Magnificent Mother’s Day Ideas

Mums are so special, but there’s only one day in the year that’s dedicated to showing them just how very special we think they are. So first things first, why not make the most of our Mother’s Day offer at Lancombe, if you quote: ‘MumstheWord’ when booking two nights or more over Mother’s Day weekend, we will arrange Flowers and Chocolates to be there waiting for your Mum’s arrival.

When you are here, and relaxing, here’s some more ideas to make that day extra special, without breaking the piggy bank:

Say it with flowers
At Forde Abbey you can make a lovely posy for Mothering Sunday on Sunday 26th March from 10am to 4pm. Open to all ages, you can choose from a selection of freshly picked blooms with experts on hand to help you put together the perfect posy. They will also be hosting their annual Spring Plant Fair with lots of seasonal solutions for the Spring garden, so if you are really feeling generous, there’s an opportunity for an additional gift, but only if they behave!

As seen on TV
Is your Mum a fan of ITV’s, Broadchurch? Why not treat her to a day out to West Bay and the surrounding area and visit some of the truly spectacular filming locations that feature in the drama.

Stop monkeying around
It’s about time the little monkeys treated Mum, by giving them an excuse to visit Monkey World. Better still, on Mother’s Day, Mum’s get 50% off their ticket price.

Fun ‘till the cows come home
Mums are totally spoilt at Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park, as they get Free Entry on Mother’s Day. Just to really ‘milk it’, if you take your Lancombe key with you, then the rest of the family gets 10% off!

Spring lamb
Flaming lamb lunch on Mother’s Day cooked in an outdoor wood fired oven. Enjoy a wood-fired Leg of Lamb with garlic & rosemary, served with roasted vegetables, roast potatoes & mint sauce. Or choose the vegetarian option of Golden Glazed Carrot, Parsnip & Thyme tart, served with roast potatoes, fresh peas & herb sauce. This is held in Studland Bay at Knoll Beach café.
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Why not take your Mum to see the aimals and walk around the historical and beautiful gardens at Kingston Maurward. Then depending on the weather, either enjoy afternoon tea in one of their state rooms or on the terrace of the Georgian Manor House.

Walk off that lunch!
If you want to give the whole family some lovely fresh Dorset air, why not book lunch at one of the many fantastic pubs and restaurants around the area, and walk it off on one of the recommended walks on the South West Coast path; or the many trails throughout this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Don’t forget any bookings taking place up to the end of March, Pets holiday for free!

Stay at Home Mum
But we all know that sometimes Mum just wants a chance to relax. That’s why Lancombe is perfect, with it’s home from home accommodation and it’s many facilities, such as the Indoor Heated Pool and Sauna, what could be a better way to say “Thank You” than that?!

You’re welcome! Hopefully see you soon.


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How To Have a Fantastic February Half Term


The Turkey is well and truly finished and the decorations are down.  Now’s the time to plan your next holiday, and there’s nowhere better to make the most of it than in Dorset.

So, book your half term holiday at Lancombe, with its warm indoor pool and a Complimentary Treasure Hunt in Half Term week.  But most importantly a holiday where you can be sure of a very warm welcome.  Then all you need to do is Plan your Fun Days Out from the Offers and Events below:

Baby it’s Cold Outside

Even if it’s cold, there are lots of activities to get some fresh air and exercise whilst entertaining the younger members of the family.  So why not wrap up warm and get those cheeks rosy with any one of these activities:

A Walk on the Wild Side – The South West Coast Path in Dorset has some beautiful Beaches and wonderful Walks.  You can choose long or short walks, those suitable for families and pet friendly walks.  Why not combine it with a nature trail?  Plan your perfect walk here:

Everybody Walk the Dinosaur – Make the most of the Jurassic Coast and take the children Fossil Hunting.  There’s plenty of Beaches in Dorset where you can find Fossils.  But if you want some help, why not join in on one of the Guided Walks from The Lyme Regis Museum and you may find your very own Dinosaur!  Make sure you can fit it in the car.

Little Donkey – Don’t worry if you don’t have a Four-Legged friend in the family, just a very short distance from Lancombe, you can take a Donkey for a walk.  Don’t worry, if you do have your own Pet, well behaved Dogs are welcome to join in.

Ticket to Ride -Take a night time Bike Ride at Moors Valley Country Park on Monday 13th February.  This is an opportunity to explore the Forest with a qualified instructor to guide the way, with hot chocolate and a treat at the end. Booking is essential.

The Swanage Choo Choo – Take the family to Swanage Railway for their Half Term fun days with traditional Games, Face Painting, Storytelling and more! Why not stop off at Corfe Castle, where you can take along your own Teddy and dare them to try the fearsome Zip Wire challenge.

If it’s Wet, Don’t Give Up Yet!

As we know, the weather is never guaranteed in Britain, that’s why in Dorset, there is still so much to do inside.  Better still, you don’t need to break the Bank!!

Use the ‘Kid for a Quid’ offer at Monkey World, and see what funny trouble the Chimps are causing.

