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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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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio


    Situated in the small village of Chideock in an AONB, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast,...

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  • Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43504
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove


    Ideally located adjacent to Queens Copse, which comprises of 100 acres of woodland, with links to a...

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  • West Milton,
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    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities


    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this...

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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in...

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile...

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  • Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset
    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Pebbles

    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 30387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential...

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  • Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset
    Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Nest

    Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24121
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village...

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 15350
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking...

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  • Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    The Chalet

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 26663
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This detached, rural holiday property is set in 2 acres and surrounded by fields and woodland. Nearby is Holt Heath...

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  • Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset
    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset×

    The Trees

    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43878
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    The Trees is a comfortable, well presented, single-storey annexe, which is attached to the owners’ home yet it...

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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within...

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  • Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 24897
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    This lovely attached converted barn, in a courtyard setting near the Somerset/Dorset border, just west of the pretty...

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