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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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  • Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC865
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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    Set in a great location in picturesque west Dorset, this semi-detached, dog-friendly family home makes an ideal holiday base. It lies close to the Devon border, nestling just beneath Lamberts Castle Fort (National Trust), and within easy driving of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the seaside resorts of West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Eype, Charmouth and Lyme Regis (known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of west Dorset), with its famous Cobb, harbour and sandy beach....

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

    White Horse Farm - The Willows

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31200
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Visit the many attractions in the area, or simply stay on site and enjoy the games room or 2 acres of land.
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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 - 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 - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: E5394
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path
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    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors, while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater, The Cobb. Bridport, the old ropemakers’ town, Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time...

  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DEX
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Grain Store is a brilliant family property as it boasts fantastic shared facilities including children’s play area and games room.
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    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Larkrise

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 18942
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Portland Bill lighthouse is just 1 mile from this cottage and the Monkey Sanctuary and Sealife Park can be easily reached.
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    With a cosy open fire this cottage was once home to the famous Stone Carver Skylark Durston, whose work can be seen throughout. From the garden, wonderful coastal and sea views can be enjoyed, and Portland Bill lighthouse is just a mile walk away, which then leads on to wonderful coastal footpaths and further to Chesil beach. It’s a great holiday base for sea/fishing, windsurfing, diving and sailing. Bustling Weymouth is 6 miles away. Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary, Monkey World...

  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Ref: DZS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Guests at Frome are a short distance away from the Jurassic Coast and many other popular areas so there’s plenty to do!
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    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing...

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
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  • Thorncombe, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    Synderford Lodge

    Thorncombe, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: EWG
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Synderford Lodge is perfect in all seasons; with a beautiful garden, conservatory and a multi-fuel burner in the living room.
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    Peacefully set down a private drive, on the edge of the village of Thorncombe, this pretty, detached, flint holiday cottage has a natural sloping garden which leads steeply to an unfenced pond and stream (small children will need supervision). In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Beaminster, Bridport and Axminster, and 9 miles from Lyme Regis and the world famous Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an excellent location to explore west Dorset and east Devon. Visit Forde...

  • East Stour, near Gillingham, Dorset
    East Stour, near Gillingham, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Pipers Pool

    Pipers Pool

    East Stour, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1447
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Pipers Pool is situated in the small village of East Stour and within half a mile of the River Stour.
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    This delightful chalet bungalow, next to the owners’ home, is set in the small village of East Stour, in Thomas Hardy country, and is ideal for exploring this lovely area. The quaint town of Shaftesbury is 3 miles away with its famous steep cobbled street known as Gold Hill. There are many places of interest nearby, including Stourhead House and Garden, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes International Motor Museum. Slightly further afield there is Longleat House and...

  • West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset
    West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Marlpitts Farm

    West Milton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DBBF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore west Dorset, country walks, beaches, traditional seaside resorts, the Jurassic Coast and many attractions within easy reach.
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    Situated just north of West Bay and Bridport, where the TV drama ’Broadchurch’ was filmed, and only five miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its superb scenery, this traditional detached farmhouse cottage benefits from an idyllic location and its own large enclosed paddock. This is a well-placed holiday home for exploring West Dorset, with lovely country walks on the doorstep, village pubs and many attractions within easy driving distance including the...

  • Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    The Old Engine House

    The Old Engine House

    Drimpton, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1958
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A converted barn in a great location for exploring west Dorset and the surrounding counties with plenty of attractions for all ages.
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    In a great location, in the heart of delightful west Dorset, this detached property is situated on a working beef farm, and the owners live next door. There’s glorious country scenery and walking in the area, so it’s great for dog walking, cycling and enjoying lovely village pubs to wine and dine in. There are many attractions nearby including Forde Abbey and Gardens right on your doorstep, and a local craft centre nearby. Within very easy driving distance is the ever...

  • Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: DUZ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Chesil Cottage is brilliant for that fun filled family holiday. Take a trip to Weymouth beach for a great day out!
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    Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely woodburners. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in a quiet location, each with its own patio area and communal garden, within easy walking distance of Chickerell. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy...

    Coastline Cottages - Fleet Cottage
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    Coastline Cottages - Pebble Cottage
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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Oxford Terrace

    Swanage, Dorset

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    Ref: 26782
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Just a few hundred yards from the heart of the town and a short walk to the Jurassic Coast.
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    The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this cosy, characterful terraced holiday home, with a good selection of eateries and shops. Just a short walk leads you to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastal Path and Durlston Country Park. All can enjoy Swanage Steam Railway, and a short drive away is Monkey World and the National Trust site of Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining...

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