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A rural and picturesque county in the south of England, Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a timeless charm, pretty villages, country lanes and a fabulous stretch of 200 million year-old coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.

In fact The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient geology and is of course a great place for wonderful views over the English Channel and cliff-top walks.

Dorset has wonderful walking country which is a great way to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of this region, or you could maybe take to the quiet country roads and off road cycle ways. It’s a place to kick back and relax with lots of traditional country pubs and fine restaurants to discover.

The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth come highly recommended with lovely beaches and plenty of fresh sea air. You can reach the beach at Swanage via the heritage railway; it’s one of the best ways to soak up your surrounds and ensure complete relaxation. With stops at Corfe Castle and the small sleepy oasis of Harman''s Cross, it’s also one of the best ways to get a unique perspective of Dorset’s many attractions, and a true feel for its unspoiled beauty.

Also of note is Brownsea Island which offers a number of attractions for visitors, including lush woodland, an indigenous red squirrel population and a 16th century castle. For a great family day out visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham where you’ll find over 250 rescued monkeys and apes providing plenty of entertainment and education.

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape and is suitable for all sorts of different holidays. Its long coastline is a perfect for cliff top walks and stunning sea views and the region’s beaches are ideal for families who simply want to unwind on the sand or get active with surfing and sailing readily available; along with some expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! Then again, if you just want somewhere to relax and soak up the beautiful English countryside, you’ll be equally well served by what a cottage holiday in Dorset has to offer.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.

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  • The Nest

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24121

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Spindrift

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

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    Ref: 30896


    This comfortable and spacious semi-detached holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally located for exploring all that Poole Harbour has to offer, and has a parking space for a small boat and benefits from a swinging mooring which is available on request. There is a slipway for launching sailing dinghies and small day boats, for residents, within 100 yards. Canoeing is popular in this location, and is ideal for exploring the RSPB nature reserve at Arne and the islands within this stunning harbour. A 5-minute walk leads to Hamworthy Park and beach (used by the more expert windsurfers and kite surfers out of season), with great views across the harbour, Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle. It has beach huts, a fabulous paddling pool and play areas, including a tennis court. Poole town is a couple of miles away, where you can enjoy the park and quayside, with its cosmopolitan pubs and restaurants, and views out to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. From Poole Quay, you can take trips to all parts of the harbour, including the golden sands of Sandbanks and Studland, Wareham and beyond. From the ferry terminal in Hamworthy, trips to France and the Channel Islands can be done in a day. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast - England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is an easy drive away, with Swanage, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling routes. Attractions within the Purbecks include Farmer Palmers, Monkey World, The Tank Museum and Tyneham Village. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors. Kitchen. Utility area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small fountain in garden.

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  • Michaelmas Stables

    Wimborne

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    Ref: DYP

    Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, close to the small market town of Wimborne. This detached former stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been restored to a very high standard, with traditional English oak floors and vaulted ceilings. Cranborne Chase, an AONB is a short drive away. The spectacular Dorset coastline, with its quiet coves, unspoilt beaches, and wonderful opportunities for walking, is also close at hand, along with the New Forest National Park. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Step down to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (alternative sleeping), high vaulted ceiling with oak beams, oak floor and Shaker-style kitchen area with oak floor. Fully-tiled shower room with double shower and toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Mezzanine area with double bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer outhouse
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in garage
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Shared lawned paddock
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome basket
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children

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  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

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    Ref: DEEG


    In a superb location, Pepper Pot Lodge is accessed via security gates, and is nestled within the parkland of the extensive 5,000 acre grounds of the owner’s stately home, St Giles House, within the Shaftesbury Estate in the historic village of Wimborne St Giles. This unique, detached, compact 17th century lodge makes an ideal little retreat, a tranquil haven for couples and perfect for spotting wildlife such as deer, rare birds and badgers. Very peacefully located, surrounded by open lawns, as well as mature trees and just 100 yards away from the river and the picturesque village green with St Giles Church. There is private parking and a sitting-out area, an ideal spot for watching the sunsets whilst enjoying al fresco dining or an aperitif. This lovely welcoming home offers many features such as wooden floors, curved walls, leaded windows and a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room. Every window captures a scenic vista.
    It is convenient for road links to the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and Sandbanks. Explore the Purbeck coastline, maritime Southampton with the historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Shaftesbury Cathedral, National Trust properties, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include nearby Wimborne with regular markets, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World, Stonehenge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is within easy driving distance, with its heathlands where ponies and cattle roam, pretty villages, and it is an ideal location for walkers. There are various golf courses in the area, and trout fishing or local shoots can be organised by prior arrangement. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Smart TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: River 60 yards

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  • Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24540

    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character. Set on a working farm, they are spacious with a homely feel, offering very good holiday accommodation. Ideally located to explore this delightful area of Dorset, be it the rolling hills into Dorchester, Beaminster and Broadwindsor, or the spectacular scenic coast surrounding Lyme Bay between Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Freezer in outbuilding. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

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  • Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, nr. Wimborne

