2015 holiday dates and events

Open fireTwo weeks into 2015 and the dark winter nights are dragging on, it’s time to bring the sunshine back by booking a lovely cottage holiday. School and bank holidays are always a popular booking so now is the time to plan and book your trips away for the coming year.

February half-term

Should you be planning a romantic trip away or an early getaway with the family.

The nights are getting lighter and the daffodils are showing, time to get out the walking boots and take in the fresh air of the Dorset Coast. It’s the perfect time to hunt for fossils on the beaches along the Jurassic Coast following the winter storms.

Easter holidays

Spring is now well and truly with us, newly born lambs are gambolling in the fields and the weather is warming up nicely. A great time to get out and enjoy the fresh, warm, spring air and walk through the bluebell filled woodland or the coastal paths surrounded by spring flowers. It is also a great time of year to bring along your dog as they are still permitted on most beaches.

Spring lamb

Spring baa lambs

Spring bank holiday

Take a trip to Abbotsbury Swannery, the only managed colony of mute swans in the world. Here you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of these wonderful birds while they are nesting. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.

How about a trip to Weymouth and visit the Wessex Folk Festival based in the streets and pubs around the picturesque Old Harbour and pretty Hope Square.

Summer holidays

The busiest time of year in our cottages so definitely worth booking as soon as possible. Long lazy summer days spent on beautiful beaches eating ice creams, having barbecues and visiting village fetes.
We have cottages sleeping up to 17 guests so often multiple family groups book one of our large cottages for an unforgettable holiday together.

Halloween pumpkinOctober Half Term

Take part in a spooky half term trail with eerie happenings, scary characters and creepy crafts on Brownsea Island. Normal admission fees and boat fares apply. National Trust members, free entry. Maybe even take a spooky ghost train from Swanage to Corfe Castle. There are many spooky goings on in Dorset at many different locations throughout the week.

When booking a cottage with a log fire all logs/fuel for the fire will be provided from October until the end of March. There is nothing better than coming back from a long walk on the coast path, lighting the fire and planning the next adventure in front of the flickering flames (with a glass of wine for our adult guests).

Christmas and New Year

A traditional Christmas in a Dorset cottage is what memories are made of. The smallest detail makes all the difference including the decorated Christmas tree (provided in all of our cottages). In the villages there may be Carol singing and services to enjoy – then at New Year listen out for the Church Bells ringing out the old year and ringing in the new.

Cottages for Christmas and New Year.

Dorset Market Days

All year through the market days take place – rain or shine, where you can be sure to find an eclectic mix of fresh produce and new and used wares.

Bridport: Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Dorchester: Wednesdays.

Portland: Tuesdays.

Sherborne: Thursdays & Saturdays.

Weymouth: Thursdays.