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Dorset

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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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne

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    Ref: DAAW

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Internet connection.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • Granary Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth

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    Ref: 23750

    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further are Portland, Chesil, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Isle of Purbeck. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. Utility room (owner has own access). First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Drop to stream in garden.

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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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  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

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    Ref: DDX

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne

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    Ref: W43504


    Ideally located adjacent to Queens Copse, which comprises of 100 acres of woodland, with links to a comprehensive footpath network, this delightful single-storey holiday home stands within the grounds of the owner’s country home and is adjacent to the owner’s office. There is a large shower room with a double shower inside, and outside, a large lawned garden, private parking and shared paddock orchards, all set within 2 acres. Standing back from the road leading to Horton/Wimbourne, and less than a mile from a popular thatched roof-top pub, Woodside Cottage is an ideal retreat for couples wishing to explore the area. Less than a 30-minute drive from Bournemouth, Poole and the cathedral city of Salisbury and convenient for road links to Winchester, The New Forest and Christchurch Harbour. Locally, there is a 7-acre coarse fishing lake, quad biking, paint balling, clay pigeon shooting, riding, golf, cycling and scenic walking. The New Forest is a popular tourist destination, with Beaulieu Motor Museum and Exbury Gardens, as well as the roaming ponies and cattle on the heathland, and quaint tea rooms. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo and the New Forest Wildlife Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions, all within easy driving distance. Beach 15 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared paddock. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: DAAJ

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester

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    Ref: DQX

    Formerly the village forge, this cosily renovated and well furnished holiday hideaway nestles in the sleepy village of Lower Wraxall. It adjoins another cottage and is set opposite the owners’ farmhouse, in a ½ acre of private, partly wooded garden leading down to a stream. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is an abundance of wildlife to be found locally; footpaths and bridleways, making it a perfect location for exploring deep into the Dorset countryside. There is good access across Eggardon Hill to the World Heritage coastline at Burton Bradstock or to the harbour and beaches of West Bay. Also within easy reach are Sherborne, Bridport, Yeovil and county town of Dorchester. Breakfast and evening meals can be provided by prior arrangement. Shop 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors. Four steps to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Tennis court. Trout fishing by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury

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    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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  • The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport

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    Ref: 29402

    In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home offers a great holiday location from which to enjoy the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with its superb scenic coastal walking. Enjoy days out at Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. Visit many exciting venues, including historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth Sea Life Aquarium and much more. Locally, there is boating, golf and fossil hunting. Beach 1 mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/ dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock

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    Ref: W42634

    This attached holiday home, with sea views, is 300 yards from the sea, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Part of a Grade II listed, 250 year old mill and with split levels, Millstones is on the top floor and offers comfortable accommodation, with an en-suite bedroom. The location is excellent for exploring this popular area, with walking, fossil hunting and fishing all available locally, the area is also home to the River Cottage HQ. Nearby is the Golden Cap with panoramic views over Lyme Bay from the top. A sandy beach and harbour of West Bay are close by, as well as the beginning of the famous Chesil Beach. Within a short drive are Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey and the Abbotsbury Swannery, which all make wonderful days out. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.

    All on second floor: Five steps to entrance. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham

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    Ref: W43465


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Lakeside Hut provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years, and has enjoyed mentions in a great deal of literature including the work of Thomas Hardy. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Anglo Saxon times. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time, whilst walking round the ruins of the abbey, or just enjoying the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy. This is the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. A visit to the NT gem Stourhead is also recommended. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room and bedroom area with 2 single beds/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3 acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Paddock by arrangement. Fishing on-site (no licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake, 20 yards.

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  • Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport

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    Ref: 15350

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (50 yards).

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