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Deer Leap Cottage

Moreton, Dorset (Ref. 1060768)

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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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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


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9 Customer Review(s)

  • Leanne

    “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. ...

    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.

    - Leanne, September 2021

The property

Enjoying a wonderful position on the grounds of the owner's home, on the outskirts of the Dorset village of Moreton, is Deer Leap Cottage, a large semi-detached holiday home.

Families are perfectly suited to this lovely dwelling, with lots to entertain like the tennis court and outdoor swimming pool, as well as being in a great location for touring both the coast and countryside.

Discover a spacious living/dining room to come home to after a day of adventure, with a large corner sofa to sink into and a Smart TV to entertain amidst the tasteful décor.

Head into the contemporary kitchen to find sleek, glossy units and a breakfast bar with striking red stools, home to a host of integrated appliances to cook up your favourite dishes.

Serve up family meals at the dining table back in the living/dining room, providing a perfect way to come together at the end of the day.

When the night draws in, head to one of the lovely bedrooms to rest for the next day's activities, choosing from either two doubles or the twin room, with all bedrooms featuring a vanity basin unit and plenty of storage for your things, with the master double boasting a Smart TV, and the second double featuring a decorative fireplace.

Feel refreshed following a busy day with a shower in the shared shower room, or begin your day with a warm rinse instead to wake you up to the day ahead.

The grounds of Deer Leap Cottage are frequently roamed by wild deer, so you may catch sight of some as you stroll around the grounds.

Enjoy lots of fun times in the outdoor swimming pool, create a family tournament of table tennis, or simply enjoy a rally of tennis on the tennis court, rackets provided, on a sunny day.

The cottage lies on the outskirts of Moreton, near to Moreton train station and the village amenities of Crossways, so you're just a simple stroll from shops and pubs, with The Frampton Arms being a fabulous local watering hole.

Moreton is known for being the resting place of T.E.

Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, while the surrounding area is known as 'Thomas Hardy country' as the acclaimed writer's birthplace of Bockhampton and home of Max Gate are not far, with the beautiful rolling Dorset countryside setting the scene of many of his wonderful novels.

Discover plenty of areas to walk nearby and further afield, with cyclists sure to enjoy the quiet country lanes on long rides.

Not far from Deer Leap Cottage is Monkey World, a fantastic sanctuary for monkeys within an open air park, so you can see these wonderful creatures up close, while the Tank Museum is sure to please history enthusiasts!

The scenic Jurassic Coast is an easy car or train journey away, with incredible spots like Lulworth Cove sure to take your breath away, home to pristine sands and clear waters, while Durdle Door presents guests with a perfect holiday snap any time of day, but particularly special at sunset.

Hop on a train down to Weymouth to enjoy a fun-filled day on the beach, backed by colourful beach huts and beachfront amusements, you can find attractions like Sandworld and SEA LIFE Centre, or head down to the picturesque harbour before continuing on to Nothe Fort.

Make unforgettable memories in Dorset with your loved ones 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

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.

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