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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Outdoor heated swimming pool

Set amid 101/2-acre grounds, complete with outdoor heated swimming pool and children’s play area, these four holiday properties occupy a beautiful setting. The 16th century, Grade I listed detached thatched farmhouse can accommodate up to 8, and is rich in character features including an inglenook fireplace in both the living and dining rooms. The three adjoining cottages, named after British apples, have been imaginatively converted from former fruit barns. All four properties have a private garden or courtyard, whilst enjoying the freedom to roam the grounds and make the most of the shared facilities. Ideal for exploring South Devon with its stunning coastline, and resorts such as Dawlish and Teignmouth. Rugged Dartmoor is only a short drive, and many family attractions are within easy reach including Castle Drogo (NT), Fingle Bridge and Gorge and Canonteign Falls and Country Park. Within 10 miles of the old cathedral city of Exeter, with its many varied attractions including a race course, shopping, antique shops, guided tours and a host of summer festivals. Fishing on the River Teign, 3 miles. Golf 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters included. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (3 cars).

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared landscaped and wooded grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue (until December 2014). Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (36m x 13m, depth 0.9m to 2.1m, open 1st May to 30th September) with changing facilities. Shared games room with pool table and darts (April-October only). Mini-gym room with cross trainer, running machine and weights. Shared children’s play area with wendy house, swings and slide. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£304-£1073
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Rafters Barn Ref: E2064

In the timeless, open landscape of the Norfolk Fens, Thorpland Manor Farm offers visitors a wonderfully peaceful rural setting and shared enjoyment of a fine range of facilities including a heated open air swimming pool. Skilfully and lovingly converted from handsome farm buildings, and carefully retaining traditional features in their beamed interiors, all seven cottages provide the highest quality of comfort. Set near the owners’ 17th century farmhouse on a working farm, they all boast their own sitting out areas as well as access to the farm grounds, where coarse fishing and farm walks make this the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. A sauna, hot tub and games room all add to the pleasurable atmosphere. A wide variety of attractions lie within easy reach including the NT’s Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house built in 1482 and which holds special events throughout the year, and Langham Glass, where visitors can watch the traditional skills of glass making. A wealth of crafts and antiques barns, a butterfly and wildlfe park, water gardens, farm parks, plant nurseries, museums or rural life and a rare breeds centre also promise good days out. Boasting several unique wildlife habitats and criss-crossed by footpaths and quiet lanes, the wide scenery of the Fens and the heathland and forests of the Norfolk Brecks offer excellent walking and cycling opportunities, whilst the north Norfolk coast,with its picturesque villages, salt marshes and bird reserves, is an easy drive. Sandringham House and Park is well worth a visit and the Victorian seaside resort of Hunstanton’s sandy beaches, rock pools, majestic cliffs, beautifully planted gardens, traditional amusements, fun fair and host of water based activities are sure to delight visitors of all ages. Standing on rising ground just 3.5 miles away is Downham Market, one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns and offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, tennis and a sports centre. Fishing, riding and golf are all available nearby. Shops and pub serving food 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, (one four poster). Bathroom with toilet. Beams throughout.

Cot. Video. W/machine. T/dryer. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

All properties: Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. H/chair. M/wave. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking. Fishing. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool 8.5m x 4.2m), available 30th Apr–9th Oct. Shared hot tub. Shared sauna. Shared games room with pool table and table football. Children’s play area with wooden tower, swings and slides. No smoking.

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£294-£704
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
Allocated parking for each cottage





In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views.


From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 bunk. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen.

Electric heaters by meter reading. Cots and high chairs on request. CD. Dishwasher. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (small charge). Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m), closed November-Easter. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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£190-£776
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Calgarth Lodge Ref: CC127241
White Cross Bay Leisure Park has been awarded a four star award by Visit England along with the David Bellamy Gold Award for Conservation, so guests can be assured not only of a high standard of accommodation but also of a location doing its utmost to protect the local environment. Set mid way between Ambleside and Windermere, the park is situated in the very heart of the Lake District within 60 acres of wooded parklands, which run right down to the shores of Lake Windermere. White Cross Bay has an indoor heated swimming pool, with sauna, solarium and gym, all payable on site, as well as a modern clubhouse bar and restaurant with regular daytime and evening entertainment. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the site, details available at reception. Launching is also available should you have your own boat, with prior arrangement.
Calgarth Lodge enjoys a peaceful, wooded location on the site, a short walk from the Lake shore and the excellent facilities that White Cross Bay has to offer.

