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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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  • Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DPT

    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.

    All on ground floor. Entrance hall. Spacious living room with part brick and flint walls and gas fire. Large, modern-fitted kitchen/dining room with brick and flint walls and pine panelling. Utility. Four bedrooms; two double and two twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Travel cot
    • Ground floor facilities

    • 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

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  • The Kestral

    Sturminster Newton

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: E4135

    Enjoying its own large garden and a beautiful conservation countryside setting, this converted, spacious and tastefully appointed cottage lies midway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum 10 miles. One of three set 2 miles from Sturminster Newton, it is ideally placed for exploring Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Jurassic Coast. The Wessex Ridgeway offers pleasant walking and golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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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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  • The Granary

    Piddlehinton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W43680


    Situated on the owners’ working farm, on the edge of the Piddle Valley, just north of the county town of Dorchester, this spacious, well-equipped holiday barn conversion with a large garden, is an excellent location to enjoy Dorset and all it has to offer. There is excellent walking from the doorstep, village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide, and many family attractions within easy driving. Weymouth with its award winning sandy beach, Sealife Aquarium, perhaps a day trip to France or the Channel Islands, and water activities are a must, or the children will love Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Perhaps explore along the famous Chesil Beach taking in the swans at Abbotsbury Swannery, or calling in along the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast at places such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Portland, West Bay and on to the pretty character seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Nearer home, visit Dorchester, with its character shops, history and places of interest such as Tutankhamun Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Terracotta Warriors Museum all to be enjoyed. There is certainly plenty for families to have a memorable holiday. Beach 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Double electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Harcombe House - Woodhouse

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: DQQ

    "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.

    Fourteen steps to entrance: ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor, door to garden and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Twin bedroom.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer by meter reading
    • Dishwasher
    • Grassed area with garden furniture
    • 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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  • 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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  • Iridium

    Christchurch

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DDDD

    This superb ‘boutique-style’ town house is in a wonderful location, only yards from the edge of Christchurch harbour and forming part of an exclusive gated development within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Spa Hotel. Alex Aitken’s Michelin star renowned ‘The Jetty’ restaurant is also within the grounds (advance booking recommended), and the facilities of the hotel, including the restaurant, bar and spa facilities are available to guests (two complimentary passes are allocated per day for the indoor pool, the salt room sauna and gym). Other services that the hotel is able to offer are catering, room service and dry cleaning – all to be booked in advance if required. Set over four floors, this unique holiday property has been designed to take advantage of the far-reaching views over the harbour towards Hengistbury Head and across to The Needles on the Isle of Wight. There are terraces and balconies to enjoy al fresco dining whilst savouring the lovely views. Tastefully and stylishly furnished throughout, Iridium offers contemporary light and airy accommodation suitable for couples and families. It is a great base from which to explore the numerous attractions within easy reach including the coast, with beaches at Bournemouth and Poole, Salisbury with its medieval cathedral, Marwell Zoological Park, and further afield, New Forest Owl and Otter Park, Monkey World, Beaulieu in the New Forest, The Tank Museum near Wool, and Southampton with its maritme history and extensive retail shopping, plus ferries to the Isle of Wight. Beach 400 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Utility. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, bi-fold doors to balcony and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to second floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to third floor: Spacious living room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Blu-ray
    • MP3 connection
    • Steam oven
    • Teppanyaki table
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wine fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Balconies (two with furniture)
    • Communal grounds with terraces and seating
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional visitor parking for 1 car
    • Two complimentary passes per day for use of hotel’s indoor swimming pool, salt room and gym
    • Catering, room service and dry cleaning at cost by prior arrangement
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Grounds lead to water’s edge

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  • Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: DCCO

    A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with electric Aga and French doors to a decked patio, has a large garden to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Nearby, visit the quaint market town of Beaminster, Mapperton Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre with its crafts, cream teas and restaurant. Within easy driving, there is a wide variety of sand and pebble beaches including Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay, which is where the popular TV series ’Broadchurch’ is filmed. Lyme Regis, famous for the setting of The French Lieutenant’s Woman with its picturesque harbour, Cobb and beach is a must, and offers a host of outdoor activities ranging from coastal walking, boating, sailing, fishing, fossil hunting and golf. The market town of Bridport is 5 miles, with two markets per week and an antique market held on a Saturday. Alternatively, visit some of the other many attractions in this beautiful part of Dorset, such as Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens or the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, several RSPB sanctuaries, Time Walk, Sea Life Centre and Deep Sea Adventure. The cathedral city of Exeter, Dorchester and Poole are all worth a trip. Beach 6 miles, Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, electric Aga (for cooking), French doors to decked patio and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included (winter only), thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric underfloor central heating (downstairs), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Electric double Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with decked patio and furnitiure
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 1 step from French doors to patio

