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England

Holiday cottages in England need little introduction. After all, a cottage break is really the quintessential English holiday, and we think there are few better ways to explore the wonderful history and heritage the country has to offer. But with so many beautiful locations – and so much to see and do – your only problem may be deciding where to enjoy your break. With that in mind we’re going to make a few suggestions for some of our favourite English locations and activities.

Choose one of our featured English cottages in the north and you could explore the unrivalled beauty of the Lakes. This gloriously unspoiled region has been attracting visitors for hundreds of years. In fact, you only have to look at the effect it’s had over some of the country’s most influential poets and artists to gauge its beauty!

Alternatively, the south of England isn’t short of beauty either. Whether its Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline or the sleepy charms of the Cotswolds, you won’t be short of beautiful views and unrivalled tranquillity. Then again, if you like it loud and lively you’ll find some of Europe’s most vibrant urban hotspots to explore and enjoy. London is obviously a huge draw with tourists and holidaymakers but you’re guaranteed a fantastic cosmopolitan experience in some of England’s other major cities too: Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, York, Chester and more all offer wonderful shopping with fine dining and some justly celebrated heritage.

England’s landscape is as varied as it is beautiful, so you won’t be surprised to find it’s suitable for a wealth of different breaks. If you fancy beaches then you’ll be spoiled for choice with the golden sands of Cornwall and Devon, the wild shorelines of Northumberland or the traditional seaside heritage of Great Yarmouth, Brighton and Blackpool. Further inland you have a variety of beautiful wide-open expanses to enjoy, with or without your four-legged friends. From the rolling limestone hills of the Yorkshire Dales to the flats of Somerset, there are walks and to suit all ages and abilities. England’s history is long and varied and there are wonderful heritage attractions located all over the country, from stately homes and castles to museums, railways and festivals. In short, English holiday cottages are suitable for anyone who’s keen to relax and enjoy a wealth of options in some of the most stunning surrounds you could wish for.

If you’re ready to begin your exploration, take a look at our featured holiday cottages in England today.
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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Dairy

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: DDDM

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Wey Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, nr. Maiden Newton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 25872

    Lancombe Lodges are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an AONB in West Dorset and near the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including Chesil Beach. These wooden lodges offer an idyllic retreat amongst a breathtaking landscape of rolling countryside, a perfect base for exploring. Each lodge has its own decked patio where you can chill out after a day out, or relax in the three acres of grounds, enjoy a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool or an invigorating sauna. Broad Lodge guests can also enjoy their own private hot tub. There is also a shared spa room which offers massage and beauty treatments. There are many country walks nearby with natural trails such as the Wessex Ridgeway. For scenic coastal walks, the spectacular Jurassic Coast with stunning views over Lyme Bay is a must. Explore the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay, Charmouth and on to Lyme Regis, taking in some fossil hunting, swimming and boating. Enjoy historic houses such as Athelhampton House and Gardens, Mapperton House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens, and family attractions at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Bovington Tank Museum and Sea Life Centre at Weymouth. Within an easy drive is the county town of Dorchester with shops and restaurants, or further afield the historic town of Sherborne with abbey, the market town of Bridport, Swannage and Poole, or enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding or go-karting. Convenience store on-site. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility on site with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Decked patio and furniture. 3-acres of shared woodland. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (6.75m x 3.65m, depth 1-1.5m) open 8.30am - 8.30pm April-October, 9am - 7.30pm November-March. Shared sauna. Shared spa room. Shared games room with DVDs and small library, book library, air hockey and table-top football table. No smoking.

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  • Moorhead Farm - Jasmine

    Woolsery, nr. Clovelly

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: B6866

    Just 4 miles from the coast
    Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
    Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
    Close to beaches and many local attractions
    Indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna (at cost) and gym
    Games room and separate snooker room (lighting at cost) with full sized table
    9 hole pitch and putt
    One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
    Bar and restaurant (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

    Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples (and older children) set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Located on a 1½-acre, well-stocked coarse fishing lake, with carp weighing up to 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Easter-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
    Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and North Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! and the popular Cornish resort of Bude have fantastic beaches, renowned for excellent surfing, whilst Bude’s vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and Moorhead Farm is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding, paintballing and quad biking are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

    Jasmine is a Family Apartment
    Jasmine is one of Moorhead’s larger 2-bedroomed properties, situated in the grounds, but close to the facilities. Jasmine commands magnificent views over the North Devon countryside, particularly from the living room. Jasmine is a single-storey bungalow situated at the far end of the family apartments: Living room with dining table. Separate kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite cloakroom, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in main complex). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 1m to 2m), open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Sauna (at cost). Games room with pool table (at cost), children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room (lighting at cost). Gym. No smoking. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DFY

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    A two-storey conversion within the old barn. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed, picket-fenced front garden with patio and furniture

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Granary

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DDDQ

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living room with stable door/dining room. Farmhouse-style galley kitchen. All with tiled floor. Separate toilet. Wooden feature turning stairs to first floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed, sea views and wooden floor. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DHV

    "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.

    Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living/dining room with contemporary electric fire. Kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric fire included
    • Dishwasher
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Backs on to shared large enclosed garden area
    • Patio

    • 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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  • Lower Elsford Farm - Stable Corner

    Lustleigh, near Bovey Tracey

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC744

    Lower Elsford Farm has an abundance of wildlife and jaw dropping views across Dartmoor National Park and the famous Lustleigh Cleave. The farm is complete with an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and children’s play area. There are four cottages within the complex, each has its own character and have been decorated and furnished to a good standard. These properties are in an ideal location for a holiday for family or friends, and can be booked together to accommodate larger parties. Each property has its own enclosed private seating area with a barbecue. Located in an excellent position, allowing you to explore not only the 32 acre grounds, but all parts of Devon, and in particular, the 368 square miles of Dartmoor National Park, renowned for its quaint villages, meandering streams, dramatic scenery, wild ponies and varied wildlife. The grounds include an ancient stone row, 5 acres of rough moorland, two ponds and a tumbling stream.
    Lower Elsford is bordered to the west by Woodland Trust and Dartmoor National Park Woods. Indigenous oak trees are covered with lichen, demonstrating the purity of the air; whilst water is provided by the farm’s own natural Dartmoor spring. Views from the fields are magnificent, stretching over the moor to Hound Tor and Haytor Rocks, and on a clear day as far as the coast at Berry Head, with glimpses of the sea. Wildlife abounds, including a badger set, deer, foxes, buzzards, and in season the bluebells and snowdrops flourish. Time does not seem to move quite so fast down here. Peace and tranquillity is the speciality, whilst Lower Elsford Farm is still within easy travelling distance of many local attractions. Guests are free to help themselves to any eggs they find, courtesy of the farm’s resident chickens. Dartmoor served as the inspiration for Conan Doyle’s classic novels Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, and as the backdrop for the film, War Horse. Dartmoor has the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe. So if it is stone circles, menhirs, stone crosses and ancient villages that get you excited, look no further. Located within Dartmoor National Park, the farm is listed in the Domesday Book. There has been a settlement here for at least 600 years. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Living room:
    With wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, bluetooth speaker and Juliet balcony.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and French doors leading to patio.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Stairgate available on request. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Shared games room with pool table, snooker table, table tennis, table football, Freeview TV, DVD player with a selection of DVDs and selection of books. Shared 32-acre unspoilt natural and landscaped grounds with woodland. Shared children’s play area. Shared heated indoor swimming pool (9m x 3.8m, depth 1.2m, open 8am-8pm) with shower and changing facilities. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond and stream in the grounds, 30 yards away. The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Harcombe House - Knoll

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DQL

    "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.

    All on the ground floor. Living room with rugs on wooden floor. Dining hall with rugs on wooden floor. Compact kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • 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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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: DHB

    "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.

    Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living/dining room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric fire
    • Dishwasher
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
    • Patio

    • 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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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: DZQ

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Stereo/CD

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • Robin Hill Farm Cottages - Wren Cottage

    Nr. Bideford

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: FAE

    "Character farm cottages in glorious countryside above an unspoilt hidden valley...with all-weather leisure facilities"

    Robin Hill Farm is set in 14 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in the North Devon biosphere. The six properties, converted from stone farm barns and buildings, are centred around the old cobbled farmyard. The location offers a peaceful and secluded setting away from the daily hustle and bustle, yet it is only 3 miles to shops, entertainment and the beach. Inside the holiday cottages are well furnished and provide a relaxing haven after a long day sightseeing, walking, cycling or on the beach. The heated indoor swimming pool room includes a hot tub and a stunning conservatory attached. Learn to swim, with tuition from qualified instructors. From the conservatory and decking area guests can enjoy the beautiful views over the valley towards Exmoor, whilst drying off or enjoy a coffee or glass of wine no matter what the weather. There is a very well equipped games room for all ages and for big and little kids video games can be enjoyed on a 60in plasma screen.
    Outside the grounds have been landscaped to create two play areas, one with ball games, the other with playhouse and climbing frame. A communal patio means that adults can relax whilst watching their children play. Guests can enjoy the farm’s 14 acres of land and woodland walk which are host to a variety of wildlife and wild flowers with lovely views of Jennetts Reservoir. Nearby there is plenty to keep visitors busy. Many quaint villages await discovery - the photogenic ‘chocolate box’ village of Clovelly being of particular note. Appledore offers all the olde worlde charm of a fishing village, famous for its arts, crafts and maritime heritage. Beach lovers will delight in the wide sandy beaches, the nearest being Westward Ho! Walkers can enjoy the spectacular scenery of the coastal path, while the Tarka Trail traces the steps of Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter and provides miles of traffic-free cycling (and walking) - bikes can be stored securely or hired locally. Award-winning farm parks, The Milky Way and The Big Sheep, will fascinate the younger ones. Gardens within 30 minutes’ drive include RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park. Several local pubs nearby, with the nearest in Littleham village serving real ale and home cooked food. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    3 steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and patio doors. 2 steps up to kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout.

    Oil-fired stove included.

    Electric thermostatically controlled radiators (living room and halls), convector and panel heaters (other rooms), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Access to shared freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Shared patio area. Use of 14-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am to 9pm daily. Conservatory and decking area. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with Wii, table tennis, air hockey, snooker/pool table, table football and children’s play equipment. Children’s outdoor play area. Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - Garden Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, Exmoor

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: B5812

    Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
    Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
    Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
    Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
    Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
    Allocated parking for each cottage





    In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

    The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views. Stream Cottage ref: 27550 is the original farm manager’s cottage.


    From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


    A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


    Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
    Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

    Garden Cottage - B5812

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen.

    Cots and high chairs on request. CD. Dishwasher. Ample parking.

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity included (first £10 included September-May, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer (small charge) and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Allocated parking on site. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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