Guest Comments

Stunning driveway, lovely location - so quiet and full of wildlife, cottage was amazing full of everything we could need, well enclosed garden great for our little...

- E Family (15-01-2018)

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)

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...

- L family (01-10-2012)

..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...

- D family (03-03-2014)

A wonderful reunion. Cottage as immaculate as last year. Superbly equipped and comfortable. A very special setting in this picturesque county. Thank you.

- Swans Group (16-06-2017)

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)

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)

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...

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

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...

- Anonymous (01-07-2012)

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...

- from Belgium (22-07-2016)

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

- Anon (15-02-2013)

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)

A wonderful week in a superb location. Dove House was immaculate in every way and, blessed with excellent weather, we all had a memorable visit. Thank you!

- 19 May 2017 (19-06-2017)

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

- Anon (14-08-2014)

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...

- Anonymous (01-09-2012)

Lovely stay, everything perfect as usual. Be back!

- Cambs Family (16-06-2017)

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

- A Family (26-06-2015)

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...

- Anonymous (01-05-2012)

.. 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)

.....We've walked,met friends and sampled good food. Our days have been long but it's been a real pleasure to return to this peaceful, well-equipped haven. Many thanks.

- S Family (26-05-2017)

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)

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...

- T Family (20-01-2017)

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)

This has been our first stay at Swallows and we have thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Many dog-friendly cafes, pubs etc. ....We are sure we will return in 2018 to...

- M Family (20-10-2017)

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...

- L family (05-04-2013)

What a wonderful cottage. Beautifully furnished and equipped. The location is perfect for exploring Dorset. ...thank you for all the little touches which were much...

- May family (21-07-2017)

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...

- Mrs R (24-06-2016)

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...

- Caine Family (03-11-2014)

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...

- Barn Owl Group (08-11-2013)

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

- School reunion (16-09-2016)

a very happy week 18months to 65 years. Loved the pool. A great family get together. Thank you.

- May Half Term 2017 (02-06-2017)

... 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...

- J Family (03-05-2013)

A beautiful weekend to celebrate a 60th, thank you so much, Dove House is just perfect .

- May 2017 (08-06-2017)

We came with our whole families, the youngsters occupying Dove House and we came back at the end of each evening to peace and tranquility! We have all had the most...

- D Family (30-10-2017)

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...

- Anonymous (01-05-2012)

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)

A lovely week despite the weather! We enjoyed walks in Puddletown and over Golden Cap. ...we enjoyed the Wildlife around the cottage, - deer, foxes, woodpeckers,...

- HC Family (04-08-2017)

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...

- F Family (14-08-2015)

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)

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

- Mrs K (07-10-2016)

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

- R family (04-03-2013)

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...

- Peter and Sue (19-08-2016)

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)

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

- Diana J (29-07-2016)

..enjoyed a lovely afternoon at Burton Bradstock on the beach with the children and the dog, finished off with a delicious meal at the Hive. The farm and Cottage is...

- Herts Family (02-06-2017)

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...

- P Family (16-08-2013)

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

- Q Group (19-06-2015)

...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 -...

- May 2016

Really lovely stay at Swallows. Plenty of activities for all the family and the dog enjoyed lots of lovely walks at the farm and nearby beaches.......We will...

- D family (11-08-2017)

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...

- Mr A (25-04-2014)

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)

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)

... 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...

- Walkie Talkies Group (05-06-2015)

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

- W Family (09-01-2017)

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)

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...

- R Family (19-04-2013)

What a find! Looking forward to returning next year.

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

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...

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

A most comfortable and informal place to be - everything worked! and we thoroughly enjoyed our week : an ideal place for old friends to spend happy time together.

- S Family (08-09-2017)

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

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

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

- L Family (20-03-2015)

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...

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

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...

- M family (01-09-2013)

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)

It was amazing, terrific. I'm speechless, its so amazing celebrating two birthdays, we had a great time....

- April 2017 (21-04-2017)

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...

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

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

- Phil Spencer (06-05-2013)

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,...

- 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 which have been maintained ever since. 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. 




April 13-20th   £575     April w/ends  13th-16th and  20-22nd  £400       





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