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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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  • 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"

    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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    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 - 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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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset ×

    Bookham Court - Little Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC790
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Relax in the garden at this beautiful cottage which is set in the picturesque, Dorset countryside.
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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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    Bookham Court - Wagon House
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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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    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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    "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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    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 - 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 - Wessex
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  • Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset ×

    Tavaners View

    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1297
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    At Tavaners View enjoy a romantic couples get away with lovely views across the surrounding countryside in this cosy rural property.
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    Set in the hamlet of Frome Vauchurch, just south of Maiden Newton, this spacious, self-contained annex lies next to the owners’ home and enjoys lovely country views. This is a great location for to explore Dorset and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast just 10 miles away, with all its wonderful attractions. Visit Weymouth, 12 miles away, with its quaint character shops and miles of sandy beaches. The county town of Dorchester is 9 miles away with its museums, shops and...

  • Winterbourne, Steepleton,
    Winterbourne, Steepleton, ×

    Rose Cottage

    Winterbourne, Steepleton,

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    Ref: E4551
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland
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    Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them, they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery, 5 miles, and subtropical gardens, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World, the Bovington Tank...

    Primrose Cottage
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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...

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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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  • 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...

  • 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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    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...

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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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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 - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
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    Ref: DGJ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    Huntsman’s Cottage is fantastic for a family. There are plenty of activities on-site and nearby to keep the kids entertained!
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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 - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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  • Tolpuddle, Dorset
    Tolpuddle, Dorset ×

    Hammett Cottage

    Tolpuddle, Dorset

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    Ref: 29682
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the beautiful area of Dorset and enjoy its golden beaches or discover is history at the Jurassic Coast.
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    This well-appointed, semi-detached, period, holiday cottage, dating back to the 1850s, is situated in the quiet historical village of Tolpuddle, home of the world-famous Martyrs, and is ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. The cottage is believed to have been the home of James Hammett, one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. The golden sands of Studland and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island are a short drive away, as is the RSPB Nature Reserve near Poole...

  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset ×

    Mill Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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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    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...

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