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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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  • The Pavilion

    Long Bredy, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30394


    This single-storey holiday home is in a superb country location midway between Dorchester and Bridport in West Dorset and 3 miles from the scenic and beautiful Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is styled in a Georgian Gothic period and offers a lovely home and location for 6. It is ideal for walking and cycling on the nearby Macmillan and Jubilee Trail, and some spectacular Dorset scenery can be found at Eggardon Hill Fort. Enjoy visiting the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, 18 miles, with its pretty harbour and Cobb, taking in some stunning coastal scenery and smaller seaside resorts of Charmouth, Eype and West Bay. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens, RSPB nature reserves at Radipole and Lodmoor, or Weymouth with its many family attractions, as well as the Time Walk, Sea Life and Deep Sea Adventure or slightly further on Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Beach 3 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double), one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 9 steps in garden.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DZX

    On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individually or for for larger groups can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. The Coach House, which is located on one side of a beautiful high walled courtyard has charm and character, retaining an inglenook, beams, flagstones and one four-poster bedroom, and is ideal to accommodate two family groups or larger extended families. On the other side of the courtyard is Stable Cottage which is thatched, built from local stone and makes excellent family accommodation. Being on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one can enjoy a stroll into Lyme itself and wander around the local shops, lanes, cafes, restaurants and along the picturesque Cobb, made famous by the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, or simply chill out on the beach, fishing, boating, beach walking and of course fossil hunting. There is superb scenic coastal walking all along the Lyme Bay Coast, with views stretching to Portland Bill and far into Devon, and for those without a faint heart, the National Trust’s Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff is an exhilarating walk with spectacular scenery. One can visit the many popular seaside resorts from Weymouth in the east to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and onto Exmouth in the west, or enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside with its quaint villages, pubs and cream tea cafes. There are many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House and Gardens, and family entertainment such as The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park and inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Exeter Cathedral City is worth a day out to see the Cathedral itself, the catacombs, museums and shops. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.

    Living room with well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors and slate floor. Twin bedroom leading to double bedroom with wash basin. Bunk bedrooms with 2ft 6in beds (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    • Full NSH central heating included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Freezer
    • Private patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and £1 coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large shared gardens
    • No smoking

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  • Trent

    Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3612

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link, can be twin on request), one (5ft four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Wii. Shared garden. Shower chair available by arrangement. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • The Hollies

    West Bexington, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30527


    In a superb coastal location at West Bexington, within a few minutes walk from the famous Chesil Beach, this mid-terrace holiday home for 6 is in an excellent location for scenic coastal walking, fishing and swimming. The Hollies is positioned between West Bay (where the TV series ’Broadchurch’ was filmed) and Weymouth, with Portland nearby. Guests can enjoy invigorating seaside walks with the dogs, wine and dine in the village pub and simply get away from it all. The whole of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast beckons, perhaps with some fossil hunting and boating, and explore the lovely seaside resorts from Lyme Regis all the way to Portland. Call in on the nearby Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, Swannery and Childrens Farm, or have family time at Weymouth and nearby Dorchester with their many attractions. There is so much to do in this great location. Beach 400 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Cot room. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. 6 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included October-March only). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, rear lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front lawned garden. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Cottage

    Puncknowle, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 28872

    Ideal for coast and country


    Located in a conservation area in the quaint village of Puncknowle with its 16th-century pub, and 1½ miles from the famous Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this Grade II listed thatched, terraced holiday home boasts an inglenook fireplace and is excellent for enjoying this scenic area. West Bay, 6 miles, is the harbour to Bridport with pubs, restaurants and an interesting twice-weekly market. Dorchester, 12 miles, is an historic market town with many links to Thomas Hardy. The seaside town of Weymouth, 9 miles, with sandy beaches and harbour, is just north of Portland with its 16th-century Tudor castle. Nearby you can visit Lyme Regis or Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens, or simply indulge in some superb coastal walking, fossil hunting, boating, fishing or nearby golf. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included October-March). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitiing-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Lodge No. 70