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    Ref: W43504


    Ideally located adjacent to Queens Copse, which comprises of 100 acres of woodland, with links to a comprehensive footpath network, this delightful single-storey holiday home stands within the grounds of the owner’s country home and is adjacent to the owner’s office. There is a large shower room with a double shower inside, and outside, a large lawned garden, private parking and shared paddock orchards, all set within 2 acres. Standing back from the road leading to Horton/Wimbourne, and less than a mile from a popular thatched roof-top pub, Woodside Cottage is an ideal retreat for couples wishing to explore the area. Less than a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth, Poole and the cathedral city of Salisbury and convenient for road links to Winchester, The New Forest and Christchurch Harbour. Locally, there is a 7-acre coarse fishing lake, quad biking, paint balling, clay pigeon shooting, riding, golf, cycling and scenic walking. The New Forest is a popular tourist destination, with Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens, as well as the roaming ponies and cattle on the heathland, and quaint tea rooms. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo and the New Forest Wildlife Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions, all within easy driving distance. Beach 15 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared paddock. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Moorland Lodge

    Holt Wood, near Wimborne

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    Ref: UKC676

    This beautifully presented, single-storey home offers a very light and airy, tastefully styled retreat for couples who wish to enjoy a comfortable base from which to explore this delightful area. It lies in a stunning location, within just over 5 acres of manicured grounds, which are shared with the owners and their friendly dog and two cats. Two sets of French doors lead from the open-plan living/dining area onto a private, pretty, lawned sitting-out area with garden furniture. Scenic walks can be enjoyed from the door, and Holt Heath Nature Reserve is close by – a great place to observe wildlife. There is much to do in this popular area, and many beaches can be found along the Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site), including those at Durdle Door, Bournemouth, Sandbanks, Christchurch and The Purbecks. Poole Harbour, Winchester and Salisbury are all within a 40-minute drive, and other places to visit include Moors Valley and Avon Heath, which are ideal for keen amblers. Take a trip to Beaulieu Motor Museum, the New Forest Wildlife Park, maritime Southampton, The Tank Museum at Bovington, and Stonehenge. The New Forest National Park is within easy driving distance and has miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living/dining room: With Freeview TV and French doors leading to sitting-out area.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Shared tumble dryer in garage. Lawned sitting-out area with garden furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. No children or babies.

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  • Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: W43591


    Set in beautiful west Dorset countryside, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport, West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, this single-storey, terrace barn conversion, for two, is excellent holiday accommodation for those wishing to enjoy some wonderful scenic coast or country walking, perhaps with the dog. The dramatic coastline stretches from Lyme Regis, all the way to Weymouth and Portland, taking in the famous Chesil Beach and Golden Cap, and has some superb little seaside resorts to explore. Inland, one will find much to enjoy ranging from Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and just over the border in Somerset, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Classic Motor Museum. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating (in living room), electric central heating (in bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 22’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Cider Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

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    Ref: B4337

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

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  • The Haven

    Beaminster

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    Ref: W44308


    On the outskirts of the quaint historic market town of Beaminster, set in rolling Dorset countryside, this semi-detached house for two offers an excellent location to explore the whole of west Dorset. Taking in the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis all the way to Weymouth and Portland, and inland is the county town of Dorchester and the character town of Sherborne. There are many fascinating and interesting places to visit such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Or one can simply enjoy some wonderful country walking or coastal walks along the South West Coastal Path taking in the superb scenery over Lyme Bay. Perhaps amble into Beaminster itself and wine and dine at one of the country pubs nearby, you will be sure to find plenty to do. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD and CD players.

    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    Conservatory.


    First Floor:

    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 1 car. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden.

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  • Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: W43589


    Situated in the small village of Chideock in an AONB, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Lyme Regis and West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) at Bridport, and 1 mile from Seatown Beach with its stunning views. This well presented holiday home for two, with French doors in the first floor living room opening onto a Juliette balcony, adjoins the owners’ home and is conveniently located near to the road for easy access to enjoy the many attractions and activities in this unspoilt area. There is superb scenic coastal walking, perhaps up to Golden Cap, (the highest point on the whole of the south coast), with panoramic views and on your return, wine and dine in the local pub. There is much to enjoy in this wonderful part of west Dorset, historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, craft centres at Broadwindsor or Symondsbury, and many delightful villages to explore, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday! Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with French doors. 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and shower cubicle (no toilet), separated by curtain. Most floors with laminate flooring.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ lawn and Juliette balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steep steps to owners’ lawn.

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  • The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: DQX

    Formerly the village forge, this cosily renovated and well furnished holiday hideaway nestles in the sleepy village of Lower Wraxall. It adjoins another cottage and is set opposite the owners’ farmhouse, in a ½ acre of private, partly wooded garden leading down to a stream. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is an abundance of wildlife to be found locally; footpaths and bridleways, making it a perfect location for exploring deep into the Dorset countryside. There is good access across Eggardon Hill to the World Heritage coastline at Burton Bradstock or to the harbour and beaches of West Bay. Also within easy reach are Sherborne, Bridport, Yeovil and county town of Dorchester. Breakfast and evening meals can be provided by prior arrangement. Shop 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors. Four steps to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Tennis court. Trout fishing by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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