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Famous Dorset spots used in Film and Literature.

Posted by Kate Rickard on December 7, 2016

Unsurprisingly, Dorset has set the scene for many a great novel and film. Here are some famous spots around Dorset, located nea ...

Posted by Kate Rickard on November 22, 2016

Pay no booking fee this Black Friday! Are you looking to cosy up in a traditional cottage this Christmas, celebr ...


The perfect ingredients for a luxury getaway in a beautiful Dorset cottage

Posted by Kate Rickard on November 16, 2016

Here at Dream Cottages, we like to keep up to date with all the wonderful services offer ...

Dream Cottages are honoured to support Weldmar’s Light up a life

Posted by Kate Rickard on November 10, 2016

Dream Cottages are honoured to be sponsoring Light up a Life, the Christmas e ...


Autumn walks around beautiful Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 19, 2016

Are you dreaming of a relaxing autumn or winter break in the count ...

Fearsome fun for Hallowe’en!

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 18, 2016

Looking for some ghoulish activities to celebrate spook season in Dorset? Take a look at our truly terrifying top 5 Dorset events and activit ...


Farriers Lodge – The Makeover

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 12, 2016

Dream Cottages Property Acquisition Manager, Fiona Angilley, was recently tasked with transforming a quaint, traditional, but ultimately tired Corfe cottage i ...

Are you already missing summer 2016 sun? Time to book your summer holiday for 2017!

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 5, 2016

Having a summer holiday in the diary definitely helps put a spring in ones step through the cold winter mon ...


Enjoy a Short break in Dorset for some Christmas Shopping

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 30, 2016

A Dorset break is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate before the festive season; beautiful scenery, fantastic food ...

Top for dogs – our favourite pet friendly Dorset pubs and restaurants

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 15, 2016

Our delightful dog friendly Dream Cottages in Dorset lovingly welcome the four legged furry members of your famil ...


Whisk the family away to a Dorset holiday cottage for October Half Term!

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 14, 2016

October half term is a fantastic time to relax and enjoy some family time, following the back to school blues of ...

Our top 3 dog walking spots in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on August 18, 2016

We are fast approaching National Dog Day on the 26th of August. To mark the occas ...


The best places to buy local Dorset Food and Drink

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 24, 2016

Dorset is famously home to some of the finest producers of cheese, meat, seafood, cider, ale and ab ...

Experience a Dorset Carnival this summer!

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 16, 2016

Nothing says summer quite like the colourful, celebratory atmosphere of a Dorset carnival. Join the revelers this year and appreciate the spectacle at one of these f ...


Enjoy an Enid Blyton adventure in Dorset!

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 15, 2016

Turn the kids summer holidays into a wonderful Enid Blyton adventure! It is no wonder that Enid Blyton chose ...

Dorset Seafood Festival 2016

Posted by Kate Rickard on May 26, 2016

Preparations are in full swing for one of our favourite (and most delicious!) summer events in Dorset; the Dorset Seafood Festival! If ...


Enjoy Frills and Frolics at the Wessex Folk Festival

Posted by Kate Rickard on May 16, 2016

We at Dream Cottages are thrilled to be sponsoring The Wessex Folk Festival this year, se ...

More Tea Vicar?

Posted by Kate Rickard on May 13, 2016

As far as British traditions go, taking afternoon tea is most definitely one of our favourites! There ...


Dorset Food and Drink Festivals you must visit!

Posted by Kate Rickard on April 27, 2016

The festivals that Dorset so expertly put on, are one of the many reasons why we love this fabulous ...

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Break in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on April 19, 2016

With Father’s Day falling on Sunday June 19th this year, just 2 days before summer officially begins ...


Dorset Events That Dream Cottages Are Proud To Sponsor

Posted by Kate Rickard on April 7, 2016

Dorset has some wonderful events throughout its calendar year and we at Dream Cottages are very proud to give th ...

Book a last minute Dorset cottage for the perfect UK break!

Posted by Kate Rickard on March 22, 2016

What better way to enjoy an impromptu getaway with friends and family than to book a last m ...


Win Delicious Chococo Goodies!

Posted by Kate Rickard on March 1, 2016

This Easter, we're teaming up with local chocolatiers Chococo, to offer you the chance to win one of th ...

Mother’s Day in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on February 24, 2016

Mother’s Day in Dorset Whether you’re looking for something creative, relaxing or a spot of luxury this Mother’s Day, esca ...


