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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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  • Sea Stones

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: 26527

    Explore Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast

    This characterful, Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set in the heart of Portland, under a mile from the beach at Church Ope Cove. It has easy access to the coastal paths with a lighthouse and RSPB observatory. Portland forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and Chesil Beach which starts in Portland runs 18 miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting all available. Close by is Weymouth and further west is the pretty village of Abbotsbury, famous for its swannery and subtropical gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Baytree House

    Wimborne

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC383

    This well presented detached home offers deceptively spacious, light holiday accommodation, located in the quiet cul-de-sac yet very convenient for many local sightseeing attractions, suitable for families or couples. All the bedding in the property has 180+ thread count and are anti-allergy. There is so much to do in the area – Wimborne, 2 miles, is a quaint market town with a model village, a theatre, a cinema, coffee houses, shops and quaint inns. Wimborne Minster, built in 705AD, was founded by the mother of Henry VII, and is famed for its chained library and the tomb of Alfred the Great’s brother. Also, The Gin House has a large selection of over 130 different gins available, and there are various festivals and fairs throughout the year.

    Within easy driving distance are beaches at Sandbanks, Studland Bay and Bournemouth, Poole Nature Reserve, Brownsea Island, the National Trust-owned country house Kingston Lacy, and to the west, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle, and the Jurassic Coastline. Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort and, according to myth, is cited as the place where King Arthur fought his greatest battle. For outdoor enthusiasts there are various walks within easy reach, plus for a family day out, visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Cranborne Chase or the Moors Valley, which is suitable for all age groups and it is also dog friendly. As well as scenic walks and excellent wildlife spotting, there are a host of recreational activities such as angling, orienteering, cycle hire, golf, ‘Go-Ape’ Treet Top Adventure, Forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing and péntaque.

    Avon Heath is also nearby ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park is easily accessible, and provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. There is a waterpark near the charming town of Fordingbridge which also has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon. Bay Tree House is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch harbour, and Stonehenge. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo with peppa Pig World, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, and the New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are sure to keep you entertained during your stay. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With electric-coal effect fire, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen:
    With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Utility room.
    Separate toilet.
    Games room.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DYF


    This charming, spacious, Grade II listed, thatched, detached cottage is set in the delightful village of Chideock. Between Lyme Regis and Bridport, and a short walk from the beach at Seatown and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal holiday base. Enjoy superb coastal walking, with breathtaking views from Golden Cap, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, or explore Lyme Regis with its Cobb, harbour and quaint shops, and many other attractions nearby. Shop and pub 400 yards.

    Living room with open fire. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can form two singles on request). Shower room and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Four digital TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only
    • Small cottage garden with gazebo and furniture; enclosed patio
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: There is a securely covered well at the property

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  • Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: DQK

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Shared entrance hall, stairs to first floor entrance: Living room. Modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed. Single bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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  • The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC24


    In the small market town of Shaftesbury, near the famous Gold Hill and town centre which are within easy walking distance, this well-presented Grade II listed terraced holiday home is an excellent base for exploring this quaint character town and Dorset. Within easy driving, enjoy some superb scenic country walks on Melbury Downs, or enjoy days out visiting Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the delightful town of Sherborne with its abbey. Salisbury, Blandford, Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester are all within a reasonable drive, or perhaps go north into Somerset and spend some time taking in Glastonbury Tor, the cathedral city of Wells and on to the beautiful Roman Spa town of Bath with its many shops, museums and places to wine and dine. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor in kitchen), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned patio garden with courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 12 steps from courtyard to lawned patio.

