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Deer Leap Cottage

Moreton, Dorset (Ref. 1060768)



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  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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9 Customer Reviews

  • "The plus side is the location, beautiful setting, close to a wonderful pub and near to towns and beach."

    The cottage has a lot of potential and the owner is very pleasant. But...the kitchen is very poorly equipped, 3 saucepans and two small baking trays, no frying pan, no grill rack, lots of empty cupboards. There is a decent sized fridge and a freezer (but no ice tray) no dishwasher which is desirable in this sized cottage. There is simply not enough catering equipment for 6 adults (potentially what the cottage can sleep). Being a self catering cottage you would expect to be able to adequately cater for the whole family, not in this case. I tried to speak to the owner but mobile signals are non-existent and when I tried to find the owners I was told they were at work, the children handed me a small frying pan. The single beds are extremely uncomfortable and creak every time you move, the pillows provided were very thin. Only one room had spare pillows for those of us who like two pillows each (a must if the pillows are this thin). We were provided with one small bath towel each, no hand towels in any of the rooms or the bathroom. Fortunately there were only 5 of us so we hand one extra towel and three of us had bought pool towels with us just in case we had a swim in the pool. The heating is controlled in the main house (where the owners live), there is no option in the cottage to switch it on or off. If the owners switch it on then you can turn it down at the thermostat or radiators. But if it off in the main house there is no heating in your cottage. Two of the bedrooms did not have any heating as the radiators did not work. A light in the kitchen kept flashing and we had to turn it off. This is a dog friendly cottage but understandably dogs are not allowed upstairs, with this in mind to keep the dogs downstairs there should be a stair gate or something to block the stairs. There is not enough seating in the lounge for 6 people unless you all sit upright and right next to one another on the sofa. The dining table in the lounge is not needed as there is sufficient dining area in the kitchen, the dining table could be replaced by two easy chairs. The weirdest thing were the connecting doors to the main house, downstairs is a door in the hallway which links to the kitchen of the owners house, it is an internal door and we could plainly hear them talking and moving around on the other side of the door, at one point I was aware of someone stood the other side listening to our conversation. Upstairs on the landing there is a similar internal door linking the cottage to the main house. Both doors had bolts on which prevented them from being opened from the main house but it was a really strange set up and made us feel uncomfortable.

    Reviewed by LeanneSep 2021

  • "We enjoyed our week at Deer Leap Cottage."

    The grounds are lovely and ideal for walking our dog. We made full use of the table tennis and heated pool. Geoff was friendly and happy to assist if needed. The cottage was clean, comfortable and well located for access to Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Bovington Tank Museum and Dorchester, among others.

    Reviewed by AnneSep 2021

  • "Fantastic. Gorgeous cottage set in stunning grounds."

    Swimming pool was an unexpected bonus. Hosts where excellent, friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this cottage, beautiful location. We will be booking again for a different time of year, can’t wait.

    Reviewed by GavinAug 2021

  • "We loved our week at Deer Leap Cottage."

    Great location for exploring Dorset and we enjoyed days out in Weymouth, Swanage and Lulworth cove. Cottage was very comfortable and our children enjoyed the (heated) outdoor pool (even in the rain!) the games room, toasting marshmallows on the fire pit and we had a couple of games of tennis too. We also enjoyed our glimpses of the roaming deer around the cottage.

    Reviewed by DeborahAug 2021

  • "Fabulous week at Deerleap cottage."

    The pool is fantastic & used daily by the kids. Tennis court and table tennis also fabulous. The grounds around the cottage are full of adventures to be had with deer coming up to the house on a daily basis. The cottage is lovely with everything we needed. The owners are on hand if you require anything & were super helpful & the kids loved helping the owner feed the fish in the lake. We can’t wait to return.

    Reviewed by BenJul 2021

  • "We absolutely loved our stay at deer leap cottage."

    Plenty of room for our family of 5 plus big dog. Tennis court and swimming pool are perfect and location is spot on. Lots of cupboard space and full length mirrors and large kitchen and living room and bedrooms also very spacious. Geoff & Hannah are super friendly and greeted us and showed us around the cottage and the grounds of the house are gorgeous. Geoff helped our boys feed the fish in the lake which they loved. There’s deer every day in the grounds just outside the house. Just keep your dog in a lead! Ours would be after the deer ha. Pub just short walk down the road with great food, play area and friendly people. Loads of attractions just easy short drive away. Weymouth beach is brilliant, steam train, monkey world etc all near by. We will be back!!!

    Reviewed by LynseyJul 2021

  • "Deer Leap Cottage exceeded our expectations on so many levels From the warm family welcome on arrival ,to the well appointed facilities in cottage, the vast grounds, lake , fish, forests walks swimming pool , tennis court, games room, fire pit and lots more not to mention the sight of herds of quaint deer roaming freely."

    This venue would suit all levels of holidaymakers and retreaters and offers extremely good value for money, we would highly recommend to all. We will definitely revisit to relive the fantastic experience.

    Reviewed by McdonaldJul 2021

  • "The house was a super place for us!"

    It felt so quiet and secluded. It has lovely grounds all around it with tennis court, a lovely outdoor pool, a summer house containing toys and a table tennis table. The lake was very pretty and our granddaughter enjoyed feeding the fish. There was lots of wildlife in the grounds and we saw deer many times - even in the middle of the day. The rooms were all a good size and had everything we needed and more!

    Reviewed by StephenJun 2021

  • "We had a wonderful week at Deer Leap Cottage, saw actual deer everyday."

