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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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  • Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Cowleaze

    Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DBBL
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Cowleaze has a lovely countryside location where there are some great walks to be enjoyed and guests could spot some wildlife!
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to...

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Jolliffe
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Wriggle View
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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    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.
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    This charming, spacious, Grade II listed, thatched, detached cottage is set in the delightful village of Chideock. Between Lyme Regis and Bridport, and a short walk from the beach at Seatown and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal holiday base. Enjoy superb coastal walking, with breathtaking views from Golden Cap, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, or explore Lyme Regis with its Cobb, harbour and quaint shops, and many other attractions nearby. Shop and pub...

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

    Old Milking Parlour

    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    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.
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    Situated in a secluded valley on the edge of the ‘picture postcard’ village of Osmington, this comfortable and sympathetically converted holiday cottage lies just a mile from the Heritage coastline of Dorset. Adjoining an old stone barn located in the middle of the owner’s farm, the cottage is surrounded by open countryside, with walking from the door. Weymouth with sandy beach, harbour and selection of shops and cafes is 4 miles away, and the unique coastline at Durdle...

  • Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greygles

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy.
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    Set in the gentle hills of Dorset, Hardy’s country, and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Dorchester and Blandford, this detached stone cottage offers an ideal village location for up to 7 guests to simply get away from it all. On your doorstep guests can enjoy some great country walking just off the Wessex Ridgeway path with your family pets and enjoy the beautiful scenery, cycling and local village pubs to wine and dine in. Within easy driving, guests...

  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Oakdene Lodge

    Oakdene Lodge

    Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2213
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Ideal for couples or families who want to explore Dorset and further afield, Oakdene Lodge makes the perfect base.
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    Conveniently located just back off the road, this homely and comfortable semi-detached property is in a semi rural location, perfect for exploring this ever popular area. With Wimborne, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the New Forest all within easy access, there is something for everyone, all year round. Oakdene Lodge has an extensive enclosed lawned garden and a sitting-out area under a canopy of wisteria, plus private parking. There is a property attached which...

  • Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Seabiscuit

    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DZY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Situated in a beautiful estate with a woodland area and beach, guests at Seabiscuit can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the grounds.
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    In the heart of the Rousdon Estate (one of the great Victorian estates in Britain and formerly a public school), Seabiscuit is ½ 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...

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

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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!
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements (refs DCCQ, DQK, DQL, DQM, DQN, DQP, DQQ, DTM and UKC2477). The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding...

    Harcombe House - Rhode
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  • Near Wareham, Dorset
    Near Wareham, Dorset×

    Arne Barn

    Near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: DBQ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This fascinating converted barn with grand piano, is set in a wild, landscaped garden and enjoys views over the farm to the harbour.
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    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 and peacefully set in a landscaped ‘wild’ garden with sitting-out areas, Arne Barn, which has been within the family for many years, offers a very unusual and welcoming retreat. There is an interesting mix of artefacts, ornaments and personal touches using...

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

    Yew Tree House

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC140
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The perfect location for exploring this beautiful part of Dorset, with sandy beaches, picturesque harbours and coastal walks all nearby.
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    Located in Chideock, between Bridport and West Bay to the east and Lyme Regis to the west, this holiday home is the main part of the owners’ detached house with an adjoining self-contained annexe for the owners use. It is ideally situated for enjoying and exploring west Dorset and the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and has a large, enclosed, lawned garden with a patio overlooking fields and footpaths towards Seatown. Wander over the fields to the coast at Seatown and...

  • Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×
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    Ref: 30663
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Jasmine Cottage offers 3 en-suite bedrooms and shared use of the indoor swimming pool.
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities for you to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale, between Sherborne and Blandford Forum. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are nestled under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm where the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a...

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Plumtree Cottage
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Lodge
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Stable
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Leopold House
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Helena House
    8
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Beatrice House
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Victoria Suite
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Granary
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Byre
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft
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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Keepers Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

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    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.
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    This characterful cottage, in the middle of the row, is a good place to explore the local area. It is located in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy Country, between Swanage and Weymouth, in this popular part of Dorset and only 5 miles from Lulworth and Durdle Door. It has been furnished with an eclectic mix of antique furniture and memorabilia with historic links to the railway close by. Inside it is like taking a step back in time! The cosy living/dining room has plentiful...

  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Lower Park Farm

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DCCB
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated just 6 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, this detached farmhouse is in a wonderful location.
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    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...

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