The cottage looks out onto the enclosed garden and has wonderful views, the Owner's house is to the right in the background.
The sitting/dining-room welcomes you to the cottage, the wood-burner is perfect for a cosy evening in.
The bright and cheery kitchen has all that you need to create a light snack or a delicious feast.
There is plenty of space to relax and enjoy this very peaceful location.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and en suite bathroom (Bedroom 1).
This pretty cottage has some lovely features.
The en suite bathroom is spacious and light.
Bedroom 2 can be two 2' 6'' beds or made up as a king-size bed.
The family shower-room has a large shower to the left.
This is the view that greets you when you arrive at The Old Coach House.
The private terrace at the back of the cottage has French doors that lead into the kitchen, perfect for al fresco dining.
The private garden has fabulous views, the perfect place for afternoon tea.
The lovely enclosed garden in the summer, ideal for your four-legged friend.
There is a very private terrace at the back of the cottage with doors from the living-room and the kitchen leading straight outside.
Wonderful views from the private garden through a copse and across the valley.
The fully enclosed garden looks out over the rolling Dorset countryside.
Planning the day's adventures over a healthy breakfast.
The cottage is set within the grounds of the Owner's home, yet feels very private.
A lovely detail as you walk around to the front door of the cottage.
Plenty of reading material to enjoy.
Your dog is welcomed too at The Old Coach House (small dogs only please).
There are stunning views from the top of Bulbarrow Hill just up the road.
Lulworth Cove is one of Dorset's wonderful beaches and well worth a day trip.
Kingston Lacy House is just the other side of the interesting town of Blandford Forum.
The bridge over the River Stour at Blandford Forum - lovely riverside park and walks.
The lovely beaches of Dorset's Studland peninsula are an easy drive from the cottage.
Historic Milton Abbey and the unique village of Milton Abbas are a stone's throw away.
The Quay at Wareham - a beautiful Saxon town and great day out.

The Old Coach House


9.2 miles NE of Dorchester / Sleeps 4 + cot*

7 Nights from £390 - £975

Nearest pub

The Fox Inn (¼ mile)

A traditional 250 year old pub, The Fox Inn specialises in seasonal countryside grub and sources its produce from the finest, local artisan suppliers. Home to an inviting bar and restaurant and doused with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, guests are invited lunchtimes and evenings. Carveries are served on Sundays from midday to 3pm.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Beale October 2015

We had two excellent meals here which were very good value for money. The staff are friendly and efficient and the atmosphere in the pub is welcoming. If you are there on a Tuesday evening you can even join in with the ukulele group!
My only quibble is that we were there in the first week of October and Christmas was already being advertised (menus etc.) Far too early...bah humbug!

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Very popular victorian pub. Excellent value Sunday carvery. Good all round pub.

Nearest beach

Ringstead Beach (14 miles)

Once used by smugglers, Ringstead’s shingle beach is set in the Jurassic Coastline and boasts beautiful views. With parking available in the nearby National Trust carpark, there is a fair walk downhill to the beach. Dogs are welcome all year. Make sure you keep an eye out for fossils.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans July 2009

Apart from Studland this is our favourite beach spot in West Dorset. Parking is free at top of the hill but it's a longish walk down; you pay to use the toll road down to the car park near the beach.

Nearest walk

Bulbarrow Hill (1 ¼ miles)

Bulbarrow Hill is probably the best known hill in Dorset and is a chalk hill site of an Iron Age hill fort - the name comes from barrows or burial mounds on the hill. Standing at 274m (899ft) high and giving the longest view in Dorset, with spectacular views over five counties, Bulbarrow Hill is the second highest point in Dorset and is a very popular beauty spot.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2011

Spectacular views over rolling country side. Breathtaking and unspoilt. The "top of the world".

Nearest town

Tolpuddle (5 ¾ miles)

Between Dorchester and Poole, deep in Dorset’s hilly countryside, Tolpuddle is a picture postcard village of thatched cottages, leafy lanes and a pretty church. The village is famous for its Tolpuddle Martyrs, a group of agricultural workers who attempted to form the first ever trade union but whose efforts resulted in their deportation to Australia as criminals. A museum in the village now tells the tale through a series of fascinating exhibits.

Also nearby

Cerne Abbas (6 ½ miles)

Home to the famous Cerne Giant, a huge chalk man carved into the hillside whose function is (clearly) as a fertility symbol. Expect much sniggering from younger members of the family.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Foster May 2011

We loved this village, walked to the old abbey and saw the giant, my son enjoyed the park there too.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

June 2010

Well worth a visit to the Cerne Abbas Giant

Best view of the 'Giant' on the hill is from the car park on A352. Pretty village with footpath to the hill but no direct access to the 'Giant' due to erosion. Well worth the climb up to beyond the 'Giant' for amazing views across beautiful Dorset countryside.

-M Cliff

Plumber Manor (5 miles)

Crisp white table linen, impeccable service and fabulous food.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Carsley July 2011

Excellent food in beautiful country house. In all guides. Welcoming atmosphere. A special night out.

Stourhead (19 miles)

World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe October 2014


This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013


A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.

Sculpture by the Lake (7 ¾ miles)

Visit this beautiful location to view these sculptures which demonstrate and individual artist flair. Set beside these picturesque lakes the sculptures unite with the environment.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mr Cowley September 2014

We thought the sculptures were absolutely fantastic, and the gardens, wooded areas and lakes in which they were situated added to the wow factor. We hope to visit again.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans August 2011

This beautiful place is 100 metres from our cottage (The Stables) - the sculptures are fantastic and you could spend all day there with a cool box and picnic! You can only book via their website (link above).

Monkey World (11 miles)

The whole spectrum from chimpanzees and orangutans to marmosets - most have been rescued and all are incredible. This sanctuary does an amazing job at looking after the animals, yet allowing the public to enjoy them, without making too much of a spectacle. Fascinating, sad, heart-warming and fun - you can't tire of the monkey antics but there are impressive play parks for the kids to imitate the apes, should they so wish.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mason August 2015

NOT a zoo-more a monkey rest home!

Had a fantastic day at Monkey World.We were a party of four with ages from 10 to 73 and to be honest the two older ladies didnt expect much.I can honestly say that every one of us thoroughly enjoyed everything about it(not least the wonderful monkeys!)Very well set up for disabled and spotlessly clean everywhere.Food good and not too expensive.All in all a great place to enjoy a day out.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Kay to the Tee December 2013


If you like monkeys, this is the place to go. Initially we were disappointed as on a cold November day, the monkeys were keeping warm inside, plus we thought it was really small. But then we realised we were being silly and discovered the other 90% of park - amazing! It's big, beautiful and all about the monkeys. The monkeys are incredible and the work done at this sanctuary is heartwarming (though the back stories heartbreaking). It is primarily a rescue centre, not an entertainment venue, but there are play parks for the kids, picnic areas and shops. Highly recommended.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2011

Great Day Out

Thoroughly recommend Monkey World - its fantastic but avoid busy holiday periods if you really want to study the primates.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans February 2009

Monkey World is a great day out for adults as well as kids! It's a rescue centre for all kinds of apes, so your visit is also doing some good.

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