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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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  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Leopold House

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 30667

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Central heating included. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request (at cost). Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Brook Cottage

    Buckhorn Weston

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 14937

    Set in a rural location in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, this 19th-century cottage of local stone has been extended, retaining character and charm. Within an easy drive one can enjoy the quaint, character abbey town of Sherborne, or the Saxon hill-top and market town of Shaftesbury, both with restaurants and shops, or have days out visiting attractions such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead house and garden and memorable days at either the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes International Motor Museum with its wonderful selection of classic cars. Inland explore Glastonbury with its famous Tor, Cheddar Gorge, the cathedral city of Wells and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath with its famous Roman baths, pump room, museums and shops. Meander south into Dorset, passing the Cerne Abbas Giant and taking in Dorchester and onward to Weymouth and Hardy country, before reaching the famous and scenic Chesil Beach and World Jurassic Coast. There are many historic houses to marvel at, attractions to take the family to and if you wish, just simply enjoy wonderful country walking, pubs for wining and dining, maybe golf nearby or even a day at the Wincanton races. Shop and pub/restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with sofa bed and French doors. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Landing with single bed (for child). 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There is a brook at end of the garden.

  • Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

    Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DUS

    "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.

    Formerly two cottages, The Old Forge is an attractive and spacious cottage, offering ground floor accommodation all on one level. Large double-aspect living room with multi-fuel stove and beamed ceiling. Two steps to well-equipped fitted kitchen/dining room with range cooker, beamed ceiling and door to private garden. Laundry/boot room. Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft four poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Two bathrooms with toilet, one with separate shower cubicle.

    • Multi-fuel stove - first basket included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric convector heaters/electric heaters and oil central heating included
    • Additional cot
    • Flatscreen digital TV
    • Range cooker included
    • Secluded rear garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • NB: Steps in garden

    • 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

  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Beatrice House

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 30669

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Central heating included. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Large, lawned garden.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request (at cost). Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

  • 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.

  • White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt

    Middlemarsh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 31205

    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.

    3 steps to entrance (or ramp to rear entrance). All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. 38" Freeview TV. Gas included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with decked patio, 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.

  • 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.

  • Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DXK

    This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and the small market town of Beaminster (2½ miles). Visitors can enjoy the lovely accommodation, unwind by the pool or wander into the village and sample the local public house. It is excellent holiday accommodation for two families to enjoy this wonderful part of Dorset, with its lovely unspoilt countryside and superb scenic coastline stretching from Weymouth to Lyme Regis. Nearby visit the quaint historic town of Beaminster (Thomas Hardy’s ‘Emminster’), and Broadwindsor which has a lovely craft centre where visitors can relax looking at the craft, or wine and dine in the restaurant. Chesil Beach and the Heritage Coast are a must for scenic walking, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, and are truly breathtaking. For some really exhilarating scenic coastal walking, try walking from Seatown up to the top of Golden Cap with views over the whole of Lyme Bay stretching from Torquay to Portland. Call in on West Bay with its pretty harbour and do visit Lyme Regis with its well known Cobb, which was built in the 18th century and became famous as the setting for John Fowles’ ’French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Within easy driving are many family attractions ranging from the Victorian seaside resort of Weymouth with its Sealife, Timewalk, and beach, and for family days out which the children will love, Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool. For the bird lover, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens are a great place to visit, as are the two RSPB nature reserves at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake. Inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its concorde and carrier flight deck are very popular, as are Sherborne Castle, Haynes Motor Museum and many more memorable attractions. Shops 2½ miles and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Lounge with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electricity and electric coal-effect fire in lounge by £1 coin meter. Oil central heating £80per week April-September (£90per week (October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Private, indoor, heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1m, to 1m). Couples and family bookings only.

  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: DKG

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

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

    A very comfortable cottage, with its own private entrance and garden. Full of character, it has been very well furnished and equipped. Entrance into charming, beamed open-plan living/dining room with rugs on flagstone floor, inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove and kitchen area with range (for cooking) and Belfast sink. One small step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed, sitting area with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV and designer hand wash basin. Step down to double bedroom with LCD TV. Further step down to twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electric fire included
    • Range included
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture and barbecue

    • 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

  • Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Wriggle View

    Leigh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    8
    4
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    3
    Ref: DBBM

    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.

    Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite wet room and toilet. Further double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link, can be twin). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Oak floor throughout.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Washing machine
    • Parking (for 4 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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