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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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  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    In a rural location, Nut Bush boasts beautiful countryside views where wildlife can be spotted! There are also some great footpaths nearby.
    Prices from
    6.8 4 reviews
    6.8 4 reviews

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

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31202
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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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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  • St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire
    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire×

    Hurn Forest Retreat

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

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    Ref: UKC1786
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away.
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    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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

    White Horse Farm - Badger’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31204
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal retreat for a couple to enjoy the delights of Dorset, including museums, beaches and coastal walks.
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    8.3 3 reviews
    8.3 3 reviews

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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    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 - Otter’s Holt
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    3
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  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Linnets

    Linnets

    Beaminster, Dorset

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A good central location for discovering all that Dorset has to offer, from the Jurassic Coast and beaches to picturesque walks and towns.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Enjoy on-site fishing or exploring the many local attractions from this peaceful retreat. Close to Shaftesbury.
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    9.5 17 reviews
    9.5 17 reviews

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  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset×

    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Ref: W43554
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury.
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    9.9 19 reviews
    9.9 19 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Freshwater Bay View

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 29709
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast.
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    9.8 25 reviews
    9.8 25 reviews

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  • Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Coombehayes Lodge

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 26569
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    En-suite accommodation for two is provided at this cottage situated on the edge of the quaint coastal resort of Lyme Regis.
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    9.5 24 reviews
    9.5 24 reviews

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  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAJ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The setting of this property is ideal for those wishing to whisk their loved one away to a romantic retreat!
    Prices from
    8.5 6 reviews
    8.5 6 reviews

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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 26306
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    A perfect retreat for a couple just 3 miles from the beach and close to many attractions in this popular area.
    Prices from
    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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  • Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 29956
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    With Lyme Regis just 3½ miles away, this cottage is a great base from which to explore Dorset and east Devon.
    Prices from
    9.6 25 reviews
    9.6 25 reviews

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