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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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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Wildlife and countryside admirers will thoroughly enjoy their stay here at Morse Cottage. It’s situated in an idyllic area with beautiful views.
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    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished...

    Coppers Cottages - Colombo Cottage
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  • Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Bride Valley Cottage

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1603
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage with its warming wood burner is perfect any time of year to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    This delightful 250-year old, end of terrace cottage sits in the small village of Puncknowle (pronounced ‘Punnel’), just 1½ miles from Chesil Beach and the magnificent Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with its stunning views. It is a pretty holiday home, suited to couples, and has a wood burner to make it cosy in the colder months. To the east is Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the sailing at the 2012 Olympics, and to the west is picturesque Lyme Regis -...

  • Sherborne,
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    Sandford

    Sherborne,

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    Ref: E5340
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside
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    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...

  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The New Forest National Park can be reached within a 10-minute drive and the Avon Valley Trail runs through the grounds.
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    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive of the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch and the New Forest National Park. This detached Heritage Asset was formerly the Kennelman’s cottage for the Sopley Manor Estate, and sits in a conservation area, in the middle of the owners’ 12½ acres of land with animals and clear views over the land from every direction, making it ideal for those who...

  • West Milton,
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    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
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    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
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    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through...

  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    The Chalet

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 26663
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in spacious grounds within easy reach of lovely beaches as well as major towns and the New Forest.
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    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.

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  • Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset
    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions.
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    Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool

    Fernhill Heights is located in an exclusive complex and benefits from views across open countryside. This holiday accommodation has a good quality 2-seater sofa and double bed in the living/dining room (no separate bedroom). It is set on a beautiful 30 acre site which includes two small lakes and a barbecue area. There is also use of a heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-Sep) and direct access to the coastal footpath. The surrounding...

  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset×

    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Ref: W43554
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury.
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    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers light, spacious, comfortable and tastefully styled holiday accommodation. It has a large, decked sitting-out area with an awning for those who prefer the shade. This is an ideal spot for breakfast, alfresco dining or an aperitif on a warm, balmy evening. There are super views over paddocks with ponies. Nearby Fordingbridge is a popular market town which is known for its...

  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location.
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    Peaceful village location

    Tucked away in the sleepy little village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the accommodation is next door to a quiet country pub. This completely self contained wing of the owner’s house, has been pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide an excellent base from which to explore this charming part of rural West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coastline, designated by UNESCO as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The surrounding...

  • Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    The Anvil

    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a picturesque village location, this holiday property is a wonderful base to discover all that Dorset and Somerset have to offer.
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    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village of Thorncombe, this converted barn is set in a tranquil location and offers a lovely retreat. On your doorstep, there is great country walking and cycling, and within easy driving distance, Forde Abbey & Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with lovely cream teas, are not to be missed. Visit the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic beauty, coastal...

  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Any couple will enjoy this perfect location for discovering and exploring the delights on offer in Dorset, with its World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
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    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...

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