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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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  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAJ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The setting of this property is ideal for those wishing to whisk their loved one away to a romantic retreat!
    Prices from
    8.5 6 reviews
    8.5 6 reviews

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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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  • Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset
    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset

    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43591
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The perfect hideaway for two. Explore the scenic coast or discover the countryside with your four-legged friend!
    Prices from
    9.2 25 reviews
    9.2 25 reviews

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  • Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24539
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character
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    9.4 20 reviews
    9.4 20 reviews

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    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty
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  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset×

    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Ref: W43554
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury.
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    9.9 19 reviews
    9.9 19 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.
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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC803
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door.
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    9 21 reviews
    9 21 reviews

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  • West Milton,
    West Milton, ×

    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
    Prices from
    8.5 4 reviews
    8.5 4 reviews

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    Valley View
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  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Ref: 16565
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    A cosy retreat for 2 just a short walk from the beach ideal for romantic walks along the shoreline of this World Heritage coast.
    Prices from
    8.4 15 reviews
    8.4 15 reviews

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  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The New Forest National Park can be reached within a 10-minute drive and the Avon Valley Trail runs through the grounds.
    Prices from
    8.8 19 reviews
    8.8 19 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.
    Prices from
    9.4 22 reviews
    9.4 22 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    The Forge

    The Forge

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2518
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach.
    Prices from
    9.2 5 reviews
    9.2 5 reviews

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  • Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43504
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally.
    Prices from
    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 11 reviews

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