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  • The Old Granary

    West Milton

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E1864


    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through the winding lanes of sleepy valleys to the dramatic cliffs of Golden Cap (National Trust). The nearest beach is at West Bay, just 4 miles away, where rowing boats can be hired and fishing trips arranged. Along the coast is Lyme Regis, whose sheltered harbour famously featured as a setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. The historic market town of Dorchester is 15 miles. Weymouth, 14 miles, offers everything from water sports to night clubs. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio. Parking (2 cars). Garage.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Coastguard Cottage

    West Lulworth, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: 28120

    Close to Lulworth Cove

    Set just 200 yards from the world famous Lulworth Cove, and only 3½ miles from the historic Lulworth Castle and Park, with wonderful coastal views from the front patio and two of the bedrooms. Two former coastguard cottages have been joined together to create a terraced holiday property providing comfortable, traditional accommodation complete with woodburner and enclosed lawned garden, ideal for year round holidays. You may follow the Jurassic coastal path to the celebrated Durdle Door and beach, or drive to the nearby seaside town of Swanage, historic East Lulworth with its castle and park, pub, gift shop and café or, a little further afield, to Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards. This property can be booked with Spring Cottage (ref 28119) to accommodate up to 11 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, 1 single. Separate toilet. (Although property accommodates 7 guests, there is only seating for 5 guests in the living room with additional seating for a further 2 guests in the dining room).

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Front patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Other residents in the terrace have access to the path in the rear garden.

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  • The Old Timberyard - Carters Cottage

    Puncknowle, Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DVL

    These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 4 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small beach. Abbotsbury, along the coast, has its famous swannery and sub-tropical garden. Further east is the Victorian seaside town of Weymouth, with Blue Flag beach, sea fishing, windsurfing, Sealife Centre and two RSPB nature reserves. Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool are great places for a family day out. Dorchester, the county town also known as Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’ is 30 minutes’ drive and has a lively weekly market and beautiful Maiden Castle. To the west is the market town of Bridport which was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’ and has the twice weekly market as featured in the popular TV programme River Cottage. The picturesque harbours of West Bay are a great place for fishing. Lyme Regis is an attractive seaside resort which enjoys a dramatic setting with high cliffs, landslips and handsome harbour, known as The Cobb. Both Lyme Regis and Charmouth are renowned for their prehistoric fossils which are displayed in the local museum and on sale in the fossil shops. Local pub serving good food 250 yards.

    Living room with French doors to garden. Well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Dining room. Utility. Separate toilet. Boot room. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity fire included
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed garden with terrace

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Garden furniture
    • Shared fields of 4 acres
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Parking available for boats/trailers
    • No smoking

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  • Venn Farm Cottages - Venn Orchard

    North Chideock, near Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: W41166

    Unspoilt valley / 2 miles from coast


    Nestling in an unspoilt valley between Bridport and Lyme Regis, 1 mile north of the small village of Chideock and 2 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. These 2 cottages, Venn Orchard, (ref W41166), and Cuckoo Cottage, (ref UKC423), are in a superb scenic countryside setting and yet ideal for exploring the best of west Dorset. Situated on a working farm for sheep and horses, both cottages are single storey while Cuckoo Cottage has an adjoining barn. They are dog friendly in a great location for dog walking, and also both have use of a games room with table tennis, pool table and table football.
    The tranquil setting is ideal for country walking and within easy driving of scenic coastal walking, fishing, boating, golf and fossil hunting. All along the coast are many little seaside resorts to enjoy. In particular Westbay, scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, and not to be missed the picturesque Lyme Regis where you can walk along the famous Cob. There are many family attractions for days out, such as Donkey World at Sidmouth, Forde Abbey and Gardens for a historic treat, Pecorama at Beer, and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. On your return, enjoy a barbecue in the idyllic setting of Venn Farm. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Properties can be booked toghether to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    All on ground floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, rayburn cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and French doors to patio.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over spa bath, and toilet.

    Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and portable barbecue.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table, dart board and table football. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Seagers Cottage

    Corfe Castle, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    8
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: 29561

    Set in a picturesque National Trust village

    This well-appointed and beautifully presented holiday home is set over three floors and offers a very good level of comfort with attention to detail. It is situated in the stunning NT village of Corfe Castle, which stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck and is dominated by the ruined castle - a delight at any time of year. Family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, a steam railway and many interesting shops. Corfe Common is found at the edge of the village, with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coastal Path. The village itself is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and a small collection of shops, the post office, church and pubs cluster around the village square, which is just a stroll from the cottage. The Jurassic coastline is a short drive away, with famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage with its boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway, Monkey World and The Tank Museum are also close by. Beach 4 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub/restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (4ft). Bathroom (no toilet). Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with Velux.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Children’s play area with swing, slide and rocker. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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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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