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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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  • Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Badger Cottage

    Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A great base to visit Dorset’s many attractions, including the Heritage Coast, Stourhead House and many National Trust properties.
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    Situated in the village of Longburton, 3 miles south of the quaint abbey town of Sherborne, this terraced holiday cottage is situated on the main road, which gives easy access to Sherborne and Dorchester. The property includes features such as an exposed beam in the living room and windows seats in both the living room and main bedroom. Visit the Haynes Motor Museums, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Stourhead House and Gardens, and many National Trust houses in the area. There...

  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Anglebury has the best of both worlds - boasting a rural location yet the on-site facilities ensure there’s always something to do.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset
    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Ash Cottage

    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestled under the Golden Cap with superb coastal and inland walking, is this traditional farmhouse owned by the National Trust.
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    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...

    Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Elm Cottage
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  • Sturminster Newton, Dorset
    Sturminster Newton, Dorset×

    Rose Cottage

    Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: W41462
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Rose Cottage is situated within a peaceful hamlet offering quiet accommodation for three guests; ideal for a small family or a couple.
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    Excellent base for exploring DorsetExcellent base for exploring Dorset

    These two single-storey, semi-detached stable conversions, each for three, are in the grounds of the owners home (a Grade II listed thatched cottage dating from the 15th century) surrounded by over an acre of meadow and gardens, overlooking the River Stour and Newton Mill. Situated in the hamlet of Newton on the outskirts of Sturminster Newton, between the historic towns of Sherborne and Blandford, and just south...

  • Beaminster, Dorset
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    Gable End Cottage

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: 25751
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A cosy terraced cottage in the heart of the market town of Beaminster, an ideal location for exploring coast and country.
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    Near the heart of the quaint market town of Beaminster with its shops and cafes and 6 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this cosy hamstone, end-terraced, holiday cottage is excellent to enjoy the lovely Dorset countryside, the Heritage Coast from Westbay to Lyme Regis and many great attractions such as Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens to the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Shops, pub and restaurants 300...

  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Upton Manor Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 11163
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A 16-century thatched cottage in a picturesque setting, providing a good base for visiting all the attractions of West Dorset and East Devon.
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    In a beautiful and picturesque setting this 16th-century semi-detached thatched cottage nestles in a peaceful valley on the edge of the village. Furnished and equipped to a good standard, it provides a good holiday base for touring West Dorset and East Devon, counties renowned for their magnificent coastal scenery and cliff walks. West Bay, Bridport and the sandy beach at Burton Bradstock are 4 miles with Lyme Regis and Dorchester 10 and 12 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub ½...

  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Buzzards

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 8235
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    First floor accommodation boasting a 5ft wide four poster bed and views over the Dorset Downs.
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    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed, and its beaches. The historic rope-making town of Bridport with its twice weekly market is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235, first floor) are in the east wing of an old country house and Farthings (ref 19292) is in the west. The...

    Sweet Briar
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    Farthings
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  • Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    The Old Smithy

    Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1326
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Woodburning Stove
    This is a great base from which to enjoy Dorset’s many attractions, including Abbotsbury Swannery, the Jurassic Coast and Cerne Abbas.
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    Set in the heart of Maiden Newton in west Dorset and near Dorchester, this delightful, detached 18th-century cottage is ideal for couples or small families looking to exploring this superb area. Nearby Abbotsbury offers a swannery and subtropical gardens for a relaxing day out. The famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy the lovely scenery on Chesil Beach or take a peaceful coastal walk. The seaside resort of Weymouth, with its...

  • Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Eden Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 25749
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a wonderful part of Dorset this terraced cottage has many attractions and the coast within easy reach.
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    Tucked away between Dorchester and Sherborne, in the heart of Cerne Abbas, famous for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant, this attractive stone built terraced holiday cottage is ideally located to explore this wonderful part of Dorset. Visit Cerne Abbey, the historic town of Sherborne, Dorchester and Weymouth with their many attractions, or spend days out down on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast between Weymouth and Lyme Regis. Shop, pub and cafe 150...

  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Ref: DZP
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    There’s plenty to do here at Lydden – take a day trip out to explore the area or simply relax in the pool.
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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 - Hooke
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DFA
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free
    Sleeping three guests, this beautiful holiday home with garden and shared children’s play area is ideal for a small family.
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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 Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DGY
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The owners of Kingsbere have thought of everything! Facilities here include a sauna, playground, dog paddock, and fruit and vegetable patch.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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