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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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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: 26438
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Wonderful views over Lyme Bay from the patio and lounge makes this contemporary spacious apartment a perfect choice for a family holiday.
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    Just a 10-minute walk to the sandy beach in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its 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. It is just a delight to have coffee on the balcony or watch the...

    Bay View Apartments - Bay View
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  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The setting of this property is ideal for those wishing to whisk their loved one away to a romantic retreat!
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    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...

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Spindrift

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: 30896
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and juat 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
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    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. 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...

  • Dorchester, Dorset
    Dorchester, Dorset×

    Dove Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43672
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    This perfect retreat for two is set in the heart of Dorchester with many attractions close by, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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    Situated in the heart of the lovely county town of Dorchester, this terraced cottage for two, offers a superb holiday base for exploring this delightful character town with all it has to offer on your doorstep. Visit the four great attractions in the town, Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Dinosaur Museum, the unique Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum. Enjoy the Wednesday market, the farmers market on the first Saturday of the month at Brownward Hall, watch a film at...

  • Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Forever Cottage

    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...

  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Granary Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 23750
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a romantic get away at any time of year with a roll top bath and cosy fire, you won’t want to leave.
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    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further...

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

    Carpenter’s Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43589
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Any couple will enjoy this perfect location for discovering and exploring the delights on offer in Dorset, with its World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
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    Situated in the small village of Chideock in an AONB, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Lyme Regis and West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) at Bridport, and 1 mile from Seatown Beach with its stunning views. This well presented holiday home for two, with French doors in the first floor living room opening onto a Juliette balcony, adjoins the owners’ home and is conveniently located near to the road for easy access to enjoy the many...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHM
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Whether you are looking for an active or relaxing break for you and your loved one, Wellbridge has it all.
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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 - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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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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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Enjoy on-site fishing or exploring the many local attractions from this peaceful retreat. Close to Shaftesbury.
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    These wonderful shepherd’s huts are located on the edge of a carp lake, and are now delightful holiday cabins, situated in the grounds of the owner’s home, offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Bankside and Lakeside Hut provide an ideal base from which to explore the...

  • Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Treetops

    Bradford Peverell, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 28066
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Rural Location
    Just 3 miles from the county town of Dorchester and only 8 miles from the coast, there is a wealth of attractions to discover.
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    In the delightful village of Bradford Peverell, this self-contained cottage, and the wing of the owner’s home, offers a great holiday base. Treetops is situated in an ideal location for exploring Dorchester, only 3 miles away. Visit Weymouth and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, 8 miles. There is a wealth of attractions to explore in this popular area such as historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Bovington Tank Museum, and discover some wonderful places including...

  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    In a rural location, Nut Bush boasts beautiful countryside views where wildlife can be spotted! There are also some great footpaths nearby.
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    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,...

  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Little Meadow Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 29570
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This charming first floor holiday apartment is just a short drive away from the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
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    On a country lane with no-through traffic, this first floor holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is in a rural location surrounded by meadows and countryside views. It is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage is a seaside town with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are within walking distance. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery,...

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