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Bettiscombe
Bettiscombe, a small hamlet which lies on the edge of the Vale of Marshwood, not far from the Devon and Somerset borders.

The surrounding Dorset countryside is unspoilt, with ancient hedgerows, small fields, old wooded areas and farms. There are plenty of footpaths for visitors to explore the lovely countryside and the area is fortunate to be home to a large variety of wildlife. Nearby Pilsdon Pen is Dorset’s second highest hill and from the top, visitors can enjoy amazing views over the landscape.

The village church of St Stephen has a medieval tower with some of the medieval windows being retained when the church was rebuilt in 1862. Those interested in architectural restoration will note Benjamin Grasby’s carving on the Victorian font.

Just a quarter of a mile from the church stands Bettiscombe Manor, probably the most well-known building in the village. According to a local legend, a member of the Pinney family, who owned the manor, returned to England from Nevis in the 17th century, bringing with him a black slave. The slave became ill and said his soul would not rest unless he was buried on Nevis, but this was thought to be too expensive so when he died, the slave was buried in the local churchyard. Screams were heard from the graveyard and bad luck came to the village, so the body was exhumed and moved to the manor. The skull is still in the manor today, and it is known as ‘The House of the Screaming Skull’!

Bettiscombe is an ideal cottage holiday location for exploring this part of Dorset. Bridport, a traditional market town, is just seven miles away. Also close by is the beautiful beach of West Bay and the resort of Lyme Regis is within easy reach, making Bettiscombe handily placed for short trips to the world heritage site of the Jurassic coast.

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  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    The Forge

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC2518
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach. Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach.
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    9.5 13 reviews
    9.5 13 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    2
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    Ref: UKC803
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door. For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door.
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    9.5 21 reviews
    9.5 21 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast. Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset
    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Benoy Cottage

    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Benoy Cottage

    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset

    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC3378
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Whether you are wanting a holiday of adventure or simply a relaxing break away, you can have it all at this lovely holiday cottage. Whether you are wanting a holiday of adventure or simply a relaxing break away, you can have it all at this lovely holiday cottage.
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    10 2 reviews

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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Heather Cottage
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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Meadow View
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  • Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset
    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Meadow View

    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Meadow View

    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset

    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC3377
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This lovely cottage is ideal for a couple’s retreat, with fantastic areas of coast and country to explore. This lovely cottage is ideal for a couple’s retreat, with fantastic areas of coast and country to explore.
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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Heather Cottage
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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Benoy Cottage
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DFA
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Sleeping three guests, this beautiful holiday home with garden and shared children’s play area is ideal for a small family. Sleeping three guests, this beautiful holiday home with garden and shared children’s play area is ideal for a small family.
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    8.9 12 reviews
    8.9 12 reviews

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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    The Old Dairy

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1563
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    In a peaceful location yet within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast this barn conversion makes for a perfect base for your holiday in Dorset. In a peaceful location yet within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast this barn conversion makes for a perfect base for your holiday in Dorset.
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    8.9 11 reviews
    8.9 11 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    1
    2
    Ref: DEY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    This property is great for those looking for a quiet holiday home in the countryside. The beaches are also five miles away! This property is great for those looking for a quiet holiday home in the countryside. The beaches are also five miles away!
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    8.2 16 reviews
    8.2 16 reviews

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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
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  • Holditch, Dorset
    Holditch, Dorset×

    Gardners Farm Cottages - The Shippen

    Holditch, Dorset

    Holditch, Dorset

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    Ref: 16019
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Located in the peaceful Axe Valley with an abundance of opportunities for walking and cycling nearby. Located in the peaceful Axe Valley with an abundance of opportunities for walking and cycling nearby.
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    7.5 4 reviews
    7.5 4 reviews

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    Gardners Farm Cottages - The Byre
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  • Holditch, Dorset
    Holditch, Dorset×

    Gardners Farm Cottages - The Byre

    Holditch, Dorset

    Holditch, Dorset

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    Ref: 16018
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This single storey cottage with wheelchair access is ideally placed for exploring Devon, Dorset and Somerset. This single storey cottage with wheelchair access is ideally placed for exploring Devon, Dorset and Somerset.
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    10 2 reviews
    10 2 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Broadstones

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: W7203
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Broadstones is a beautiful, detached property in a rural location. Sit out in the conservatory and admire the stunning views. Broadstones is a beautiful, detached property in a rural location. Sit out in the conservatory and admire the stunning views.
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    8.6 8 reviews
    8.6 8 reviews

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  • Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    1
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    Ref: UKC865
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained. The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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    7.2 12 reviews
    7.2 12 reviews

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