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Dorchester

On the banks of the River Frome sits Dorchester, the county town of Dorset. A popular and historic market town, Dorchester is nestled just South of the Dorset Downs and less than 8 miles away from the seaside town of Weymouth and the Dorset coast.

The busy town centre’s focal point is the Town Pump and impressive clock tower surrounded by bars, restaurants and shops. There’s a French Market that is held annually every August, which attracts locals and visitors alike and a number of historic walks that start off in the centre of town. The nearby Tank museum will be a guaranteed hit with the kids.

Dorchester has a long and rich history; being occupied since Roman times and contributing to its cultural identity over the years. Visitors can explore this history through the excellent themed walks around town, which tell a fascinating historical tale. Visit the Roman ruins of Maiden Castle, one of the most significant Roman sites in the UK and the Dinosaur Museum is an absolute must for children and adults alike. There are a number of other historical but fun sights and locations in the area that make the town a great choice for a family holiday, such as the Tutankhamen Exhibition.

To find accommodation in the area see our selection of holiday cottages in Dorchester and start planning your holiday now. Dorchester has an abundance of activities and sights for fun-filled family breaks, a week of exploring the history in the area, or an indulgent week of restaurant meals and shopping trips.
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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mill Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 29080
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    There’s something for the whole family at Monkey World, the Tank Museum or Deep Sea Adventure, all within easy reach.
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    In the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, only 3 miles from Dorchester with its many attractions, and within easy driving of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this detached holiday cottage is delightfully situated to explore West Dorset. Superb scenic coastal walking from West Bay, Bridport to Portland and Weymouth, and many family venues such as Monkey World, Tank Museum, Sea Life Museum and Deep Sea Adventure to enjoy. Shop ¾ mile, pub and...

  • Near Dorchester, Dorset
    Near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Warmwell Cabin

    Near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: 4949
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set on a holiday park with use of resort facilities including an indoor swimming pool and dry-ski slope.
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    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    Set in 40 acres of woodlands on the Warmwell Leisure Park, this detached cabin overlooks the lake. The holiday park has a heated indoor swimming pool, dry-ski slope, well-stocked fishing lakes (bring own tackle), facilities for improving your golf, sports complex, licensed clubhouse (£20pw per adult & £10pw per child for use after 6pm), restaurant and shop. Some facilities on the resort are at cost. Warmwell is set in Thomas...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGA
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Masters House is a brilliant property for families and friends wishing to enjoy beautiful walks starting right from the front door.
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    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
    6
    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
    4
    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
    5
    2
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: DHH
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Casterbridge is situated in a brilliant complex with a range of facilities and just two miles away from the town of Dorchester.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
    4
    Durbaville
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
    2
    1
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
    2
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  • Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Lodge No. 70

    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: W749
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    This beautiful lodge is situated within the Dorset countryside and an area of Special Scientific Interest – it’s a fantastic holiday home!
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    Indoor fun pool

    Situated in a wooded setting in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this spacious detached pine holiday lodge overlooks a lake and is on part of Warmwell Heath along with a number of other holiday homes - a 140-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest. Tastefully furnished and well equipped, it is an ideal spot for year-round holidays and is only 20 miles from Bournemouth and a short drive from the seaside at Weymouth with its many attractions including the Deep...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGG
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    Sleeping six and with many on-site activities, The Stable is a brilliant property for gatherings of family or friends.
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    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
    4
    2
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
    6
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
    4
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
    5
    2
    2
  • Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Pavilion

    Long Bredy, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30394
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This property is just 3 miles from Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast - an ideal family seaside holiday destination.
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    This single-storey holiday home is in a superb country location midway between Dorchester and Bridport in West Dorset and 3 miles from the scenic and beautiful Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is styled in a Georgian Gothic period and offers a lovely home and location for 6. It is ideal for walking and cycling on the nearby Macmillan and Jubilee Trail, and some spectacular Dorset scenery can be found at...

  • Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tokenhill Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC302
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Ideal for a group or family to relax in a spacious living room and a garden to unwind in.
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    This holiday property is made up of a large section of the owners’ detached farmhouse and offers a great holiday location for a family to unwind, relax and enjoy this popular area. Situated on a working farm, it offers three bedrooms, an open plan living room, dining room and kitchen, and an excellent outside area for all to enjoy a barbecue amidst the peace and tranquillity. Set in the beautiful Dorset countryside and yet within easy reach of Dorchester, Weymouth, the Chesil Beach...

  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Rose Cottage

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC227
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage with its woodburner is ideal for any time of the year, enjoy exploring the 600-acres of farmland, or try your hand fly fishing on the River Frome.
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    In a delightful rural location in Hardy’s Country in the village of Tincleton, 4 miles east of Dorchester, this lovely semi-detached, character cottage, offers a great retreat for 6 guests. It lies within easy driving distance of the popular resorts of Weymouth and Portland, the famous World Jurassic Heritage Coast and the Purbecks. With its large lawned garden, living room with old inglenook fireplace with woodburner and three bedrooms all with TVs (the master with a kingsize bed...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGH
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    There’s plenty to keep you occupied here; enjoy idyllic walks, take a swim in the pool or enjoy a game of tennis.
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    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
    6
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
    6
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
    5
    2
    2
  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DPT
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Churn House is a brilliant property and has access to both the shared swimming pool and games room.
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    Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering...

    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn
    15
    8
    8
  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: DTK
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    You will be spoiled for choice here at Durbaville; enjoy a BBQ, a dip in the pool or a game of tennis!
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    Pets go free

    Accommodation at

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
    6
    3
    3
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
    2
    2
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