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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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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Old Shop

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DDDN

    "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.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with farmhouse-style kitchen and tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms are beamed.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • 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)

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  • Courtfield Cottage

    Langton Matravers

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: DXX

    Just 2 miles from the Heritage coastline with spectacular coastal walks, this charming, adjoining, 18th-century former beer house (made from local stone) is now a cosy and highly individual holiday cottage. Its large garden has uninterrupted views over the Purbeck Hills and, in the distance, Corfe Castle, 4 miles. Swanage, with sandy beach, 2 miles, another excellent sandy beach at NT Studland, 8 miles. Poole and Bournemouth (via ferry), 10 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub ½ mile and restaurants 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room. Kitchen with flagstone floor. Utility room. Small step 1 down to double bedroom and two steps up to en-suite toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four-poster), with two steps up to en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet shared with 1 twin. Low ceilings and low doorways in several places. Steps in garden.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two TVs, one satellite, one Freeview. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • West View

    Sturminster Marshall, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30934


    Approached via a long drive overlooking daffodil fields, this comfortable, single-storey, detached bungalow is a lovely holiday home for families or couples, located on the doorstep to the Jurassic Coast. It has a large enclosed lawned garden and a spacious games room. West View is located within the owner’s country home and has direct access onto bridleways and footpaths, leading all the way to Wareham. Set in a convenient location for road links to the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, Sandbanks, The Purbeck Coastline, historical maritime Southampton with historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include Monkey World, Stone Henge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Kingston Lacy (NT) and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is also within easy driving distance with its heathlands, where ponies and cattle roam. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bayview

    Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W44039

    Just 200 yards from the seafront at Weymouth, with wonderful views over the bay and onto Portland, this first floor holiday apartment for 6 with a compact garden, reached by a small footbridge, offers a great location for a family holiday. From the doorstep, one can enjoy water activities from swimming, fishing, boating and wind surfing, to scenic coastal walking and many restaurants nearby. Local attractions include the Sealife Centre, Adventure Park and Tower, and Radipole Nature Reserve.
    Within easy driving, take in Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Castle and on to Corfe Castle and the Swanage Railway. You can also visit Lyme Regis, explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its spectacular scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, or Westbay, scene of the Broadchurch TV series. Perhaps an inland visit to Monkey World, the Tank Museum at Bovington and of course Dorchester, with its many attractions too. You will have much to do for a great holiday. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 30" Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Ducks Bottom

    Nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: DVO

    Nestling in a peaceful location in the small pretty hamlet of Lower Eype, this 18th-century detached and thatched character cottage offers a great holiday home which families will love. Set only ½ mile from the beach and a mile from the market town of Bridport, the cottage boasts a large delightful garden with a summer house accommodating up to four guests. Lovely scenic walks along the Heritage coast are easily available as are fishing and golf. Shop 1 mile.

    Living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace and bread oven. Farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with quarry-tiled floor. Sitting room with ornamental open fire. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with large en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. External summer house: Double bed (for +2) plus living area with sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and full NSH included (£25 per week October-April)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer (in summerhouse)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Large lawned garden
    • Treehouse (use at guests’ own risk)
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • NB: Pond and two small streams in garden

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  • Haycraft Cottage

    Harmans Cross, nr. Swanage

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42993

    Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage

    This superb spacious stone holiday cottage, situated in the heart of the Purbeck countryside, is set in a lawned garden on the edge of a small, peaceful, Caravan Club site. The detached cottage has been sympathetically restored, and is furnished to an exceptionally good standard. An attractive conservatory leads into a delightful garden with flower troughs, roses, climbing ivy and a pretty stone well. The delightful Swanage Steam Railway which runs regular trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage, a popular seaside resort with golden sandy beaches, and busy Poole Harbour with its sheltered waters and tiny islands. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Forge

    Kingston, nr. Corfe Castle

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: DTP


    The Old Forge cottage nestles in the small ‘chocolate box’ village of Kingston in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, on the Dorset coastline. Restored and adjoining an ancient stone pub, this traditional single-storey stone cottage (including restored forge) has outstanding views of the historic Corfe Castle and wonderful open countryside of the Purbecks from its flagged courtyard. Nearby is Wareham with quayside, and Swanage (5 miles) offers swimming, sailing, many shops, pubs and restaurants and a steam railway. There is easy access to walks along the Purbeck coast. Blue Flag beach of Studland, 9 miles. Arne RSPB nature reserve, 6 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Step to dining room/kitchen with stone floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 steps to 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 with additional single bed (for +1). 2 steps to 1 twin. Bathroom with bath shower cubicle and toilet. All rooms (except bathroom) with original-beamed ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. high chair. TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Small courtyard with furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). Private village water supply. No smoking. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC24


