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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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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These three single-storey barn conversions enjoy a courtyard setting in a countryside location. Just a short drive from Wimborne (with shops, cafés and weekly antiques market) and the New Forest with its abundance of wildlife. Within easy reach are Poole Harbour with its excellent sailing, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the stunning beaches of Studland on the Isle of Purbeck. The Georgian town of Blandford and the unspoilt Cranborne Chase are nearby. Superb walks and pubs abound. The holiday cottages were supported by a grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and are furnished to a high standard and well-equipped, with independent wheelchair access and facilities for wheelchair users. Shop ¼ mile.

Beamed open-plan living/dining area with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen. Door to porch and patio area. Double bedroom with
5ft bed and en-suite shower room (power shower) with wheelchair access and toilet. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds, can form one 6ft) with en-suite shower room (power shower) with wheelchair access and toilet.

  • Fridge/freezer
  • Parking (for 2 cars)

  • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV (Freeview)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Shared barbecue
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access – facilities for wheelchair users
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Petersham (DSA), Honeybrook (DSB) and Woodcutts (DSC) can be booked together to sleep 10 people, making it ideal for larger groups. Catering can be provided by prior arrangement.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Brook Cottage Ref: 14937

Set in a rural location in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, this 19th-century cottage of local stone has been extended, retaining character and charm. Within an easy drive one can enjoy the quaint, character abbey town of Sherborne, or the Saxon hill-top and market town of Shaftesbury, both with restaurants and shops, or have days out visiting attractions such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead house and garden and memorable days at either the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes International Motor Museum with its wonderful selection of classic cars. Inland explore Glastonbury with its famous Tor, Cheddar Gorge, the cathedral city of Wells and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath with its famous Roman baths, pump room, museums and shops. Meander south into Dorset, passing the Cerne Abbas Giant and taking in Dorchester and onward to Weymouth and Hardy country, before reaching the famous and scenic Chesil Beach and World Jurassic Coast. There are many historic houses to marvel at, attractions to take the family to and if you wish, just simply enjoy wonderful country walking, pubs for wining and dining, maybe golf nearby or even a day at the Wincanton races. Shop and pub/restaurant 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with sofa bed and French doors. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Landing with single bed (for child). 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a brook at end of the garden.

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£283-£1013
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Garden Cottage Ref: 28829

This detached property is set on a traditional country estate of Stock Gaylard, with its Grade II* Georgian manor house and deer park, between the abbey town of Sherborne, 7 miles, and the market town of Sturminster Newton, 6 miles. This holiday retreat offers superb country walking and is ideal for exploring many attractions, historic houses and days out on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Portland Bill and Lyme Regis. Horse riding and golf nearby. Beach 24 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 2000-acre natural, unspoilt woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£220-£832
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set within 30 acres of grounds on the owners working stud farm and surrounded by peaceful, rolling Dorset countryside with the Jurassic Coastline a few miles away. These well-equipped holiday cottages (refs 15897 and 15898) offer a comfortable base for exploring the area. On the farm is an area with small animals including chickens for children to see and a 100 metre walk will take you down by the river. The popular seaside town of Weymouth is 3 miles away with promenade, sandy beach, sea life centre also popular for water sports and sea fishing. Historic interest at nearby Abbotsbury, with its Tithe barn, swannery and tropical gardens or Maiden Castle, an Iron Age fortification just outside Dorchester. Shop 2 miles, pub 1½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared garden area and furniture. 30-acres of natural grassland and riverside walks. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There are horses stabled on site. River 130 yards.

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£219-£811
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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.

This spacious conversion within a former barn offers attractive accommodation on two floors. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Very well-fitted kitchen. Pretty twin bedroom with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30 per week (£20 per short break)
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed, picket-fenced front garden with patio and furniture
  • Ground floor facilities

  • 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
£496-£1285
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling in a tranquil location on the Devon/Dorset border, this well-presented single-storey barn conversion is set within the 40 acres of the owner’s home, which was the setting for The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It lies ½ mile from the popular medieval port of Lyme Regis with picturesque harbour known as the Cobb. Wonderful scenic walking abounds, with the South West Coastal Path just 500 yards away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Large open-plan beamed living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, and large well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with oak floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full gas central heating included (October-April £20 per week)
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden and patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£420-£1343
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
18
Bedrooms
9
Pets
3

