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90 luxury cottages and self catering accommodation in Dorset, South West England. A range of superb quality cottages across Dorset.

 
 
 
 
 

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Chisel Barn Foxditch in Hanford, Dorset, South West England

Chisel Barn Foxditch, Hanford, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £350 to £ 0

Self catering accommodation in Hanford sleeps 4.

Features include: Parking|Pets allowed|Baby Friendly|Children allowed|Garden|Wheelchair access|Internet Access|Rural retreat|Good for couples|Elderly friendly|Country views

Accommodation overview: Stunning new barn conversion with spectacular views

Features include: A modern and very spacious 2 bedroom barn conversion, sleeps 4. Can be booked with adjoining property to accommodate an additional 6 guests. Beautifully furnished. Terrace and lawns, stabling for horses, dogs welcome. Within easy walking distance of excellent Child Okeford amenities. Fabulous walking country over the Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve and in the River Stour valley.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chisel Barn is a new conversion designed and fitted to the highest standards. The barn consists of two, light and airy properties that, if rented together, will accommodate ten people. Both properties are single storey,  with a large light kitchen and living space.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Grange Farm Cottages - Woodpecker Cottage in Oborne, Dorset, South West England

Grange Farm Cottages - Woodpecker Cottage, Oborne, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £234 to £ 788

Self catering accommodation in Oborne sleeps 4.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Easy Walking Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, these two well presented single storey barn conversions, offer comfortable and spacious accommodation in a peaceful location. They are delightfully situated and yet within 2 miles, one can be in the lovely town of Sherborne, enjoying the picturesque Blackmore Vale, or visiting many historic houses, such as Montacute, Forde Abbey, Stourhead and Longleat. Within easy driving distance of many family attractions such as the popular Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum and days out exploring the World Heritage Coast from Weymouth to Lyme Regis, or inland central Somerset, Glastonbury Tor and the exquisite City of Bath. Shops and pub 2 miles.




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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 Stables in Plush, Dorset, South West England

The Stables, Plush, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 14
Weekly prices from £880 to £ 2578

Self catering accommodation in Plush sleeps 14.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 14

Accommodation overview: The Stables is a modern detached stable conversion and benefits from a large open plan kitchen/dining-room with high ceiling and cosy Aga, living room with wood-burning stove and also has its own garden with great views over the surrounding countryside. The holiday property stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland on which chickens, goats and horses roam. The Dorset Gap is nearby for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas with its Tudor architecture, tea rooms and the nearby Cerne Giant is also a must on any itinerary. The seaside town of Weymouth with splendid harbour, Georgian seafront and long sandy beach makes a great day out and the ferry for day trips to the Channel Islands also leaves from the town. Just a few of the pretty Dorset villages to explore are Abbotsbury with its sub tropical garden and swannery, Milton Abbas (the first planned settlement in England) with whitewashed thatched cottages and the 14th-century abbey, NT Corfe Castle, and Lulworth with famous natural cove and over the hill to Durdle Door. There are RSPB reserves at Arne near Wareham and two at Weymouth. With good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles, pub 1 mile.

One step to entrance. Large living room with wood-burning stove, beams and French doors. Large farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with Aga, electric cooker, Belfast sink and butchers block. Bootroom. Shower room with toilet. Step from hall to remaining rooms. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom. Three twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms each with low sloping ceiling; one double and one small twin. Bathroom with toilet.




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Seabiscuit in Rousdon, Dorset, South West England

Seabiscuit, Rousdon, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 7
Weekly prices from £618 to £ 1904

Self catering accommodation in Rousdon sleeps 7.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 7

Accommodation overview: In the heart of the Rousdon Estate (one of the great Victorian estates in Britain and formerly a public school), Seabiscuit is 1/2 mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and the Dorset Coastal Path. This corner stable courtyard cottage adjacent to the mansion, is well presented and lovingly restored, and offers excellent accommodation. Stunning scenic walking can be enjoyed along the coast, as well as amongst the rolling hills on the many miles of local countryside footpaths. Guests have the freedom to explore the walks on this 350-acre estate and anyone with a taste of adventure can walk down the steep pathway to the estate’s private beach and nature reserve, spend time fossil hunting or simply relax in this wonderful location. Within easy driving, just 21/2 miles away, is the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, famous for its role in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its pretty Cobb, beach and shops. Popular for visits are the towns of Seaton, Sidmouth, Bridport and the quaint villages of Branscombe and Beer. Axminster has a sports complex offering swimming and various other facilities. There are also many attractions to visit and historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and Loughwood Meeting House. Shop and hotel restaurant/bar ¼ mile.

Large living room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, balcony with views and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, double shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1), TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.




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Hooke Court in Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Hooke Court, Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 23
Weekly prices from £2622 to £ 2885

Self catering accommodation in Beaminster sleeps 23.

