Holiday Blog

Sideways hair at the top of Golden Cap

Last week, I had a few days off and decided to be a bit of a tourist in my own county.  We headed off to Golden Cap near Bridport after months of driving past and saying ‘We must go for a walk there’ now was the perfect time to do it.

We couldn’t have timed it better  the sun shone as we drove through Bridport, Chideock and finally arriving at Lamberts Castle car park.





My grandparents used to live in Lyme Regis and when I was little walking up Golden Cap was something I took for granted. Although running down the hill was great fun.



As I took a trip down nostalgia lane along the path from the car park, I had forgotten how amazing the views are across the Jurassic Coast. I gave myself plenty of opportunities to admire the view (obviously not to have a rest climbing to the top!)




When we reached the summit, it was very windy but it added to the rustic backdrop of the coastline.

With the wind in my face and sideways hair I took loads of pictures. After being ‘tourists’ we had a quick sit down to take in the view and it dawned on us how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place.






After the hike up the hill lunch time called! We headed off down the coast path to The Anchor at Seatown. This is the pub where we went for our first date so it is very special to us….. ahhhhhhhhh!!!






We hadn’t been there since it’s recent refurbishment and what a fantastic job they have done. The moment you walk in there is a big friendly welcome. I decided to have a ploughman’s and it was delicious!

They try and source as much produce locally which I love. The bread came from Leakers just down the road in Bridport and it was delicious!

After lunch before the sleepiness kicked in (and the rain!) we went back up the path back to the car.

We had a great walk and it left us completely refreshed. It reminded me of how amazing it is to live in Dorset with the Jurassic Coast right on my doorstep and how I should never take this special place for granted.


If I have tempted you down Dream Cottages has a variety of holiday cottages which are right on the coastline! For more information visit   

Have a great weekend

















Hazel feeling like she’s on holiday in Lyme Regis

Hazel one of our property managers had to Lyme Regis for work but here is what she had to say…

Lyme Regis on a sunny day. The waft of fish and chips and the gentle chatter of holidaymakers wandering along the sea front made me feel as if I were on holiday instead of work!

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What a wonderfully quaint High Street, reminiscent of times gone by with high pavements accessed via stone stairs, lots of shops selling fossils and sea side nick naks and bakers selling the best pasties this side of Cornwall.

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Think this would be a lovely place to holiday with a long pebble beach, a sandy beach and a harbour to boot. Lots of interesting shops and plenty of pubs, restaurants and small eateries, it all made me wish I could stay longer.

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We had a great time at The Dorset County Show


We have just got back from exhibiting at The Dorset County Show for the first time. We are all a little tired but we had an excellent two days. This annual county show attracted over 60,000 visitors.




It was great to meet so many nice people who all shared the love for Dorset.

The visitors to our stand were treated to some seriously yummy Dorset Apple Cake and sparkling Elderflower.


When we weren’t chatting to potential owners or guests we all managed to have a look round.

There was so much to see, try and take in. It was fantastic and I will defiantly be going back next year (the shopping was just too good!)

Just one of the main attractions this year wasThe Bolddog Lings.


Watching them fly through the sky was jaw dropping. Even though watching these adrenaline junkies was absolutely terrifying I was fixed onto them! They jumped so high and the stunts they were doing were incredible.

During my break I even started some Christmas shopping, I purchased chutneys, a wine rack, a tea cosy, jams and even mint mayonnaise!


I had to go and see the giant vegetables


I didn’t believe my friends when they said how big they were!





WOW they were huge!!

The horticultural tent was simply stunning. I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of freshly cut dahlias.

I also went to see the goats, pigs and watch the showjumping.





We had a lovely time at The Show and can’t wait to go back next year. Thank you to everyone who popped in to see us and we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!















Gill’s trip to Honeybrook Farm near Wimborne


Gill our Accounts Manager wrote this post for our blog about her lovely day out with her grandchildren.


Recently I took my 2 Grandsons and family to Honeybrook Farm near Wimborne for a day out.

There was a pet’s corner where the children can cuddle a bunny, guinea pig or chicken and all have names.


Very friendly staff helps the children to hold the pets. There was a cute pony to groom and goats to feed aided by staff.

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Also there are other horses and lots of pigs with piglets at different ages to view in their enclosures.

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There is a large picnic area with fairly new picnic tables. In this area there is ducks and a pond, a bouncy pillow for energetic kids, splash pad (water fountains for children to play in) and lots of chickens and geese walking around you whilst you picnic.

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There is a large play area, zip wire and climbing frames to play on and play area for under 6 year olds. There is also an indoor play area in case of bad weather.


