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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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  • Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Eden Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 25749
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a wonderful part of Dorset this terraced cottage has many attractions and the coast within easy reach.
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    Tucked away between Dorchester and Sherborne, in the heart of Cerne Abbas, famous for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant, this attractive stone built terraced holiday cottage is ideally located to explore this wonderful part of Dorset. Visit Cerne Abbey, the historic town of Sherborne, Dorchester and Weymouth with their many attractions, or spend days out down on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Weymouth and Lyme Regis. Shop, pub and cafe 150...

  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The owners of Kingsbere have thought of everything! Facilities here include a sauna, playground, dog paddock, and fruit and vegetable patch.
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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...

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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Anglebury has the best of both worlds - boasting a rural location yet the on-site facilities ensure there’s always something to do.
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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 - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Melstock is a brilliant touring base as there is plenty to do nearby. For lazy days, enjoy a collection of facilities on-site.
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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
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHV
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Ideal for families, take a stroll around the beautiful wildlife sanctuary located nearby or enjoy some family competitiveness in the games room!
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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
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset×

    The Old Post Office

    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset

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    Ref: 15262
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Perfect for book lovers this thatched cottage is in a lovely hamlet, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under The Greenwood Tree’.
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    This picturesque 18th century thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under the Greenwood Tree’. The cottage is full of historic character, with plenty of books to enjoy in the cosy living room. The kitchen/breakfast room looks over the pretty cottage garden. The River Frome meanders through the village which is home to a renowned restaurant, and you can walk along the meadows to the market town...

  • Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Hive

    Warmwell, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 24682
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Great for activities enjoying use of the facilities of Warmwell Leisure Resort, or explore the surrounding countryside and coast.
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    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    This lovely detached, wooden holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on the popular Warmwell Leisure Resort. The site is set in over 40 acres of woodland and offers many facilities that can be enjoyed, including use of an indoor swimming pool, golf facilities, a sports complex, roller skating and a games room before 6pm. A family pass for two adults and two children is available on site for £40pw, which offers unlimited access to...

  • Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset
    Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage

    Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    There are plenty of activities here at Hound Cottage for the whole family. Two pets are also welcome to join the fun!
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    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ." "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...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Wagon House

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC792
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Watch the deer playing in the nearby woods and the heron fishing on the lake at this beautiful, single-storey cottage.
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    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon...

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHA
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Mellchester is beautifully presented and ideal for a family. It’s situated within idyllic grounds where guests can enjoy a range of facilities.
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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
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Peach Tree Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 30465
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This bungalow is close to plenty of family attractions, including Monkey World and the Jurassic Coast.
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    This delightful, semi-detached bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is set in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by meadows and countryside views. This holiday property is just a short drive to the world famous Jurassic Coast, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage, a seaside town, is nearby, with its beach, boat trips and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The property is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the...

  • Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset
    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset×

    Meadow Views

    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset

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    Ref: 26005
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 miles from the coast and a wealth of attractions for all interests.
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    Meadow Views is a pretty, mid-terrace, Victorian cottage retaining a wealth of period features set in the hamlet of Lower Waterston, less than 2 miles from Puddletown. The interior is decorated with antiques and little touches which help to create a true ‘home away from home’ holiday experience so that guests can settle in quickly and relax. Whatever the season, there are stunning views over the gardens at the back to the nearby River Piddle and water meadows...

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