Rows of identical, thatched white cottages line the quaint village street, against the backdrop of unspoilt woodland and countryside; Milton Abbas is the literal definition of a chocolate-box village. When Lord Milton bought his estate, Milton Abbey in the 18th century, the original village of Milton (then Middleton) that lay outside his grand walls just wasn’t attractive enough, so he bought up and demolished all the houses in the space of 15 years and commissioned architect Sir William Chambers to design a new ‘perfect’ village, which is as it stands today. Beautiful thatched village houses that would appear almost like a model village to any passing carriage!
Our wonderful self-catering holiday cottages in and around Milton Abbas sit beautifully in this particularly special area of Dorset. Set in the heart of rolling green countryside, with a great village pub, The Hambro Arms and the magnificent Milton Abbey which is now possibly the most beautiful school in the entire world, this area of Dorset is straight from an English picture book.
Further afield, for those wishing to explore the nearby towns, lies the elegant Georgian town of Blandford Forum. Just a 15 minute drive away, Blandford Forum is great for a spot of shopping or dining. With boutique shops, charming little bookshops, stylish galleries and some fantastic regular markets, it’s a lovely town to visit for the day. It has some wonderful tea rooms too, so make sure you stop for a traditional cream tea.
Dorchester is also just a 25 minute drive away for more boutique shopping, along with some high street names, Michelin starred restaurants and some great museums including the famous Dinosaur Museum and The Teddy Bear Museum which the kids will love. Hardy’s Cottage is also on the edge of Dorchester, which is also well worth a visit. Dorchester is famous for its regular markets, so try and squeeze one into your holiday itinerary if you can! Pick up some fine Dorset food to take back to your cottage.
For those wishing to explore the Jurassic Coast, a half an hour drive from your Milton Abbas holiday cottage will take you to the stunning beaches of Weymouth, Lulworth Cove and the beautiful natural landform of Durdle Door.
Our Milton Abbas holiday cottages also place you in a good spot for some fantastic country walks. Milton Park Wood, Whatcombe Wood, Charity Wood and Crincombe Bottom are all on your doorstep and are perfect for long dog walks and ambles through the woodland. For a nice long 3 hour walk, why not try the Winterborne Clenston to Milton Abbas route which follows footpaths and tracks through farmland and woodland, with part of the route following a section of the Jubilee Trail.
Or perhaps jump in the car and drive a half an hour away to Cerne Abbas and catch a glimpse of the Cerne Giant which can be seen carved into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas.
We have a wonderful selection of self-catering holiday cottages in Milton Abbas. With big open fires for the winter and beautiful gardens for al fresco dining in the summer, our cottages offer the height of luxury for our guests and some are dog friendly too. They make a wonderful spot to settle in, ready to explore beautiful Dorset.