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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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  • Sea Stones

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: 26527

    Explore Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast

    This characterful, Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set in the heart of Portland, under a mile from the beach at Church Ope Cove. It has easy access to the coastal paths with a lighthouse and RSPB observatory. Portland forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and Chesil Beach which starts in Portland runs 18 miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting all available. Close by is Weymouth and further west is the pretty village of Abbotsbury, famous for its swannery and subtropical gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Old Shop

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DDDN

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with farmhouse-style kitchen and tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms are beamed.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Round Chimneys Farm - Churchill Cottage

    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: DQR

    Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday cottages have been carefully renovated and offer comfortable accommodation. Churchill Cottage has interesting historical connections – having once been owned by John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and the highwayman John Clavell respectively – and adjoins the owners’ farmhouse, whilst The Stables stands quite detached. Close by, the abbey town of Sherbourne offers an array of shops, cafes and inns, as well as many historical points of interest. For a day by the sea, the south coast is within easy reach with a choice of many quiet beaches or bustling resorts. Famed for its chalk giant on the hillside, Cerne Abbas nearby, as well as the county town of Dorchester and the home of Thomas Hardy. Golf locally. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, bread oven, rugs on flagstone floor and sofa-bed (for +1). Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and pull-out bed (for +1). Shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared large enclosed garden with furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Coarse fishing on owner’s lake foc
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Games room
    • No smoking

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  • Limestone Cottage

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25762

    Sea views from rear of cottage

    Set at the southern point of Portland with great coastline views. This charming terraced holiday cottage is an ideal touring base. Close by are footpaths leading to the South West Coastal Path and down to Portland Bill and RSPB bird observatory. Nearby is the famous Chesil Beach, part of the Jurassic Coastline. Portland is popular for bird watching, climbing, fishing and watersports. Weymouth is 8 miles with sandy beach and attractions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with French doors to Juliet balcony, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Harbour House

    Mudeford, near Christchurch

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC751

    With the popular Avon Beach only a 5-minutes’ walk away, with its long stretch of beautiful golden sand, Harbour House is an ideal base for a seaside holiday. Standing detached, it is conveniently located for public transport to Bournemouth, and set back from the road. Tastefully styled and furnished, the open plan kitchen/dining area is a particular feature of this light and airy property, with its high vaulted ceiling and bi-folding doors, which open to the full width of the room. This is a lovely spacious room for the whole family to convene. There is private parking for 3 cars, and a large enclosed lawned garden to the rear, with a terrace and barbeque, the ideal place for al fresco dining or an aperitif or two in the warmer weather.

    Overlooking the entrance to Christchurch Harbour is Mudeford, a quaint fishing village with great charm and history. Its old fisherman’s cottages were linked to smuggling enterprises in past times. There is a ferry that runs from the quay to neighbouring Christchurch and to Mudeford Sandbanks, a spit of land adjoining Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Quay is a calm area of water and is popular for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. The park area is popular for kite-flying and ball games. There is a children’s play area, an RNLI lifeboat station, a café, pub and fresh fish stall. The town has a historic theatre and cinema, as well as an interesting collection of local history exhibits at The Red House Museum. There are many period and historic houses and buildings, Highcliffe Castle and Steamer Point Nature Reserve are worth a visit. Stanpit Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the wetlands are popular for birdwatching. There is a pleasant promenade linking the quay with the beach, which is ideal for swimming, windsurfing and boat trips across the Solent.

    Other activities include fishing, kayaking, boat hire and browsing artworks at the local art galleries. Christchurch, 2 miles, has many inns, eateries, shops and a bustling harbour with waterside dining. Within easy reach are Bournemouth and Poole, 6 miles away, with award-winning beaches and seaside attractions. Popular places to spend the day include Swanage, Studland Bay, Brownsea Island, Avon Heath Country Park, Salisbury, Marwell Zoo and much more. The New Forest National Park is a 15-minute drive. Southampton with its nautical interest has ferry trips to the Isle of Wight. Beach 550 yards. Shop 550 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With BT TV (sports package) with Netflix, DVD player and parquet floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With breakfast bar, electric oven, 5-ring gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, tiled floor and bi-folding doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With washer/dryer.
    Study.
    TV room:
    With Freeview TV and Wii.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and additional pull-out bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath (no toilet).
    Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a steep step in the garden.

