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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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  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×

    Baytree House

    Wimborne, Dorset

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    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.
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    This well presented detached home offers deceptively spacious, light holiday accommodation, located in the quiet cul-de-sac yet very convenient for many local sightseeing attractions, suitable for families or couples. All the bedding in the property has 180+ thread count and are anti-allergy. There is so much to do in the area – Wimborne, 2 miles, is a quaint market town with a model village, a theatre, a cinema, coffee houses, shops and quaint inns. Wimborne Minster, built in...

  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Crossways

    Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC933
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Crossways offers an ideal base for families to explore the amazing sites and enjoy all that Dorset has to offer.
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    This comfortable and spacious dormer bungalow is ideally situated only a short stroll from the quaint market town of Wareham, with its array of local shops, restaurants and pubs. Also close-by are numerous walks, cycle paths and coastal trails, all taking advantage of the stunning Jurassic coastline. Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the seaside town of Swanage with its beautiful beach, are also within a short drive, and for the local attractions, you will find the Durlston Country Park,...

  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Sea Stones

    Portland, Dorset

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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.
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    Explore Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast

    This characterful, Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set in the heart of Portland, under a mile from the beach at Church Ope Cove. It has easy access to the coastal paths with a lighthouse and RSPB observatory. Portland forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and Chesil Beach which starts in Portland runs 18 miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting all available. Close by is...

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

    Greygles

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy.
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    Set in the gentle hills of Dorset, Hardy’s country, and situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Dorchester and Blandford, this detached stone cottage offers an ideal village location for up to 7 guests to simply get away from it all. On your doorstep guests can enjoy some great country walking just off the Wessex Ridgeway path with your family pets and enjoy the beautiful scenery, cycling and local village pubs to wine and dine in. Within easy driving, guests...

  • Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    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.
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    In the small market town of Shaftesbury, near the famous Gold Hill and town centre which are within easy walking distance, this well-presented Grade II listed terraced holiday home is an excellent base for exploring this quaint character town and Dorset. Within easy driving, enjoy some superb scenic country walks on Melbury Downs, or enjoy days out visiting Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the delightful town of...

  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Coastguard Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 28120
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    The Jurassic Coastal Footpath as well as nearby seaside towns can be easily accessed from this former coastsguards cottage.
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    Close to Lulworth Cove

    Set just 200 yards from the world famous Lulworth Cove, and only 3½ miles from the historic Lulworth Castle and Park, with wonderful coastal views from the front patio and two of the bedrooms. Two former coastguard cottages have been joined together to create a terraced holiday property providing comfortable, traditional accommodation complete with woodburner and enclosed lawned garden, ideal for year round holidays. You may follow the Jurassic coastal...

  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×

    Oakdene Lodge

    Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2213
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Ideal for couples or families who want to explore Dorset and further afield, Oakdene Lodge makes the perfect base.
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    Conveniently located just back off the road, this homely and comfortable semi-detached property is in a semi rural location, perfect for exploring this ever popular area. With Wimborne, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the New Forest all within easy access, there is something for everyone, all year round. Oakdene Lodge has an extensive enclosed lawned garden and a sitting-out area under a canopy of wisteria, plus private parking. There is a property attached which...

  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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!
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by...

    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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    Harcombe House - Lyme
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    Harcombe House - Shapwick
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    Harcombe House - Woodhouse
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    Harcombe House - Ware
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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    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.
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    This charming, spacious, Grade II listed, thatched, detached cottage is set in the delightful village of Chideock. Between Lyme Regis and Bridport, and a short walk from the beach at Seatown and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal holiday base. Enjoy superb coastal walking, with breathtaking views from Golden Cap, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, or explore Lyme Regis with its Cobb, harbour and quaint shops, and many other attractions nearby. Shop and pub...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DKG
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Awarded five stars, Coomb Barton is an exceptional property which has access to shared facilities – it’s perfect for that special occasion!
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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 - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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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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  • Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset
    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Timberyard - Woodmans Cottage

    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DVM
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Sleeping eight guests and two pets, Woodmans Cottage is brilliant for that special family gathering or group of friends.
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    These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 4 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small...

    The Old Timberyard - Carters Cottage
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  • Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset
    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset×

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Farmhouse

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: DCCX
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - 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.
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    These holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse (ref DCCX) is a semi-detached, typical Dorset farmhouse, Redbridge Barn (ref DDDX) is a unique and impressive, beautifully appointed, period-style, detached farmhouse and Redbridge Stable Cottage (ref DCCY) is a detached property. Providing a rural retreat, these holiday properties are ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. The golden sands of Studland and...

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Barn
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