Features include: • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Golf near by • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 23

Accommodation overview: Dating mainly from the 17th century, with some parts much older, this fine spacious, moated manor house, with its own large garden, was formerly owned by the Dukes of Bolton and the Earl of Sandwich. Now part of an educational complex, it has been modernised, yet retains its character and charm and serves as a memorable venue for large family and group re-unions. Boasting eleven bedrooms (8 with en-suite facilities), an elegant drawing room with open fire, a dining room and a games room, it has its own garden. Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway, and close to the spectacular Dorset coastline, Hooke Court is just 10½ miles from West Bay (formerly Bridport Harbour), and is within easy reach of both pebbly Chesil Beach and Golden Cap cliff. Looking back further into the past than Hardy’s timeless ‘Wessex’, there are traces of Roman and pre-Roman culture ready to be explored. With Maiden Castle, Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and Cerne Abbas – home to the well-endowed Cerne Giant cut into a steep chalk hillside, well worth visiting. For days out, a pilgrimage to Hardy’s birthplace (NT), his school, his home and Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried, is a rewarding experience. Whilst locally, the district surrounding Beaminster has its own rich heritage and is home to a notable Tudor manor house - Mapperton Gardens, the main location for the BBC’s Tom Jones. Close by is Eggardon’s hill fort, 3 nature reserves, fishing, walking and sailing. Roman town of Dorchester (with weekly market), 13 miles. Golf course at Crewkerne. Shops and pubs 3½ miles.

Reception hall. Drawing room with open fire and door to garden. Dining room. Kitchen with range-style cooker. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Five twin bedrooms, one with additional bunk beds (for +2). Second floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Old chapel games room. All first floor bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and toilet or shower room with toilet.




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The Retreat in Uploders, Dorset, South West England

The Retreat, Uploders, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 10
Weekly prices from £1088 to £ 2660

Self catering accommodation in Uploders sleeps 10.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 10

Accommodation overview: Within 3 miles of the beach, this Grade II listed, thatched former barn offers spacious, very comfortable accommodation and a good range of facilities, including its own indoor heated swimming pool and games room. Sympathetically converted and very well equipped, it has its own lawned area and patio, and is surrounded by lovely countryside. The ancient town of Bridport
(2 miles), once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’, and holds a twice-weekly market in its broad streets. At West Bay (3 miles) there are fishing trips and rowing boats for hire. At Seaton (6 miles), the lush Winniford Valley opens to an unspoilt beach of golden shingle, shelving steeply to sand at low tide. To the west of the beach, the Dorset Coast Path climbs to Golden Cap – at 626ft the highest point on the southern coast, with superb views along the coastline. The National Trust owns 2,000 acres of land here, offering 15 miles of footpaths for walkers. Ten miles away is the attractive seaside town of Lyme Regis. Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion gives a good picture of the town in the early 19th-century, and its history is displayed in the local museum. The ancient town of Dorchester (14 miles), built on the site of the Roman town, has much of historical interest: the remains of a Roman town house and a mosaic in Colliton Park, the old county court where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried, and Thomas Hardy’s study in the Dorset County Museum. Shops 2 miles.

Large hall/study with full-length windows. Dining room with additional TV and steps down to sun room. Spacious sitting-room with electric fire and French doors to patio and courtyard. Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. Utility room. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Two pretty double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Small children’s twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Second twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.




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Cerne Abbey Cottage in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, South West England

Cerne Abbey Cottage, Cerne Abbas, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 2
Weekly prices from £266 to £ 743

Self catering accommodation in Cerne Abbas sleeps 2.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

Cosy sitting-room. Old pine kitchen/dining room with open fire and beamed ceiling. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views to both east and west. Spacious bathroom with large corner bath and toilet.




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The Elbow in Frampton, Dorset, South West England

The Elbow, Frampton, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £338 to £ 987

Self catering accommodation in Frampton sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: This 16th-century thatched cottage, with original Tudor plasterwork ceiling, lies in the lovely Frome Valley, an AONB. A light corner cottage, it has been delightfully updated. Only 5 miles from Dorchester and 9 miles from the Jurassic Coast, it is ideal to explore the stunning coast from Lyme Regis to Swanage. Many attractions in the area, days out at Weymouth with its Blue Flag beach and Sea World Adventure Park, or Dorchester, a county town with a wealth of attractions. Excellent local walking routes to pubs, restaurants and places of interest. Shop 1/2 mile, pub 13/4 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with electric ‘wood burner’, Tudor plasterwork ceiling and inglenook. Three steps up to kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and narrow feature stairs to second floor: Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet.




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Church Farm - The Old Stables in Leigh, Dorset, South West England

Church Farm - The Old Stables, Leigh, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £525 to £ 1284

Self catering accommodation in Leigh sleeps 8.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 8

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




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Compton in Sherborne, Dorset, South West England

Compton, Sherborne, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 2
Weekly prices from £281 to £ 559

Self catering accommodation in Sherborne sleeps 2.

Features include: Short Breaks Non smoking Four Poster Bed • Romantic Break Luxury accommodation sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: Superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside and an idyllic rural location create a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Both feature four poster beds in their well-appointed interiors and even toys for the children. The two properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne and its two castles. Iron Age hill forts great houses and gardens charming market towns Fleet Air Arm and motor museums and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles pub 1.5 miles

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: 3 steps down to living/dining room/2 steps up to to kitchen area. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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The Coach House in Chideock, Dorset, South West England

The Coach House, Chideock, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £504 to £ 1428

Self catering accommodation in Chideock sleeps 4.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: This delightful, former Coach House, set in a secluded village location, has been refurbished to a high standard. It offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation and is situated in the historic, popular village of Chideock - ½ mile from the World Heritage Coast between Bridport and Lyme Regis. The village boasts a post office, shop and two excellent pubs. Good restaurants, street markets and shops within a few minutes’ drive at Bridport, Charmouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Visitors can wander down to the beach at Seatown and enjoy the famous Anchor Pub, swimming, fossil hunting and superb, scenic coastal walking. Shops ¼ mile.

Canopy porch. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and south-facing garden. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.




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