    The pool, tennis court and table tennis kept us all entertained! Sky, Netflix and working WiFi is amazing for the teenager with us! A huge plus! Location is brilliant 20 mins to Wareham, Lulworth Cove, Studland Beach is around 30 mins away, the Frampton Arms in the village is great for food and within a short work, would suggest you book, difficult currently to just turn up. So lovely to find a cottage that accepts a dog but does not smell as though dogs have been there. Geoff & Hannah are lovely, on hand if you need them and so helpful.

    Reviewed by SharonJun 2021

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The property

Set on stunning grounds and situated on the outskirts of the village of Moreton, is this characterful, semi-detached house, Deer Leap Cottage.

Renovated to a high standard whilst retaining its traditional charm, this characterful abode boasts many charismatic features that create a relaxing base from which to enjoy a family escape to Dorset with spectacular countryside walks to discover.

Make yourself at home in the inviting sitting area and settle on the large plush corner sofa, enjoying the heat of the open fire.

Make use of the quality kitchen appliances to cook up your own delicious meals, with sleek fitted units and a stylish breakfast bar to perch at, you can keep the chef of the group company as the tasty aromas fill the room.

Settle down with your family or friends at the dining table in the living/dining room, popping open a bottle of bubbly and toasting to a long-awaited holiday.

Once the evening draws to a close, make your way up to one of the elegant bedrooms, each benefitting from attractive furnishings for storage, quality linens, and a vanity basin unit.

Discover the master double bedroom, featuring a Smart TV and a spacious layout, a further double home to a traditional decorative fireplace, and finally a lovely twin room.

Freshen up in the shower room, with a walk-in shower perfect for feeling refreshed after a long day of sightseeing.

Relish the gorgeous surroundings and take strolls through the shared grounds of Deer Leap House, often coming across wild deer roaming the gardens, you can also find a communal tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool and table tennis.

If you can tear yourself away from this delightful Dorset dwelling, venture in down the road and into Crossways to find the local shops and pubs, just an easy walk from your doorstep, as well as the Moreton trains station being close by too, perfect for day trips to Weymouth and Bournemouth.

Take a ramble into the quaint village of Moreton and admire the church, well known for its windows etched by the Whistler and the resting place of T.E.

Lawrence, more commonly known as Lawrence of Arabia.

The cottage is right in the heart of ‘Thomas Hardy country’, with his birthplace of Bockhampton and home at Max Gate nearby and perfect attractions for any fans of the acclaimed writer.

A wealth of fun at the seaside can be had in the resort of Weymouth, with a long sandy beach to enjoy on sunny days, backed by a host of amusement from arcades and fairground rides, to the marvellous Sandworld and SEA LIFE Centre.

Discover the incredible scenery of Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast, with pristine white sands and clear blue waters, you won’t believe you’re still on English shores!

The South West Coast Path offers a fantastic way to explore the coast, allowing you to come across secluded bays, quiet coves and stunning sea vistas.

Venture into the Dorset AONB for plenty of walks across the luscious landscape, or delight in long bike rides along the quiet country roads.

Spend the day exploring the amazing historic houses in the area like Athelhamption House & Gardens, Hardy’s Cottage run by the National Trust, Kingston Maurward Animal Park and Gardens, and Lulworth Castle.

The fun-filled Monkey World is just over five miles away, home to a wealth of rescued monkeys and apes in an open-air park, as well as the Tank Museum, perfect for any history or automobile enthusiasts.

Secure your adventurous stay in Dorset at Deer Leap Cottage.


  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with Smart TV and basin, 1 x double with basin, 1 x twin with basin
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Living/dining room with open fire
  • Electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, 2 x Smart TVs, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair, travel cot and stairgate available on request
  • Off-road parking for three cars
  • Lawned garden
  • Communal grounds including heated outdoor swimming pool (open from the beginning of 1st of June - 1st October), tennis court (with basketball net) (rackets can be provided), table tennis and unfenced lake
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.4 miles, pub 0.3 miles
  • Train Station 3 min walk
  • Note: Logs provided for open fire during winter months
  • Note: Children to be supervised at all times when in the grounds due to the unfenced lake

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About the location


Dorchester 7.6 miles; Weymouth 12.3 miles; Blandford Forum 14.5 miles.

Moreton is a tranquil village that sits just 8 miles east of the County town of Dorchester, and is famous for it’s association with the celebrated soldier, writer and pioneering archaeologist T.E.Lawrence, better know as Lawrence of Arabia. He settled in the village in a cottage called Cloud’s Hill and now owned by the National Trust. While living here he struck up a relationship with Louisa Frampton and some of their letters can be seen in the Moreton Tea rooms. Moreton sits just 8 miles from the County town of Dorchester where you can find Thomas Hardy’s Former home and cottage, as well as many cafes and restaurants and other high street amenities you require. If you are interested in military history then the Bovington Tank Museum is just 6 miles drive away, and a very informative day.

Region Information

Please Note: The owners live onsite. There is a large lake on the property grounds and children must be supervised at all times.
Well behaved dogs are welcome but must be supervised outside due to wild deer on site.
Swimming pool available in summer months (1st June - 1st October).
Swimming pool/tennis court/table tennis is also shared with neighbouring property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Christmas
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If your booking can't take place due to a COVID-19 lockdown in the UK or Ireland, you can request a change of date or receive a full rental charges refund.

Owners may request any evidence that they reasonably require before making a refund. Sykes Holiday Cottages is not agreeing to pay or guarantee any refund from the Owner to you under this Book with confidence.
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