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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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  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

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

    Bookham Court - Great Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    4
    3
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    Ref: UKC789
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Nested in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stunning home offers ideal accommodation for families or groups of friends.
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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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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    4
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    Ref: UKC791
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Crowthorne is perfect for a family holiday, boasting ground floor facilities and set in the glorious 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 - Wagon House
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  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tincleton Lodge

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    10
    5
    4
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    Ref: UKC226
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for groups of friends or families wanting to stay together, within easy reach of Dorchester, Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis.
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    Situated in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, in a very beautiful area just east of the county town of Dorchester, and in the small quaint village of Tincleton, this lovely semi-detached lodge for 10, is well presented and graded 5 star by Visit England. It offers extremely good accommodation for 2 to 3 families to unwind and enjoy a very pleasant holiday. Situated within the 600 acres of the owner’s farm, which you are welcome to explore, there are many wonderful walks...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    4
    3
    3
    Ref: DTJ
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The standard of this property is simply spectacular! Sleeping 12, Henchard is brilliant for friends, groups of families or a special occasion.
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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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    2
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    4
    2
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    4
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    4
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    4
    2
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    2
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  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    4
    Ref: W44038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Adjoining the original mill, this property provides spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests.
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    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth, Portland and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This property adjoins the former mill and has been lovingly restored to make a great holiday home to accommodate up to 12 guests. It offers two living rooms, one with flagstone flooring and a woodburner, and the other with an open fire, the kitchen/dining room has a large table for 12, and there are 6 bedrooms, as well as a...

  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    The Stables

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    14
    7
    5
    2
    Ref: DXS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pet friendly property is surrounded by countryside and is great for larger parties holidaying together.
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    The Stables is a detached stable conversion and benefits from a large, open-plan kitchen/dining-room with a high ceiling and beams, a living room with a wood-burning stove and also has its own garden with great views over the surrounding countryside. The holiday property stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland. The Dorset Gap is nearby for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and...

  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    15
    8
    8
    3
    Ref: DPU
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    This five star property is fantastic for families and friends. There’s a shared pool and games room ensuring guests are kept entertained!
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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 - Churn House
    8
    4
    4
  • Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    17
    9
    9
    2
    Ref: W44119
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Located close to the beautiful, county town of Dorchester, Churchview House offers excellent accommodation for a large gathering of family or friends.
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    In the small village of Winterborne Abbas, in west Dorset’s Hardy Country, this large, 300 year old, former guest house is conveniently located next to the main road, making an ideal base for venturing out on day trips and exploring this wonderful area. Churchview House offers great accommodation for 17 guests, which is excellent for family or group gatherings. The house offers 2 living rooms, a large dining area with open fires, and 9 bedrooms, of which 8 are en-suite, all...

  • Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Armswell House

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    18
    7
    5
    2
    Ref: DQT
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Discover Dorset’s stunning countryside and coast from this cosy 18th century farmhouse with its own spa room.
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    Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the...

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