has wheelchair access, a ground floor bedroom and shower room with grab rails. It makes a wonderfully relaxing base from which to explore Dorset’s lovely Hardy country and nearby Jurassic coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadmayne village, 0.5 miles, boasts a pub and shop, and Dorchester offers a myriad delights including four museums, a Roman villa and Maiden Castle. The coast, 3 miles, has been awarded World Heritage status - an area extending from beyond Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour, with glorious scenery, walks and beaches as well as plenty of fossil hunting. Inland, attractions as varied as the Cerne Abbas Giant and Bovington Tank Museum invite exploration, a network of footpaths and bridleways starts from the door. Golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. This property has received a 4 star Gold Award grading from Visit England. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Travel cot. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room with table tennis and table football. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    12
    4
    3
    3
    Ref: DTJ

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    A very spacious ground floor property with its own large garden. Spacious beamed living/dining room with gas fire in ornamental fireplace, very high ceilings and Purbeck stone floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, each with TV. Double bedroom with TV and additional bunk beds (for +2). Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with additional bunk beds (for +2) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Underfloor heating (except kitchen and one double bedroom, which have central heating)
    • Two cots
    • Widescreen TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven
    • Washer/dryer
    • Additional freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Dishwasher
    • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Charcoal barbecue
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Friday to Friday

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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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. Couples and family bookings only.

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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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