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The South West of England has the best of the British weather and some of the best coastlines to enjoy it and so Dorset makes the ideal holiday location for a family holiday or a short break. Whether you are looking for an active holiday or a relaxing retreat you are sure to find it in this beautiful part of Britain.

Enjoy your stay in some superb self catering cottages and accommodation in Dorset. Our self catering holiday accommodation listings are perfect for couples and large family groups and ideally located near the coast or at the heart of the countryside.

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The Old Timberyard - Sawmill Cottage in Puncknowle, Dorset, South West England

The Old Timberyard - Sawmill Cottage, Puncknowle, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £372 to £1104

Self catering accommodation in Puncknowle sleeps 5.

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

Accommodation overview: These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 8 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small beach. Abbotsbury, along the coast, has its famous swannery and sub-tropical garden. Further east is the Victorian seaside town of Weymouth, with Blue Flag beach, sea fishing, windsurfing, Sealife Centre and two RSPB nature reserves. Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool are great places for a family day out. Dorchester, the county town also known as Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’ is 30 minutes’ drive and has a lively weekly market and beautiful Maiden Castle. To the west is the market town of Bridport which was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’ and has the twice weekly market as featured in the popular TV programme River Cottage. The picturesque harbours of West Bay are a great place for fishing. Lyme Regis is an attractive seaside resort which enjoys a dramatic setting with high cliffs, landslips and handsome harbour, known as The Cobb. Both Lyme Regis and Charmouth are renowned for their prehistoric fossils which are displayed in the local museum and on sale in the fossil shops. Local pub serving good food 250 yards.




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Doles Ash Farm - Hound Cottage in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, South West England

Doles Ash Farm - Hound Cottage, Piddletrenthide, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £406 to £1209

Self catering accommodation in Piddletrenthide sleeps 4.

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

Accommodation overview: 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.




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The Coach House in Chideock, Dorset, South West England

The Coach House, Chideock, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £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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Marshwood Manor Cottages - Evergreen Cottage in Bettiscombe, Dorset, South West England

Marshwood Manor Cottages - Evergreen Cottage, Bettiscombe, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £369 to £1118

Self catering accommodation in Bettiscombe sleeps 5.

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

Accommodation overview: A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches.

Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house.and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS, DUT, DWS) Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds – as well as a range of facilities, including use of the owners’ small outdoor heated swimming pool (1st May - 30th Sept) set in a walled garden. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school, and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay. Guests can enjoy art classes with a trained instructor in our own studio (subject to an additional charge, availability and prior booking). There are also riding stables in the area. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.




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Castle View in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Castle View, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £219 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 2.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Lower Park Farm in Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset, South West England

Lower Park Farm, Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset

Sleeps 7
Weekly price range £429 to £1503

Self catering accommodation in Whitchurch Canoniconum sleeps 7.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 7

Accommodation overview:

This detached farmhouse offers a wonderful location for an idyllic, relaxing holiday and guests also have use of an old dairy with sofas and a dining table. Set in Marshwood Vale, located 6 miles from Lyme Regis on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery are closeby. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook and stone floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, beamed kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Victorian-style bath and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove inc
  • Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Oil Aga (avail Oct - May)
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Tel-incoming calls only
  • Large lawned garden
  • Use of field and farmyard
  • Two BBQs
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table and dart board
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday (for 2013)
  • NB: Pond in field 100 yds



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67 Ocean Views in Portland, Dorset, South West England

67 Ocean Views, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £328 to £1169

Self catering accommodation in Portland sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: A stylish apartment with fantastic on-site health facilities, near the 2012 sailing venue

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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The Old Dairy in Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset, South West England

The Old Dairy, Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £404 to £816

Self catering accommodation in Whitchurch Canoniconum sleeps 4.

Features include: Non Smoking • Open Fire • Short Break • Pet Friendly

Accommodation overview: This attractive detached old dairy with lovely views is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater The Cobb. Bridport the old ropemakers’ town Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle Dorchester the Swannery at Abbotsbury Chesil Beach Swanage Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles pub serving food 2 miles.

Accommodation Detail

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft) 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Hooke Court in Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Hooke Court, Beaminster, Dorset

Sleeps 23
Weekly price range £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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Benoy Cottage in Pilsdon, Dorset, South West England

Benoy Cottage, Pilsdon, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £205 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Pilsdon sleeps 2.

Features include: Parking|Baby Friendly|Garden|Internet Access|Rural retreat|Good for couples|Elderly friendly|Country views

Accommodation overview: A cottage set on a working farm offering stunning countryside views of rural Dorset

Features include: A 1 bedroom farm cottage, sleeps 2. Recently refurbished to a high standard throughout. Beautiful countryside views, alongside the daily farm activities. Close to the popular market town of Bridport and harbour town of Lyme Regis. Parking space for 2 cars on driveway.

Benoy Cottage is a quaint farm cottage set at the heart of a working dairy farm, surrounded by the beautiful West Dorset countryside.  From here a herd of 450 pedigree Holstein cows are milked. 



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Fryermayne in Broadmayne, Dorset, South West England

Fryermayne, Broadmayne, Dorset

Sleeps 10
Weekly price range £752 to £1764

Self catering accommodation in Broadmayne sleeps 10.

Features include: Short Breaks • Multi bathrooms • Non smoking Wheelchair access • Near the Beach • Close to the Sea Open Fire or Wood Burner Stove Pub near by sleeps 10

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

Accommodation Detail

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



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Marshwood Manor Cottages - Primrose Cottage in Bettiscombe, Dorset, South West England

Marshwood Manor Cottages - Primrose Cottage, Bettiscombe, Dorset

Sleeps 3
Weekly price range £234 to £692

Self catering accommodation in Bettiscombe sleeps 3.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Golf near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 3

Accommodation overview: A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches.

Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house.and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS, DUT, DWS) Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds – as well as a range of facilities, including use of the owners’ small outdoor heated swimming pool (1st May - 30th Sept) set in a walled garden. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school, and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay. Guests can enjoy art classes with a trained instructor in our own studio (subject to an additional charge, availability and prior booking). There are also riding stables in the area. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.




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