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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
0
Longhill Ref: 27147

In a wonderful location 2 miles from the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and on the East Devon/West Dorset border, this detached bungalow for twelve, sitting in its own six acres of grounds, is an ideal holiday home for two to three families, or for larger groups to enjoy this popular area. It offers a large patio for sitting out on a warm day and enjoying barbecues, has six bedrooms (one en-suite) each accommodating two people, a very large living room with woodburner and, within the grounds, plenty of room to play on the large lawned areas or in the wood. Nearby, one can book into River Cottage for an exquisite meal, visit a nature reserve or pop into the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its pretty harbour, famous Cob, sandy beach and shops. Lyme offers boating, with beautiful views of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Portland Bill all the way to Torquay, canoeing, sailing, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and marvellous scenic coastal walking. There are also many other coastal resorts, including West Bay, Eype, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth, with family attractions to make a memorable holiday such as Pecorama at Beer, the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and the Victorian Tramway at Seaton running along the estuary nature reserve. There is also golf, cycling, country walking and, within easy driving distance, a number of historic houses and gardens, in particular Forde Abbey and Gardens. Guests will not be short of many activities and places to visit. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. Kitchen with 2 steps up to dining area. Utility room. 6 bedrooms: 4 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single plus pull-out single (can form double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. 6-acre natural and wooded grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Holme Cottage Ref: DTL

This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden with hot tub and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Many rooms in this property have lovely high ceilings and large bay windows, providing a light and airy feel to the holiday home. The downstairs games room provides a great place for children and adults with a pool table, table football, table tennis, board games and toys. Bournemouth town centre is 1½ miles away. From the well kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye can be taken, 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. Compton Acres in Bournemouth and the delightful Exbury Gardens (18 miles) are both worth a visit, as is Beaulieu, with its world renowned National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey (20 miles). Other places of interest to visit include Farmer Palmers, Alice in Wonderland Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and bay window. Dining room with seating for 14 and bay window. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Games room with patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with 6ft Victorian oak four-poster bed, TV, bay window and gas ‘living-flame’ fire. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, bay window and ornamental fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Gas ‘living-flame’ fire included
  • electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Three TVs
  • DVD
  • Two radio/CDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Cycle/surf board store
  • Games room with pool table, board games, table tennis and table football
  • 8 person sauna room with shower
  • Hot tub
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£1068-£3265
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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
3

Occupying a secluded rural position within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Purbecks, Woodyhyde Courtyard is a large detached, single-storey holiday property with its own leisure facilities including heated indoor swimming pool and sauna with changing room, shower and toilet. In the games room there is a TV with Sky sports and movies, table tennis, a pool table and table football. There is also a gym (adults only) and outside a large enclosed field ideal for ball games or a picnic.
This is excellent walking country – four footpaths lead from the grounds over open countryside, from where they link up with a magnificent network of paths, including the spectacular Dorset Coast Path just 3 miles away. The historic stone village of Corfe Castle is just 1½ miles away, where visitors will find the ruins of a National Trust castle, and a collection of shops, pubs and restaurants. The scenic Swanage Steam Railway passes through the valley close to the farm – a trip aboard is bound to be a memorable experience. Swanage Bay, with its sandy beach, is just 4½ miles away and the magnificent countryside and sandy beaches of the Studland Peninsula lie just 7 miles distant. Shops and pubs 1½ miles.

Large beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove and vaulted ceiling. Well-equipped kitchen, vaulted ceiling and French doors to patio. Four steps down to utility leading to pool, sauna, gym and games room. Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and day bed (for alternative sleeping only); one with en-suite bathroom with toilet, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Three TVs (two satellite, Sky sports & movies)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Landscaped gardens with patios and furniture
  • ½-acre games field
  • Ample parking
  • Private indoor heated swimming pool
  • Sauna
  • Gym room with equipment (adults only)
  • Games room with TV, table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£2051-£4797
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
25
Bedrooms
10
Pets
2
Purbeck Vineyard Ref: DBBJ

