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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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  • The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canoniconum, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: E5394

    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 smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle, Dorchester, the Swannery at Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing, riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Willow Cottage

    Wool

    Grade
    4
    3
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    1
    Ref: W43452


    This well-appointed, bright, terraced holiday cottage is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The town of Swanage is a seaside town with its award-winning beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also very close by. The cottage is close to woodland walks, coastal trails and paths, and is approximately a quarter of a mile away from the Tour de Manche cycle route.
    The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery, butchers’ shop and a train station which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with breakfast area. Conservatory with dining area. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: two double, (one 5ft), 1 single (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned front garden. Small enclosed rear garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 6 years, except babes in arms. NB: Stream at front of property.

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  • Buzzards’ Haunt

    Charmouth, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
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    Ref: 28401

    Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

    Situated ¾ mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between the ever popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Charmouth, this end terrace property is on a private holiday complex, which offers the shared use of an outdoor heated pool, bar, restaurant and holistic therapy treatment, with 20 acres of woodland, lake and a barbecue area. Lyme Regis, the ’jewel in the crown’ of West Dorset, is on your doorstep, where you can enjoy the scenic harbour, cobb, sandy beach and family activities such as boating, swimming, fishing, coastal walking and fossil hunting, or you can explore the more sedate seaside resort of Charmouth, and further afield West Bay, Bridport, Weymouth, Seaton and Sidmouth. There are many attractions to visit; Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, the Donkey Sanctuary and Tramway at Seaton, Crealey Adventure Park and, inland, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, or for days out for shops and restaurants, Bridport, Beaminster, Sherborne, Weymouth and Exeter. Shop and pub ¾ mile, restaurant on site.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Small front garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared swimming pool open every day from May to October, 9:30am to 7pm (16m x 9m, depth 1.1m). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds 100 yards.

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  • Marlpitts Farm

    West Milton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    5
    3
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    2
    Ref: DBBF

    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 Lyme Bay coast with its traditional seaside resorts, in particular picturesque Lyme Regis or Weymouth with its long, sandy beach. Shop 2 miles, pubs 1-2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Paddock. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Elm Cottage

    Morcombelake, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: NT003029

    National Trust Holiday Properties


    These thatched, National Trust, traditional farmhouse cottages are two of a small row of cottages in a glorious location in St Gabriels. Nestling under Golden Cap (a cliff situated on the English Channel coast between Bridport and Charmouth), between West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis, they are accessed by a track and are located on a magnificent stretch of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with superb scenic coastal and inland walking in abundance. The South West Coastal Path is on the doorstep, or the Monarchs Way, Langdon Hill, Stonebarrow and Cogden Circular offer tempting invigorating walking. Freshen up in the local pub with some fine food and drink after walking from the top of Golden Cap and down to Seatown. Nearby, visit Lyme Regis, the jewel in the crown of Dorset’s fine coast, and take in the wonderful harbour and Cobb. Perhaps delve into some fishing, boating, swimming and fossil hunting, or maybe amble around this quaint seaside resort and enjoy the local shops, crafts and restaurants. Inland, explore the picturesque Marshwood Vale, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Forde Abbey and Gardens, or up the coast towards Weymouth and Portland, taking in the superb Chesil Beach, Burton Bradstock, and Abbotsbury with its fine tropical gardens and swannery. Beach 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Large beamed living room with electric woodburner. Kitchen/dining room. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full Calor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • 24" Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared telephone
    • Shared large lawned garden with picnic benches
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Dogs free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: 2 steps in garden

    Note: Ash Cottage (ref NT003004) and Elm Cottage (ref NT003029) can be booked together to accommodate 8 guests.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Bergerac Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
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    Ref: DJQ

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms, all with sloping ceilings, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. NSH and towels included. Cot. TV. CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Furniture.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
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    2
    Ref: DUZ


    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 garden area, within easy walking distance of Chickerell. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy the sandy beach. A day trip to France or the Channel Islands and even a sea fishing trip can be enjoyed, all leaving from the harbour. The RSPB has two reserves nearby - Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, the latter having an information centre as well as nature trails where grebes, swans, warblers and other species of birds may be seen. The swannery at Abbotsbury provides the opportunity to observe the resident colony of mute swans, which has been in existence since the 14th century. From late May, visitors can walk around the nesting area, observing the cygnets at close quarters. Another attraction at Abbotsbury are the sub-tropical gardens, which flourish in a site protected from the cold winds. Here species rare to Britain - such as Japanese camellias and Caucasian Wing Nut tree - can be found. A drive west from the cottages along the coast road is a delight, where the outstanding views and ‘chocolate-box’ villages can be admired. Shops ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (2ft 6in for children), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three TVs. DVDs. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking.

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  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: DZS

    "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 retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Small bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

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  • Bosuns Locker

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

    Grade
    5
    3
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    1
    Ref: 26975


    This nautical-themed, three-bedroom detached bungalow is just a 100 yards away from Poole Harbour and 900 yards to Hamworthy Park and Beach, that has great views across the harbour and the Purbeck Hills. The private well-maintained garden boasts a south facing summerhouse and there is also a covered area with a pool table and darts board. Poole Town is a couple of miles away where you can enjoy shopping or watch the world go by at one of the many pubs and restaurants at the quayside which have views of the second largest natural harbour in the world and the National Trusts Brownsea Island. There is so much to visit in this lovely part of Dorset including the market town of Wareham situated between the rivers of Frome and Piddle it is of Saxon origin, once you are here you can visit the town museum and enjoy a boat ride on the river (8 miles) for more history visit the village of Corfe Castle 16 miles away, not only does it feature small independent shops, tea rooms, restaurants but also the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle which dates back to the 11th century that was built by William The Conqueror. The 6-mile long Heritage Steam Railway of Swanage runs through the Isle of Purbeck, at weekends and Bank Holiday from mid-February to the end of the year and every day of the week between April and October is (19 miles). Other attractions include Monkey World (15 miles), Tank Museum.(16 miles). Shop 80 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    2 small steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 13 years except babes in arms.

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  • Sparrows Nest

    Preston, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W42924

    Set in a residential road and within a short walk you can be on coastal footpaths which form part of the Jurassic coast. This semi-detached holiday property provides a good base from which to explore this delightful part of Dorset. Bowleaze Cove is nearby and Weymouth with its beach, harbour and two nature reserves a couple of miles away popular for sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The county town of Dorchester, Athelhampton House, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and many walks abound in this lovely area of Dorset. The Purbecks, with their chocolate box villages, are a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in garage). Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop to one side of patio.

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  • Oxford Terrace

    Swanage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26782

    The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this 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 area and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden. Cottage sleeps maximum of 5 guests. Other cottages have access through garden. Unmade lane to cottage.

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  • Chetnole Mill

    Chetnole, Sherborne

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DGU

    With its original machinery on view through an internal window, this fine conversion of part of an 18th-century mill has been charmingly furnished with some period and antique furniture, and enjoys a village setting within walking distance of the green, children’s play area and inn. Part of the mill is occupied by the owner’s art studio, and a public footpath runs along part of the driveway. The train station, ¼ mile, has direct access to Weymouth, Bath and Bristol. Yeovil (with swimming-pool) 7 miles, and the beach at Burton Bradstock is half an hour’s drive. Award winning pub 400 yards.

    Living/dining room with large inglenook fireplace, rugs on wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Three easy steps to bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with doors to patio. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one twin and one single, both with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire – logs available locally
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in outbuilding
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone-emergency calls only
    • Small patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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