Durlston Country Park – Come and join bestselling children’s author Paul Stickland at his Pop Up Bug Shop, which is all part of the Purbeck Literary Festival.

In these fun events, Paul will be sharing his pop-up books and ideas and then teaching everyone to make amazing colourful pop up paper bugs to take home. While you’re there, take part in the Wild Bug Party on 16th February.

Petrol Heads Fill Up -Take a trip to the Haynes Motor Museum with over 400 amazing Cars and Motorcycles.  There is currently a Voucher Code offer, which if redeemed, 1 child goes FREE with a fee paying adult.

Hunt for Dinosaurs – The Great Dinosaur Hunt is happening throughout Half Term at the Dinosaur Museum in Dorchester. The event involves the whole museum and lets children explore and search out the answers to the clues of the dinosaur mystery.

Make a day of it and visit 5 of the Dorset Attractions for the price of 2 with a Gold Saver Pass.

The Tank Museum – Of course a trip to Dorset wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Tank Museum.  Throughout Half Term there’s Tonnes of Fun for Families!  Take part in a range of family activities. Kids can also let off steam in their outdoor play area and new inside soft play area.

The Plaza Cinema – In Dorchester the ticket prices are ONLY £2.50 Monday to Friday and £3.50 Saturday & Sunday for all seats with the latest films.

Oh, and whilst we’re saving you money, don’t forget Lancombe’s Returning Guest and Multiple Property Discounts.

You must be tired by now!!!!




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Winter wonderland!

A winter wonderland is waiting for you at Lancombe, as we really do feel like we have something for everyone at winter time.  So to give you a taste of what we offer here over the winter period to blow away the cobwebs, have fun, explore, hibernate, or have a little bit of everything; here are some ideas.  Don’t forget our 15% winter discount offer up to 17th December 2016.


Families, couples and groups

askers-decsThe build up to the Christmas holidays is nothing short of hectic, with all the presents, the nativity plays and trying to find the bulb on the tree that has blown all the lights. Of course there are also the emails, texts and phone calls organising who will see who this year, and when.

Well, if you want to get away from it all, we take some of the hassle away at Lancombe, with our festively decorated cottages, lodges and huts, a Grotto where Santa visits on Christmas and New Year week, and of course we are always at hand to make those Christmas wishes come true!

There is so much for children (and grown-ups) to do over the festive season in Dorset, so here are just some ideas:

Swanage Railway Santa Special – The Swanage Railway’s Santa Specials are famous around the world as Dorset’s leading family Christmas attraction. Their premier heritage steam railway, located at the seaside, is pleased to be host to Santa each Christmas.


Sail with Santa on a kid’s party cruise go on a Santa kids’ party cruise. Santa and his helper Dr Balloonman will give a 30 minute show, then perform magic or balloon modelling. Kids can also get a choice of amazing glitter tattoos.


Tank Museum’s Vintage Christmas celebrations Stepping back in time, ‘Vintage Christmas’ brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting.  Visit:

Christmas in Brewery Square – a whole month of exciting events to spread the festive cheer and it all starts on Saturday 26th November with their Christmas lights illumination, market stalls, live music and the return of Skating In The Square Dorchester.  On the 17th December you can even meet the Ice Queen.  Visit:

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas – Weymouth’s BIG Christmas, held from the 4th-31st December.


There are too many events to list them all, so we recommend you check out this timetable on Visit-Dorset’s website:


Don’t forget though, holidays are not just for Christmas, you can still get away at Lancombe and enjoy the winter, here are just some things that we offer for a truly wonderful winter break in Dorset:  After you have searched for the fairies in our very own fairy walk, had a play in the games room, there is still so much to see and do in Dorset at winter time.  There is a plethora of local attractions, beaches, walks and activities check out our Out & About section at:

Once you have been to your favourite places, come on back to Lancombe to have a swim in our lovely, warm indoor heated pool or, for grown-ups, a relax in the Sauna.  Then cosy up in one of our beautiful and cosy cottages, lodges or huts ready to plan your next adventure.Dorset Doggy Delights – our four legged guests.

Here at Lancombe, we genuinely love dogs!  We know you are part of the family and as with all of us, you deserve a holiday where you are pampered too.  At Lancombe you will get your very own doggy welcome packs, consisting of a food bowl, mat, towel for drying off with after those muddy winter walks, a blanket if you like a cuddle on the sofa, and of course a treat (well it shouldn’t be just mum and dad that gets one after their journey).

As well as the large meadow, orchard and woodland walk at Lancombe, there is so much for you to do……..There are lots of ideas to explore Doggy Dorset in your welcome pack….but here is just a taster of the perfect pooch locations where you know you will be truly welcome.

Pet friendly beaches –

Attractions not to be sniffed at – As well as Swanage Railway where you are even allowed to ride on the train!  You can also visit the Dinosaur Museum, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacey, Abbotsbury Sub tropical gardens to name but a few.

Countryside heaven – Have a run around the beautiful Dorset Countryside, where there’s lots to see and explore.  More information is available in your welcome packs.

