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Furleigh Estate

A Sparkling Dorset New Year

Add a bit of fizz and bring a real "Sparkling Dorset New Year" with some fantastic English Sparkling wine. Dorset is blessed with some fantastic vineyards which provide us with a splendid selection of Sparkling Wines to choose from for any occasion.

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Wool Bridge

Wool Bridge

Dating back to the about the 16c  Wool Bridge crosses the River Frome connecting Wool to East Stoke.

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Black Down Sculpture

The Land of Bone and Stone

The Land of Bone and Stone is thought by many experts to be on par with Stonehenge. There are many Bronze Age burial mounds, Iron Age hill forts and many other remains from pre-history.

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My Girl, Weymouth, Dorset

A day out in Weymouth

There are many things to do in Weymouth, here is a brief guide to one day out and about taking in a ferry ride and some time on the beach.

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Henley Hillbillies

Henley Hillbillies

Quad biking and clay pigeon shooting in Dorset with Henley Hillbillies is a great way for the family to to spend a morning while on holiday

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The Dorset County Show

What’s on in September

The warm, long summer months are all but over and autumn is just around the corner. However, September in Dorset still offers shows and events for all the family to enjoy at this time of year.

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West Bay Watch House

10 Things to do in West Bay

The charming harbour of West Bay (recently made famous by the TV series Broadchurch) sits a mile and a half south of Bridport, between Eype and Burton Bradstock. With the stunning golden glow of the majestic sandstone cliffs and the shimmering radiance of Golden Cap, it is the Golden Gateway to the Jurassic Coast.

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Worth Matravers Tea Rooms

10 things to do in Swanage

Swanage is a small seaside town marking the eastern end of the world famous Jurassic Coast and is very popular for its sandy beaches and coastal walks.

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Dog friendly West Bay Canoes

A Trip up the River Brit

Paddling up the River Brit with West Bay Canoes is one of the best ways to spend a couple of hours with friends, family or your dog on a sunny summers day.

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Supermarket groceries

Dorset supermarkets

Where to find supermarkets when heading to Dorset for a self catering holiday. Remember the independent shops for local produce for a true Dorset Feast.

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Seafood Platter Clavell's Restaurant Kimmeridge

Sunday Lunch in Kimmeridge

Relaxing Sunday Afternoon in Kimmeridge. Kate, our Customer Services Manager, had an impromptu family gathering last Sunday. They decided a trip to Kimmeridge was in order and some food to keep everyone happy, Kate continues: “Great a family get together but what do we do there were seven of us, including two children!  Food always […]

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Sally's Fish Camp

A Super Shellfish Treat….

Sally’s Fish Camp is a really easy way to order & enjoy your favourite shellfish delivered directly to your holiday cottage, on ice, for you to enjoy!

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Scrabble

Games for your Dorset holiday

A family holiday is always a great opportunity to spend more time together. Playing holiday games in the evening after a busy day out is a great way to end the day.

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Charmouth Coat of Arms

Things to do in Charmouth

Charmouth is an unspoilt seaside village at the mouth of the river Char with a fantastic beach which is world-renowned for its fossils. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite things to do in Charmouth and the surrounding area to help you enjoy your holiday in Charmouth.

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Spring flowers

Dorset in Spring

Spring is (in my opinion) one of the best times to visit the Dorset coast. All colours appear to be more vivid – as if the brightness is being turned up after a winter of dullness.

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The Crown Inn Puncknowle

Step into 2018 with a Dorset Break

Escape for a Dorset break! Why not start the year as you mean to go on? Spending some quality time down by the coast really refreshes the parts other holidays don’t reach. A Dorset break is what the doctor might order – especially after the excess of Christmas and New Year. A walk along some of the beautiful […]

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Fish and Chips Swanage

Staff Tour 2017 day two

Staff tour day two The second day of our staff tour saw the minibus, being driven by our marketing manager Tom, take a route from Wool to Winfrith Newburgh, Lulworth, East Stoke, Swanage and Worth Matravers. Jacqui continues: The morning was bright and crisp, the autumn leaves falling, the sun shining and the sea glistening. […]

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West Bay Cliffs

Staff tour 2017 day one

Dorset Coastal Cottages Staff Tour 2017 sees us getting out to view our fabulous properties and a chance to sample some local food treats.

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Navi King of Pop

Navi, King of Pop

Dorset Coastal Cottages enjoy an evening out to see Navi King of Pop bring a tribute to Michael Jackson to Weymouth Pavilion Dorset.

