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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.
446 cottages are available
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  • Peach Tree Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 30465


    This delightful, semi-detached bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is set in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by meadows and countryside views. This holiday property is just a short drive to the world famous Jurassic Coast, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage, a seaside town, is nearby, with its beach, boat trips and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The property is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the rich cultural heritage of the area, such as Thomas Hardy country and the home of the Toldpuddle Martyrs. Within a short drive is the Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens, 5 miles, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and Sea Life Centre. Beach 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Two washing machines and tumble dryer in shared external utility room. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Clouseau Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DJP

    "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: 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH and towels included. Travel cot. TV. DVD. CD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. 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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  • Manor Court Cottages - Sparrow

    Shipton Gorge

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 19085

    Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world famous Palmers Brewery Ales and delicious pub food. The picturesque harbour of West Bay has been made more famous by the TV drama Broadchurch highlighting the outstanding beauty of the coastline. You can enjoy many walks along the footpaths on the coastline and inland enjoying an AONB. The pretty village of Burton Bradstock is just 1 mile away, which is dotted with chocolate box thatched cottages, a lovely little beach with a cafe, shop and pubs. The market town of Bridport, 2 miles away, once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s Port Bredy and has lots of little shops, cafes and a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants, along with the twice weekly market where local produce can be sampled as featured in the popular ‘River Cottage’ TV series. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are great places for fishing and watching the world go by. Weymouth also has a great family beach, the winner of a seaside award. Spread along the coast are the other beach resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful Victorian Swanage with its steam railway. Fossil hunters will enjoy the world famous beach of Charmouth. The family can have a great day at Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub Tropical Gardens and Childrens Farm. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Use of freezer space, payphone and wi-fi in shared external information room. Large shared lawned area. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Stable

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30666

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Small lawned garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request (at cost). Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Dairy Farm Cottages -Bluebell Cottage

    Wootton Fitzpaine, nr. Charmouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26933

    In a fine location in the scenic Marshwood Vale, midway between the popular and picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and Bridport, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and only 3 miles from the quaint seaside resort of Charmouth, these three holiday cottages, situated on a working beef farm, offer comfortable accommodation and a great location to enjoy the best of West Dorset. Stable Cottage, (ref 14804) is a detached honey coloured cottage looking out over the courtyard, Foxglove, (ref 25230) comprises of a single storey barn conversion with a couple of steps up to the living/dining room/kitchen and 2nd bedroom, and Bluebell Cottage (ref 26933) is split-level 3 floor accommodation; and all of these holiday properties can be booked independently or together. All have a small patio area. There is wonderful scenic walking from the doorstep into the Marshwood Vale and on the coast some stunning scenery overlooking the whole of Lyme Bay from Portland down to Torquay and, not for the faint hearted, walking up to the top of Golden Cap - the highest point on England’s South coast with breath taking views. Guests can enjoy this beautiful stretch of coast, taking in some fossil hunting, boating, swimming, and golf nearby. Explore the many little seaside resorts such as West Bay, Eype, Sidmouth, Beer and Seaton and in particular Lyme Regis with its traditional harbour, famous Cob and variety of little shops. Further afield within easy driving is Weymouth with its Blue Flag sandy beach, Sealife centre, Time Walk and many other family attractions or going west, days out at Exeter with its cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Going inland explore this pleasant part of Dorset, taking in Beaminster, Broadwindsor, and Forde Abbey and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 steps to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. 5 steps to second floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. No smoking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Portland Holiday Cottages - Cove Cottage

    Portland, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 31196

    These three holiday cottages situated on The Isle of Portland, which offers stunning scenery and a wealth of wildlife, are in a superb location to enjoy Chesil Beach and the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Each one can accommodate four guests and can be booked together or separately. Cove Cottage (ref 31196) and Sunset Cottage (ref 31197), are fine Grade II listed Portland Stone fisherman’s cottages and are next door to each other, and Sea Dog Cottage (ref 31195), a stone cottage built in 1800, is about 1/2 mile away from the other two properties, but all three are within a couple of hundred yards of Chesil Beach. For those who love water sports, guests can enjoy sailing, canoeing, fishing, swimming and boating on the doorstep, or on Portland itself. The Tout Quarry has wonderful views over Chesil Beach and at Portland Bill - one can climb the 153 steps of the lighthouse and absorb the coastlines rugged beauty, followed by a cream tea at the tea room. If not enjoying the many attractions on Portland, one can find many on the mainland, including the quaint shops in Weymouth, the lovely golden sandy beach and the family attractions of Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower, Tithe Barn children’s farm and the Swannery at Abbotsbury - the list goes on. For days out, you can explore this scenic coast from Lyme Regis in the west to Corfe in the east, taking in resorts such as Charmouth, West Bay with its traditional harbour, and on to Lulworth Cove. Also inland, Dorchester has much to enjoy and the whole of west Dorset beckons. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating included. Small enclosed pebble garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. NB: 6 steps in garden.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking permit for 1 car included. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Symondsbury Barns - The Loft

