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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Coppers Cottages - Bergerac Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    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.

    Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. NB: Pond in grounds.

  • Alpen Rose Cottage

    Easton, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44120

    Situated in Easton in the heart of Portland, this 200 year old, mid-terrace cottage, accommodating up to 5 guests, has been tastefully decorated and offers a great holiday location for exploring the area. Steeped in history, Portland has wonderful coastal walking for visitors and their four-legged friends, as well as fishing, diving, bird watching, and of course sailing and wind surfing in Weymouth harbour. Set on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, so one can explore all the way up to the Purbecks to the east and down to Lyme Regis in the west, taking in many popular resorts en-route and some superb scenery. Visit the quaint seaside town of Weymouth with its harbour, sandy beach and shops, or Dorchester with its many museums. Further afield, discover Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, historic houses and many other exciting attractions beckon to ensure you have a memorable holiday. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 200 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32’’ Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, paved garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden.

  • 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

  • Springfield Cottage

    Wool, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 25796

    Set in the village of Wool, this Grade II listed semi-detached thatched 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 a beach and boat trips, or visit Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The village has its own village store, a bakers, butchers shop and a train station which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 1 single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Rear garden with furniture. Shared, enclosed, large front garden. Ample parking. NB: 1 step to garden.

  • Bosuns Locker

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nantucket House

    Misterton, nr. Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 25323


    Set in Misterton, on the Somerset/Dorset border, this well presented detached holiday home is excellent for exploring this delightful area. Within easy driving distance is the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is approximately 13 miles, also known as Broadchurch in the famous TV series. Lyme Regis with its harbour, cob and beach for fossil hunting, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking. Explore Weymouth with its sandy beaches and Portland which held the 2012 Olympic sailing. Abbotsbury is famous for its swannery, sub tropical gardens and children’s farm.
    Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Longleat House and Safari Park, or enjoy the pubs, scenic walking at the Liberty and Parrett trails, cycling and golf in this lovely area. Nantucket House has the perfect location for exploring Somerset, Dorset and Devon. There is really so much to do! If you like exploring for local food and drink, be sure to search out Somerset Scrumpy Cider, Somerset Apple Brandy, and Cedric’s ’Taste of the West’ award winning Somerset Cider and Apple Cake. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Both with parquet floor. Kitchen. Utility/play room. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 10 central heating included (£20per week September-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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