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JoJo Maman Bébé photoshoot at Greensands

JoJo Maman Bébé at Greensands If you’re a JoJo Maman Bébé fan then you might recognise one of our wonderful Purbeck Stone holiday cottages, Greensands, which was the location for their current Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue (and features in our family holiday prize detailed below too)! For two weeks in March this year, the JoJo Maman […]

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Swanage Rep

Swanage Rep Theatre Season

For the first time in 25 years, a company of professional actors will be resident at the Mowlem theatre in Swanage this August, bringing  Rep Theatre and a hint of the West End to the seaside

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The Signal Box on Swanage Railway

The Signal Box The damp and grey Wednesday morning drive towards Corfe Castle Station on Swanage Railway did nothing to dampen my excitement. I was lucky enough to be visiting The Signal Box, Corfe Castle Station. The signal box is only five years old with the opening being shown on BBC South West Today in 2012. Geoff Truscott, a volunteer […]

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Theatre

Swanage Rep cast confirmed for this AUGUST

This summer season, the Victorian seaside town of Swanage will see the arrival of famous thespians when Hordern Ciani, the professional Theatre Production Company owned and operated by Katherine Mount and Teresa Barlow, showcase their three famous plays

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Rib Eye Steak

Catered for Dinner Party

Self-catering doesn't always have to mean self-catering. Take the stress out of cooking for a big group by booking a catered dinner party in your holiday cottage for that special occasion.

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Godfrey's Onion Soup

Food and Mummers Play

An evening of great food and Mummers plays at The Crown Inn, Puncknowle, a sleepy Dorset village just a mile or so inland from the coast.

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Marshmallows

New Year in Dorset

Get away and spend New Year in Dorset

New Year's Eve is a time for celebration and there is no better place to celebrate than the Dorset Coast.

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Purbeck Pirate

Purbeck Pirate Festival

The town of Swanage will be flying the Jolly Roger from 29th - 31st July for the first ever Purbeck Pirate Festival in aid of The Swanage Pier Trust

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Dorset Walk

Dorset Walk

A Dorset walk could include a cafe, pub or even the possibility of a swim. You can just absorb this wonderful county with family and of course the dog.

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Coast Path

Dorset Walk #10 – West Bexington

This walk will take you through some varying countryside and terrain which can be enjoyed by all the family. Taking in Chesil Beach and the pretty seaside village of West Bexington.

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Autumn in Dorset

Autumn in Dorset, the clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in and we are fast approaching winter...

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The Jurassic Coast Trust – AGM

The Jurassic Coast Trust, one of the local charities we support, held their AGM last week, presenting their achievements over the last year and discussing plans for the future. Here are some photos from the day.

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Summer Holiday Family Activities

Activities for the family can be costly, however, there are many things that can be enjoyed by the whole family which will not only be fun but educational and not break the bank! Here we are listing some of our favourite things to do when on holiday here in Dorset.....

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Dorset – Chapel in the Woods – Walk #9

A beautiful woodland walk just off the coast road along a quiet and secluded right of way then into some beautiful old woodland leading to a peaceful spot where there is the ruins of an old chapel hidden in the woods.

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May Half Term – what’s on in Dorset

May is here the weather is warmer and Whitsun Bank Holiday and half-term holidays are upon us. Typically quieter than the summer months there are still many events and attractions available and we have selected a couple which can be enjoyed by all the family.

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Sunny Republic Brewery

A visit to Sunny Republic Brewery – Winterborne Kingston, Blandford. From an old barn on a farm to an amazing modern brewery – with highly drinkable quaffable beer – trust me it is good!

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Sutton Poyntz Open Gardens – June 27/28

Sutton Poyntz is a picture -postcard village near Weymouth. With its unique beauty and hidden treasures of old houses and cottages plus a duck pond opposite the pub, it is surely a place to visit. Sutton Poyntz Open Gardens - June 27-28

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Snowdrops in Dorset

February Half-Term upon us and the Snowdrops coming into full bloom here are some little known facts and details about this amazing little flower - and where to see them in Dorset.

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2015 holiday dates and events

Christmas and New Year festivities are over. So now it is time to choose your favourite destination – maybe fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast or even walking some of the 95 miles of the Jurassic Coast - World Heritage Site. As school and bank holidays are always popular so now is the time to book your trips away for the coming year…

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Dorset Coastal Walks – #7 Corfe Common History Walk

This gentle short walk explores Corfe Common, a sandstone ridge south of the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Look out for signs of the human activity that shaped this interesting archaeological landscape over thousands of years, and enjoy the wide range of wildlife which now makes its home here.

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Black Bream caught by Matt Toms the skipper of Dawn Mist 2

Really fresh fish

From Sea to Plate in hours - simple catch and cook your supper. Take a  charter trip where the novice or experienced angler can catch the freshest fish that you will ever eat.......

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