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Dog Friendly Holidays at Lancombe

Do we love dogs at Lancombe? You betcha!

It’s the Chinese year of the Dog, so we are celebrating all those furry, four legged, panting, wet nosed friends of ours. We have two resident pooches of our own. You may remember Barnaby (who blogged last year as part of our meet the team series) and Fleur, my little shadow….until she sees someone more interesting! So, because we have family that consists of loyal, happy (well with Barnaby it’s always debatable) canines that show unconditional love, we know exactly what it’s like to be responsible for such an important member of the family.

Have a nose on our website

We want your stay to be both relaxing for you and your best friends. So much so, Dogs even have their own page on our website, which can be found here: Our four legged guests have a welcome pack on arrival, so they can truly relax and know they are welcome. There are details of dog friendly beaches, pubs and attractions.

Strangely, some places that you visit ask you not to bring your best friend (unbelievable I know) but this may be due to livestock or simply it may be in the best interests of your dog/s. So, we have also listed details of dog sitters, so both you and your dog can have a different type of adventure on a certain day.

We say that we welcome two dogs on our website…that’s not entirely true! The highest number of dogs we have had to stay in one family is 7! We just ask that you get in touch if you have more than two dogs, so we can make sure the accommodation you have chosen doesn’t leave you feeling cramped. Again, we just want all of you to enjoy yourselves and this helps us to ensure you are all comfortable.

What we’ve done lately

This year, the cottages were fenced, so they have their own individual enclosed gardens. So now all our cottages and lodges are perfect for your furry friends. This has proved so successful.

Forgotten your lead? Don’t worry we have spares in the office for you to use free of charge. We also sell dog food, special, local treats and doggy shampoo, just in case!
As with humans, we also understand that dogs have different fears and personalities. We accommodate these and as long as we know beforehand, will ensure our other guests are aware. We all have different experiences in life, and sometimes they are not pleasant and make us unsociable, which is the same for dogs.

We don’t discriminate against breeds. So if I ask you on the phone what breed of dog you have, it’s not because I’m thinking ‘um that’s not great’, it’s because I’m nosey and truly interested.

In your welcome pack on arrival is more comprehensive information for your dogs and includes local vets if needed.


Lancombe is set in 3 acres of beautiful grounds, which consists of approximately 1 acre of meadow for your doglets to have a run around in and woodland for a good sniff. We don’t advertise it, as it’s not ours, but next door to Lancombe is a very large enclosed field. But we’re so lucky that the Farmer who does own it, lets our doggy guests have a good run around if there is no livestock in there. What a treat! As we are also situated on the Wessex Ridgeway, we offer countryside walks from the doorstep too. Don’t forget we are also only a short drive from the South West Coastal Path.

So if you want your best mate to give your holiday the paws up, then choose Lancombe, for a truly dog loving holiday.

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Christmas Events in Dorset

Here’s our Top 10 of everything Christmassy, from Christmas Markets to wonderful Christmas Events.  With one special extra for four legged  family members.

The Great Reindeer Hunt
From: 17/11/2017 To: 04/01/2018
Venue: The Teddy Bear Museum
Help Edward Bear and family search for Santa’s Reindeer in Edward’s festively decorated house. You may win a bear!

Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
On: 25th & 26th November
Venue: Athelhampton House – Free park & ride from the County Hall, Dorchester.
Locally produced food and drink from a range of your favourite Dorset producers! Start your Christmas shopping! ❄️ ?? Meet Santa on Sunday 26th, proceeds go to Weldmar Hospicecare.

Christmas Time in Brewery Square
On the 25th why not stay in Dorchester a bit later and hop on over to Christmas Time in Brewery Square?!
Venue: Brewery Square, Dorchester
Something for all your family to enjoy to kick off the festive season; from mulled wine to festive treats, displays, live music and activities, and skating rink.

Santa Specials: Swanage Railway
From: 02/12/2017 To: 24/12/2017  Booking Essential.
Venue: Swanage Railway
Enjoy a steam train ride and meet Father Christmas on board his special train. Tickets include a present for each child and seasonal refreshments for adults (we all know what that means).

