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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

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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
    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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    Stourcliffe House is a detached Edwardian holiday property set within a quiet residential area, and is ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. The accommodation includes a living room with wood burner, games room, study and large kitchen/dining room with doors leading to the garden. Outside there is a fully enclosed garden with table and chairs. There is also a full sized table tennis table in the garage. The property lies just 300 yards from the sands of Southbourne...

  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset×

    Portland House

    Weymouth, Dorset

    12
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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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    National Trust Holiday Cottage


    Portland House is a wonderful Grade II listed, detached, Mediterranean-style villa built in 1935. It is situated in 2 acres of enclosed gardens and has stunning views overlooking Portland Harbour and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Furnished in Art Deco style reflecting that period, it contains some beautiful original features and period furniture, reminiscent of times past. It makes excellent use of the natural...

  • 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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    This delightful, detached holiday home for up to sixteen guests provides excellent accommodation for families looking to enjoy a break and get away from it all. The house has a large meadow to the front, perfect for a game of football, as well as a lawned garden complete with large patio and hot tub to the rear. Inside, it has been decorated and equipped to an excellent standard. It has six bedrooms, three with en-suite facilities, two lovely reception rooms, a wonderful...

  • 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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    This superb, Grade II listed, semi-detached, Georgian townhouse stands elegantly in a convenient central location within the historic centre of Christchurch. This imposing home has a large, enclosed lawned garden with outside seating, and private parking for up to four cars, unusual for such a central town setting. Inside, there are six bedrooms (most have TVs), plus four bathrooms, and the spacious living room, with its huge bay window and high ceiling, has a 60" TV with Virgin...

  • 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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    In the heart of West Dorset, on a working farm, situated in the beautiful Marshwood Vale only 2½ miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Lyme Regis to the west and Bridport and West Bay to the east, this large, semi-detached farmhouse for 12 offers a great holiday location to escape from the pressures of life and unwind in this wonderful area. Purcombe Farmhouse offers spacious accommodation for 2 to 3 families. Outside one can sit undercover and enjoy a...

  • 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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    The Farmhouse is a detached, Grade II listed, 17th-century Tudor brick house and sits next to the owner’s golf club, hotel and spa. This large, well-presented and equipped house offers an ideal place for a family holiday or a short break with friends. It has its own private drive and garden, and guests have use of the facilities at the golf club and spa. The spa has a swimming pool, hot tub, gym, steam room, Jacuzzi and spa treatments (some facilities at extra cost, recommended to...

  • 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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    A Georgian house with six bedrooms and a lovely conservatory overlooking a large lawned garden. This holiday property is adjacent to the owner’s home and offers excellent, comfortable accommodation for families to meet up and enjoy this wonderful area. The main bedroom also has the added benefit of a TV. The parking is allocated to 4 cars but a 5th space can be arranged by prior arrangement with the owner. In a great location, it lies 1 mile outside the ever popular seaside resort...

  • 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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    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth, Portland and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This property adjoins the former mill and has been lovingly restored to make a great holiday home to accommodate up to 12 guests. It offers two living rooms, one with flagstone flooring and a woodburner, and the other with an open fire, the kitchen/dining room has a large table for 12, and there are 6 bedrooms, as well as a...

  • 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
    After a day spent exploring the many attractions nearby, relax in your very own hot tub.
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    This impeccably presented, detached, character holiday property has a private, west-facing rear garden with its own hot tub and is 2 minutes away from Shelley Park. It has a well-equipped kitchen and feature fireplaces in the living room and two bedrooms. The cliff top leading down to the 7 miles of golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth is just 300 yards from the property.
    Lilac Cottage is set within a quiet residential area and is ideally situated, with much to offer the whole...

  • 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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    Occupying a secluded rural position within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the Purbecks, Woodyhyde Courtyard is a large detached, single-storey holiday property with its own leisure facilities including heated indoor swimming pool and sauna with changing room, shower and toilet. In the games room there is a TV with Sky sports and movies, table tennis, a pool table and table football. There is also a gym (adults only) and outside a large enclosed field ideal...

  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    North End Farm Cottages - North End Farm House

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    6
    4
    2
    Ref: W44194
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A wonderful 14th-century thatched farmhouse in an idyllic setting, perfect for large gatherings or celebrations.
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    In a wonderful picturesque location, in beautiful west Dorset, just north of Chideock, 3 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 4 miles from Bridport, you will find these three properties. North End Farmhouse (ref W44194), is a large 14th-century thatched farmhouse offering delightful holiday accommodation. It enjoys a large living room, formerly the great hall, with a huge stone mantled Tudor fireplace with oak fire and there is a hidden stone staircase and a...

    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Cricket Pavilion
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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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    This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden with hot tub and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing...

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