Guest Comments

nothing was too much trouble, very flexible and helpful...

- Mrs K (07-10-2016)

.... lovely, well equipped cottage....the peaceful location has been a delight - a great night's sleep in tranquility.

- Anon (14-08-2014)

Spent a wonderful weekend celebrating my 70th... everyone should have the chance to celebrate special occasions at Dove House.

- Many thanks M group (01-01-2013)

'the facilities here are fantastic and perfect for large family holidays... lovely rooms and a great kitchen for entertaining..

- Anon (15-02-2013)

We couldn’t have found a more perfect haven! Loved the horses nearby, the birds and the tranquillity. Swallows had everything we needed. It was our first proper visit to Dorset and we loved it – it’s a beautiful county and there is much more to explore….we will be back

- Anonymous (01-09-2012)

our 7th visit. Despite a venture to Devon for 2012 we've come to realise Dove House is the perfect fit for our family...

- O family (24-05-2013)

Our first visit to Dorset and certainly not our last. A truly amazing house - words fail us... an event we will never forget. Hope to be back soon.

- L family (01-10-2012)

.....superb accommodation, tasteful decor, super facilities, beautiful garden with lots of birds to watch and enjoy....great attention to detail from the owners, all in all a wonderful week.

- Sue and Ian G (17-10-2014)

We said in October that we had no doubt we would be back! Once again – the most marvellous time ..everything you could wish for and more.. thank you for your welcome and hospitality.

- Anonymous (01-05-2012)

Swallows is a unique and wonderful cottage. So comfortable and cosy, clean and well equipped. Together with Dove House it has provided us with the ideal place in which our whole family has been able to celebrate a special '80th' birthday. Our thanks to Pippa and Hugo whose thoughtfulness is demonstrated throughout.

- T Family (20-01-2017)

It is our third trip here and we had a wonderful time... thank you for arranging the tennis lessons - we all loved them. The pool was great, as was the house. Hope to see you soon.  (Ellie 12)

- L family (05-04-2013)

... Dove House has been the only venue we have visited twice and five years on since our first visit it didn't fail to please and give us the same great experience. A big thank you from us all.

- Walkie Talkies Group (05-06-2015)

.. I am completely overwhelmed by the beauty and serenity of this wonderful location.... it is all very surreal! THIS IS TRULY HEAVEN ON EARTH, thank you from us all..

- Mr H - Dove House and Sallows (07-06-2013)

Very many congratulations on Dove House being selected as one of the 50 best holiday homes in this Saturday's Times - we were so delighted to see it, but not at all surprised ! It was 10 year's ago when we first came to Dove House in January to celebrate a 60th birthday and realised what a brilliant venue it would make for our annual family get together. It was an instant success and has become part of our family folklore, and the standard by which all other holiday homes are judged!

- Email from the S Family (01-01-2013)

Our first holiday renting a house in England and what a find! Everything works, there's everything you could possibly want and adults and children are fully catered for.. we'll be back.

- P Family (16-08-2013)

We stayed for a mid-week break for my lovely wife's birthday....Pippa and Hugo, the cottage is delightful and very well appointed..

- Abigail and David B (07-11-2014)

We have had a wonderful week in this house which has been perfect for us. ..the children especially loved the pool. The adults had everything they needed - very well equipped and comfortable house in a wonderful location.

- Mrs R (24-06-2016)

Had we known what a lovely stay we would have this week, we would have booked two weeks and ditched Paris. The Swallows was just the right size for the four of us, in the perfect location, with very comfortable beds and firewood for our one chilly night......a spotless cottage..

- M and B Walker (10-06-2016)

A lovely lovely week for 17 of us to see in the New Year. Fantastic walks, gorgeous house and pool was greatly used…. Thank you Pippa and Hugo.

- W family (01-12-2012)

Lovely house, lovely weather, wonderful holiday. what more can you ask..

- A Family (26-06-2015)

wonderful time, great facilities, beautiful place, relaxing setting...couldn't be faulted, many thanks to Pippa and Hugo

- School reunion (16-09-2016)

What a  week in a truly gem of a cottage, extremely well equipped, in the midst of silence. We loved Dorset, and will be back. Thank you Pippa for your warm welcome...  

- from Belgium (22-07-2016)

A great week had by all. Tennis court and pool used endlessly.... many thanks. P.S Kate's cooking was marvellous.

- D Family (27-03-2015)

Another fabulous week in this amazing house. Lots of tennis, swimming, cricket, rounders, running, laughter and fun. We hope to be back.

- C and K Families (03-07-2015)

What a treasure of a place. Wonderful house, fantastic location. Thank you. (Dove House and Swallows)

- W Family (09-01-2017)

Swallows must be the next thing to perfect for a holiday for us that it is possible to be. The Swallows themselves gave us even more of a greeting than before….wonderful to see you again…

- Anonymous (01-05-2012)

Certainly the best cottage we have ever stayed in and we hope to return one day. Thank you.

- Q Group (19-06-2015)

another wonderful stay for Sue's 60th.. great weekend with friends followed by chaos with family the rest of the week.  The children loved it and never wanted to leave.... can't wait for our return!

- R Family (19-04-2013)

A lovely cottage - with everything we needed - in a lovely setting! Swallows was an excellent base for exploring Dorset....we will thoroughly recommend it to our friends. Thank you.

- V an d T K (23-09-2016)

...was like coming home? We love our annual get together here. Thank you so much.

- L Family (20-03-2015)

A lovely house in a  gloriously peaceful location. ... thank you so much

- R family (04-03-2013)

....Dove House is in a truly exceptional position......my whole family and I were blown away by its 'location'.

- Phil Spencer (06-05-2013)

We have fallen in love with Swallows. Just perfect. The peace has been wonderful, Bonnie, our Cairn will miss her morning and evening walks.

