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"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 kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Dishwasher
  • 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
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£418-£1299
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Millgrove House Ref: KAAM

In a secluded, charming setting and with a pleasant countryside outlook, Millgrove House stands detached within spacious grounds and offers superb well-equipped family accommodation for the discerning holidaymaker. Individually designed, with a beautifully-presented interior, it benefits from a covered heated swimming pool with a hopper profile floor, set in a large sun terrace complete with loungers and barbecue, providing an ideal place in which to relax and dine al fresco. The thoughtful owners have also added charming extra touches including bathrobes, offering guests home from home comforts.
Within the grounds, children are well-catered for with a lawned play area with swings and slide providing amusement, alongside a games room offering a pool table, air hockey and table tennis outside, so there are plenty of facilities to keep the family entertained.
Just outside the county town of Taunton, the holiday property is conveniently located, with the town offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, sporting a wide range of facilities and entertainment opportunities in the local area. Close to the Quantock Hills, there is excellent walking to enjoy, golf nearby as well as horse riding. This accommodation requires sympathetic consideration of a neighbouring property.
Within easy reach are Exmoor and the north Somerset coast, as well as Minehead, Watchet, Blue Anchor and the excellent beaches on the north Devon coast. Other attractions of note include the West Somerset Steam Railway, the National Trust properties of Dunster Castle, Barrington Court and Montecute House, as well as Hestercombe Gardens, Glastonbury, and Wells Cathedral.
Beach 15 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire. Sitting room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only). Spacious dining room. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with electric Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area and TV. Utility. Conservatory. Games room with TV. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed and TV. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed and TV; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Nine satellite TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Electric Rangemaster included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Two American-style fridge/freezers
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio area
  • Barbecue (April-October only)
  • Ample parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (3ft 9in x 16ft 4in, depth 3ft 6in to 8ft)
  • Games room with pool table
  • Outdoor table tennis
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

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£1670-£22999
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

"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.

This charming cottage is attached to the owners’ farmhouse, and has its own pretty garden. Large living/dining room with French doors to patio and garden. Modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with three-quarter bath and toilet. Single bedroom. Stairs to first floor: Two attractive bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, and one twin.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30per week (£20 per short break)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed garden 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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£332-£829
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Just 4 miles from the coast
Outstanding views over North Devon countryside
Perfect location for walkers and a haven for nature lovers
Close to beaches and many local attractions
Indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub
Sauna
Gym
Games room and separate snooker room (at cost) with full sized table
9 hole pitch and putt
One and a half acre well stocked coarse fishing lake. Carp up to 20lb
Bar and restaurant (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas and New Year)

Set near the breathtakingly beautiful North Devon Coast, this friendly, family run complex is peacefully located within 10 acres of grounds with outstanding views over the glorious Devon countryside. Moorhead Farm is the perfect holiday choice for family, friends and couples at any time of year. The complex comprises of 17 properties, 10 apartments for families accommodating between 3 and 6 people set together in the grounds, 6 apartments for couples set in a barn conversion attached to the main complex, and a separate cottage also attached to the main complex. The complex has fantastic on-site facilities including a heated indoor swimming pool (open all year), sauna and hot tub area, a well-equipped gym, games room and separate snooker room. Outside there is a 1½-acre, well-stocked fishing lake, with carp weighing as much as 20lb, in stunning surroundings, and a 9-hole pitch and putt course. In the evening there is a delightful fully licensed bar and restaurant to enjoy and give a relaxing end to the day (open Apr-Oct, Feb half term, Xmas & New Year). There is plenty to keep everyone entertained whatever the weather.
Only 4 miles from the coast, this stunning location is perfect to explore the dramatic North Cornwall and Devon coastline. There is the Hartland Peninsula, the pretty town of Bideford with a good range of facilities, and a trip to Lundy Island can be organised from the quayside. Westward Ho! has a long stretch of sand and good surf. Both walkers and cyclists will enjoy the nearby Tarka Trail and it is the perfect touring base to explore the delights of both North Devon and North Cornwall. Coastal walks, and for family fun, The Big Sheep and The Milky Way Adventure Parks are a must. Garden lovers will enjoy RHS Rosemoor, Docton Mill and Tapeley Park, and there are many pretty fishing villages nearby including Clovelly, Instow and Appledore. The popular Cornish resort of Bude has fantastic beaches renowned for excellent surfing whilst the vibrant town centre has a vast array of good restaurants and bars. Tennis, horse riding, mountain boarding and surfing are all on offer locally and for a great day out, why not visit the famous Eden Project. Shop 1 mile.

