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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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  • The Haven

    Beaminster

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    Ref: W44308


    On the outskirts of the quaint historic market town of Beaminster, set in rolling Dorset countryside, this semi-detached house for two offers an excellent location to explore the whole of west Dorset. Taking in the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis all the way to Weymouth and Portland, and inland is the county town of Dorchester and the character town of Sherborne. There are many fascinating and interesting places to visit such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft and Design Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Or one can simply enjoy some wonderful country walking or coastal walks along the South West Coastal Path taking in the superb scenery over Lyme Bay. Perhaps amble into Beaminster itself and wine and dine at one of the country pubs nearby, you will be sure to find plenty to do. Beach 9 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD and CD players.

    Dining room/kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    Conservatory.


    First Floor:

    Bedroom: With double bed.

    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 1 car. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden.

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  • Pebbles

    Stoborough, nr. Wareham

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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.

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  • Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 26306

    Set in the quaint village of Uploders, just 3 miles from the coast at West Bay, this hamstone terraced holiday cottage, adjoining the owner’s home, is ideally located for enjoying the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach from Weymouth to Lyme Regis, with superb scenery and coastal walking. Take a visit to Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester, or many attractions in this popular area, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, and much more. Beach 3 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Freezer. Broadband connection. Patio and furniture. Use of owner’s enclosed garden by arrangement. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 17734

    Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool

    Fernhill Heights is located in an exclusive complex and benefits from views across open countryside. This holiday accommodation has a good quality 3-seater double sofa bed in the living/dining room (no separate bedroom). It is set on a beautiful 30 acre site which includes two small lakes and a barbecue area. There is also use of a heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-Sep) and direct access to the coastal footpath. The surrounding grounds are adjacent to Lyme Regis golf course. The 4 star hotel on-site has a café, bar and restaurant.

    All on the ground floor:
    Living/dining/bedroom:
    With DVD player with a small selection of DVDs and a double sofa bed (no TV).
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Small patio with garden furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.9m, open Easter-September). Car park. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

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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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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne

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    Ref: DAAJ

    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, beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. 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.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Shelter Shed

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

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    Ref: DDDP

    "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, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floors.

    • 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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  • The Nest

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24121

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, nr. Sherborne

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    Ref: 24897

    This lovely attached converted barn, in a courtyard setting near the Somerset/Dorset border, just west of the pretty abbey town of Sherborne, 5 miles, provides excellent holiday accommodation. An ideal location from which to explore the famous West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth, 22 miles, West Bay and Bridport. Also visit the many delightful attractions in south Somerset such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Glastonbury Tor, Montacute House and much more all within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

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

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, nr. Dorchester

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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.

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  • Strawberie Cottage

    Nr. Beaminster

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    Ref: E2390

    This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views. Set on a working farm in a tiny unspoilt village, visitors are welcome to explore the farm and wonderful walks over 60 acres of fields and woodland, abundant with birds and other wildlife. Beach, golf and coastal walking at West Bay, 6 miles. Shop and restaurant 1.5 miles, pub serving food 350 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and tiled floor. Kitchen with beams. Conservatory. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor oil central heating £15 per week poa. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV (family package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Shared access to 60 acres of fields and woodland. Garden area with patio and furniture. Parking.

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  • Coombehayes Lodge

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

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    Ref: 26569

    Ideal touring location

    In the grounds of the owner’s home, this detached well-presented holiday cottage is situated in Uplyme, on the outskirts of the popular World Heritage Jurassic Coastal seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its picturesque cobb and harbour. The quaint resort offers a traditional coastal town with fishing, swimming, boating, fossil hunting and scenic coastal walking along this beautiful coastline, and within easy driving there are many attractions to visit and enjoy. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 40 yards.

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