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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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  • Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, nr. Langton Matravers

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: 27905

    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor and French doors. Kitchen/
    dining room with tiled floor. Narrow, steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

    Small, enclosed, lawned garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking.

  • Farthings

    Bothenhampton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
    0
    0
    1
    Ref: 19292

    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed, and its beaches. The historic rope-making town of Bridport with its twice weekly market is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235, first floor) are in the east wing of an old country house and Farthings (ref 19292) is in the west. The holiday properties have views over the fields and woodland of the Dorset Downs. Many badgers have made their sets in the hill behind, and there is an abundance of wildlife. For the past few years holidaymakers in Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235) have been able to watch a family of deer grazing in the adjacent fields and during the summer months, bats put on an amazing aerial display. Perfect for relaxing or more invigorating walking holiday in this AONB, which includes extensive NT land. Chesil Beach, one of the finest barrier beaches, begins at West Bay. Lyme Regis with its Cobb and the famous fossil beach at Charmouth are close by. Not far away is the ancient town of Dorchester with its Iron Age hill fort and Roman town house and many other sites of historic interest. Spend a day at Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where during April and May, guests can walk alongside the baby swans. Golf course and leisure centre nearby. Bike hire available locally. Ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast or for just relaxing in this tranquil village. Shop, pub and restaurant ¾ mile.

    8 steps down to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included. Freeview TV. 2 ring electric hob. No children.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Coombehayes Lodge

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    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.

  • Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W42634

    This attached holiday home, with sea views, is 300 yards from the sea, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Part of a Grade II listed, 250 year old mill and with split levels, Millstones is on the top floor and offers comfortable accommodation, with an en-suite bedroom. The location is excellent for exploring this popular area, with walking, fossil hunting and fishing all available locally, the area is also home to the River Cottage HQ. Nearby is the Golden Cap with panoramic views over Lyme Bay from the top. A sandy beach and harbour of West Bay are close by, as well as the beginning of the famous Chesil Beach. Within a short drive are Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey and the Abbotsbury Swannery, which all make wonderful days out. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.

    All on second floor: Five steps to entrance. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

  • Freshwater Bay View

    Portland

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: 29709

    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile from Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth, on your west to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis and to the east Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1¼ miles, restaurant and pub 400 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ large, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Paddock View

    Alderholt, nr. Fordingbridge

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W43554


    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers light, spacious, comfortable and tastefully styled holiday accommodation. It has a large, decked sitting-out area with an awning for those who prefer the shade. This is an ideal spot for breakfast, alfresco dining or an aperitif on a warm, balmy evening. There are super views over paddocks with ponies. Nearby Fordingbridge is a popular market town which is known for its medieval bridge with five arches, and has many local shops, boutiques, eateries and a church. Nearby there is a waterpark, which offers windsurfing, sailing, fishing and watersports, and there is horse riding and golf in the area too. This is an excellent, scenic walking area, some of which meanders along the River Avon from Salisbury to Christchurch. There are beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole. Places to visit include The New Forest National Park, Winchester and Salisbury with their cathedrals and Christchurch Harbour. Family days out include Marwell Zoo or the historic ships at Portsmouth. Beach 12 miles. Shop and pub serving food 1/2 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

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

    Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/grill. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned private garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step from decking to garden.

  • Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: W43465


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Lakeside Hut provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years, and has enjoyed mentions in a great deal of literature including the work of Thomas Hardy. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Anglo Saxon times. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time, whilst walking round the ruins of the abbey, or just enjoying the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy. This is the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. A visit to the NT gem Stourhead is also recommended. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room and bedroom area with 2 single beds/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3 acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Paddock by arrangement. Fishing on-site (no licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake, 20 yards.

  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

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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

  • Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Charmouth

    Grade
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    3
    1
    Ref: W7661

    Peaceful village location

    Tucked away in the sleepy little village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the accommodation is next door to a quiet country pub. This completely self contained wing of the owner’s house, has been pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide an excellent base from which to explore this charming part of rural West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coastline, designated by UNESCO as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside abounds in glorious walks and wildlife, and is dotted with picturesque villages. Within a few miles lies the National Trust coastal area famous for its stunning scenery, fossil hunting and with wonderful beaches at Charmouth. The Cobb breakwater at Lyme Regis is also worth a visit. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • The Haven

    Beaminster

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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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.

    1 step to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step in garden.

  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: DZO

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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