Ground Floor: Property has gas fired central heating and comprises;
Hallway
Open plan living accommodation with...
Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.
Dining/Lounge area: Enjoying direct access to the decking, TV with DVD and video and en electric fire place.
Shower room: With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail
Bedroom 1: With double bed, good range of fitted units and en-suite with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom 2: With twin beds and fitted units.

All gas, electric and bed linen included. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi access available throughout the park. Excellent leisure facilities available, payable on site.Outside: Private parking. Decked area with seating, patio heater and BBQ provided. Washer/dryer and bike storage available.

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£425-£830
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Games room
Indoor heated swimming pool

These cottages have been completely renovated, and with their own private gardens, are part of a complex of 14 properties. Claxton Grange lies 6 miles from York and is in 16-acres of private grounds, with swimming pool, games room, garden room, hard tennis court and wildlife pond. York is a city full of history with its minster, cobbled streets, museums, the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Viking Centre and the Castle Museum, as well as an excellent choice of shops, restaurants and riverside inns. The market town of Pickering, gateway to the North York Moors National Park and terminus of the moors steam railway, 20 miles. Filey, Scarborough and Whitby are all within 40 miles. Castle Howard, 10 miles. Clifton Moor with bowling and cinema complex, 6 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub/restaurants 2 miles.

This property is close to the 2014 Tour de France route, come and experience the spectacular scenery for yourself and follow in the trail of some true cycling legends.

Ground floor: Two steps down to living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Sitting-out area.

All properties: Open fire in each living room (fuel at cost). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV/DVD. Video. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin operated tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi (in garden room). Shared lawned courtyard at rear. Shared use of 16-acre grounds. Garden room. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8.5m x 4.3m, depth 0.9m to 1.5m), open 9am to 8pm, with shower and changing facilities. Games room with pool table and table tennis. Hard tennis court. No smoking. NB: Large unfenced pond in the grounds (50 yards).

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£254-£857
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

"Charming cottages situated in a scenic holiday location, which form an ideal base from which to explore the stunning scenery of the North Yorkshire Coast..."

Killerby Old Hall and its 7 cottages are ideal for a countryside holiday whilst being less than 2 miles from the beach of Cayton Bay. Guests can enjoy the nature reserve and lake area, or relax in the indoor heated swimming pool. The accommodation ranges from the Old Hall, sleeping 10 in period splendour, through to cosy Crow’s Nest which sleeps 2. Set in a pretty courtyard, each cottage is different yet has its own sitting-out area with patio furniture and BBQ.
Killerby Old Hall is situated between the coastal resorts of family friendly Filey, with its cobble landing and pretty promenade, and Scarborough, with its vibrant South Bay and naturally picturesque North Bay, located on part of Britain’s heritage coast. The Stephen Joseph Theatre, famed throughout the county, puts on a number of Alan Aykbourn productions. To the north, across the stunning North Yorkshire Moors, lies the port of Whitby; famous for its connections to Captain James Cook and Dracula. Robin Hood’s Bay, a former fishing village with a smugglers past, has quaint streets which lead visitors to a small, sandy cove and rock pools. Heading inland, find the historic market town of Pickering, where the famous North Yorkshire Moors steam train begins its journey. Access Dalby Forest through the attractive village of Thornton-le-Dale and be sure to stop for an ice cream. The forest offers a range of activities including mountain bike tracks, or for those feeling adventurous there is Go Ape. It is also a popular picnic destination which is surrounded by walks that the whole family can enjoy. Travel a little further afield to Castle Howard with its stunning house and grounds. The ancient, Roman walled city of York sits just an hour up the A64, a famously haunted city with many attractions such as the railway museum, river trips and excellent shopping. To the south along the coast, the Cleveland Way leads to dramatic Flamborough Head and the Bempton RSPB Sanctuary. The village of Cayton is a 500 yard stroll, with its pub, post office and shop. Full amenities are just over 4 miles away in Scarborough. Shop and pub 500 yards.

