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“Peaceful, charming, beautiful”
Review of Hogchester

Hogchester
Ranked #9 of 10 things to do in Charmouth
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hogchester is a beautiful 60 acre site in the Dorset countryside. The rolling hills, meadows, streams and small woodland areas are a haven for wildlife. Some of the fields are undergoing wildflower meadow restoration and conservation work takes place across all areas of the site. Please visit the website for details of open days and events or to enquire about renting the onsite holiday cottage.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 31 May 2017

We have stayed at Hogchester Cottage twice now, and can honestly say it was one of our most favourite holidays - a totally treasured experience. The Cottage itself is beautifully laid out & decorated, and the double bed is possibly the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The shelves are thoughtfully filled with things to keep the whole family entertained, if there could possibly be a time when we grew bored of the goats, or the swing, or exploring the fields & rivers, and finding a new breathtaking view, or gathering eggs, watching a barn owl swoop down the lane at dusk, or just sitting on a hill looking down the Bride Valley as it sweeps to Charmouth & the sea. We never did use the shelves!
Rob & Chantal are amazing hosts, and the welcome basket was so thoughtful & beautiful - full of local produce & the prettiest eggs. The work they have done on the land in the relatively short time they have been there is staggering.
Hogchester is perfect for families or couples, or anyone who wants to get away from it all, and enjoy proper peace (rest assured the wifi is there for the rest of real life). I really recommend getting up early to see the sunrise & staying late for the stargazing - the lack of light pollution means the sky is staggering.

Date of experience: August 2016
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Chantal P, Owner at Hogchester, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you!

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Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

From the moment we arrived we were greeted with the news that a new 'chick' had just been born and we should come and see it, and the holiday continued to get better from there! Being treated to a fantastic hamper on arrival that included a soft toy dinosaur as a welcome to the Jurassic coast, for my little boy, was a lovely thought. The cottage itself has everything you need for a great family holiday- including a few toys to keep the kids entertained. Being able to freely explore the 60 acre site was amazing and my son really enjoyed taking charge of feeding the goats, collecting the eggs and swinging in the tree. It was a real home from home. Great location and lots to explore in the area including Charmouth fossil hunting, sandcastles in Lyme Regis, fleet air museum and Sidmouth. Thanks for a great week of rest and relaxation - which is a miracle with a 3 year old!

Date of experience: March 2017
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Chantal P, Owner at Hogchester, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Thank you for the lovely review - so pleased you had such a good time at Hogchester!

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