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

    White Horse Farm - The Willows

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    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...

  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    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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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - 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...

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

    Coastline Cottages - Chesil Cottage

    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    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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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: DJQ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This property provides an idyllic base to retreat to after a day out exploring the beautiful local area, including Lyme Regis.
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    "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...

    Coppers Cottages - Colombo Cottage
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  • Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset
    Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset×

    Chetnole Mill

    Chetnole, Sherborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Open Fire
    Pets are welcome at this converted 18th century mill which retains wooden flooring and exposed beams, within walking distance of the village green.
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    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....

  • Portland, Dorset
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    Anchor Cottage

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 30892
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Outdoor activities and many other attractions beckon visitors to this charming stone cottage, which lies in the heart of Portland.
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    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,...

  • Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Sparrows Nest

    Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: W42924
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Sparrows Nest is fantastic for exploring the area as footpaths are situated nearby and Weymouth is just a few miles away.
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    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...

  • 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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    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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  • Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset
    Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset×

    The Gate Lodge

    Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DXG
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Vsit Forde Abbey and gardens, Cricket St Thomas, Donkey Sanctuary, Abbotsbury Swannery and more from this detached gate lodge.
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    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....

  • 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 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...

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