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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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  • Willow Cottage

    Wool

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    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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  • 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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  • Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    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.
    Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. 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, 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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  • Coastline Cottages - Fleet Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DUY


    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.
    Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. 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 with breakfast bar. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 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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  • Mill Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 29080

    In the village of Winterbourne Steepleton, only 3 miles from Dorchester with its many attractions, and within easy driving of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this detached holiday cottage is delightfully situated to explore West Dorset. Superb scenic coastal walking from West Bay, Bridport to Portland and Weymouth, and many family venues such as Monkey World, Tank Museum, Sea Life Museum and Deep Sea Adventure to enjoy. Shop ¾ mile, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Anchor Cottage

    Portland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30892

    Set in the heart of Portland, this lovely semi-detached, stone holiday cottage has much charm and character. Explore Portland’s rugged beauty and history or visit the popular seaside resort of Weymouth, scenic Chesil Beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and picturesque west Dorset. Water sports, sailing, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking are all available. Within easy driving distance are many attractions ranging from castles, gardens, museums, family theme parks and beaches, which all make for a memorable holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Cross Tree Cottage

    Winterborne Stickland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43806


    This lovely, Grade II listed, thatched, cob cottage is situated in the quaint village of Winterborne Stickland, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The cottage lies in the heart of the Blackmore Vale and is ideally located for walks along the Wessex Way and the surrounding area. While tastefully extended, the cottage retains many original features including leaded light windows, an inglenook fireplace, bread oven and low beams. It is ideally situated a short walk from the local pub or to explore the historic, market towns and seaside resorts of Dorset, including Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage, Bridport, Bournemouth and Poole. The cottage is dog friendly and adjoins the owners’ cottage. Enjoy scenic country walking, wine and dine in village pubs, or visit Milton Abbey, Athelhampton House, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Explore the Isle of Purbeck and the famous Heritage Jurassic Coast, calling in at Lulworth Cove and on to the seaside resort of Weymouth and Portland, you will have much to enjoy. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with patio door and breakfast area. Utility room (for hanging wet coats). Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double), 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Baytree House

    Wimborne

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC383

    This well presented detached home offers deceptively spacious, light holiday accommodation, located in the quiet cul-de-sac yet very convenient for many local sightseeing attractions, suitable for families or couples. All the bedding in the property has 180+ thread count and are anti-allergy. There is so much to do in the area – Wimborne, 2 miles, is a quaint market town with a model village, a theatre, a cinema, coffee houses, shops and quaint inns. Wimborne Minster, built in 705AD, was founded by the mother of Henry VII, and is famed for its chained library and the tomb of Alfred the Great’s brother. Also, The Gin House has a large selection of over 130 different gins available, and there are various festivals and fairs throughout the year.

    Within easy driving distance are beaches at Sandbanks, Studland Bay and Bournemouth, Poole Nature Reserve, Brownsea Island, the National Trust-owned country house Kingston Lacy, and to the west, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle, and the Jurassic Coastline. Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort and, according to myth, is cited as the place where King Arthur fought his greatest battle. For outdoor enthusiasts there are various walks within easy reach, plus for a family day out, visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Cranborne Chase or the Moors Valley, which is suitable for all age groups and it is also dog friendly. As well as scenic walks and excellent wildlife spotting, there are a host of recreational activities such as angling, orienteering, cycle hire, golf, ‘Go-Ape’ Treet Top Adventure, Forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing and péntaque.

    Avon Heath is also nearby ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park is easily accessible, and provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. There is a waterpark near the charming town of Fordingbridge which also has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon. Bay Tree House is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch harbour, and Stonehenge. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo with peppa Pig World, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, and the New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are sure to keep you entertained during your stay. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With electric-coal effect fire, 42" Freeview TV and French doors.
    Kitchen:
    With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Utility room.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Gate Lodge

    Charmouth, Bridport

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DXG

    The Gate Lodge is set within the 4-acre grounds of the owners ‘Arts and Crafts’ home. The detached gate house is ideally located within the heart of the World Heritage Lyme Bay coastline between the village of Charmouth and the town of Lyme Regis. The area offers superb scenic walks, fossil hunting and inland attractions which include Forde Abbey and gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Cricket St Thomas, Donkey Sanctuary, Abbotsbury Swannery and many more places of interest. Shops and village pubs 1 mile.

    Beamed living room with electric woodburner. Dining room. Large fully equipped kitchen. Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Single bedroom with elec woodburner. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electric woodburners included
    • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-April £20 per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Small enclosed lawned garden with summerhouse and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Ground floor facilities
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking

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  • Buzzards’ Haunt

    Charmouth, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    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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  • Drood Cottage

    Puncknowle, nr. West Bay

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DML


    Only 1½ miles from the famous Chesil Beach and close to the Dorset Coastal Path, this well-presented stone cottage nestles peacefully in the pretty conservation village of Puncknowle in the beautiful AONB Bride Valley, in the heart of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the ancient rope-making Saxon town of Bridport with its twice-weekly street market, the Cobb at Lyme Regis, the National Trust beach at Burton Bradstock (location of the popular TV series Broadchurch), the quaint harbour and seaside resort of West Bay, the swannery, children’s farm and award-winning, sub-tropical garden at Abbotsbury and the county town of Dorchester. Try a wide variety of local and home-made produce from the local farmers’ markets, and also from the farm shops, tea shops and village pubs close by. Village shop and 16th century pub serving food 200 yards.

    Hall. Dual-aspect living room with open fire. Dining room with small library, ornamental fireplace. Kitchen with electric Rangemaster (for cooking), oak units, Amtico floor. Cloakroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and spacious en-suite bathroom with double-ended bath, shower attachment, toilet. Double and single bedrooms each with access to spacious en-suite shower room with overhead raindance shower, hand held body spray and toilet.

    • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/iPod dock
    • Electric Rangemaster (double oven) included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Separate enclosed large garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking and in front of curtilage of the property

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  • Little Elkins

    Buckland Newton, Dorchester

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 24744

    This semi-detached, 17th century, thatched holiday cottage, situated next to the owners home, is located in the quaint village of Buckland Newton, between the pretty market town of Dorchester and the abbey town of Sherborne. It is ideally placed to enjoy the Dorset countryside, or spend days out visiting Weymouth with its Sealife Centre and magnificent beach, the beautiful, famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, or attractions such as the Cerne Abbas Giant, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and much more. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet and access to 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin with en-suite toilet, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£25per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freesat TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: There are steps and sloping banks in the garden.

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