This large detached holiday home is located in the village of Harmans Cross, between the Jurassic Coastline, a designated World Heritage Site, and the picture postcard village of Corfe Castle. The vineyard was established in 2000 and has some 3000 vines. The on-site winery enables the wine grapes to be harvested, pressed and vinified into wine that truly is chateau bottled. Tours can be organised by prior arrangement. Food hampers, casks and ½ casks of local beer and wine can be pre-ordered. The bedrooms are inviting, unique and individual - designed with relaxation in mind; they all feature hand sprung mattresses, deep baths or spectacular power showers. Many of the rooms have balconies overlooking the vineyard, steam railway and views of the panoramic Purbeck Hills. This accommodation has been furnished using the finest contemporary fabrics, fittings and furniture.
The Swanage steam railway can be seen passing by along the bottom of the valley close to the vineyard and one of the stops is at nearby Harmans Cross station. The line runs from NT Corfe Castle along to Swanage. The seaside town of Swanage is popular all year around, with the coastal paths, Dulston Country Park, a sandy beach, promenade and small pier. Activities which can be enjoyed locally include horse riding, sailing, golf, tennis, diving, windsurfing and sea fishing. There is also an RSPB reserve at Arne near the Saxon town of Wareham. Popular places to visit include Blue Pool, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, NT Brownsea Island, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum. A little further a field are the larger seaside resorts of Sandbanks, Bournemouth and Weymouth. The Sealife Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Athelhampton House and Gardens are easily accessible. Garage/shop 550 yards. Shops, pubs and local restaurant 1 mile.

Library/foyer with comfy seats and space for wet boots. Living room with open fire and patio doors. Second living room with bar area. Dining room with large extendable mahogany tables. Large renovated well-equipped kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional cabin bed (for
+1 child under 10 yrs) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, leading to two additional single beds (for +2), with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two separate toilets. First floor: Five double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, French doors to balcony and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with four poster bed and larger balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional single bed (for +1), additional cabin bed (for +1 child under 10 yrs) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Further double bedroom with 5ft bed leading to twin bedroom (for +2) with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower, shower attachment and toilet. All bedrooms with TV. All balconies with views of vineyard and other rooms with views of Purbeck Hills.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot and high chair on request
  • TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Wii
  • Double cooker
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • 1½-acre lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Balconies
  • 2½-acre vineyard (tours by arrangement)
  • Ample parking
  • Games area with Xbox and Wii
  • External games room with table tennis and air hockey
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge (must be kept on lead)
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Ball water feature and
    fountain in garden

WAS
NOW
£2125-£5037
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
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 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 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.

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£839-£2274
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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

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£1181-£3568
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Old Monmouth Ref: DVP

Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the seafront. Full of character, it offers spacious holiday accommodation for 16 people - with seven bedrooms (five en-suite) and also has many period features, including beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and pine wooden shutters.
Old Monmouth has endured a chequered history with Monmouth’s cavalry lodging there in 1685, being visited by Oscar Wilde in 1891 and used by the Americans as a HQ during the war. This unique property is an excellent holiday home to enjoy Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, beach, shops and cafes, and also to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. There is superb scenery, coastal walking, golf and fishing on the doorstep, and within easy driving distance are Bridport, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth. Weymouth, with its Deep Sea Adventure, Timewalk and many other attractions also makes for a good family visit. There are a host of National Trust properties to visit, as well as Forde Abbey and Gardens - whilst inland, the Yeovilton Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and much more provide alternative days out. Shops 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

Large beamed living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Large beamed dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with gas range, breakfast area, wooden floor and side access to outside. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional twin beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with wooden shutters and wash basin. Bunk bedroom with double bed on bottom, single bed on top and wash basin. All bedrooms with TV (except bunk bedroom and upstairs twin bedroom). Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (Freeview)
  • DVD
  • Gas range included
  • 8-ring hob and double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No garden
  • Public car park 400 yards (2 permits provided)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£968-£3073
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