Enjoy a Beach House Break in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on February 18, 2016

Holidaying in a Dorset Beach House is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the great outdoors in all its glory; fresh se ...

Top 5 Things to do in Swanage

Posted by Kate Rickard on February 12, 2016

Swanage makes an ideal destination for a Dorset holiday; the irresistible sandy stretch of beach and cutesy town give that ins ...


Valentine’s Day breaks in a romantic Dorset cottage

Posted by Dream Cottages on February 11, 2016

Dorset is filled with love all year round but it is particularly gorgeous around Valentine’s Day since t ...

Enjoy spring in a pretty Dorset cottage

Posted by Kate Rickard on January 29, 2016

The Dorset countryside is resplendent in spring. It’s perfectly gorgeous all year round, but after the ...


Summer holiday cottages in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 15, 2016

Visit Dorset in the summer to completely recharge your batteries and soak up the spectacular sunshine that Dorset generall ...

Easter holiday cottages in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 8, 2016

When spring arrives, and with it an extravagant amount of Easter holiday time, one really ought to make the most of it. ...


Picking your perfect holiday cottage in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on December 24, 2015

Renting a holiday cottage in glorious Dorset is an increasingly favoured option when it comes to ch ...

Top Cosy Dorset Pubs to Visit This Winter

Posted by Kate Rickard on November 12, 2015

A stay in a Dorset Dream Cottage would not be complete without a long wa ...


Dorset’s Christmas Calendar Highlights

Posted by Kate Rickard on November 3, 2015

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas Weymouth will be going all out with festive cheer this year. A fun-filled festive month of even ...

The Best Bonfire and Fireworks nights in Dorset!

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 26, 2015

If you’re staying in a Dream Cottage this autumn then why not make the most of al ...


Spend a Cosy Christmas in Dorset!

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 20, 2015

We all dream of having a fairy tale Christmas, complete with a perfectly decorated dining table, st ...

The top 10 things to do in Weymouth and Portland

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 13, 2015

1. Weymouth Beach Weymouth beach is the perfect English sandy beach, with all that the quintessential beach ho ...


Autumn Calendar Highlights

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 7, 2015

Enchanted Floodlit Gardens Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens 14th October – 1st November Kicking off on 14th October with a Charity Preview night, with Martin Clune ...

The Top 10 Holiday Activities for Children in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on October 6, 2015

1. A picnic on the beach facing Durdle Door – Good old fashioned, inexpensive fun! Voted as B ...


Romantic Getaways Along the Jurassic Coast

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 25, 2015

The natural beauty of the coast, the pretty seaside towns and the unspoilt English countryside, make the Jura ...

Autumn in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 18, 2015

Autumn. A time to marvel at the glorious colours, breathe in the crisp air and kick through th ...


What’s your idea of a Dream Cottage?

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 16, 2015

Is your idea of a Dream Dorset Cottage being perched right on the coast, with breath taking views ...

The Best Live Music Events & Venues in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 8, 2015

Dorset may not be the first place you would consider for a bustling live music scene, but with fantastic e ...


Dorset’s Dog Friendly Walks – Hive Beach

Posted by Kate Rickard on September 4, 2015

We know that for many of our guests, coming on holiday is not just about yourselves, but also enjoying some quality time ...

Interesting Facts You Probably Don’t Know about Dorchester

Posted by Kate Rickard on August 26, 2015

Famous for being Thomas Hardy’s home, Dorchester town is a historic literary star that features in The Mayor of Casterbridge. Here are some o ...


Osmington’s White Horse, at the heart of Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on August 20, 2015

The Osmington White Horse is a carving of King George III riding a horse. It wa ...

5 Towns you must visit in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on August 18, 2015

Dorset’s towns undoubtedly make great holiday locations. Every town in Dorset has something to offer, wheth ...


10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Dorset!

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 24, 2015

This week, Dream Cottages have been searching for some interesting, fun facts that we’re pretty sure you won’t al ...

Hotspots for History and Heritage in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 24, 2015

Dorset is an area steeped in history. Remnants of times passed are evident across the county through the architecture of the towns, a ...


Purbeck Hill-A-Saurus Mountain Bike Sportive Event

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 17, 2015

We love cycling here at Dream Cottages and know what fantastic countryside Dorset offers for road and off-road cycling. That’s why we’re looki ...

Have Some Family Fun at a Theme Park in Dorset this Summer!

