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“Easter Week in a beautiful place; with sand, icecream and dinosaurs too”
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 6 June 2017

A fabulous Easter holiday week at Hogchester! Four of us stayed, our two little girls 3 & 4, could not have enjoyed it more and we loved it! Slow and relaxed but always with something to entertain; collecting and sharing eggs, talking to the tap-taps, feeding goats, climbing gates, doing the stream challenge and flying kites on the top meadow. Totally what family holiday memories are made of. Welcoming but not over the top hosts who couldn't have done more. We would recommend to anyone :)

Date of experience: April 2017
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Chantal P, Owner at Hogchester, responded to this reviewResponded 7 June 2017

Thank you so much for your kind words - so pleased you had a great Easter break. We are currently hatching more tap taps in our incubator to keep Hilary and Fenton company. Thought it was time they had some young blood around to keep them company!

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

We had a superb time at Hogchester with our 5yr old daughter and 2yr old son. Chantal, Rob and family very welcoming into their wonderful farm. We spent 50% of our time on the farm and the remaining 50% no more than 5km away. Just what we were looking for in our hols. Highlights on the farm: boating on the pond fishing fir tadpoles; feeding the goats; collecting eggs and feeding the chickens; top field deck chair relaxing; fun on the rope swing; helping to catch escaped lambs! We were delighted to be hooked up with the lovely Carolyn for childcare too. First place we have ever come away from and said "we'll deco go back" excited to see how the nature reserve progresses. A real Dorset treasure

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

So glad you guys had a great time - you are welcome to assist with errant animal herding anytime!

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Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

My family and I (husband, 4 year old son) and I stayed at Hogchester Cottage for the first time in August 2016. It was such a perfectly relaxing family holiday that we booked again for Christmas 2016 and took my Mum with us.

Chantal and Rob are great hosts. They provided a lovely welcome book, locally sourced supplies for the kitchen and wonderful little welcome gifts for our son Harry. The cottage was immaculately clean and tidy and we had everything we needed to cook or even bake!

Despite the holiday cottage being next door to the owners we always felt like we had enough privacy and equally never felt like we were encroaching on the owners space. The land at Hogchester is fantastic to explore with children. Rob has gone to great lengths to encourage children to play outdoors naturally providing details of where to try a stream walk, climb trees and use the rope swing.

The views from the cottage bedroom windows are magnificent, we could watch the sunrise and sunset over the fields and as far as Charmouth beach.

Rob and Chantal's children were equally welcoming and very kind to our son Harry.

The different fields to explore and the animals at Hogchester make it a truly memorable experience. We all loved feeding the goats and collecting eggs from the chickens, our son was very sad to say goodbye to the goats especially.

I would fully recommend the family campfire and the stargazing experience that Rob and Chantal offer at Hogchester. We were fortunate to stay during the time of the Perseid Meteor Shower (usually anytime between July 17th and August 24th however it peaked around 11th August during our stay in 2016). We literally saw hundreds of shooting stars, an amazing experience.

There's plenty to do in the local area also, Chantal has provided a great book advising of the best beaches, cafes, bars, activities etc we have managed to tick many of these off our to do list over the couple of weeks we have stayed at Hogchester however as we already knew the area we had a few of our own favourite spots too these being-

Sunrise walk at Golden Cap (refer to National Trust website for an easier walk for children) - a great walk at any time of day but sunrise is especially stunning... worth a Winter trip to Hogchester so that you don't have to get up too early to see this! We spend Boxing Day morning walking up to Golden Cap, the most memorable Christmas we've had to date!

Rousdon Village Bakery - Clive is the owner (and the baker) he's a no nonsense kind of guy and his business is the same! Home made, fresh, huge portions, out of this world tasting food! A visit to Hogchester has to be accompanied with a visit to this place! It should be illegal not to do the two in the same week!

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

Thank you for such a lovely and comprehensive review!!
I think the goats missed Harry as much as he missed them :)

"most memorable Christmas to date" now thats an amazing thing to hear! Delighted!

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Reviewed 3 June 2017

We all had a fabulous time at Hogchester. Our hosts were exceptionally thoughtful, down to the age-appropriate welcome gifts for our kids (age 2 & 5), lovely toys to play with, Aga cookbooks - they really have thought of everything (does anyone really want hair straighteners on holiday???)! The host children, Olly and Bella were amazing. On our first morning, they took us into what will be a wildflower meadow to fly kites and they also took our kids to feed the goats and included them in games, even though they were a few years older than our girls.

It's taken me months to write this review (sorry Chantal!) and my daughters still talk about our holiday all the time, especially Biscuit their favourite pygmy goat. They loved being able to feed the goats, collect eggs and pick apples from the orchard. We live in the middle of Bristol, so I was looking for somewhere which would get our girls outside and playing with animals, as they are hesitant or scared around even just cats and dogs, and this really fitted the bill. On the first day they were scared to go into the field with the pygmy goats and sheep but pretty soon they were going off on their own to feed the goats. They loved the tyre swing and being able to freely explore the farm. although the trampoline in our garden was the real favourite.

The cottage is comfortable and has everything you could want on holiday with children, including toys (mainly Melissa & Doug, not cheap plastic rubbish!), books for various ages, baby monitor, high chair, kids' kitchenware etc etc. You may want to take a blackout blind if your kids are used to sleeping in the dark as the curtains aren't that good at excluding light, otherwise I really can't think of anything I would improve. I was a bit intimidated by the idea of an aga, but it was really easy to use and there are cookbooks there to help you out. I even managed to make a dessert using only eggs we collected from the garden, apples we picked in the orchard and sugar which was provided in the kitchen and the meringue was perfect.

It also couldn't be in a better location, since it's only 5min to Charmouth and slightly longer to Lyme.

In short, a wonderful cottage with really thoughtful, friendly hosts - really couldn't fault it. I look forward to returning in a couple of years and seeing the wildflower meadows in bloom.

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

Thanks for your lovely words. We were so chuffed to see the girls really grow in confidence around the animals over the week - just the kind of thing we were hoping for at Hogchester!

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Reviewed 1 June 2017

We came across the farm whilst weaving our way across country to climb the golden cap. Horses,sheep,chickens and cows .

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

Glad you found via the public footpaths! We do some public events throughout the year so if you would like to see more of Hogchester check out the events page on our website.

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