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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

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    Ref: E5394
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    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
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    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...

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

    Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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.
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    Set in a great location in picturesque west Dorset, this semi-detached, dog-friendly family home makes an ideal holiday base. It lies close to the Devon border, nestling just beneath Lamberts Castle Fort (National Trust), and within easy driving of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the seaside resorts of West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Eype, Charmouth and Lyme Regis (known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of west Dorset), with its famous Cobb, harbour and sandy beach....

  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - The Willows

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31200
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit the many attractions in the area, or simply stay on site and enjoy the games room or 2 acres of land.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset
    Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset×

    Chetnole Mill

    Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DGU
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Open Fire
    Pets are welcome at this converted 18th century mill which retains wooden flooring and exposed beams, within walking distance of the village green.
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    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....

  • West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset
    West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Marlpitts Farm

    West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DBBF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore west Dorset, country walks, beaches, traditional seaside resorts, the Jurassic Coast and many attractions within easy reach.
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    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...

  • Misterton, near Crewkerne, Dorset
    Misterton, near Crewkerne, Dorset×

    Nantucket House

    Misterton, near Crewkerne, Dorset

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    Ref: 25323
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This well presented holiday home is within an easy drive of the Jurassic coast, Forde Abbey or Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park.
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    Set in Misterton, on the Somerset/Dorset border, this well presented detached holiday home is excellent for exploring this delightful area. Within easy driving distance is the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is approximately 13 miles, also known as Broadchurch in the famous TV series. Lyme Regis with its harbour, cob and beach for fossil hunting, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking. Explore Weymouth with its sandy beaches and Portland which held the 2012 Olympic sailing. Abbotsbury...

  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Oxford Terrace

    Swanage, Dorset

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    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.
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    The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this cosy, 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...

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

    Alpen Rose Cottage

    Easton, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    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.
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    Situated in Easton in the heart of Portland, this 200 year old, mid-terrace cottage, accommodating up to 5 guests, has been tastefully decorated and offers a great holiday location for exploring the area. Steeped in history, Portland has wonderful coastal walking for visitors and their four-legged friends, as well as fishing, diving, bird watching, and of course sailing and wind surfing in Weymouth harbour. Set on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, so one can explore all...

  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Larkrise

    Portland, Dorset

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    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.
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    With a cosy open fire this cottage was once home to the famous Stone Carver Skylark Durston, whose work can be seen throughout. From the garden, wonderful coastal and sea views can be enjoyed, and Portland Bill lighthouse is just a mile walk away, 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...

  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Anchor Cottage

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 30892
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Outdoor activities and many other attractions beckon visitors to this charming stone cottage, which lies in the heart of Portland.
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    Set in the heart of Portland, this lovely semi-detached, stone holiday cottage has much charm and character. Explore Portland’s rugged beauty and history or visit the popular seaside resort of Weymouth, scenic Chesil Beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and picturesque west Dorset. Water sports, sailing, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking are all available. Within easy driving distance are many attractions ranging from castles, gardens,...

  • Broadwindsor, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Broadwindsor, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    Ellcrys

    Broadwindsor, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC424
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Take a stroll along the famous Jurassic Coast, situated just a short drive away, where you can admire the breathtaking scenery, or enjoy a picnic with your loved ones on a warm summers day.
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    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...

  • Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: DUZ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Chesil Cottage is brilliant for that fun filled family holiday. Take a trip to Weymouth beach for a great day out!
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    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 patio area and communal garden, within easy walking distance of Chickerell. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy...

    Coastline Cottages - Fleet Cottage
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    Coastline Cottages - Pebble Cottage
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