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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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  • 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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  • White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 31205

    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people (refs 31202, 31203 and 31204, and one for 4 people (ref 31201), a detached lodge cabin for 8 (ref 31205) and an annexe of the owners’ farmhouse (ref 31200) for 6 guests. Each barn conversion comes with its own decked patio out to the front, and the log cabin and wing have their own large garden. There is a games room on site, a duck pond, 2 acres of land to enjoy and a large, Finnish-style, indoor barbecue cabin that seats up to 15 people. The holiday homes can be booked separately or are ideal for guests wishing to book a number of them for getting together.
    If not relaxing on site, then Sherborne with its shops, restaurants, abbey and castle is well worth a visit, as is Dorchester with its Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dinosaur Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Keep Military Museum. Within easy driving distance one can have family outings to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum or wander into south Somerset and explore Glastonbury, Cheddar and onto Bath. If you are looking for some sea time, just south of Dorchester, the children will love Weymouth with its wonderful sandy beach. Perhaps explore from Weymouth, all the way down the coast to the lovely seaside resort of Lyme Regis, taking in the superb, scenic, coastal views along Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Coast, which is not to be missed. There is a wealth of attractions to be seen in this popular area, and you will not be short of memorable days out. Beach 18 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. 38" Freeview TV. Gas included. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Step to decked patio.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared, 2-acre natural woodland grounds. Shared barbecue. Two shared portable barbecues. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with table football, table tennis and book/DVD library. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large, fenced duck pond in grounds.

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  • The Cider Press

    Watton, near Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: DAAT

    In the small hamlet of Watton, 11/4 miles from the beach at Eype and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this lovely, upside down 1870s barn conversion has a spacious upstairs with vaulted ceiling, wooden floors and beams and is ideal for exploring from Lyme Regis to Weymouth. Surrounded by footpaths, West Bay is a short walk across fields or a 5-minute drive. This beautiful, popular fishing port has many attractions, pubs and restaurants. Superb for coastal walking, fossil hunting, swimming, boating, golf, fishing, riding and quaint seaside resorts. Shop 3/4 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

    Four bedrooms, each with TV/DVD; two double, one twin, one single (for +1) with additional 2ft 6in pull-out bed (for +1 child). Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Large living/dining room with kitchen area, door to balcony, vaulted beamed ceiling and oak wood floor.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor in wet room), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Five Freeview/Freesat TVs
    • Five DVDs
    • CD
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Please note: This property has a security deposit of £200.

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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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  • Harcombe House - Lyme

    Harcombe Bottom, near 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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  • Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DUS

    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
    The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS and DWS). Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden or courtyard with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
    There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
    A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay and there is also horse riding nearby within 5 miles. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.

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

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

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Pet(s) free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds

    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Shared gardens and grounds of 10 acres including children’s play area (suitable for children under ten)
    • Shared large games barn with pool table and table tennis
    • Enclosed play area with Wendy house, suitable for children under five, situated in the courtyard opposite games barn entrance

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  • Quarr Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: UKC661

    In a great location in west Dorset, just outside Bridport, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and near Lyme Regis, this detached family home has two four poster bedrooms (one en-suite) and lovely views over rolling countryside. The old market town of Bridport, with its weekly markets, is on your doorstep, as is West Bay, scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’. Wander around its quaint harbour, or enjoy some boating, fishing, fossil hunting or simply soaking up the lovely seaside atmosphere. All along the coast you can find little seaside resorts, such as Eype, Seatown, Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Seaton. There is wonderful, scenic coastal walking to be had around this superb coastline, with perhaps a walk up to the top of Golden Cap, the highest cliff in the south, where panoramic views can be found. Within easy driving, visit Forde Abbey and Gardens, sample local wine at Salway Ash, or maybe view some local craft at Broadwindsor Craft Centre and enjoy scones and tea afterwards. Further afield, family attractions include Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Pecorama at Beer, Weymouth with its Sea Life Centre and Jurassic Skyline tower, or Crealy Great Adventure Park near Exeter. Fishing and clay shooting can be found just ¼ of a mile away. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With double electric oven, gas hob, American style fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With four poster kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, TV (for DVDs only) and CD player.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With four poster kingsize bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 4: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request), Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and gas barbecue. Sitting-out area at front. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: No hen/stag parties. There are 7 steps and slopes in the garden.

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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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  • 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. Venn Orchard is in a superb scenic countryside setting and yet is ideal for exploring the best of west Dorset. Situated on a working farm for sheep and horses, this single-storey cottage is dog friendly and in a great location for dog walking. it also has 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.
    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 together 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.

    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. Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and portable barbecue. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    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 can be double bed on request) 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
    • No smoking
    • 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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  • Ronaldo

    Margaret Marsh

    Grade
    8
    4
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    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 Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Beatrice House

    Woolland, near Blandford Forum

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 30669

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

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

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

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

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