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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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  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Sweet Briar

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 8234
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set in an AONB perfect for a relaxing holiday and also for walking and spotting wildlife in abundance in this area.
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    Buzzards
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    Farthings
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  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Ref: DZP
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    There’s plenty to do here at Lydden – take a day trip out to explore the area or simply relax in the pool.
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
    4
    3
    3
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride
    2
    1
    1
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
    4
    2
    2
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
    4
    2
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
    5
    3
    3
  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Gable End Cottage

    Beaminster, Dorset

    3
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    Ref: 25751
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A cosy terraced cottage in the heart of the market town of Beaminster, an ideal location for exploring coast and country.
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  • Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Dairy Farm Cottages - Foxglove Cottage

    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 25230
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Midway between Lyme Regis and Bridport lies this single storey barn conversion in the Marshwood Vale.
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    Dairy Farm Cottages -Bluebell Cottage
    4
    2
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    Dairy Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage
    8
    3
    3
  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Upton Manor Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

    3
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    Ref: 11163
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A 16-century thatched cottage in a picturesque setting, providing a good base for visiting all the attractions of West Dorset and East Devon.
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  • Charmouth, Dorset
    Charmouth, Dorset×

    Apple Tree Cottage

    Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC168
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With lovely coastal walks taking in Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England, and to Seaton with its bars and restaurants.
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  • Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset
    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Ash Cottage

    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: NT003004
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestled under the Golden Cap with superb coastal and inland walking, is this traditional farmhouse owned by the National Trust.
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    Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Elm Cottage
    5
    3
    3
  • Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Eden Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    3
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    Ref: 25749
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a wonderful part of Dorset this terraced cottage has many attractions and the coast within easy reach.
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  • Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Badger Cottage

    Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset

    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29721
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    A great base to visit Dorset’s many attractions, including the Heritage Coast, Stourhead House and many National Trust properties.
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  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Buzzards

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    1
    2
    Ref: 8235
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    First floor accommodation boasting a 5ft wide four poster bed and views over the Dorset Downs.
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    Sweet Briar
    3
    2
    2
    Farthings
    2
    0
    0
  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    3
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: DFA
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free
    Sleeping three guests, this beautiful holiday home with garden and shared children’s play area is ideal for a small family.
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
    8
    4
    4
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
    8
    4
    4
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
    5
    3
    3
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
    4
    2
    2
  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    3
    2
    1
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    Ref: DHU
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Anglebury has the best of both worlds - boasting a rural location yet the on-site facilities ensure there’s always something to do.
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
    6
    3
    3
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
    4
    Durbaville
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
    2
    2

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