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A rural and picturesque county in the south of England, Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a timeless charm, pretty villages, country lanes and a fabulous stretch of 200 million year-old coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.

In fact The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient geology and is of course a great place for wonderful views over the English Channel and cliff-top walks.

Dorset has wonderful walking country which is a great way to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of this region, or you could maybe take to the quiet country roads and off road cycle ways. It's a place to kick back and relax with lots of traditional country pubs and fine restaurants to discover.

The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth come highly recommended with lovely beaches and plenty of fresh sea air. You can reach the beach at Swanage via the heritage railway; it's one of the best ways to soak up your surrounds and ensure complete relaxation. With stops at Corfe Castle and the small sleepy oasis of Harman's Cross, it's also one of the best ways to get a unique perspective of Dorset's many attractions, and a true feel for its unspoiled beauty.

Also of note is Brownsea Island which offers a number of attractions for visitors, including lush woodland, an indigenous red squirrel population and a 16th century castle. For a great family day out visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham where you'll find over 250 rescued monkeys and apes providing plenty of entertainment and education.

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape and is suitable for all sorts of different holidays. Its long coastline is a perfect for cliff top walks and stunning sea views and the region's beaches are ideal for families who simply want to unwind on the sand or get active with surfing and sailing readily available; along with some expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! Then again, if you just want somewhere to relax and soak up the beautiful English countryside, you'll be equally well served by what a cottage holiday in Dorset has to offer.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.

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Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Farmhouse Ref: DBBN

The Farmhouse is a detached, Grade II, listed 17th-century Tudor brick house and sits next to the owner’s golf club, hotel and spa. This large, well-presented and equipped house offers an ideal place to base a family holiday or a short break with friends or family. It has its own private drive and garden and guests have use of the facilities at the golf club and spa. The spa has a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, steam room, Jacuzzi, spa treatments and hairdresser (some facilities at extra cost, reccommended to book ahead if you are consirdering to have Spa treatment while you are staying). The championship golf course is 6,904 yards, par 71, and is set in 160 acres. It also has driving range, academy course, chipping and pitching green. The club house has a bar and restaurant which has live music most evenings and Sunday lunchtimes. Nearby, enjoy the Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail and Stour Valley Way. Further afield are the many coastal and inland footpaths including the Dorset Coastal Path enjoying the Jurassic coastline. The local area has two popular parks: Avon Heath Country Park and Moors Valley Country Park. The nearest traffic-free cycle paths are in Hurn Forest and Castleman Trail. There are many all over the New Forest National Park, where wild ponies roam freely among miles of heath land. There are also many other places of interest to visit within the area, such as the village of Burley, Exbury Gardens and Beaulieu Motor Museum. Regular ferries to the Isle of Wight depart from the famous royal yachting town of Lymington. Bournemouth is close by with its Blue Flag beach, well kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye, which rises high above the town to give the most amazing panoramic views over the whole area. At the foot of the pier is the fascinating Oceanarium where the whole family can discover life beneath the waves. Poole is within easy reach, with its sandy beach at Sandbanks and the harbour town where trips to Brownsea Island (NT) can be enjoyed. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile, restaurant on site, beach 9 miles.

Large beamed living room with wooden floor. Well-equipped, beamed kitchen with dining area, TV and wooden floor. Utility. Two steps up to double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link, can be twin) with TV, ornamental fireplace and wooden floor. Cosy twin bedroom. Shower room. Separate toilet. First floor (also accessed by second staircase): Three double bedrooms, each with 6ft bed (one zip and link), TV and en-suite shower room (with double cubicle) with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room (with double cubicle) with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included (£1 per towel for spa use)
  • Seven satellite TVs
  • Double oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Use of spa with shared heated swimming pool (32ft x 19ft, depth 5ft) with shower and changing facilities
  • Golf facilities
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake and stream on nearby golf course. Covered well, unprotected drop and slopes in garden

