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A rural and picturesque county in the south of England, Dorset is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a timeless charm, pretty villages, country lanes and a fabulous stretch of 200 million year-old coastline known as The Jurassic Coast.

In fact The Jurassic Coast has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its ancient geology and is of course a great place for wonderful views over the English Channel and cliff-top walks.

Dorset has wonderful walking country which is a great way to appreciate the unspoilt beauty of this region, or you could maybe take to the quiet country roads and off road cycle ways. It’s a place to kick back and relax with lots of traditional country pubs and fine restaurants to discover.

The seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth come highly recommended with lovely beaches and plenty of fresh sea air. You can reach the beach at Swanage via the heritage railway; it’s one of the best ways to soak up your surrounds and ensure complete relaxation. With stops at Corfe Castle and the small sleepy oasis of Harman''s Cross, it’s also one of the best ways to get a unique perspective of Dorset’s many attractions, and a true feel for its unspoiled beauty.

Also of note is Brownsea Island which offers a number of attractions for visitors, including lush woodland, an indigenous red squirrel population and a 16th century castle. For a great family day out visit Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre at Wareham where you’ll find over 250 rescued monkeys and apes providing plenty of entertainment and education.

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape and is suitable for all sorts of different holidays. Its long coastline is a perfect for cliff top walks and stunning sea views and the region’s beaches are ideal for families who simply want to unwind on the sand or get active with surfing and sailing readily available; along with some expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet! Then again, if you just want somewhere to relax and soak up the beautiful English countryside, you’ll be equally well served by what a cottage holiday in Dorset has to offer.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.

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  • The School Room

    Thorncombe, nr. Chard

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    Ref: 25526

    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home enjoys a tranquil village setting and is an excellent base for exploring the area. Extensive public footpath network in the Parish. Major long distance paths cross the Parish, Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail. Within a few miles are Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Museum, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Broadwindsor Craft Centre and within easy driving there is coastal walking, sailing and fishing at Lyme Regis. Shops 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and laminate floor. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (can be double). Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

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    Ref: DFX

    "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’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    This comfortable ground floor barn conversion offers cosy accommodation for couples. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Pretty bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Patio with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • The Pippins Annex

    Piddletrenthide, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: 31012

    Situated in the delightful Piddle Valley (AONB) in Thomas Hardy’s country, just 8 miles from the popular town of Dorchester, this first floor annex, attached to the owner’s home, offers a wonderful holiday location from which to explore this delightful area. Enjoy some quiet time on the balcony, or the scenic Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance. The coast stretches from Lulworth Cove, through Weymouth, Portland, West Bay and Charmouth, and on to Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour. There are beautiful coastal and country walks, cycle routes, small villages with lovely pubs to wine and dine in, and many attractions and historic houses to be enjoyed. Visit the nearby Cerne Abbas Giant and Athelhampton House and Gardens. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    12 spiral steps to entrance: Living room with double bed. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ garden. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Freshwater Bay View

    Portland

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    Ref: 29709

    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile from Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth, on your west to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis and to the east Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1¼ miles, restaurant and pub 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ large, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Stalls

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

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    Ref: DDDO

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Cosy dining area and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: W43591


    Set in beautiful west Dorset countryside, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport, West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, this single-storey, terrace barn conversion, for two, is excellent holiday accommodation for those wishing to enjoy some wonderful scenic coast or country walking, perhaps with the dog. The dramatic coastline stretches from Lyme Regis, all the way to Weymouth and Portland, taking in the famous Chesil Beach and Golden Cap, and has some superb little seaside resorts to explore. Inland, one will find much to enjoy ranging from Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and just over the border in Somerset, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Classic Motor Museum. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating (in living room), electric central heating (in bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 22’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Bay View Apartments - Little Bay View

    Lyme Regis

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    Ref: 26438

    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, picturesque harbour and Cobb (setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’) and on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two holiday apartments (refs 26437 and 26438) are well furnished and equipped, and have spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach towards Portland. You can amble into Lyme Regis with its inns, shops and restaurants, soak up the atmosphere on the front or indulge in some fishing, boating and fossil hunting. Enjoy some scenic walking along this dramatic coast stretching from Weymouth to Exmouth, or visit many of the quaint seaside resorts to be found at Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer, Charmouth and Westbay. There are several historic houses to visit, such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and many family attractions within easy driving, Crealy Adventure Park, Pecorama, Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens to name a few. The sandy beach is only a 10 minute stroll away through Langmoor gardens. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/2 steps to dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot. Freeview TV. Small enclosed decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (200 yards). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sandford

    Sherborne

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    Ref: E5340

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

    iPod dock. Sitting-out area. No children.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • The Chalet

    Holt, nr. Wimborne

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    Ref: 26663

    This detached, rural holiday property is set in 2 acres and surrounded by fields and woodland. Nearby is Holt Heath Nature Reserve for wildlife, walking, cycling and horse riding. It is within easy reach of the New Forest and Poole Harbour. Many lovely beaches are to be found along the nearby Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, including Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with Corfe Castle (NT). Shop 2 miles, pub with restaurant ½ mile.

    Lower ground floor: Utility room. 1 kingsize bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining area/kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to gallery with low ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor central heating and hot water from solar panels and ground source heat pump, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed field. Decking and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children except babies in arms. NB: Stream borders field.

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  • Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: W43589


    Situated in the small village of Chideock in an AONB, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Lyme Regis and West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) at Bridport, and 1 mile from Seatown Beach with its stunning views. This well presented holiday home for two, with French doors in the first floor living room opening onto a Juliette balcony, adjoins the owners’ home and is conveniently located near to the road for easy access to enjoy the many attractions and activities in this unspoilt area. There is superb scenic coastal walking, perhaps up to Golden Cap, (the highest point on the whole of the south coast), with panoramic views and on your return, wine and dine in the local pub. There is much to enjoy in this wonderful part of west Dorset, historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, craft centres at Broadwindsor or Symondsbury, and many delightful villages to explore, you’re sure to have a memorable holiday! Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 1/4 mile.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with French doors. 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling and shower cubicle (no toilet), separated by curtain. Most floors with laminate flooring.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 26" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ lawn and Juliette balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steep steps to owners’ lawn.

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  • West Woods

    Evershot

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    Ref: E3041

    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all less than 15 miles. Riding, golf and fishing within 8 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, nr. Weymouth

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    Ref: 28753

    This holiday apartment sits on the first floor adjoining the owners’ property and commands wonderful countryside views from the living room picture window. It makes a very comfortable relaxing all year round base for exploring the area, with Weymouth’s Georgian seafront and beach only a few miles away. Many walks can be taken locally, or along the nearby Jurassic coastline. Popular places to visit are Portland Bill and Bird Observatory, the RSPB reserve in Weymouth, Durdle Door and Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Popular nearby towns are Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham and Swanage. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant ¾ mile. Beach 3 miles.

    Exterior steps to entrance: All on first floor: 2 steps to living room with wooden floor and vaulted ceiling/kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Use of owner’s washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children.

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