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Old Down Cottage, Dorset

Snuggle up for a super mini-moon break on Dorset's south coast

A Dorset break

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For total seclusion, head to Old Down Cottage in Dorset. With three bedrooms, and a large open kitchen, the cottage is ideal for a romantic break, but also perfect if you have children, or a (well-behaved) dog.

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The location is so remote that even the SatNav had difficulty pinpointing it! But thanks to detailed instructions from Classic Cottages, the house is easy to find.

Country cottage

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Location, location!

The remote location, surrounded by open fields, offers complete tranquility, the perfect tonic after the chaos of the wedding. The isolated location doesn’t mean total seclusion, however. The cottage is one of a pair, and both properties sit in the shadow of the main house. However, its proximity to its neighbours has some advantages.

Ocado will deliver, which means that you can arrange for your food to arrive when you do – avoiding tedious trips to the local supermarket, which can be one of the downsides of self-catering. However, if you do want to venture to the shops, many of the surrounding villages have weekly farmers markets, offering excellent fresh local produce.

The neighbours also have a wealth of local knowledge and if you’re really lucky (and awake early enough), they might even let you feed the chickens!

Hit the decking!

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Best for romance:

Curl up in front of the log fire for a cosy romantic night in – or enjoy a glass of wine in the privacy of the decked area at the back of the cottage, offering uninterrupted views over the lush countryside

Out and about in Dorset

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Monkey business…

Nearby Monkey World is an Ape rescue centre, about 45 minutes from the cottage. Although the centre is primarily a monkey rehabilitation centre, the setting, in 65 acres of beautiful Dorset forest, means that it’s a great day out for kids and grown-ups. Continuing with the ‘monkey’ theme, the ‘Go Ape’ high wire forest adventure course, at nearby Moors Valley Country Park offers hours of adrenalin-fuelled fun.

For more hands-on animal entertainment, Honeybrook Farm, near Wimbourne, is just a 10-minute drive from Old Down Cottage. As well as a petting zoo, and a giant adventure playground for older kids, the farm shop, in a beautifully restored Victorian barn, sells fresh produce, including eggs, seasonal fruit and veg, and locally made foods. The butcher also sells livestock reared on the farm.

Beautiful beaches

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The cottage is also only half an hour from the sandy beaches at Bournemouth and Studland Bay. Although it’s not quite the Caribbean, on a sunny day, with their wide open beaches and golden sand, you could almost imagine you were somewhere more tropical!

Catch some surf

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There’s also plenty to do on the seafront – join the crowds on the promenade, strolling or cycling in the sunshine. Boscombe also boasts Britain’s first artificial surf reef and you can book surfing lessons at the Bournemouth Surf School.

Short breaks

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Three to six-day short breaks are available at Old Down Cottage during spring, autumn and winter and cost from £54pp, while week-long breaks, available year-round, cost from £77pp.

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For more information on this and more than 700 properties across Cornwall, Dorset, Devon and Somerset, and to book, call Classic Cottages on 01326 555 555 or click here.