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Romantic getaway with Dream Cottages

Whisk away your loved one to the beautiful Dorset coast for a weekend or a mid-week

Pet friendly beaches

Autumn means the end of the restrictions put on some of the beaches for dog walkers, so

Autumnal walks in Dorset

One of the most beautiful seasons to walk in the countryside is autumn. The warmth of

Spooktacular activities October half-term in Dorset

Autumn half-term is the time put on your thinking caps and prepare the best and spookiest

Romantic getaway with Dream Cottages

Whisk away your loved one to the beautiful Dorset coast for a weekend or a mid-week getaway.

Pet friendly beaches

Autumn means the end of the restrictions put on some of the beaches for dog walkers, so we

Autumnal walks in Dorset

One of the most beautiful seasons to walk in the countryside is autumn. The warmth of

Spooktacular activities October half-term in Dorset

Autumn half-term is the time put on your thinking caps and prepare the best and spookiest

What’s coming up this October in Dorset

As we’re in a full swing of all autumnal things, it seems like Dorset just can’t stop

Where to spot birds in Dorset

Dorset is famous for its wildlife and is one of the UK’s top birdwatching counties. You may

Have you been to the ghost village of Tynham?

Our Sales and marketing Director Joy recently spent the day at Tynham Village, a fascinating

Coming up this August bank holiday weekend in Dorset.

  With the summer holidays drawing to a close there is still time to enjoy a whole host

Hilarious family summer pantomime with Pirates of the Pavilion – it’s fun

Don't miss a hilarious family summer pantomime with Pirates of the Pavilion - it's fun for the

Dog friendly places to eat in Dorset

After a hard days walking, what better way to round off the day than with a nice meal and a

A whistle stop tour of Silverlake

Introducing Silverlake An exclusive estate set in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Find

Dig into the Jurassic Coast’s rich history with some fossil hunting.

With the Jurassic Coast currently making a staring role on Tv, there is no better time to

Everything you need to know about the Pommery Seafood Festival 2018

It is almost July, which means the Dorset Seafood Festival is fast approaching and with it the

A morning with the RSPB at Radipole Lake.

A bird lovers dream.   Nestled in the heart of Weymouth, the reedbeds and wetland

Accessible holidays in Dorset

Why we think Dorset is one of the easiest places to to get around.   Dorset offers so

Spotlight on: West Bexington

Enjoy the best of both worlds in the pretty village of West Bexington, situated between the

The Wessex Folk Festival

  Its time to get your dancing shoes on and head down to Weymouth Harbour this

Put your best paw forward! A guide to dog friendly Dorset

Did you know Dorset is a doggy haven. From the Jurassic coast line to the rolling hills there

Have you ever been to…..Chesil Beach?

Chesil Beach, the wild and wonderful 18 miles stretch of unique Jurassic Coast

The Dream Dorset Trail

Launching in 2018, a brand new family event in partnership with the Pommery Seafood

5 fun facts about Burton Bradstock

Why Burton Bradstock is the little village with a historical past.   Burton Bradstock

All the fun of the fayre this May

May 2018 is hotting up to be a busy month in Dorset with fayres and festivals galore.

Wimborne, a perfect slice of rural Dorset life.

Explore the bustling town of Wimborne   The thriving market town of Wimborne is

Spotlight on Cerne Abbas.

Cerne Abbas Tucked away in the beautiful Dorset Downs, this charming village is home to the

12 very cool things to do in Dorset

    Dorset is full of amazing activities and adventures, a county you can come

A spotlight on Arne

Visiting Arne Our marketing projects coordinator Sinead takes her first trip to Arne. As a

Snap up an Easter treat today.

  Snap up an Easter treat. Why not whisk you and your loved ones away this Easter

Spotlight on Bridport

  Situated in the sunny south coast, Bridport is a vibrant market town, nestled in

Easter Events 2018

Easter Events With lambs hopping around the fields, the daffodils and bluebells in full

Be inspired with our dreamy Dorset showcase.

With breathtaking coastline, ancient woodland, flowering meadows, bustling towns and chocolate

A little taste of luxury in Dorset

A luxury break in Dorset.    From landscaped gardens and sprawling grounds, to

Fishing in Weymouth

Weymouth is a world-renowned fishing destination with anglers travelling from far afield to

A brief guide to Langton Herring.

Dream Cottages receptionist Madeline took a little day trip out to Langton Herring

Half term fun in Dorset

Dorset is made for half term fun, with a huge array of free activities available, ranging from

Dorset rambling in style.

What to pack for a rambling holiday   Christopher Legard, Managing Director at the

Where will your next dog adventure in Dorset take you?

