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 fully enclosed garden looks out over the rolling Dorset countryside.
The bright and cheery kitchen has all that you need to create a light snack or a delicious feast.
The master bedroom has a king-size bed and en suite bathroom (Bedroom 1).
The en suite bathroom is spacious and light.
There is a very private terrace at the back of the cottage with doors from the living-room and the kitchen leading straight outside.
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.
Wonderful views from the private garden through a copse and across the valley.
Planning the day's adventures over a healthy breakfast.
This is the view that greets you when you arrive at The Old Coach House.
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.
Your dog is welcomed too at The Old Coach House (small dogs only please).
A lovely detail as you walk around to the front door of the cottage.
Plenty of reading material to enjoy.
There is plenty of space to relax and enjoy this very peaceful location.
The cottage is set within the grounds of the owner's home, yet feels very private.
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

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9.2 miles NE of Dorchester / Sleeps 4 + cot*

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

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)

Home to around 700 yards of shingle beach, Ringstead Beach on the Jurassic Coast has plenty of space for everyone to find a quiet corner of their own. For ease, a shop and cafe are located in the car park. The east end of the main beach, which is about a 20 minute walk, is a nudist area. Ringstead is a dog-friendly beach.

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

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 Marston September 2020

Amazing Food

If you are looking for something a bit more than pub food you can't beat Plumber Manor - the food is outstanding, very relaxed and in the present difficult circumstances excellent safety measures! Well worth a visit


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)

Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.

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

June 2021

A highlight of our 5 night stay

We stayed in nearby Nunney for 5 nights. Stourhead was definitely our top pick. On a sunny day it was absolutely beautiful. The scenery is stunning and it was nice to have a well-earned ice-cream in the pretty courtyard of the pub after a good walk. There are plenty of spots for taking beautiful pictures. We'd be interested to return one Autumn or see it covered in snow too.


Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Pascoe October 2014

Magical!

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

Superb

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

Mrs Evans July 2018

This beautiful place is 200 metres from our cottage (The Stables) - the sculptures are fantastic and you could spend all day there with a cool box and picnic! Closed Mondays & Tuesdays April to September and Sundays & Mondays October to March>


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.

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

Wowzers

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.

Thorncombe Woods (7 ½ miles)

Managed by Dorset Countryside this magical woodland offers a 26 hectare site to explore. With a plethora of trees and wildlife you'll have hours of fun here and may even see Dormice and bats.

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

Mrs Hall December 2019

Perfect for dogs

Fantastic dog walking area with lots of paths, some main others criss crossing. Good parking spaces.

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