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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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  • 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.

  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canoniconum, 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.

  • Springfield Cottage

    Wool, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 25796

    Set in the village of Wool, this Grade II listed semi-detached thatched 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 a beach and boat trips, or visit Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The village has its own village store, a bakers, butchers shop and a train station which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Rear garden with furniture. Shared, enclosed, large front garden. Ample parking. NB: 1 step to garden.

  • Alpen Rose Cottage

    Easton, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44120

    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 the way up to the Purbecks to the east and down to Lyme Regis in the west, taking in many popular resorts en-route and some superb scenery. Visit the quaint seaside town of Weymouth with its harbour, sandy beach and shops, or Dorchester with its many museums. Further afield, discover Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, historic houses and many other exciting attractions beckon to ensure you have a memorable holiday. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 200 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32’’ Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, paved garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden.

  • 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.

  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: DZS

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Small bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

  • Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DUZ


    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.
    Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. 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. 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.

  • 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, 1/4 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 and full NSH included
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-emergency calls only
    • Small patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

  • Cross Tree Cottage

    Winterborne Stickland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43806


    This lovely, Grade II listed, thatched, cob cottage is situated in the quaint village of Winterborne Stickland, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cottage lies in the heart of the Blackmore Vale and is ideally located for walks along the Wessex Way and the surrounding area. While tastefully extended, the cottage retains many original features including leaded light windows, an inglenook fireplace, bread oven and low beams. It is ideally situated a short walk from the local pub or to explore the historic, market towns and seaside resorts of Dorset, including Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Bridport, Bournemouth and Poole. The cottage is dog friendly and adjoins the owners’ cottage. Enjoy scenic country walking, wine and dine in village pubs, or visit Milton Abbey, Athelhampton House, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Explore the Isle of Purbeck and the famous Heritage Jurassic Coast, calling in at Lulworth Cove and on to the seaside resort of Weymouth and Portland, you will have much to enjoy. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with patio door and breakfast area. Utility room (for hanging wet coats). Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double), 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Bosuns Locker

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26975


    This nautical-themed, three-bedroom detached bungalow is just a 100 yards away from Poole Harbour and 900 yards to Hamworthy Park and Beach, that has great views across the harbour and the Purbeck Hills. The private well-maintained garden boasts a south facing summerhouse and there is also a covered area with a pool table and darts board. Poole Town is a couple of miles away where you can enjoy shopping or watch the world go by at one of the many pubs and restaurants at the quayside which have views of the second largest natural harbour in the world and the National Trusts Brownsea Island. There is so much to visit in this lovely part of Dorset including the market town of Wareham situated between the rivers of Frome and Piddle it is of Saxon origin, once you are here you can visit the town museum and enjoy a boat ride on the river (8 miles) for more history visit the village of Corfe Castle 16 miles away, not only does it feature small independent shops, tea rooms, restaurants but also the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle which dates back to the 11th century that was built by William The Conqueror. The 6-mile long Heritage Steam Railway of Swanage runs through the Isle of Purbeck, at weekends and Bank Holiday from mid-February to the end of the year and every day of the week between April and October is (19 miles). Other attractions include Monkey World (15 miles), Tank Museum.(16 miles). Shop 80 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    2 small steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 13 years except babes in arms.

  • Mill Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 29080

    In the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, only 3 miles from Dorchester with its many attractions, and within easy driving of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this detached holiday cottage is delightfully situated to explore West Dorset. Superb scenic coastal walking from West Bay, Bridport to Portland and Weymouth, and many family venues such as Monkey World, Tank Museum, Sea Life Museum and Deep Sea Adventure to enjoy. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Synderford Lodge

    Thorncombe, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: EWG

    Peacefully set on the edge of the village of Thorncombe, this pretty, detached, flint holiday cottage has a natural sloping garden which leads steeply to an unfenced pond and stream (small children will need supervision). In an AONB close to Beaminster, Bridport and Axminster, and 9 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an excellent location to explore West Dorset and East Devon. Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House, and enjoy beautiful country walking on the Wessex Ridgeway, Jubilee and Monarch Trails. For eating, there are many excellent restaurants and pubs in the area, farm shops with local produce, as well as a couple of supermarkets, plus a well-stocked community run village shop, which is open 7 days a week. Shop/café and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 single bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms, one with en-suite toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (November-April £35 per week, £25 per short break). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked patio, summer house and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (for 2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden to pond.

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