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  • Oakdene

    Bournemouth

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 29180

    Ideal for coast and country

    Oakdene, a 1905 detached cottage, lies in a quiet residential area 5 miles from Bournemouth’s sea front with its pier and outstanding beach. There are a number of nature reserves close by, one of 40 acres just a short walk away. Nearby Boscombe Chine Gardens offer a good mix of flower beds, grassy areas and a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees, growing on steep banks on either side of the Chine. In addition to the wildlife, there is also a water themed play area, crazy golf and a cafe. Hengistury Head is 7 miles away; not only a nature reserve, it is a place where archaeology has been ongoing for many years. Bournemouth can be enjoyed by all, with the Town Gardens, Oceanarium, theatre, many shops, bars and restaurants. In summer, there are activities in the gardens and on the beaches to entertain children, and bands play in the gardens. 8 miles from the cottage is Poole, which boasts being the second largest natural harbour in the world, and with Sandbanks, a peninsula, being one of the most expensive pieces of land - some notable footballers and their families have bought properties on this spit. A short drive takes you to the New Forest National Park with its famous wild ponies, or head for the Purbecks and enjoy coastal walks and pretty villages. Christchurch is nearby with castle and harbour, or visit Beaulieu in the New Forest, with the National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles through the ages. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. Conservatory. Step up to shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in both living rooms included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Two cable TVs. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft

    Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DWS

    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
    The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS and DWS). Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden or courtyard with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
    There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
    A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay and there is also horse riding nearby within 5 miles. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.

    Entrance hall with ground floor cloakroom with toilet. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range cooker, dining table, TV, tiled floor and door to front patio area. Separate spacious living room with multi-fuel stove and two sets of French windows to rear garden overlooking countryside and the National Trust land at Pilsdon. Laundry/boot room with tiled floor and French doors to garden. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and TV. Two twin bedrooms. Two bathrooms, each with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • NSH included
    • Three flatscreen digital TVs
    • Electric range included
    • Enclosed rear garden with patio, furniture and lovely country views
    • Barbecue

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Pet(s) free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds

    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Shared gardens and grounds of 10 acres including children’s play area (suitable for children under ten)
    • Shared large games barn with pool table and table tennis
    • Enclosed play area with Wendy house, suitable for children under five, situated in the courtyard opposite games barn entrance

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  • The Mill House

    Kittwhistle, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: DVH

    In rolling Dorset countryside, in the small hamlet of Kittwhistle and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Lyme Bay (14 miles) and Chard (6 miles), this detached property has commanding views across a river valley and country and is in an excellent holiday location to explore Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Formerly three early 19th century cottages, it has been converted to a good standard, into one detached house for 8, with oak flooring, exposed beams, Aga (available October to April only), inglenook and one en-suite double bedroom (with balcony) and with its own garden. There is superb scenic walking locally along the Wessex Ridgeway, Jubilee and Monarch Trails, National Trust hill forts nearby and within easy driving the famous World Heritage Jurassic coastline resorts of Lyme Regis, West Bay (Bridport), Charmouth, Seatown and Eype, where one can enjoy the beaches, fossil hunting, excellent fishing, boating and wonderful coastal walking along this dramatic and beautiful stretch of coast, including Golden Cap (in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and one of southern England’s highest coastal points. The picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’, with its pretty harbour, cob, sandy beach and quaint shops, offers ideal family days out, or one can explore the whole length of this popular coast between Weymouth to Exmouth. Inland there are many historic houses, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Killerton House and Gardens, and Montacute House and Gardens to name a few. Family attractions at Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum and Crealy Adventure Park, or Exeter cathedral city with its catacombs, shops and restaurants is not too far. Shop 2½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and oak floor. Dining room. 2 steps to kitchen with beams. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms, 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, included (March-October £30per week). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two TVs (one digital). DVD (small library). Stereo/CD, Aga (October-April). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, nr. Abbotsbury

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    Ref: 25885

    Beach location

    Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Although its location is very private (access is down a narrow, sometimes bumpy track), it is only a 20-minute walk along the coastal path to West Bexington for the nearest pub serving food. A 15-20 minute walk towards Abbotsbury will take you to the sub-tropical gardens, whilst the local shops are 2½ miles away in Abbotsbury. Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are each about 10 miles away. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on account of the local flora and fauna. The walks, views and sunsets are fantastic. Shops 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/conservatory/snug with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin (zip and link, can be double), one with additional (5ft) day bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating from biomass wood pellet fired boiler, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer in external laundry room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Terrace. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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