Where will your next dog adventure in Dorset take you?  Any dog owner knows that a dogs

Let Dorset be your dream destination in 2018

Why Dorset is the place to see in 2018   With 2017 drawing to a close, gracing us

Dorset events in 2018

  January 2018 Great Reindeer Hunt at The Teddy Bear Museum (17th Nov 2016 to

Why Dorset is the place to be this Christmas

Top 10 reasons to spend Christmas in Dorset   1. Our award-winning food and

Festive Events coming up in Dorset

    Events for the festive season and new year There is so much to see and

A great little guide to Dorchester

Take a trip to the historic market town of Dorchester. Nestled on the banks of the river

Portland: Our guide to the perfect weekend

Welcome to our guide to Portland.   For a little Island of just 4 miles in length

Enjoy a dream Christmas in Dorset

  How to have a Dream Christmas in Dorset   We know that for most families

A guide to Bonfire Night with your dog

As Bonfire Night draws closer, and the excitement mounts, it is time to make sure your beloved

Find your hygge happiness in Dorset this autumn

Find your happy Hygge feeling in Dorset. As the nights draw in and the autumn leaves begin

FEAST your eyes on Weymouth this autumn.

It is time to FEAST your eyes on Weymouth this autumn. 2nd Oct – 30th Nov 2017 FEAST

Have a spooktacular time in Dorset this half term

Visit Dorset this October Half Term for some spooky fun. October half term is a fantastic

Be enchanted by Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

    Looking for things to do in Dorset this October half term? Why not

Dippy the Diplodocus is coming to Dorset

The Natural History Museums world famous ‘Dippy’ the Diplodocus skeleton is coming to

Delight in Dorchester’s literary heritage

The Dorchester Literary Festival, take in the charm and literary heritage of Dorset’s County

Dreamy Dorset ice creams you must try this summer!

With forecasters predicting more scorching spells this summer, we’re feeling in need of some

River Cottage Summer Festival

26th – 27th August The River Cottage Summer Festival offers a unique mix of food

Are you visiting Dorset this summer? Win a holiday with your fantastic

Dorset is one of the most photogenic counties in the UK, now your Dorset holiday snaps could

Happy 10th Birthday Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival!

With preparations well underway the excitement is building here in Weymouth for one of

A brand new professional theatre season by the sea

For the first time in 25 years, a company of professional actors will be resident at the

Your Dorset Carnival Calendar for 2017!

We’ll take any excuse for a party here in Dorset, particularly on warm, long summer

Don’t miss your chance to win a week long Weymouth stay worth

As part of our sponsorship with the fabulous Dorset Seafood Festival, we’ve teamed up with

The Perfect Picnic by Sally’s Fish Camp

Guest blog by Sally, from Sally's Fish Camp   Sally’s Fish Camp is something new

Mapperton House & Gardens

Guest blog, by Sally Beadle Owner, Hillside Cottage Dorset is full of wonderful places to

Exploring Dorset with Limited Mobility

Country and Seaside Walks Suitable For Wheelchairs The South West Coastal Path is so

We are thrilled to be sponsoring Wessex Folk Festival!

Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth Harbour 2nd, 3rd and 4th June 2017   Our

The Wonderful County of Dorset offers some of the Best Literary Festivals

Dorset is the birthplace of many a famous author and has been the county which has cured

Win Tickets to this year’s River Cottage Spring Food Fair!

Packed with an array of wonderful activities from chef demos and artisan food stalls to

Climbing and Bouldering on the Dorset Coast

The majestic beauty of the Dorset coast is enough to tempt any climber to this neck of the

You’ll be blown away at Stuart’s Glass Artistry!

A guest blog from Graham, one of our regular Dream Cottages guests. Tucked away in the back

The Three Lighthouses of Portland Walk

For anyone staying on the wonderful Isle of Portland in a self-catering seaside cottage, the

Fishing in Dorset

Fishing in Dorset is a much enjoyed pastime, particularly sea and shore fishing along the

Party with the stars at Powderham Castle

If you are renting one of our Devon cottages, it would be unforgivable of us not to mention

Easter holiday cottages in Dorset

Spring in Dorset is just beautiful and the perfect place to spend your Easter break. We have

Monkey Around At Monkey World This Weekend!

Monkey World is a rescue centre for all kinds of primates, including chimpanzees, orangutans,

TripAdvisor have named Weymouth Beach, the No.1 Beach in the UK and

We are of course not surprised by the wonderful news that our beloved Weymouth has been

Win a 7 night stay in a Dream Cottage!

