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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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  • Bournemouth, Dorset
    Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Stourcliffe House

    Bournemouth, Dorset

    11
    6
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    Ref: UKC369
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    This well-appointed detached, Edwardian holiday property has its own games room and lies just 300 yards from the sands of Southbourne Beach.
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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Purcombe Farmhouse

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    3
    Ref: 28458
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This spacious family-size farmhouse with a hot tub, is a relaxing retreat from which to explore all the delights Dorset has to offer.
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  • Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset
    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Woodyhyde Courtyard

    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset

    12
    6
    5
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    Ref: DZH
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    There are so many fabulous amenities here at Woodyhyde Courtyard including pool, sauna and games room that guests will always be entertained!
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  • Christchurch, Dorset
    Christchurch, Dorset×

    Quay House

    Christchurch, Dorset

    12
    6
    4
    3
    Ref: UKC780
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    In a great central location, this Georgian townhouse is within walking distance of shops, restaurants and the quayside.
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  • Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset
    Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Lilac Cottage

    Boscombe, near Bournemouth, Dorset

    12
    6
    4
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    Ref: DDDA
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    After a day spent exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in your very own hot tub.
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  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset×

    Portland House

    Weymouth, Dorset

    12
    7
    4
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    Ref: NT003042
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    An impressive Mediterranean-style villa furnished in Art Deco style with large grounds and terraces.
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  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    4
    Ref: W44038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Adjoining the original mill, this property provides spacious accommodation for up to 12 guests.
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  • Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Yawl House

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    2
    Ref: W43467
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A large conservatory is a feature of this spacious Georgian house which lies 1 mile from Lyme Regis and close to many attractions.
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  • Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset
    Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset×

    The Farmhouse

    Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset

    12
    6
    5
    2
    Ref: DBBN
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Pamper yourself staying in this detached, Grade ll listed, 17th-century Tudor brick house, right next door to a spa.
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  • Marnhull, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Marnhull, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×
    Newly listed
    New Inn Farmhouse

    New Inn Farmhouse

    Marnhull, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    12
    6
    4
    2
    Ref: UKC1891
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    With a private hot tub, large meadow, beautiful interior and the option for in-house catering, this fantastic property is the perfect choice for your holiday.
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  • Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth, Dorset
    Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Holme Cottage

    Boscombe Manor, Bournemouth, Dorset

    14
    6
    3
    2
    Ref: DTL
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Discover Dorset from this large detached property with its own hot tub, 300 yards from the cliff top leading to beaches.
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  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Fernlea

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    14
    7
    7
    1
    Ref: DKE
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Each of the 7 bedrooms boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together.
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