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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This well presented single-storey detached converted barn with oak doors, floors and beamed vaulted ceiling is in a great holiday location for walking, enjoying the countryside or exploring the many attractions. Adjacent to the owners’ home and approached by a long unmade farm track in rolling Dorset countryside, it is just 1 mile from the village of Mosterton, and within an easy drive of picturesque Lyme Regis, Bridport and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shop 1 mile. Pub 3/4 mile.

Spacious open plan beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, French doors and large kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Small music library
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Small garden with patio and furniture
  • Use of adjacent field
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Two mountain bikes on request
  • Natural water supply from spring
  • No smoking
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • Unsuitable for children under 10 yrs
  • Friday to Friday

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£303-£1021
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Nantucket House Ref: 25323


Set in Misterton, on the Somerset/Dorset border, this well presented detached holiday home is excellent for exploring this delightful area. Within easy driving distance is the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is approximately 13 miles, also known as Broadchurch in the famous TV series. Lyme Regis with its harbour, cob and beach for fossil hunting, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking. Explore Weymouth with its sandy beaches and Portland which held the 2012 Olympic sailing. Abbotsbury is famous for its swannery, sub tropical gardens and children’s farm.
Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Longleat House and Safari Park, or enjoy the pubs, scenic walking at the Liberty and Parrett trails, cycling and golf in this lovely area. Nantucket House has the perfect location for exploring Somerset, Dorset and Devon. There is really so much to do! If you like exploring for local food and drink, be sure to search out Somerset Scrumpy Cider, Somerset Apple Brandy, and Cedric’s ’Taste of the West’ award winning Somerset Cider and Apple Cake. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Both with parquet floor. Kitchen. Utility/play room. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 10 central heating included (£20per week September-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£220-£672
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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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£604-£604
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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Church House Ref: DXN

Nestling in a conservation area in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset’s hidden treasures and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this stone, corner cottage, formerly The Old Meeting Room. Church House, set along a quiet village road, has been renovated and is well presented, offering an excellent holiday base to enjoy some lovely walks and superb Dorset countryside. Visit the Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and West Bay, for stunning scenery, fishing, boating and many other attractions within easy driving. Shop 1½ miles, pub 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small gravelled garden area with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£237-£733
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Broad Lodge Ref: 25871

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. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Dishwasher.

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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£248-£1076
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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.

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£225-£868
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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. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling; one double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • 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-£1235
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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
2
Bedrooms
1
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. 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 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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
West Woods Ref: E3041

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all less than 15 miles. Riding, golf and fishing within 8 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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£259-£500
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