    Warmwell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W749

    Indoor fun pool

    Situated in a wooded setting in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this spacious detached pine holiday lodge overlooks a lake and is on part of Warmwell Heath, a 140-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest. Tastefully furnished and well equipped, it is an ideal spot for year-round holidays and is only 20 miles from Bournemouth and a short drive from the seaside at Weymouth with its many attractions including the Deep Sea Adventure, Brewers Quay and the Sea Life Park. The wide range of activities on site includes an indoor pool with wave machine and water chute, dry ski slope, fish ponds and a sports complex. Alternatively, explore the rest of the stunning Dorset heritage coast. Shop, pub and restaurant on site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Verandah. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor swimming pool. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

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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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  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Plumtree Cottage

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30664

    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. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small, 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.

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  • Riverside Close

    Cerne Abbas, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W40220

    Thatched cottage close to village centre

    Tucked away in a peaceful location within a small exclusive close, is this charming semi-detached thatched cottage. The cottage has been constructed to a good standard and boasts an en-suite shower room in the main bathroom, as well as a sun trap conservatory and lawned garden. Quietly situated beside the River Cerne, a delightful footpath leads you into the timeless, picturesque centre of Cerne Abbas, with the world famous ’Cerne Giant’ cut into the chalk hillside close by. Within a short drive are the beaches and harbour of Weymouth. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included (£20per week November-March). Bed linen included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Childhay Manor

    Beaminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3393

    Amidst the rolling hills of West Dorset, this holiday cottage has its own garden and tennis court. The cottage is part of a 13th-century manor farmhouse set on the owner’s organic farm where dairy cows are milked, goats reared and racehorses bred. The cottage is spacious and comfortable - enjoy the cosiness of a log fire on a cold, wet, winter afternoon, or relax on the secluded patio after a game of tennis on a summer evening. Wonderful walking abounds. Visit Forde Abbey, Stourhead, Montacute and Corfe Castle or Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Longleat Park and Abbotsbury Swannery. Within an easy drive is the local swimming pool, Lyme Regis, the Jurassic Coast, Wells Cathedral, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge. Pub and restaurant 2 miles. Village shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. 5 steps to Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. 5 steps to 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Wii. iPod dock. Oil Aga included. Microwave. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Stabling and grazing by arrangement with owner. Parking. Hard tennis court. NB: Five steps up from patio to garden with small stream.

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  • Mill End Farm Cottage

    Kings Stag

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: DKJ

    In a tranquil setting, surrounded by beautiful open countryside, this attractive detached barn conversion enjoys its own large, secluded garden and shared use of the adjacent owners’ 30 acres of grounds. Very comfortably furnished and well equipped (each bedroom has en-suite facilities), it offers peaceful holiday accommodation just an hour’s drive from both Bristol and Bath. Nearby Bulbarrow affords lovely walking and magnificent views, and historic Sherborne is only 6 miles. Cricket St Thomas, the coast and Wookey Hole are all within easy touring distance. Shop ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, all with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    First £10 NSH and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD and small library. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Large garden with patio and furniture. 30-acre shared grounds. Parking. Snooker table.

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  • West View

    Sturminster Marshall, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30934


    Approached via a long drive overlooking daffodil fields, this comfortable, single-storey, detached bungalow is a lovely holiday home for families or couples, located on the doorstep to the Jurassic Coast. It has a large enclosed lawned garden and a spacious games room. West View is located within the owner’s country home and has direct access onto bridleways and footpaths, leading all the way to Wareham. Set in a convenient location for road links to the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, Sandbanks, The Purbeck Coastline, historical maritime Southampton with historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include Monkey World, Stone Henge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Kingston Lacy (NT) and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is also within easy driving distance with its heathlands, where ponies and cattle roam. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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