Cottages with an open fire or a wood burning stove epitomise Dorset country living and these properties are our absolute favourite here at Dream Cottages. Who doesn’t love snuggling up by a roaring fire in a cosy cottage with a good book and a cup of tea or a glass of wine? A cosy cottage in lovely surroundings with a warm fire, good hearty food, deliciously comfy bed and beautiful country views are anyone’s tonic in our opinion!
We have some wonderful thatched quintessentially English cottages with age-old exposed wood, Purbeck stone floors, characterful nooks, original bread ovens and inglenook fireplaces. They are beautiful all year round but never better in the colder months, when the fires are lit and the nights draw in. What’s more, in the autumn and winter months, the beaches are deserted, the roads are clearer, the mornings are crisper and the Dorset landscape is never more beautiful. It is also the time of the Enchanted Floodlit Gardens in Abbotsbury, atmospheric Halloween events in Dorset’s fine castles, Fireworks and Cider festivals and twinkling Christmas markets.
After a day out exploring Dorset’s great beaches, or taking a bracing walk through the countryside and along the South West Coastal path, a sit by the fire is very well deserved. Why not spend the day at one of the fantastic farmers markets in Dorset, where you can pick up some top quality local ingredients and then head back to the cottage to cook up a storm!
For those wishing to enjoy their holiday with their dogs, many of our cottages are dog friendly and they too will enjoy laying on the rug in front of the fire, dozing after long walks. Many of the local village pubs are also extremely dog friendly, so they will not miss out on any essential holiday activities. Plus, they have free reign of all the beaches once the summer is over.
Many of our cottage owners also include a basket of logs in the colder months, as part of the rental price, so be sure to check when you book. Pop them on the fire, toast marshmallows and roast chestnuts and there you have the perfect holiday!