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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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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31202
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset. A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    4 1 reviews
    4 1 reviews

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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 28753
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth. A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth.
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    9.8 4 reviews
    9.8 4 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Stoker’s Suite

    Crabbers’ Wharf - Stoker’s Suite

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC3253
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Sit back and enjoy the stunning views across the sea to Chesil beach from this beautiful apartment, just perfect for a romantic break. Sit back and enjoy the stunning views across the sea to Chesil beach from this beautiful apartment, just perfect for a romantic break.
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Petty Officer’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Steward’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Bosun’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Captain’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Officer’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Purser’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Commodore’s Penthouse Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Chief’s Suite
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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Freshwater Bay View

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 29709
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast. With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast.
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    9.9 21 reviews
    9.9 21 reviews

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  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 25873
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Perfect for two, within easy reach of historic houses, museums and popular seaside resorts along the Dorset coast. Perfect for two, within easy reach of historic houses, museums and popular seaside resorts along the Dorset coast.
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    8.2 9 reviews
    8.2 9 reviews

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    Broad Lodge
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    Wey Lodge
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  • Near Beaminster,
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    Strawberie Cottage

    Near Beaminster,

    Near Beaminster,

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    Ref: E2390
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views
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    9.2 16 reviews
    9.2 16 reviews

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    Blackberie Cottage
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  • Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Moorland Lodge

    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC676
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Close to a nature reserve, this property is all on one level and is set within large, shared grounds within easy reach of sandy beaches. Close to a nature reserve, this property is all on one level and is set within large, shared grounds within easy reach of sandy beaches.
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    9.5 17 reviews
    9.5 17 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast. Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    9.5 4 reviews
    9.5 4 reviews

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  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Spindrift

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: 30896
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and just 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats. Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and just 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
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    9.1 13 reviews
    9.1 13 reviews

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  • Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 29402
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located in Burton Bradstock, this property is ideal for enjoying coastal walking or visiting the popular seaside towns of Dorset. Located in Burton Bradstock, this property is ideal for enjoying coastal walking or visiting the popular seaside towns of Dorset.
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    8.5 13 reviews
    8.5 13 reviews

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  • St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire
    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire×

    Hurn Forest Retreat

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

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    Ref: UKC1786
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away. With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away.
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    9.9 11 reviews
    9.9 11 reviews

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  • Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset
    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Pebbles

    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset

    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 30387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This is an ideal base for couples looking for a holiday full of outdoor exploration and activities. This is an ideal base for couples looking for a holiday full of outdoor exploration and activities.
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    9.6 19 reviews
    9.6 19 reviews

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