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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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  • Oakdene

    Bournemouth

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 29180

    Ideal for coast and country

    Oakdene, a 1905 detached cottage, lies in a quiet residential area 5 miles from Bournemouth’s sea front with its pier and outstanding beach. There are a number of nature reserves close by, one of 40 acres just a short walk away. Nearby Boscombe Chine Gardens offer a good mix of flower beds, grassy areas and a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees, growing on steep banks on either side of the Chine. In addition to the wildlife, there is also a water themed play area, crazy golf and a cafe. Hengistury Head is 7 miles away; not only a nature reserve, it is a place where archaeology has been ongoing for many years. Bournemouth can be enjoyed by all, with the Town Gardens, Oceanarium, theatre, many shops, bars and restaurants. In summer, there are activities in the gardens and on the beaches to entertain children, and bands play in the gardens. 8 miles from the cottage is Poole, which boasts being the second largest natural harbour in the world, and with Sandbanks, a peninsula, being one of the most expensive pieces of land - some notable footballers and their families have bought properties on this spit. A short drive takes you to the New Forest National Park with its famous wild ponies, or head for the Purbecks and enjoy coastal walks and pretty villages. Christchurch is nearby with castle and harbour, or visit Beaulieu in the New Forest, with the National Motor Museum, home to a stunning collection of automobiles through the ages. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Utility room. Conservatory. Step up to shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in both living rooms included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Two cable TVs. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Venn Farm Cottages - Venn Orchard

    North Chideock, near Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: W41166

    Unspoilt valley / 2 miles from coast


    Nestling in an unspoilt valley between Bridport and Lyme Regis, 1 mile north of the small village of Chideock and 2 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. These 2 cottages, Venn Orchard, (ref W41166), and Cuckoo Cottage, (ref UKC423), are in a superb scenic countryside setting and yet ideal for exploring the best of west Dorset. Situated on a working farm for sheep and horses, both cottages are single storey while Cuckoo Cottage has an adjoining barn. They are dog friendly in a great location for dog walking, and also both have use of a games room with table tennis, pool table and table football.
    The tranquil setting is ideal for country walking and within easy driving of scenic coastal walking, fishing, boating, golf and fossil hunting. All along the coast are many little seaside resorts to enjoy. In particular Westbay, scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, and not to be missed the picturesque Lyme Regis where you can walk along the famous Cob. There are many family attractions for days out, such as Donkey World at Sidmouth, Forde Abbey and Gardens for a historic treat, Pecorama at Beer, and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. On your return, enjoy a barbecue in the idyllic setting of Venn Farm. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Properties can be booked toghether to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    All on ground floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, satellite TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs, CD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, rayburn cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and French doors to patio.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over spa bath, and toilet.

    Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and portable barbecue.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table, dart board and table football. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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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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  • Newbarn Farmhouse

    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC302

    This holiday property is made up of a large section of the owners’ detached farmhouse and offers a great holiday location for two families to unwind, relax and enjoy this popular area. Situated on a working farm it offers four bedrooms, one en-suite, and a spacious living room, dining room and excellent outside area for all to enjoy a barbecue and peace and quiet. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside and yet within easy reach of Dorchester, Weymouth, the Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
    There is great dog walking and scenic country walks on your doorstep, and nearby village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton. For days out, the county town of Dorchester with its quaint shops and museums is well worth a visit, and Weymouth with its sandy beach, family activities such as boating, fishing, yachting or perhaps Sealife World and the tower will appeal. The children will love Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum, both within easy driving distance, or slightly further explore Corfe Castle, a trip back in time on the Swanage Steam Railway, or simply venture down into the Purbecks and take in some beautiful coastal scenery and Durdle Door. Nearer home you can call in at Cerne Abbas and admire the Giant carved into the hillside, go visit the character abbey town of Sherborne, or maybe venture into south Somerset and have family time at the amazing Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes Classic Car Museum. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    1 step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With open fire, 40" Freeview TV with Amazon Fire TV stick, DVD player, CD player, iPod dock, beams and patio doors leading to garden.
    Dining room: With beams.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, oil rayburn, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize sleigh bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Shared annexe with washing machine. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are slopes and 6 steps in the garden.

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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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  • Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: DTK

    "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 romantic detached ground floor property with its own enclosed garden. Large beamed open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with electric woodburner and French doors to patio. Large double bedroom with contemporary electric fire, LCD TV, free standing roll-top bath with shower attachment and en-suite toilet. Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Bamboo floor in all rooms (except bathrooms).

