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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.
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  • Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: DQK

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Shared entrance hall, stairs to first floor entrance: Living room. Modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft bed. Single bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room and toilet.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30663

    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, one (5ft) with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one wth en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. 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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  • Ronaldo

    Margaret Marsh

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 18156

    Explore the Heritage Coastline
    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    This converted barn is located on the edge of a working dairy farm, next to the owner’s house, in the heart of the Blackmoor Vale. An ideal holiday base for exploring the nearby towns of Sherbourne, Blandford and Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. The Heritage Coastline of Dorset is also easily accessible. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (for children), both with low sloping ceilings. Separate toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Washing machine (in utility room). Dishwasher. Enclosed garden and large patio. Parking (3 cars). Shared use of owner’s games room with snooker table (young children must be supervised). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • The Great House - The Chatham

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: 30164

    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, and only 250 yards from the seafront, this character Grade ll listed Great House offers two wonderful apartments which can be booked independently or together. This period property has been restored retaining many original features, and has been furnished and decorated to a very good standard. The Chatham (ref 30164) is on three floors, with the living accommodation on the first and second floor and has the most stunning views from the living room and large decked terrace, (an ideal place in which to wine and dine), all the way down the Chesil Beach and Heritage Coast to Portland. Visitors can park, which is prime in Lyme Regis, in the outside gated courtyard. From the doorstep, guests can be in the thriving heart of this picturesque town, with a short walk to the sandy beach and harbour, or spend pleasant evenings strolling along the famous Cobb taking in one of the many restaurants and pubs. The children will love the opportunity to do some fossil hunting, crabbing, boating, swimming or fishing, or for all the family wandering around the local shops in this quaint town. The whole of the famous World Heritage Coast beckons, from Exmouth to the west and Weymouth and Portland to the east, then visit West Bay, scene of the TV series Broadchurch, the Craft Centre at Broadwindsor, many family attractions at Weymouth or perhaps some great scenic coastal walking, maybe to the top of Golden Cap with its panoramic views and a call into the local pub. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with shared en-suite Jack ’n’ Jill shower room and toilet. Second floor: Living room with oak floor/dining room/kitchen with oak floor. 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed courtyard. Decked terrace. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Harcombe House - Woodhouse

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: DQQ

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Fourteen steps to entrance: ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor, door to garden and modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Twin bedroom.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer by meter reading
    • Dishwasher
    • Grassed area with garden furniture
    • Parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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  • Iridium

    Christchurch

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DDDD

    This superb ‘boutique-style’ town house is in a wonderful location, only yards from the edge of Christchurch harbour and forming part of an exclusive gated development within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Spa Hotel. Alex Aitken’s Michelin star renowned ‘The Jetty’ restaurant is also within the grounds (advance booking recommended), and the facilities of the hotel, including the restaurant, bar and spa facilities are available to guests (two complimentary passes are allocated per day for the indoor pool, the salt room sauna and gym). Other services that the hotel is able to offer are catering, room service and dry cleaning – all to be booked in advance direct with the owner if required. Set over four floors, this unique holiday property has been designed to take advantage of the far-reaching views over the harbour towards Hengistbury Head and across to The Needles on the Isle of Wight. There are terraces and balconies to enjoy al fresco dining whilst savouring the lovely views. Tastefully and stylishly furnished throughout, Iridium offers contemporary light and airy accommodation suitable for couples and families. It is a great base from which to explore the numerous attractions within easy reach including the coast, with beaches at Bournemouth and Poole, Salisbury with its medieval cathedral, Marwell Zoological Park, and further afield, New Forest Owl and Otter Park, Monkey World, Beaulieu in the New Forest, The Tank Museum near Wool, and Southampton with its maritme history and extensive retail shopping, plus ferries to the Isle of Wight. Beach 400 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Utility. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, bi-fold doors to balcony and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to second floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to third floor: Spacious living room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony.

    • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair on request
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Blu-ray
    • MP3 connection
    • Steam oven
    • Teppanyaki table
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wine fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Balconies (two with furniture)
    • Communal grounds with terraces and seating
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional visitor parking for 1 car
    • Two complimentary passes per day for use of hotel’s indoor swimming pool, salt room and gym
    • Catering, room service and dry cleaning at cost by prior arrangement direct with the owner
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Grounds lead to water’s edge

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  • Highview

    Swanage

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: 23518

    Stunning views over Swanage Bay can be enjoyed from the large decked elevated terrace. This detached house is one of a pair of holiday homes set out upside down with the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views. Highview is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the Blue Flag beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops and pubs and the ever popular Swanage Steam Railway. The town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline, and dotted around are many pretty village including Corfe Castle, Langton Matravers, East Lulworth with its 17th century castle, West Lulworth with its famous natural cove and across the hill is Durdle Door. Nearby is the ever popular Monkey World and The Tank Museum which make great family days out. Poole boasts the second biggest natural harbour in the world and from here you can take the ferry to NT Brownsea island with its red squirrels. Shops and pubs 150 yards. Can be booked with property ref 23517 to accommodate 17 guests.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. 2 bathrooms with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet.

