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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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  • Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Junipers

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 28180
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    An ideal location for a family holiday close to attractions such as Deep Sea Adventure, Portland Bill lighthouse and Abbotsbury Swannery.
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    In the village of Puncknowle between West Bay and Weymouth, set 11/2 miles from Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this terraced holiday cottage is an excellent base to enjoy coastal scenery stretching from Portland Bill all the way to Lyme Bay to Torquay. Visit Abbotsbury, the Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Deep Sea Adventure and a Blue Flag sandy beach. Enjoy golf, fishing, boating and walking. Discover Lyme Regis and Bridport with its twice weekly...

  • Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    The Pincushion

    Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC372
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A truly idyllic location for three couples or a small family wishing to discover the delights of Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire.
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    This quaint, thatched, 18th-century period home, one of a pair, stands peacefully within the delightful village of Stourpaine, which has a friendly local pub, village shop and playing fields, all with a great community feel. It straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, excellent for keen walkers.

    Offering an abundance of charm and character, The Pincushion is a picture postcard holiday home, and has features such as...

  • Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset×

    Heathland Cottages - Number 3

    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

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    Ref: NT003016
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This property enjoys wonderful views of the Purbeck Hills and nature reserve, and is the ideal holiday getaway.
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    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    These National Trust owned holiday cottages are situated in a peaceful setting in Purbeck. Number 1 (ref NT003002) is a single-storey, quirky cottage that was once a former nurses home, and Number 3 (ref NT003016) enjoys a wooden interior and multi-fuel burner, as well as a gallery bedroom overlooking the open plan kitchen and sitting area. Also in this property, the shower room on the ground level has some facilities for...

    Heathland Cottages - Number 1
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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Admiral’s View

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 19411
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying excellent sea views this terraced house is on the World Heritage Coast and is an ideal location for exploring, fishing or walking.
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    In the seaside resort of Lyme Regis, on the World Heritage Coast, this terraced house is well-equipped and presented and enjoys excellent sea views over Lyme. It is an ideal holiday location for exploring this fascinating resort with its famous cob. Enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, sailing and golf, or some wonderful scenic walking, perhaps to the top of Golden Cap, with its magnificent views over the south coast. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with...

  • Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset
    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Flax Cottage

    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DUI
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just a few yards from the pub, this attractive 17th-century cottage is within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast.
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    Nestling in the peaceful village of Waytown, this attractive cottage forms part of a former 17th-century rope barn serving Slape Mill. Designed in open-plan style, it feels very spacious and lies 6 miles from the beach at West Bay, where boating and fishing are available. An array of local produce can be bought locally, and the village pub is just a short stroll up the lane. Within easy reach is the dramatic World Heritage Jurassic coastline, including Lyme Regis and...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Kingston, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
    Kingston, near Corfe Castle, Dorset×

    The Old Forge

    Kingston, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

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    Ref: DTP
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pet friendly family property nestled in the pretty chocolate box village of Corfe Castle enjoys views and the countryside.
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    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...

  • 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. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by...

    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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    Harcombe House - Lyme
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    Harcombe House - Shapwick
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    Harcombe House - Woodhouse
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    Harcombe House - Ware
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  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Coastguard Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 28120
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    The Jurassic Coastal Footpath as well as nearby seaside towns can be easily accessed from this former coastsguards cottage.
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    Close to Lulworth Cove

    Set just 200 yards from the world famous Lulworth Cove, and only 3½ miles from the historic Lulworth Castle and Park, with wonderful coastal views from the front patio and two of the bedrooms. Two former coastguard cottages have been joined together to create a terraced holiday property providing comfortable, traditional accommodation complete with woodburner and enclosed lawned garden, ideal for year round holidays. You may follow the Jurassic coastal...

  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×

    Oakdene Lodge

    Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2213
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - 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...

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