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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.

  • Freshwater Bay View

    Portland

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    Ref: 29709

    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile from Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth, on your west to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis and to the east Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1¼ miles, restaurant and pub 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ large, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, nr. Christchurch

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    Ref: 29041

    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive of the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch and the New Forest National Park. This detached Heritage Asset was formerly the Kennelman’s cottage for the Sopley Manor Estate, and sits in a conservation area, in the middle of the owners’ 12½ acres of land with animals and clear views over the land from every direction, making it ideal for those who want to feel like they are away from it all. The Avon Valley long distance trail runs across part of the land, leading to two pubs within half a mile of the property. It is well situated for exploring the area including Bournemouth and Poole, with their sandy beaches, shops and restaurants, the cities of Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth for maritime history and large shopping centres. Shop 1 mile, pubs serving food ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Most rooms with vaulted ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in out-building. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept under strict control (livestock). No smoking. No children. NB: This is a working farm which requires the owners to tend the land and animals.

  • 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. Wheelchair access. NB: Small fountain in garden.

  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Buckland Newton, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: 29710

    Situated in a small hamlet near Buckland Newton, midway between Dorchester and Sherborne, this self-contained wing of the owners 18th-century character home, offers a lovely retreat, with country walks, cycling and village pubs to wine and dine in. In the region, visit many historic houses, the Cerne Abbas giant, and within easy driving, the scenic coast of Dorset, from the Purbecks all the way to Lyme Regis, taking in the splendid World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Dorchester has many attractions to enjoy and 5 miles on is the Victorian town of Weymouth for a seaside atmosphere. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Farthings

    Bothenhampton, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 19292

    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed, and its beaches. The historic rope-making town of Bridport with its twice weekly market is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235, first floor) are in the east wing of an old country house and Farthings (ref 19292) is in the west. The holiday properties have views over the fields and woodland of the Dorset Downs. Many badgers have made their sets in the hill behind, and there is an abundance of wildlife. For the past few years holidaymakers in Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235) have been able to watch a family of deer grazing in the adjacent fields and during the summer months, bats put on an amazing aerial display. Perfect for relaxing or more invigorating walking holiday in this AONB, which includes extensive NT land. Chesil Beach, one of the finest barrier beaches, begins at West Bay. Lyme Regis with its Cobb and the famous fossil beach at Charmouth are close by. Not far away is the ancient town of Dorchester with its Iron Age hill fort and Roman town house and many other sites of historic interest. Spend a day at Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where during April and May, guests can walk alongside the baby swans. Golf course and leisure centre nearby. Bike hire available locally. Ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast or for just relaxing in this tranquil village. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    8 steps down to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included. Freeview TV. 2 ring electric hob. No children.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • The Chalet

    Holt, nr. Wimborne

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    Ref: 26663

    This detached, rural holiday property is set in 2 acres and surrounded by fields and woodland. Nearby is Holt Heath Nature Reserve for wildlife, walking, cycling and horse riding. It is within easy reach of the New Forest and Poole Harbour. Many lovely beaches are to be found along the nearby Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, including Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with Corfe Castle (NT). Shop 2 miles, pub with restaurant ½ mile.

    Lower ground floor: Utility room. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to gallery with low ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating and hot water from solar panels and ground source heat pump, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed field. Decking and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babies in arms. NB: Stream borders field.

  • Dove Cottage

    Dorchester

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    Ref: W43672


    Situated in the heart of the lovely county town of Dorchester, this terraced cottage for two, offers a superb holiday base for exploring this delightful character town with all it has to offer on your doorstep. Visit the four great attractions in the town, Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Dinosaur Museum, the unique Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum. Enjoy the Wednesday market, the farmers market on the first Saturday of the month at Brownward Hall, watch a film at the local cinema, or simply wine and dine in the many restaurants and coffee shops. Within easy driving one can be strolling along the famous Jurassic Coast or the Chesil Beach, and taking in the glorious scenery, visiting Portland, Weymouth with all their attractions, or inland visiting many historic houses. There is also a market at Weymouth on Thursdays and Portland has one on Tuesdays. There are buses in the town which can take you to the beaches at Weymouth and to many areas in Dorset. There will be much to do in this wonderful part of Dorset. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom (5ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 30’’ Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Selection of books and games. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Public car park, 400 yards (£4 per day). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • 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.

  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Stalls

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

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    Ref: DDDO

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Cosy dining area and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

  • Granary Cottage

    Nottington, nr. Weymouth

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    Ref: 23750

    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further are Portland, Chesil, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Isle of Purbeck. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. Utility room (owner has own access). First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Drop to stream in garden.

  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

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    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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