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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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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    12
    4
    3
    3
    Ref: DTJ

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

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

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

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

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

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

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

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

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

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

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

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

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

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

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

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

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

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

  • Coombehayes Barn

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: DQS

    With exclusive use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool, this spacious property offers well-equipped holiday accommodation, just 1½ miles from the sea and the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis. With a large secluded garden (south-facing with lovely views), it boasts a tranquil yet convenient location, just a stroll away from Uplyme village green (with playground and tennis court) and friendly village pub and post office. This is an ideal base from which to explore the beaches and spectacular footpaths along the World Heritage coastline.
    In Lyme Regis you can visit the Dinosaur Museum, working watermill, small theatre and cinema, or simply enjoy the winding streets of the old quarter, with its numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The Cobb, surrounding the ancient harbour, is famous for its literary connections, featuring in both Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowle’s novel and film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. There is no end of interesting places within easy reach by car: go fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, take the miniature train at Beer or tram at Seaton, explore Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge (Dorchester), or pay a visit to Forde Abbey and a host of NT sites. Outdoor activities to be enjoyed locally include walking amid this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golf, sailing, horse riding, fishing and bird-watching. Shops and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Utility room/kitchenette. Separate toilet. Games room. Step to 2 double (6ft) bedrooms, one (zip and link, can be twin) with two additional singles (accessed via ladder and stairgate), both with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four-poster), 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cots. High chairs. Two TVs (one 47’’ satellite, one Freeview for Playstation and Wii). DVD. Selection of books and games. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Pay-as-you-go mobile phone. Large enclosed garden with patio, furniture and play equipment. Barbecue. Ample parking/garage. Indoor heated swimming pool (24ft x 13ft). Games room with table football, Playstation, Wii and two Xbox’s. No smoking.

  • Yawl House

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: W43467

    A Georgian house with six bedrooms and a lovely conservatory overlooking a large lawned garden. This holiday property is adjacent to the owner’s home and offers excellent, comfortable accommodation for families to meet up and enjoy this wonderful area. The main bedroom also has the added benefit of a TV. The parking is allocated to 4 cars but a 5th space can be arranged by prior arrangement with the owner. In a great location, it lies 1 mile outside the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its wonderful walks and scenery. Within a short drive you can be in the heart of Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour, sandy beach, renowned Cobb where you can fossil hunt, fish, swim, go boating or simply wander around the quaint shops and restaurants in this characterful resort. The Heritage coast itself has many smaller seaside resorts you can visit, stretching from Exmouth in the west, or all the way to Weymouth and Portland in the east, taking the scenic coast road from West Bay and Bridport, with its superb views overlooking the Chesil Beach. There is a wealth of family activities and attractions to enjoy, ranging from the donkey sanctuary, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, to Crealey Adventure Park near Exeter, and south Somerset, with its Fleet Air Arm Museum, all of which are within easy reach. You will certainly have plenty to do - perhaps taking the dogs walking along the coastal path and climbing up Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England. On your return, enjoy relaxing barbecue outside. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Conservatory. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two separate staircases to first floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft, one 5ft), 4 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs (one 50", one 48"). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 7 steps in garden.

  • The Barn

    Todber, nr. Sturminster Newton

    Grade
    12
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: W41539

    Ideal for anglers

    Fishing nearby

    In the peaceful rural area of north Dorset, between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, this 200-year-old terraced converted barn is perfectly placed for exploring Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. It is an integral part of Todber Manor Fisheries, with well stocked lakes, ideal for the serious angler or pleasure fishing (tickets additional). Within easy driving distance visit Stonehenge, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead House and Gardens or the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth and Bournemouth. Families can also enjoy trips to Longleat and Monkey World. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pubs 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 double with 2 additional singles. Bathroom shower attachment and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Pond on site.