Hungry? – There are plenty of Dog friendly pubs in Dorset, including our two nearest pubs, the Fox & Hounds in Cattistock and the Chalk & Cheese in Maiden Newton where in both you can be assured of a warm welcome.  They also serve wonderful food, so make sure you can be seen under the table!!!!

After that, you can always cuddle up to your mum or dad (or both) in your cosy and warm dog-friendly-holidays-dorset-150x150cottage, lodge or hut.

Call Caroline on: 01300 320562 or email:, you can also visit: to book online.





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Oops we did it again!

We are very proud and delighted to announce that for the second year running, Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges have been winners at the Dorset Tourism Awards.  After winning Silver last year, we won two awards this year. These were a Silver in the International Visitor Experience and we also won a Bronze in the Self Catering category at the very glamourous award ceremony earlier this month.awards

This means that yet again, we are considered one of the top 3 self-catering complexes in the whole of the County.

The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.  The aim of these awards is to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size.

Nick Fernyhough of headline sponsors Saffery Champness said:  “We have been delighted to be the headline sponsor for yet another year for these prestigious Awards and congratulate the winners.  The standard of the competition has been outstanding and it has been good to reward excellence in this essential sector of the Dorset economy. The awards are really helping to raise the profile of Dorset and also to raise the quality of the Dorset visitor experience.”

The judging took account of our entry form, along with a combination of web searches, review sites, emails, telephone calls and visits, plus all available additional evidence.

As we have also received our second Certificate of Excellence Award this year as a result pics-of-awardsof our fantastic Trip Advisor reviews.  We are over the moon, as it means the people that matter the most, you, our guests, feel Lancombe is a place where special memories are made, which is what we strive for.

So thank you to all our past, present and future guests, who make Lancombe Country Cottages and Lodges a pleasure to run.

Caroline & family

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Lancombe: A perfect UK escape? Don’t just take our word for it!

Holiday-Cottages-DorsetWe take such pleasure in welcoming our guests to Lancombe and so it is just wonderful when they take the time let let us know that we are getting it just right!


We feel that we have something to suit everyone’s taste here at Lancombe and our charming holiday cottages and lodges offer fantastic comfort and are well-equipped with everything you need for a rural get-away like no other.  But don’t just take it from us; here’s a snippet of what some of our recent guests thought of their stay here at Lancombe, and they all rated us as excellent too!


“Relaxing piece of heaven”    

We are currently here mid stay it is foggy wet but relaxing welcoming and quiet…. Bliss! Pool is fab.  Dogs are welcome and have their own welcome pack lol… and we have everything we need with main town and shops only 20 minutes away. The cottages are well equipped comfy,clean and the beds are far too nice to get out of in the morning!  A rare gem thumbs up from us humans and a double woof from our 4 legged girls.

“Tranquil and friendly”    

We were looking for accommodation that welcomed dogs as we have 2. Lancombe Cottages gave us everything we wanted and more. A beautiful 3 bed wooden lodge with a private hot tub. The dogs enjoyed the freedom of all the green space and never bothered the chickens once ☺ the owners are friendly and welcoming and do all they can to make your stay comfortable. We have booked again for next year…well worth the price and so many other places to visit whilst there.

“Lovely location, perfect hosts”    

My wife and 14-month old son have just come back from a lovely week at Lancombe. The cottages and grounds are beautiful and very comfortable. Caroline and her family made us feel very welcome and even went out of her way to get us a bag of sugar for my wife’s tea, after we forgot to get some ourselves!! My son loved helping to feed the chickens and the pool was great. The cottages have everything you could possibly need from a laundry to a games room, a small shop and spa. We will definitely be coming back again and will probably try the lodges next as they look really nice. Thanks for a great week!

“A lovely family week away”

We got together for a relaxing week away with family and stayed in the Broad Lodge. I had already stayed with friends for a long weekend previously so knew what was on offer but the full week allowed us the R & R we wanted. The lodges are well equipped, clean and we were welcomed with a lovely spray of wild flowers, milk in the fridge and complementary biscuits and tea. On a clear day, the views are beautiful and it is so very peaceful.

My brothers used the swimming pool which is perfectly adequate and we all used the hot tub (at the Broad Lodge) nearly every day which was a lovely ending to great days out. Caroline and her team were available if we had any queries but we were left alone for our privacy which was nice too. There is a really useful information pack in the lodge which gives details of local places of interests to visit.

I would thoroughly recommend Lancombe for a quiet retreat. Thanks to Caroline and the team for making us feel so welcome. Keep up the good work and we look forward to returning soon.

“A home from home”

We have stayed at this amazing location 5 times over the past 4 years and it is truly wonderful. Great accommodation with all the necessities covered. A fabulous little swimming pool for some family fun, a fairy walk that my daughter adores, all supported by fabulous owners who are always happy to help you.


With a beautiful countryside setting, in Thomas Hardy Country, you are assured of a rural get-away like no other. Lancombe is quite simply unique in being able to offer something for everyone; whether a relaxing retreat, or activity-fuelled fun.  Get in touch if you’d like to book your break with us, we look forward to welcoming you.


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