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Electric woodburner and electric fire included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs - with Freeview
    • Widescreen TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Charcoal barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • Private drive with parking (for 2-3 cars)
    • Wheelchair access
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    • 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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  • 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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  • The Granary

    Piddlehinton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: W43680


    Situated on the owners’ working farm, on the edge of the Piddle Valley, just north of the county town of Dorchester, this spacious, well-equipped holiday barn conversion with a large garden, is an excellent location to enjoy Dorset and all it has to offer. There is excellent walking from the doorstep, village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide, and many family attractions within easy driving. Weymouth with its award winning sandy beach, Sealife Aquarium, perhaps a day trip to France or the Channel Islands, and water activities are a must, or the children will love Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Perhaps explore along the famous Chesil Beach taking in the swans at Abbotsbury Swannery, or calling in along the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast at places such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Portland, West Bay and on to the pretty character seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Nearer home, visit Dorchester, with its character shops, history and places of interest such as Tutankhamun Museum, Teddy Bear Museum and Terracotta Warriors Museum all to be enjoyed. There is certainly plenty for families to have a memorable holiday. Beach 10 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Double electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Farmhouse

    Lytchett Matravers, nr. Poole

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DCCX

    These holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse (ref DCCX) is a semi-detached, typical Dorset farmhouse, Redbridge Barn (ref DDDX) is a unique and impressive, beautifully appointed, period-style, detached farmhouse and Redbridge Stable Cottage (ref DCCY) is a detached property. Providing a rural retreat, these holiday properties are ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. The golden sands of Studland and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island are a short drive away, as is the RPSB nature reserve near Poole Harbour. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is close by, with Durlston, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling. Attractions nearby include Farmer Palmer’s, Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Tower Park and Tyneham Village. Within walking distance there is an on-site equestrian centre, 500 yards, which offers horse riding, and Bulbury Woods golf course is next door. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Large, well-equipped kitchen with Aga, electric cooker and tiled floor. Study/games area. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with seat for disabled and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Further double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Travel cot
    • Five digital TVs
    • DVD
    • Aga
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Ample parking
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with terrace, patio and furniture
    • Shared garden
    • Shared 40-acre grounds (restricted access)
    • Barbecue
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking (including e-cigarettes)
    • NB: Pond and fountain in garden. Lake in grounds, 10 yards

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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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  • The Old Stables

    Leigh, Sherborne

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: DYS


    In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, this converted listed barn is set in an L-shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy’s famous Blackmoor Vale on the other. It offers an excellent holiday base to explore north west Dorset and south Somerset. it has been renovated to a high standard with exposed beams, is tastefully furnished, and has use of a communal games room with a snooker table, table football and darts. Though set on the edge of an organic farm (but in a non working part), the owner would be delighted to show guests around the farm, which is only a short walk away from the cottages. There is also a small flock of sheep and chickens in the cider orchard close by. There is superb country walking on the doorstep, a village shop within walking distance, golf nearby and water activities such as fishing, yachting, boating, sailing and canoeing at Halstock Reservoir. Within easy driving one can visit the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its prototype of Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its fascinating selection of vintage motor cars, and Montacute House and Gardens (one of the many historic houses in the area). To the north into south Somerset, spend days exploring Glastonbury with its famous and enchanting Tor, Wells cathedral city and Bishops Palace, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the Georgian City of Bath with its delightful Roman baths, Pump Room, museums and of course shops and restaurants. Travel south and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Bridport and Weymouth, all offer many attractions, sights and activities to enjoy, or more locally Sherborne Abbey and Castle (5 miles) and Dorchester market town (12 miles) are not too far. Shop 400 yards, pub 1 mile.

    Large, beamed living room. Large, beamed, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric convector heaters and NSH included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Additional TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, furniture and countryside views
    • Barbecue table
    • Access to fields for dog walking
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Shared external games room with snooker table, table football and darts
    • No smoking

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  • Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    4
    Ref: DCCO

    A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with electric Aga and French doors to a decked patio, has a large garden to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Nearby, visit the quaint market town of Beaminster, Mapperton Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre with its crafts, cream teas and restaurant. Within easy driving, there is a wide variety of sand and pebble beaches including Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay, which is where the popular TV series ’Broadchurch’ is filmed. Lyme Regis, famous for the setting of The French Lieutenant’s Woman with its picturesque harbour, Cobb and beach is a must, and offers a host of outdoor activities ranging from coastal walking, boating, sailing, fishing, fossil hunting and golf. The market town of Bridport is 5 miles, with two markets per week and an antique market held on a Saturday. Alternatively, visit some of the other many attractions in this beautiful part of Dorset, such as Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens or the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, several RSPB sanctuaries, Time Walk, Sea Life Centre and Deep Sea Adventure. The cathedral city of Exeter, Dorchester and Poole are all worth a trip. Beach 6 miles, Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, electric Aga (for cooking), French doors to decked patio and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included (winter only), thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, electric underfloor central heating (downstairs), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Electric double Aga included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with decked patio and furnitiure
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 1 step from French doors to patio

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