WAS
NOW
£1066-£3152
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Armswell House Ref: DQT

Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

  • Open fires – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating (plug-in oil-filled rads in attic bedrooms), bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs (Teletext)
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Access to 650 acres of farmland
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 7 cars)
  • Games room with table tennis and pool table
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Armswell House (DQT) and The Stables (DXS) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

WAS
NOW
£1181-£3568
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This magnificent listed building offers wonderful character holiday accommodation in a residential area, just a mile away from the lovely sandy beaches of Swanage Bay and a large selection of restaurants and shops. Newton Manor House dates back to the early 1600s with walls and roof built from local Purbeck stone. The house retains a lot of its original charm with ornate oak panelling and wood carvings. The principal rooms overlook the serene landscaped gardens, while the first and second floor rooms offer far-reaching views across the small seaside town of Swanage, to the sea and coast beyond. The town of Swanage nestles peacefully amidst the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside, and is set between the Heads of Durlston and Studland, sloping gently down to the water’s edge. This small pleasant resort has an array of restaurants, interesting shops and a small theatre, not to mention spectacular floral displays in the parks and gardens. In season, pleasure cruisers leave the pier daily, bound for Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. The Lifeboat Centre at Pervil Point is open to the public and fascinating to visit, whilst Durlston Country Park provides magnificent cliff walks and views of Anvil Point Lighthouse. A trip aboard Swanage’s restored steam railway also makes for a fun day out, winding its way through pretty scenery to the ruins of Corfe Castle. Magnificent coastal walks extend north from the town to the National Trust sandy beaches at Studland while the South West Coastal Path leads to Kimmeridge, Tyneham and West Lulworth in the west, much of which is National Trust land and rich in local flora and fauna. The larger seaside resorts of Poole and Bournemouth are just a ferry ride away, boasting a huge range of shops, theatres, museums, cinemas, and restaurants. The entire coast is excellent for trying out all manner of watersports - windsurfing, water-skiing, yachting and surfing to name just a few. Fishing and tennis are available a mile away in Swanage, and a local golf course can be found nearby. Shop ¼ mile.

For remainder 2014 - Hall. Spacious beamed living room with TV, open fire and double doors linking to dining room with seating for 16. Sitting room with TV. Spacious well-fitted kitchen. Utility with pool table. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and a sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional day bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Third floor: Twin bedroom in attic with en-suite shower room and toilet.
From 2015. Hall. Spacious beamed living room with TV, open fire and double doors linking to dining room with seating for 16. Sitting room with TV. Spacious well-fitted kitchen. Utility with pool table. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5t bed and sofa bed (for alternative sleeeping only), sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, leading to sitting/dressing room with two single fold-out beds (each for +1 child), en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional day bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Third floor: Twin bedroom in attic with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Two additional fridges
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pool table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced ponds in adjacent parking area

Note: 3 or 4 night winter short breaks, charged at 72% of weekly price

WAS
NOW
£1612-£3962
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
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Moonfleet Ref: W41982

Ideal touring base

This holiday accommodation is set in a quiet lane in the popular pretty village of West Lulworth. Moonfleet is a deceptively spacious property with a double aspect living/dining room with French doors leading out onto a secluded, south-facing patio. At the top of the garden is access to the footpath which takes you down to famous Natural Cove (0.5 miles), and then across the hill to Durdle Door. Situated on the Jurassic Coast, this makes a wonderful base from which to explore Dorset; enjoy walking on the coastal and inland paths, the beaches at Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth. The popular seaside town of Swanage is famous for its steam railway. Many family attractions are nearby including Monkey World and Tank Museum. The NT village of Corfe Castle is very pretty and you can explore the ruined castle, or explore Corfe Castle (NT). Further afield lies Weymouth with its Georgian seafront and harbour. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

Steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, both with sloping ceiling.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Sloping, split level garden with steps and pond.

