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Harcombe House - Woodhouse in Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Harcombe House - Woodhouse, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £541 to £ 1428

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 8.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: 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. Completely renovated, the house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was more recently used as a boarding house for the local public school. Honeysuckle Cottage ref DZJ is a detached property just 100 yards from the entrance to Harcombe House and lies 30 yards from the grounds. 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.




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The Cider Press in Watton, Dorset, South West England

The Cider Press, Watton, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £550 to £ 1284

Self catering accommodation in Watton sleeps 8.

Features include: • Garden • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: In the small hamlet of Watton, 11/4 miles from the beach at Eype and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this lovely, upside down 1870s barn conversion has a spacious upstairs with vaulted ceiling, wooden floors and beams and is ideal for exploring from Lyme Regis to Weymouth. Surrounded by footpaths, West Bay is a short walk across fields or a 5-minute drive. This beautiful, popular fishing port has many attractions, pubs and restaurants. Superb for coastal walking, fossil hunting, swimming, boating, fishing and quaint seaside resorts. Shop 3/4 mile, pub 1/2 mile.

Four bedrooms, each with TV/DVD; two double, one twin, one single (for +1) with additional 2ft 6in pull-out bed (for +1 child). Wet room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Large living/dining room with kitchen area, door to balcony, vaulted beamed ceiling and oak wood floor.




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Stable Cottage in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

Stable Cottage, Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 6
Weekly prices from £363 to £ 1104

Self catering accommodation in Lyme Regis sleeps 6.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individually or for for larger groups can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. The Coach House, which is located on one side of a beautiful high walled courtyard has charm and character, retaining an inglenook, beams, flagstones and one four-poster bedroom, and is ideal to accommodate two family groups or larger extended families. On the other side of the courtyard is Stable Cottage which is thatched, built from local stone and makes excellent family accommodation. Being on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one can enjoy a stroll into Lyme itself and wander around the local shops, lanes, cafes, restaurants and along the picturesque Cobb, made famous by the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, or simply chill out on the beach, fishing, boating, beach walking and of course fossil hunting. There is superb scenic coastal walking all along the Lyme Bay Coast, with views stretching to Portland Bill and far into Devon, and for those without a faint heart, the National Trust’s Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff is an exhilarating walk with spectacular scenery. One can visit the many popular seaside resorts from Weymouth in the east to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and onto Exmouth in the west, or enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside with its quaint villages, pubs and cream tea cafes. There are many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House and Gardens, and family entertainment such as The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park and inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Exeter Cathedral City is worth a day out to see the Cathedral itself, the catacombs, museums and shops. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.




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Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn in Dewlish, Dorset, South West England

Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn, Dewlish, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 15
Weekly prices from £1484 to £ 3765

Self catering accommodation in Dewlish sleeps 15.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cott

Accommodation overview: Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a
500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, shared use of a games room and access to acres of unspoilt woodland. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 11/2 miles.




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Pebble Beach Cottage in Lulworth, Dorset, South West England

Pebble Beach Cottage, Lulworth, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 10
Weekly prices from £539 to £ 1649

Self catering accommodation in Lulworth sleeps 10.

Accommodation overview: A charming yet contemporary thatched cottage close to Lulworth Cove.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Telephone Exchange in Stalbridge, Dorset, South West England

Telephone Exchange, Stalbridge, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £199 to £ 549

Self catering accommodation in Stalbridge sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: A unique cottage in the heart of scenic North Dorset.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Armswell House in Plush, Dorset, South West England

Armswell House, Plush, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 18
Weekly prices from £1416 to £ 3420

Self catering accommodation in Plush sleeps 18.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Hot Tub • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sl

Accommodation overview: Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.




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Greenwood Grange Cottages - Durbaville in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, South West England

Greenwood Grange Cottages - Durbaville, Higher Bockhampton, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £1141 to £ 2901

Self catering accommodation in Higher Bockhampton sleeps 8.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Easy Walking Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: 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 Silver Award in 2009

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 newly established 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. Greenwood Grange offers bicycles for hire and a drop-off and pick-up service by prior arrangement.
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 Blue Flag 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. Nearby Portland is set to hold Olympic sailing events in 2012.
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 ...




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Tranquillity Cottage in Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset, South West England

Tranquillity Cottage, Winfrith Newburgh, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £349 to £ 1030

Self catering accommodation in Winfrith Newburgh sleeps 4.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Only 3 miles from the beauty spot of Lulworth Cove, with spectacular rock formations at Durdle Door, this delightful cottage offers very attractive and comfortable accommodation, with its own garden bordering open countryside. One of a small row of Grade II listed, 17th-century thatched cottages , it nestles in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is Hardy country, with Dorchester (8 miles) the centre of events in The Mayor of Casterbridge. Weymouth 11 miles. Shop 200 yards, choice of good pubs serving food nearby.

Charming, beamed sitting/dining room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Well-equipped beamed kitchen with utility area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Open access from landing to twin bedroom leading to double bedroom, each with sloping ceiling and beams.




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Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden in Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden, Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 3
Weekly prices from £292 to £ 788

Self catering accommodation in Higher Chilfrome sleeps 3.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 3

Accommodation overview: Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.




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Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome in Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome, Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 5
Weekly prices from £340 to £ 987

Self catering accommodation in Higher Chilfrome sleeps 5.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 5

Accommodation overview: Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.




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Round Chimneys Farm - The Stables in Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset, South West England

Round Chimneys Farm - The Stables, Glanvilles Wootton, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 5
Weekly prices from £282 to £ 826

Self catering accommodation in Glanvilles Wootton sleeps 5.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Golf near by • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 5

Accommodation overview: Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday cottages have been carefully renovated and offer comfortable accommodation. Churchill Cottage has interesting historical connections – having once been owned by John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and the highwayman John Clavell respectively – and adjoins the owners’ farmhouse, whilst The Stables stands quite detached. Close by, the abbey town of Sherbourne offers an array of shops, cafes and inns, as well as many historical points of interest. For a day by the sea, the south coast is within easy reach with a choice of many quiet beaches or bustling resorts. Famed for its chalk giant on the hillside, Cerne Abbas nearby, as well as the county town of Dorchester and the home of Thomas Hardy. Golf locally. Shop 3 miles, pub serving food nearby.




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