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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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  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: E5394

    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors, while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater, The Cobb. Bridport, the old ropemakers’ town, Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle, Dorchester, the Swannery at Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Willow Cottage

    Wool

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W43452


    This well-appointed, bright, terraced holiday cottage is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The town of Swanage is a seaside town with its award-winning beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also very close by. The cottage is close to woodland walks, coastal trails and paths, and is approximately a quarter of a mile away from the Tour de Manche cycle route.
    The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery, butchers’ shop and a train station which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory with dining area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: two double, (one 5ft), 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned front garden. Small enclosed rear garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 6 years, except babes in arms. NB: Stream at front of property.

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  • Chetnole Mill

    Chetnole, Sherborne

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DGU

    With its original machinery on view through an internal window, this fine conversion of part of an 18th-century mill has been charmingly furnished with some period and antique furniture, and enjoys a village setting within walking distance of the green, children’s play area and inn. Part of the mill is occupied by the owner’s art studio, and a public footpath runs along part of the driveway. The train station, ¼ mile, has direct access to Weymouth, Bath and Bristol. Yeovil (with swimming-pool) 7 miles, and the beach at Burton Bradstock is half an hour’s drive. Award winning pub 400 yards.

    Living/dining room with large inglenook fireplace, rugs on wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Three easy steps to bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with doors to patio. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one twin and one single, both with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – logs available locally
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-emergency calls only
    • Small patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Sparrows Nest

    Preston, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W42924

    Set in a residential road and within a short walk you can be on coastal footpaths which form part of the Jurassic coast. This semi-detached holiday property provides a good base from which to explore this delightful part of Dorset. Bowleaze Cove is nearby and Weymouth with its beach, harbour and two nature reserves a couple of miles away popular for sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The county town of Dorchester, Athelhampton House, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and many walks abound in this lovely area of Dorset. The Purbecks, with their chocolate box villages, are a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in garage). Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop to one side of patio.

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  • Marlpitts Farm

    West Milton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DBBF

    Situated just north of West Bay and Bridport, where the TV drama ’Broadchurch’ was filmed, and only five miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its superb scenery, this traditional detached farmhouse cottage benefits from an idyllic location and its own large enclosed paddock. This is a well-placed holiday home for exploring West Dorset, with lovely country walks on the doorstep, village pubs and many attractions within easy driving distance including the Lyme Bay coast with its traditional seaside resorts, in particular picturesque Lyme Regis or Weymouth with its long, sandy beach. Shop 2 miles, pubs 1-2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Paddock. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Oxford Terrace

    Swanage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26782

    The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this characterful terraced holiday home, with a good selection of eateries and shops. Just a short walk leads you to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastal Path and Durlston Country Park. All can enjoy Swanage Steam Railway, and a short drive away is Monkey World and the National Trust site of Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden. Cottage sleeps maximum of 5 guests. Other cottages have access through garden. Unmade lane to cottage.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Bergerac Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DJQ

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH and towels included. Cot. TV. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Furniture.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store

    Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: DEX

    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
    The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS and DWS). Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden or courtyard with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
    There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
    A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay and there is also horse riding nearby within 5 miles. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.

    Large living room with multi-fuel stove. Steps down to well-equipped kitchen with dining area, TV and French doors to enclosed rear garden. First floor: Double bedroom with Victorian style iron bedstead. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Multi-fuel stove - first basket included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric convector heaters/electric heaters included
    • Two flatscreen digital TVs
    • Enclosed rear garden
    • Patio with furniture

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Parking
    • Pet(s) free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds

    ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Shared gardens and grounds of 10 acres including children’s play area (suitable for children under ten)
    • Shared large games barn with pool table and table tennis
    • Enclosed play area with Wendy house, suitable for children under five, situated in the courtyard opposite games barn entrance

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  • Ellcrys

    Broadwindsor, near Beaminster

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC424

    In the middle of glorious scenic and unspoilt West Dorset, in the small village of Broadwindsor, with its very own Craft Centre for cream teas and local craft, this end terrace cottage for five, is a great base to unwind from the fast pace of life. The cottage has its own parking and enclosed garden to the rear and is within easy driving down to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Enjoy some fantastic coastal scenery and walking, fossil hunting with your children, swimming, boating and fishing from one of the picturesque seaside resorts. West Bay and Lyme Regis are great examples, or try one of the smaller places such as Burton Bradstock, Eype, Sea Town and Charmouth, all will offer a great break. South Somerset is within easy driving and has some great family attractions at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Haynes Motor Museum and on to Clarks Factory Village and the magical Glastonbury Tor. Nearby if you just fancy strolling around the shops, maybe trying some restaurants or maybe a market, then the quaint town of Beaminster and the old market rope town of Bridport, with its old character shops are well worth a call. You will have plenty to do to enjoy a memorable holiday. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    3 steps to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With gas coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, tiled floor and steps leading to garden.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:

    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    LPG central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Stairgate. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Tennay Cottage

    Wareham

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43547


    This centrally located, terrace holiday cottage is in the heart of the market town of Wareham but also benefits from a quiet tucked away position. With a wide variety of local shops, pubs and restaurants a few yards away, the cottage is also just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The town of Swanage is a seaside town with a beautiful beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also very close by. The cottage is close to lovely walks, coastal trails and paths, and the Tour de Manche cycle route. For golfers the golf course can be found 1 mile away. Beach 10 miles. Shops 40 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping)/dining room/kitchen. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single, both with sloping ceiling.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Double electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Larkrise

    Portland

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 18942

    With a cosy open fire this cottage was once home to the famous Stone Carver Skylark Durston, his work can be seen throughout. From the garden wonderful coastal and sea views can be enjoyed. Portland Bill lighthouse is just a mile walk, which then leads on to wonderful coastal footpaths and further to Chesil beach. It’s a great holiday base for sea/fishing, windsurfing, diving and sailing. Bustling Weymouth is 6 miles away. Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary, Monkey World and Bovington Tank museum are all easily accessible. Shop 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread spiral stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 steps up to 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Coastline Cottages - Fleet Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DUY


    Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely woodburners. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in a quiet location, each with its own garden area, within easy walking distance of Chickerell. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy the sandy beach. A day trip to France or the Channel Islands and even a sea fishing trip can be enjoyed, all leaving from the harbour. The RSPB has two reserves nearby - Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, the latter having an information centre as well as nature trails where grebes, swans, warblers and other species of birds may be seen. The swannery at Abbotsbury provides the opportunity to observe the resident colony of mute swans, which has been in existence since the 14th century. From late May, visitors can walk around the nesting area, observing the cygnets at close quarters. Another attraction at Abbotsbury are the sub-tropical gardens, which flourish in a site protected from the cold winds. Here species rare to Britain - such as Japanese camellias and Caucasian Wing Nut tree - can be found. A drive west from the cottages along the coast road is a delight, where the outstanding views and ‘chocolate-box’ villages can be admired. Shops ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast bar. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three TVs. DVDs. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking.

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