  • Holme Cottage

    Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth

    Grade
    14
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: DTL

    This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden with hot tub and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Many rooms in this property have lovely high ceilings and large bay windows, providing a light and airy feel to the holiday home. The downstairs games room provides a great place for children and adults with a pool table, table football, board games and toys. Bournemouth town centre is 1½ miles away. From the well kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye can be taken, which rises high above the town to give the most amazing panoramic views over the whole area. At the foot of the pier is the fascinating Oceanarium where the whole family can discover life beneath the waves. Compton Acres in Bournemouth and the delightful Exbury Gardens (18 miles) are both worth a visit, as is Beaulieu, with its world renowned National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey (20 miles). Other places of interest to visit include Farmer Palmers, Alice in Wonderland Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Pub ¼ mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire and bay window. Dining room with seating for 14 and bay window. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Games room with patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with 6ft Victorian oak four-poster bed, TV, bay window and gas ‘living-flame’ fire. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, bay window and ornamental fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Gas ‘living-flame’ fire included
    • electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Three TVs
    • DVD
    • Two radio/CDs
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American-style fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
    • Cycle/surf board store
    • Games room with pool table, board games and table football
    • 8 person sauna room with shower
    • Hot tub
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

  • Fernlea

    Acton, nr. Langton Matravers

    Grade
    14
    7
    1
    7
    Ref: DKE

    In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay. Set with its own garden on the edge of the small hamlet of Acton, it has been completely renovated to a good standard throughout, and includes an extension at the rear (part of which is the owners’ accommodation). Each bedroom boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together. Swanage (2½ miles) has a lovely sandy beach, and offers a wide variety of attractions, including shops, inns and restaurants, a theatre, and facilities for tennis and swimming. There are steam trains to the little town of Corfe Castle, and odd pieces of architecture brought from London, including the Wellington Tower on the beach, which once stood near London Bridge. The unspoilt village of Studland (4 miles) has another excellent beach (NT) and is close to woods and downs. North of the village is Studland Heath National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of wildlife ranging from wildfowl to lizards. A ferry runs from Studland across the bay to Sandbanks, from where the bay stretches on to Bournemouth. Excellent walking can be found in this area, with the coastal path running nearby along the cliffs, and the hills at Nine Barrow Down within easy reach. Riding stables at Wareham, 8 miles. Golf 4 miles. Poole and Bournemouth, both 20 miles. Shops ½ mile, three inns within a mile.

    Living room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. Stairs to dining room with tiled floor. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, 2 twin, all with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 twin bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating and Aga (£90per week winter, by arrangement at cost in summer). Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Eight Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Broadband.Telephone–incoming calls only. Garden and furniture. Parking.

  • North End Farm House

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    14
    6
    2
    4
    Ref: W44194

    In a wonderful picturesque location in beautiful West Dorset, just north of Chideock, 3 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 4 miles from Bridport. This large 14th-century thatched farmhouse offers delightful semi-detached holiday accommodation for 14 guests. Reached by a no-through road and within a very scenic area, families can enjoy a haven away from it all, but be near to many attractions. North End Farm House offers a large living room, formerly the great hall, with a huge stone mantled Tudor fireplace with open fire, a hidden stone spiral staircase, and a snug with an inglenook with wood burner. There are 6 bedrooms, one en-suite and one which is a family room for four.
    Guests can enjoy superb country walking with the dogs, from your doorstep, or 3 miles away on the Jurassic Coast with its lovely scenery. Delve into some fossil hunting, swimming or fishing. Slightly further, call in to the characterful fishing port of West Bay, scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’ where you can go boating or sea fishing. Bridport, formerly a rope making town, with its restaurants, shops and markets is worth an amble around, or the jewel in the crown of West Dorset, Lyme Regis, with its famous Cob, harbour, sandy beach and quaint shops.
    Visitors can spend days exploring this coastline, from Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and on to Portland and Weymouth, or inland visit many attractions in Dorchester. There are historic houses to enjoy such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and within easy driving, perhaps a day at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, or slightly further on to Glastonbury Tor, Clarkes Factory Village at Street and maybe even Wells cathedral city and Cheddar Gorge. Along with exploring a beautiful area, you will have plenty for all the family to enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. Two staircases to first floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double, one (6ft) with en-suite shower and toilet, 2 twin, one (zip and link) with additional bunk. 2 bathrooms with bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in second living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. 2 cots. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds 50 yards.