Family Apartments
Situated in the grounds, but close to the facilities, these apartments command magnificent views over the North Devon countryside, accommodating between 3 and 6 people in 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. First floor apartments have small balconies and external staircases. The spacious 3 bedroom apartments have two bathrooms and private patios. Short or long breaks available on all apartments.
Primrose is a ground floor apartment: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Gas and electric heaters included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Gas cooker. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed patio and furniture.

All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Coin-operated laundry room on site. Wi-fi (in small room in main building). Payphone (in reception). Shared 10-acres of natural, landscaped grounds. Ample parking. Indoor heated swimming pool, open 8am-10.30pm, all year. Hot tub. Games room with pool table, children’s table tennis table, dart board and separate snooker room. NB: Lake and pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£326-£1129
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

" Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
"a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower bath and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
  • Travel cots and high chairs on request
  • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
  • Wi-fi
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared courtyard, garden
  • Shared barbecues
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
  • Shared games chalet
  • Shared tennis court
  • Shared children’s play area
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
  • Tennis court
  • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
  • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
  • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
  • Large courtyard with seats and tables
  • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

WAS
NOW
£325-£1196
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

Six steps to entrance. ‘Upside-down’ style accommodation. Ground floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Spacious living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor and kitchen area with tiled floor and door to garden. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer by meter reading
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£325-£1341
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pine View Ref: E5473


In an elevated position on the side of a hill just 500 yards from the beach at Cromer, this duplex holiday property, the end one of a row, has a spacious south-facing terrace and is located at the Cromer Country Club. It enjoys free access to the health and leisure clubs, indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. There is a games room as well as a bar and restaurant. Nearby Cromer, a Victorian seaside town, offers family fun with the end of pier shows as well as excellent golf, or enjoy tasty fresh crab. Bird reserves, seal watching, boat trips, fishing, coastal and riverside walks, and steam railway rides at the picturesque resort of Sheringham are some of the attractions within a short drive. Felbrigg and Blickling Halls (NT), the charming market towns of Aylsham and North Walsham, the Norfolk Broads and the city of Norwich are also easily accessible. Shop 500 yards and bar on site.

Steps to entrance. Living/dining room with patio door. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single.

Elec heaters, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. D/washer. Large terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: Slopes and steps to main parking area.

WAS
NOW
£368-£780
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

"Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all""Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages (refs H42, HCCA, HCCR, HCCS, HCCW, HDDH, HEEC and HCCG), enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

Exposed beamed open-plan living/dining room overlooking courtyard with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (for +1) and well-equipped kitchen area with slate floor. Twin bedroom with flatscreen Freeserve TV, en-suite shower room and toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with flatscreen Freeserve TV, en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full NSH included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview TV
  • Video/DVD/CD (small video and DVD library)
  • iPod dock
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi (unlimited, free)
  • Telephone (honesty box)
  • South-facing courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Rear access to swimming pool and games room

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Young children’s play area with climbing frame
  • No smoking

WINTER BREAKS
The properties at Newhouse Barton are ideal for holidays at any time of the year. They are cosily heated throughout and all facilities, including the indoor heated swimming pool, are open all the year round. This makes Newhouse Barton perfect for weekly holidays and short breaks whatever the season.

