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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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  • Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    The Old Smithy

    Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1326
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    This is a great base from which to enjoy Dorset’s many attractions, including Abbotsbury Swannery, the Jurassic Coast and Cerne Abbas.
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    Set in the heart of Maiden Newton in west Dorset and near Dorchester, this delightful, detached 18th-century cottage is ideal for couples or small families looking to exploring this superb area. Nearby Abbotsbury offers a swannery and subtropical gardens for a relaxing day out. The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy the lovely scenery on Chesil Beach or take a peaceful coastal walk. The seaside resort of Weymouth, with its...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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...

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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 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...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DUC
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    This homely property is ideal for walkers, wildlife enthusiasts or active holiday makers; there’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
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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"

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHC
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area!
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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"

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  • 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...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHS
    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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    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"

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  • Portesham, Dorset
    Portesham, Dorset×

    Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham, Dorset

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    Ref: 15702
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Vibrant Weymouth, Abbotsbury Swannery and many Dorset towns can be easily reached from this delightful cottage.
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    A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of Portesham. Abbotsbury with its swannery and sub-tropical gardens 3 miles. Vibrant seaside resort of Weymouth with sea-life centre 7 miles. Fine walks abound across the rolling Dorset hills, or along the shingle bank at Chesil beach. The Dorset coast from Swanage to Lyme Regis is easily accessible. The towns of Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are within easy driving distance....

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Ref: DFZ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    Situated amongst 12 acres, Chase Cottage is situated in a complex of properties providing the ultimate countryside retreat!
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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 - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Elbow

    Frampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAV
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit the Jurassic Coast, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and a wide variety of family attractions from this 16th century thatched cottage.
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    This 16th-century, thatched, holiday cottage, with an original Tudor plasterwork ceiling, lies in the Frome Valley, an AONB. It is ideally located to explore the stunning Jurassic Coast from Poole to Lyme Regis and nearby Dorchester with its Roman Town House, Iron Age hillforts, museum and Thomas Hardy’s home. The area offers a wide circle of attractions and the good local pubs and the variety of local walking routes are right from the door. On arrival, there is a delightful welcome...

  • Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset
    Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage

    Piddletrenthide , Dorset Dorset

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    Ref: DFY
    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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