The booking via Sykes was very 'user-friendly', done very easily by helpful and friendly staff, and follow up emails quick and efficient.
Mrs Kirby, Tilbury, Essex, April 2013
The ease with which the booking was made. The person I spoke to was friendly and helpful. The booking process was simple.
, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff, April 2013
The county of Dorset is welcomingly rural, sprinkled with idyllic thatched villages, just a few large towns and an inviting lack of motorways, making it the ideal spot to unwind in a Dorset country cottage.
Famed in literature as Thomas Hardy's fictional 'Wessex', the delightful county town of Dorchester (or 'Casterbridge') is home to his last, personally-designed residence, 'Max Gate' from where he created some of his greatest works. Enthusiasts can follow the 13-mile Thomas Hardy Trail from Bere Regis, a fascinating walk tracing his steps taking in stately homes and gardens amid breathtaking scenery.
Prefer to drive? Enjoy gentle day excursions pottering around the rolling countryside, with attractions ranging from galleries and museums to children's activity centres. Stop off in picture-postcard villages and savour afternoon teas with lashings of clotted cream - after all, calories never count on a Dorset country cottage holiday!
is What else? Step back in time at battle re-enactment days. View intriguing sites such as Cerne Giant, a rather risqué relic of our pagan past etched in chalk across the mountainside. And of course, you must explore the outstanding Jurassic Coast, lined with stunning beaches and wonderful resorts.
Come evening, look forward to cosy, old-fashioned pubs serving local delights, followed by the best night's sleep in your Dorset country cottage!
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Mulberry Cottage | Duntish near Cerne Abbas | Dorset
Charming single-storey barn conversion. Open plan accommodation. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Dog friendly. Sherborne 9 miles.
Orchard House Cottage | Shillingstone near Sturminster Newton | Dorset
Romantic North Dorset cottage. Delightful detached single-storey studio barn conversion. Quality accommodation. Woodburner. Shop and pub 5 min walk. Blandford Forum 5.5 miles.
2 The Courtyard | Alderholt near Fordingbridge | Dorset
Single-storey barn conversion in scattered Alderholt. Comfortably furnished, open plan accommodation, wet room shower. Close to good walks and New Forest National Park. Fordingbridge 3 miles.
Mole Hill Cottage | Alderholt near Fordingbridge | Dorset
Semi-detached Alderholt cottage on borders of Dorset and Hampshire. Eaves bedroom with en-suite, private patio, great base for New Forest. Fordingbridge 3 miles.
Lerryn Apartment | Pimperne near Blandford Forum | Dorset
Attractive, airy first floor Pimperne holiday apartment, with lovely rural views from the balcony. Close to market towns and beautiful countryside. Blandford Forum 1.5 miles.