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Coastal cottages and self catering in Dorset, South West England

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Rimpton Mill in Sherborne, Dorset, South West England

Rimpton Mill, Sherborne, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £358 to £ 974

Self catering accommodation in Sherborne sleeps 4.

Features include: • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: In a lovely village location 3 miles from Sherborne market town, this lovingly restored ancient Grade II listed former Mill retains character features such as oak beams and floors. Adjacent to the owners’ cottage, it is a delightful detached holiday home for four to enjoy many places of interest within easy driving: World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove; seaside resorts Weymouth, West Bay, Chesil beach, Lyme Regis; Yeovilton Air/Haynes Motor Museums; Cerne Abbas Giant, legendary King Arthur’s Camelot, Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral. Shops 2 miles, pubs serving food 1 mile.

Open plan, spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French windows and well-equipped kitchen. Low beams and oak floor throughout. External access to lower ground floor: Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room and toilet.




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

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

Sleeps 10
Weekly prices from £1088 to £ 2540

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 10.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Close to the Beach • Pub near by • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 10

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. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. 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.

Large living room with multi-fuel burner and beams. Large well-equipped kitchen with three steps down to spacious dining room with wood-burning stove, tiled floor and French doors to terrace. Large wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV, walk-in wardrobe and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with wash basin; one with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner and wood-burning stove - initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
  • H/chair
  • Six satellite TVs (two 42’’ plasma)
  • Two DVDs
  • Combi m/wave/oven/grill
  • W/machine
  • T/dryer
  • Two d/washers
  • Large, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • BBQ
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Welcome pack
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Slopes in garden

  • Elec, full oil CH and bed linen inc
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer (except DCCQ)
  • F/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos


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Higher Farm Barn in Milborne Wick, Dorset, South West England

Higher Farm Barn, Milborne Wick, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 10
Weekly prices from £947 to £ 2341

Self catering accommodation in Milborne Wick sleeps 10.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • D

Accommodation overview: This 17th-century converted barn adjacent to the owner’s home lies in the quaint hamlet of Milborne Wick on the Somerset/Dorset border, 3 miles north of the historic town of Sherborne. It stands detached in grounds of approximately 1 acre and offers spacious accommodation, ideal for large family groups to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many other attractions to be found in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Lovely country walks, village pubs, golf, horse racing at Wincanton and fishing are all nearby, and within easy driving distance there is a diversity of family attractions to visit, such as Longleat House and Safari Park, magnificent steam railways, the fascinating array of vintage motor cars at the Haynes Motor Museum, and Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its aviation history, including Concorde. Spend days out exploring the history of Somerset in many historic houses such as Montacute, Barrington Court and Forde Abbey and Gardens, or take a scenic exhilarating walk to the top of the enchanting Glastonbury Tor. The Georgian City of Bath with its many splendid museums, Roman baths, abbey, shops and restaurants is well worth a visit, or in Dorset one can explore Cerne Abbas, with the renowned Cerne Giant, down to the market town of Dorchester, the bustling seaside town of Weymouth with its superb beach and port, and then on to the Chesil Beach and the famous stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is truly a great location to suit a variety of holiday needs for all. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Large galleried hall with floor-to-ceiling feature glass window. Large beamed living room with central wood-burning stove dividing room into further sitting room with games area with piano and pool table. Spacious dining room. Beamed kitchen with slate floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Three twin bedrooms, one with two 2ft 6in beds (for +2 children). Shower room with toilet.




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Langton Edge in Langton Matravers, Dorset, South West of England

Langton Edge, Langton Matravers, Dorset, South West of England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £314 to £ 621

Self catering accommodation in Langton Matravers sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: This ground floor holiday apartment with garden views to open country is ideally situated close to the South West Coast Path and the many attractions of this famous Jurassic coastline. Just 2.5 miles from Swanage a Victorian resort with a fine beach and within easy reach of Wareham a traditional market town with many restaurants and a busy quayside offering boat trips up the River Frome. Discover the fine sands at Studland the quaint coves of Lulworth and Kimmeridge and Corfe Castle an iconic ruin of the Civil War. Experience exceptional wildlife viewing at the RSPB reserve at Arne at Studland Nature Reserve and the Blue Pool. Poole and Bournemouth are easily accessible with the opportunity for a great day trip by boat to Brownsea Island. Shop and pub serving food 0.25 miles.

Accommodation details

6 steps down to entrance. Living room. Dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Sea Breeze Cottage in Poole Quay, Dorset, South West of England

Sea Breeze Cottage, Poole Quay, Dorset, South West of England

Sleeps 4
Weekly prices from £400 to £ 794

Self catering accommodation in Poole Quay sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: This refurbished mid row cottage (shown centre) boasts a wonderful holiday location just 5 minutes’ walk from bustling Poole Quay (pictured). Here as well as finding brilliant restaurants shops and pubs visitors can buy fresh fish take a PADI diving course pick up a sea fishing excursion enjoy a sailing lesson or join a cruise over to Brownsea Island Sandbanks and Studland Bay. And during the summer months the Quay is a venue for live music with a fireworks finale. Poole Park offers a jungle playground miniature railway boat hire tennis courts and opportunities to watch the Poole Pirate speedway team in action. There are three miles of golden sands clean clear waters waterside restaurants and bars and fun for all ages between Sandbanks and Branksome Dene.

Accommodation details

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double 1 twin. Shower room with toilet..



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Rowan Tree House in Bridport, Dorset, South West England

Rowan Tree House, Bridport, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 6
Weekly prices from £874 to £ 959

Self catering accommodation in Bridport sleeps 6.

Features include: Short Breaks • Multi bathrooms • Non smoking • Detached Four Poster Bed Near the Beach • Close to the Sea Easy Walk access • Pub near by sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: Delightful and very comfortable this holiday cottage and its attractive walled garden sit in an exclusive development just 0.5 miles outside the ancient town of Bridport a short drive away from several beaches. At West Bay (3 miles) visitors can take a fishing trip or hire a rowing boat Portland Harbour offers windsurfing and kite surfing and there are miles of walks along the wonderful Jurassic coastline. Weymouth’s traditional seaside attractions 20 miles. Local riding and golf. Twice weekly market shops and pubs 0.5 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one four poster) one with en-suite shower room and toilet 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Holme Cottage in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

Holme Cottage, Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 14
Weekly prices from £938 to £ 3174

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 14.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Pub near by • Easy Walking Access

Accommodation overview: This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Many rooms in this property have lovely high ceilings and large bay windows, providing a light and airy feel to the holiday home. The downstairs games room and the outside playroom both provide great places for children and adults with a pool table, table football, table tennis, board games, toys and outdoor games. Bournemouth town centre is 1½ miles away. From the well kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye can be taken, which rises high above the town to give the most amazing panoramic views over the whole area. At the foot of the pier is the fascinating Oceanarium where the whole family can discover life beneath the waves.
Compton Acres in Bournemouth and the delightful Exbury Gardens (18 miles) are both worth a visit, as is Beaulieu, with its world renowned National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey (20 miles). Other places of interest to visit include Farmer Palmers, Alice in Wonderland Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and bay window. Dining room with seating for 14 and bay window. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Games room with patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with 6ft Victorian oak four-poster bed, TV, bay window and gas ‘living-flame’ fire. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, bay window and ornamental fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.




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Hideaway Cottage in Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Hideaway Cottage, Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Sleeps 8
Weekly prices from £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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