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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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  • Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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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.

  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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

  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Cider Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: B4337

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

  • Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
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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.

  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Buckland Newton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29710

    Situated in a small hamlet near Buckland Newton, midway between Dorchester and Sherborne, this self-contained wing of the owners 18th-century character home, offers a lovely retreat, with country walks, cycling and village pubs to wine and dine in. In the region, visit many historic houses, the Cerne Abbas giant, and within easy driving, the scenic coast of Dorset, from the Purbecks all the way to Lyme Regis, taking in the splendid World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Dorchester has many attractions to enjoy and 5 miles on is the Victorian town of Weymouth for a seaside atmosphere. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
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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.

  • Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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.

  • Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: E1867

    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 the winding lanes of sleepy valleys to the dramatic cliffs of Golden Cap (NT). The nearest beach is at West Bay, just 4 miles away, where rowing boats can be hired and fishing trips arranged. Along the coast is Lyme Regis, whose sheltered harbour famously featured as a setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The historic market town of Dorchester is 15 miles. Weymouth, 14 miles, offers everything from water sports to night clubs. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Panel heaters included. Freezer. Patio. Parking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

  • Compton

    Sherborne

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E3613

    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.

    Ground floor: 4 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Shared garden.

    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.

  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Stalls

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
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    1
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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)

  • Michaelmas Stables

    Wimborne

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: DYP

    Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, close to the small market town of Wimborne. This detached former stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been restored to a very high standard, with traditional English oak floors and vaulted ceilings. Cranborne Chase, an AONB is a short drive away. The spectacular Dorset coastline, with its quiet coves, unspoilt beaches, and wonderful opportunities for walking, is also close at hand, along with the New Forest National Park. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Step down to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (alternative sleeping), high vaulted ceiling with oak beams, oak floor and Shaker-style kitchen area with oak floor. Fully-tiled shower room with double shower and toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Mezzanine area with double bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer outhouse
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in garage
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Shared lawned paddock
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome basket
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children

  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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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