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Beaminster is a charming rural town in West Dorset; a bustling traditional market town, it sits at the head of the valley of the River Britt, a picturesque conservation area full of wonderful wildlife and countryside.

The town itself is a look back in time, with over 200 listed buildings in the area. This quintessential English country town has a prosperous market that draws a big crowd of both locals and visitors alike. Packed with great places to eat, often selling local produce, and a wealth of country pubs, the town is very friendly and perfect for a no hassle country break.

There are a number of excellent outdoor activities to suit all sorts, from groups of friends to families or couples. Nearby stables offer horse riding and there is even a llama farm or donkey rides if you fancy trying something different. The nearby Water Meadow Fishery offers coarse fishing and there is a rowing club that has a range of activities for visitors to enjoy.

The Britt Valley is a conservation area and is popular for walkers and hikers, offering wonderful views across the countryside and with options to suit both casual strollers and serious ramblers alike. Nearby Mapperton House, a grand, stately home that sits in immaculate gardens in one of the most beautiful areas of the valley, is well worth a visit. Why not make a long weekend of it and stay in one of the many cosy cottages in Beaminster.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Gatehouse Ref: W41364

Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

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

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

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

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£593-£979
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Marlpitts Farm Ref: DBBF

Situated just north of West Bay and Bridport, only five miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its superb scenery, this traditional detached farmhouse cottage benefits from an idyllic location and its own large enclosed paddock. This is a well-placed holiday home for exploring West Dorset, with lovely country walks on the doorstep, village pubs and many attractions within easy driving distance including the Lyme Bay coast with its traditional seaside resorts, in particular picturesque Lyme Regis or Weymouth with its long, sandy beach. Shop 2 miles, pubs 1-2 miles.

Living room with multi-fuel burner. Dining room. Large kitchen with breakfast area. Utility. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Study. Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Paddock
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking

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£392-£1090
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
23
Bedrooms
11
Pets
0
Hooke Court 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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£2688-£2957
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Copper Beech Ref: DXK

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

Spacious living room with electric ‘coal-effect’ fire and patio doors. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Electricity and electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire by £1 coin meter
  • Full oil central heating (Summer £80per week, Winter £90per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 4 cars)
  • Private, indoor, heated swimming pool (20ft x 12ft, depth 3ft to 4ft)

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£880-£2108
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Converted to a high standard, these two barn conversions (Betty’s Cottage DWP, and Ruth’s Cottage DWQ) adjoin one another and are set on a working beef farm, which stands on the Jurassic seam. Offering peace and tranquillity, the setting is a delight for countryside lovers with wonderful open views to be enjoyed from the shared garden and barbecue area. Many footpaths lead from the farm and nearby lanes, and the NCN also runs by the holiday cottages. The properties are set in the heart of Tamara Drewe country with some of the filming from the farm. The popular village of Evershot (Hardy’s Evershed in Tess of the D’Urbervilles) is 2 miles and offers village pub, bakery, and hotel restaurant. Bridport and Dorchester are all a short drive and offer individual shops, pubs and tearooms. The Jurassic coast is 15 miles. Shop 2 miles.

Living/dining room with French doors to patio and countryside views. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with double shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Small courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Shared enclosed lawned area with countryside views
  • Shared summer house and play area
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking (for 2-3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking

Note: Betty’s Cottage DWP and adjoining Ruth’s Cottage DWQ are ideal for larger family holidays or group breaks and may be booked together to sleep up to 12 people.