Father Christmas visits Farmer Palmers
From: 02/12/2017 To: 03/12/2017
The title says it all.  There’s an additional charge to see Santa on top of the entry fee, but you get 10% off entry if staying at Lancombe!

The Fairy Godmother’s Christmas Tree
On: 03/12/17
Venue: Moors Valley Country Park
Booking essential. £5.00 per child. 3 to 8 years
The Old Fairy Godmother needs your help to decorate her tree for a special visitor. Come and help and she will weave some magic stories for you. Wrap up warm as this event takes place outdoors.

Dorchester Christmas Cracker
On: 07/12/2017
Venue: Dorchester Town Centre.  FREE
Website: or follow on Facebook and Twitter
Starting off Christmas in the County town, including Christmas Light switch on.  Your entry to the Dorset County Museum is also Free and back by popular demand is everyone’s favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie and TV characters. Take your children to see Father Christmas in his Grotto, and you can enjoy Mulled Wine and Mince Pies.

Dorchester Christmas Market
On: 10/12/2017
Venue: The Corn Exchange, Dorchester
This runs from 11am until 4pm. You can enjoy Live Entertainment, Live Reindeers, Arts and Crafts with Cheeky Elves, Hot Refreshments, with over 50 Stands
Entry is just £1.00 for adults and Under 16’s Free

Chase the Pudding Santa Run
On: 17/12/17
Venue: Weymouth Beach
Chase the Pudding 5k Run on Weymouth Beach. Classic Santa fun run, including Children’s and Adult Race.

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas
When: 4th – 31st December.  See website for a list of festivities through December..
Venue: Weymouth
With a Real Ice Rink, a Real Christmas Tree, Real Reindeer, Markets, Entertainment and Pop Up Santa’s Grotto, you are bound to have fun!


Santa Paws for the Doggies at Groves Nursery
When: 12th & 13th December
Venue: Groves Nursery
Treat your four legged members of your family to some time with Santa. You only pay £2 admission in aid of Guide Dogs UK



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Lancombe’s Winning Winter Deals

It’s getting colder and the leaves are falling, so why not enjoy a well deserved Winter Break?!

There’s still so many different things to do in Dorset this time of year; such as looking around the Christmas Markets, The Bridport and Dorchester Literary Festivals or if you fancy something more bracing, there’s still time to take part in the South West Coastal Path Challenge!

Even better still, we have some Winning Winter Deals that will really make you feel like you’ve treated yourself this Winter….

Book a Winter Break & Get 4 Nights for 3!
When you book a 4 night break for anytime between now and 30th November, you get the last night FREE!

Pets Holiday for FREE!
Never one to discriminate, we didn’t want any Pets in the family to miss out this Winter, so they will Holiday for Free….

…but they don’t need to worry, they’ll still receive their own Lancombe Welcome Pack!

Please check out our OFFERS page on the website for further details. Then just click on the BOOK NOW button for prices and availability.

After that, sit back & feel smug, knowing you have something great to look forward to.

If you want to take a tour before you choose your perfect property, we have our new interactive 360 tours on our website too, just click here: SHOW ME AROUND

We Hope We See You Soon!


p.s. After being awarded 2017’s Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the third year running, we’re in the Finals for the Dorset Tourism Awards; and looking forward to seeing if we’ve been lucky enough to win one of these prestigious awards for Excellence AGAIN this year.

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Full name – Isabel.

Age – Unknown. But you humans would class me as OLD!

My Role at Lancombe – Queen of Fairies/Entertainments

Background – Myself and my Fairies migrated to Lancombe in Spring 2014. I heard through the Fairy Post that there was an opening in some woods, with lots of trees to make houses in. We weren’t very satisfied with the accommodation we were staying in, so decided to make a move. Since then, we have built larger houses and a very happy Fairy Village. We have also adopted Marvin the friendly Hobbit in this time and Elvis the Elf. They generally mix well with the fairies, so much so, Marvin arranged for his playboy Mansion to be built when he decided to be a permanent resident in our Fairy Colony, we can’t get the fairies out of there at times!

This is me on my favourite sign watching over the woods!

Why were you the best candidate for the role? – The fairies could not have moved without me. As the Queen of the woods, I am responsible for their welfare, training and social care. It’s a big responsibility as there are hundreds of fairies here. I was officially crowned Queen in June 2014. It went to a public fairy vote, and I was considered the best candidate for the role.