We’ve teamed up with We Are Weymouth to offer one lucky winner seven nights (from 19/05/2017

Running in Dorset

The beautiful countryside and coastal paths in Dorset are enough to inspire anyone to pack

The pretty villages and hamlets surrounding Lyme Regis

A charming getaway to Lyme Regis and the surrounding villages offers the chance to immerse

7 wonderful things to do on the Isle of Portland

The Isle of Portland is stunning. Completely different to the green softness of the rest of

10 Wonders of Dorset

Dorset is full of beautiful sights and scenery, but you may not be familiar with these lesser

Our 10 favourite things to do in Corfe Castle, Dorset

The charming village of Corfe in Dorset offers plenty for any holidaymaker. Not only is the

Seeing in the New Year in Dorset

We could not think of a better place to see in 2017 than in Dorset. Whether you would like to

Top 5 Dorset Christmas Markets

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas launched just last weekend, which means that Christmas in Dorset

Famous Dorset spots used in Film and Literature.

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

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

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

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

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

Dream Cottages are honoured to be sponsoring Light up a Life, the Christmas event in Weymouth

Autumn walks around beautiful Dorset

Are you dreaming of a relaxing autumn or winter break in the countryside? At this time of

Fearsome fun for Hallowe’en!

Looking for some ghoulish activities to celebrate spook season in Dorset? Take a look at our

Farriers Lodge – The Makeover

Dream Cottages Property Acquisition Manager, Fiona Angilley, was recently tasked with

Are you already missing summer 2016 sun? Time to book your summer

Having a summer holiday in the diary definitely helps put a spring in ones step through the

Enjoy a Short break in Dorset for some Christmas Shopping

A Dorset break is the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate before the festive season; beautiful

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

Our delightful dog friendly Dream Cottages in Dorset lovingly welcome the four legged furry

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

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

Our top 3 dog walking spots in Dorset

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

The best places to buy local Dorset Food and Drink

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

Experience a Dorset Carnival this summer!

Nothing says summer quite like the colourful, celebratory atmosphere of a Dorset carnival.

Enjoy an Enid Blyton adventure in Dorset!

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

Dorset Seafood Festival 2016

Preparations are in full swing for one of our favourite (and most delicious!) summer events in

Enjoy Frills and Frolics at the Wessex Folk Festival

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

More Tea Vicar?

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

Dorset Food and Drink Festivals you must visit!

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

Treat Dad to a Father’s Day Break in Dorset

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

Dorset Events That Dream Cottages Are Proud To Sponsor

Dorset has some wonderful events throughout its calendar year and we at Dream Cottages are

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

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

Win Delicious Chococo Goodies!

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

Mother’s Day in Dorset

Mother’s Day in Dorset Whether you’re looking for something creative, relaxing or a

Enjoy a Beach House Break in Dorset

Holidaying in a Dorset Beach House is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy the great outdoors in

Top 5 Things to do in Swanage

Swanage makes an ideal destination for a Dorset holiday; the irresistible sandy stretch of

Valentine’s Day breaks in a romantic Dorset cottage

Dorset is filled with love all year round but it is particularly gorgeous around Valentine’s

Enjoy spring in a pretty Dorset cottage

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

Summer holiday cottages in Dorset

Visit Dorset in the summer to completely recharge your batteries and soak up the spectacular

Easter holiday cottages in Dorset

When spring arrives, and with it an extravagant amount of Easter holiday time, one really

Picking your perfect holiday cottage in Dorset

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

Top Cosy Dorset Pubs to Visit This Winter

A stay in a Dorset Dream Cottage would not be complete without a long walk and a glass of

Dorset’s Christmas Calendar Highlights

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas Weymouth will be going all out with festive cheer this year. A

The Best Bonfire and Fireworks nights in Dorset!

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

Spend a Cosy Christmas in Dorset!

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

The top 10 things to do in Weymouth and Portland

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

Autumn Calendar Highlights

Enchanted Floodlit Gardens Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens 14th October – 1st

The Top 10 Holiday Activities for Children in Dorset

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

Romantic Getaways Along the Jurassic Coast

The natural beauty of the coast, the pretty seaside towns and the unspoilt English

Autumn in Dorset

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

What’s your idea of a Dream Cottage?

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

The Best Live Music Events & Venues in Dorset

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

Dorset’s Dog Friendly Walks – Hive Beach

We know that for many of our guests, coming on holiday is not just about yourselves, but also

Interesting Facts You Probably Don’t Know about Dorchester

Famous for being Thomas Hardy’s home, Dorchester town is a historic literary star that

Osmington’s White Horse, at the heart of Dorset

The Osmington White Horse is a carving of King George III riding a horse. It was sculpted in

5 Towns you must visit in Dorset

Dorset’s towns undoubtedly make great holiday locations. Every town in Dorset has something

10 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Dorset!

