Useful Information

Hopefully you may find the following useful – also do check out my FAQs Please do look up any pub/restaurant first and check their website for latest info regarding opening times etc.

Check In

Check in is from 1500 on the afternoon of arrival. We just leave the cottages open with the keys inside so just let yourselves in and make yourselves comfortable. Even if you are running late, don’t worry, we will not lock! All linen, towels, t-towels etc are supplied, the cottages are pretty well equipped with all the usual utensils so really all you need to bring is some food. There is plenty of parking alongside the cottages – if you are staying in Sycamores the parking is around behind the cottage. We do try to visit to check that you have settled in, however the demands of the farm and my job as an airline pilot sometimes prevents us from doing so – please do not take offence!!

Getting here – just enter Character Farm Cottages, DT3 4JB in google maps.

Contact information

Jane Elwood – Lower Farmhouse, Langton Herring


Rubbish and Re-cycling

The bins can be found on the gravel area just to your left as you go past the farmyard on the road heading away from the cottages towards the village.

Black top bins -general rubbish

Green top bins – paper/card/plastic/tins.

Green crates – bottles/glass.

Nearest Surgery:

Portesham Surgery, Portesham, DT3 4NS

01305 871468

Nearest Pharmacy:

Chickerell Pharmacy, 16 East St, Chickerell, Weymouth, DT3 4DT

(Day Lewis Pharmacy)

Wessex Pharmacy, Lanehouse Rocks Rd, Weymouth, DT4 9DJ 

Nearest Hospital:

Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, DT1 2JY

(Accident and Emergency)

01305 251150

Minor injury Unit, 3 Melcombe Ave, Weymouth DT4 7TB


Southfield Vets

South Walks Rd, Dorchester DT1 1DU

01305 262913


Ducks Farmshop, Portesham – 3 Miles

Bride Valley Farmshop (Butcher) , Abbotsbury – 4 Miles

Weyfish, Weymouth, DT4 8BE    (Fresh Seafood, can be delivered if arranged).

01305 761277

Convenience Stores:

Spar, Chapel Ln, Abbotsbury, Weymouth DT3 4LF – 4 Miles (PostOffice)

Co-op, Chickerell Road, Weymouth, DT4 9TP – 4 Miles

McColl’s, 51/53 East St, Chickerell, Weymouth DT3 4DT – 3 Miles



Aldi, LINK PARK, Unit H, Weymouth DT3 4FL – 3 Miles

Sainsbury’s, Mercery Rd, Weymouth DT3 5BJ – 6 Miles

Morrisons, 244 Dorchester Rd, Weymouth DT3 5AX – 6 Miles

Lidl, 148 Dorchester Rd, Weymouth DT3 5EF – 6 Miles

Tesco, Weymouth Ave, Dorchester DT1 2RY – 10 Miles

Waitrose, Tudor Arcade, Acland Rd, Dorchester DT1 1BN – 12 Miles

Restaurants and Cafes:

The Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring, DT3 4HU

Unfortunately shut for the time being – as from Jan 24. Future slightly uncertain at the moment, my guess is it will open by the summer in some form or other.

Beautifully renovated and re-designed inside. Plenty of outside seating in the garden. The food is excellent – AA 2 star award for culinary excellence. Very friendly staff. Definitely worth a wander up to visit.

01305 871257

The Kings Arms, Portesham, DT3 4ET

01305 871342

Traditional Country pub with good food and outside seating, dog friendly. Recently completed a lovely wooden terrace area to sit outside. Excellent choice of beers and gin, very friendly staff.

Three Horseshoes, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RF

01308 897070

Country pub with very high-quality food and a friendly environment. Does get extremely booked up, so do plan your visit and book well in advance

Hive Beach Cafe, Burton Bradstock, DT6 4RF (Beachfront, Seafood/Cakes)

01308 897070

Located on the beach at Burton Bradstock, you can enjoy delicious seafood as well as coffee and cakes in a very informal setting with stunning views. Also a great base to park up and enjoy coastal walks and a lovely beach.

The Club House, West Bexington, DT2 9DF (Beachfront, Restaurant)

01308 898302

Enjoy stunning views of the Chesil Beach from this restaurant with sea views whilst enjoying delicious, high quality seafood and cocktails. 

Watch House Cafe, West Bay, DT6 4EN (Beachfront, Cafe)

01308 459330

Just yards from the sea shore enjoy wood fired pizza, fresh fish and delicious sweet treats in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere.

Rise, West Bay, DT6 4EZ

01308 422011

In the heart of West Bay, surrounded by water you can enjoy a variety of tasty dishes for any time of the day or enjoy a cocktail on the outside decking by the waters edge.

The Crab House Cafe, Weymouth, DT4 9YU (Seafood Restaurant)

01305 788867

Overlooking the Chesil Beach and the Portland Coast, you can enjoy exquisite Seafood in a relaxed setting.

The Brewers Arms, Martinstown, DT2 9LB

01305 889361

A family friendly village pub offering high quality pub classics and delicious local produce.

The Manor Hotel, West Bexington, DT2 9DF

01308 897660

A lovely family pub looking over the Chesil beach with flavoursome pub classics and and plenty of selfish available. 

Daniel’s Fish and Chips, Chickerell Rd, Weymouth, DT4 9TP

01305 776932

If you are feeling like some mouth-watering, fresh fish and chips, Daniel’s Fish and Chips is very local and cooked fresh to order.

Cafe Oasis, Weymouth, DT3 6PN (Beachfront Cafe, Open some evenings)

01305 833054

Located right on the beach, this cafe offers tasty meals from breakfast through to dinner every day.

One thought on “Useful Information

  • 04/05/2021 at 10:04

    Looking forward to our stay in The Brambles from 28 May.
    Can you tell me whether there is an iron provided in the cottage?
    Geoff Daniel


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