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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.

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  • White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 31202

    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people (refs 31202, 31203 and 31204, and one for 4 people (ref 31201), a detached lodge cabin for 8 (ref 31205) and an annexe of the owners’ farmhouse (ref 31200) for 6 guests. Each barn conversion comes with its own decked patio out to the front, and the log cabin and wing have their own large garden. There is a games room on site, a duck pond, 2 acres of land to enjoy and a large, Finnish-style, indoor barbecue cabin that seats up to 15 people. The holiday homes can be booked separately or are ideal for guests wishing to book a number of them for getting together.
    If not relaxing on site, then Sherborne with its shops, restaurants, abbey and castle is well worth a visit, as is Dorchester with its Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dinosaur Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Keep Military Museum. Within easy driving distance one can have family outings to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum or wander into south Somerset and explore Glastonbury, Cheddar and onto Bath. If you are looking for some sea time, just south of Dorchester, the children will love Weymouth with its wonderful sandy beach. Perhaps explore from Weymouth, all the way down the coast to the lovely seaside resort of Lyme Regis, taking in the superb, scenic, coastal views along Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Coast, which is not to be missed. There is a wealth of attractions to be seen in this popular area, and you will not be short of memorable days out. Beach 18 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. 22" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Small decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Step to decked patio.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared, 2-acre natural woodland grounds. Shared barbecue. Two shared portable barbecues. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with table football, table tennis and book/DVD library. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large, fenced duck pond in grounds.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: DAAW

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Internet connection.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • The Pocket Watch

    Seatown

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 16565

    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Steps to living room/bedroom area with double futon bed and folding bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with slate floor. Steps to shower room with toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Baby-belling cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed patio. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Anvil

    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC312


    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village of Thorncombe, this converted barn is set in a tranquil location and offers a lovely retreat. On your doorstep, there is great country walking and cycling, and within easy driving distance, Forde Abbey & Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with lovely cream teas, are not to be missed. Visit the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic beauty, coastal walks, boating and fossil hunting. Also, discover the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, harbour and Cobb, and West Bay, scene of the series ’Broadchurch’. In south Somerset, guests can enjoy the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, many historic houses such as Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tintinhull House and many more. Also in south Somerset, for those with a fascination of classic cars, The Haynes Motor Museum is not far away. Slightly further inland, spend days out at Clarks Factory Village in Street, Glastonbury Tor with its magnificent views and history, or on to Cheddar Gorge & Caves or the historic city of Bath. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and doors opening out onto decked patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed, lawned garden with raised decked patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Morse Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DJM

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity NSH included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. No smoking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43589


    Situated in the small village of Chideock in an AONB, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Lyme Regis and West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) at Bridport, and 1 mile from Seatown Beach with its stunning views. This well presented holiday home for two, with French doors in the first floor living room opening onto a Juliette balcony, adjoins the owners’ home and is conveniently located near to the road for easy access to enjoy the many attractions and activities in this unspoilt area. There is superb scenic coastal walking, perhaps up to Golden Cap, (the highest point on the whole of the south coast), with panoramic views and on your return, wine and dine in the local pub. There is much to enjoy in this wonderful part of west Dorset, historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, craft centres at Broadwindsor or Symondsbury, and many delightful villages to explore, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday! Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with French doors. 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and shower cubicle (no toilet), separated by curtain. Most floors with laminate flooring.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ lawn and Juliette balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steep steps to owners’ lawn.

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  • Spindrift

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

    Grade
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    Ref: 30896


    This comfortable and spacious semi-detached holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally located for exploring all that Poole Harbour has to offer, and has a parking space for a small boat and benefits from a swinging mooring which is available on request. There is a slipway for launching sailing dinghies and small day boats, for residents, within 100 yards. Canoeing is popular in this location, and is ideal for exploring the RSPB nature reserve at Arne and the islands within this stunning harbour. A 5-minute walk leads to Hamworthy Park and beach (used by the more expert windsurfers and kite surfers out of season), with great views across the harbour, Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle. It has beach huts, a fabulous paddling pool and play areas, including a tennis court. Poole town is a couple of miles away, where you can enjoy the park and quayside, with its cosmopolitan pubs and restaurants, and views out to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. From Poole Quay, you can take trips to all parts of the harbour, including the golden sands of Sandbanks and Studland, Wareham and beyond. From the ferry terminal in Hamworthy, trips to France and the Channel Islands can be done in a day. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast - England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is an easy drive away, with Swanage, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling routes. Attractions within the Purbecks include Farmer Palmers, Monkey World, The Tank Museum and Tyneham Village. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors. Kitchen. Utility area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small fountain in garden.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: DZU

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • The Studio

    Burton Bradstock

    Grade
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    Ref: 769

    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast. A lively street market is in nearby Bridport on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Shop 250 yards, pub next door.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Open-tread staircase to first floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small secluded patio area and chairs. Parking (1 car).

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  • Coombehayes Lodge

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 26569

    Ideal touring location

    In the grounds of the owner’s home, this detached well-presented holiday cottage is situated in Uplyme, on the outskirts of the popular World Heritage Jurassic Coastal seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its picturesque cobb and harbour. The quaint resort offers a traditional coastal town with fishing, swimming, boating, fossil hunting and scenic coastal walking along this beautiful coastline, and within easy driving there are many attractions to visit and enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 40 yards.

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  • Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 24540

    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character. Set on a working farm, they are spacious with a homely feel, offering very good holiday accommodation. Ideally located to explore this delightful area of Dorset, be it the rolling hills into Dorchester, Beaminster and Broadwindsor, or the spectacular scenic coast surrounding Lyme Bay between Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Freezer in outbuilding. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

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  • The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29402

    In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home offers a great holiday location from which to enjoy the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with its superb scenic coastal walking. Enjoy days out at Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. Visit many exciting venues, including historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth Sea Life Aquarium and much more. Locally, there is boating, golf and fossil hunting. Beach 1 mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/ dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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