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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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  • The Coach House

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    10
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: DZW

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

    Large, beamed living room with French doors/dining room with stone floor. Two sitting-rooms, one beamed with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace and TV. Large, well-equipped kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft, four-poster bed. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Bunk bedroom with single bed above double and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom with wash basin. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full gas central heating included
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Radio/CD
    • Gas Aga included
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small gravelled garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars); additional roadside parking

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

  • Fryermayne

    Broadmayne

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: E3237

    Amidst peace and rural seclusion, yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester, this spacious and very comfortable house stands on the owners’ 160-acre working farm. Converted from the former stables and adjoining two farm cottages, it offers accommodation of a very high standard and has a cosy woodburner (logs included) and range-style cooker with double oven. Equally suitable for less mobile guests, it has wheelchair access, a ground floor bedroom and shower room with grab rails. It makes a wonderfully relaxing base from which to explore Dorset’s lovely Hardy country and nearby Jurassic coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadmayne village, 0.5 miles, boasts a pub and shop, and Dorchester offers a myriad delights including four museums, a Roman villa and Maiden Castle. The coast, 3 miles, has been awarded World Heritage status - an area extending from beyond Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour, with glorious scenery, walks and beaches as well as plenty of fossil hunting. Inland, attractions as varied as the Cerne Abbas Giant and Bovington Tank Museum invite exploration, a network of footpaths and bridleways starts from the door. Golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. This property has received a 4 star Gold Award grading from Visit England. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two cots. Travel cot. Two high chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room with table tennis and table football. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

  • Bay View

    Swanage

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    2
    Ref: W43498

    This lovely, bright, detached, reverse-level holiday home benefits from superb, extensive sea views across Swanage Bay and across to the Isle of Wight, which can be seen from a large, decked, elevated terrace. There are beautiful, Italian tiled floors throughout the whole house and it offers a superb base for all that Swanage and Dorset have to offer. The property is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops, pubs and the ever popular Swanage Steam Railway, and the town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline. Dotted around are many pretty villages, including Corfe Castle (NT), Langton Matravers, East Lulworth with its 17th-century castle, West Lulworth with its famous natural cove and Durdle Door across the hill. 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 Brownsea Island (NT) with its red squirrels. Shops, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional single, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Electricity underfloor central heating and electric heaters included (controlled by owner). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Wii and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

  • The Retreat

    Uploders, Bridport

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    4
    Ref: DGN

    Within 3 miles of the beach, this Grade II listed, thatched former barn offers spacious, very comfortable accommodation and a good range of facilities, including its own indoor heated swimming pool and games room. Sympathetically converted and very well equipped, it has its own lawned area and patio, and is surrounded by lovely countryside. The ancient town of Bridport
    (2 miles), once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’, and holds a twice-weekly market in its broad streets. At West Bay (3 miles) there are fishing trips and rowing boats for hire. At Seaton (6 miles), the lush Winniford Valley opens to an unspoilt beach of golden shingle, shelving steeply to sand at low tide. To the west of the beach, the Dorset Coast Path climbs to Golden Cap – at 626ft the highest point on the southern coast, with superb views along the coastline. The National Trust owns 2,000 acres of land here, offering 15 miles of footpaths for walkers. Ten miles away is the attractive seaside town of Lyme Regis. Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion gives a good picture of the town in the early 19th-century, and its history is displayed in the local museum. The ancient town of Dorchester (14 miles), built on the site of the Roman town, has much of historical interest: the remains of a Roman town house and a mosaic in Colliton Park, the old county court where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried, and Thomas Hardy’s study in the Dorset County Museum. Shops 2 miles.

    Large hall/study with full-length windows. Dining room with additional TV and steps down to sun room. Spacious sitting-room with electric fire and French doors to patio and courtyard. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Utility room. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two pretty double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Small children’s twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Second twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity fire and electricity by £1 slot meter
    • Full oil central heating £90 Summer, £100 Winter (including pool heating) per week, (Short breaks, Winter and Summer £29 - 2 days, £43- 3 days, £56 - 4 days) poa
    • Bed linen included
    • Towels £2 per person per week on request
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs
    • Video
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • W-fi
    • Payphone
    • Lawned garden area with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (27ft x 14ft)
    • Games room with table tennis and pool table

  • Woodbrook Cottage

    Bothenhampton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    10
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: 16653

