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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 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
The Old Bakery Ref: E1896

This attractive cottage enjoys a quiet courtyard setting with its own garden area, just a short stroll from the village pub serving food. Converted from the former bakery, and still retaining its original bread ovens, it sits adjacent to the owners’ thatched cottage in a pretty conservation village. This lovely area invites exploration, and the south Dorset coast as well as the historic towns of Dorchester, Yeovil and Lyme Regis are all within easy reach. Weymouth, famed for its sandy beaches is just 15 miles away. Fishing, golf and horse riding locally. Shop 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional Z-bed or cot (only space for cot when Z-bed not used). Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

NSH, elec and fan heater by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Digital TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. Shared extensive grounds with secluded garden. Garden furniture. Parking. Games room with snooker table and table tennis. No smoking.

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£323-£585
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Ideally located to enjoy the best of West Dorset, 6 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and within easy walking of Beaminster town centre, this cosy semi-detached holiday cottage is well-presented with an inglenook fireplace. It offers an excellent base to explore this popular region. There are many attractions to visit nearby such as Abbotsbury Swannery, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Lyme Regis, 12 miles, and West Bay on the Jurassic Coast. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£264-£761
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
Hideaway Cottage Ref: DCCO

A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with Aga and French doors to a decked patio, has a large garden to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Nearby, visit the quaint market town of Beaminster, Mapperton Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre with its crafts, cream teas and restaurant. Within easy driving, there is a wide variety of sand and pebble beaches including Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay, all with a range of attractions. Lyme Regis, famous for the setting of The French Lieutenant’s Woman with its picturesque harbour, Cobb and beach is a must, and offers a host of outdoor activities ranging from coastal walking, boating, sailing, fishing, fossil hunting and golf. The market town of Bridport is 5 miles, with two markets per week and an antique market held on a Saturday. Alternatively, visit some of the other many attractions in this beautiful part of Dorset, such as Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens or the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, several RSPB sanctuaries, Time Walk, Sea Life Centre and Deep Sea Adventure. The cathedral city of Exeter, Dorchester and Poole are all worth a trip. Beach 6 miles, Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, Aga (for cooking), French doors and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, electric underfloor central heating (downstairs), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric double Aga included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, lawned garden with decked patio and furnitiure
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 1 step from French doors to patio

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£701-£1910
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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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Holly Cottage Ref: 29340


Situated in the small village of Halstock, just 1 mile south of the Somerset border, this detached holiday cottage is adjacent to the owners’ home and their dog kennel/cattery business which guests are welcome to use for their own pets. It is an excellent location for enjoying the best of west Dorset and south Somerset. Explore the World Heritage Coast, from Lyme Regis to West Bay and onto Weymouth, with its many family attractions. Visit Somerset, with its famous Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Glastonbury Tor and Clarkes Factory Village. Bath, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar Gorge and many historic houses are also not to be missed. Sutton Bingham Reservoir is close by, with activities such as boating, yachting, fishing and a nature reserve. On the doorstep there is a golf driving range and many country walks. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. Snug. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single (2ft 6in for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week November-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (for 3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£604-£604
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.

WAS
NOW
£532-£1332
Shortlist
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

WAS
NOW
£2688-£2957
Shortlist
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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NOW
£253-£654
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hillview Ref: 28117

In a great location between Bridport and Beaminster, overlooking the beautiful Dorset countryside, this detached, single-storey holiday home offers an ideal situation to see the best of Dorset. Enjoy lovely scenery, walking in the countryside or along the breathtaking Jurassic coast from Lyme Regis to Weymouth. Visit West Bay harbour with fishing, fossil hunting and boating or enjoy memorable days out in Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil. Traditional style pub/restaurant opposite, with an award-winning chef using the finest quality local and seasonal produce. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£233-£848
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£185-£531
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Wey Lodge 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. 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.

WAS
NOW
£225-£868
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