Cedar Lodge is cosy and compact, situated in a tranquil rural location with a fully enclosed garden.
The cosy sitting-area looks out over open countryside.
The well-equipped kitchen has a large fridge/freezer for all your holiday treats.
The double bedroom is compact but cosy.
The very practical wet room.
The sitting-area has French doors that open onto the patio and countryside beyond.
The modern kitchen has an induction hob, dishwasher and large fridge/freezer.
The open plan interior is perfect for spending holiday time together.
The owners of Cedar Lodge have their own business providing horse drawn carriages for weddings and special occasions, you may be able to accompany them on a drive.
There is plenty of private parking and the enclosed garden is ideal for your dog, who is also welcomed at Cedar Lodge.
The pretty twin room.
Another view of the double bedroom.
In the twin room, one bed can be stored beneath the other to make room for the travel cot.
The quay at the nearby Saxon walled town of Wareham, gateway to the Jurassic Coast.
Iconic Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast is a short drive from Cedar Lodge.
There is plenty of private parking and the enclosed garden is great for your dog.
The owner's magnificent horses; you may be able to join them on a drive in the beautiful Dorset countryside.
The key card needs to be inserted in the slot, just inside the front door, to activate the lighting in the cottage.
Monkey World is a very short drive from Cedar Lodge.
The Tank Museum at nearby Bovington is a great place to explore the history of these vehicles.
Lyme Regis is a fabulous place to visit; hunt for fossils on Monmouth beach, browse the independent shops, or simply relax on the beach.
The beach at Seatown, with Golden Cap in the background and the award-winning Anchor Inn.
Nearby woodland walks are wonderful for you and your dog.
The cliffs at West Bay, where much of the series Broadchurch was filmed.
Weymouth is the nearest sandy beach and has a traditional Punch and Judy show during the peak summer months.
The picturesque village of Corfe, dominated by the castle.
Visit Kimmeridge and you are bound to find a fossil. The fabulous Etches Collection of fossils (collected from the beach over many years) is on display in the village.
The Sandbanks Ferry crosses the entrance to Poole Harbour and links Sandbanks with the fabulous beaches at Shell Bay and Studland.
A one hour drive will take you to the New Forest, where ponies, cattle, sheep and pigs roam free. Miles of paths and cycle tracks take you through ancient woodland and over open heath.
Spectacular views all along the coastline, this is Chesil beach, taken from the Isle of Portland.

Cedar Lodge


5.9 miles E 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 Blue Vinny (3 miles)

Named after the legendary Dorset cheese (Monty Python fans may recall it mentioned in the 'Cheese Shop Sketch'). The Blue Vinny has a great menu (naturally, featuring dishes such as sirloin steak glazed with Blue Vinny, with wild mushrooms and hand cut chips), and a lovely big beer garden to sleep it all off.

Nearest beach

Ringstead Beach (6 ½ 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

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail (3 miles)

This circular walk of just under seven miles takes you away from the coast and along country lanes, through woodland and heathland. Parking is available at the museum but you will be required to visit the museum if you use the car park.

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

April 2019

Moreton to Clouds Hill

We walked part of the Lawrence of Arabia trail from the church to Clouds Hill. It’s a long straight track, made interesting by the sounds of tanks driving around. The lady at Clouds Hill was very informative giving us lots of areas to discuss on the way back

Nearest town

Moreton (1 ½ miles)

This small village is the unlikely final resting place of Lawrence of Arabia. His grave can be found in the churchyard at St Nicholas' Church, which is itself worth a visit for its unique etched-glass windows. Take a stroll around Moreton Gardens and plant centre, or stop for a cream tea at the Tea Rooms in the old school. Moreton also makes a good start for walks in nearby Moreton Forest and along The Dorset Jubilee Trail, an 80-mile trail stretching from Forde Abbey in the west to Bokerley Dyke in the north east.

Also nearby

Sculpture by the Lake (150 yards)

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 (4 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.

Clouds Hill (2 ¼ miles)

Now a National Trust property, Clouds Hill was once the Dorset home of Lawrence of Arabia. There is an exhibition detailing Lawrence's extraordinary life and his grave can be found in the churchyard of St Nicholas Church in Moreton. There is also a beautiful new trail through rhododendrons to a delightful picnic spot on top of the hill. House open March to October only.

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

Mr Smith June 2012

A charming stop - allow 30-45 minutes to visit the cottage.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans November 2010

A great visit, particularly for NT Members. Combine it with a walk around the Lawrence Trail and take in Moreton Church/Tearooms and Lawrence's grave at Moreton

Thorncombe Woods (4 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.

Hardy's Cottage (4 miles)

A classic cottage with real romance; close your eyes and imagine the characters of Far from the Madding Crowd coming to life here.

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

May 2013

Not open every day - shut when we went but a beautiful thatched cottage and lovely area of Dorset.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Evans November 2010

Another great visit for NT Members - combine it with visit to Max Gate, Hardy's Dorchester home, and To Cloud's Hill, TE Lawrence's little place near Bovington.

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