This beautiful stone farmhouse has something very special indeed – it comes with a 450 acre wildlife and nature reserve and a unique relationship with Dorset Wildlife Trust. Quite apart from being a wonderfully spacious family-friendly property, there is a huge sitting-room, a garden-room where you can dine overlooking the reserve, and five bedrooms – one on the ground floor where there is a large accessible wet-room, and four upstairs that are all en suite.
A gate from the large garden leads into the reserve where you can wander freely, with respect for any livestock, in this beautiful conservation area of wildflower meadows, ancient hedgerows, traditionally grazed pasture, woodland and meandering river.
The Dorset Wildlife Trust runs its flagship Kingcombe Visitor Centre just a two minute walk down the road, where you can enjoy drinks and cake from the tea-room and browse for gifts in the shop. The Centre also runs a variety of country-inspired workshops and events, which may be available to book for yourselves or your children.
Beech Cottage is more than just a place for a really peaceful holiday or a family celebration, it is somewhere where you can experience the rare freedom to roam undisturbed taking in all the wildlife that thrives in this natural and protected habitat.
It is a source of inspiration should you choose to learn more about the dedicated countryside conservation work of the Dorset Wildlife Trust – the driving force behind this very special holiday property – by joining one of their range of activities.
If you can tear yourself away from this rural idyll, the stunning Jurassic Coast at West Bay, Bridport, is just 10 miles away – an energetic and challenging section of the South West Coast Path.
If it is sandy beaches that you are after then the long stretch of sand and shallow waters at Weymouth's seafront is a great playground for children. Bridport itself is a lovely and thriving market town, with regular farmers' and antiques markets and plenty of little shops and cafes to explore for those holiday treats. You will also be spoiled for choice with some lovely village pubs – at Powerstock, Corscombe and Cattistock.
Sitting-room with TV, DVD player and wood-burner
Kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and dishwasher
Wet-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Separate WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 1 with 'zip and link' (super-king or twin) beds and single bed
Bedroom 2 with single bed (3'), wash-basin and en suite Shower-room with shower and WC
Bedroom 3 with twin beds (3') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 4 with single bed (3') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 5 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bathroom with bath and wash-basin
Take care of any livestock that may be grazing in the reserve and keep dogs under control there; children must be supervised at all times, especially by the river. *Only 1 cot is provided, bring your own travel cot.
- Dogs welcome
- Travel cot, high chair and stair-gate
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 5 cars
- Telephone with honesty-box (At cost)
- No smoking
- Pub 4 miles
- Patio furniture
- Full oil-fired CH
Beech Cottage is a wonderful five bedroom farmhouse that comes with a large garden, and a 450 acre nature reserve...on the doorstep!
The sitting-room has views to the front of the cottage, and through double doors to the dining/garden-room.
Beech Cottage, right on the edge of the Dorset Wildlife Trust's largest nature reserve.
The garden-room is also a dining-room, so you can enjoy your meals with the most wonderful views.
The kitchen window looks directly over the nature reserve.
This is Fieldfare, a lovely dual-aspect double bedroom with an en suite shower-room.
This is Bluebell, a spacious single bedroom that looks out over the front of the cottage. It has an en suite shower-room.
The 450 acre wildlife reserve is literally on the doorstep - through a wooden gate from Beech Cottage.
The outside decking-area has wonderful views over the Nature Reserve.
The spacious sitting-room has a cosy wood-burner and plenty of room for all the family.
No need to feel isolated in the kitchen, a serving hatch links to the dining-room.
French doors lead from the dining-room to the outside terrace.
The ground floor wet-room is fully wheelchair accessible.
This reading-area is part of the open plan sitting-room.
This is Waxcap, which has twin beds with an en suite shower-room and views to the front of the cottage.
Dragonfly on the first floor, with a wash-basin in the room and also an en suite shower-room.
This is Lichen, the ground floor bedroom. There is a 'zip and link' bed which can become twin beds and a further single bed; a great family room.
The view from Dragonfly, right out over the nature reserve.
The ground floor wet-room.
Another view of Lichen, on the ground floor, the wet-room is opposite, and a separate cloakroom.
The separate family bathroom is light and cheery, perfect for a soak at the end of the day.
Beech Cottage is surrounded by tranquil Dorset Countryside.
Beech Cottage is cosy all year round.
The stunning Jurassic Coast (this is West Bay at Bridport) is just 10 miles away.
There are some great wildlife books in the Cottage, so that you can identify all that you have seen on your travels.
Visit Lulworth Cove, and if you're feeling energetic, take the coast path to Durdle Door.
This is a view of Golden Cap, an iconic Dorset landmark, towering above the Jurassic Coast.
Durdle Door, viewed from the cliff path.
The iconic Cobb at Lyme Regis.
The Jurassic Coast at West Bay.
This is another iconic West Dorset landmark Colmer's Hill at Symonsbury, just outside Bridport.
The beach at Seatown, just below Golden Gap.