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November 2023 Newsletter

Warmest wishes for the festive season from English Cottage Vacation! We’re thrilled to bring you our November newsletter, brimming with the promise of enchanting experiences in the lush embrace of Dorset.

Picture this: securing your 2024 or 2025 getaway at 2023 rates (before January’s price increase sets in!)

Envision the verdant spring awakening in May, where Well Cottage gardens are a riot of life and colour, an idyllic prelude to summer’s caress.

Our feature on Bedchester and the surrounding hamlets paints a portrait of rural England at its most serene and inviting.

We also reflect on the golden moments of Thanksgiving and extend an invitation to experience this homely tradition with us next year, complete with all the trimmings!

Relaxation at our cottage is not just a state but a journey, with complimentary massage therapy to soothe your spirit. And for those eager to explore, our Cotswolds excursion promises a tapestry of green hills and timeless villages; while Laura’s culinary prowess is set to delight you once more with a featured recipe that encapsulates the essence of Dorset’s fare.

Join us this month as we weave these threads into a narrative of luxury, tradition, and the simple joys of countryside life.

Your all-inclusive, tailor-made luxury English getaway is but a click away!

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Lock in 2023 Rates for 2025: Reserve Your Dream Stay Now!

Dreaming of a luxurious getaway in 2025? English Cottage Vacation offers an early bird opportunity that’s as simple as it is enticing. With just a $1,000 USD deposit, you can secure your preferred dates for an all-inclusive, tailor-made escape to the charming English countryside. And there’s no rush to finalise details — you have until six months before your travel dates before you pay anymore!

But there’s more reason to book now. As we continually strive to enhance our services and offerings, our prices will see an increase come January 2024. By locking in your 2025 vacation now, you ensure your access to this year’s rates, guaranteeing a lavish English Cottage Vacation at the best possible price!

Don’t wait to make your dream vacation a reality. A small deposit now can lead to grand memories later. Secure your spot today and take the first step towards an unforgettable journey through the heart of Dorset’s beauty and tranquillity.

Book now to avoid disappointment!

Celebrate Spring’s Finale in Dorset’s May Bloom

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May in Dorset is a masterpiece of colours and lovely weather, marking a perfect prelude to the joys of summer. It’s a time when our gardens here at Well Cottage burst forth in vibrant life. Laura’s favourite alliums create a dazzling display of purples and blues!

As the final month of spring here in England, May offers a delicate balance of mild and bright days. It provided ideal conditions for exploring the lush Dorset countryside or simply enjoying the tranquillity of our wonderful cottage gardens. It’s a truly beautiful time of year, where each day ends a little brighter and warmer than the last, inviting guests to bask in the glory of nature’s awakening.

With limited spots available, May is highly sought after by those wishing to experience the quintessential English spring. Stourhead House, in particular, becomes a ‘must-visit’ destination, as its famous gardens come alive with the fiery hues of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. What’s more, Stourhead also caters to folks who are not able to walk too far by providing a shuttle bus and guided tours in a golf cart!

Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this enchanting transformation! Book your stay now to secure a May retreat at English Cottage Vacation and immerse yourself in the full splendour of Dorset’s springtime charm. It’s a time of year that promises not just a vacation, but a rejuvenation of the soul amidst the floral fanfare that heralds the coming of summer.

Now check out this video of Dorset in springtime!

Enchanting Bedchester: Your Gateway to Rural Dorset

Nestled within the idyllic embrace of North Dorset lies Bedchester, the quaint hamlet that our enchanting Well Cottage calls home. Here, time slows down amidst the whispering fields and lush hedgerows that stretch as far as the eye can see.

A stone’s throw from the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Bedchester presents the perfect tableau for guests looking to immerse themselves in the British countryside’s tranquil beauty.

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Fontmell Magna: A leisurely stroll from Well Cottage, the charming village of Fontmell Magna offers a slice of rural life. With its historic parish church and traditional pub, ‘The Fontmell’, it encapsulates the heart of English village culture. Whether you’re popping in for provisions at the corner shop or mingling with locals over a pint, Fontmell Magna is a warm welcome wrapped in quaint village scenery.

Shaftesbury: Just a few miles away, Shaftesbury stands proudly with its rich tapestry of history woven through ancient abbey ruins and the iconic Gold Hill. The town’s storybook streets and mediaeval architecture make it a must-visit for history buffs and romantics alike. Visit during the Gold Hill Fair or the Snowdrop Festival to see local traditions alive and thriving.

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Cranborne Chase: The Cranborne Chase beckons with its rolling landscapes and historic trails. Ascend to Win Green, the highest peak, and bask in panoramic views, or explore the ancient Iron Age fort of Hambledon Hill. Each step here tells a story, each vista paints a memory, promising a refreshing escape into nature’s embrace.

