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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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  • Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: 23500

    Town centre location

    A charming end-terrace cottage peacefully set in the heart of Bridport, with its own enclosed garden, patio and furniture, and ideally placed to walk into the lovely market town of Bridport with its shops, restaurants and markets. Periwinkle Cottage is in a great location for a holiday getaway, ideal to explore the famous World Heritage Coastal resort of West Bay, 1½ miles away. Visit Abbotsbury with its Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, and the jewel in the crown at West Dorset - picturesque Lyme Regis. There is superb coastal walking, golf, fishing, boating and many places to explore nearby. Shops 30 yards, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electricity and convector heaters by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park (50 yards). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: DZU

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    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.

  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

    Grade
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    Ref: DEEG


    In a superb location, Pepper Pot Lodge is accessed via security gates, and is nestled within the parkland of the extensive 5,000 acre grounds of the owner’s stately home, St Giles House, within the Shaftesbury Estate in the historic village of Wimborne St Giles. This unique, detached, compact 17th century lodge makes an ideal little retreat, a tranquil haven for couples and perfect for spotting wildlife such as deer, rare birds and badgers. Very peacefully located, surrounded by open lawns, as well as mature trees and just 100 yards away from the river and the picturesque village green with St Giles Church. There is private parking and a sitting-out area, an ideal spot for watching the sunsets whilst enjoying al fresco dining or an aperitif. This lovely welcoming home offers many features such as wooden floors, curved walls, leaded windows and a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room. Every window captures a scenic vista.
    It is convenient for road links to the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and Sandbanks. Explore the Purbeck coastline, maritime Southampton with the historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Shaftesbury Cathedral, National Trust properties, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include nearby Wimborne with regular markets, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World, Stonehenge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is within easy driving distance, with its heathlands where ponies and cattle roam, pretty villages, and it is an ideal location for walkers. There are various golf courses in the area, and trout fishing or local shoots can be organised by prior arrangement. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Smart TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: River 60 yards

  • Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: 16154

    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with quarry tiled floor.

    NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking. NB: There is a small unfenced pond in the garden.

  • Pebbles

    Stoborough, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 30387

    This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
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    Ref: DFX

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    This comfortable ground floor barn conversion offers cosy accommodation for couples. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Pretty bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Patio with furniture
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher (except Fox Cottage, ref DFX)
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

  • West Woods

    Evershot

    Grade
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    Ref: E3041

    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all less than 15 miles. Riding, golf and fishing within 8 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

    Grade
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    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

  • A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: 29956


    In a lovely position 3½ miles from the picturesque, seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this well-equipped, semi-detached holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, offers a great location to explore west Dorset and into east Devon. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Lyme Regis with all its quaint shops, its wonderful scenic harbour and Cobb, the bustling town of Axminster, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Further afield, visit Beer, Branscombe and Seaton, and going east, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth and Portland. There is much to do, including superb coastal and country walking, and village pubs for wining and dining. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 26385

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with the resort of West Bay, this holiday cottage, with use of a hard tennis court, is ideally located to get away from it all. Country walking, cycling and village pubs nearby, and many attractions to enjoy including historic houses and gardens or days out on the Heritage Coast. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double bed (6ft, zip and link, can be twin)/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 30-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared tennis court. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. One pet welcome (must be kept on lead, working farm). No smoking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Pond in grounds, 400 yards.

  • Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: 15350

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (50 yards).

  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: DHM

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    With its own sunny, secluded garden and beautifully furnished interior, this is a superb quality romantic hideaway for two people. Its very attractive sitting-room is full of character and features original beams, contemporary electric fire and small dining table. Modern fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. Beautiful painted kingsize double bedroom with LCD TV. Bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity fire included
    • Freezer
    • Garden
    • No smoking

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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