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Make a Dorchester holiday cottage your home away from home

The enchanting town of Dorchester in Dorset, is an historic rural gem on the banks of the sparkling Frome River. Famous for being the home of Thomas Hardy, whose novel ‘’The Mayor of Casterbridge’’ was set here, the scenery literally does seem to jump out of his pages and there is an abundance of beautiful historic buildings and sites that captivate every visitor who come here. HomeAway has a wide range of holiday cottages in Dorchester to suit every need. Charming holiday accommodation in Dorchester might be a romantic cottage for two, or a gracious home for large travelling parties and families. Thatched roof tops, sea views of Chesil Beach and lush rolling hillsides, make holiday cottages in Dorchester ideal for a traditional British break. Being just a few miles away from Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, there’s no lacking in holiday activities here.

Things to do

Dorchester has an exciting past, evidence of which can be seen all over the town. Despite many fires occurring between 1613 and 1725, much of the breathtaking medieval, Roman and other historic sites have remained, beautifully preserved for prosperity.

-Dorchester Museums: are a diverse and eclectic mix and full of interest for many tastes and ages. Their exhibitions also run the gamut of the ages from prehistory to the present day. The museums include the Dorset County Museum (mainly ethnographical and environmental), The Roman Town House, the Dinosaur Museum, the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, and the Keep Military Museum.

-The Borough Gardens: are located right in the centre of town and are a favourite with visitors in Dorchester holiday homes. A site for festivals and outdoor concerts during the summer months, there is a lovely play area for the kids, a sweeping bowling green, two tennis courts, a small café and don’t miss the clock tower and band stand while you are there.

-The Maiden Castle is a stunning hill fort and the largest in all of England. It was originally occupied way back in 3000 BC and sweeps out over a whopping 45 acres. A complicated network of ditches and fortifications can be found within and the massive walls are some 6 m high. Definitely not to be missed.

-The Thomas Hardy Walk: takes visitors through many of the sights and buildings associated with the famous writer. The aforementioned Dorset Country Museum has a great many artefacts of his and you can also visit his cottage, where he wrote his books and spent a great deal of his later life. The Hardy Walk is just one of four guided walks in the town.

-The Maumbury Rings: are a fascinating tiered monument with wide open spaces and open earth works, each with a different levels of shaft from 3 completely different eras. Careful excavation brought up a number of interesting artefacts which can be viewed at the Dorset Country Museum.

The Weather in Dorchester

The Dorset climate is mild but can be damp in the winter months. The summer weather is perfect for holiday cottages in Dorchester when temperatures can reach the balmy 20°C range.

Getting to Dorchester

Dorchester is just over 26 miles away from Bournemouth International Airport and there are direct bus, coach and rail connections. You can reach Dorchester holiday homes by rail as one of its two stations is on the main London to Weymouth line, or by road with the M3 being the main route and about two and half hour’s drive from London.

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                                                                                                    We are just back from our stay at Angel cottage, and we did not want to leave. Set in the quietest of villages it is a great spot for exploring south Dorset. It also has the advantage of being recently refurbished to a very high standard. There was nothing to fault the quality of the furnishings or appliances. The bed was comfy with nice bedding provided, as were lots of nice fluffy towels. There is also a large enclosed garden with patio furniture. The extra big plus with this cottage is that a two minute walk down the road is a great local pub, that serves good food, and if you book in advance you can even get breakfast. All in all if your looking for a base for your Dorset holiday with Angel cottage you can't go wrong.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

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                                                                                                    The property is stunning and very clean! I spent a few days here and enjoyed every minute about it. The views are so beautiful and you can walk for hours! It a good place to go if you want to get away and be somewhere peaceful! Will definitely recommend it!
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                                                                                                    Upwey House - Elegance and Tranquility Personified

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                                                                                                    Upwey House is truly a gem and sparkles in so many ways. Our stay there was a three generation family get-together with participants ranging from a two year old to the near eighties. The house and grounds have so much to offer to all ages that there was never a dull moment. As an added bonus, there were sparrowhawks nesting just tens of metres in front of the house! The children thought they were in Wonderland both inside the house and in the grounds (the forest, the stream, the fields, plus the football pitch). When the sheep arrived, it was even better but they never managed to teach them English! The parents also thought they were in Wonderland in the kitchen which offers everything the budding chef could hope for! All the rooms are consistent with "tasteful charm", giving a tangible feeling of tranquillity and calm. Everything is to a high quality throughout. Its elevated location provides extensive views over the nearby countryside, virtually to the sea. It also enjoys a very private position, adding to its peacefulness. If our experience is anything to go by, the owners pay especial attention to each of their guests to ensure that their stay is both comfortable and memorable. We very much appreciated what they did for us. The children were also well provided for with several new toys and games. (The playroom is anyway very well equipped and the various things we had brought with us for "rainy days" were totally redundant). Consistent with this, the owners are exceptionally responsive, we usually heard back from them within a few hours at most. Likewise, the housekeeper was similarly attentive and did everything to put us at our ease on arrival and through our stay. We were also grateful to her six year old daughter, Nancy, for ensuring that everything in the playroom was in good order for us. Whilst our visit was as a family holiday, the venue offers the perfect spot, elegance and facilities for any special event or anniversary.
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                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: May 2016