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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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  • Verwood, Dorset
    Verwood, Dorset×

    Goodrest

    Verwood, Dorset

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    Ref: 16675
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for visiting the New Forest and just 15 miles from the seaside town of Bournemouth and all its attractions.
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    Ideal for visiting the New Forest

    Situated down a quiet lane in the village of Verwood, this bungalow is well located for visiting the New Forest area, with its wildlife, ponies and beautiful countryside and is also within easy reach of the coastal town of Bournemouth, 15 miles. With secluded gardens and comfortable holiday accommodation provided it makes for a peaceful retreat in a central location ideal for exploring the area. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Broadstones

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: W7203
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Broadstones is a beautiful, detached property in a rural location. Sit out in the conservatory and admire the stunning views.
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    Panoramic country views

    This super, detached, single storey holiday property with two steps leading up to it, is situated in a large enclosed garden, on the Devon/Dorset border. This property provides the perfect setting for those wishing for a peaceful, rural holiday home. There are superb far reaching views from the bungalow, overlooking the surrounding lush green countryside. Only 9 miles away can be found the famous seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its World Heritage Site...

  • Canford Magna, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Canford Magna, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Canford Magna

    Canford Magna, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC271
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Retaining many original features, this charming cottage lies in the unique village of Canford Magna.
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    This delightful Grade II listed cottage is one in a row of similar properties, set along the road which leads to the river and various scenic walks, including Castlemans Way, which leads to Poole. The cottage is one of 111 originally built as estate workers’ cottages for the Canford Estate, which is now Canford School, and they are known locally as Lady Wimborne Cottages. Their construction is attributed to the philanthropic work of Lady Charlotte Guest, wife of Sir John Guest who...

  • North Perrott, near Crewkerne, Somerset
    North Perrott, near Crewkerne, Somerset×

    Acorn Cottage

    North Perrott, near Crewkerne, Somerset

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    Ref: UKC1812
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy a get-away-from-it-all location within easy reach of attractions in Dorset, Somerset and the Jurassic Heritage Coast.
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    In a great location, accessed via a ½ mile farm track, in the grounds of the owners’ home, this single-storey barn conversion for four is in a peaceful location away from it all - ideal for enjoying west Dorset and south Somerset. There is a wealth of attractions nearby including Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum with its classic collections of cars, Forde Abbey and Gardens, nature reserves, historical houses such as Montacute, or the scenic,...

  • Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Wyke School Yard

    Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC995
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Enjoy many of Dorset’s fantastic attractions from this holiday property, which lies just 1½ miles from the beach.
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    On the outskirts of Weymouth and close to the causeway over to Portland, this terraced house offers an excellent holiday home from which to enjoy this wonderful part of Dorset. Being on the right side of Weymouth, there is easy access to Chesil Beach, the famous scenic Jurassic Coast and on to Lyme Regis. Within easy driving distance you can be in Weymouth or Portland and enjoying many seaside activities, ranging from swimming, boating, sailing, fishing and windsurfing. Weymouth itself...

  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    The Old Dairy

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1563
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    In a peaceful location yet within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast this barn conversion makes for a perfect base for your holiday in Dorset.
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    Situated in a wonderful location, just outside the small village of Thorncombe in West Dorset, near the Somerset border, this single-storey, detached barn conversion offers a great opportunity to get away from it all. There are many attractions to enjoy right on the doorstep, with the historic and famous Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and some delightful Dorset villages. Within easy driving you will find Lyme Regis on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, where you...

  • Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset
    Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset×

    Samphire Cottage

    Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1816
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    With sea views from the sitting-out area and just 4 miles from Weymouth, Samphire Cottage provides ideal accommodation for four guests.
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    Nestling in Fortuneswell, near the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, and separating the stunning Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour, this three-storey, terraced character cottage, for four, makes an excellent location to explore this wonderful part of Dorset. Portland itself has some stunning scenery, Portland Castle, museums, great coastal walks and, not to be missed, Portland Bill with superb views. Within easy driving are many watersports, such as fishing, boating, swimming,...

  • Yetminster, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Yetminster, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Penny Cottage

    Yetminster, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC360
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    With a cosy open fire and an enclosed garden, this delightful cottage makes for an ideal holiday base at anytime of the year. Many popular attractions within easy reach.
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    Situated in the quaint character village of Yetminster, this delightful mid-terraced holiday cottage is ideally located for exploring this beautiful area. Visit popular seaside resorts along the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, or take in the many delights to be found in south Somerset. The nearby Halstock Reservoir offers boating, yachting or fishing, or one can spend a day at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes Motor Museum, with its fascinating collection of...

  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: 26437
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Wonderful views over Lyme Bay from the balcony and lounge makes this contemporary spacious apartment a perfect choice for a family holiday.
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    Just a 10-minute walk to the sandy beach in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its picturesque harbour and Cobb (setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’), and on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two holiday apartments (refs 26437 and 26438) are well furnished and equipped, and have spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach towards Portland. It is just a delight to have coffee on the balcony or watch the...

    Bay View Apartments - Little Bay View
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  • Poole, Dorset
    Poole, Dorset×

    Harbourside

    Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC365
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile
    A super property, ideal for two couples or a family wishing to discover this area of Dorset. There are beaches aplenty, and countryside too. A super property, ideal for two couples or a family wishing to discover this area of Dorset. There are beaches aplenty, and countryside too.
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    A luxury two bedroom, two bathroom, third floor apartment, located directly on Poole Quay. It comes with its own undercover parking space and there are lifts throughout the building. The apartment has everything you would need to enjoy a holiday as it is fully equipped to a very good standard. The building also features a concierge service at reception.
    Poole Quay is an exciting blend of maritime activity and a focal point for a wide range of entertainment and leisure...

  • Shipton Gorge, Dorset
    Shipton Gorge, Dorset×

    Manor Court Cottages - Swallow

    Shipton Gorge, Dorset

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    Ref: 19084
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for smaller families or couples, ideal for touring the picturesque countryside, villages and beaches.
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    Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world famous Palmers Brewery Ales and delicious pub food. The picturesque harbour of West Bay has been made more famous by the TV drama Broadchurch highlighting the outstanding beauty of the coastline. You can enjoy many walks along the footpaths on the coastline and inland...

    Manor Court Cottages - Sparrow
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    Manor Court Cottages - Swift
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    Manor Court Cottages - Woodpecker
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DHC
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    There are so many activities to enjoy here that guests will always be entertained; ranging from swimming pool to children’s play area!
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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...

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