Drive through swaying pampas grass and umbrella pines to this newly-restored Purbeck stone and pink rendered cottage: the deep blue sea shimmers behind the house and a solemn terracotta warrior stands guard. Sheep graze the surrounding National Trust farmland and you’ve only an unspoilt meadow between you and Chesil Beach. Charming owner Andrew lives next door in Long House. Find a large, sociable, open plan kitchen (you can stock up with wine and Dorset delights in the farm shop) dining and sitting room with high ceilings and bright kilims on oak floors. Bold canvasses hang on the walls, there’s plenty of comfortable furniture, piles of books and DVDs, a swanky TV and an excellent Bose sound system. Two double bedrooms have finely dressed beds in Egyptian linen, the lightest feather and down, glorious watery views and smart bathrooms with roll tops and travertine stone walls. Both bedrooms open onto a west-facing private terrace overlooking the garden and ocean. You can play tennis, hop on a horse from the riding stables, visit Abbotsbury Gardens or ancient Swannery by foot, or start wonderful coastal walks from the door.