Doles Ash Farm Cottages – Self-catering Dorset holiday cottages
A guide to our beautiful part of Dorset

Doles Ash Farm is set in the heart of West Dorset in the beautiful rural location of the Piddle Valley. It is surrounded by the rolling hills however there are plenty of attractions close by.

Dorchester & Poundbury : Only 15 minutes away where you can find plenty of high street and boutique shops, large supermarkets, cinemas and restaurants. Prince Charles’ architecturally designed village of Poundbury is a fashionable new village with artisan bakery’s and coffee shops.

Weymouth: A traditional seaside town only 20 minutes away. Home to the 2012 sailing Olympics, it has a large harbour, Sealife Centre and the famous Chesil beach.

Jurassic Coast : This World Heritage Coastline and is a “must see” when in Dorset. Visit Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge , Ringstead Bay , Durldle Door, or Worbarrow Bay where you can explore rock pools, hunt for fossils and experience some stunning scenery.

Dorset Villages : There are many local picturesque Dorset villages. Visit Milton Abbas with its row of thatched houses or the pretty village of Cerne Abbas with its famous giant on the hill which is situated just a short drive from the farm. The quaint village of Moreton is famous as the final resting place of “Lawrence of Arabia”, and has an 18th Century church with stunning stained engraved glass windows. The result, especially on a sunny day, is a spectacle worth seeing. In the village of Higher Bockhampton you can visit Thomas Hardy’s cottage, owned by the National Trust, and walk in Hardy’s footsteps on some lovely trails surrounding the cottage. Many local pubs and attractions are also dog friendly.

Sherborne – A pretty market town with a Castle and Abbey and boutique shops. Sherborne is approximately a 20 minute drive away.

Poole Harbour , Brownsea Island and Sandbanks : 45 minutes away this is a great day trip. Visit Poole quay with its marinas and take a boat trip to Brownsea Island which is owned by the National Trust. Sandbanks is one of the most expensive places in the world to live. It offers fantastic sandy beaches and lots of watersports.

Swange : A traditional seaside resort, family beach and has a long promenade with ice cream kiosks. There are lots for kids to do with amusements and a steam railway running to Corfe Castle . Admire the views from Durlston Country Park you may even spot Dolphins.! Fancy a long walk ? Take the Dorset Coastal Path and you could walk to Studland past the iconic Old Harry rocks and explore the designated nature trails

Bournemouth : With its 7 miles of award winning sandy beaches and traditional pier and gardens is approx 1 hour away by car. There is so much to do it is well worth a day trip.

West Bay (Broadchurch): Approx 30 minutes away by car, fossil hunters should also visit Charmouth and Seatown . Lyme Regis Is a classic old fashioned seaside town with narrow winding streets and immense character. It has a lovely sandy beach and is perfect for families as again a good fossil area !

Local Attractions

Dorchester Area

Thomas Hardy – Clouds Hill – National Trust

Dorchester Tutankhamen Exhibition

Dinosaur Museum

Teddy bear Museum

Terracotta Warriors Exhibition

Maiden Castle Earthworks

Athelhampton House

Kingston Mauward Gardens and Animal Park

Cerne Abbas Giant

Sherborne Castle

Minterne Gardens

Weymouth Area

Abbotsbury Swannery

Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

Sealife Centre – Weymouth

Sand Sculpture & Sand World

Somerset

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Haynes Motor Museum

Forde Abbey House and Garden

Wimborne

Kingston Lacey – National Trust

Wimborne Model Village

Honeybrook Farm Park

Badbury Rings

Purbeck

Corfe Castle – National Trust

Swanage Steam Railway

Putlake Farm Adventures

Monkey World

Bovington Tank Museum