    Woodbrook Cottage lies in the charming village of Bothenhampton 1 mile from West Bay, which is where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed. Woodbrook sits in a tranquil rural setting with views of the peaceful countryside, where deer and other wildlife abound. A mile away the World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers access to the South West Coast Path’s stunning scenery. Woodbrook provides a perfect holiday base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local harbours and Chesil beach nearby, the location is perfect for walking, swimming or fishing. Fossil hunt at nearby Charmouth, or walk along the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis. Spend a day at Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where during April and May, guests can walk alongside the baby swans. Visit Weymouth’s sandy beaches, Wareham’s Monkey World, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Bovington Tank Museum, the options are endless. Further afield is the Eden Project, Wookey Hole Caves, Tintagel Castle, Paignton Zoo and many NT houses and land. ’The region is fizzing with great food and great places to eat it’ (Rick Stein), and ’This is the only place you’d ever want to come on holiday’ (David Tennant). Woodbrook offers comfort with an American-style fridge/freezer, a 42’’ Freesat plasma TV with DVD and a fine, sumptuous French double bed and a 4-poster bed; each bedroom has a Freeview TV with DVD. Experience Woodbrook’s countryside seclusion just ’a stone’s throw’ away from the seaside and town amenities. There is also a children’s playground 110 yards away and 1 mile to the golf course for golf enthusiasts. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Shower room. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, (one four poster), one with additional single (for child up to 6 years), 2 twin, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£40per week, £30 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and two high chairs on request. 42’’ Freesat plasma TV. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs and small library. iPod dock. Electric Range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard garden with Wendy house and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

  • Higher Farm Barn

    Milborne Wick

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: DZD

    This 17th-century converted barn adjacent to the owner’s home lies in the quaint hamlet of Milborne Wick on the Somerset/Dorset border, 3 miles north of the historic town of Sherborne. It stands detached in grounds of approximately 1 acre and offers spacious accommodation, ideal for large family groups to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many other attractions to be found in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Lovely country walks, village pubs, golf, horse racing at Wincanton and fishing are all nearby, and within easy driving distance there is a diversity of family attractions to visit, such as Longleat House and Safari Park, magnificent steam railways, the fascinating array of vintage motor cars at the Haynes Motor Museum, and Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its aviation history, including Concorde. Spend days out exploring the history of Somerset in many historic houses such as Montacute, Barrington Court and Forde Abbey and Gardens, or take a scenic exhilarating walk to the top of the enchanting Glastonbury Tor. The Georgian City of Bath with its many splendid museums, Roman baths, abbey, shops and restaurants is well worth a visit, or in Dorset one can explore Cerne Abbas, with the renowned Cerne Giant, down to the market town of Dorchester, the bustling seaside town of Weymouth with its superb beach and port, and then on to the Chesil Beach and the famous stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is truly a great location to suit a variety of holiday needs for all. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Large galleried hall with floor-to-ceiling feature glass window. Large beamed living room with central wood-burning stove dividing room into further sitting room with games area with piano and pool/table tennis table. Spacious dining room. Beamed kitchen with slate floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bunk bedroom with 2ft 6in beds (for +2 children). Family shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking

  • Woodyhyde Courtyard

    Corfe Castle, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    12
    6
    3
    5
    Ref: DZH

    Occupying a secluded rural position within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Purbecks, Woodyhyde Courtyard is a large detached, single-storey holiday property with its own leisure facilities including heated indoor swimming pool and sauna with changing room, shower and toilet. In the games room there is a TV with Sky sports and movies, table tennis, a pool table and table football. There is also a gym (adults only) and outside a large enclosed field ideal for ball games or a picnic.
    This is excellent walking country – four footpaths lead from the grounds over open countryside, from where they link up with a magnificent network of paths, including the spectacular Dorset Coast Path just 3 miles away. The historic stone village of Corfe Castle is just 1½ miles away, where visitors will find the ruins of a National Trust castle, and a collection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The scenic Swanage Steam Railway passes through the valley close to the farm – a trip aboard is bound to be a memorable experience. Swanage Bay, with its sandy beach, is just 4½ miles away and the magnificent countryside and sandy beaches of the Studland Peninsula lie just 7 miles distant. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

    Large beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling. Well-equipped kitchen, vaulted ceiling and French doors to patio. Four steps down to utility leading to pool, sauna, gym and games room. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and day bed (for alternative sleeping only); one with en-suite bathroom with toilet, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Three TVs (two satellite, Sky sports & movies)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Landscaped gardens with patios and furniture
    • ½-acre games field
    • Ample parking
    • Private indoor heated swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Gym room with equipment (adults only)
    • Games room with TV, table tennis, pool table and table football

  • Coombehayes Barn

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: DQS

    With exclusive use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool, this spacious property offers well-equipped holiday accommodation, just 1½ miles from the sea and the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis. With a large secluded garden (south-facing with lovely views), it boasts a tranquil yet convenient location, just a stroll away from Uplyme village green (with playground and tennis court) and friendly village pub and post office. This is an ideal base from which to explore the beaches and spectacular footpaths along the World Heritage coastline.
    In Lyme Regis you can visit the Dinosaur Museum, working watermill, small theatre and cinema, or simply enjoy the winding streets of the old quarter, with its numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The Cobb, surrounding the ancient harbour, is famous for its literary connections, featuring in both Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowle’s novel and film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. There is no end of interesting places within easy reach by car: go fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, take the miniature train at Beer or tram at Seaton, explore Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge (Dorchester), or pay a visit to Forde Abbey and a host of NT sites. Outdoor activities to be enjoyed locally include walking amid this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golf, sailing, horse riding, fishing and bird-watching. Shops and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen with slate floor. Utility room/kitchenette. Separate toilet. Games room. Step to 2 double (6ft) bedrooms, one (zip and link, can be twin) with two additional singles (accessed via ladder and stairgate), both with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four-poster), 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cots. High chairs. Two TVs (one 47’’ satellite, one Freeview for Playstation and Wii). DVD. Selection of books and games. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Pay-as-you-go mobile phone. Large enclosed garden with patio, furniture and play equipment. Barbecue. Ample parking/garage. Indoor heated swimming pool (24ft x 13ft). Games room with table football, Playstation, Wii and two Xbox’s. No smoking.

