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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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  • Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset
    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset

    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43591
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The perfect hideaway for two. Explore the scenic coast or discover the countryside with your four-legged friend! The perfect hideaway for two. Explore the scenic coast or discover the countryside with your four-legged friend!
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    9.3 26 reviews
    9.3 26 reviews

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  • Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset
    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 17734
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions. Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions.
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    7.6 11 reviews
    7.6 11 reviews

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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Ref: DDX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD. A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD.
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    9.1 20 reviews
    9.1 20 reviews

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  • Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barleycorn

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 25879
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This single storey barn conversion for two is ideally placed for exploring historic houses and many attractions nearby. This single storey barn conversion for two is ideally placed for exploring historic houses and many attractions nearby.
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    9.5 22 reviews
    9.5 22 reviews

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

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24540
    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 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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    9.7 15 reviews
    9.7 15 reviews

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    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows
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  • Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

    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
    An ideal location from which to explore the West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay and Bridport. An ideal location from which to explore the West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay and Bridport.
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    8.7 18 reviews
    8.7 18 reviews

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  • Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Bride Valley Cottage

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1603
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage with its warming wood burner is perfect any time of year to explore the beautiful county of Dorset. This cosy cottage with its warming wood burner is perfect any time of year to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    8.4 27 reviews
    8.4 27 reviews

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

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DZU
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Guests can enjoy a peaceful location with a footpath to Hinton Martell and easy access to the New Forest National Park. Guests can enjoy a peaceful location with a footpath to Hinton Martell and easy access to the New Forest National Park.
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    8.4 5 reviews
    8.4 5 reviews

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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II
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  • Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    The Byre

    Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset

    Fifehead Magdalen, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2279
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The Byre offers a great holiday retreat for couples with a small child to get away from it all and enjoy a superb part of Dorset. The Byre offers a great holiday retreat for couples with a small child to get away from it all and enjoy a superb part of Dorset.
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    8.9 18 reviews
    8.9 18 reviews

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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31203
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore the many museums within easy reach of this property, including Haynes Motor Museum and Keep Military Museum. Explore the many museums within easy reach of this property, including Haynes Motor Museum and Keep Military Museum.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 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 - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    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. 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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    7.9 13 reviews
    7.9 13 reviews

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    Quince Cottage
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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. 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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