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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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  • Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    17
    9
    2
    9
    Ref: W44119

    In the small village of Winterborne Abbas, in west Dorset’s Hardy Country, this large, 300 year old, former guest house is conveniently located next to the main road, making an ideal base for venturing out on day trips and exploring this wonderful area. Churchview House offers great accommodation for 17 guests, which is excellent for family or group gatherings. The house offers 2 living rooms, a large dining area with open fires, and 9 bedrooms, of which 8 are en-suite, all with TV’s the other having a bathroom next door. It is in an ideal location near Dorchester (4 miles) which is the county town of Dorset, and Bridport (10 miles) and West Bay (12 miles). The amazing Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon is 5 miles with many water sports available. Travelling a short distance along the causeway, you can enjoy stunning views from Portland and the famous Portland Bill Lighthouse, all the way over to Lyme Bay, and along this famous stretch of English coastline, now designated as the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its superb coastal walking and scenery. Within easy driving distance, enjoy family days out at Weymouth with its stunning, award-winning sandy beach which the children will love, visit the Sea Life Adventure Park and Sea Life Tower, or perhaps try some windsurfing in Portland harbour. There are many attractions in this lovely part of the world; Dorchester has many museums, there is the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World, Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens. Further west, enjoy a day out taking in the famous Cob and harbour at Lyme Regis with its beach and quaint shops. Sherborne, Poole (28 miles) and Wareham (22 miles) are also worth visiting for many further attractions. Beach 5 miles. Shop and restaurant 2½ miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room 1: With 40” Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to patio.
    Dining room: With two open fires, drinks fridge and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, range, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, beams and tiled floor.
    First Floor:
    Living room 2: With 40” Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 6: With single bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Two staircases (one steep) to...
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 7: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 8: With double bed, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 9: With twin beds, Freeview TV, DVD player and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Parking for 7 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps into the garden.

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  • The Old Tithe Barn

    Litton Cheney, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    18
    9
    3
    9
    Ref: DCCD

    Within 2 miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast and between West Bay and Portland Bill, this Grade II 13th-century stone tithe barn, situated in Litton Cheney on a working farm, has been restored and extended to provide excellent detached character accommodation for eighteen guests, in this sought after part of West Dorset. It offers a great location for enjoying this holiday area, and boasts nine en-suite bedrooms (five doubles and four twins), each with TV, and a large kitchen, ideal for self catering with a large group. The original stone barn, now a very impressive vaulted and beamed living/dining room, comfortably accommodates eighteen. There is plenty of room for all; guests can relax and unwind in the large garden, the children can play in the games room equipped with pool table, there is fishing (by arrangement with the owner) in the 2-acre coarse fishing lake, or simply wander down to the village pub to wine and dine, or enjoy some glorious country walking.
    Within a few minutes’ drive is Chesil Beach at Burton Bradstock which stretches for 17 miles from Portland to West Bay and is a unique shingle ridge and natural beauty spot. The pebbles on the beach are said to increase in size from east to west, the largest being at Portland where a centre for wind and kitesurfing can also be found. West Bexington and Abbotsbury are a short drive away with opportunities for swimming and fishing. Abbotsbury is home to the swannery which is a popular family attraction for holidaymakers and where visitors can walk amidst colonies of nesting mute swans in a natural wildlife habitat. Originally established by Benedictine monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury, the swannery was used to provide food for their banquets and has been featured in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, which were established in the 1700s by the Countess of Ilchester, are another place of interest to visit. Magnolia and camelia collections are of particular note as well as rhododendrons and hydrangeas; a gift shop, restaurant and plant centre complete the facilities for a good day out. There is much to see and do in Dorset for families, especially at Weymouth, a short drive away, which offers many attractions ranging from the Sea Life Museum, Deep Sea Adventure to the Time Walk, or visit Dorchester with its many attractions and shops. Further afield, family days out include Wool with its Tank Museum and Monkey World, or admire the natural arch of Durdle Door and the almost circular cove of Lulworth on the way to Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. To the west one can see the magnificent World Heritage Coast and visit West Bay, Eype, Charmouth and of course the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its pretty harbour and Cobb. Shop 3 miles and pub 400 yards.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and corner bar. Large kitchen with walk-in larder and stone floor. Games room. Three twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor (three staircases): Five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full woodchip pellet central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • 32’’ widescreen Freeview TV
    • Nine further Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with pool table
    • Fishing available at cost by arrangement
    • Catering by arrangement with owner
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Lake on farm

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  • Armswell House

    Plush, nr. Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    18
    7
    2
    5
    Ref: DQT

    Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
    The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

    Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

    • Open fires – fuel included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (plug-in oil-filled rads in attic bedrooms), bed linen and towels included
    • Two travel cots
    • Two high chairs
    • Two TVs (Teletext)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Access to 650 acres of farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 7 cars)
    • Private hot tub
    • Games room with table tennis and pool table
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