Open-plan living/dining room with French doors and well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with feature round window, TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with beams and sloping ceilings; one with TV. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Full LPG central heating included
  • Four Freeview TVs (one satellite)
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large courtyard to front; enclosed lawned garden and furniture to rear
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot (included linen)
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room (coin-op)
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared grounds of 20 acres, with grassed areas suitable for ball games and recreation, nature reserve and small lake (toddlers beware)
  • Barbecue
  • Play area with swings, slide (for under 11s)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool open all year round with changing facilities (30ft x 16ft 6in, depth 3ft 9in to 4ft 9in, open 8am-8pm)
  • Shared games room with pool table (coin-op), table tennis, darts, arcade games and board games
  • Tourist information available
  • Welcome pack
  • Cycle store
  • NB: Small lake in grounds

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£396-£1267
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Ketlam View Ref: CAAG

Offering a welcome retreat for large family groups, surrounded by attractive countryside, this wonderful detached holiday home is built from local carstone and includes its own large enclosed garden and shared games room, with table tennis and football table. The garden has a badminton net with racquets, a children’s slide and double swing. It is comfortably furnished and well equipped to provide a warm welcome for discerning guests at any time of year. There is the opportunity to receive farmhouse-cooked meals delivered to the door, by prior arrangement. Your party will have exclusive use of the heated indoor swimming pool for 7 half-days, on alternate mornings and afternoons, enabling your party to enjoy both the pool and the Norfolk countryside on each of the six days. The property lies 15 miles from the North Norfolk Coast with its excellent sandy beaches, Coastal Path, RSPB nature and bird reserves. The long sweep of sandy beach runs from Snettisham through the popular seaside towns of Heacham onto Hunstanton. Snettisham also has an RSPB Nature Reserve. The local area offers wonderful woodland and river walks, excellent walking can also be found close at hand, and the network of quiet lanes offer good cycle routes. The Royal Sandringham Estate and Museum, 10 miles, is open to visitors when the Royal Family are not in residence. Fly fishing and coarse fishing available at the nearby Narborough trout and coarse lakes, 1 mile. Many places of historical and interest lie in the surrounding area, including Castle Rising, Castle Acre Priory ruins, Houghton and Oxborough Halls, Walsingham Abbey and Shrine ruins. The medieval town of Kings Lynn has waterfront shops, shopping complex, a theatre, inns and restaurants, 8 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Spacious living room with open fire. Sitting room. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with breakfast area, oil Aga and gas/electric cooker. Utility. Step to twin bedroom with door to garden. Step to shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD
  • Oil Aga
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
  • High chair available
  • Ample parking
  • Use of indoor swimming pool (alternate mornings/afternoons)
  • Shared games room
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£1670-£1670
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

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£325-£1196
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
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 spacious conversion within a former barn offers attractive accommodation on two floors. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Very well-fitted kitchen. Pretty twin bedroom with en-suite toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom.

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

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

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

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

"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

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£418-£1299
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award""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. 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 garden area
  • Patio
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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

OFF SEASON BREAKS AND CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Greenwood Grange Cottages are the perfect choice for a Dorset holiday at all times of the year. With full oil-fired central heating throughout, the cottages offer a cosy and warm welcome in the off-season months. And, of course, a full range of facilities - including the indoor heated swimming pool - is available throughout the year. This is a festive getaway for Christmas and New Year holidays, too - with decorated Christmas trees in all cottages.

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£471-£1299
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
Allocated parking for each cottage





In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views.


From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen.

Electric heaters by meter reading. CD. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with furniture. Ample parking.

All properties: Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (small charge). Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m), closed November-Easter. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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£234-£761
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