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On the banks of the River Frome sits Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. A popular and historic market town, Dorchester is nestled just South of the Dorset Downs and less than 8 miles away from the seaside town of Weymouth and the Dorset coast.

The busy town centre's focal point is the Town Pump and impressive clock tower surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. There's a French Market that is held annually every August, which attracts locals and visitors alike and a number of historic walks that start off in the centre of town. The nearby Tank museum will be a guaranteed hit with the kids.

Dorchester has a long and rich history; being occupied since Roman times and contributing to its cultural identity over the years. Visitors can explore this history through the excellent themed walks around town, which tell a fascinating historical tale. Visit the Roman ruins of Maiden Castle, one of the most significant Roman sites in the UK and the Dinosaur Museum is an absolute must for children and adults alike. There are a number of other historical but fun sights and locations in the area that make the town a great choice for a family holiday, such as the Tutankhamen Exhibition.

To find accommodation in the area see our selection of holiday cottages in Dorchester and start planning your holiday now. Dorchester has an abundance of activities and sights for fun-filled family breaks, a week of exploring the history in the area, or an indulgent week of restaurant meals and shopping trips.

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Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Offering convenient ground floor accommodation, this attractive property has an open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to small sitting-out area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

WAS
NOW
£305-£827
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Plum Cottage Ref: E5458

Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them, they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery, 5 miles, and subtropical gardens, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Corfe Castle, the fascinating Maize Maze, Lulworth Cove, the Cerne Abbas Giant and historic town of Dorchester are among easily accessible attractions. Shop 0.5 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric oven. M/wave.

All properties: Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer. Large shared patio and furniture. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£260-£523
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Mill Cottage Ref: 29080

In the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, only 3 miles from Dorchester with its many attractions, and within easy driving of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this detached holiday cottage is delightfully situated to explore West Dorset. Superb scenic coastal walking from West Bay, Bridport to Portland and Weymouth, and many family venues such as Monkey World, Tank Museum, Sea Life Museum and Deep Sea Adventure to enjoy. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£243-£926
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Old Smithy Ref: DZF

This delightful 18th-century detached cottage is set in the heart of Maiden Newton, near the county town of Dorchester and is a great base to discover West Dorset. Explore from Weymouth with its beach, shops and attractions, along the Chesil beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast to Lyme Regis, taking in Abbotsbury, West Bay and many exciting venues, or simply enjoy superb country and walks, cycling and many traditional Dorset tea rooms. Shops 50 yards, pub 75 yards.

Large living room with wood-burning stove. Step to kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Conservatory. First floor: Double bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, electricity oil-filled rad, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • Video
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/cassette/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No children under 5 yrs except babies in arms
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 4 steps in the garden

WAS
NOW
£399-£399
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Modern fitted kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
  • Patio

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

WAS
NOW
£471-£1299
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Warmwell Cabin Ref: 4949

Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

Set in 40 acres of woodlands on the Warmwell Leisure Park, this detached cabin overlooks the lake. The holiday park has a heated indoor swimming pool, dry-ski slope, well-stocked fishing lakes (bring own tackle), facilities for improving your golf, sports complex, licensed clubhouse (£20pw per adult & £10pw per child for use after 6pm), restaurant and shop. Some facilities on the resort are at cost. Warmwell is set in Thomas Hardy Country in an AONB with miles of open farmland and a beautiful Jurassic coastline just a short drive away. The Georgian town of Weymouth is very popular with its sandy beaches, harbour, two RSPB reserves and sealife centre. Also popular are sailing, sea fishing and windsurfing. Abbotsbury swannery, sub tropical gardens, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and Portland Bill are all easily reached.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (both 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Electricity thermal controlled convector panel heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Fridge/freezer. Verandah. Ample parking. Use of sport complex before 6pm with shared heated indoor swimming pool on site (£6 per person before 6pm, £20per week for adults, £10per week for children after 6pm). Family bookings only. NB: Drops within grounds.

WAS
NOW
£245-£912
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Hideaway Ref: 19954

Set in an AONB, The Hideaway enjoys countryside views, and makes a wonderful base for a holiday. One side of the house is made up of glazed doors allowing the scenery to be enjoyed from all principal rooms. The famous Jurassic coast is 9 miles. Dorchester, 6 miles. Enjoy days out at the resort of Weymouth, Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-tropical Gardens, Cerne Abbas chalk giant, and many villages. Shops 1 miles, pubs 21/2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with wall of glass doors and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with French doors and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Video/DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large field with football goal, badminton nets and swing ball. Garden with raised patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Easy walking access. No children under 10 years (except babes in arms).

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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.

WAS
NOW
£332-£829
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a
500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, and shared use of a games room. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 11/2 miles.

All on ground floor. Entrance hall. Spacious living room with part brick and flint walls and gas fire. Large, modern-fitted kitchen/dining room with brick and flint walls and pine panelling. Utility. Four bedrooms; two double and two twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Travel cot
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one widescreen)
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared enclosed courtyard
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Games room with table football, pool table, table tennis, children’s toys, two toilets and kitchen
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15ft x 30ft, depth range 3ft to 5ft, open 15 April- 15 October)

Note: DPU and DPT can be booked together to sleep 23 people, making it an ideal venue for corporate events and large families or groups. By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

WAS
NOW
£447-£1489
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lodge No. 70 Ref: W749

Indoor fun pool

Situated in a wooded setting in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this spacious detached pine holiday lodge overlooks a lake and is on part of Warmwell Heath, a 140-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest. Tastefully furnished and well equipped, it is an ideal spot for year-round holidays and is only 20 miles from Bournemouth and a short drive from the seaside at Weymouth with its many attractions including the Deep Sea Adventure, Brewers Quay and the Sea Life Park. The wide range of activities on site includes an indoor pool with wave machine and water chute, dry ski slope, fish ponds and a sports complex. Alternatively, explore the rest of the stunning Dorset heritage coast. Shop, pub and restaurant on site.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

Convector heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Verandah. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor swimming pool. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£284-£709
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Orchard View Ref: E3953

In an elevated setting, affording the most wonderful panoramic views from almost every window, this very comfortable single storey property makes an ideal base for exploring one of England’s loveliest counties. Cerne Abbas, with its famous chalk giant, Sparkford Motor Museum, the timeless thatched village of Milton Abbas, and miles of golden sands along the Jurassic coast are just some of the attractions within easy reach. Excellent walking, quad biking and fishing locally. Village shop and pub serving food 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room inc. Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Tel-incoming calls only. Garden with patio and furniture. Garage. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£368-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

A spacious property conveniently situated on one floor. Attractive living/dining room with contemporary electric fire. Modern galley kitchen. Three bedrooms; one double with 6ft bed and LCD TV, one twin bed (zip & link beds) and one with full-size bunk beds. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Cot
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Private garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No
    smoking

  • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
  • Two TVs - with Freeview (one TV in DHR, three in DKG)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
  • NB: Pond in grounds

SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX
Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.
* Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)
* Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling
* Sitting area overlooking pool
* Six-person sauna
EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES
Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.
* Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table
* Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker
Outdoor amenities:
* Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres
* Children’s play area with swings
* Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)
* Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)
* Dogs’ exercise paddock

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