After our picnic, we did the river walk and saw lots of dragonflies, birds and farm animals. There is a pebble area you can paddle in the river. We then headed for the café to buy ice creams, also they do really nice food and there is an old fashioned tea room café to sit and enjoy a cream tea in pretty gardens or look at the old part of the house.


We then went to look at the reptile rescue centre, which was full of all things creepy, snakes of all sizes and scary lizards of all varieties.


There is also tractor rides and pony rides throughout the day.

We spent 5 very enjoyable hours there and only £5 for adults, £3 for children and £1 for the car park. So good value and took home 2 very tired grandchildren at the end of the day.


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Best of both worlds – head to Sutton Poyntz


I always think  the village of Sutton Poyntz would make an ideal holiday destination. Situated just outside of Weymouth near Preston, this gorgeous little village has a real country feel but is only a short bus ride from the Weymouth’s seafront.

If your a keen walker, there are some fantastic footpaths which go for miles. You can either trek up The White Horse or even walk over to Preston for some sea air. However, a more relaxing option is also available in this village.


Willow trees surround the duck pond and there is a really good pub called The Springhead (Sunday carvery is seriously yummy) with a large family garden.

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This pub is also dog friendly. Every year at the end of June/beginning of July they have a popular village fete.


We have a number of properties in Sutton Poyntz.


Blueberry Cottage is in the centre of the village but tucked away up a quiet lane. This dog friendly property has two bedrooms sleeping four.



The Courthouse is a popular large family property. Again, the house welcomes dogs and has a good enclosed garden. There are three bedrooms sleeping six.



Rolling Hills is another large property with four bedrooms sleeping seven.



Poyntz Cottage is a gorgeous thatched cottage with amazing views. This property has four bedrooms sleeping seven.

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To visit all our properties in Sutton Poyntz visit our website.






Try a Walk Along the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth

Here is Amy’s (our Marketing an Accounts Assistant) walk.
The Rodwell Trail is a walk and cycleway starting in the centre of Weymouth and ending at Ferrybridge.  Once a railway, the Rodwell Trail is now enjoyed by locals and visitors who can admire the far reaching sea views and leafy walkway along the way.  So, on my recent day off, I decided to take a picnic and walk along the Rodwell Trail with my fiance, as we hadn’t done this in a long time.  You can join the Rodwell Trail at different points along the route.  We parked by Sandsfoot so we could wander around the lovely Sandsfoot Gardens and castle which dates from 1539, then walked The Rodwell Trail to Ferrybridge. It was a lovely sunny day so the views were absolutely stunning and very clear.

Benches are placed along the trail where there are perfect views so you can sit and enjoy for a while.  Once we got to Ferrybridge, we carried on walking over to Chesil Beach where we stopped to enjoy our picnic.

It was a glorious July day and the afternoon’s walk really made me think WOW, what a stunning place I live in.

If you are holidaying in Weymouth and fancy a walk to admire the views then the Rodwell Trail is one that has to be done.

Link on info for Rodwell Trail:

The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth


Dorset Seafood Festival

This weekend (12th and 13th July) is the annual Dorset Seafood Festival which takes place around Weymouth’s Old Harbour. I cannot wait to try all the yummy food which has come just off our wonderful shores in Dorset.

Just from looking at their website there is a whole list of things I want to do… Pommery Champayne and Oysters is a good way to start! There are over 100 stalls lining the harbour where I can sample all sorts of fish.


There are cooking demonstrations, face painting, live music, wine tasting and clothes to buy!

The festival opens at 10.30am on Saturday and finishes at 5.30pm on Sunday.

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I’ve had a look at the street food menu and there is so much on offer from traditional fish and chips to sushi, paella to shellfish, fish fingers to crab and surimi prawns to salmon pancakes. Being a seafood lover I’m going to be in my element.


There are lots of top chefs on the main stage talking a bout Welks, wine and various demonstrations crammed with tips on how to prepare fish at home.


For more information visit

If I’ve tempted you to come down for a last minute break, we have availability for a three night break this weekend. Do call the office on 01305 789000 or view our availability or drop us an email so we can find the perfect cottage for you.

Photos curiosity of Dorset Media Geoff Moore


Upwey Wising Well

Have you ever been to Upwey Wishing Well? Whether your local or not this little hidden gem is really worth a trip.

Upwey is a little village just on the outskirts of Weymouth and maybe where all your wishes could come true…. The ‘wishing well’ is sourced by a spring thought to be the most powerful in the South of England. This is what makes the water gardens so lush. The water is thought to have  possessing therapeutic properties (the scenery around the area is defiantly very therapeutic in my opinion!)


