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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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  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

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    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: W43672


    Situated in the heart of the lovely county town of Dorchester, this terraced cottage for two, offers a superb holiday base for exploring this delightful character town with all it has to offer on your doorstep. Visit the four great attractions in the town, Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Dinosaur Museum, the unique Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum. Enjoy the Wednesday market, the farmers market on the first Saturday of the month at Brownward Hall, watch a film at the local cinema, or simply wine and dine in the many restaurants and coffee shops. Within easy driving one can be strolling along the famous Jurassic Coast or the Chesil Beach, and taking in the glorious scenery, visiting Portland, Weymouth with all their attractions, or inland visiting many historic houses. There is also a market at Weymouth on Thursdays and Portland has one on Tuesdays. There are buses in the town which can take you to the beaches at Weymouth and to many areas in Dorset. There will be much to do in this wonderful part of Dorset. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom (5ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 30’’ Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Selection of books and games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Public car park, 400 yards (£4 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: DZU

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • The Pocket Watch

    Seatown

    Grade
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    Ref: 16565

    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Steps to living room/bedroom area with double futon bed and folding bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with slate floor. Steps to shower room with toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Baby-belling cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed patio. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Foxhaven Apartment

    Branksome Park, Poole

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    Ref: DRF


    Just a 15-minute walk from the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, this conveniently placed, well furnished apartment occupies the first floor of the owner’s chalet-style property. It has its own private staircase with handrails both sides, and private secluded gardens, which can be seen from all windows. Branksome Park, a very select area, has lovely level tree-lined walks, and Bournemouth centre, with its pretty gardens and many shops, bars and restaurants can easily be reached on foot along the beach at the end of the road, or by car. The quayside at Poole and NT Brownsea Island is 3 miles away. There is easy access to the coastal resorts including Swanage, Lulworth Cove and Weymorth. The New Forest with its wild ponies is a short drive away. Sandbanks is only 10 minutes’ drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 450 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Gas central heating included (October-April). Electricity by coin meter (first £5, hot water included). Bed linen and towels included. Two digital TV/DVDs. DVD/CD and small DVD library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 16 years.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: DHM

    "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.

    With its own sunny, secluded garden and beautifully furnished interior, this is a superb quality romantic hideaway for two people. Its very attractive sitting-room is full of character and features original beams, contemporary electric fire and small dining table. Modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Beautiful painted kingsize double bedroom with LCD TV. Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity fire included
    • Freezer
    • Garden
    • No smoking

    • 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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  • Freshwater Bay View

    Portland

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    Ref: 29709

    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile from Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth, on your west to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis and to the east Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1¼ miles, restaurant and pub 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ large, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Nest

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24121

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Granary Cottage

    Nottington, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 23750

    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further are Portland, Chesil, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Isle of Purbeck. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. Utility room (owner has own access). First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Drop to stream in garden.

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  • Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: W43504


    Ideally located adjacent to Queens Copse, which comprises of 100 acres of woodland, with links to a comprehensive footpath network, this delightful single-storey holiday home stands within the grounds of the owner’s country home and is adjacent to the owner’s office. There is a large shower room with a double shower inside, and outside, a large lawned garden, private parking and shared paddock orchards, all set within 2 acres. Standing back from the road leading to Horton/Wimbourne, and less than a mile from a popular thatched roof-top pub, Woodside Cottage is an ideal retreat for couples wishing to explore the area. Less than a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth, Poole and the cathedral city of Salisbury and convenient for road links to Winchester, The New Forest and Christchurch Harbour. Locally, there is a 7-acre coarse fishing lake, quad biking, paint balling, clay pigeon shooting, riding, golf, cycling and scenic walking. The New Forest is a popular tourist destination, with Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens, as well as the roaming ponies and cattle on the heathland, and quaint tea rooms. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo and the New Forest Wildlife Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions, all within easy driving distance. Beach 15 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared paddock. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Quince Cottage

    Acton, nr. Langton Matravers

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    Ref: 27906

    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. 3 steps up to kitchen with tiled floor. Cloakroom. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings and beams throughout.

    Large lawned garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking.

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  • Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish

    Grade
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    Ref: 16154

    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with quarry tiled floor.

    NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a small unfenced pond in the garden.

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