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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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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: E5394
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Rest body and mind at The Old Dairy and marvel at the stunning views that surround you before setting out into Bridport and beyond. Rest body and mind at The Old Dairy and marvel at the stunning views that surround you before setting out into Bridport and beyond.
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    8.1 16 reviews
    8.1 16 reviews

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  • Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC865
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained. The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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    7.6 16 reviews
    7.6 16 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Larkrise

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

    5
    3
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    2
    Ref: 18942
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Portland Bill lighthouse is just 1 mile from this cottage and the Monkey Sanctuary and Sealife Park can be easily reached. Portland Bill lighthouse is just 1 mile from this cottage and the Monkey Sanctuary and Sealife Park can be easily reached.
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    5 2 reviews
    5 2 reviews

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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Oxford Terrace

    Swanage, Dorset

    Swanage, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: 26782
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Just a few hundred yards from the heart of the town and a short walk to the Jurassic Coast. Just a few hundred yards from the heart of the town and a short walk to the Jurassic Coast.
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    9.3 15 reviews
    9.3 15 reviews

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  • Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Old Engine House

    Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset

    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC1958
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A converted barn in a great location for exploring west Dorset and the surrounding counties with plenty of attractions for all ages. A converted barn in a great location for exploring west Dorset and the surrounding counties with plenty of attractions for all ages.
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    9.1 21 reviews
    9.1 21 reviews

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  • Easton, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Easton, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Alpen Rose Cottage

    Easton, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Easton, near Weymouth, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W44120
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Accommodating up to 5 guests, as well as your four-legged friends, this property really does provide the perfect family holiday base. Accommodating up to 5 guests, as well as your four-legged friends, this property really does provide the perfect family holiday base.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Coppers Cottages - Bergerac Cottage

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: DJQ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This property provides an idyllic base to retreat to after a day out exploring the beautiful local area, including Lyme Regis. This property provides an idyllic base to retreat to after a day out exploring the beautiful local area, including Lyme Regis.
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    9.6 20 reviews
    9.6 20 reviews

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    Coppers Cottages - Colombo Cottage
    4
    2
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  • Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    Cross Tree Cottage

    Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

    Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43806
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in the heart of a rural village, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty to see and explore. Set in the heart of a rural village, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is plenty to see and explore.
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    9.1 17 reviews
    9.1 17 reviews

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  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Bosuns Locker

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: 26975
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    This 3-bedroomed bungalow is just 100 yards from the harbour and a couple of miles from Poole town centre. This 3-bedroomed bungalow is just 100 yards from the harbour and a couple of miles from Poole town centre.
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    9.1 18 reviews
    9.1 18 reviews

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  • Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset×

    Drood Cottage

    Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset

    Puncknowle, near West Bay, Dorset

    5
    3
    2
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    Ref: DML
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    A cosy stone cottage with open fire in a peaceful location, in the heart of the Jurassic coastline. A cosy stone cottage with open fire in a peaceful location, in the heart of the Jurassic coastline.
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    8.8 19 reviews
    8.8 19 reviews

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  • Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Motcombe Nursery

    Motcombe Nursery

    Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Motcombe, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC2984
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Spend a relaxing break in the quiet village of Motcombe, with a variety of attractions for the whole family to enjoy in the surrounding area. Spend a relaxing break in the quiet village of Motcombe, with a variety of attractions for the whole family to enjoy in the surrounding area.
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: DEX
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Grain Store is a brilliant family property as it boasts fantastic shared facilities including children’s play area and games room. The Grain Store is a brilliant family property as it boasts fantastic shared facilities including children’s play area and games room.
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    8.1 16 reviews
    8.1 16 reviews

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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
    8
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
    8
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
    4
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
    3
    2
    2

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