  • The Stables

    Plush, nr. Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    14
    7
    2
    5
    Ref: DXS

    The Stables is a detached stable conversion and benefits from a large, open-plan kitchen/dining-room with a high ceiling and beams, a living room with a wood-burning stove and also has its own garden with great views over the surrounding countryside. The holiday property stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland. The Dorset Gap is nearby for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas with its Tudor architecture, tea rooms and the nearby Cerne Giant is also a must on any itinerary. The seaside town of Weymouth with splendid harbour, Georgian seafront and long sandy beach makes a great day out and the ferry for day trips to the Channel Islands also leaves from the town. Just a few of the pretty Dorset villages to explore are Abbotsbury with its sub-tropical garden and swannery, Milton Abbas (the first planned settlement in England) with whitewashed thatched cottages and the 14th-century abbey, NT Corfe Castle and Lulworth with famous natural cove and over the hill to Durdle Door. There are RSPB reserves at Arne near Wareham and two at Weymouth. With good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

    One step to entrance. Large living room with wood-burning stove, beams and French doors. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with elec range (for cooking)/dining room with Belfast sink and butcher’s block. Bootroom. Shower room with toilet. Step from hall to remaining rooms. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with low sloping ceiling; one double and one small twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio with furniture
    • Access to 650 acres of farmland
    • Parking (for 7 cars)
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

    Note: The Stables (DXS) and Armswell House (DQT) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

  • Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    15
    8
    3
    8
    Ref: DPU

    Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, and shared use of a games room. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 1½ miles.

    Entrance hall with cloakroom and toilet. Large central hall with vaulted beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and minstrel gallery. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, arrow slit windows, rugs on flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Two steps to large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to further patio area. Two steps to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with hand-made French-style units, combined fuel range, flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Twin bedroom with zip & link bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with zip & link beds, each with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Range – fuel included
    • Wi-fi

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one widescreen)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared enclosed courtyard
    • Patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Games room with table football, pool table, table tennis, children’s toys, two toilets and kitchen
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15ft x 30ft, depth range 3ft to 5ft, open 15 April- 15 October)

    Note: DPU and DPT can be booked together to sleep 23 people, making it an ideal venue for corporate events and large families or groups. By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

  • Newton Manor House

    Swanage, Isle of Purbeck

    Grade
    16
    8
    0
    9
    Ref: DMM

    This magnificent listed building, with 8 bedrooms and 9 bath/shower rooms, offers wonderful character holiday accommodation in a residential area, just a mile away from the lovely sandy beaches of Swanage Bay and a large selection of restaurants and shops. Newton Manor House dates back to the early 1600s with walls and roof built from local Purbeck stone. The house retains a lot of its original charm with ornate oak panelling and wood carvings. The principal rooms overlook the serene landscaped gardens, while the first and second floor rooms offer far-reaching views across the small seaside town of Swanage, to the sea and coast beyond. The town of Swanage nestles peacefully amidst the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside, and is set between the Heads of Durlston and Studland, sloping gently down to the water’s edge. This small pleasant resort has an array of restaurants, interesting shops and a small theatre, not to mention spectacular floral displays in the parks and gardens. In season, pleasure cruisers leave the pier daily, bound for Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. The Lifeboat Centre at Pervil Point is open to the public and fascinating to visit, whilst Durlston Country Park provides magnificent cliff walks and views of Anvil Point Lighthouse. A trip aboard Swanage’s restored steam railway also makes for a fun day out, winding its way through pretty scenery to the ruins of Corfe Castle. Magnificent coastal walks extend north from the town to the National Trust sandy beaches at Studland while the South West Coastal Path leads to Kimmeridge, Tyneham and West Lulworth in the west, much of which is National Trust land and rich in local flora and fauna. The larger seaside resorts of Poole and Bournemouth are just a ferry ride away, boasting a huge range of shops, theatres, museums, cinemas, and restaurants. The entire coast is excellent for trying out all manner of watersports - windsurfing, water-skiing, yachting and surfing to name just a few. Fishing and tennis are available a mile away in Swanage, and a local golf course can be found nearby. Shop ¼ mile.