WAS
NOW
£879-£879
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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 two-storey conversion within the old barn. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove and sofa-bed (for +1 child). Modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30per week (£20 per short break)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed, picket-fenced front garden with patio and furniture
  • Friday to Friday

  • Wood-burning stove (except Keeper’s Cottage) – initial supply included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity and full electric central heating (oil central heating in Keeper’s Cottage DFM) included (during October - May, a fuel charge applies - see individual cottage)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
  • Wi-fi (£5 per week)
  • Payphone
  • Shared 12-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) – available daily all year round
  • Sauna (coin-operated)
  • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
  • Large grassed play area with swing, climbing frame, slide and badminton/volleyball net
  • Owners’ hard tennis court
  • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

Properties DGA, DGG, DFM, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

WAS
NOW
£332-£829
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"Outstanding variety...situated in beautiful rolling Devon countryside and offering easy access to the many beaches of South and East Devon and the untamed beauty of Dartmoor. With a heated indoor swimming pool and quality recreational facilities, Newhouse Barton has it all"

Whether seeking an active family holiday or a relaxing weekend to recharge the batteries, Newhouse Barton is the perfect location from which to explore the South Hams, the Dart Estuary and Dartmoor. Located midway between Totnes and Newton Abbott, this collection of sympathetically and carefully restored barns and farm cottages enjoy a superb range of on-site facilities including a Roman-style heated indoor swimming pool (no additional charge), a traffic-free and child-friendly setting with young children’s play area and a furnished games room with pool table, table tennis, table football and toys for younger guests. Nearby there is a range of quality restaurants and pubs serving an excellent range of food to suit all tastes and budgets. The surrounding area offers a beguiling mix of attractions to suit all tastes and ages. The seaside towns and villages from chic Salcombe to Torquay on the ‘English Riviera’, with its palm trees and sub-tropical plants, emanate a Mediterranean feel. Totnes is a 10-minute drive away, with a medieval castle and a thriving arts and crafts scene. Teignmouth is a traditional Victorian seaside resort with a nature reserve at Dawlish Warren, a hotspot for bird watching. Exeter has a world famous cathedral, quays and a shopping centre. For the more active, there’s surfing at Bigbury or visit Haldon Forest, with its cycle and nature trails and Go Ape! For the children, Torbay is easily reached, with Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts.
The wild beauty of Dartmoor is 20 minutes away with its abundance of wildlife and dramatic landscapes. Numerous National Trust properties are close by including Agatha Christie’s Greenway. Steam trains travel from Kingswear to Paignton and Totnes to Buckfastleigh. Visit historic Dartmouth with bustling boat harbour, castle, contemporary art galleries and boutiques. Salcombe with its beaches, sailing and watersports is also easily accessible, as well as Blackpool Sands, Slapton and picturesque Dittisham with its annual crab catching competition. Slightly further afield, East Cornwall and the Eden Project are within an hour’s drive, and the East Devon coast is easily accessible with its unique fishing port at Beer and beaches at Sidmouth and Branscombe. Local shops 1½ miles.

Large open-plan beamed living room with wood-burning stove and patio door to rear garden with panoramic views. Spacious well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full NSH included
  • Travel cot
  • Freeview
  • Additional Freeview TV/DVD
  • Video/DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Washer/dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Wooden patio furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Friday to Friday

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (38ft x 16ft, with changing and shower facilities, open all year round 9am - 8pm)
  • Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football
  • Young children’s play area with climbing frame
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£483-£1305
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"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.

An attractive single-storey cottage. Steps up to cottage entrance and open elevated patio. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Modern fitted kitchen. Double bedroom. Spacious bedroom with three single beds. Bathroom with over-bath shower, hand held shower attachment and toilet.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30per week (£20 per short break)
  • Dishwasher
  • 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
£332-£829
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

All on the ground floor. Beamed living/dining room with tiled floor and compact, modern fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Two beamed bedrooms, each with wooden floor; one double with 6ft bed, and one bunk. Shower room and toilet.

  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking
  • Wheelchair access

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£285-£1089
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