- Anonymous (01-05-2012)

... it has felt so safe for young children here with the fenced in garden and the lovely walks... the house is spacious and a perfect layout so that noone feels on top of each other... we will all be sad to go home tomorrow. Thank you!

- J Family (03-05-2013)

The pre stay 'recce' (by my wife) mentioned the superb aspects of Dove House and they proved absolutely correct. It does not seem possible that our family get together experienced complete solitude and peace - and this, less than 150miles from London. It was just part of a lovely stay in every respect. Thank you so much.

- Mr A (25-04-2014)

From the gorgeous location and setting to the spaciousness of Dove House, we were so pleasantly surprised....stars of the show were the family kitchen and beautiful pool...loads of space to accommodate a big family of 13! A real gem!! (aged 20 months to 70 years).

- Caine Family (03-11-2014)

A lovely superbly presented cottage with everything we needed and great attention to detail. Quiet location, great for relaxing.

- L and D K (07-10-2016)

A beautiful cottage in a beautiful setting. The cottage is clean and well equipped and the garden has been a real joy to breakfast in. The walks from Swallows are so easy to access and have made for a very relaxing break.

- Anonymous (01-07-2012)

A totally fabulous place to stay. the perfect location and your attention to details made our stay absolutely brill. Thank you!

- F W (09-03-2015)

Fantastic week! Family of 3 generations, perfect location, well equipped and great facilities - home from home! Many thanks. (Dove House and Swallows).

- TLF Families (20-01-2017)

As near perfect as one could wish - spacious, perfectly equipped and beautifully furnished. To say nothing of the warm (and safe) pool. ...... Thank you from all of us!

- B Family (17-04-2015)

4 generations of our family ranging from 82 yrs to 7 months all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. ....we wanted for nothing...and will be recommending to family and friends....

- F Family (14-08-2015)

A wonderful week here with all our family (in Dove House).....it was lovely being able to retreat at times to this comfortable and well presented cottage. Everything was perfect. Thankyou, Hugo and Pippa

- Diana J (29-07-2016)

We are all so pleased to have found Dove House and Swallows in the perfect location, house, facilities which ticked all the boxes. So much space and a place for everything. Wonderful walks... a unanimous vote to come back.

- Thank you T family (01-11-2012)

A wonderful week celebrating my 70th birthday..such a beautiful and tranquil setting. ...a luxurious and yet lovely house - thank you.

- S Family (06-03-2016)

...a very comfortable, warm and well equipped cottage! We have enjoyed some lovely meals and luckily the sun has shone! It is so ice to be somewhere so quiet - thoroughly enjoyed staying here. we hope to come back very soon.....

- May 2016

What an amazing time we have all had! 13 of us to celebrate 40th birthday. Loved the pool, games room great, and the kitchen/diner perfect for big cooked breakfast! Want to take the comfy beds home ...hopefully we will be able to come back again.

- M family (01-09-2013)

..plenty for 4 generations to do.. more than lived up to expectations, the web-site did not give a false impression (as some often do). Only wish we could have stayed longer.

- D family (03-03-2014)

Our group of friends have been 'barn owls' for 18 years and Dove House is the best of the lot for large numbers with all facilities, we will be back.. thank you Pippa and Hugo.

- Barn Owl Group (08-11-2013)

Spectacular week, everything perfect, the pool and 'suntrap' were much used and enjoyed. You have created the most perfect 'holiday home'..

- N Group (14-10-2016)

What a find! Looking forward to returning next year.

- K and L B (19-09-2014)

Seventeen of us arrived hoping for a happy time. We were not disappointed. The thoughtful layout and amenities of Dove House and Swallows were a real pleasure to holiday in. The surrounding peace of the green countryside was idyllic..

- Peter and Sue (19-08-2016)

A family of 12, ranging in age from 2 years of age to 64.. a wonderful home for a fabulous family break. We all love the house, swimming pool, gardens, games room, animals and surroundings....It is so peaceful and so beautiful. We will definately recommend and re-book....

- Pam A (03-10-2014)

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Welcome to Dove House & Swallows

Two Award Winning self-catering houses nestling in 1000 acres of Dorset farmland. Just 5 miles from Dorchester and 10 from Weymouth; a perfect location for a family holiday, quiet break or special celebration.

These beautiful old barns were restored in 2000 to the highest standards, with quality fittings throughout. Both Dove House and Swallows are located at the end of a mile long, private, tree-lined drive.

Dove House sleeps 13 in 7 en-suite bedrooms. There is a large, enclosed south-facing garden with patio and barbecue area. A covered portico with seating attaches the house to the fabulous indoor heated swimming pool exclusively for Dove House guests. The house is spacious, peaceful and luxurious making it perfect for larger groups and ideal for a family holiday or small company training retreat. (VisitEngland 5*Gold)

Swallows is designed for 4 people to share in comfort and is furnished to the same high standard as Dove House. It is on one level, with easy access for those with more limited mobility and a beautiful peaceful enclosed garden.  Swallows is totally separate and private from Dove House, but it is just a short walk when they are taken together. Swallows has one double and one twin/double bedroom, both are en-suite. (one small dog allowed!). NB: Swallows does not have access to the indoor pool or games room unless taken with Dove House. (VisitEngland 4* Gold)

Together: The two houses can be taken together to accommodate a total of 17 guests and 3 babies. Dove House is fully equipped for this number to eat and socialise together.

There is also a hard tennis court that can be used by prior arrangement available to both properties.

LATE AVAILABILITY:  Reduction Swallows: Feb 10-17th Half Term week: £550    w/end  £450  m/week £450


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Voted one of Britain's Top 50 Holiday Cottages - THE TIMES (January 19th 2013)


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