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 15, 2015

Think Dorset is all about the traditional seaside fun of Punch and Judy and donkey rides? Think ag ...


Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 10, 2015

In our last inspiration page article, Dream Cottages shared some information about the best beaches to visit in Dorset. But these beaches wer ...

The Best Beaches to Visit in West Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 8, 2015

Dorset is a fabulous location for a beach holiday, not only is it famed for its fossil rich coastline, but also ...


A Grown-up Guide to Dorset

Posted by Kate Rickard on July 7, 2015

One of the great things about Dorset and an advantage that has helped secure its st ...

Some Interesting Facts about the Jurassic Coastline

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 3, 2015

There is so much to say about the Jurassic Coastline that we’ll simply start with ...


Some Great Activities for Family Holidays in Weymouth and Portland along the Legacy Trail

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 2, 2015

Weymouth and Portland offer endless and excellent opportunities for family fun on holiday. From adrenaline and adventure to education and nature, c ...

Triathlon in Dorset 2015

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 2, 2015

Triathlon in Dorset offers the perfect combination of fun, thrill and competition. Of course, they’ll be plenty of triathlon-junkies looking for their fitness- ...


Where to Cycle in Dorset

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 2, 2015

Whether you’re looking for a day out with the kids or a biking adventure that involves steep climbs, hai ...

Activity Breaks in Dorset

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 1, 2015

Activity Breaks in Dorset As we all know, Dorset is a great place for exploring and running wild in the great out ...


Go Animal Mad in Dorset!

Posted by Daniel Foley on July 1, 2015

Who said you had to go on safari to Africa in order to experience wildlife and animal madness? There are ...

Romantic Breaks in Dorset’s Dream Cottages

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 26, 2015

Dream cottages in Dorset offer the perfect destination for romantic breaks and get-aways. Whether you wish to b ...


Fossil Hunting Along the Jurassic Coast

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 26, 2015

Being surrounded by Dorset’s stunning coastal scenery, you would be forgiven for forgetting the v ...

A Great Day Out for Dogs in West Dorset

Posted by Daniel Foley on June 26, 2015

As an add-on article to last week’s inspiration page about the best dog walk ...


Corporate Stay and Longer Holiday Lets for the Off-Peak Season

Posted by Kate Rickard on June 25, 2015

As well as being the perfect location for enjoyable holidays during summe ...

Dog Walking in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 19, 2015

Dog Walking in Dorset (Why Dogs Don’t Need to Miss Out on a Dream Holiday!) Earlier this week, Dream-Cottages published an in ...


Why Weymouth is the Perfect Location for a Family Holiday

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 18, 2015

Why Weymouth is the Perfect Location for a Family Holiday Is there any family out there that wouldn’t want to ...

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival 2015

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 18, 2015

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival 2015 Last year, Joy posted an article about the annual Dorset Seafood Festival and ...


Fishing in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 18, 2015

Fishing in Dorset Sea, shore and lake fishing are popular in Dorset. As well as offering a lovely, re ...

Walking in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 18, 2015

Walking in Dorset Why Dorset is a Great Place for a Walking Holiday Dorset walks are inter ...


A Day Trip to Camp Bestival 2015

Posted by Dream Cottages on June 11, 2015

A Day Trip to Camp Bestival 2015 Camp Bestival is the reigning champion of the best ...

Bridport Food and Beer Festival 2015

Posted by Daniel Foley on June 10, 2015

Last year, Dream Cottages shared information on our inspiration page about the events happening in 2015, ...


Welcome to Maiden Castle!

Posted by Daniel Foley on June 10, 2015

Maiden Castle is located 2 miles south of Dorchester and is Dorset’s Iron A ...

Dorset’s Castles and Forts

Posted by Daniel Foley on May 26, 2015

Many people visit Dorset to participate in watersports and adventurous activities like coasteering, sailing, paddleboarding and windsurfing. But even on the days ...


Great Paddleboarding and Coasteering in Dorset

Posted by Joy Sangster on April 24, 2015

During the first week of the Easter holidays Kirsty from the Office and her sister had a fantastic day out paddleboarding and coasteering.  T ...

Broadchurch Fever

Posted by Dream Cottages on February 17, 2015

Every Tuesday morning it's the talk of the office who killed Danny latimer..... ITV's Broadchurch ...


Oscar’s trip to Hive Beach

Posted by Dream Cottages on February 10, 2015

Gill who works in our Accounts department took her dog Oscar to Hive Beach last we ...

