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Dorset

A rural and picturesque county in the south of England, Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a timeless charm, pretty villages, country lanes and a fabulous stretch of 200 million year-old coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.

In fact The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient geology and is of course a great place for wonderful views over the English Channel and cliff-top walks.

Dorset has wonderful walking country which is a great way to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of this region, or you could maybe take to the quiet country roads and off road cycle ways. It’s a place to kick back and relax with lots of traditional country pubs and fine restaurants to discover.

The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth come highly recommended with lovely beaches and plenty of fresh sea air. You can reach the beach at Swanage via the heritage railway; it’s one of the best ways to soak up your surrounds and ensure complete relaxation. With stops at Corfe Castle and the small sleepy oasis of Harman''s Cross, it’s also one of the best ways to get a unique perspective of Dorset’s many attractions, and a true feel for its unspoiled beauty.

Also of note is Brownsea Island which offers a number of attractions for visitors, including lush woodland, an indigenous red squirrel population and a 16th century castle. For a great family day out visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham where you’ll find over 250 rescued monkeys and apes providing plenty of entertainment and education.

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape and is suitable for all sorts of different holidays. Its long coastline is a perfect for cliff top walks and stunning sea views and the region’s beaches are ideal for families who simply want to unwind on the sand or get active with surfing and sailing readily available; along with some expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! Then again, if you just want somewhere to relax and soak up the beautiful English countryside, you’ll be equally well served by what a cottage holiday in Dorset has to offer.

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  • Heron Grange Cottage

    Hurn, nr. Bournemouth

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W43794


    Heron Grange, adjoining the owners’ home, is set within an acre garden, with a private garden area to the side. This holiday home is ideally placed to enjoy the surrounding areas, with superb walking and cycling from the doorstep, and golf and ski centre nearby. One can enjoy the many attractions to be found in Bournemouth, with its beach and pier, and Christchurch, with its castle ruins, an 11th-century priory and sandy beach. You will also have great days out taking in the New Forest National Park, with wild ponies and cattle, wonderful walks and scenery, and calling in on one of the many villages for some cream teas. Beach 4 miles. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 11/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Galley kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 step to 1 double (5ft sleigh bed) with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 twin. Step to shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden area. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds.

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  • Rosina

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 27455

    This cosy, 300-year old, semi-detached cottage for 4 is situated in Enmore Green, within walking distance of the historic town centre of Shaftesbury. Ideally placed for exploring the popular and beautiful Blackmore Vale, guests can enjoy wonderful country walking with fantastic views up on Gold Hill. There is much to visit within easy driving distance of this holiday property, including Stourhead House and Gardens, Salisbury Cathedral and Longleat House and Safari Park. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

    Electric ’woodburner’ in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week, £20 per 4 night short break, £15 per 3 night short break November-Easter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canoniconum, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: E5394

    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors, while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater, The Cobb. Bridport, the old ropemakers’ town, Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle, Dorchester, the Swannery at Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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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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  • White Horse Farm - Toad Hall

    Middlemarsh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31201

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

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

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

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

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  • Ware House Cottage

    Nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: HDDW

    Nestling in a tranquil location on the Devon/Dorset border, this well-presented single-storey barn conversion is set within the 40 acres of the owner’s home, which was the setting for The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It lies ½ mile from the popular medieval port of Lyme Regis with picturesque harbour known as the Cobb. Wonderful scenic walking abounds, with the South West Coastal Path just 500 yards away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Large open-plan beamed living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, and large well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with oak floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Full gas central heating included (October-April £20 per week)
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed lawned garden and patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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  • Anchor Cottage

    Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28487

    Anchor Cottage is in a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Portland and Chesil Beach with stunning panoramic sea views. It is a great base for exploring the delights of the Jurassic Coast scenery and surrounding nature. Famous Chesil Beach lies near the property with breath-taking views from the coastal path, only 200 yards away. Along the road, the Rodwell Trail offers an even level, traffic-free, walk to Weymouth’s quaint harbour and sandy beach. Fleet Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre 500 yards, small sandy cove 200 yards. National Sailing Centre 2½ miles. Shops, restaurant and pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/dining area with patio doors. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, walled garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Millers Loft

    Goathill, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27467

    This holiday apartment, set in a converted water mill and attached to the owner’s home, is part of a working farm located in a picturesque setting near Sherborne, and offers a great location for unwinding and exploring Dorset and Somerset. Sherborne, with its castles, abbey and shops, Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum and many other historic attractions, is nearby. Further afield are Weymouth, the World Heritage Coast, Dorchester, Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. External games room with pool table and air hockey. Welcome pack. NB: Stream and two ponds 30 yards.

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  • Osprey House

    Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25999

    This terraced holiday home sits in a quiet area between Weymouth and Portland overlooking Portland harbour with sea views. The South West Coastal Path is 220 yards away and offers views across the harbour and along famous Chesil Beach. A 30 minute walk takes you into Weymouth with sandy beach and seafront. Sailing, windsurfing, sea fishing and diving are all popular. Nature reserve 550 yards, small cove 220 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory/dining area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi (payable to BT Openzone). Enclosed garden, patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to patio.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: DHB

    "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. Comfortable living/dining room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric fire
    • Dishwasher
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
    • Patio

    • 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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  • Eastworth Stable

    Nr. Cranborne Chase

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: DNN


    Dating back to the 1760s, this charming holiday cottage occupies a courtyard setting. Filled with character, it commands views over the owners’ surrounding 3-acre grounds, and is set at the edge of the large village of Verwood. Eastworth Stable forms single-storey accommodation, and benefits from a small garden of its own. There are many excellent walks through the Dorset countryside, and riding is available in Verwood. New Forest, lake fishing at Edmondsham and water sports at the Ringwood Lake all easily accessible. Seaside Bournemouth 15 miles. Various shops, local taverns and a 9 and 18-hole golf course locally. Shops ¼ mile.

    One step to entrance. Living/dining room/farmhouse-style kitchen with wood-burning stove in brick fireplace, door to patio, vaulted ceiling and quarry-tiled floor. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet and door to patio. Beamed throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towels £3 per person per week
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer (in external garage)
    • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No smoking

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  • The Old Thatch

    Christchurch, nr. Bournemouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44052


    This delightful thatched cottage stands semi-detached and dates back to 1780. Full of character, it displays many period features such as beams (some low), a stable door, an inglenook and wooden floors.
    Conveniently located, it is set back slightly from the road and is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the popular priory town of Christchurch, with its many inns, eateries and shops, as well as a bustling harbour and waterside dining. The wonderful golden stretch of sand at Avon beach, with its pastel coloured beach huts and excellent scenic walks, is about 5 minutes’ drive or take the ferry from Mudeford Quay to Hengisbury Head. Within easy reach are Bournemouth and Poole with award-winning beaches and seaside attractions; Salisbury with its medieval cathedral; Marwell Zoo, Peppa Pig World, and further afield, Stonehenge, Winchester Cathedral, the New Forest Wildlife Park, Monkey World, The Tank Museum near Wool, Beaulieu Museum and Exbury Gardens. The New Forest National Park is only 15 minutes’ drive and has miles of scenic walks, heathland and villages where ponies roam freely. Maritime Southampton, with its nautical interest, also has ferry trips over to the Isle of Wight. Beach 2 miles. Shop 380 yards, pub and restaurant 660 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep steps to first floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms (one can be twin on request).

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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