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Make a Wareham country cottage your home away from home

Wareham is a charismatic, romantic, and laid back historic market town in a sleepy hollow along the Dorset coast. HomeAway has an exciting showcase of beautiful holiday cottages in Wareham, and some can be found right along the beachfront and tucked away along the coastline. Luxurious, private, quiet and picture postcard perfect, the seaside town of Wareham is a popular holiday destination and is known as the Gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Quaint and comfortable cottages for two offer couples a blissful getaway destination, and sweeping manor houses with beds for 10 maybe more, are ideal for families and large groups travelling together. Beautifully preserved historic houses, charming country gardens, rugged sea views and stunning country manors offer guests everything modern creature comforts and a chance to really get away from it all in their holiday accommodation in Wareham.

Things to do in Wareham

Wareham is an exciting place to visit, with Thomas Hardy and Lawrence of Arabia once both living practically on the town’s doorstep. A vibrant history with evidence of roots going as far back as the Mesolithic Age, Wareham is the place to be.

-The Rex Cinema is the one cinema in all of England where you can enjoy a movie and a glass of wine at the same time. Built in the late 1800s, and known as the Oddfellows Hall, it showcased concerts, banquets and theatre performances. It has been beautifully restored and improved since the actual cinema opened in 1920 – and is well worth a visit.

-The Blue Pool and Tea House is a magnificent natural pool, that literally glows in changing shades of blue and turquoise due to the various clay and mineral deposits in the water. Surrounded by 25 acres of woodlands on the Purbeck Hills, there are many walking paths to pick from. There is a museum, a teddy bear collection and a lovely historic tea room.

-Monkey World and Ape Rescue Centre is a one of a kind rehabilitation centre and is always popular with visitors who’ve chosen holiday cottages in Wareham. The crew at Monkey World work side by side with global governments in an aid to put a stop to illegal smuggling of primates from the wild to captivity. The resident primates have been rescued from abuse and smuggling and have been gently coaxed into returning to social living groups. Do not miss this one!

-The Tank Museum is a unique collection of some 300 tanks and vehicles dating back to WWI. History buffs, youngsters and adults alike will love the interactive displays, activity trails, tank action displays and there is even a dress up and play area for kids. Super-informative, educational and entirely fascinating, even if you don’t like tanks.

-Tyneham is a totally deserted village, that was evacuated in the 1940s, when the military took over the village for war training. Inhabitants were assured that they would be able to return, but they were not of course able to. Personal possessions, family photographs, homes, belongings and even the school set up complete with the children’s names remain as they were when the people left. Finally recognised as a heritage site, the homes and buildings are being restored to provide museums.

The Weather in Wareham

The weather in Wareham is mild and cool throughout the year and a holiday cottage in Wareham will have everything you need to curl up toasty and warm at night. Log fires, red wine, brisk walks, sunshine and fun are everything Wareham offers and more. Summer temperatures reach about 22C and winter drops down to 1, but not often below that. It can be wet in winter as is to be expected, but it just makes the coastline look that more beautiful.

Travel to Wareham

Getting to Wareham can be as simple as landing at Bournemouth International Airport 13 miles away and hiring a car. National Express operates a service to Wareham from London and the nearest mainline train station is at Weymouth. For driving to holiday homes in Wareham, the town lies on the A35.

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                                                                                                      A very pleasant place for a relaxed holiday.

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                                                                                                      The house was very clean, well-equipped and tastefully decorated, with a superb view across the town to Ballard Down from the rear. It is only 10 minutes walk from the town centre, although the hill is quite steep. The first floor bedrooms are light and airey, although the rear one (standard double bed and view) is not large. The front bedroom (two singles) is more spacious; although it faces the road we did not find traffic noise a great problem. The third bedrom is reached by a ladder and might present problems for the less agile. Bed linen is available but will need to be washed before departure, otherwise you need to book laundry service in advance or bring your own. A modern washing machine and dryer are situated in the basement (stairs down are a bit narrow and awkward) and this also gives access to the pleasant garden. However, the need to negotiate these stairs might make eating in the garden a less attractive option. The combined kitchen/lounge occupies the full depth of the house and is very pleasant. Swanage is a delightful, rather old-fashioned seaside resort with very clean beaches, and excellent for young children. It is great for walks, the steam railway to Corfe Castle, and the lovely beaches at Studland as well as exploring the Jurassic Coast (Kinneridge is superb for children as it is so easy to find fossils, and excellent for snorkeling and very safe for inflatables). There is a good range of places to eat - ranging from excellent fish and chips on the front to more expensive options such as Chilled Red in Swanage and The Pig at Studland. Overall, definitely reccomended except for the added complication of bed linen.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Summer Break

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Well equipped comfortable cottage. Nice to have such easy parking. Close enough to harbour for evening stroll to the pub but not too near to be troubled by the bustle of a busy town. Great location for trips to Purbeck Hills, Swanage, Corfe Castle, Studland Bay, Wareham - all in easy reach. Good for boat trips, sea fishing, heritage steam train. Plenty of perfect beaches, especially Poole Beach and Studland Bay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Fabulous apartment and ideal location!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A great apartment only a stones throw from the beach. Great to have underground parking and close to all amenities. The restaurants close by were lovely, as was the park for the children. Very well looked after and kept to a very high standard. The outside area was lovely and we were fortunate with excellent weather! It could have done with a few extra tea towels!! But that was the only down side!!!! We would definitely return!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016