Giddy up in Dorset

Posted by Dream Cottages on February 10, 2015

With miles of rolling countryside and breathtaking coastline arguably one of the best ways t ...


A Dorset Stag Do

Posted by Dream Cottages on February 3, 2015

The other week I went to Arne Nature Reserve in The Purbecks, East Dorset. This special ...

Sue’s first trip to Durdle Door

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 26, 2015

I am a little embarrassed to say that I grew up in the P ...


Home pressed cider at The Square and Compass

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 26, 2015

Fancy being served through a stable door and all that's on the menu is pasties and loca ...

Don’t forget its nearly Valentines weekend…..

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 23, 2015

With only three weeks until Valentines Day it's time get planning. If you are thinking of t ...


Thinking of an active holiday? List of activites in Weymouth & Portland

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 16, 2015

Going on holiday is all about relaxing but that doesn't mean you have to do 'nothing' (although tha ...

Dates for your 2015 diary

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 15, 2015

Many people will be planning their 2015 holiday at the moment and knowing what's on ...


Walking off the Christmas treats at Kimmeridge

Posted by Dream Cottages on January 9, 2015

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Dream Cottages! Du ...

Great place to go walking – tip from Hazel

Posted by Dream Cottages on December 9, 2014

    A chilly but sunny day on the bea ...


Arguably the best way to see the Jurassic Coast

Posted by Dream Cottages on December 3, 2014

What a opportunity and adventure!   Jurassic Coast Activites offers kayaking and coasteering in Dorset. They have specialist instructors who have years of experience, are extremely prof ...

Walking off a delicious cheese board and spotting deer in Evershot

Posted by Dream Cottages on December 1, 2014

Yesterday, I went to Evershot for a walk around the deer park. We started ...


Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, what a place to visit!

Posted by Dream Cottages on November 19, 2014

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, what a place to visit. On Saturday 1st November, my family a ...

Lulworth Cove is gorgeous all year round

Posted by Dream Cottages on November 10, 2014

  Yesterday morning I went early to Lulworth Cove for a walk before the rain came in. Even ...


Sideways hair at the top of Golden Cap!

Posted by Dream Cottages on October 23, 2014

Last week I had a few days off and decide ...

Hazel feeling like a holiday maker in Lyme Regis

Posted by Dream Cottages on September 11, 2014

  Hazel one of our property managers had to go ...


Dorset County Show 2014

Posted by Dream Cottages on September 8, 2014

  We have just got back from exhibiting at The Dorset County Show f ...

Downhouse Farm and Eype beach

Posted by Dream Cottages on August 18, 2014

About two weeks ago my partner's sister and his niece came down t ...


Gill’s trip to Honeybrook Farm near Wimborne

Posted by Dream Cottages on August 13, 2014

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

For best of both worlds head to Sutton Poyntz

Posted by Dream Cottages on August 7, 2014

I always think  the village of Sutton Poyntz would make an ideal holiday destination. Situated just outsid ...


A trip to Arne Nature Reserve

Posted by Dream Cottages on August 7, 2014

  The weather has been amazing recently so I've been out and about exp ...

Dorset Seafood Festival

Posted by Joy Sangster on July 9, 2014

This weekend (12th and 13th July) is the annual Dorset Seafood Festival which takes place ...


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

Posted by Joy Sangster on July 9, 2014

Upwey is a little village just on the outskirts of Weymouth and maybe where all your wishes could come ...

Have you been to Ringstead Beach in Dorset?

Posted by Joy Sangster on June 6, 2014

Ringstead beach is a only short drive from Weymouth. head out toward ...


Dorset Events 2014

Posted by Joy Sangster on May 12, 2014

What's on in Dorset in 2014 Dorset is well known as a county that offers a strong historical legacy when ...

Jurassic Cycle Trails – Weymouth to Abbotsbury

Posted by Joy Sangster on March 25, 2014

25 miles mainly on quiet country lanes Gradient – easy to moderate The Weymouth to Abbotsbury ride is one of a number of ...


Dorset Easter Events 2014

Posted by Joy Sangster on March 11, 2014

Easter is approaching fast and the supermarket shelves are swelling with chocolate temptations! If ...

An adventure to The Purbecks, East Dorset

Posted by dream-cottages-axcv11 on December 6, 2013

Last Monday I had the day off, it was such a beautiful day that my partner a ...



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