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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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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Keepers Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    7
    3
    3
    0
    Ref: 30451
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A beautiful, characterful cottage dating back to the 1800s in a great location to visit the coast with friends and family. A beautiful, characterful cottage dating back to the 1800s in a great location to visit the coast with friends and family.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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  • Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Old Milking Parlour

    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DSK
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set on a farm outside the picture postcard village of Osmington, just a mile from the Heritage Coast of Dorset. Set on a farm outside the picture postcard village of Osmington, just a mile from the Heritage Coast of Dorset.
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    9.6 20 reviews
    9.6 20 reviews

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  • Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset
    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset×

    Castleman Lodge

    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset

    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset

    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC2006
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Spacious, comfortable home in a fantastic location. Everything you need to relax or venture out for countless activities on your doorstep! Spacious, comfortable home in a fantastic location. Everything you need to relax or venture out for countless activities on your doorstep!
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: DQK
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday! Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday!
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    8.5 17 reviews
    8.5 17 reviews

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    Harcombe House - Rhode
    6
    3
    3
  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DYF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance. Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance.
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    8.1 10 reviews
    8.1 10 reviews

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  • Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Shaftesbury, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC24
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy all that Dorset has to offer from this property, located in Shaftesbury, with the Melbury Downs, Stourhead House and Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park close by. Enjoy all that Dorset has to offer from this property, located in Shaftesbury, with the Melbury Downs, Stourhead House and Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park close by.
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    9.8 9 reviews
    9.8 9 reviews

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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: DTK
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    You will be spoiled for choice here at Durbaville; enjoy a BBQ, a dip in the pool or a game of tennis! You will be spoiled for choice here at Durbaville; enjoy a BBQ, a dip in the pool or a game of tennis!
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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
    6
    3
    3
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
    2
    2
  • Lyme Regis , Dorset
    Lyme Regis , Dorset ×

    The Chatham

    Lyme Regis , Dorset

    Lyme Regis , Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    0
    Ref: 30164
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the World Heritage Coast, Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis with harbour, beaches and famous Cobb. Explore the World Heritage Coast, Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis with harbour, beaches and famous Cobb.
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    9.2 19 reviews
    9.2 19 reviews

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    The Great House - The Mitford
    4
    2
    2
  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Highview

    Swanage, Dorset

    Swanage, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: 23518
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Perfect for a large family or group of friends just 150 yards from the town centre with pubs, shops and restaurants. Perfect for a large family or group of friends just 150 yards from the town centre with pubs, shops and restaurants.
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    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews

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  • Bridport , Dorset
    Bridport , Dorset×

    Quarr Cottage

    Bridport , Dorset

    Bridport , Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC661
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Explore the breathtaking Jurassic Coast, with its pretty seaside villages, harbours and stunning beaches. Explore the breathtaking Jurassic Coast, with its pretty seaside villages, harbours and stunning beaches.
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    9.6 18 reviews
    9.6 18 reviews

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  • Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Granary

    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: W43680
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A charming stone barn conversion suitable for all seasons and ideal for a family holiday or couples sharing. Multiple attractions for adults and children nearby. A charming stone barn conversion suitable for all seasons and ideal for a family holiday or couples sharing. Multiple attractions for adults and children nearby.
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    9.4 8 reviews
    9.4 8 reviews

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  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Lyme

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: DQN
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Take a trip to Lyme with the family. Situated within a complex, Lyme has access to a games room, pool and more! Take a trip to Lyme with the family. Situated within a complex, Lyme has access to a games room, pool and more!
    Prices from
    9 17 reviews
    9 17 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Harcombe House - Rhode
    6
    3
    3

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