I have superb letter writing skills, and as well as looking after the fairies, I make sure every letter that is left in our post box is responded to in a timely manner. I have service level agreements with the owners and if these are breached I will receive a verbal warning and then be taken through retraining before any disciplinary action is started. At the end of the day, nobody wants children going without their fairy letters.
I am an excellent trainer. Each new baby fairy receives flying lessons, this helps them with understanding their Sky Flying Code and also to ensure they are able to avert danger wherever possible.

Interests – Being the best fairy colony we can be. We love living in Lancombe’s woods and do not want to jeopardize this. I particularly love seeing children in our woods, reading their letters and writing replies. It’s wonderful when they find their letters and seeing the excitement on their faces is a pleasure. I attend National Fairy Meetings on a quarterly basis, and we have been top of the country for the last 3 years. That’s a massive achievement, I’m very proud of my fairies. My greatest hobby is making fairy dust, and we do like a good fairies wings up, where we all get together, eat Leaf Stew, Berry Con Carne and magic the night away.

Aspirations for the future – To continue to be Queen of these woods. I’m hoping there won’t be a Coup anytime soon and I lose my crown, so I have to keep thinking of new and innovative ways to keep the fairies happy. That’s why I allowed a Hobbit and an Elf into our colony. I am currently lobbying for our own pool and gymnasium, so please keep your fingers crossed for us.


My house!

Protected by Magic & with Fairy Love


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Full name – I’m Barbie Q the Brahma.

Age – I think I’m about 4. I have just realized nobody has celebrated my Birthday!

My Role at Lancombe – Food Production Specialist/Entertainments

Background – I was born with a lot of other Chickens in Maiden Newton Village. I have been a member of the Lancombe Team since February 2014, when I relocated with other members of the original Lancombe Hen Party. I am the highest in the Hen Hierarchy, this is partly due to my size, but also because we have a history of being bullied by other Hens because they think we look like we’re stuck in the 70’s with our feathery flares, so we’re born thick-shelled.

This is me having a party with my Co-Hens. Bottoms up!

Why were you the best candidate for the role? – I am a fierce layer, and frankly I’m proud of both my laying productivity and the quality of my eggs. We are quite sociable and like it when children come to visit us, largely because we get extra helpings of food, but also, we are proud of what we deliver at Lancombe. As we live here for free with a housekeeping service, we’re happy to contribute to our housing and food.

I’m a fast runner! As Hens, we know every day is a lottery because it could be our last. There are so many dangers out there, that’s why we were happy to move to Lancombe, because we have Alpacas as neighbours which downgrades our risk of harm from critical to severe. Unfortunately, this is balanced by the fact we tend to roam in the woods…badgers build sets there and they are cunning too. We’re not scared of Dogs, if you’ve ever looked a Fox or a Badger in the eye, a cuddly Dog means nothing!

We’ve recently had some new friends move in, there are a couple that are small and odd looking too (some may say ‘cute’) and they gossip all the time, but we’ll soon peck that out of them. It’s a small, close knit Hen Hostel, and we don’t like everybody knowing our business. We had to have new friends because there’s been a high attrition rate lately, you see our Bosses rescued a lot of Hens from somewhere called a Battery, which sounds nasty. They were old, and even though I don’t know my birthday, you could tell they’d had the yolk knocked out of them. We’ll soon teach the newbies our pecking order, and hopefully they’ll pull their weight.

Interests – Staying alive! We have production targets, I tend to exceed these, but you can never be complacent. The best layer gets the best place in the shed at night because you gain a level of respect. Whilst we don’t always look it, we do love having children collect our eggs, there’s a certain amount of pride and satisfaction from making children smile, and otherwise, we don’t really get to see the output of our work.

Aspirations for the future – Staying alive! I’d ideally like to see next year, I love it at Lancombe and I know wonderful things are planned, so I want to live to see these materialize. I know if I was a Turkey, that wouldn’t happen! I want to continue to meet my targets and make children happy, I never realized I liked them so much, considering it seems with the lack of males here, I’ll never have any of my own!!

Hope to see you soon!

Love Barbie Q

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