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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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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Sea Stones

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

    6
    4
    1
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    Ref: 26527
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This characterful Grade II listed cottage is under a mile from the beach and has easy access to coastal paths. This characterful Grade II listed cottage is under a mile from the beach and has easy access to coastal paths.
    Prices from
    8.6 16 reviews
    8.6 16 reviews

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  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×

    Baytree House

    Wimborne, Dorset

    Wimborne, Dorset

    6
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC383
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Take a break with your family to this beautiful holiday property and enjoy all the sights and activities that surround Baytree House. Take a break with your family to this beautiful holiday property and enjoy all the sights and activities that surround Baytree House.
    Prices from
    8.7 9 reviews
    8.7 9 reviews

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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    The Hideaways - The Hideaway House

    The Hideaways - The Hideaway House

    Swanage, Dorset

    Swanage, Dorset

    6
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC3099
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This lovely stone cottage is located in the popular seaside resort of Swanage, just 1 mile from the beach. This lovely stone cottage is located in the popular seaside resort of Swanage, just 1 mile from the beach.
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    0 0 reviews
    0 0 reviews

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    The Hideaways - Smuggler’s Rest
    5
    3
    3
  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: DQK
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday! Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday!
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    8.4 17 reviews
    8.4 17 reviews

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    Harcombe House - Rhode
    6
    3
    3
  • Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Shaftesbury, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: UKC24
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy all that Dorset has to offer from this property, located in Shaftesbury, with the Melbury Downs, Stourhead House and Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park close by. Enjoy all that Dorset has to offer from this property, located in Shaftesbury, with the Melbury Downs, Stourhead House and Gardens, and Longleat Safari Park close by.
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    9.8 10 reviews
    9.8 10 reviews

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

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DYF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance. Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance.
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    8.3 11 reviews
    8.3 11 reviews

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  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×

    Oakdene Lodge

    Wimborne, Dorset

    Wimborne, Dorset

    7
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC2213
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Ideal for couples or families who want to explore Dorset and further afield, Oakdene Lodge makes the perfect base. Ideal for couples or families who want to explore Dorset and further afield, Oakdene Lodge makes the perfect base.
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    9 3 reviews
    9 3 reviews

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  • Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greygles

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

    7
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy. Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Mill House

    Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: DVH
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in an AONB, this 19th-century, detached, characterful cottage is ideal for exploring Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Set in an AONB, this 19th-century, detached, characterful cottage is ideal for exploring Dorset, Devon and Somerset.
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    9.2 9 reviews
    9.2 9 reviews

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  • Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset
    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset×

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Farmhouse

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    0
    Ref: DCCX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for horse riding enthusiasts, there is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding. Ideal for horse riding enthusiasts, there is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding.
    Prices from
    7.5 14 reviews
    7.5 14 reviews

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    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Barn
    12
    5
    5
  • Watton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Cider Press

    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset

    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset

    8
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: DAAT
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ’upside down’ family barn conversion with traditional features, in the hamlet of Watton near the beach, Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. An ’upside down’ family barn conversion with traditional features, in the hamlet of Watton near the beach, Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis and Weymouth.
    Prices from
    8.8 8 reviews
    8.8 8 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DUS
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Gather up the family for a holiday to The Old Forge; it has a shared games room, play area and nearby attractions. Gather up the family for a holiday to The Old Forge; it has a shared games room, play area and nearby attractions.
    Prices from
    7.6 9 reviews
    7.6 9 reviews

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    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
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
    3
    2
    2

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