Within 2 miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast and between West Bay and Portland Bill, this Grade II 13th-century stone tithe barn, situated in Litton Cheney on a working farm, has been restored and extended to provide excellent detached character accommodation for eighteen guests, in this sought after part of West Dorset. It offers a great location for enjoying this holiday area, and boasts nine en-suite bedrooms (five doubles and four twins), each with TV, and a large kitchen, ideal for self catering with a large group. The original stone barn, now a very impressive vaulted and beamed living/dining room, comfortably accommodates eighteen. There is plenty of room for all; guests can relax and unwind in the large garden, the children can play in the games room equipped with pool table, there is fishing (by arrangement with the owner) in the 2-acre coarse fishing lake, or simply wander down to the village pub to wine and dine, or enjoy some glorious country walking.
Within a few minutes’ drive is Chesil Beach at Burton Bradstock which stretches for 17 miles from Portland to West Bay and is a unique shingle ridge and natural beauty spot. The pebbles on the beach are said to increase in size from east to west, the largest being at Portland where a centre for wind and kitesurfing can also be found. West Bexington and Abbotsbury are a short drive away with opportunities for swimming and fishing. Abbotsbury is home to the swannery which is a popular family attraction for holidaymakers and where visitors can walk amidst colonies of nesting mute swans in a natural wildlife habitat. Originally established by Benedictine monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury, the swannery was used to provide food for their banquets and has been featured in films including Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, which were established in the 1700s by the Countess of Ilchester, are another place of interest to visit. Magnolia and camelia collections are of particular note as well as rhododendrons and hydrangeas; a gift shop, restaurant and plant centre complete the facilities for a good day out. There is much to see and do in Dorset for families, especially at Weymouth, a short drive away, which offers many attractions ranging from the Sea Life Museum, Deep Sea Adventure to the Time Walk, or visit Dorchester with its many attractions and shops. Further afield, family days out include Wool with its Tank Museum and Monkey World, or admire the natural arch of Durdle Door and the almost circular cove of Lulworth on the way to Wareham and the Isle of Purbeck. To the west one can see the magnificent World Heritage Coast and visit West Bay, Eype, Charmouth and of course the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its pretty harbour and Cobb. Shop 3 miles and pub 400 yards.

Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and corner bar. Large kitchen with walk-in larder and stone floor. Games room. Three twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor (three staircases): Five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full woodchip pellet central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • 32’’ widescreen Freeview TV
  • Nine further Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table
  • Fishing available at cost by arrangement
  • Catering by arrangement with owner
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Lake on farm

WAS
NOW
£1469-£4380
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Gatehouse Ref: W41364

Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

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

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

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

WAS
NOW
£593-£979
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards and pheasants, and just 4 miles south of Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. Nearby there is golf, gymnasium, fishing, 1 mile, and cycle paths and walking. Within easy driving, the historic towns of Blandford and Salisbury. Visit Longleat House and Safari Park, 22 miles, Stourhead House and Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Yeovil Air Museum, and the New Forest, where ponies roam, and the popular South Coast seaside resorts of Weymouth, 25 miles, Bournemouth and Poole, 22 miles. Stabling at cost by prior arrangement. Shops 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with beams. Shower room with toilet.

Travel cot.

Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Unfenced grassed area suitable for play, access to several acres of farmland for walking. Barbecue. Ample parking. Use of splash pool in owner’s garden. Adapted for assisted wheelchair users. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£223-£657
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

"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 pleasant ground floor conversion of the barn. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Two attractive bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £25per week (£15 per short break)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with 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
£315-£769
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
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Vine Cottage Ref: 28077

This detached holiday cottage is set in the small quaint village of Shipton Gorge, and just 2 miles from the old market, rope making town of Bridport, the Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is in an excellent holiday location to enjoy the very best of West Dorset. It offers a great base for families, with a selection of toys to entertain the children. Situated in an area great for enjoying lovely country walks, a vibrant village pub with restaurant, and within very easy driving of golfing, the beach for fishing and swimming, West Bay, where you can arrange boating and sea fishing, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, and also superb scenic coastal walking, with views looking out all along Lyme Bay to Portland and Torquay. One can explore the whole of this beautiful area, spending days out at Weymouth and Dorchester with their many attractions, in particular the Sea Life Centre and Time Walk, perhaps calling in en-route to the Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Within easy driving the very popular and seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, sandy beach, harbour and charming character is always worth a visit. One will have much to do to along this stretch of coast to ensure a memorable holiday, or go inland and enjoy the attractions including the Bovington Tank Museum, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or some historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single with additional folding single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD (small library). iPod dock. Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 14 steps to terraces, with further steps between. Drops in garden.

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£522-£1572
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