This week, Dream Cottages have been searching for some interesting, fun facts that we’re

Hotspots for History and Heritage in Dorset

Dorset is an area steeped in history. Remnants of times passed are evident across the county

Purbeck Hill-A-Saurus Mountain Bike Sportive Event

We love cycling here at Dream Cottages and know what fantastic countryside Dorset offers for

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

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

Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset

In our last inspiration page article, Dream Cottages shared some information about the best

The Best Beaches to Visit in West Dorset

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

A Grown-up Guide to Dorset

One of the great things about Dorset and an advantage that has helped secure its standing as a

Some Interesting Facts about the Jurassic Coastline

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

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

Weymouth and Portland offer endless and excellent opportunities for family fun on holiday.

Triathlon in Dorset 2015

Triathlon in Dorset offers the perfect combination of fun, thrill and competition. Of

Where to Cycle in Dorset

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

Activity Breaks in Dorset

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

Go Animal Mad in Dorset!

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

Romantic Breaks in Dorset’s Dream Cottages

Dream cottages in Dorset offer the perfect destination for romantic breaks and get-aways.

Fossil Hunting Along the Jurassic Coast

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

A Great Day Out for Dogs in West Dorset

As an add-on article to last week’s inspiration page about the best dog walks for dogs in

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

As well as being the perfect location for enjoyable holidays during summer, our Dream Cottages

Dog Walking in Dorset

Dog Walking in Dorset (Why Dogs Don’t Need to Miss Out on a Dream Holiday!) Earlier this

Why Weymouth is the Perfect Location for a Family Holiday

Why Weymouth is the Perfect Location for a Family Holiday Is there any family out there

Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival 2015

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

Fishing in Dorset

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

Walking in Dorset

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

A Day Trip to Camp Bestival 2015

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

Bridport Food and Beer Festival 2015

Last year, Dream Cottages shared information on our inspiration page about the events

Welcome to Maiden Castle!

Maiden Castle is located 2 miles south of Dorchester and is Dorset’s Iron Age hill fort. For

Dorset’s Castles and Forts

Many people visit Dorset to participate in watersports and adventurous activities like

Great Paddleboarding and Coasteering in Dorset

During the first week of the Easter holidays Kirsty from the Office and her sister had a

Broadchurch Fever

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

Oscar’s trip to Hive Beach

Gill who works in our Accounts department took her dog Oscar to Hive Beach last weekend and

Giddy up in Dorset

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

A Dorset Stag Do

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

Sue’s first trip to Durdle Door

I am a little embarrassed to say that I grew up in the Purbecks and I had never visited Durdle

Home pressed cider at The Square and Compass

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

Don’t forget its nearly Valentines weekend…..

With only three weeks until Valentines Day it's time get planning. If you are thinking of

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

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

Dates for your 2015 diary

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

Walking off the Christmas treats at Kimmeridge

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

Great place to go walking – tip from Hazel

    A chilly but sunny day on the beach at West Bay – great for walking the

Arguably the best way to see the Jurassic Coast

What a opportunity and adventure!   Jurassic Coast Activites offers kayaking and

Walking off a delicious cheese board and spotting deer in Evershot

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

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, what a place to visit!

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

Lulworth Cove is gorgeous all year round

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

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

Hazel feeling like a holiday maker in Lyme Regis

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

Dorset County Show 2014

  We have just got back from exhibiting at The Dorset County Show for the first time.

Downhouse Farm and Eype beach

About two weeks ago my partner's sister and his niece came down to stay and we wanted to take

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

For best of both worlds head to Sutton Poyntz

I always think  the village of Sutton Poyntz would make an ideal holiday

A trip to Arne Nature Reserve

  The weather has been amazing recently so I've been out and about exploring parts of

Dorset Seafood Festival

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

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

Have you been to Ringstead Beach in Dorset?

Ringstead beach is a only short drive from Weymouth. head out towards Osmington and further on

Dorset Events 2014

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

Jurassic Cycle Trails – Weymouth to Abbotsbury

25 miles mainly on quiet country lanes Gradient – easy to moderate The Weymouth to

Dorset Easter Events 2014

Easter is approaching fast and the supermarket shelves are swelling with chocolate

An adventure to The Purbecks, East Dorset

Last Monday I had the day off, it was such a beautiful day that my partner and I decided to go