Bookham Court Self-catering Holiday Cottages are located in an area of outstanding natural beauty and abundant wildlife near Dorchester in Dorset on the edge of the South Wessex Downs. These four beautiful self catering holiday cottages are equipped to the highest standard and provide the perfect family holiday location for cottage visitors to enjoy both the surrounding countryside and the Jurassic Coast.

The holiday cottages are within easy access of Dorchester and Sherborne, and 20 miles from the traditional seaside town of Weymouth. Guests in our holiday cottages are never too far from south Dorset’s wonderful sites. Country gardens and wildlife, castles, abbeys and hamlets can be found in the local region, with something for everyone just waiting to be discovered.

Crowthorne is a recently converted luxury Barn conversion. It is furnished to a very high standard, combining old and modern to give a contemporary feel. This individual holiday cottage is separate from Bookham Court but the games room, Wildlife hide and fishing lake may be used by all the cottages free of charge.

The spacious open plan ground floor has a large kitchen with range cooker, microwave, fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier. Leather sofas add style to the sitting area, with TV/Freeview channels, DVD and i pod docking station. A good quality sofa bed allows sleeping accommodation for an additional 2 guests and the dining table will seat up to 10 guests.  Free Wi-fi throughout cottage.

The ground floor twin bedroom has an en-suite disabled shower/wet room, (M2), with grab rails,emergency bell and shower stool, (shower chair available on request).

Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms and a twin bedroom with en-suite shower room

Crowthorne Cottage has a large private patio and garden with garden furniture & BBQ.

Disabled Access: Downstairs bedroom and wetroom.

Group Getaway: Bookham Court has four self catering Cottages and can accommodate up to 24 people making it an ideal place for group and family bookings. Take a look at Wagon House another of the Cottages.

Farm Experience: Bookham Farm is still essentially a commercial farm but we have always encouraged wildlife. Much of the farm is in Countryside Stewardship and in the South Wessex Downs Environmentally Sensitive Area (Dorset). The owners have planted several acres of Woodland and in the last few years have put up about 40 owl, kestrel and other bird boxes around the farm. They have also built an artificial badgers sett.

What you can see from the windows: Beautiful open countryside and farmland.

Tourist Attractions: Visit Thomas Hardy Cottage is a beautiful secluded place to visit if you are following the Thomas Hardy Trail through Dorset.The cottage, just outside Higher Bockhapmton, was built by Hardy’s great-grandfather in 1800 and little has been altered externally since then. Also close by is Maiden Castle is the largest and most famous pre-Roman fortress in Britain. The site is not a “castle” in the medieval sense of the term, but a hilltop enclosure defended by high banks and ditches. Maiden Castle is nearly 47 acres in size, with banks as high as 80 feet. Or visit Portland Bill and Chesil Beach which are the graveyards of many vessels that failed to reach Weymouth or Portland Roads. The Portland Race is caused by the meeting of the tides between the Bill and the Shambles sandbank about 3 miles SE.

Eating and Drinking: The Gaggle of Geesein Buckland Newton. Everything on the menu is produced by the chef and as much of it is as locally sourced and seasonal as possible with parts of the menu change daily according to what produce that is available. The Piddle Inn and Poachers Inn at Piddletrethide are within 3 miles and both provide excellent local food

Foodstore: There is the Chapels store in Buckland Newton which is only half a mile away. There is also a  Tesco in Dorchester which is 9 miles away, so why not pre order your grocery delivery for your arrival at the Cottage.

Sporting Activities: Fly Fishing on the Rivers Piddle and Frome with good brown trout populations can be arranged with Wessex Chalk Streams just up the road in Tolpuddle. They also have trout lakes beside the River Piddle and offer Fly Fishing tuition, not a mile upstream from Mill Cottage. For a spot of Golf try Came Down Golf Club which was founded in 1896, and boasts an excellent golfing challenge, suitable for all skill levels. The courses its on chalk downland and offers stunning 360 degree views to locations such as Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester, Isle of Wight, Maiden Castle and more. Cycling is the ideal mode of transport to observe and absorb West Dorset’s finest scenery. Cycle from the county town of Dorchester through the heart of Dorset to the historic coastal town of Lyme Regis on the Devon-Dorset border, or travel north to Sherborne taking in some of Dorset’s most picturesque villages. Whether you cast a line from the famous Chesil Beach or prefer the quiet of inland lakes, West Dorset will reward you with endless hours of fishing pleasure.



  • Oven/Hob
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • TV
  • Bedroom TV
  • DVD
  • Sky/Sat/Free View
  • Music System/CD/Radio
  • Gas Living Flame Fire
  • Electric Heating
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Wi-Fi/Broadband
  • Childs Cot
  • Childs High Chair
  • Stairgate
  • King Sized Bed
  • Selection of DVD's
  • Selection of Books and Games

Outdoor Features

  • Enclosed Garden
  • Garden Furniture
  • BBQ
  • Off Road Parking
  • Private Fishing Lake/Pond

Special Features

  • Games Room (Snooker, Darts, Table Tennis)

Included In The Price

  • Bed Linen
  • Towels
  • Heat/Light


Week Low Season £560
3 Day Low Season £420
Week Mid Season £750
3 Day Mid Season £562
Week High Season £1170
3 Day High Season N/A



  • "Bookham Court is truly home from home. This was our first time in a Dorset holiday cottage and we loved it, especially the underfloor heating and the Genesis meat box left in our fridge. Dad loved the fishing and we liked the games room. Thanks"

  • Gooding Family

  • "Lovely house. Great time had by all. The hide was terrific as is the countrysi"

  • Windors Family

Property Address

Bookham Court
Alton Pancras

Owners Contact Details

Nicola Foot

Tel:01300 345511 or 07900 966748

Owners Website


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