Known locally simply as Ottery, Ottery St. Mary is steeped in centuries of history revolving principally around the church. Every November the streets feature the world famous Tar Barrel Festival, which has to be seen to be believed. It’s when thousands come from nearby towns to witness individuals carrying flaming barrels through the town – an exciting and bemusing sight for a family holiday in Ottery St. Mary. When it comes to where to stay, this pretty Dorset town has lots to offer. The Linhay for example, is a superb new detached holiday cottage which provides everything you could wish for in a comfortable and relaxing family holiday cottage in Ottery St. Mary. Another attractive barn conversion is Bantam, which has been thoughtfully designed to offer everything you could wish for in a holiday home in Dorset.