    Hall. Spacious beamed living room with TV, open fire and double doors linking to dining room with seating for 16. Sitting room with TV. Spacious well-fitted kitchen. Utility with pool table. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed, sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed en-suite shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional day bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Third floor: Twin bedroom in attic with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • Travel cot
    • Two high chairs
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Two additional fridges
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Barbecue
    • Pool table
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced ponds in adjacent parking area

    Note: 3 or 4 night winter short breaks, charged at 72% of weekly price

  • Old Monmouth

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    16
    7
    0
    6
    Ref: DVP

    Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the seafront. Full of character, it offers spacious holiday accommodation for 16 people - with seven bedrooms (five en-suite) and also has many period features, including beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and pine wooden shutters.

    Old Monmouth has endured a chequered history with Monmouth’s cavalry lodging there in 1685, being visited by Oscar Wilde in 1891 and used by the Americans as a HQ during the war. This unique property is an excellent holiday home to enjoy Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, beach, shops and cafes, and also to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. There is superb scenery, coastal walking, golf and fishing on the doorstep, and within easy driving distance are Bridport, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth. Weymouth, with its Deep Sea Adventure, Timewalk and many other attractions also makes for a good family visit. There are a host of National Trust properties to visit, as well as Forde Abbey and Gardens - whilst inland, the Yeovilton Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and much more provide alternative days out. Shops 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

    Large beamed living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Large beamed dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with gas range, breakfast area, wooden floor and side access to outside. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional twin beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with wooden shutters and wash basin. Bunk bedroom with double bed on bottom, single bed on top and wash basin. All bedrooms with TV (except bunk bedroom and upstairs twin bedroom). Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Six TVs (Freeview)
    • DVD
    • Gas range included
    • 8-ring hob and double oven included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Public car park 400 yards (2 permits provided)
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

  • Moles Cottage

    Farnham, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    16
    8
    2
    8
    Ref: DEEB


    Moles Cottage offers beautifully presented holiday accommodation and, for your convenience, is owned by and located next door to a very well-known 17th century pub/restaurant serving fine fayre. It was extended in the 1880s by the father of modern archaeology, General Augustus Lane Fox Pitt Rivers, for the nearby museum at the time. The Pitt Rivers Museum has now been relocated to the university of Oxford.


    Ideal for families or couples, this sumptuous and elegant detached home is tastefully styled throughout. Using fine quality furnishings and carefully co-ordinated colours, it has many features such as flagstone floors and a large open fire in the living room. All of the bedrooms have en-suite facilities, and there is a large walled parking area, which can accommodate eight cars, and an enclosed lawned garden with seating area and barbecue – the ideal place to enjoy al fresco dining.


    Located in a quaint village setting, Farnham is found in rural Cranborne Chase, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, yet readily accessible to a number of delightful market towns, including Shaftesbury, Wimborne Minster and Blandford Forum.


    Dorset is a popular holiday destination and offers a variety of stunning scenery, from chalk downlands with ancient hill-top forests, to sandy beaches on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. Chesil Beach, Durdle Door, Corfe and Lulworth Cove are also worth a visit. Popular sandy beach destinations include Bournemouth and Poole. There is a huge array of attractions all within easy driving distance. Kingston Lacy, an elegant country mansion, was home of the Banks family for more than 300 years. It is about 11 miles away, is set in 8½ acres, and has a large art collection to view. The Larmer Tree Gardens (English Heritage), The Cranborne Estate with garden centre, manor house, tea rooms and village store, Wilton House, home to the Earl of Pembrokeshire and set in 21 acres, Chettle House, Salisbury Cathedral, Stourhead House and Gardens, Badbury Rings Hill Fort (National Trust) are some of the many historical places to visit.


    Other places for the family to enjoy are Longleat House and Safari Park, Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Weymouth with Aqua World and Time Walk.
    Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Entrance hall. Large living/dining room with open fire and French doors to garden. Kitchen with gas range (for cooking). Two double bedrooms; each with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; each with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms; each with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double on request) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Two double bedrooms; each with 5ft bed, freestanding roll-top bath and en-suite toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel included
    • Gas, electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot, travel cot and high chair on request
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Gas range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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