  • Mill House

    Maiden Newton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    12
    6
    0
    3
    Ref: W44038


    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth, Portland and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This property adjoins the former mill and has been lovingly restored to make a great holiday home to accommodate up to 12 guests. It offers two living rooms, one with flagstone flooring and a woodburner, and the other with an open fire, the kitchen/dining room has a large table for 12, and there are 6 bedrooms, as well as a games room.
    Perfectly located in the village, Mill House has easy access to the local shops, pubs and all facilities. Within easy driving, one can spend the day exploring the county town of Dorchester with its many family attractions, ranging from The Dorset County Museum, Dinosaur Museum, Tutankhamun Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors and of course its many restaurants and shops. Further afield, perhaps spend a day out enjoying Monkey World and The Tank Museum, some walking along this famous scenic coastline around Lulworth Cove or the Chesil Beach, and on to Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Nearby, Weymouth with its sandy beach, offers a huge range of sporting activities from boating, sailing, swimming, windsurfing and fishing, or maybe a trip on the ferry to Guernsey or France. Inland, one can visit Sherborne with its two castles, the Cerne Abbas giant engraved on the hill and many historical places, such as Athelhampton House and Gardens, Minterne Gardens, Mapperton House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens. Along with lovely country walks, beautiful country scenery and village pubs, there will be much for everyone to enjoy in this lovely part of West Dorset. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and tiled floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Games room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room and open fire in second living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32’’ Freeview TV. DVD. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Yawl House

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: W43467

    A Georgian house with six bedrooms and a lovely conservatory overlooking a large lawned garden. This holiday property is adjacent to the owner’s home and offers excellent, comfortable accommodation for families to meet up and enjoy this wonderful area. The main bedroom also has the added benefit of a TV. The parking is allocated to 4 cars but a 5th space can be arranged by prior arrangement with the owner. In a great location, it lies 1 mile outside the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its wonderful walks and scenery. Within a short drive you can be in the heart of Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour, sandy beach, renowned Cobb where you can fossil hunt, fish, swim, go boating or simply wander around the quaint shops and restaurants in this characterful resort. The Heritage coast itself has many smaller seaside resorts you can visit, stretching from Exmouth in the west, or all the way to Weymouth and Portland in the east, taking the scenic coast road from West Bay and Bridport, with its superb views overlooking the Chesil Beach. There is a wealth of family activities and attractions to enjoy, ranging from the donkey sanctuary, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, to Crealey Adventure Park near Exeter, and south Somerset, with its Fleet Air Arm Museum, all of which are within easy reach. You will certainly have plenty to do - perhaps taking the dogs walking along the coastal path and climbing up Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England. On your return, enjoy relaxing barbecue outside. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area and tiled floor. Conservatory. Utility room. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Two separate staircases to first floor: 6 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft, one 5ft), 4 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs (one 50", one 48"). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Aga. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Large lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: 7 steps in garden.

  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    12
    4
    3
    3
    Ref: DTJ

    "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 spacious ground floor property with its own large garden. Spacious beamed living/dining room with gas fire in ornamental fireplace, very high ceilings and Purbeck stone floor. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, each with TV. Double bedroom with TV and additional bunk beds (for +2). Twin bedroom (zip & link beds) with additional bunk beds (for +2) and TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Underfloor heating (except kitchen and one double bedroom, which have central heating)
    • Two cots
    • Widescreen TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven
    • Washer/dryer
    • Additional freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Dishwasher
    • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Charcoal barbecue
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Friday to Friday

    • 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

  • Purcombe Farmhouse

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    12
    6
    3
    3
    Ref: 28458

    In the heart of West Dorset, on a working farm, situated in the beautiful Marshwood Vale only 2½ miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Lyme Regis to the west and Bridport and West Bay to the east, this large, semi-detached farmhouse for 12 offers a great holiday location to escape from the pressures of life and unwind in this wonderful area. Purcombe Farmhouse offers spacious accommodation for 2 to 3 families. Outside one can sit undercover and enjoy a barbecue or al fresco meal with some wine, and the families can relax in the large garden with its lawn and lovely views over the Marshwood Vale. Within easy driving there is much to do; exploring the seaside resorts along this scenic coast, taking in Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype, West Bay, Abbotsbury and on to Weymouth and Portland Bill. Perhaps some coastal walking, maybe up to the top of Golden Cap with its fantastic views over Lyme bay, followed by a hearty meal and refreshment in Chideock. There is swimming, fossil hunting, boating, fishing and golf along the coast or inland attractions such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Yeovil Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and so much more to have a memorable gathering, be it family or friends. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room with wooden floor. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Two separate toilets. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 3 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and second living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVDs. CD. Two electric cookers. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. 5-seater hot tub. Table tennis. Table football. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps in garden.

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