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Stunning rural location close to the Jurassic Coast - Swallows



Updated: 22-May-2011
Dove House (13)with private indoor pool, Swallows (4) All en-suite. Together 17

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

Details for holiday bungalow Swallows, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

Swallows is a single storey cottage with level access throughout. Close to Dove House, but completely private from it, it can be taken separately or combine with it to provide fabulous accommodation for up to 17 guests. Dove House is fully equipped for 17 people in its living and dining areas. Swallows sleeps 4 (plus travel cot) in two en-suite rooms, one double with bathroom, one twin/double with shower room and has a combined kitchen.living.dining room with open fire, French doors to delightful garden with seating, large lawn, parking for 2 cars and secured for guests who wish to bring one small dog (by special arrangement). This cottage is hugely popular for both families and small adult groups or even a couple on their own. It is well equipped and very warm in the winter months if you are looking for a short break and some fresh air! Please note that Swallows does not have access to the indoor pool or games room unless taken with Dove House.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

About the Owner

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.

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From the Owner

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!!!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bournemouth and Exeter at 30 Miles Nearest Barpub : Saxon Arms , Stratton at 3 Miles Nearest Ferry : Weymouth at 10 Miles Nearest Golf : Charminster at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : Dorchester South at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Junction 25 M5 at 50 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Sienna, Dorchester at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Abbotsbury at 8 Miles Car: necessary

SItuated close to the stunning Jurassic Coast this fabulous house lies in the rolling Dorset hills. At the end of a mile long tree lined drive the location never fails to amaze and surprise our guests. Nearby are the market towns of Dorchester and Bridport, full of character, and a little further afield Sherborne with its beautiful Abbey, Cerne Abbas with the famous chalk Giant, the pretty town of Beaminster. Along our most local coast you can visit the famous Chesil beach,part of the Jurassic Coast line, Abbotsbury with its gardens and the swannery, Burton Bradstock Beach and the popular Hive Cafe. A little further afield Studland and the amazing Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The walking is limitless, both coastal and inland and absolutely stunning. There are several National Trust Properties, Kingston Lacey, Stourhead and Montacute House. Longleat is a lovely day trip. We also have fabulous places to eat for all tastes and ages. A truly rich area with masses to do for all.

Other Activities: zorbing, clay shooting, go-carting

Golf: There are several golf clubs in the area for all players. Below are some to look for.

Halstock Golf Club near Yeovil: 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, ring first.

Charminster: 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, nearest to us.

Came Down Dorchester.

Bridport Golf Club.


Rental rates


  • Please refer to owners website for all rates and availability on both Dove House and Swallows
    Dove House prices are from £1300 - £4600. We take low season short breaks. Changeover day is Friday or Monday.
    Security Deposit of £400 is required.
    All prices are inclusive.
  • Please refer to owners website for all prices and availability for Dove House and Swallows.
    Swallows prices are from £350 - £800. We take low season short breaks, Changeover day is Friday or Monday.
    We will take one small dog by special arrangement for an extra charge.
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From the Owner

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 ....

Property Type

  • bungalow


  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • 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


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, twin or zip/link
  • Bedroom one has French doors onto the garden and a wall mounted flat screen TV. The en suite bathroom has a hand hose for hair washing. There is room for a cot if required. Bedroom 2 has zip/link beds and an en suite shower room.


  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis Court


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • One small dog is allowed by arrangement for a small extra charge.The garden is fully secure. The house is very cosy in the winter, all prices are inclusive. There is room to park 2 cars off road. There is access to a hard tennis court and the children's play area. When taken with Dove House the guests can just sleep in Swallows as there is ample room during the day for everyone to be in Dove House. It is a very short walk between the two properties although they are private from each other.

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