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£355-£1258
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set in the rolling countryside of West Dorset, each property has views of the surrounding countryside. Located in a rural lane just outside the village of Mosterton, just 13 miles from the Jurassic World Heritage Coast and near the south Somerset border, these two holiday properties are in an excellent location to explore the huge variety of attractions in this popular region. Attached to the owner’s home in a peaceful setting are North Lodge (ref 30044), a self-contained two-storey wing, and South Lodge (ref 30043), an end-terrace ground floor holiday apartment, which can be booked together or individually. In lovely countryside and adjacent to the owner’s cattery (guests can lodge their cat by arrangement), guests can take in the Dorset countryside with great walking, cycling, golf and fishing. Within easy driving distance, the whole of the Jurassic Coast beckons and will give many pleasurable days out exploring Lyme Regis with its quaint shops, famous Cobb, beach and wonderful atmosphere. Also, visit West Bay, the scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’ and on to Weymouth and Portland. There are family attractions, including the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum which the children will love, the Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens and much more. Beach 13 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Small gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture.

Both properties: Wood pellet central heating in owner’s home included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£253-£654
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Amberley View Ref: 28887

Situated on the owner’s working alpaca farm, with stunning views over the West Dorset countryside and a 6-seater hot tub on the wooden decked patio, this detached, single-storey, wooden holiday cabin offers a superb location to enjoy, chill out and relax. Explore the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach from Lyme Regis to Portland Bill and Weymouth, or visit the many attractions at nearby Dorchester, Beaminster and Weymouth. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (2ft 6in). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Playstation 2. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, large, lawned grounds. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond in owner’s garden. 5 steps in garden.

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£277-£939
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Barn Close Annexe Ref: W40800

Excellent base for Dorset resorts

In the small country town of Beaminster, South Dorset, and within easy driving of the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Bridport, this spacious self-contained single-storey wing of the owner’s home which is situated on their small holding benefits from a large living room and conservatory making an excellent holiday home to enjoy this unspoilt area. On your doorstep the stunning heritage coast, with superb walking, is a must, and great days out can be had visiting Abbotsbury Swannery, Lulworth Cove and the harbour and Cobb at Lyme. Within a short drive is Broadwindsor Craft Centre for crafts and afternoon tea. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio door. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£185-£531
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Pretty Box Cottage Ref: 80241

Nestling peacefully in a rural location, on the edge of Dorset border, this detached stone faced holiday cottage is well placed to explore coast and countryside. Sympathetically renovated to retain many 19th-century features, it boasts flagstone floors, beams, an inglenook fireplace and unspoilt views. Beaminster and Crewkerne nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with flagstone floor. Step to kitchen with flagstone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single with additional single cabin bed (2ft 6in for child).

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Microwave. Washing machine. Large lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

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£264-£761
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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.
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 with four-poster bed. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Travel cot
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod

  • 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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£236-£837
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Parlour Cottage Ref: DTO

This former milking parlour has been tastefully renovated, retaining many original features including exposed stonework and beams. Adjoining another property, it enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside and is just a short walk from the heart of the village of Evershot, with its pretty buildings and pubs. Cerne Abbas, 8 miles distant - famous for its large chalk Giant as well as plenty of tea rooms serving delicious cream teas - is a popular destination for visitors from all over the country. The towns of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are all a short drive, along with the many chocolate box villages dotted along the coast. Shops ½ mile, pub in village.

Beamed living/dining room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire and exposed stonework. Fitted kitchen. Two beamed bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
  • Electricity, full Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer (by arrangement)
  • Enclosed garden, decked area and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities

WAS
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£275-£733
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

This pretty 17th century farmhouse, on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, nestles in the peaceful Dorset countryside. It has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining many original features including beams, a flagstoned floor, mullion windows and an inglenook fireplace. Surrounded by 42 acres of pasture accommodating sheep, horses and poultry, and set in a verdant, peaceful garden with games available, the farmhouse is a haven of peace and quiet. Enjoy the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with breathtaking walks both east and west. West Bay provides a small sandy beach and the beginning of the famous shingle Chesil Beach, and has a picturesque harbour. Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey, Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery, Weymouth and Lyme Regis all within easy reach. The property also has a shared swimming pool available for use between 1st June and 30th September (heating charge up to £6/day). Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom. Separate toilet.

Central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared swimming pool (payable locally), open June-September. No smoking. NB: Drops and small river on boundary of property. 2 small ponds in garden.

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£532-£1332
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