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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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  • 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
    • NB: Pond and fountain in garden. Lake in grounds, 10 yards

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

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: 30667

    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 room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twins, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Central heating included. Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Microwave. Dishwasher.

    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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  • The Kestral

    Sturminster Newton

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: E4135

    Enjoying its own large garden and a beautiful conservation countryside setting, this converted, spacious and tastefully appointed cottage lies midway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum 10 miles. One of three set 2 miles from Sturminster Newton, it is ideally placed for exploring Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Jurassic Coast. The Wessex Ridgeway offers pleasant walking and golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Leam House

    Portland

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    5
    Ref: 29250

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

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

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

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  • 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 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
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Grounds lead to water’s edge

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

    Woolland, nr. 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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  • Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Wriggle View

    Leigh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: DBBM

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 18 guests. Golf and fishing are within easy driving, and yachting, canoeing and sailing are available at Halstock Reservoir. Wriggle View (ref DBBM) offers ‘upside down’ accommodation, whilst Jolliffe (ref DBBK) and Cowleaze (ref DBBL) are of the conventional design. The owners welcome guests to enjoy the farm activities and animals which the children will love. Visit the historic market town of Sherborne, 5 miles, with its castle, abbey and shops, or the chalk ‘Cerne Abbas Giant’. Venture further afield into the thriving county town of Dorchester, 10 miles, with Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Teddy Bear Museum and the world renowned Tutankhamun exhibition. Spend family time visiting Bovington Tank Museum with its fascinating collection of tanks, Monkey World, Weymouth with its picturesque 17th century harbour, Blue Flag beach and sealife centre, and then wander along the Chesil Beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. In south Somerset are many historic houses such as Montacute House, Tintinhull and Forde Abbey. Family attractions include Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with wonderful display of classic and vintage cars, and slightly further afield, Longleat House and Safari Park. Somerset offers many exciting venues including Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the Georgian city of Bath to name a few. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite wet room and toilet. Further double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link, can be twin). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Oak floor throughout.

    • Two Freeview TVs
    • Washing machine
    • Parking (for 4 cars)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry, boot room, washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, shared garden, patio area, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • 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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  • 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 Gatehouse

    Hooke, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    5
    Ref: W41364

    Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

    Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and garden, and you can enjoy the extensive gardens around the moated Manor House and coarse fishing in the lake. The surrounding area is rich in heritage, there is glorious countryside and Chesil Beach to enjoy, walking, boating, fishing, and swimming, or visit Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth with its Timewalk and Sea Life Centre, and the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, all of which will leave one with a memorable holiday. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft zip and link), both with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. 3 shower rooms with toilet, one with bidet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week December-January). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There is a moat with deep water close to the property.

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  • Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    4
    Ref: DXK

    This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and the small market town of Beaminster (2½ miles). Visitors can enjoy the lovely accommodation, unwind by the pool or wander into the village and sample the local public house. It is excellent holiday accommodation for two families to enjoy this wonderful part of Dorset, with its lovely unspoilt countryside and superb scenic coastline stretching from Weymouth to Lyme Regis. Nearby visit the quaint historic town of Beaminster (Thomas Hardy’s ‘Emminster’), and Broadwindsor which has a lovely craft centre where visitors can relax looking at the craft, or wine and dine in the restaurant. Chesil Beach and the Heritage Coast are a must for scenic walking, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, and are truly breathtaking. For some really exhilarating scenic coastal walking, try walking from Seatown up to the top of Golden Cap with views over the whole of Lyme Bay stretching from Torquay to Portland. Call in on West Bay with its pretty harbour and do visit Lyme Regis with its well known Cobb, which was built in the 18th century and became famous as the setting for John Fowles’ ’French Lieutenant’s Woman’. Within easy driving are many family attractions ranging from the Victorian seaside resort of Weymouth with its Sealife, Timewalk, and beach, and for family days out which the children will love, Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool. For the bird lover, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens are a great place to visit, as are the two RSPB nature reserves at Lodmoor and Radipole Lake. Inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its concorde and carrier flight deck are very popular, as are Sherborne Castle, Haynes Motor Museum and many more memorable attractions. Shops 2½ miles and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Lounge with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electricity and electric coal-effect fire in lounge by £1 coin meter. Oil central heating £80per week April-September (£90per week (October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. Private, indoor, heated swimming pool (6m x 3m, depth 1m, to 1m). Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, nr. Abbotsbury

    Grade
    9
    4
    2
    4
    Ref: 25885

    Beach location

    Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Although its location is very private (access is down a narrow, sometimes bumpy track), it is only a 20-minute walk along the coastal path to West Bexington for the nearest pub serving food. A 15-20 minute walk towards Abbotsbury will take you to the sub-tropical gardens, whilst the local shops are 2½ miles away in Abbotsbury. Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are each about 10 miles away. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on account of the local flora and fauna. The walks, views and sunsets are fantastic. Shops 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/conservatory/snug with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin (zip and link, can be double), one with additional (5ft) day bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating from biomass wood pellet fired boiler, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer in external laundry room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Terrace. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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