Bradford Abbas holiday cottages in Dorset are a stone’s throw from some of Dorset’s most beautiful countryside. Nestled on the banks of the River Yeo, this welcoming community consists of pretty cottages, a church and a scattering of independent businesses. For a pint of local ale, try the Rose and Crown, which serves a popular Sunday carvery, prepared with high-quality meat from the local butcher. On the barley fields surrounding the village, evidence of one of England’s only 1st century Roman camps was recently discovered. Whether you’re planning on rambling through miles of unspoiled Dorset countryside or exploring the region’s ancient villages and market towns, cottage holidays in Bradford Abbas are hard to beat.

A four-mile drive northeast will bring you to Sherborne, a charming town with a magnificent abbey, two castles and a variety of unique boutiques and cafes. Pick up a town trail from the tourist information to avoid missing any of its stunning historical sites. Sherborne is famous as a treasure trove for antique enthusiasts and Cheap Street’s flea market, open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, is not to be missed. Delis, restaurants and pubs serve delicious local cuisine and a weekly farmer’s market sells fresh, local meat, cheese and vegetables.

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4 Saxon Maybank is one of a group of luxury rural cottages near the village of Bradford Abbas, Dorset, a homely barn conversion offering comfortable accommodation and spectacular views, with spacious open plan living area with woodburning stove and private decking area with a private hot tub.

From your holiday cottage in Bradford Abbas, you’ll have easy access to Sherborne’s renowned events, which include an international film festival, literary festival, fireworks display and classical music concerts at Sherborne Abbey. A short distance south from Bradford Abbas is the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where towering chalk escarpments and ridgetops offer breathtaking views of a remote and remarkably undeveloped expanse of fields, woods and farmland. Continue south and you’ll reach the Jurassic Coast, where fossils, towering cliffs, rocky coves and pristine, sandy beaches await discovery.