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We have had a wonderful few days and the weather was wonderful - blue skies and sunshine, unbelievable for February. Swallows was a perfect retreat - very warm and...

- L and P (15-02-2019)

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)

What a fantastic half term week. Amazing sunny weather for tennis and bbqs. Met the horses and farm dogs on our walks from Swallows and lots of lovely coastal walks...

- T family, Kent (31-05-2019)

Thank you for a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. We had a great time......

- L Family (28-05-0)

... 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)

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)

This is our 4th visit to this lovely cottage. SO relaxing and quiet, with beautiful scenery and still visiting favourite pubs.....Thank you for a most enjoyable...

- M Family (28-05-1600)

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)

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)

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

- April 2017 (21-04-2017)

Dorset seems to be the 'forgotten county' but not by us, ever again. What a wonderful, interesting and peaceful holiday we had here. Thanks to Hugo and Meg (dog!)...

- The M/N Family (25-10-2019)

This is our first visit to Swallows Cottage and what a find! We ere in search of a few days for a quiet and peaceful break and this has been perfect. The cottage is...

- C Family (05-03-2018)

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

- Mrs K (07-10-2016)

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)

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)

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

- Phil Spencer (06-05-2013)

Fab cosy cottage. So well maintained - thank you. Log burner was brilliant. Loved the walk to the Greyhound - only 1.5 hrs across the fields. Great place for walks...

- The H and C's (22-02-2019)

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 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)

We came with our whole families, the 'youngters' occupying Dove HOuse and we came back at the end of each evening to peace and tranquility....everything we could have...

- D Family (27-10-2017)

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)

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)

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

- A Family (26-06-2015)

.....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)

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)

Lovely, peaceful stay. Beautiful house - thank you

- S family (04-09-2017)

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)

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...

- Diana J (29-07-2016)

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)

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  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)

We felt very welcome when we arrived the cottage was very well presented, clean and comfortable. .....looking foward to our next visit.

- S and T couples (11-05-2018)

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)

Thanks for a really lovely week in Swallows. We had everything we needed, very comfortable. The dogs loved the secluded garden and numerous walks direct from the...

- M,F andM Kent (09-08-2019)

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)

..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 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)

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)

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)

.. 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)

Beautiful cottage. Such a tranquil setting. Extremely well appointed - I wanted for nothing. Lovely soft pillows....i now look forward to my next visit!...By the...

- DC and Lulu (27-09-2018)

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)

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)

What a find! Looking forward to returning next year.

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

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

- Anon (14-08-2014)

...just a 'home from home'. We love it here. Thank you Pippa for looking after us SO well....see you in 2019

- J Family (30-06-2017)

Large family party with birthday and Golden Wedding. Great time, great weather, great location, Great House!

- S Family (06-11-2017)

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 wonderful stay! Thank you so much. We loved the cottage and the main house is fabulous too. The setting is stunning and we had a great week.....

- G Family (26-05-2018)

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)

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)

We will take some wonderful memories home - amazing proerty, We all had a fantastic time. Thank you Thank you Thank you

- S,P and A Families (04-05-2018)

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 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)

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)

Superb place....weather was kind most of the time, but it was lovely to light woodburner and shup out the rain and just chill!  ..........would definitely come back,...

- F family (06-11-2017)

An excellent cottage in a gorgeous setting - woodpecker in the garden!  fabulous weather...did lots of amazing walks coastal and country...…….

- D and C York (02-11-2018)

.....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)

A superb weekend in top notch accommodation - everything has been thought of here. A great time had by all of us!

- NYE Crowd! (20-04-2018)

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

- R family (04-03-2013)

What a lovely cottage in a beautiful part of the country. We made the most of taking our grand dog for lovely walks from the cottage every day and then coming back...

- N and K (10-08-2018)

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)

The cottage is beautiful and the facilities are amazing. Such a beautiful place to stay with so much to do. The surroundings are amazing and we will definitely be back!

- s,s,and s families (09-06-2017)

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)

Thoroughly enjoyed being in Dorset and returning each day to this lovely, well equipped and v peaceful cottage. Its in such a relaxed setting and certainly, a week...

- D and T S (20-09-2019)

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

- Q Group (19-06-2015)

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)

..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)

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

- Anon (15-02-2013)

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)

What can you possibly add to all the comments that have gone before when it has all been said. Just wonderful.

- M and R H (06-09-2019)

Lovely stay, everything perfect as usual. Be back!

- Cambs Family (16-06-2017)

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)

Happy  memories of a really happy week in this wonderful holiday home. Thank you!

- O Family (13-04-2018)

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)

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

- W Family (09-01-2017)

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)

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)

Our second stay in Dove House, this time with four new additions! Once again our stay was absolutely perfect! This  beautiful home is perfect for our large family...

- A Family Group (18-05-2018)

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

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

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

- May 2017 (08-06-2017)

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

- L Family (20-03-2015)

A visit we will remember forever! Briliant house, absolutely spotless, the pool was a saviour in the wet weather. Thoroughly enjoyed by all!....we came to celebrate a...

- P,C and B Families (21-07-2017)

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)

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)

Wonderful holiday for the second time. Everything just as we remembered it - all the family loved the pool. Great place to all be together.

- B,L and R Families (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)

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)

.....please can we stay longer. Don't want to go home...the standard of your property is exceptional...facilities amazing.... can't wait to come back next...

- GTG Group (11-05-2018)

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)

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)

What a wonderful place! The cottage is clean, comfortable and well equipped, and situated in lovely surroundings. We couldn't have asked for more - Swallows cottage is...

- B famiy (18-05-2018)

Once again we have had a lovely week, the accommodation is second to none, clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The dogs have been well behaved and enjoyed...

- E Sussex (17-05-2019)

Our stay here has been an absolute delight - an oasis of tranquillity, stylish comfort and a feeling of 'home' - beautiful accommodation - comfort - such thoughtful...

- Surrey (08-11-2019)

....this is the first time we have really begun to explore this are and 'Swallows' has been the perfect place from which to et to know just a part of what it has to...

- W Family (19-03-2018)

... 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)

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)

We were lucky to have three warm and sunny days in October! That aside we were more than lucky to discover Swallows - cleverly designed, furnished with care and...

- D & A (11-10-2018)

A wonderful stay in beautiful Dorset in the delightful Swallows Cottage. A picturesque setting on this amazing farm. Plenty to do and see in the surrounding...

- G Family (07-09-2018)

...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

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)

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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. 

COVID 19 UPDATE:

Sadly we are closed at present by the Government, however we are taking bookings for future weeks and into next year so do keep an eye on the availability page or email if you have any queries.

We would like to thank so many of our guests for their patience and understanding in dealing with this very difficult time, and we are so looking forward to seeing you as soon as circumstances allow, or next year if you have had to adjust your dates!  We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to open in some way in July and that the houses will be full of fun and laughter again. The birds are unbelievably noisy!!! 

 

NB: We have had a cancellation for w/c 24th July in Swallows. Do call or book online if this is of interest, COVID permitting.

Keep safe and well in the meantime.

 

 


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