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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Magnolia Cottage | Sturminster Newton near Blandford Forum | Dorset
Detached 19th century barn conversion in rural hamlet of Fifehead St Quintin. Exposed beams.Well equipped, comfortable accommodation. Excellent walking. Sturminster Newton 3 miles.
Brook Cottage | Milton on Stour near Gillingham | Dorset
Charming single-storey barn conversion constructed over small stream in Milton on Stour. Open plan living, exposed beams. Area attractions within easy reach. Shaftesbury 7 miles.
Cowdea Cottage | Bettiscombe near Beaminster and Bridport | Dorset
Semi-detached, former dairy man's cottage. Peaceful, rural west Dorset location. Comfortably furnished, dog friendly. Country views and superb walks close by. Bridport 7 miles, Lyme Regis 10 miles.
Brewery Farm Stables | Ansty near Dorchester | Dorset
Character Dorset cottage. Wing of 19th century former coach house in rural hamlet of Ansty. Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Comfortable, well equipped accommodation. Dorchester 11 miles.
Pleasant Cottage | Corscombe near Beaminster | Dorset
Well presented, end terraced, Hamstone cottage set in the West Dorset village of Corscombe. Open fire, country views, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lovely walks and pub close by. Beaminster 4 miles.
Grist Mill Cottage | Fontmell Magna near Shaftesbury | Dorset
Delightful single-storey Shaftesbury cottage, in 10 acres of lovely grounds in Fontmell Magna village. Woodburner and en-suite make this a great family or romantic retreat. Shaftesbury 4 miles.
The Stables | Fifehead Neville near Sturminster Newton | Dorset
Delightful barn conversion in 130 acres of wooded farmland boasting exposed beams and wonderful views across Blackmore Vale. Sturminster Newton 3 miles.
Whitestones | Fortuneswell on Portland near Weymouth | Dorset
A delightful terraced property in the village of Fortuneswell, on the Isle of Portland. Well-equipped accommodation. Pet-friendly, walking distance to shop, pub and Chesil Beach. Weymouth 5 miles.