Wardour Castle: Venture just over the nearby county border to discover the atmospheric ruins of Wardour Castle in Wiltshire. Its storied walls and scenic grounds offer a peaceful retreat and a poignant reminder of England’s layered history.

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At English Cottage Vacation, we pride ourselves on offering an insider’s perspective, inviting you to uncover the gems of Dorset and beyond. Every recommendation, every journey, is handpicked to ensure your stay with us is filled with discovery, relaxation, and delight!

Book Your Luxury Countryside Haven Now!

Reflecting on Thanksgiving Celebrations

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We hope that each of you had a heartwarming and joyous Thanksgiving, filled with cherished moments and delightful feasts! As the leaves have fallen and we look back on the celebrations, we’re reminded of the special atmosphere here at English Cottage Vacation during these festive times.

For both Canadian and American Thanksgiving, our luxury 18th-century thatched cottage can be transformed into a haven of celebration, complete with traditional fare and a touch of Dorset charm! Laura, our culinary maestro, takes pride in crafting sumptuous Thanksgiving meals that honour your traditions and culinary preferences.

As we move forward into the season, we hold onto the warmth of gratitude and the joy of gatherings, looking forward to creating more unforgettable holiday experiences for our guests. Here’s to cherished traditions and new memories yet to be made!

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One Guest’s Homage To An Unforgettable Stay!

We’re proud to showcase a glimpse of the treasured memories created by our lovely guest, Pam White! Her stay in June, as part of our luxury Shared Cottage Experience, was not just a holiday but a collection of moments now lovingly compiled into an album – a tribute to her time with us!

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Each photograph in Pam’s collection is a vibrant snapshot of her English Cottage Vacation, from the tranquil Dorset countryside and spectacular sights to the exquisite meals prepared by resident gourmet chef Laura. These images are more than just mementos; they’re echoes of joy and laughter, and a celebration of the idyllic surroundings that make our cottage so special!

We invite you to create your own enduring memories at Well Cottage, where every stay is an opportunity to craft your personal story of discovery and delight!

Indulge in Relaxation: Complimentary Massage Therapy

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At English Cottage Vacation, your all-inclusive stay is infused with lots of moments of pure relaxation!

We are always delighted to offer a complimentary in-house massage therapy session for each guest, ensuring that tranquillity and rejuvenation are integral parts of your luxury escape.

Our skilled and qualified therapists will soothe away any stress, leaving you refreshed and revitalised to enjoy every enchanting moment of your Dorset getaway!

Our Signature Shared Cottage Retreats!

We’re elated to announce the launch of our revamped website, complete with a streamlined booking portal! Along with our coveted Exclusive, Full Cottage Packages, we’ve introduced our Single Room, 7-Night, Shared Cottage Experience — the epitome of all-inclusive luxury for solo travellers or couples!

This curated week-long getaway effortlessly weaves private relaxation with communal adventure. Enjoy the sanctuary of your bespoke room and en-suite, while also embracing social experiences and forming lasting connections with fellow guests!

Delve into the luxury room options we’ve tailored for this transformative sojourn:

‘Garden View Elegance’: Find solace in a US King-size bed, a luxe en-suite shower, and expansive views of our lush garden and gorgeous countryside views. Rates from $9,500 USD (single) and $11,000 USD (double).

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‘Countryside Haven’: Embrace a US Queen-size bed, your own shower space, and gaze out over verdant landscapes. Rates begin at $6,500 USD (single) and $9,500 USD (double).

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 ‘Soothing Solitude’: Opt for either a US Queen bed or twin singles, complemented by a private bathroom and tranquil field views. Starts at $4,500 USD (solo) and $6,500 USD (duo).

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Here are some dates still awaiting your presence!

2024:  August 23rd – 30th

2025: August 19th – 26th

Embarking on this journey ensures a meticulously crafted English odyssey, sprinkled with handpicked outings and memories to treasure. Don’t let this unique opportunity slip away – visit our enhanced website to directly reserve your Mixed Cottage Experience today!

See more about our Shared Cottage packages!

Featured Excursion: The Cotswolds Uncovered

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The Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, beckons with its rolling hills and quaint villages, offering a slice of quintessential English countryside charm. This region is an embroidered tapestry of lush greenery and historical architecture, where every turn along its winding lanes reveals a scene ready for a postcard.

Castle Combe, our nearest gem, is often the starting point for many. But for those willing to venture deeper into the heart of the Cotswolds, villages like Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, and the enchanting duo of Lower & Upper Slaughter, await. And let’s not forget Bibury, once described by William Morris as “the most beautiful village in England.”