WAS
NOW
£1312-£1312
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3
Purcombe Farmhouse Ref: 28458

In the heart of West Dorset, on a working farm, situated in the beautiful Marshwood Vale only 2½ miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Lyme Regis to the west and Bridport and West Bay to the east, this large, semi-detached farmhouse for 12 offers a great holiday location to escape from the pressures of life and unwind in this wonderful area. Purcombe Farmhouse offers spacious accommodation for 2 to 3 families. Outside one can sit undercover and enjoy a barbecue or al fresco meal with some wine, and the families can relax in the large garden with its lawn and lovely views over the Marshwood Vale. Within easy driving there is much to do; exploring the seaside resorts along this scenic coast, taking in Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype, West Bay, Abbotsbury and on to Weymouth and Portland Bill. Perhaps some coastal walking, maybe up to the top of Golden Cap with its fantastic views over Lyme bay, followed by a hearty meal and refreshment in Chideock. There is swimming, fossil hunting, boating, fishing and golf along the coast or inland attractions such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Yeovil Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and so much more to have a memorable gathering, be it family or friends. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room with wooden floor. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Two separate toilets. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 3 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet.

Woodburners in living room and second living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVDs. CD. Two electric cookers. Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. 5-seater hot tub. Table tennis. Table football. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£839-£2274
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Seagers Cottage Ref: 29561

Set in a picturesque National Trust village

This well-appointed and beautifully presented holiday home is set over three floors and offers a very good level of comfort with attention to detail. It is situated in the stunning NT village of Corfe Castle, which stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck and is dominated by the ruined castle - a delight at any time of year. Family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, a steam railway and many interesting shops. Corfe Common is found at the edge of the village, with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coastal Path. The village itself is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and a small collection of shops, the post office, church and pubs cluster around the village square, which is just a stroll from the cottage. The Jurassic coastline is a short drive away, with famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage with its boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway, Monkey World and The Tank Museum are also close by. Beach 4 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub/restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (4ft). Bathroom (no toilet). Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single, both with Velux.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area, terrace and furniture. Children’s play area with swing, slide and rocker. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£522-£1628
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

With exclusive use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool, this spacious property offers well-equipped holiday accommodation, just 1½ miles from the sea and the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis. With a large secluded garden (south-facing with lovely views), it boasts a tranquil yet convenient location, just a stroll away from Uplyme village green (with playground and tennis court) and friendly village pub and post office. This is an ideal base from which to explore the beaches and spectacular footpaths along the World Heritage coastline.
In Lyme Regis you can visit the Dinosaur Museum, working watermill, small theatre and cinema, or simply enjoy the winding streets of the old quarter, with its numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The Cobb, surrounding the ancient harbour, is famous for its literary connections, featuring in both Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowle’s novel and film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. There is no end of interesting places within easy reach by car: go fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, take the miniature train at Beer or tram at Seaton, explore Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge (Dorchester), or pay a visit to Forde Abbey and a host of NT sites. Outdoor activities to be enjoyed locally include walking amid this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golf, sailing, horse riding, fishing and bird-watching. Shops and pub ½ mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove and two sets of French doors to terrace. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops/dining room with natural slate floor. Separate utility/kitchenette. Cloakroom with toilet. Games room with table football, Playstation, Wii, 2/X-box and glazed doors to swimming pool. Step to two double bedrooms, each with beamed, vaulted ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with 6ft bed, and one with 6ft zip & link bed on ground level plus two guest beds (for +2) accessed via ladder with stairgate. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft mahogany four-poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cots
  • High chairs
  • 47’’ widescreen TV (satellite, Teletext)
  • Additional FreeviewTV for Playstation and Wii
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Small library of books/videos/games
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Pay-as-you-go mobile phone
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, furniture and play equipment
  • Barbecue
  • Parking/garage (for 6 cars)
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (24ft x 13ft)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£914-£2841
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
The Stables Ref: DXS

