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Great Coombe, Bookham Court

Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome

Great Coombe self catering holiday cottage is one of 4 cottages, personally run by Andrew and Nicola Foot at Bookham Court, Alton Panras, north of Dorchester.. Converted from a redundant farm building Great Coombe is the perfect location for friends and families visiting Dorset. Sleeping 9, this cottage has a large sitting/dining room with woodburner and inglenook fireplace and a separate kitchen. The double ensuite bedroom has a balcony looking out over the garden and field/fishing lake. There is an additional double and twin bedroom upstairs and a large downstairs twin with wetroom downstairs. Children and pets are welcome and travel cots, highchairs and stairgates can be provided. A patio with furniture and bbq and large shared garden, together with a games room next door to this cottage make it ideal for children of all ages. There is a wi-fi hotspot in the games room.

All guests have use of a course fishing lake, wildlife hide with interactive cameras into bird boxes and the footpaths over our farm. Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Weymouth 30 km
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Bristol 90 km, Nearest railway: Dorchester or Sherborne 16 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Wheelchair users

The West Country region

Great Coombe is situated in the hamlet of Bookham in the centre of Dorset, with panoramic views over Thomas Hardy's Blackmore Vale. Half way between Dorchester and Sherborne it is the ideal location for exploring the Dorset countryside and the Jurassic coast.


Bookham is a tranquil hamlet where you will only be woken by birds singing. Buckland Newton, a mile away has a fantastic village shop, selling local produce and papers. The Gaggle of Geese public house is popular with locals and visitors alike, with the chef cooking good value home cooked pub food. Within 4 miles there are several other very good eating establishments.

The historic towns of Dorchester and Sherborne are within 10 miles with castles, abbeys and individual shops to explore.

Weymouth and the coast is an half an hour drive with many attractions for all ages, ie Abbotsbury Gardens, swannery and smugglers barn.

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1 Jun 2014


"Over and above the call of self catering"

Eight of us stayed in Great Coombe at Bookham Court for a week at Whitsun. It is tucked away down a lane and we found it hard to find the first time. Country miles are deceptive. Once there we wer… More

27 Jan 2014


"Superb cottage with all needs catered for in a great location."

My family stayed at the cottage for my birthday. The decoration and upkeep is excellent. Lots of places to eat in nearby villages. Great location. Would recommend it highly.

3 Jan 2014


"Comfortable, warm, cosy, very well equipped and with fantastic countryside views."

Great Coombe is a fantastic property which I would book again without a shadow of a doubt! Arranging the holiday itself was easy with Andy and Nicola responding to our emails almost instantly even, at one point, when they were on holiday themselves! The house had everything we needed and more. It was warm and cosy and the logburner was such a treat when we came in from a cold dog walk! We have stayed in a few holiday cottages over the years but Great Coombe had by far the best ground floor accommodation for disabled guests - plenty of space in the bedroom for our grand-daughter, her parents and her wheelchair and the wet-room was even bigger than it looks on the website virtual tour! Although we were out and about most days we returned to the house to eat in the evening and had no difficulty preparing dinners for all of us using the well-equipped kitchen although a little more worktop/food preparation space would have been nice!. We were quite a big party but there was enough lovely comfy sofas for all of us in the sitting room and plenty of games in the cupboard if you don't take your own. The games room was a hit with the male members of our group who ranged in age from 12 to 77 although the females also made use of the free Wi-Fi which could be accessed there. We had a couple of very windy and wet days whilst we were staying at Great Coombe but that is the risk in taking a holiday in the middle of winter! However we visited Dorchester and Weymouth and whilst two of the family took on a ten mile hike around Lulworth, the rest of us walked along the lanes from the cottage, taking in the views over the countryside. We enjoyed the house and the games room but I would think that, in the summer, Bookham Court comes into its own with its wildlife hide and lake. A fab family holiday and certainly a cottage which we would like to return to.

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