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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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  • Poole, Dorset
    Poole, Dorset×

    Harbourside

    Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC365
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    A super property, ideal for two couples or a family wishing to discover this area of Dorset. There are beaches aplenty, and countryside too. A super property, ideal for two couples or a family wishing to discover this area of Dorset. There are beaches aplenty, and countryside too.
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    A luxury two bedroom, two bathroom, third floor apartment, located directly on Poole Quay. It comes with its own undercover parking space and there are lifts throughout the building. The apartment has everything you would need to enjoy a holiday as it is fully equipped to a very good standard. The building also features a concierge service at reception.
    Poole Quay is an exciting blend of maritime activity and a focal point for a wide range of entertainment and leisure...

  • Nr. Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Nr. Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Ware House Cottage

    Nr. Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: HDDW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This five-star, luxury property is situated half a mile from Lyme Regis which is fantastic for a day trip.
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    Nestling in a tranquil location on the Devon/Dorset border, this well-presented single-storey barn conversion is set within the 40 acres of the owner’s home, which was the setting for The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It lies ½ mile from the popular medieval port of Lyme Regis with picturesque harbour known as the Cobb. Wonderful scenic walking abounds, with the South West Coastal Path just 500 yards away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Large open-plan...

  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Swallows’ Nest

    Swallows’ Nest

    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2172
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Swallows’ Nest is ideally located with beautiful countryside views and within easy reach of the Purbeck Heritage Coast.
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    Located along a quiet no-through lane with direct access to scenic walks, this superb detached barn conversion offers wonderful far reaching views over the local countryside and if you need to know anything about the area, the owner lives at the property. It is situated within the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth and only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery and a butcher’s shop, and...

  • Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset×

    Drood Cottage

    Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A cosy stone cottage with open fire in a peaceful location, in the heart of the Jurassic coastline.
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    Only 1½ miles from the famous Chesil Beach and close to the Dorset Coastal Path, this well-presented stone cottage nestles peacefully in the pretty conservation village of Puncknowle in the beautiful AONB Bride Valley, in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the ancient rope-making Saxon town of Bridport with its twice-weekly street market, the Cobb at Lyme Regis, the National Trust beach at Burton Bradstock (location of the popular TV series Broadchurch), the...

  • Christchurch, Dorset
    Christchurch, Dorset×

    Iridium

    Christchurch, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    With balconies to enjoy the views, this boutique townhouse is set over four floors and has use of hotel facilities.
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    This superb ‘boutique-style’ town house is in a wonderful location, only yards from the edge of Christchurch harbour and forming part of an exclusive gated development within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Spa Hotel. Alex Aitken’s Michelin star renowned ‘The Jetty’ restaurant is also within the grounds (advance booking recommended), and the facilities of the hotel, including the restaurant, bar and spa facilities are available to guests...

  • Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset
    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset×

    Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

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    Ref: 25885
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    Situated on Chesil Beach along the coastal path in an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, perfect for a family holiday.
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    Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom....

  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Woodbrook Cottage

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    4
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    Ref: 16653
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect family accommodation with a 4-poster bed and American style fridge-freezer, if you can tear yourself away the beach is just 1 mile away.
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    Woodbrook Cottage lies in the charming village of Bothenhampton 1 mile from West Bay, which is where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed. Woodbrook sits in a tranquil rural setting with views of the peaceful countryside, where deer and other wildlife abound. A mile away the World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers access to the South West Coast Path’s stunning scenery. Woodbrook provides a perfect holiday base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local harbours...

  • Bournemouth, Dorset
    Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Stourcliffe House

    Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC369
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This well-appointed detached, Edwardian holiday property has its own games room and lies just 300 yards from the sands of Southbourne Beach.
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    Stourcliffe House is a detached Edwardian holiday property set within a quiet residential area, and is ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. The accommodation includes a living room with wood burner, games room, study and large kitchen/dining room with doors leading to the garden. Outside there is a fully enclosed garden with table and chairs. There is also a full sized table tennis table in the garage. The property lies just 300 yards from the sands of Southbourne...

  • Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset
    Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Lilac Cottage

    Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: DDDA
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    After a day spent exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in your very own hot tub.
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    This impeccably presented, detached, character holiday property has a private, west-facing rear garden with its own hot tub and is 2 minutes away from Shelley Park. It has a well-equipped kitchen and feature fireplaces in the living room and two bedrooms. The cliff top leading down to the 7 miles of golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth is just 300 yards from the property.
    Lilac Cottage is set within a quiet residential area and is ideally situated, with much to offer the whole...

  • Christchurch, Dorset
    Christchurch, Dorset×

    Quay House

    Christchurch, Dorset

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    4
    3
    Ref: UKC780
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    In a great central location, this Georgian townhouse is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the quayside.
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    This superb, Grade II listed, semi-detached, Georgian townhouse stands elegantly in a convenient central location within the historic centre of Christchurch. This imposing home has a large, enclosed lawned garden with outside seating, and private parking for up to four cars, unusual for such a central town setting. Inside, there are six bedrooms (most have TVs), plus four bathrooms, and the spacious living room, with its huge bay window and high ceiling, has a 60" TV with Virgin...

  • Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset
    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Woodyhyde Courtyard

    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: DZH
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    There are so many fabulous amenities here at Woodyhyde Courtyard including pool, sauna and games room that guests will always be entertained!
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    Occupying a secluded rural position within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Purbecks, Woodyhyde Courtyard is a large detached, single-storey holiday property with its own leisure facilities including heated indoor swimming pool and sauna with changing room, shower and toilet. In the games room there is a TV with Sky sports and movies, table tennis, a pool table and table football. There is also a gym (adults only) and outside a large enclosed field ideal...

  • Harmons Cross, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
    Harmons Cross, near Corfe Castle, Dorset×

    Purbeck Vineyard

    Harmons Cross, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

    25
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    Ref: DBBJ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Situated between the Jurassic Coast and the village of Corfe Castle, this large property for 25 guests has an on-site winery!
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    This large detached holiday home is located in the village of Harmans Cross, between the Jurassic Coastline, a designated World Heritage Site, and the picture postcard village of Corfe Castle. The vineyard was established in 2000 and has some 3000 vines. The on-site winery enables the wine grapes to be harvested, pressed and vinified into wine that truly is chateau bottled. Tours can be organised by prior arrangement. Food hampers, casks and ½ casks of local beer and wine can...

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