Monthly Archives: November 2015

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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Five Beautiful Dorset Villages you have to visit this Autumn & Winter

The skies are blue and the leaves are turning red. We’re walking along a winding country lane in our warm coat and wellies, alongside a pretty, flowing stream. We approach a quaint little village scattered with beautiful thatched cottages and we stop to admire the rolling hills above. Around the next corner we stumble upon a traditional village pub and open the door to it’s warm and welcoming embrace. We spot a cosy nook beside a roaring fireplace, where we take a seat and enjoy coffee and a cake!

This is just a snippet of Dorset in the Autumn and Winter months, and the fantastic thing is, it’s all on our doorstep. Dorset is truly intriguing, it is steeped in history and has some of the most popular sights and attractions, not to mention some incredible restaurants where you can sample some tasty local, fresh produce.

Here are five Dorset villages that you simply have to visit this Autumn/Winter:

Abbotsbury is one of the most beautiful villages in Dorset.  It has stunning scenery that flourishes in all seasons.  The medieval chapel of St Catherine is perched high on a hill overlooking the village.  You can climb up to the chapel and experience magnificent views along Chesil Beach and beyond.  You can visit The Swannery, home to 600 flying swans, or spend the afternoon browsing around the small village shops.

Cerne Abbas is home to a huge 180ft chalk figure; the rude man, as he is known, cut into the hillside, which is believed to date back to before the arrival of the Romans.  There is a charming little village to meander, or you can take a walk through the Cerne countryside with the dogs and take in the beautiful views.   Afterwards, why not have a bite to eat at The Giant Inn and sample a few of their local beers, dogs are welcome!

Weymouth is one of our favourite beach towns and still maintains it’s charm as an old-fashioned seaside resort.  On a bright autumn day, you can relax on deckchairs at the beach and enjoy the Punch and Judy show with the kids.  There are plenty of little beach shops along the front to buy ice creams or buckets and spades and it’s well worth a sampling Marlboro’s fish and chips.  Don’t let the gulls steal them!

The Piddle, is actually the name of a local river.  It’s from this river that a couple of quaint little villages have acquired their names, Piddletrenthide and Piddlehinton.  If you’re looking for picture postcard villages with thatched cottages and old farm buildings, then these villages are the place for you.  There are plenty of traditional pubs to eat in, try The Thimble Inn, where you can sit and enjoy infinite views of the Piddle Valley.

Lyme Regis has breath-taking scenery, set against vast blue cliffs with a beautiful harbour. Home to many historical landmarks and not to mention evidence of fossils dating back millions of years.  Enjoy a blustery walk and watch the waves crash against the the famous Cobb Harbour wall or enjoy some exceptional fresh fish at The Hix Oyster or the Fish House, with stunning views over the bay.

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