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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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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In the pretty village of Burton Bradstock close to Bridport and Chesil Beach in an AONB.
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    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast....

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

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
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    - 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.
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    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield,...

  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Granary Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 23750
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a romantic get away at any time of year with a roll top bath and cosy fire, you won’t want to leave.
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    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further...

  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

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    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.
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    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths...

  • Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character
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    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character. Set on a working farm, they are spacious with a homely feel, offering very good holiday accommodation. Ideally located to explore this delightful area of Dorset, be it the rolling hills into Dorchester, Beaminster and Broadwindsor, or the spectacular scenic coast surrounding Lyme Bay between Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme...

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Whether you are looking for an active or relaxing break for you and your loved one, Wellbridge has it all.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Badger’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    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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    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 - 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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  • Evershot, Dorset
    Evershot, Dorset×

    West Woods

    Evershot, Dorset

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    Ref: E3041
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country
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    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all...

  • Dewlish, Dorset
    Dewlish, Dorset×

    Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish, Dorset

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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.
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    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with...

  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
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    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Bankside

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This shepherd’s hut provides idyllic lakeside accommodation, for couples looking to relax, or explore this isolated and rural location.
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    These wonderful shepherd’s huts are located on the edge of a carp lake, and are now delightful holiday cabins, situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Bankside and Lakeside Hut provide an ideal base from which to explore the...

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut
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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
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    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home enjoys a tranquil village setting and is an excellent base for exploring the area. Extensive public footpath network in the Parish. Major long distance paths cross the Parish, Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail. Within a few miles are Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Museum, Barrington Court and Montacute...

  • Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Treetops

    Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 28066
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Just 3 miles from the county town of Dorchester and only 8 miles from the coast, there is a wealth of attractions to discover.
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    In the delightful village of Bradford Peverell, this self-contained cottage, and the wing of the owner’s home, offers a great holiday base. Treetops is situated in an ideal location for exploring Dorchester, only 3 miles away. Visit Weymouth and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, 8 miles. There is a wealth of attractions to explore in this popular area such as historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Bovington Tank Museum, and discover some wonderful places including...

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