Doles Ash Farm - Hound Cottage


Property Reference: DFY
  • Sleeps5
  • Pets 2
  • Bedrooms2
  • Grade3 Star rating
Swimming pool Tennis court

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2 nights - mostly start on Fri or Sat
3 nights - must start on Fri

4 nights - must start on Mon
5 nights - 22nd or 29th Dec 2012 only.

This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
This property may offer special 6 night duration on 28th June. Call us for booking details
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Property Features

  • Cot AvailableCot Available
  • DishwasherDishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / PatioEnclosed Garden / Patio
  • Games RoomGames Room
  • Woodburning StoveWoodburning Stove
  • WifiWifi
  • Swimming PoolSwimming Pool
  • Car Parking AvailableCar Parking Available
  • Washing MachineWashing Machine

Property Description

"Idyllic Dorset Cottages with indoor heated pool, sauna 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 an established vineyard producing English wines. The splendid range of barns here 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, sauna, 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. Four of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, with the remaining four having individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool is open daily all year round and the building has full changing facilities, as well as a coin-operated sauna. 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 and sofa-bed (for +1 child). Modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30per week (£20 per short break)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed, picket-fenced front garden with patio and furniture
  • Friday to Friday

  • Wood-burning stove (except Keeper’s Cottage) – initial supply included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity and full electric central heating (oil central heating in Keeper’s Cottage DFM) included (during October - May, a fuel charge applies - see individual cottage)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
  • Wi-fi (£5 per week)
  • Payphone
  • Shared 12-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) – available daily all year round
  • Sauna (coin-operated)
  • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
  • Large grassed play area with swing, climbing frame, slide and badminton/volleyball net
  • Owners’ hard tennis court
  • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

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

Customer Comments

Selected comment(s) from customers who have enjoyed staying at this property:
  1. A wonderful cottage in great surroundings. The cottage, grounds and pool were all immaculate. Friendly and approachable owners - even our doggy told us he felt welcome. Would I stay at Hound Cottage again - yes, in a heartbeat. Sept 2012.
  2. A nice cosy cottage in a stable block courtyard. Everything worked and the appliances were decent quailty. The owners who live onsite were very friendly and helpful. Facilities were good especially the Swimming Pool which was excellent and a nice games room. There were also some nice walks out into fields the Dog was welcome and enjoyed sniffing about. Sept 2012.
  3. We had a 4 year old and a baby. Space was good for things like pushchairs - not cramped. Handy things like books and DVDs on the shelf. The grassed play area and the playroom were good to have and the pool was nice too. Owner was very pleasant and helpful. Everything is done to good standard. March 2012.
  4. What a little gem. Lovely, well presented, clean cottage that fully met my families needs. Lots of things to do on-site to keep the kids occupied after a day of visiting the local attractions. Great local pubs that are kid friendly and serve really nice food. The Poachers, Piddle Inn come highly recommended. Tom and Tania leave you alone to get on with your own holiday but are always there for assistance if needed. Would recommend attending a shooting session at Southern Counties Shooting Ground. July 2011.
  5. This is a superb serene site with lots for children to do and places of interest within easy reach. It has lovely grounds and delightful, clean cottages. There are a few other specific comments below. June 2011.
  6. Wonderful location. Charming owners. Very comfortable and well equipped cottage. Perfect for our two elderly dogs, with its own garden. June 2011.
  7. What a spectacular holiday home in a pretty location. Very friendly and hospitable hosts. Lots of land to stroke, to play and perfect for dogs to have a run. Plenty to do in both sunshine and rain. local hostelries very pleasant with lovely food, friendly staff and you can take dogs in too which is a real bonus. The area is close enough to lots of areas of Beauty and we had such a great time we’ll certainly go back! June 2011.
  8. This property was lovely and clean. The owners were very helpful. The location was excellent. We had 3 dogs with us and the walks were outstanding. Only 20 mins or so from Weymouth and the beach there had facilites for dogs too. All in all an excellent holiday! May 2011.
  9. Cottage was very good with lovely Wood Burning Stove. Owners very welcoming and helpful. Swimming Pool great. Area very quiet and peaceful. Will definately go back. March 2011.
  10. Overall cleanliness was first class, the presentation of the internal and external areas of the cottage were perfect and a lot of attention detail had been applied. Sep 2010.
  11. Felt clean. Aug 2010.
  12. Cosy, clean, wonderful location, dog friendly. April 2010.
  13. The setting is picturesque, the standard of accommodation good and the friendlyness of the owners is a joy. Feb 2010.
  14. Well presented on arrival - lights on ,warm and cosy. Suitable for our needs - enclosed garden actually meant that it was! Small dogs came with us who are often able to get under a small fence. Not the case here - entirely suitable. Enough comfortable seating for 4 - important in winter. Good sized single beds as well as double (3 adults in accommodation). Very clean and comfortable throughout. Dec 2009.
  15. Lovely quiet setting, good facilities and lovely pool. Aug 2009.
  16. Lovely location with excellent facilities. There is a very relaxing atmosphere at the cottage and in the grounds. It was perfect for our family needs. April 2009.
  17. The owner’s made sure we had a great welcome and were very helpful with local information. They are very friendly and approachable. The whole complex is lovely! Sept 2008.
  18. Beautiful cottages in a quiet location. Swimming pool and games room give children plenty to do. Owners very welcoming. April 2007.
  19. Doles Ash farm was a fantastic place to stay with young children. My 2 year old daughter just loved feeding the sheep (whom she called "her friends"!!). The kids loved the pool, games room and simply running around the grass areas. It was just such a relaxing place to stay and in a brilliant location. We have already booked to go back.Sept 2006.
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    2. Offer applies only to bookings for 2014 which are booked before 13th April 2014.
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    4. Does not apply to properties that sleep 10 or more.
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