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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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Hideaway Cottage in Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Hideaway Cottage, Beaminster, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £799 to £1825

Self catering accommodation in Beaminster sleeps 8.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Close to the Beach • Pub near by • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview:

A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with Aga and French doors to a decked patio, has a large garden to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Nearby, visit the quaint market town of Beaminster, Mapperton Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre with its crafts, cream teas and restaurant. Within easy driving, there is a wide variety of sand and pebble beaches including Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay, all with a range of attractions. Lyme Regis, famous for the setting of The French Lieutenant’s Woman with its picturesque harbour, Cobb and beach is a must, and offers a host of outdoor activities ranging from coastal walking, boating, sailing, fishing, fossil hunting and golf. The market town of Bridport is 5 miles, with two markets per week and an antique market held on a Saturday. Alternatively, visit some of the other many attractions in this beautiful part of Dorset, such as Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens or the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, several RSPB sanctuaries, Time Walk, Sea Life Centre and Deep Sea Adventure. The cathedral city of Exeter, Dorchester and Poole are all worth a trip. Beach 6 miles, Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors and tiled floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, Aga (for cooking), French doors and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with walk-in wardrobe, en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet; one with zip and link beds.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
  • Elec, elec underfloor CH (downstairs), bed linen and towels inc
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Elec double Aga inc
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, lawned garden with decked patio and furnitiure
  • BBQ
  • Ample parking
  • Welcome pack
  • Pet free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 3 steps in garden from decked patio to lawned area



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The Kestral in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, South West England

The Kestral, Sturminster Newton, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £485 to £1095

Self catering accommodation in Sturminster Newton sleeps 8.

Features include: Short Breaks • Multi bathrooms • Non smoking Open Fire or Wood Burner Stove • Easy Walk access Pets allowed sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: Enjoying its own large garden and a beautiful conservation countryside setting this converted spacious and tastefully appointed cottage lies midway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum (10 miles). One of three set 2 miles from Sturminster Newton it is ideally placed for exploring Stourhead House and Gardens Longleat Safari Park Monkey World the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Jurassic Coast. The Wessex Ridgeway offers pleasant walking and golf fishing and riding are found nearby. Shops and pubs 1.5 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double one with en-suite shower room and toilet 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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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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Armswell House in Plush, Dorset, South West England

Armswell House, Plush, Dorset

Sleeps 18
Weekly price range £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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Harcombe House - Lyme in Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Harcombe House - Lyme, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £460 to £1273

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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16 Studland Dene in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

16 Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £509 to £1319

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 8.

Accommodation overview: Sumptuous, luxurious and within yards of the beach.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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101 Ocean Views in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

101 Ocean Views, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £285 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview:

Ocean Views is a new luxury seafront development of apartments on the Isle of Portland in Dorset, situated on the Jurassic coast beside Chesil Beach, a location guaranteed to inspire.

101 Ocean Views is a stylishly furnished apartment located on the fifth floor of the development facing inland. The apartments have been finished to the highest standard with high quality flooring, wooden decked balconies and polished granite worktops exemplifying the kind of craftsmanship and quality materials that define Ocean Views. The development also boasts a state-of-the-art health and fitness centre complete with an indoor swimming pool, and is set in thoughtfully landscaped grounds.

Being home to some of the finest small boat sailing waters in northern Europe the Isle of Portland is an ideal setting for sailing, windsurfing and other outdoor activities. Situated close by is the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy where the national sailing championships are frequently held throughout the year. This area was also the location for the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics.

With easy access from London, the South East, the West Country, South Wales and the Midlands it’s easy to see why Weymouth and Portland has recently been voted a top three 'up and coming' area to live by the Sunday Times.

Please note: This property is excluded from general promotions and special offers.

Please note: Ocean views is situated in an area of ongoing redevelopment, some of which can be seen from the apartment.

Internet access is available in the communal area by the pool. A local charge applies, payable on-site.

Living

  • Open plan living/kitchen/dining area with doors leading to the balcony.
  • Furnished with a three seater sofa, armchair and coffee table and TV.
  • The dining area features a table with four chairs.

Kitchen

  • The kitchen features a range of integrated appliances including an oven, hob and extractor fan.
  • Full range of utensils provided including a kettle.

Sleeping

Bedroom one with en-suite

  • Benefits from patio doors leading out to the balcony.
  • Furnished with a double bed, two bedside cabinets and lamps.
  • The en-suite to bedroom one features a wc with hand rail, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Bedroom two

  • Benefits from patio doors leading out to the balcony.
  • Furnished with a double bed, bedside cabinet and lamp.

Bathroom

  • The bathroom comprises of a bath with hand rail and shower over, wc with hand rail, wash basin and heated towel rail.
  • The en-suite to bedroom one features a wc with hand rail, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Outside

  • Situated on the fifth floor with lift access.
  • Level access into the building.
  • Use of the on-site fitness suit featuring gym equipment, an indoor swimming pool (constant depth 1.4m), Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
  • Designated parking.
  • Close to Portland Castle, Chesil Beach and Portland Marina.


Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Cerne in Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Cerne, Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £340 to £987

Self catering accommodation in Higher Chilfrome sleeps 4.

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

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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Sea Breeze in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

Sea Breeze, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £0 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Lyme Regis sleeps 8.

Features include: Near beach|Sea views|Parking|Children allowed|Garden|Swimming pool

Accommodation overview: A spacious home offering stunning sea views, outdoor swimming pool and parking for 4 cars.

Features include: A four bedroom house sleeping 8. Large lawned garden and outdoor swimming pool. Panoramic sea views from the decked balconies Within a short walk to the town of Lyme Regis. Off-street parking for 4 cars.

Sea Breeze is a spacious house located a short distance from the seaside resort of Lyme Regis. The property boasts beautiful sea views and is set in an excellent location for exploring the local towns and countryside walks.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Lavender Cottage in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Lavender Cottage, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £350 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 6.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Chine Cottage in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

Chine Cottage, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £399 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 5.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Triss Cottage in East Orchard, Dorset, South West England

Triss Cottage, East Orchard, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £415 to £740

Self catering accommodation in East Orchard sleeps 5.

Features include: Short Breaks Non smoking Wheelchair access • Easy Walk access Pets allowed sleeps 5

Accommodation overview: Nestling in the heart of Dorset’s beautiful Blackmore Vale this comfortable cottage boasts lovely views in a landscape alive with wildlfe. One of a little row and enjoying its own patio as well as adjoining a large open field it sits in excellent walking and cycling country. Shaftesbury’s Gold Hill the Georgian town of Blandford Forum Stourhead and Kingston Lacey (both NT) Longleat Monkey World Sealife in Bournemouth Lulworth Cove and Studland Bay are all easily accessible. Shop 2 miles pub serving food 1.5 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double 1 single. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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