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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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  • Church House

    Stoke Abbott

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: DXN

    Nestling in a conservation area in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset’s hidden treasures and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this stone, corner cottage, formerly The Old Meeting Room. Church House, set along a quiet village road, has been renovated and is well presented, offering an excellent holiday base to enjoy some lovely walks and superb Dorset countryside. Visit the Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and West Bay, for stunning scenery, fishing, boating and many other attractions within easy driving. Shop 1½ miles, pub 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small gravelled garden area with furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: DZR

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

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    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • Regina Cottage

    Mangerton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
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    Ref: DMJ

    Overlooking the beautiful Dorset countryside, this charming holiday cottage is just 4 miles from the long shingle and sand beach at West Bay on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. One of a pair, and boasting a conservatory, it is set in its own cottage garden and it has been carefully refurbished to retain much of its original charm. There are wonderful walks straight from the door, and 100 yards away at Mangerton Mill (the owner’s home) delicious cream teas can be enjoyed, as well as fly fishing in the mill lake. Coarse fishing 1 mile. Bridport (3 miles) has a sports centre, market, inns and museums. Golf and sailing within 4 miles. Shop 2½ miles.

    8 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sloping garden with water feature.

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  • Herston Rise

    Swanage

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27344

    Set on the edge of the popular seaside town of Swanage, this Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage is traditionally furnished, and has the bonus of a woodburner making it a great place to stay whatever the time of year. Discover the beach 1 mile from the property, where you will also find shops, pubs and restaurants. An excellent base from which to explore the area and visitors can enjoy the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and Purbeck Hills. Monkey World, Swanage Steam Railway, Durlston Country Park and Tank Museum make for good family days out. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 5ft double), both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and low head room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Corner Cottage

    Okeford, Fitzpaine

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: E4296

    Set in the heart of a charming village – an ideal location for exploring Dorset’s beautiful countryside – this pretty and very comfortable cottage also boasts a private, well stocked garden. Adjoining another cottage 150 yards from the village shop and inn, it is a short drive from the Georgian town of Blandford Forum 5 miles. Sherborne’s abbey and castles and Kingston Lacey (NT). Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic World Heritage Dorset coastline are easily accessible. Shop and pub 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room/2 steps to dining area. Steps to kitchen. Sun room. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Fully fenced garden with decked area and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden.

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  • Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Jolliffe

    Leigh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: DBBK

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 18 guests. Golf and fishing are within easy driving, and yachting, canoeing and sailing are available at Halstock Reservoir. Wriggle View (ref DBBM) offers ‘upside down’ accommodation, whilst Jolliffe (ref DBBK) and Cowleaze (ref DBBL) are of the conventional design. The owners welcome guests to enjoy the farm activities and animals which the children will love. Visit the historic market town of Sherborne, 5 miles, with its castle, abbey and shops, or the chalk ‘Cerne Abbas Giant’. Venture further afield into the thriving county town of Dorchester, 10 miles, with Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Teddy Bear Museum and the world renowned Tutankhamun exhibition. Spend family time visiting Bovington Tank Museum with its fascinating collection of tanks, Monkey World, Weymouth with its picturesque 17th century harbour, Blue Flag beach and sealife centre, and then wander along the Chesil Beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. In south Somerset are many historic houses such as Montacute House, Tintinhull and Forde Abbey. Family attractions include Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with wonderful display of classic and vintage cars, and slightly further afield, Longleat House and Safari Park. Somerset offers many exciting venues including Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the Georgian city of Bath to name a few. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Large, beamed open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Oak floor throughout. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Freeview TV
    • Parking (for 2 cars)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry, boot room, washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, shared garden, patio area, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Valley View

    West Milton

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: E1866

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

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

    Panel heaters included. Freezer. Garden. Parking.

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

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  • Marbles

    Rousdon, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: DAAA

    This well-presented Grade II holiday home lies in 350 acres of rolling countryside of a 19th-century estate. Just ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 2½ miles from the resort of Lyme Regis, with its Cobb, harbour and beach. The estate also boasts its own private, pebbled beach, accessed via the renowned Undercliff on the South West Coast Path, making Marbles the perfect location for enjoying coastal and countryside walks. The Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, and Bicton Gardens are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 4 miles.

    Large living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Cobbled courtyard with furniture
    • 350-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Pinecliffe

    Southbourne, Bournemouth

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 24986

    This apartment is 50 yards from the cliff top and the Blue Flag sandy beach (beach hut available for hire). Set on the first floor the open plan living room/kitchen has a balcony with distant sea views. The holiday apartment offers comfortable accommodation and is in an ideal area for exploring. Enjoy Bournemouth town centre with town garden, shops, restaurants and pubs. The New Forest National Park is just a short drive away with pretty villages and free roaming cattle and ponies. Christchurch is close by with its market, walks along the river or a river cruise and Mudeford popular for crabbing on the quayside. Shop ½ mile, pub 600 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair by arrangement. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Great House - The Mitford

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30165

    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, and only 250 yards from the seafront, this character Grade ll listed Great House offers two wonderful apartments which can be booked independently or together. This period property has been restored retaining many original features, and has been furnished and decorated to a very good standard. The Mitford on the ground floor and first floor, has a small patio area out the front and retains some lovely features of this historic house. From the doorstep, guests can be in the thriving heart of this picturesque town, with a short walk to the sandy beach and harbour, or spend pleasant evenings strolling along the famous Cobb taking in one of the many restaurants and pubs. The children will love the opportunity to do some fossil hunting, crabbing, boating, swimming or fishing, or for all the family wandering around the local shops in this quaint town. The whole of the famous World Heritage Coast beckons, from Exmouth to the west and Weymouth and Portland to the east, then visit West Bay, scene of the TV series Broadchurch, the Craft Centre at Broadwindsor, many family attractions at Weymouth or perhaps some great scenic coastal walking, maybe to the top of Golden Cap with its panoramic views and a call into the local pub. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with oak floor. Dining room/kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double on request). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed courtyard. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park adjacent (1 car, permit provided). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 15702

    A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of Portesham. Abbotsbury with its swannery and sub-tropical gardens 3 miles. Vibrant seaside resort of Weymouth with sea-life centre 7 miles. Fine walks abound across the rolling Dorset hills, or along the shingle bank at Chesil beach. The Dorset coast from Swanage to Lyme Regis is easily accessible. The towns of Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are within easy driving distance. Horse riding is within ½ mile. Shop and pub serving food 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Cloakroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. NB: Shared steps to access garden. Slopes, drops and 2 sets of steps in the garden.

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  • Tripps Farm

    Alweston, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 9199

    This semi-detached 17th-century listed farmhouse situated on a livestock farm with emphasis on conservation and is also the home of the well known herd of pedigree English Longhorn Cattle. Built in 1640 now completely restored, retaining its original character with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. It is well furnished and equipped for year-round family holidays in this AONB. The abbey town of Sherborne 5 miles, the coast at Weymouth 28 miles and many market towns and villages nearby. This is an ideal secluded location if you are looking for peace and tranquillity in the countryside. Shop and pub 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond in grounds of the property and children must be accompanied by adults on the farm.

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