    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. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room in garage (unheated) with table tennis and table football. No smoking. NB: Stairs from first floor to decking area. Steps to games room.

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  • Leam House

    Portland

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    5
    Ref: 29250

    Situated in the heart of Portland, this terraced house is an excellent holiday location to enjoy the best of west Dorset, from Swanage in the east, all the way to Lyme Regis, and taking in some breathtaking coastal views over the famous Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach. Formerly a bed and breakfast, this lovely, well-appointed holiday home is set over three floors and offers four bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The property also has a garden with a heated hot tub to relax in after a day out. There is a wealth of activities to enjoy, including walking and cycling along the miles of coastal footpaths, swimming, diving, windsurfing, boating and fishing. Weymouth, 3 miles, has a Georgian seafront, sandy beach, RSPB nature reserves, Sea Life Centre and many restaurants, cafes and shops. Spend exciting days out visiting Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens. A trip along the coastal road to Bridport and West Bay is well worth it for its stunning scenery, taking in Burton Bradstock on the way, and then on to the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Going west, visit scenic locations such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, calling in at Corfe Castle (NT). Inland, there are many historic houses, Dorchester, with its market, and further afield, the abbey town of Sherborne. Beach ¼ mile. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Second living room/kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 double (5ft) bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. Six Freeview TVs. DVDs. Blu-ray. Playstation 3. Electricity/gas range. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to decked patio and garden.

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  • Harcombe House - Lyme

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DQN

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    Six steps to entrance. Living room with sofa-bed (for +2), rugs on wooden floor and French door to garden. Dining room. Modern fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer by meter reading
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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  • 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

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  • Southwood

    Walkford, near Highcliffe

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC877

    This well-presented, detached chalet bungalow offers a comfortable base for families or couples, and is located in a quiet residential area, with private drive and an enclosed garden that surrounds the property on three sides. It is conveniently situated near Highcliffe Castle, as seen on the TV series ’Mr Selfridge’, and less than a 15-minute walk from the beach and Highcliffe town centre. The popular priory town of Christchurch, with its bustling harbour and waterside dining, is only 3 miles away, as is Mudeford, with a popular beach where there is a ferry that runs from the quay to neighbouring Christchurch and to Mudeford Sandbanks, a spot of land adjoining Hengistbury Head. Mudeford Quay is a calm area of water and is popular for sailing and windsurfing enthusiasts. 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.
    Bournemouth is about 8 miles away, with its cosmopolitan feel, and has a long pier, beautiful parks and gardens, seaside attractions, a multitude of bars, pubs and eateries, a cinema, theatre, shops and vibrant nightlife, as well as The Bournemouth International Centre (BIC), Oceanarium and Russell-Coates Art Gallery and Museum, making it a popular destination for all ages. Bournemouth and Poole are also known for their award winning beaches. Other popular places to visit are Adventure Wonderland, which has one of Europe’s largest hedge mazes, Swanage, Studland Bay, Brownsea Island, Knoll Gardens, Avon Heath Country Park and Furzey Gardens, Salisbury with its medieval cathedral and Marwell Zoo with Peppa Pig World.
    Further afield, are Winchester Cathedral, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Monkey World, The Tank Museum near Wool, Beaulieu Museum, Exbury Gardens and the New Forest National Park, which is only a 15-minute drive, with miles of scenic walks, heathland and where ponies roam freely through the villages! Maritime Southampton, with its nautical interest, also has ferry trips over to the Isle of Wight and is worth a visit. There are plenty of activities within a 20-minute drive, include surfing, tennis, rambling, cycling, fishing and water sports. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With 37" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    TV room: With 32" Freeview TV and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric double oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine and CD player.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With corner bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a small, unfenced pond in the garden, 20 yards away.

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  • April’s Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: UKC599


    This delightful Grade II listed house, built in 1865, is situated in Nottington, on the outskirts of the popular seaside resort of Weymouth. It is an excellent holiday home for a large family or two families to enjoy this lovely part of Dorset. It offers ample accommodation with a large living room with a wood burner in an inglenook fireplace, four bedrooms with three being en-suite, and a large garden to relax and unwind in; perhaps with a barbecue when you return from your day out exploring. Its location is ideal for going into Weymouth and spending a day on its award-winning sandy beach, visiting Sea Life Aquarium and Tower, enjoying a boating trip with some fishing, or even a day trip to the Channel Islands.

    On your doorstep, take in some breathtaking scenery on the nearby Chesil Beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and enjoy some superb coastal walking and call in on some wonderful seaside locations, such as Lulworth Cove, Burton Bradstock, West Bay (scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’) and on to the lovely character seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Within easy driving, the nearby Monkey World will provide great family fun, as will the Bovington Tank Museum with its wonderful live displays. Also, visit Corfe Castle, the West Swanage Steam Railway and much more. Dorchester with its many museums, shops and restaurants is close by, or further afield, Poole and Bournemouth have alot to offer. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    3 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, beams and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric double oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Sun room.
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle (no toilet).
    Separate toilet.
    2 staircases to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 4: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with two lawned areas, patio, terrace and garden furniture. Private parking for 8 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 9 steps in the garden.

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