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Rex Officio

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7 Nights See prices

  • £425  to  £725

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Short Breaks From

  • £125 p/night
    3 night min. (off peak only)

Next OfferMore offers

£450 Sat, 22 Jun 2024
7 nights - reduced as last minute cancellation; will split

Key Information

  • Sleeps


  • Bedrooms

    1 Room

  • Min Nights

    7 (peak)
    3 (off peak)

  • Children


  • WiFi


  • Dogs

    1 Dog

  • Bathrooms


  • Access


  • Beach Nearby

About Rex Officio

Rex Officio, once part of an office selling coach travel, is a memorable name for the perfect Dorset Cottage. It’s hugely popular with couples searching for a peaceful and romantic hideaway with frequent repeat bookings.  Whilst Rex is tucked away in a quiet corner of the serene farming village of Chaldon Herring, the Jurassic coast sits just four miles away with easy access to Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door or Ringstead.   The Sailor’s Return, a pretty thatched pub, is a hop, skip and a jump from the front door, and is a wonderful place for a relaxed drink after a walk through the countryside, or a hearty evening meal when you don’t feel like cooking.

Chaldon Herring boasts some of the loveliest views in the county as well as interesting features like the Five Marys Bronze Age barrows. Walkers will appreciate the challenge of a climb up high Chaldon or an easier trail along the South West  Coastal Path. The church dates from the 1400s, although part of the west tower is even older. Not all of Chaldon’s previous residents were pious - at least four families had members arrested for smuggling!   In the early C20, it became a magnet for a colony of artists, sculptors and authors, setting the scene for David Garnett's, the Sailor's Return and many Powys books.

There is a good village store on Winfrith High Street, around a mile from the cottage, with Dorchester being a 15-minute drive from Rex Officio. This vibrant market town is the county town of Dorset and where you will find a wide assortment of shops and amenities. There are four walking trails around the town, each showcasing a different part of Dorchester’s charm and history. You can find out more on the information board by the Town Pump next to the Corn Exchange in the centre of town.

Dorset’s coastline is as breathtaking as its countryside, and staying at Rex Officio allows you to access it with ease whether your preferred mode of transport is a car, bike or on foot. A fantastic way to spend the day is to walk to Durdle Door (around 45 minutes). The shingle beach can get busy on summer weekends, and the archway is a must-see. Pack a picnic and keep going to Lulworth Cove, which is around another 15 or 20 minutes along the coastal footpath. Looking at the rocky cliffs with caves and tiny coves makes it easy to understand why smugglers gravitated towards the area.

Other attractions in the region include Corfe Castle, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck. One of the biggest pleasures of a holiday in Dorset is not only seeing these popular sights but also discovering for yourself the unnamed coastal nooks and crannies and the rock pools and beaches revealed by low tide. There’s always something beautiful to look at, whatever the season or the weather.

Make sure you visit Moreton at least once. St Nicholas Church has a set of beautiful stained glass windows, and Lawrence of Arabia rests in the churchyard. There are some lovely paths around Winfrith Heath and Tadnoll Heath, as well as several trails like the Jubilee Trail and Lawrence Cycle Ride. Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World are also nearby, as is Weymouth.

Couples searching for a romantic holiday in Dorset need look no further than Rex Officio. Decorated in a fresh country style, it includes everything you could need for a comfortable stay, including a location that’s quiet yet convenient for Dorset’s major attractions.

Contact the owner

Owner details:

Rosemary Hodder joined Independent Cottages in August 2017

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Amenities / Facilities

  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-Road Parking
  • Cot
  • Highchair
  • Pub Nearby
  • Kingsize +
  • Garden/ Outside Area
  • DVD Player
  • Smart TV
  • Satellite/ cable TV
  • Washing Machine
  • Microwave
  • Shower
  • WiFi

Location (Dorset)

Accommodation Comprises:

The cottage is ideal for couples, with an open plan living area downstairs, and bedroom and shower room upstairs.


  • The living room, dining room and kitchen are all open plan and tastefully decorated in light neutral shades. A squashy sofa faces a flat screen smart television with DVD player and satellite channels, and has lovely views over the garden and countryside.
  • The kitchen is small but well equipped with a good range of cooking utensils and crockery, microwave, gas hob and full-size electric oven. There is a washing machine and refrigerator tucked under the countertop.


  • The spacious master bedroom has a super king-size bed which can be split into two 3ft 6in single beds if that is your preference. It is dual aspect and enjoys wonderful views and lots of natural light.  Lying in bed star gazing is an awesome experience.
  • The en-suite shower room also includes a WC and hand basin.

Outside: The owners have created a lovely garden and patio area which allows guests to make the most of the wonderful countryside views. There is garden furniture where you can sit and enjoy a cup of tea on a sunny morning, or a pre-dinner drink after a full day of enjoyment. Off street parking.

Additional Information: The property has oil-fired central heating downstairs and upstairs. There is free WiFi. Utilities, linen and towels are all included. No smoking. Short breaks may be possible out of season depending on availability.

Rex Officio Tariff & Supplementary Information

Season Weekly Rate Short Breaks

Sat, 1st Jun 2024 - Fri, 21st Jun 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 22nd Jun 2024 - Fri, 5th Jul 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 6th Jul 2024 - Fri, 19th Jul 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 20th Jul 2024 - Fri, 30th Aug 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 31st Aug 2024 - Fri, 13th Sep 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 14th Sep 2024 - Fri, 27th Sep 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

Sat, 28th Sep 2024 - Fri, 4th Oct 2024
Changeover: Saturday, Min Nights: 7

7 Nights

Short breaks
not available

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Bedroom Configuration:
Sleeps 2 in 1 bedroom (Super king or Twin)
1 dog welcome
Unlikely to be suitable for wheelchair users. Please discuss any specific accessibility requirements with the owner
No smoking
Preferred Arrival Day:
Payment Options:
Cheque, Bank Transfer
Booking Conditions:
Please refer to the owner for accessibility requirements, booking terms / conditions and cancellation policy.
Help combat online fraud. Speak to the owner on our officially verified number: +44(0)1305 852205 before paying by bank transfer.
Please discuss any requirements regarding your pet(s) with the property owner.
Independent Cottages recommends that you take out holiday cancellation insurance.

Owner Area

Rosemary Hodder
Member Since August 2017

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Rex Officio Noticeboard

We are now pleased to offer short breaks for off peak and short notice: minimum 3nights 76%; 4nights 83%; 5nights 90% and 6nights 95% of our quoted weekly rent 

Last Minute Offers

Sat, 22 Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £450
reduced as last minute cancellation; will split
Sat, 29 Jun 2024 for 7 nights, £600
Save £35. cancellation: will consider fewer nights
Sat, 20 Jul 2024 for 7 nights, £700
will consider fewer nights

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Rex Officio 18 Month Availability Calendar

  • Available
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* Calendar last updated: 17th June 2024
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