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Win a £520 weekend away in a luxe Dorset cottage

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Set in the rolling hills near the village of Corton Denham on the Dorset/Somerset borders, The Strawberry Thief cottage is all picture-postcard, wisteria-clad outside and contemporary luxe inside. The ideal combo, don’t you think?

Named after designer William Morris’s most popular textile pattern, which showed thrushes stealing fruit from the kitchen garden, the end of terrace cottage is a gorgeous rural retreat decked out with total relaxation in mind.  Chill out, read a book, watch a movie or play an LP from the owners’ vinyl collection on the vintage Crossley record player.

Or just cosy up with a glass of red by the huge wood burner.

Help yourself to a coffee from the Nespresso machine in the fully equipped kitchen, turn on the music (there’s bluetooth) and take your pick from the hamper of Prosecco, chocolates, milk, bread and eggs already waiting for you.  Eat in the kitchen or in the little separate, duck egg blue dining room. There’s a highchair for littlies.

Three luxurious bedrooms, one with a King size bed and sofa, another with a double bed with an opulent velvet bed frame and a third with an antique single bed.

A vintage-style freestanding bath and a monsoon shower.

The surrounding countryside is simply glorious. Spot pheasants, finches, thrushes, woodpeckers,  robins, hares – and lambs in the Spring – from your window. Admire the views from the terrace and huge garden. Walks galore from the cottage, including a short hop across the fields to the award-winning Queens Arms pub.

Want to explore further afield?  Sherborne Castle and Abbey are just down the road. Arty Bruton (the Notting Hill of the South West) and one of the National Trust’s most spectacular gardens at Stourhead House are both within half an hour. Stonehenge, Lyme Regis and the rest of the Jurassic coast are all within easy reach.

‘Course, you might want to stay put in your very own Dorset cottage.

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