As you explore, you’ll discover vibrant town squares and peaceful hamlets. Each offers its unique selection of country pubs, charming tearooms, and little shops where local artisans sell their wares. This is a place where tradition is not just preserved; it’s a way of life.

Allocating a full day for this excursion allows ample time to soak in the serene beauty and bustling activity of these historic spots. Your journey to and from the Cotswolds will be approximately an hour of scenic enjoyment each way, experienced in the company of Nathan, your knowledgeable chauffeur and guide, from the executive comfort of our Mercedes people-carrier.

To enhance your day, Laura will prepare a picnic basket brimming with all your chosen favourites, perfect for a delightful lunch amid the Cotswolds’ picturesque settings. This experience isn’t just a day trip; it’s a journey through the heart of England’s pastoral splendour, meticulously organised to ensure you return with memories to cherish and stories to share.

Prepare to uncover the Cotswolds’ secluded corners and celebrated spots with English Cottage Vacation, where every excursion is an adventure, and every landscape tells a story!

Explore all of our amazing excursions!

Recipe of the Month: Laura’s Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

ECV Laura's Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb


  • 1 rack of frenched lamb or enough for 2 + per person.
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • ⅓ cup bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 Tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic


  • Preheat oven to 450 F / 230 C
  • Heat a large skillet over a high heat. Drizzle lamb with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Sear until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Place on a baking tray and let rest for 10 minutes
  • Meanwhile, in a blender, combine bread crumbs, parmesan, rosemary, parsley and garlic. Stir in olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend
  • Pat the breadcrumbs over the lamb rack in an even layer
  • Bake 25 minutes for medium / medium rare. Let rest 10 minutes then slice between the bones into individual chops.

If the lamb isn’t cooked enough for your taste just leave in the oven 5 minutes longer respectively.

I have served with celeriac and potato puree mash, air fried potatoes, home grown boiled carrots, buttered, garlic asparagus and red wine gravy. Yummmmmy!

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Guest Reflections: English Cottage Vacation Through Their Eyes

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Listening to our guests recount their English Cottage Vacation experiences is what truly inspires us. Each review offers a window into the memorable encounters and heartfelt connections fostered at Well Cottage.

Explore the genuine testimonials:

Website Reviews
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Tripadvisor Reviews

Your confidence is our commitment. With a straightforward booking process and adaptable terms, your peace of mind is guaranteed. Plus, our legitimacy as Appanage Vacations Ltd is confirmed on the UK’s official ‘Companies House’ register.

We eagerly anticipate welcoming you into our community of esteemed guests. Soon, we hope to see your own story of Dorset’s allure added to our collection of stellar reviews!

Frequently Asked Questions: Featured FAQ

Q: How do you design my itinerary?

A: We craft your itinerary with a personal touch that’s as unique as you are! Our process begins with an in-depth discovery conversation, where we learn about each guest’s interests, tastes, and any special requests. This ensures your stay is not just a vacation but the ultimate English experience.

We consider everything from cultural interests to adventure levels, culinary preferences to relaxation must-haves, weaving together an itinerary that perfectly reflects your desires. Whether it’s historical sightseeing, countryside walks, culinary adventures, special interests or anything else, each activity is chosen to ensure your time with us is memorable and worry-free.

The best part? Every excursion, meal, and activity is included in your total package price, so you can indulge in the full breadth of your luxury English cottage getaway without any surprise costs. Let us handle the details while you immerse yourself in the joys of Dorset!

View our other Frequently Asked Questions!

Our Final Thought…

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“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

In the timeless words of Charles Dickens, we are reminded that the essence of Christmas goes beyond the festive season — it’s a sentiment to be cherished and lived throughout the year.

Here at Well Cottage, we embrace this spirit wholeheartedly. Our dedication to creating moments of joy, warmth, and connection doesn’t end with the decorations. It’s woven into the very fabric of our service, ensuring that every guest feels the comfort and goodwill of Christmas no matter the season.

As we welcome the joys of the festive season and bid farewell to another year, we invite you to carry the light of Christmas with you into the new year and beyond. Let the laughter shared, the memories made, and the tranquillity found in the heart of Dorset’s countryside be your guiding star!

May the close of this year find you wrapped in the warmth of cherished company and the promise of many happy tomorrows. And as we look ahead, let us all hold the magic of Christmas close to our hearts, nurturing its glow every day, in every encounter, throughout all the seasons to come.

From our family to yours, we wish you a safe, blissful, and truly splendid festive season. Here’s to living the Christmas spirit today, tomorrow, and every day after!

With heartfelt wishes and festive cheer,

Nathan & Laura

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