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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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  • Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish

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    Ref: 16154

    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with quarry tiled floor.

    NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a small unfenced pond in the garden.

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  • Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, nr. Christchurch

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    Ref: 29041

    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 want to feel like they are away from it all. The Avon Valley long distance trail runs across part of the land, leading to two pubs within half a mile of the property. It is well situated for exploring the area including Bournemouth and Poole, with their sandy beaches, shops and restaurants, the cities of Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth for maritime history and large shopping centres. Shop 1 mile, pubs serving food ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Most rooms with vaulted ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in out-building. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept under strict control (livestock). No smoking. No children. NB: This is a working farm which requires the owners to tend the land and animals.

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  • Pebbles

    Stoborough, nr. Wareham

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    Ref: 30387

    This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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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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  • 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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  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

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    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, nr. 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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  • Quince Cottage

    Acton, nr. Langton Matravers

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    Ref: 27906

    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. 3 steps up to kitchen with tiled floor. Cloakroom. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings and beams throughout.

    Large lawned garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking.

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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome

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    Ref: DZO

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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