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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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  • Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 28753

    This holiday apartment sits on the first floor adjoining the owners’ property and commands wonderful countryside views from the living room picture window. It makes a very comfortable relaxing all year round base for exploring the area, with Weymouth’s Georgian seafront and beach only a few miles away. Many walks can be taken locally, or along the nearby Jurassic coastline. Popular places to visit are Portland Bill and Bird Observatory, the RSPB reserve in Weymouth, Durdle Door and Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Popular nearby towns are Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham and Swanage. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant ¾ mile. Beach 3 miles.

    Exterior steps to entrance: All on first floor: 2 steps to living room with wooden floor and vaulted ceiling/kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Use of owner’s washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children.

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  • Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham

    Grade
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    Ref: W43465


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Lakeside Hut provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years, and has enjoyed mentions in a great deal of literature including the work of Thomas Hardy. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Anglo Saxon times. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time, whilst walking round the ruins of the abbey, or just enjoying the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy. This is the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. A visit to the NT gem Stourhead is also recommended. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room and bedroom area with 2 single beds/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3 acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Paddock by arrangement. Fishing on-site (no licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake, 20 yards.

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  • West Woods

    Evershot

    Grade
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    Ref: E3041

    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 less than 15 miles. Riding, golf and fishing within 8 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Stalls

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DDDO

    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)

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  • Compton

    Sherborne

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E3613

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: 4 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Shared garden.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 29316

    This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the popular market town of Wimborne is nearby. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
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    Ref: 29956


    In a lovely position 3½ miles from the picturesque, seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this well-equipped, semi-detached holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, offers a great location to explore west Dorset and into east Devon. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Lyme Regis with all its quaint shops, its wonderful scenic harbour and Cobb, the bustling town of Axminster, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Further afield, visit Beer, Branscombe and Seaton, and going east, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth and Portland. There is much to do, including superb coastal and country walking, and village pubs for wining and dining. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Dorchester

    Grade
    2
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    2
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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.

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  • White Horse Farm - Moley’s

    Middlemarsh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 31203

    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people (refs 31202, 31203 and 31204, and one for 4 people (ref 31201), a detached lodge cabin for 8 (ref 31205) and an annexe of the owners’ farmhouse (ref 31200) for 6 guests. Each barn conversion comes with its own decked patio out to the front, and the log cabin and wing have their own large garden. There is a games room on site, a duck pond, 2 acres of land to enjoy and a large, Finnish-style, indoor barbecue cabin that seats up to 15 people. The holiday homes can be booked separately or are ideal for guests wishing to book a number of them for getting together.
    If not relaxing on site, then Sherborne with its shops, restaurants, abbey and castle is well worth a visit, as is Dorchester with its Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dinosaur Museum, Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, Terracotta Warriors Museum and Keep Military Museum. Within easy driving distance one can have family outings to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum or wander into south Somerset and explore Glastonbury, Cheddar and onto Bath. If you are looking for some sea time, just south of Dorchester, the children will love Weymouth with its wonderful sandy beach. Perhaps explore from Weymouth, all the way down the coast to the lovely seaside resort of Lyme Regis, taking in the superb, scenic, coastal views along Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Coast, which is not to be missed. There is a wealth of attractions to be seen in this popular area, and you will not be short of memorable days out. Beach 18 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. 22" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Small decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. NB: Step to decked patio.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared, 2-acre natural woodland grounds. Shared barbecue. Two shared portable barbecues. Parking (2 cars). Shared games room with table football, table tennis and book/DVD library. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large, fenced duck pond in grounds.

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  • Strawberie Cottage

    Nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    2
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    3
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    Ref: E2390

    This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views. Set on a working farm in a tiny unspoilt village, visitors are welcome to explore the farm and wonderful walks over 60 acres of fields and woodland, abundant with birds and other wildlife. Beach, golf and coastal walking at West Bay, 6 miles. Shop and restaurant 1.5 miles, pub serving food 350 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and tiled floor. Kitchen with beams. Conservatory. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor oil central heating £15 per week poa. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared access to 60 acres of fields and woodland. Garden area with patio and furniture. Parking.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DAAW

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Internet connection.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
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    1
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    Ref: 26306

    Set in the quaint village of Uploders, just 3 miles from the coast at West Bay, this hamstone terraced holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, is ideally located for enjoying the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach from Weymouth to Lyme Regis, with superb scenery and coastal walking. Take a visit to Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester, or many attractions in this popular area, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and much more. Beach 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Broadband connection. Patio and furniture. Use of owner’s enclosed garden by arrangement. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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