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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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  • Compton

    Sherborne

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    Ref: E3613

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: 4 steps down to living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Shared garden.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, nr. Lyme Regis

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    Ref: 29956


    In a lovely position 3½ miles from the picturesque, seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this well-equipped, semi-detached holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, offers a great location to explore west Dorset and into east Devon. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Lyme Regis with all its quaint shops, its wonderful scenic harbour and Cobb, the bustling town of Axminster, River Cottage, Forde Abbey and Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre. Further afield, visit Beer, Branscombe and Seaton, and going east, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth and Portland. There is much to do, including superb coastal and country walking, and village pubs for wining and dining. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle, toilet and sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared garden. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Pippins Annex

    Piddletrenthide, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: 31012

    Situated in the delightful Piddle Valley (AONB) in Thomas Hardy’s country, just 8 miles from the popular town of Dorchester, this first floor annex, attached to the owner’s home, offers a wonderful holiday location from which to explore this delightful area. Enjoy some quiet time on the balcony, or the scenic Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance. The coast stretches from Lulworth Cove, through Weymouth, Portland, West Bay and Charmouth, and on to Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour. There are beautiful coastal and country walks, cycle routes, small villages with lovely pubs to wine and dine in, and many attractions and historic houses to be enjoyed. Visit the nearby Cerne Abbas Giant and Athelhampton House and Gardens. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    12 spiral steps to entrance: Living room with double bed. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ garden. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24540

    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 Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Freezer in outbuilding. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

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  • Paddock View

    Alderholt, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: W43554


    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers light, spacious, comfortable and tastefully styled holiday accommodation. It has a large, decked sitting-out area with an awning for those who prefer the shade. This is an ideal spot for breakfast, alfresco dining or an aperitif on a warm, balmy evening. There are super views over paddocks with ponies. Nearby Fordingbridge is a popular market town which is known for its medieval bridge with five arches, and has many local shops, boutiques, eateries and a church. Nearby there is a waterpark, which offers windsurfing, sailing, fishing and watersports, and there is horse riding and golf in the area too. This is an excellent, scenic walking area, some of which meanders along the River Avon from Salisbury to Christchurch. There are beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole. Places to visit include The New Forest National Park, Winchester and Salisbury with their cathedrals and Christchurch Harbour. Family days out include Marwell Zoo or the historic ships at Portsmouth. Beach 12 miles. Shop and pub serving food 1/2 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request). Shower room with toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/grill. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned private garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step from decking to garden.

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  • Spindrift

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

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    Ref: 30896


    This comfortable and spacious semi-detached holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally located for exploring all that Poole Harbour has to offer, and has a parking space for a small boat and benefits from a swinging mooring which is available on request. There is a slipway for launching sailing dinghies and small day boats, for residents, within 100 yards. Canoeing is popular in this location, and is ideal for exploring the RSPB nature reserve at Arne and the islands within this stunning harbour. A 5-minute walk leads to Hamworthy Park and beach (used by the more expert windsurfers and kite surfers out of season), with great views across the harbour, Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle. It has beach huts, a fabulous paddling pool and play areas, including a tennis court. Poole town is a couple of miles away, where you can enjoy the park and quayside, with its cosmopolitan pubs and restaurants, and views out to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. From Poole Quay, you can take trips to all parts of the harbour, including the golden sands of Sandbanks and Studland, Wareham and beyond. From the ferry terminal in Hamworthy, trips to France and the Channel Islands can be done in a day. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast - England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is an easy drive away, with Swanage, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling routes. Attractions within the Purbecks include Farmer Palmers, Monkey World, The Tank Museum and Tyneham Village. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors. Kitchen. Utility area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small fountain in garden.

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  • Bay View Apartments - Little Bay View

    Lyme Regis

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    Ref: 26438

    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, picturesque harbour and Cobb (setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’) and on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two holiday apartments (refs 26437 and 26438) are well furnished and equipped, and have spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach towards Portland. You can amble into Lyme Regis with its inns, shops and restaurants, soak up the atmosphere on the front or indulge in some fishing, boating and fossil hunting. Enjoy some scenic walking along this dramatic coast stretching from Weymouth to Exmouth, or visit many of the quaint seaside resorts to be found at Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer, Charmouth and Westbay. There are several historic houses to visit, such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and many family attractions within easy driving, Crealy Adventure Park, Pecorama, Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens to name a few. The sandy beach is only a 10 minute stroll away through Langmoor gardens. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/2 steps to dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot. Freeview TV. Small enclosed decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (200 yards). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

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    Ref: W8523

    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, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne

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    Ref: DAAW

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Internet connection.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Buckland Newton, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: 29710

    Situated in a small hamlet near Buckland Newton, midway between Dorchester and Sherborne, this self-contained wing of the owners 18th-century character home, offers a lovely retreat, with country walks, cycling and village pubs to wine and dine in. In the region, visit many historic houses, the Cerne Abbas giant, and within easy driving, the scenic coast of Dorset, from the Purbecks all the way to Lyme Regis, taking in the splendid World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Dorchester has many attractions to enjoy and 5 miles on is the Victorian town of Weymouth for a seaside atmosphere. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows

    Bradpole, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24539

    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 Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Freezer in outbuilding. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

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  • Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, nr. Sherborne

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    Ref: 24897

    This lovely attached converted barn, in a courtyard setting near the Somerset/Dorset border, just west of the pretty abbey town of Sherborne, 5 miles, provides excellent holiday accommodation. An ideal location from which to explore the famous West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth, 22 miles, West Bay and Bridport. Also visit the many delightful attractions in south Somerset such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Glastonbury Tor, Montacute House and much more all within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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