    In the small market town of Shaftesbury, near the famous Gold Hill and town centre which are within easy walking distance, this well-presented Grade II listed terraced holiday home is an excellent base for exploring this quaint character town and Dorset. Within easy driving, enjoy some superb scenic country walks on Melbury Downs, or enjoy days out visiting Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the delightful town of Sherborne with its abbey. Salisbury, Blandford, Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester are all within a reasonable drive, or perhaps go north into Somerset and spend some time taking in Glastonbury Tor, the cathedral city of Wells and on to the beautiful Roman Spa town of Bath with its many shops, museums and places to wine and dine. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor in kitchen), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned patio garden with courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 12 steps from courtyard to lawned patio.

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  • Arne Barn

    Nr. Wareham

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DBQ

    If wild things make the heart sing, visit Arne Peninsula (featured on Spring Watch). This fascinating detached house, converted from a barn with great flair and imagination by its architect owner, is idyllically set in a landscaped ‘wild’ garden with sitting-out areas. With views over a farm, and glimpses of the harbour beyond, it is an ideal spot to explore the Dorset coastline, the Purbecks and RSPB nature trail at Arne. Clean sandy beaches at Sandbanks and Brownsea Island. Corfe Castle/Wareham within 10 miles. Poole/Bournemouth within 25 miles. Riding, fishing, boat hire locally. Shops 3 miles.

    A large (30ft), unusual and attractive living/dining room with wood-burning stove and ‘boudoir’ grand piano. Cleverly designed kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bedroom with L-shaped built-in bunk beds (2ft 6in). Single bed in its own space at one end of gallery. Bathroom and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove, oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Smart TV
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed, landscaped garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking

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  • Lower Park Farm

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: DCCB

    This detached farmhouse offers a wonderful location for an idyllic, relaxing holiday and guests also have use of an old dairy with sofas and a dining table. Set in Marshwood Vale, located 6 miles from Lyme Regis on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery are close by. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook and stone floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, beamed kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for+1) and TV. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Victorian-style bath and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Oil Aga (available October - May)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-incoming calls only
    • Large lawned garden
    • Use of field and farmyard
    • Two barbecues
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • Games room with pool table, table tennis and dart board
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond in field 100 yards

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  • Keepers Cottage

    East Burton, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30451


    Keepers Cottage is located close to the railway line and this characterful, mid-terraced cottage dates back to the 1800s. It is surrounded by rural countryside and is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage nearby offers a beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Locally there is Monkey World and the Tank Museum. The nearby village of Wool with its small selection of village shops, from a bakery to a butchers, also offers a convenient train station. Beach 4½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area and wooden floor/kitchen with dining area, tiled floor and stable door. Beams throughout. Utility room. Separate toilet. Winding staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux, 1 twin with additional single and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£25 per week, £15 per short break, £10 per 2 night break, November-March) gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/ MP3 connection. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Seabiscuit

    Rousdon, Lyme Regis

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: DZY

    In the heart of the Rousdon Estate (one of the great Victorian estates in Britain and formerly a public school), Seabiscuit is 1/2 mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and the Dorset Coastal Path. This corner stable courtyard cottage adjacent to the mansion, is well presented and lovingly restored, and offers excellent accommodation. Stunning scenic walking can be enjoyed along the coast, as well as amongst the rolling hills on the many miles of local countryside footpaths. Guests have the freedom to explore the walks on this 350-acre estate and anyone with a taste of adventure can walk down the steep pathway to the estate’s private beach and nature reserve, spend time fossil hunting or simply relax in this wonderful location. Within easy driving, just 21/2 miles away, is the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, famous for its role in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its pretty Cobb, beach and shops. Popular for visits are the towns of Seaton, Sidmouth, Bridport and the quaint villages of Branscombe and Beer. Axminster has a sports complex offering swimming and various other facilities. There are also many attractions to visit and historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and Loughwood Meeting House. Shop and hotel restaurant/bar ¼ mile.

    Large living room with open fire, French doors and wooden floor. Large well-equipped kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, balcony with views and en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, double shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1), TV and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas, full gas central heating (underfloor in living room and dining room/kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-incoming and local calls only
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 360-acre natural woodland
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced pond in grounds

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