The Stables is a detached stable conversion and benefits from a large, open-plan kitchen/dining-room with a high ceiling and beams, a living room with a wood-burning stove and also has its own garden with great views over the surrounding countryside. The holiday property stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland. The Dorset Gap is nearby for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas with its Tudor architecture, tea rooms and the nearby Cerne Giant is also a must on any itinerary. The seaside town of Weymouth with splendid harbour, Georgian seafront and long sandy beach makes a great day out and the ferry for day trips to the Channel Islands also leaves from the town. Just a few of the pretty Dorset villages to explore are Abbotsbury with its sub-tropical garden and swannery, Milton Abbas (the first planned settlement in England) with whitewashed thatched cottages and the 14th-century abbey, NT Corfe Castle and Lulworth with famous natural cove and over the hill to Durdle Door. There are RSPB reserves at Arne near Wareham and two at Weymouth. With good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

One step to entrance. Large living room with wood-burning stove, beams and French doors. Large farmhouse-style kitchen with elec range (for cooking)/dining room with Belfast sink and butcher’s block. Bootroom. Shower room with toilet. Step from hall to remaining rooms. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with low sloping ceiling; one double and one small twin. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two travel cots
  • Two high chairs
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with furniture
  • Access to 650 acres of farmland
  • Parking (for 7 cars)
  • Natural spring water supply
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: The Stables (DXS) and Armswell House (DQT) can be booked together to sleep up to 28+4 people

WAS
NOW
£884-£2698
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Pets
3

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.

Entrance hall with cloakroom and toilet. Large central hall with vaulted beamed ceiling, flagstone floor and minstrel gallery. Spacious living room with wood-burning stove, arrow slit windows, rugs on flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Two steps to large dining room with wooden floor and French doors to further patio area. Two steps to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room with hand-made French-style units, combined fuel range, flagstone floor and French doors to patio. Twin bedroom with zip & link bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet, and two with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with zip & link beds, each with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Single bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Range – fuel included
  • Wi-fi

  • 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
£1337-£3984
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with half bath, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second staircase from second living room to first floor: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in second living room). Cot. Travel cot. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
Fernlea Ref: DKE

In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay . Set with its own garden on the edge of the small hamlet of Acton, it has been completely refurbished to a high standard throughout, and includes an extension at the rear (part of which is the owners’ accommodation). Each bedroom boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together.
Swanage (2½ miles) has a lovely sandy beach, and offers a wide variety of attractions, including shops, inns and restaurants, a theatre, and facilities for tennis and swimming. There are steam trains to the little town of Corfe Castle, and odd pieces of architecture brought from London, including the Wellington Tower on the beach, which once stood near London Bridge. The unspoilt village of Studland (4 miles) has another excellent beach (NT) and is close to woods and downs. North of the village is Studland Heath National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of wildlife ranging from wildfowl to lizards. A ferry runs from Studland across the bay to Sandbanks, from where the bay stretches on to Bournemouth.
Excellent walking can be found in this area, with the coastal path running nearby along the cliffs, and the hills at Nine Barrow Down within easy reach. Riding stables at Wareham, 8 miles. Golf 4 miles. Poole and Bournemouth, both 20 miles. Shops ½ mile, three inns within a mile.

Entrance into spacious hall with tiled floor. Cloakroom/toilet. Modern, well-equipped kitchen with Aga and electric cooker. Attractive sitting-room with open fire. Flight of stairs from hall to comfortable dining room with rugs on tiled floor. First floor: Three pretty double bedrooms, each with TV, radio, internal phone system and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV, radio, internal phone system and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steepish stairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling, lovely views, TV, radio, internal phone system, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire – logs available locally
  • Full oil central heating and Aga included (Winter £90 per week)
  • Electricity by meter reading
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Eight Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband available
  • Telephone – incoming only with internal phone system
  • Garden with furniture
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday

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£964-£3366
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