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Stunning rural location close to the Jurassic Coast - Dove House

Bedrooms 7
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay nights



Dove House

Dove House is a beautifully converted barn situated on our 1000 acre farm in West Dorset. Converted to fulfil the needs of groups of all ages and types it has certainly proved a huge success with our visitors over the last 10 years. There are 7 beautiful en-suite bedrooms all with stunning rural views, a fabulous kitchen/diner fully equipped with all you could need, a large living room with open fire and a wonderful large fully heated indoor pool along with a games room, access to our hard tennis court and a children's play area. Winners of The Self Catering Holiday of the Year Award for South West Tourism in 2009 and the Dorset Tourism Awards Silver 2013 with a 5* Gold quality rating, we try hard to maintain the highest of standards and to provide our guest with a really unique and memorable holidays. On site caterers and a visiting beautician complete the picture. The gardens and surrounds are wonderful, wildlife and bird life abound along with horses, cows and sheep.

About the property

Dove House and Swallows

Nestling in the rolling Dorset hills Dove House and Swallows lie at the end of a mile long, tree lined private drive. These two award winning holiday houses are designed to provide all you need for a truly wonderful holiday. Dove House has 7 en-suite rooms (one on ground floor) and fabulous living accommodation for 13 or 17 when taken with nearby (but totally private) Swallows which sleeps 4 in two en-suite rooms (NB Swallows cannot use the pool unless taken with Dove House).

Dove House enjoys its own private heated indoor pool along with a wonderful games room. Both properties have private, secure gardens. There is also a children's play area and use of a hard tennis court. Guests can walk or cycle straight from the gardens onto our beautiful 1000 acre working farm, and further afield on public footpaths. There is ample bird and wildlife all around, even from the gardens. Fully equipped to the highest standards with 5* Gold Visit Britain Quality Rating our guests,of all ages, are treated to a really unique experience. See www.dovehousedorset.co.uk for more details

Property Information: Winner of the South West Self Catering Holiday of the Year award in 2009 and Dorset Tourism Silver Award 2013 and rated 5 Star Gold with Visit England we try hard to maintain the high standards our guests have come to expect. Over the years the house has proved popular for all imaginable types of group and occasion. With guests from 5 weeks to 96 years, birthdays, anniversary, weddings and just wonderful group or family get together it has witnessed many happy times. From the fully equipped luxurious new kitchen with a really wonderful atmospheric dining area (which can expand to seat 18 if your larger group require (book Swallows for 4 if needed)) and the very spacious living room with oak floor, open fire and French doors to the garden the house is carefully designed to cater as conveniently as possible for your needs. The downstairs bedroom with wet room is often useful for any guests with limited mobility if required. The south facing patio has a covered portico area, garden furniture and gas BBQ.

Facilities at Dove House: Dove House has 5 TVs, one with full sky package and DVD in the main sitting room, large flat screen TV/DVD in the games room. Wall mounted TV in the kitchen and 2 TV's for upstairs use. There are a selection of DVD's, books, games and children's toys in the house, along with croquet and badminton for the garden. The children's play area has slide, swing and banana swing and there are some tennis racquets and balls supplied should you wish to play on our hard tennis court. The lovely indoor pool (heated all year round) has 4ft constant depth and there is a shower and loo in the pool area. The pool is fully lockable for security with small children.

There is a large utility room with washing machine, tumble drier and ample space for coats, boots, etc., and a downstairs cloakroom in the main hall.

The main garden is secure and there are good sized lawns and attractive beds, there is parking for up to 8 cars. From the garden you can enjoy deer, foxes and bird life all around.

SWALLOWS: Swallows sleeps 4 in 2 en-suite rooms. One with a 5 ft double bed and en-suite bathroom, French doors to garden, wall mounted TV/DVC. The other is a zip/link with newly refurbished en-suite shower room. The fully equipped kitchen and cosy living room (Freeview TV/DVD player) with log burner also has French doors to the pretty patio area. There is a large flat lawn and the garden is secure. 1 small well behaved dog allowed in Swallows for a small extra charge.

Swallows is very close to, but totally private from Dove House. It has full access to the childrens play area and to the tennis court by arrangement, but not to the Dove House pool.

Both properties have very efficient biomass heating systems in line with our Green Tourism ethos.

Dove House and Swallows have WIFI.

The Area Around: Many of our guests enjoy walking, running and cycling directly from the house, but there is endless opportunity for all these further afield also, both inland and along the coast. We are fortunate to also have a wide selection of really fabulous places to eat of all price ranges and tastes, Please see our own website for further information or ask us when you book. The range of activities locally for all ages is also truly extensive, guests who come every year still find new things to do and enjoy. With the Roman History and ramparts of Eggardon Hill and Maiden Castle nearby, the Jurassic Coast to enjoy, fossiling at Charmouth Beach, the unique Swannery at Abbotsbury, and the selection of galleries, gardens, properties and entertainments you will be struggling to decide what to do first.

We know we are living in a truly special part of England and we enjoy sharing it with our guests and seeing them get pleasure from it too.

More Details

Pippa James
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
6 July, 2016

About Pippa James

Dove House and Swallows are converted barns on a family farm which has been in the same family for several generations. This 1000 acre part of the estate is now run by the owner and her husband, it is a beautiful farm consisting of rolling Dorset downland.

Why Pippa James chose Dorset

The properties were created in 2000 when there were virtually no large houses with all en-suite facilities to be found, particularly with an indoor pool in a spectacular location. We struggled to find such a place to go on holiday so when we decided to create a holiday house it was obvious what was needed!!!

What makes this farmhouse unique

The incredible location of the two houses is hard to beat. Close to so many attractions but fantastically rural and peaceful all our guests love it. Sitting in the garden watching the wildlife, walking from the door. Plenty to do on site and yet only a short drive to a wide variety of things to do for all ages and interests. Over 14 years we have had only positive feedback, many repeat guests and no empty weeks, speaks for itself ....

Available Rentals


Upto date availability and year round prices for Dove House & Swallows (for extra four guests) can be found on the owners website, www.dovehousedorset.co.uk

Late Availability: 2014
Swallows: July 18-25th £650
Dove House September 12-19th £2400 Week-end:12th-15th £2100


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Dorchester in West Country

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • non smoking only
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Luxury
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shower over small bath,suitable for small children
    Bathroom 6 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 7 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wet room with room for shower chair or loo chair
  • The downstairs bathroom is designed to aid any guests with mild mobility issues. There is room for a loo seat or shower chair if required. However we do not have any particular NAS accreditation and would always need to discuss any personal requirements at the time of booking to make sure the house is suitable.
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , TV
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , zip/link 6ft double
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , zip/link 6ft double , TV point
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , zip/link 6ft double ,
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , 6ft double or 2 singles
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • All the bedrooms have wonderful views out over open countryside and en-suite bath or shower rooms. The mattresses are pocket sprung and the linen is of high quality. There is ample hanging and shelf space in each room along with good lighting, power points for hair dryers. The rooms are individually furnished, bed 1,2 and 3 are beamed rooms and there are four steps from the landing down to bedrooms 4,5 and 6. See floor plan of owners web site for further details. The downstairs bedroom is off the sitting room and has an en-suite wet room for guests with mobility problems, there is room for a shower chair or toilet seat if required. NB We have no accessibility accreditation, please discuss any individual requirements when booking. There are 4 TV points upstairs and two flat screen TV's. Cots are left assembled for guests if required, otherwise removed.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 18 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
If you require further information about Swallows or Dove House please go to our own website www.dovehousedorset.co.uk This also has up to date availability and on-line booking. It is not possible to show Swallows prices or availability at all on this site.




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