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Dorset

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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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    Ref: 769
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In the pretty village of Burton Bradstock close to Bridport and Chesil Beach in an AONB.
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    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast....

  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Ref: 16565
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    A cosy retreat for 2 just a short walk from the beach ideal for romantic walks along the shoreline of this World Heritage coast.
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    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

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  • Evershot, Dorset
    Evershot, Dorset×

    West Woods

    Evershot, Dorset

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    Ref: E3041
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country
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    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all...

  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home enjoys a tranquil village setting and is an excellent base for exploring the area. Extensive public footpath network in the Parish. Major long distance paths cross the Parish, Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail. Within a few miles are Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Museum, Barrington Court and Montacute...

  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Granary Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 23750
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a romantic get away at any time of year with a roll top bath and cosy fire, you won’t want to leave.
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    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...

  • Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Moorland Lodge

    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC676
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Close to a nature reserve, this property is all on one level and is set within large, shared grounds within easy reach of sandy beaches.
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    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...

  • West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 26385
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This cottages boasts a 6ft double bed and use of a hard tennis court as well as being close to the coast, Dorchester and attractions.
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    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with the resort of West Bay, this holiday cottage, with use of a hard tennis court, is ideally located to get away from it all. Country walking, cycling and village pubs nearby, and many attractions to enjoy including historic houses and gardens or days out on the Heritage Coast. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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  • Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset
    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset×
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    The Old Stables

    The Old Stables

    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1477
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The Old Stables is a detached bungalow, situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, and with the quaint market town of Wimborne 4 miles away.
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    This delightful single storey detached bungalow, next to the owners’ home, has been thoughtfully furnished to provide a comfortable, well presented base to explore this popular area. The open plan living area has a comfortable leather corner suite and practical wood laminate flooring. There is plenty of wardrobe space in the bedroom, which includes a tiled en-suite shower room. Outside there is a lawned enclosed garden with sitting out area and barbecue. Across the lane is a direct...

  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Little Meadow Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 29570
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This charming first floor holiday apartment is just a short drive away from the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
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    On a country lane with no-through traffic, this first floor holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is in a rural location surrounded by meadows and countryside views. It is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage is a seaside town with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are within walking distance. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery,...

  • St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire
    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire×
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    Hurn Forest Retreat

    Hurn Forest Retreat

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

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    Ref: UKC1786
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away.
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    Peacefully located overlooking fields and standing on the edge of Hurn Forest, this delightful and welcoming, detached, single-storey home makes an ideal bolt hole for couples looking to explore this lovely area, and has footpaths leading from the door. Its open plan living/kitchen area opens onto a large, enclosed patio garden with bistro table offering a relaxing outlook over fields where ponies graze – the ideal spot to enjoy an aperitif or al fresco dining! The double bedroom has...

  • West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tenantrees Stable

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm.
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    In an ideal country location, just 2½ miles away from the county town of Dorchester and 6 miles from the wonderful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This gem of an attached cottage, for two, adjoins the owner’s home, and is set within 3-acres, it makes an excellent holiday retreat to get away and refresh yourself from the faster pace of life. If not walking around this beautiful countryside or wining and dining in some village pub, then there is a multitude...

  • Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Little Thatch

    Little Thatch

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2060
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, Little Thatch is ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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    This delightful detached thatched holiday home, with great country views is set in the lovely village of Netherbury in the heart of west Dorset. It is ideally located for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with its stunning coastal scenery. The coastal town of Lyme Regis, the market town of Bridport and Beaminster, which is known for its historical heritage are well worth a visit. There are many places of interest nearby including Furleigh Estate Vineyard and Winery, Forde...

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