After a seafood lunch at the village pub, walk down to the coastguard cottages and the boat-bobbed Fleet. Across the water is Chesil Beach and behind are the fossil-famous cliffs. Back up the hill, your huge airy home stands alone, a refuge on a wild night, facing the fields and the sea.
Inside all is warm and sleek. It’s tailor made for a family party with books, toys and games. Dawn, who lives on the farm, also gives you a croquet kit, windbreaks and produce from the farm – and keeps the place sparkling.
Chesil Beach’s strong currents are not for beginner’s swimming; strike out for blowy walks along the coastal path or get in the car for Weymouth’s gentle sands. You can stock up at Duck’s deli/cafe in pretty little Portesham or treat yourself to dinner at the friendly King’s Arms; the village is three miles.