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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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  • Puddletown, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Puddletown, near Dorchester, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    No.1 The Old School

    No.1 The Old School

    Puddletown, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Puddletown, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    3
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    Ref: UKC2567
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Previously a village school, this unique property is a great base from which to explore the stunning Jurassic Coast. Previously a village school, this unique property is a great base from which to explore the stunning Jurassic Coast.
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  • Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: W43504
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally. An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally.
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    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 11 reviews

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  • Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    Little Thatch

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: UKC2060
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, Little Thatch is ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, Little Thatch is ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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    7.8 13 reviews
    7.8 13 reviews

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  • Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    2
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    1
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    Ref: 28753
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth. A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth.
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    9.8 4 reviews
    9.8 4 reviews

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

    Farthings

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

    2
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    1
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    Ref: 19292
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Farthings is in the wing of a country house perfect for a couple close to the historic market town of Bridport. Farthings is in the wing of a country house perfect for a couple close to the historic market town of Bridport.
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    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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    Sweet Briar
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    2
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    Buzzards
    3
    2
    2
  • Dewlish, Dorset
    Dewlish, Dorset×

    Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish, Dorset

    Dewlish, Dorset

    2
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    1
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    Ref: 16154
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking. Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking.
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    8.2 11 reviews
    8.2 11 reviews

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  • Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 29316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground floor accommodation perfectly located for exploring Poole, Bournemouth, the New Forest and beaches nearby. Ground floor accommodation perfectly located for exploring Poole, Bournemouth, the New Forest and beaches nearby.
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    8.6 9 reviews
    8.6 9 reviews

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  • Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset
    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hillview

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: 28544
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A cosy apartment close to coastal walks, Bridport, Abbotsbury Swannery and many more attractions. A cosy apartment close to coastal walks, Bridport, Abbotsbury Swannery and many more attractions.
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    8.8 18 reviews
    8.8 18 reviews

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  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: DZO
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna! Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna!
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    8 2 reviews
    8 2 reviews

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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
    4
    3
    3
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
    3
    2
    2
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
    4
    2
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
    4
    2
    2
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
    5
    3
    3
  • West Milton,
    West Milton, ×

    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    West Milton,

    2
    1
    1
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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
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    8.5 4 reviews

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    Valley View
    4
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    2
  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: 27905
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just 2.5 miles from Swanage with its lovely sandy beach this charming cottage makes a lovely getaway for a couple. Just 2.5 miles from Swanage with its lovely sandy beach this charming cottage makes a lovely getaway for a couple.
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    7.9 13 reviews
    7.9 13 reviews

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    Quince Cottage
    2
    1
    1
  • West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tenantrees Stable

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W44299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm. The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm.
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    9.8 16 reviews
    9.8 16 reviews

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