Lovely stay in a beautiful peaceful setting. Great facilities and lots of toys/equipment for kids. The owners were very friendly and were around if needed. Location was amazing. We stayed in the swallows cottage which had a nice wraparound garden. Would highly recommend.
Nadia Gibbard - April 2019
The Swallows is one of seven holiday cottages that form Character Farm Cottages and is situated on our working farm 5 miles to the west of Weymouth and a stones throw from the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic coastline. The cottage sleeps 4 and has 2 upstairs bedrooms, one a double and the other a twin. The cottage has recently been renovated but has maintained a "cosy cottage feel" with exposed beams and an open log fire. The kitchen is well equipped and has a table which sits 4 for sociable meals together. The sitting room has a sofa and 2 armchairs to relax in front of the log fire or watching TV/DVD. It has French windows leading out onto the patio and garden. Free wifi is provided for you to keep in touch with the outside world! The upstairs bathroom has a bath and shower head attachment.
The Swallows has a decent size enclosed garden with a south facing patio and garden furniture to enjoy a barbeque or evening drinks as you watch the sunset across the Dorset countryside. The garden leads onto our own farmland from which you can join the Coastal Footpath and numerous shorter walks. There is plenty of parking beside the cottage and we are dog friendly (max 2).
There is a games room a short distance away from the cottage in the Old Stables which has a table tennis, table football and a good selection of paperbacks for you to borrow. It also has laundry facilities.
We try to stick to weekly breaks running Friday to Friday and short breaks out of season - a 3 night break running Friday to Monday and a 4 night break running Monday to Friday. However we can be flexible if you have different requirements.
From the cottage you can walk a short distance to the Fleet and Chesil Beach which forms part of the famous Jurassic Coast recently featured in the highly popular TV series "Broadchurch". We farm most of the land surrounding the Swallows and we are always very happy to show guests around the dairy to see the cows being milked. Youngsters also like to lend a hand feeding the baby calves! Langton Herring has its own pub called the Elm Tree Inn which is a short walk from the cottage. In the next door village, Portesham you will find the Kings Arms which we highly recommend.
Weymouth is popular for its lovely sandy beach and shallow waters. It also has other attractions such as Sea Life Center, Nothe Fort, Brewers Quay, karting and a multiplex cinema. Nearby Dorchester has a good selection of restaurants at the newly opened Brewers Square such as Nandos, Waggamamas, Carluccios and Cote.
Dorset is also home to many stunning country houses and gardens, the Tank Museum at Bovington, Monkey World, and many fantastic country pubs.
Perfect and Peaceful
September 26th 2018
Excellent holiday in perfect, peaceful surroundings, very relaxing. Ideal location for visiting local attractions. Portland Bill, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door to the east, Abbotsbury, West Bay (Broadchurch cliff) and Lyme Regis to the west, plus endless well marked footpaths in all directions and welcoming tea rooms, just when you need them!
Friendly and Helpful
September 21st 2018
Always very friendly and helpful could not ask for better, we have stayed at the cottages for a number of years and we will be back. Many lovely walks along the coast even if you don't have dogs. The Elm Tree is a friendly warm pub with good food, a little bit further out the Swan Inn at Abbotsbury do great meals and plenty of it at very reasonable prices.
April 14th 2018
Wonderful stay as always! Now into our 26th year of staying. Lovely location, lovely cottage, lovely family welcome. We'll be back in the summer for our third visit this year!