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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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  • Sturminster Newton, Dorset
    Sturminster Newton, Dorset×

    Jasmine Cottage

    Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: W41461
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Excellent base for exploring DorsetExcellent base for exploring Dorset

    These two single-storey, semi-detached...

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  • 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

    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the...

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

    Badger Cottage

    Longburton, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 29721
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Situated in the village of Longburton, 3 miles south of the quaint abbey town of Sherborne, this terraced...

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  • 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

    In a beautiful and picturesque setting this 16th-century semi-detached thatched cottage nestles in a peaceful valley...

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

    Sweet Briar

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 8234
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the...

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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

    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood...

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    12 Maritime House

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 19399
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    Excellent location

    In the fishing port and popular seaside resort of West Bay near Bridport on the famous...

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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

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within...

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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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    Ref: NT003004
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    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    National Trust Holiday Properties


    These thatched, National Trust, traditional...

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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


    Set in the heart of Maiden Newton in west Dorset and near Dorchester, this delightful, detached 18th-century...

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  • Charmouth, Dorset
    Charmouth, Dorset×

    Apple Tree Cottage

    Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC168
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire


    Set in the heart of the charming seaside resort of Charmouth on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this...

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  • 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

    Tucked away between Dorchester and Sherborne, in the heart of Cerne Abbas, famous for its dominating chalk carving of...

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