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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.

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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

"The places Hardy roamed as a boy, and later enshrined as rustic Wessex . . ."

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. An alternative property in Piddletrenthide village (1 mile) is The School House (ref DRV) which can have the use of the leisure facilities at Doles Ash Farm. Outside, there is a pond, vineyard, sheep and chickens to visit and plenty of space for walking, playing, exploring and relaxing in the shared grounds.
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.

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£315-£769
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide very comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline – a World Heritage site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

Large living room/dining room with kitchen area and wooden floor. Twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

  • Wi-fi
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full electricity rads (underfloor in bathroom), bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
  • Shared 1-acre grounds
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Cycle store
  • Horse stabling by arrangement with owner
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland

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£223-£741
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
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£420-£1343
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Fryermayne Ref: E3237

Amidst peace and rural seclusion, yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester, this spacious and very comfortable house stands on the owners’ 160-acre working farm. Converted from the former stables and adjoining two farm cottages, it offers accommodation of a very high standard and has a cosy woodburner (logs included) and range-style cooker with double oven. Equally suitable for less mobile guests, it has wheelchair access, a ground floor bedroom and shower room with grab rails. It makes a wonderfully relaxing base from which to explore Dorset’s lovely Hardy country and nearby Jurassic coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadmayne village, 0.5 miles, boasts a pub and shop, and Dorchester offers a myriad delights including four museums, a Roman villa and Maiden Castle. The coast, 3 miles, has been awarded World Heritage status - an area extending from beyond Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour, with glorious scenery, walks and beaches as well as plenty of fossil hunting. Inland, attractions as varied as the Cerne Abbas Giant and Bovington Tank Museum invite exploration, a network of footpaths and bridleways starts from the door. Golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. This property has received a 4 star Gold Award grading from Visit England. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, gas, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Two cots. T/cot. Two h/chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Ample parking. Games room with table tennis and table football. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday. Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

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£720-£1728
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Hillview Ref: 28117

In a great location between Bridport and Beaminster, overlooking the beautiful Dorset countryside, this detached, single-storey holiday home offers an ideal situation to see the best of Dorset. Enjoy lovely scenery, walking in the countryside or along the breathtaking Jurassic coast from Lyme Regis to Weymouth. Visit West Bay harbour with fishing, fossil hunting and boating or enjoy memorable days out in Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil. Traditional style pub/restaurant opposite, with an award-winning chef using the finest quality local and seasonal produce. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

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£233-£848
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Puppy Cottage Ref: 19208

Countryside views

Set in peaceful situation in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset, adjoining owners home, with glorious south facing views over the Frome valley providing ideal holiday base for touring Dorset, East Devon and Somerset. Dorchester and Sherborne 10 miles, Jurassic coast 15 miles, Weymouth 18 miles. Excellent walks locally, golf and fishing all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 21/2 miles.

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

Gas central heating and electricity included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Private patio and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 14 years.

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£180-£576
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Ideally located to enjoy the best of West Dorset, 6 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and within easy walking of Beaminster town centre, this cosy semi-detached holiday cottage is well-presented with an inglenook fireplace. It offers an excellent base to explore this popular region. There are many attractions to visit nearby such as Abbotsbury Swannery, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Lyme Regis, 12 miles, and West Bay on the Jurassic Coast. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£264-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Chapel Barn Ref: 15437

Character barn

This charming 17th century barn has been tastefully refurbished to retain much of its original character with low beams, exposed roof timbers and wood burning stove. Set in beautiful West Dorset countryside, adjacent to the owner’s home, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport and seaside village of West Bay. Golf, fishing, sailing, beaches and fine country walks, all close by. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

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

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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£288-£891
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Loft Ref: DFV

Only 4 miles from the sea, this cosy stable conversion makes an ideal hideaway for those who seek the peace of the countryside. The Loft (right in photograph) provides comfortable accommodation with many original features. The Powerstock Forest nature reserve is close by, and 3 miles away is the Iron Age fort of Eggerdon Hill. The nearby coastline offers various delightful walks and pretty villages to visit. Bridport (4 miles) and Dorchester (17 miles) offer a good selection of shops and restaurants. Golf course at West Bay. An excellent base for fishermen, coarse fishing is available locally. Shops
4 miles.

Comfortable open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and modern kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and original slatted timber ceiling. Single bedroom with shower cubicle.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone – incoming only
  • Parking
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£275-£733
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, these converted listed barns are set in an L-shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy’s famous Blackmoor Vale on the other. They offer an excellent holiday base to explore north west Dorset and south Somerset. They are all renovated to a high standard with exposed beams, are tastefully furnished, and have use of a communal games room with a snooker table, table football and darts. They can be booked individually or together so are ideal for family get togethers. Though set on the edge of an organic farm (but in a non working part), the owner would be delighted to show guests around the farm, which is only a short walk away from the cottages. There is also a small flock of sheep and chickens in the cider orchard close by. There is superb country walking on the doorstep, a village shop within walking distance, golf nearby, horse riding, and water activities such as fishing, yachting, boating, sailing and canoeing at Halstock Reservoir. Within easy driving one can visit the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its prototype of Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its fascinating selection of vintage motor cars, and Montacute House and Gardens (one of the many historic houses in the area). To the north into south Somerset, spend days exploring Glastonbury with its famous and enchanting Tor, Wells cathedral city and Bishops Palace, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the Georgian City of Bath with its delightful Roman baths, Pump Room, museums and of course shops and restaurants. Travel south and the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Bridport and Weymouth, all offer many attractions, sights and activities to enjoy, or more locally Sherborne Abbey and Castle (5 miles) and Dorchester market town (12 miles) are not too far. Shop 400 yards, pub 1 mile.

Large, beamed living room. Large, beamed, well-equipped kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking), TV and tiled floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electric range included
  • Washer/dryer
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, furniture and countryside views
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electric convector heaters and NSH included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Additional TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Internet access
  • Barbecue table
  • Access to fields for dog walking
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Shared external games room with snooker table, table football and darts
  • No smoking
  • Wheelchair access

Note: The Old Dairy (DYR) and The Old Stables (DYS) can be booked together to sleep up to 14 people. Cider Press Cottage (DYT) and The Creamery (DYU) can also be booked in conjunction with DYR and DYS to sleep up to 22 people for the remainder of 2014.

WAS
NOW
£445-£1347
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Gapple Gate Ref: 14331

This attractive semi-detached cottage of natural stone, built in the late 16th-century, nestles in the Dorset countryside in the quiet village of Sandford Orcas. The town of Sherborne, 2 miles, provides historic interest, with the castle ruins and 15th-century abbey. Well positioned for holidays exploring this area renowned for its country houses and gardens. Cycle lane runs through the village. Local shops 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Steps and small pond in garden.

WAS
NOW
£245-£605
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

"Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the Coast Path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards. Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floors.

  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared courtyard
  • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool, open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
  • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

WAS
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£296-£1001
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