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Dorset

A rural and picturesque county in the south of England, Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a timeless charm, pretty villages, country lanes and a fabulous stretch of 200 million year-old coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.

In fact The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient geology and is of course a great place for wonderful views over the English Channel and cliff-top walks.

Dorset has wonderful walking country which is a great way to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of this region, or you could maybe take to the quiet country roads and off road cycle ways. It’s a place to kick back and relax with lots of traditional country pubs and fine restaurants to discover.

The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth come highly recommended with lovely beaches and plenty of fresh sea air. You can reach the beach at Swanage via the heritage railway; it’s one of the best ways to soak up your surrounds and ensure complete relaxation. With stops at Corfe Castle and the small sleepy oasis of Harman''s Cross, it’s also one of the best ways to get a unique perspective of Dorset’s many attractions, and a true feel for its unspoiled beauty.

Also of note is Brownsea Island which offers a number of attractions for visitors, including lush woodland, an indigenous red squirrel population and a 16th century castle. For a great family day out visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham where you’ll find over 250 rescued monkeys and apes providing plenty of entertainment and education.

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape and is suitable for all sorts of different holidays. Its long coastline is a perfect for cliff top walks and stunning sea views and the region’s beaches are ideal for families who simply want to unwind on the sand or get active with surfing and sailing readily available; along with some expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! Then again, if you just want somewhere to relax and soak up the beautiful English countryside, you’ll be equally well served by what a cottage holiday in Dorset has to offer.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.
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  • Hillview

    Litton Cheney, nr. Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: 28544

    Set in Litton Cheney, close to the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, this holiday apartment, located above a garage within the owner’s grounds, has its own garden area and offers a great location to enjoy west Dorset. There is wonderful walking on the scenic coast, with its far reaching views, as well as golf, village pubs and many attractions to enjoy nearby. Visit Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and the seaside fishing resort of West Bay. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    9 steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating (living room), electric heaters (bedroom and shower room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden.

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  • Michaelmas Stables

    Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: DYP

    Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, close to the small market town of Wimborne. This detached former stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been restored to a very high standard, with traditional English oak floors and vaulted ceilings. Cranborne Chase, an AONB is a short drive away. The spectacular Dorset coastline, with its quiet coves, unspoilt beaches, and wonderful opportunities for walking, is also close at hand, along with the New Forest National Park. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Step down to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (alternative sleeping), high vaulted ceiling with oak beams, oak floor and Shaker-style kitchen area with oak floor. Fully-tiled shower room with double shower and toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Mezzanine area with double bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer outhouse
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in garage
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Shared lawned paddock
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome basket
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Stalls

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
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    Ref: DDDO

    Cosy dining area and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • The Haven

    Beaminster

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    Ref: W44308


    On the outskirts of the quaint historic market town of Beaminster, set in rolling Dorset countryside, this semi-detached house for two offers an excellent location to explore the whole of west Dorset. Taking in the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis all the way to Weymouth and Portland, and inland is the county town of Dorchester and the character town of Sherborne. There are many fascinating and interesting places to visit such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Or one can simply enjoy some wonderful country walking or coastal walks along the South West Coastal Path taking in the superb scenery over Lyme Bay. Perhaps amble into Beaminster itself and wine and dine at one of the country pubs nearby, you will be sure to find plenty to do. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD and CD players.

    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    Conservatory.


    First Floor:

    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 1 car. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden.

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  • The Pippins Annex

    Piddletrenthide, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 31012

    Situated in the delightful Piddle Valley (AONB) in Thomas Hardy’s country, just 8 miles from the popular town of Dorchester, this first floor annex, attached to the owner’s home, offers a wonderful holiday location from which to explore this delightful area. Enjoy some quiet time on the balcony, or the scenic Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance. The coast stretches from Lulworth Cove, through Weymouth, Portland, West Bay and Charmouth, and on to Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour. There are beautiful coastal and country walks, cycle routes, small villages with lovely pubs to wine and dine in, and many attractions and historic houses to be enjoyed. Visit the nearby Cerne Abbas Giant and Athelhampton House and Gardens. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    12 spiral steps to entrance: Living room with double bed. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ garden. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
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    Ref: DZO

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • The Trees

    Verwood, nr. Cranborne

    Grade
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    Ref: W43878

    The Trees is a comfortable, well presented, single-storey annexe, which is attached to the owners’ home yet it is self contained and enjoys lovely views over the pretty gardens. This cosy holiday home makes an ideal base for exploring this delightful part of Dorset. Located next to the local church, it is only 5 minutes’ walk to the local pubs, restaurants and village shop. Nearby Moors Valley provides excellent walking and wildlife spotting, as well as recreational activities such as golf, ‘Go-Ape’, biking, fishing, orienteering, canoeing, petanque and Segway rides. Avon Heath is also close by, ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths. You can often find the ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages.
    There is a water park near to the charming town of Fordingbridge, which has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon is also nearby. Nearby Ringwood also has a good selection of shops and restaurants. Also convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour and the coast, including Poole and Bournmouth. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Stonehenge, maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric coooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, nr. Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: 26306

    Set in the quaint village of Uploders, just 3 miles from the coast at West Bay, this hamstone terraced holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, is ideally located for enjoying the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach from Weymouth to Lyme Regis, with superb scenery and coastal walking. Take a visit to Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester, or many attractions in this popular area, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and much more. Beach 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Broadband connection. Patio and furniture. Use of owner’s enclosed garden by arrangement. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Barleycorn

    Holnest, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 25879

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, in rolling West Dorset countryside between the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne and the market town of Dorchester, this spacious, single-storey barn conversion for two, with beams, is an ideal holiday location for lovely country walks, golf, and village pubs to wine and dine in, or for exploring many historic houses and attractions nearby and days out visiting the World Heritage Coast or Bath. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin (can be double) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: DHM

    "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.

    With its own sunny, secluded garden and beautifully furnished interior, this is a superb quality romantic hideaway for two people. Its very attractive sitting-room is full of character and features original beams, contemporary electric fire and small dining table. Modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Beautiful painted kingsize double bedroom with LCD TV. Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity fire included
    • Freezer
    • Garden
    • No smoking

    • 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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  • Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: W43591


    Set in beautiful west Dorset countryside, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport, West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, this single-storey, terrace barn conversion, for two, is excellent holiday accommodation for those wishing to enjoy some wonderful scenic coast or country walking, perhaps with the dog. The dramatic coastline stretches from Lyme Regis, all the way to Weymouth and Portland, taking in the famous Chesil Beach and Golden Cap, and has some superb little seaside resorts to explore. Inland, one will find much to enjoy ranging from Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and just over the border in Somerset, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Classic Motor Museum. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating (in living room), electric central heating (in bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 22’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

    Grade
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    Ref: DDX

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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