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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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  • Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    Forever Cottage

    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1928
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful, terraced, dog-friendly holiday home for two, offers a great base to explore the lovely county of Dorset.
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    This terraced cottage is set in a wonderful location, near the village of Milton Abbas, mid-way between Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, and the market town of Blandford. Attached to the owners’ home, the property is perfect for scenic country walking with your dog on Bulbarrow Hill, or some great country village pubs to wine and dine in. For days out visit Milton Abbey, Athelhampton House, Kingston Lacey, Cerne Abbey and the giant carved into the side of the hill at Cerne...

  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Ref: 16565
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    A cosy retreat for 2 just a short walk from the beach ideal for romantic walks along the shoreline of this World Heritage coast.
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    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Moley’s

    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.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    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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  • Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DQX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area.
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    Formerly the village forge, this cosily renovated and well furnished holiday hideaway nestles in the sleepy village of Lower Wraxall. It adjoins another cottage and is set opposite the owners’ farmhouse, in a ½ acre of private, partly wooded garden leading down to a stream. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is an abundance of wildlife to be found locally; footpaths and bridleways, making it a perfect location for exploring deep into the Dorset...

  • Dewlish, Dorset
    Dewlish, Dorset×

    Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish, Dorset

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    Ref: 16154
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking.
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    This cosy and beautifully presented studio cottage adjoins the owners 16th century country house. Set in a small unspoilt Dorset village within the heart of Hardy countryside, an AONB, with the coast 15 miles away. This is a comfortable holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area or to enjoy the many excellent walks that abound. Shop 2 miles, pub 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/bedroom area with double bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Kitchen with...

  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    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.
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    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset...

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

    Bride Valley Cottage

    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.
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    This delightful 250-year old, end of terrace cottage sits in the small village of Puncknowle (pronounced ‘Punnel’), just 1½ miles from Chesil Beach and the magnificent Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with its stunning views. It is a pretty holiday home, suited to couples, and has a wood burner to make it cosy in the colder months. To the east is Weymouth and Portland, the venue for the sailing at the 2012 Olympics, and to the west is picturesque Lyme Regis -...

  • 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 AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
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    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through...

  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 15350
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    Within walking distance of the centre of Bridport, an ideal base for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and Burton Bradstock.
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    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

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

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24539
    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
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    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...

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty
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  • West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 26385
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This cottages boasts a 6ft double bed and use of a hard tennis court as well as being close to the coast, Dorchester and attractions.
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    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with the resort of West Bay, this holiday cottage, with use of a hard tennis court, is ideally located to get away from it all. Country walking, cycling and village pubs nearby, and many attractions to enjoy including historic houses and gardens or days out on the Heritage Coast. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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  • Sherborne,
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    Compton

    Sherborne,

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    Ref: E3613
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside
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    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...

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    Sandford
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