Dorset for BIG family hol with dog!

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Beautifulskye Tue 28-Apr-15 14:31:04

We're trying to find a week away in summer somewhere for 4 adults, 5 kids (age 4-12) and a dog. Dorset is about equidistant for both families, but we have never been. Is it a good place for that range of people? Does anyone have any great location/accommodation recommendations please? Thanks. smile

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Ferguson Wed 29-Apr-15 20:24:06

I don't personally know Dorset, but I did know Wiltshire, which isn't far away and is similar. I'll come back sometime with more details.

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 29-Apr-15 20:27:01

Dorset is great but then I am biased. Portland, Weymouth, the purbecks, swanage, great beaches, lots of lovely walks, lots of things for children to do

Beautifulskye Wed 29-Apr-15 21:23:02

Thanks, that's great to know good locations. Any ideas re properties? Guess a lot will be booked up now...

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SorryToDisturbYou Wed 29-Apr-15 21:39:12

We stayed in this place, which was great and dog friendly, although it looks like their biggest cottage only sleeps 8, or you could get two separate smaller ones. They are all right beside each other.

Or, try English Country Cottages website, have had a few lovely places through them and searchable by accommodation size, dog friendly, etc.

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 29-Apr-15 22:31:02

Look inland rather than right on the beach

Ferguson Wed 29-Apr-15 23:12:53

I've realised I have driven through many times on the way to Southampton!

Here is a bit of info:

krisskross Wed 29-Apr-15 23:51:55

Dorset is wonderful, we've had two hols in Swanage which is a great spo, lots to swanage and close by. I'd try dorset coastal cottages

krisskross Wed 29-Apr-15 23:52:31

Oops, a great spot.

FiveGoMadInDorset Thu 30-Apr-15 13:37:51

West Dorset around Bridport or East Dorset around Purbeck is probably best. West Dorset has access to Lyme Regis, good little sandy beach, fossil hunting, Abbotbury, West Bay, and not fare from a couple of places in Devon which are good to go to. Purbecks has beaches, Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum (very good on a wet day) Tyneham Village, Corfe Castle, Studland Beach, access to Poole, Farmer Palmers (have lost hours in there with DS) steam train, Swanage.

Hope this helps

Allthatnonsense Fri 01-May-15 21:59:53

Dorset Manor at underthethatch is lovely and should accommodate you all.

We used it last summer and it was a great base, such a beautiful house.

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