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43531


    Nestling in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, only 2 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two barn conversions, each for 4 people, are perfectly placed to explore this stunning coastline, from picturesque Lyme Regis to the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth. The Barn (ref 28923) is a 200-year-old, detached holiday property which boasts a cosy open fire, beams and comfortable accommodation for a family or 2 couples, and The Loft (ref W43531), is a partial two storey barn conversion, the east end of which sits above a studio annexe, forming part of an original farm courtyard. The entrance is on the ground floor on the west end of the barn, and has a large utility room on the ground floor in which the washing machine is located. Set 30 yards apart, just over a courtyard, both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.
    Within the village, one can wander down to the nearby pub to wine and dine, or on your doorstep, there is the Symondsbury Estate Craft Centre with its restaurant. The scenic coastline has superb coastal walking, including at West Bay, setting of the TV series ’Broadchurch’, or maybe take an invigorating walk up Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England. For families, enjoy crabbing, swimming, fossil hunting or boating from one of the seaside resorts. Lyme Regis, with its pretty and famous Cobb and harbour, is well worth a visit, or take time out to explore the whole of unspoilt west Dorset. There are a wealth of attractions and activities to be enjoyed, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. There is a village shop just a short stroll away where you can purchase essential items and daily newspapers. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating included. Freeview TV. Washing machine. Freezer. Small patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Apple House

    Oxbridge, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W3317

    Shared heated outdoor swimming pool


    A delightful detached holiday cottage, surrounded by 42-acres of pasture with sheep, horses and poultry in the rolling Dorset countryside. Internally, the cottage has been attractively decorated, with low-level kitchen units originally designed for a wheelchair user. It has a shared, heated outdoor swimming pool, available from 1st June to 30th September (heating charge up to £3/day) and also a shared garden with games available. Enjoy the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with breathtaking walks. West Bay has a small sandy beach, pretty harbour and the beginning of the famous Chesil Beach. Shops 3 miles, pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared garden. Private patio and furniture. Barbecue. Shared, heated swimming pool (payable locally), open June-September. Natural water supply from spring. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking. NB: Drops, small unfenced river and 2 small ponds in the garden.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: DUC

    "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.

    Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms and 2 steps in the middle of the property. An attractive single-storey cottage featuring two open-plan living/dining rooms with modern kitchen areas, each with TV and French doors to small sitting-out area. Charming double bedroom with
    en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bedroom with zip & link bed (for either a double bed or twin beds) and en-suite bathroom with toilet. A double sofa bed in one of the living rooms provides extra accommodation (for +2).

    • Dishwasher

    • 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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  • Harcombe House - Trinity

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: DQM

    "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.

    All on the ground floor. Beamed living/dining room with tiled floor and compact, modern fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Two beamed bedrooms, each with wooden floor; one double with 6ft bed, and one bunk. Shower room and toilet.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking
    • Wheelchair access

    • 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 Boathouse

    Portland Bill, nr. Portland

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30192


    Set in a stunning location with magnificent views over Portland Bill and the lighthouse, this detatched cottage for 4 with decked patio, offers a great holiday location where one can watch time go by with the passing ships and boating activity around Portland Bill. There is superb scenic coastal walking, bird watching and of course water activities to be found on Portland or in Weymouth harbour, be it wind surfing, yachting, boating, fishing, swimming or simply sunbathing on the beach. One can explore Portland with its castle, museums and Sailing Academy, or onto the Chesil Beach and World Heritage Coast down to Lyme Regis or up to Lulworth Cove, or visit Weymouth and Dorchester with their many family attractions. Perhaps even take a day trip on the ferry to Jersey or Guernsey. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms (accessed from one side).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. F/Freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Corradee Stud Cottages - Kimberwick Cottage

    Nottington, nr. Weymouth

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    Ref: 15897

    Set within 30 acres of grounds on the owners working stud farm and surrounded by peaceful, rolling Dorset countryside with the Jurassic Coastline a few miles away. These well-equipped holiday cottages (refs 15897 and 15898) offer a comfortable base for exploring the area. On the farm is an area with small animals for children to see and a 100 metre walk will take you down by the river. The popular seaside town of Weymouth is 3 miles away with promenade, sandy beach, sea life centre also popular for water sports and sea fishing. Historic interest at nearby Abbotsbury, with its Tithe barn, swannery and tropical gardens or Maiden Castle, an Iron Age fortification just outside Dorchester. Shop 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden area and furniture. 30-acres of natural grassland and riverside walks. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There are horses stabled on site. River 130 yards.

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