For centuries, the well has enjoyed royal patronage.  The former Prince of Wales (briefly King Edward VIII) visited in August 1923, having previously had the water sent to him, presumably by train which to this day still stops at the nearby Upwey Halt.  King George III also visited on a number of occasions around 1770.  Indeed the seat adjacent to the Wishing Well was added for his comfort and on the third visit he had his feet washed at the foot of the steps where once there was a stone basin for this purpose.  It is also believed that the gold cup from which he drank the waters later became the original Ascot Gold Cup given to the winner of this prestigious flat race held annually in June.

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Exactly when the springs at Upwey became known as the ‘Wishing Well’ is unclear but it is mentioned as such as far back as 1874 in the novel ‘Broken Bonds’.

People have been ‘taking the waters’ at Upwey Wishing Well for centuries.  In fact it was so popular that in times gone by two elderly ladies from the village assisted visitors in taking the waters in the ‘correct’ way which involves holding a glass (or indeed a laurel leaf) in your right, standing with your back to the well and sipping the water whilst making a wish.  Then throw the remaining water over your left shoulder back into the well.  Unfortunately modern environmental health advice discourages people from drinking the water.

After making a wish or two I recommend stopping in at The Tearooms. On offer is a wide range of delicious home-cooked tasty food. You can sit inside or dine al fresco next to the water.

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Within easy reach of both Weymouth and Dorchester and just a stone’s throw from other tourist destinations such as Maiden Castle and Thomas Hardy’s cottage at Brockhampton, the tearooms are situated on Church Street in Upwey, being accessible on foot, by car or public transport.

Open from 10.30 the tearooms offer breakfast lunch and dinner (also fully licensed) and they are known for their Sunday Roasts!

Opening hours – 10.30am – 5pm 7 days a week throughout the year.  (closed 21st Dec – 5 Jan)

If you are looking for somewhere to stay close to The Wishing Well have a look at our nearby properties, Sixpenny Cottage, Follis Cottage and Fountain Cottage. 

Upwey Wishing Well & Tearooms, Church Street, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE


Dorset Events 2014

Dorset has plenty of regular family attractions and entertainment as well. The seaside town of Weymouth is a popular destination due to its expansive sandy beach and traditional Georgian promenade. Combine this with a plethora of traditional food outlets and it is not surprising that it continues to attract a wealth of visitors each year. Dream Cottages HQ is based in Weymouth in the popular Old Harbour area of the town.

If you have booked a self-catering holiday in Dorset with Dream Cottages then you might want to take note of what’s happening in Dorset during the time of your stay.


Fayre in the Square 25th-26th May
Quayside Festival 25th-26th May 
Wessex Folk Festival 30th May-1st June- Weymouth Hope Square 


Sutton Poyntz Summer Fete- 29th June 


Dorset Seafood Festival 12-13th July,  Weymouth 


Weymouth Annual Carnival 20th August 

Dorset Seasoofd Festival

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Short breaks over Easter in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Dorset Easter Events 2014

Easter is approaching fast and the supermarket shelves are swelling with chocolate temptations! If you are looking for an Easter break in Dorset then you will be pleased to know that we have opened up a number of our properties for short breaks over this period as well as week-long bookings.   Our short breaks start from three nights and we have a number of special offer properties that overlap with our Easter availability meaning you will save even more if you are looking for an Easter holiday at the Dorset coast or countryside.

There are some great Easter Events in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, if you are wondering what is happening in the South West and are looking for events and activities over the Easter holiday then we have outlined a few you might be interested in (do check with each event / venue before planning your journey):

The Great Easter Egg Hunt, Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Dorset 18-21 April 2014

An Easter egg hunt for the whole family to enjoy. In the wonderful surroundings of the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury. Face painting and much more. Great family day out! Hundreds of creme eggs to be found every day.  Free bouncy castle, children’s entertainer and face painter.

Lyme Regis Beer Festival, 5th April,  Lyme Regis

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Now a regular fixture in Lyme’s Calendar, the Beer Festival is an opportunity to sample beers and ciders from local breweries and enjoy the best in local entertainment – all at the Marine Theatre.

Events at Durlston Country Park – ranging from Delinquent Dinosaurs to Star Gazing.

Durlston Country Park has some great events planned, from Stargazing – Moon, Jupiter, Galaxies and Constellations to Delinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils!  Take a look at their full events diary to see what else is on: Events Diary.

Here’s a Link to What’s on in Cornwall over Easter

Here’s a link to Events in Devon