    Note: Armswell House (DQT) and The Stables (DXS) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

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  • Hooke Court

    Hooke, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    23
    11
    0
    9
    Ref: DND

    Dating mainly from the 17th century, with some parts much older, this fine spacious, moated manor house, with its own large garden, was formerly owned by the Dukes of Bolton and the Earl of Sandwich. Now part of an educational complex, it has been modernised, yet retains its character and charm and serves as a memorable venue for large family and group re-unions. Boasting eleven bedrooms (8 with en-suite facilities), an elegant drawing room with open fire, a dining room and a games room, it has its own garden. Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway, and close to the spectacular Dorset coastline, Hooke Court is just 10½ miles from West Bay (formerly Bridport Harbour), and is within easy reach of both pebbly Chesil Beach and Golden Cap cliff. Looking back further into the past than Hardy’s timeless ‘Wessex’, there are traces of Roman and pre-Roman culture ready to be explored. With Maiden Castle, Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and Cerne Abbas – home to the well-endowed Cerne Giant cut into a steep chalk hillside, well worth visiting. For days out, a pilgrimage to Hardy’s birthplace (NT), his school, his home and Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried, is a rewarding experience. Whilst locally, the district surrounding Beaminster has its own rich heritage and is home to a notable Tudor manor house - Mapperton Gardens, the main location for the BBC’s Tom Jones. Close by is Eggardon’s hill fort, 3 nature reserves, fishing, walking and sailing. Roman town of Dorchester (with weekly market), 13 miles. Golf course at Crewkerne. Shops and pubs
    3½ miles.

    Reception hall. Drawing room with open fire and door to garden. Dining room. Kitchen with range-style cooker. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Five twin bedrooms, one with additional bunk beds (for +2). Second floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Old chapel games room. All first floor bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and toilet or shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel included
    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October – April £250 per week poa)
    • Bed linen included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Range-style cooker included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Additional fridge
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with picnic benches
    • Parking (for 10 cars)
    • Games room with one table tennis table
    • No smoking
    • NB: Moat in garden

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  • Purbeck Vineyard

    Harmons Cross, nr. Corfe Castle

    Grade
    25
    10
    2
    11
    Ref: DBBJ

    This large detached holiday home is located in the village of Harmans Cross, between the Jurassic Coastline, a designated World Heritage Site, and the picture postcard village of Corfe Castle. The vineyard was established in 2000 and has some 3000 vines. The on-site winery enables the wine grapes to be harvested, pressed and vinified into wine that truly is chateau bottled. Tours can be organised by prior arrangement. Food hampers, casks and ½ casks of local beer and wine can be pre-ordered. The bedrooms are inviting, unique and individual - designed with relaxation in mind; they all feature hand sprung mattresses, deep baths or spectacular power showers. Many of the rooms have balconies overlooking the vineyard, steam railway and views of the panoramic Purbeck Hills. This accommodation has been furnished using the finest contemporary fabrics, fittings and furniture.
    The Swanage steam railway can be seen passing by along the bottom of the valley close to the vineyard and one of the stops is at nearby Harmans Cross station. The line runs from NT Corfe Castle along to Swanage. The seaside town of Swanage is popular all year around, with the coastal paths, Dulston Country Park, a sandy beach, promenade and small pier. Activities which can be enjoyed locally include horse riding, sailing, golf, tennis, diving, windsurfing and sea fishing. There is also an RSPB reserve at Arne near the Saxon town of Wareham. Popular places to visit include Blue Pool, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, NT Brownsea Island, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum. A little further a field are the larger seaside resorts of Sandbanks, Bournemouth and Weymouth. The Sealife Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Athelhampton House and Gardens are easily accessible. Garage/shop 550 yards. Shops, pubs and local restaurant 1 mile.

    Library/foyer with comfy seats and space for wet boots. Living room with open fire and patio doors. Second living room with bar area. Dining room with large extendable mahogany tables. Large renovated well-equipped kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional cabin bed (for
    +1 child under 10 yrs) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, leading to two additional single beds (for +2), with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two separate toilets. First floor: Five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, French doors to balcony and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with four poster bed and larger balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1), additional cabin bed (for +1 child under 10 yrs) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed leading to twin bedroom (for +2) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, shower attachment and toilet. All bedrooms with TV. All balconies with views of vineyard and other rooms with views of Purbeck Hills.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three cots and two high chairs on request
    • TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Wii
    • Double cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • American-style fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • 1½-acre lawned garden with terrace and furniture
    • Balconies
    • 2½-acre vineyard (tours by arrangement)
    • Ample parking
    • Games area with Xbox and Wii
    • External games room with table tennis and air hockey
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge (must be kept on lead)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Ball water feature and
      fountain in garden

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