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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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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in...

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  • 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

    On a country lane with no-through traffic, this first floor holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is in...

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  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 25873
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location

    Lancombe Lodges are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an AONB in West Dorset and...

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  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive...

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  • Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset
    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset×

    The Trees

    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43878
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    The Trees is a comfortable, well presented, single-storey annexe, which is attached to the owners’ home yet it...

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  • 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

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious...

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

    White Horse Farm - Badger’s

    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

    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint,...

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  • Dorchester, Dorset
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    Dove Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43672
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free


    Situated in the heart of the lovely county town of Dorchester, this terraced cottage for two, offers a...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within...

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  • Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset
    Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Nest

    Symondsbury, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24121
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village...

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  • Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset
    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset×

    The Old Stables

    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1477
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities

    This delightful single storey detached bungalow, next to the owners’ home, has been thoughtfully furnished...

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  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset×

    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Ref: W43554
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities


    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers...

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