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  • Junipers

    Puncknowle, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28180

    In the village of Puncknowle between West Bay and Weymouth, set 11/2 miles from Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this terraced holiday cottage is an excellent base to enjoy coastal scenery stretching from Portland Bill all the way to Lyme Bay to Torquay. Visit Abbotsbury, the Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Deep Sea Adventure and a Blue Flag sandy beach. Enjoy golf, fishing, boating and walking. Discover Lyme Regis and Bridport with its twice weekly market. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom with additional bunk (alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with shower over ¾ bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Ceramic hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Small enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture. Roadside parking and in front of curtilage of the property. No smoking.

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  • Lime Cottage

    Portland, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC210


    This 1850s cottage, one of a row, offers a great holiday location to enjoy the best of Dorset. Totally renovated by the owners, it presents a contemporary home from home. The cottage is set over three floors with revealed stone features, and has a sunny enclosed garden. It is situated in the heart of Portland close to local shops, pubs and restaurants, and a children’s play area. The coastal path nearby takes you round the island, past stone quarries, which show the island’s history to the lighthouse at Portland Bill with stunning views, and cream teas in the cafe. The National Sailing Academy is situated in Portland Harbour and there are many water based activities to enjoy. Just over the causeway, Weymouth offers many traditional family attractions, centred on its award-winning sandy beach. Portland is ideally suited for visiting many famous attractions including Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery, Lyme Regis to the west, and Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck to the east. Pebble beach ¾ mile. Shops and restaurants 500 yards, pub 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs (one 32"). DVD. CD. Halogen hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden.

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  • Swan Upping

    Swanage

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 23516

    This detached house which is finished to a very good standard sits conveniently just 250 yards from the town centre and 350 yards from the Blue Flag beach. In a slightly elevated position it offers distant views of the sea from all the front rooms. Swanage itself has much to offer holiday makers, with individual shops, cafes, pubs and, of course, the famous Swanage steam railway which runs to the NT village of Corfe Castle. Within just a short walk you can be on the spectacular Dorset coastal path and Durlston Country Park with wonderful views of Anvil point lighthouse. Along the coast from Swanage is NT Studland with lovely coastline and good beaches, from here you can get the ferry across Poole harbour to Sandbanks. Nearby is the ever popular Monkey World and The Tank Museum which make great family days out. The market town of Wareham with its quayside is just a short drive away as is the RSPB nature reserve at Arne. Shops and pubs 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (can also be used as an en-suite to one of double bedrooms).

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Pond Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: B6844

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/
    kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double) both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. DVD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

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  • Harbourhill

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W40246

    Country views/Four poster bed

    Situated in a semi-rural location beside a country road with extensive views across the downs towards Hardys Monument is this cosy cottage, the middle one of three. The cottage has been furnished and equipped to provide a pleasant holiday home, boasting a hand crafted 4 poster bed in the main bedroom. The lovely resort of Weymouth with its gently shelving golden sands and picturesque harbour is only 4 miles, whilst within easy reach is the bustling market town of Dorchester, or take the scenic coastal road towards Abbotsbury and West Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Old Guildhall

    Corfe Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DCCU


    The Old Guildhall, reputed to be the original meeting place of the ancient order of stone cutters and marblers, is a unique and individual property with contemporary and quirky design practically combined with many original period features. The house has many original works of art on display which adds to the ambiance, and has been featured in the House and Garden magazine. The stunning village of Corfe Castle stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, and is dominated by the ruined castle, which is a delight any time of year. Other family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, the village museum, a steam railway and many shops, and Corfe Common is found just on the edge of the village with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coast Path. The village is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and around the village square there are a small collection of shops clustered together. The Jurassic Coastline is a short drive away, with the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Discover the town of Swanage with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. Shop and pubs 100 yards.

    Vaulted, split-level, open-plan living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and kitchen area with granite floor. Bunk bedroom with Velux. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. Open-sided stone, spiral stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove in living room, initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating and gas included (£50per week November-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Book library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with terraces and furniture
    • Sun room
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Car park (permit provided for 1 car), 200 yards
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps and small drops in courtyard. Covered pond in grounds 5 yards. Uneven steps to sun room.

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  • Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DYF


    This charming, spacious, Grade II listed, thatched, detached cottage is set in the delightful village of Chideock. Between Lyme Regis and Bridport, and a short walk from the beach at Seatown and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal holiday base. Enjoy superb coastal walking, with breathtaking views from Golden Cap, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, or explore Lyme Regis with its Cobb, harbour and quaint shops, and many other attractions nearby. Shop and pub 400 yards.

    Living room with open fire. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Sun room. Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed (can form two singles on request). Shower room and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Four digital TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-incoming and emergency calls only
    • Small cottage garden with gazebo and furniture; enclosed patio
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: There is a securely covered well at the property

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