About Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges

This is my favourite section on the website…it IS ALL about me after all 😉That’s not entirely true as there are several pivotal people in this story, who I really could not be living this dream without.

Hi, I’m Caroline Newling-Ward and I will be your Host at your Dog & Family Friendly ‘Home from Home’ in beautiful Dorset; welcoming couples, families, Dogs and Groups. So let’s get to know each other.

I moved to Lancombe (and Dorset) in December 2013 after working in Financial Services for the majority of my life…are you still awake? In Southampton. Funnily enough I got bored too, and decided that if I worked as hard for myself, I’d do quite well. So, I decided that uprooting myself wasn’t enough of a life change and I moved my family too 😊 It is the perfect place, I love humans and dogs, so it is Heaven on Earth for me!

We have never looked back, (well waking up to this view every day and meeting so many wonderful people who could)?

I live here with my husband Geoff, my dog Fleur, and my parents Ma & Pa Lancombe (aka Bob & Marilyn, aka my Mum and Dad), who help me significantly at Lancombe and I couldn’t have done it without them…well they were both retired and they were looking a little bored, so I thought I’d help them out and keep them occupied! Dad does most of the maintenance (he isn’t named Bob for nothing) and is known as the Pool Commander too. Mum helps with the Housekeeping and spends a lot of her life in the Laundry. She is also the reason that the grounds look so utterly amazing here!

I’ve not yet mentioned Holly who is pictured in the left of this picture. If you follow my videos on You Tube, Facebook and of course here, you will have seen this wonderful lady in a lot of them. Holly keeps all the team under control (particularly me) and as you will see is more than happy to join in the fun too 😊 She’s such a good sport! We have a fantastic and committed team at Lancombe, all working towards the same goal…which is ‘Our Mission’:

At Lancombe, our mission is to give you everything you could wish for in a self-catering UK break. For us, there are four key ways in which we do this for you, which include the wonderful setting of Lancombe, the beautiful accommodation, the extensive leisure facilities and of course, superb hospitality.


Our home and your ‘home from home’ is situated in a beautiful little Hamlet in between two wonderful and friendly villages, Cattistock and Maiden Newton. It’s an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in West Dorset, and it’s also known as Thomas Hardy Country.

Location is a very important consideration for your holiday. Lancombe is not only set in stunning and vast grounds, but is perfectly placed to be a coastal cottages get-away, being only a short drive to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, many tourist attractions and surrounded by incredible scenery. There’s plenty to do; from a visit to Westbay (home of TV drama Broadchurch); a stroll around Durdle Door or Lyme Regis; to the child-pleasing destinations such as Monkey World, Abbotsbury Swannery, Farmer Palmers (where our Guest’s get a discount) or the Dinosaur Museum. Read more about the local area by visiting our ‘Out & About’ Section. Or Click Here to get your free Guide to Dorset, where I give you much more comprehensive information based on my personal experiences for the best places to visit and people to see, whether you’re an adult, a child or a pupster.


Our selection of Dorset holiday cottages and fantastic Dorset holiday lodges are simply stunning, and as so many of our excellent reviews have mentioned, a true ‘Home from Home’.


You can be sure we have something special to cater for your party, including your pets, which will suit your requirements and taste. Do visit our accommodation page for more information.  But get in touch if you need any help 🙂


Our facilities have grown significantly since 2014, and continue to do so, with our desire to be an all-seasons holiday destination in the UK being fulfilled. Visit our facilities page for more information, and do hop over to our Facebook page to keep up to date with any future enhancements.


We purchased Lancombe at the very end of 2013 and since that time, have been having an absolute blast in putting our stamp on it. We have made so many improvements it’s led us to winning numerous Tourism Awards (including for Self Catering and Dog Friendly Business of the Year), but most importantly, in 2019 we were entered into the prestigious Trip Advisor Hall of Fame in 2019. Why is this the most important award you ask? Because this is based on our wonderful Guest’s reviews.

We are so lucky to have met such fabulous humans and dogs, that there really is no better place to be, and that’s why so many Guests return to us, year after year (sometimes fitting in another cheeky break or two, just to get their Lancombe fix).

For us, it’s all about the hospitality and breadth of wonderful accommodation and facilities. If you feel like Lancombe breathes energy, fun and laughter, with a touch of relaxation thrown in for good measure, then we’ve done our job. Nothing is too much trouble, and we encourage guests to speak with us if there’s anything we can do to enhance their stay.


All you could wish for, and so much to do.

And a very warm welcome is extended to you.

Our guests
choose us for our:

  • Commitment to fantastic quality accommodation, service and facilities
  • Beautiful, welcoming environment
  • Dog Friendliness – they’re not just accepted…they’re welcomed!
  • Care in ensuring a wonderful stay for guests
  • Happy, helpful owners and staff
  • Unrivalled holiday location
  • Leisure facilities and pursuits for adults, children and even pets

View our guest testimonials

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