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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 Hive

    Warmwell, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 24682

    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    This lovely detached, wooden holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on the popular Warmwell Leisure Resort. The site is set in over 40 acres of woodland and offers many facilities that can be enjoyed, including use of an indoor swimming pool, golf facilities, a sports complex, roller skating and a games room before 6pm. A family pass for two adults and two children is available on site for £40pw, which offers unlimited access to all facilities (excluding ski slope). There is also a dry-ski slope and a fishing lake (licence needed to use) which are both available at an additional cost throughout the day. Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country and just a short drive to the stunning Jurassic coastline and the seaside town of Weymouth with its promenade and sandy beach. The Sealife Centre, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery are all nearby. Shop, licensed clubhouse and restaurant on site.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity radiators, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed veranda and furniture. Lawned area to front. Use of 40-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of sport complex with shared heated indoor swimming pool on site, open April-October, Christmas and New Year (leisure passes available on-site with minimal charge). No smoking. NB: 3 fishing lakes close by.

  • Spring Cottage

    West Lulworth, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28119

    This 17th-century thatched stone holiday cottage, with a woodburner in an inglenook fireplace, is just 200 yards from Lulworth Cove and 3½ miles from Lulworth Castle. Follow the Jurassic Coast Path to the celebrated Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum are within easy reach. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards. This property can be booked with Coastguard Cottage (ref 28120) to accommodate up to 11 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. 2 steps to kitchen/dining area with tiled floor. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and low doorways throughout.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating and electricity included (£20per week, £10 per short break November-March). Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Two digital TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer (in outhouse). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden and furniture. Parking across lane (2 cars). No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Adjacent to a stream.

  • Bee House

    Poole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W43918


    Located on the outskirts of Poole, this single-storey holiday home offers a great base to enjoy the best of Poole and is within easy driving of many delightful attractions. The famous Sandbanks Beach is 4 miles away, and there is wonderful scenic walking to be found on the nearby Purbecks, calling in to Swanage with its steam railway, Studland Bay and the fascinating Corfe Castle. The New Forest National Park is a must for a day or two out, or going west, one can explore down to Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, taking in the glorious Chesil Beach and Weymouth Bay with its sandy beach. For a little bit of shopping and restaurants, visit the metropolis of Bournemouth, or maybe go to Poole for a day on the ferry to Guernsey or Jersey. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with bi-fold door and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. 2 wet rooms with toilets.

    Gas central heating (underfloor in wet rooms), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Cable TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Symondsbury Barns - The Barn

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28923


    Nestling in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, only 2 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two barn conversions, each for 4 people, are perfectly placed to explore this stunning coastline, from picturesque Lyme Regis to the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth. The Barn (ref 28923) is a 200-year-old, detached holiday property which boasts a cosy open fire, beams and comfortable accommodation for a family or 2 couples, and The Loft (ref W43531), is a partial two storey barn conversion, the east end of which sits above a studio annexe, forming part of an original farm courtyard. The entrance is on the ground floor on the west end of the barn, and has a large utility room on the ground floor in which the washing machine is located. Set 30 yards apart, just over a courtyard, both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.
    Within the village, one can wander down to the nearby pub to wine and dine, or on your doorstep, there is the Symondsbury Estate Craft Centre with its restaurant. The scenic coastline has superb coastal walking, including at West Bay, setting of the TV series ’Broadchurch’, or maybe take an invigorating walk up Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England. For families, enjoy crabbing, swimming, fossil hunting or boating from one of the seaside resorts. Lyme Regis, with its pretty and famous Cobb and harbour, is well worth a visit, or take time out to explore the whole of unspoilt west Dorset. There are a wealth of attractions and activities to be enjoyed, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. There is a village shop just a short stroll away where you can purchase essential items and daily newspapers. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, both with beams and sloping ceilings. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in dining room (no fuel provided). Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH included. Two Freeview TVs. DAB radio. Washing machine and freezer (in garage). Small enclosed paved garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Cycle store. Welcome pack.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Wishing Well Cottage

    East Knighton, nr. Wool

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 19632

    In the heart of Thomas Hardy country this thatched holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Purbecks, on the road from the village of Wool to Dorchester, ideally placed for the nearby beaches and Jurassic coastline. A short drive takes you to the tanks museum or Monkey World. Shopping at the market towns of Dorchester and Wareham. There is a bus stop close by and a short journey to Wool to join the main Weymouth to Waterloo rail line. Shops 40 yards, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Step down to dining room. 2 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: step to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and low ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a covered well in the garden.

  • Manor Court Cottages - Swift

    Shipton Gorge

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 19086

    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 enjoying an AONB. The pretty village of Burton Bradstock is just 1 mile away, which is dotted with chocolate box thatched cottages, a lovely little beach with a cafe, shop and pubs. The market town of Bridport, 2 miles away, once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s Port Bredy and has lots of little shops, cafes and a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants, along with the twice weekly market where local produce can be sampled as featured in the popular ‘River Cottage’ TV series. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are great places for fishing and watching the world go by. Weymouth also has a great family beach, the winner of a seaside award. Spread along the coast are the other beach resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful Victorian Swanage with its steam railway. Fossil hunters will enjoy the world famous beach of Charmouth. The family can have a great day at Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub Tropical Gardens and Childrens Farm. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Use of freezer space, payphone and wi-fi in shared external information room. Large shared lawned area. Patio area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • St Anne’s Cottages - Sunset Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30461

    In a rural location on the outskirts of the popular, bustling, seaside resort of Weymouth, and with extensive views across the downs towards Hardy’s monument, these well-presented, semi-detached, single-storey holiday homes offer a great location for exploring Dorset. Adjacent to the owners’ home, these properties are within a couple of miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There is superb coastal walking and scenery to be enjoyed nearby, and in Weymouth, there is a wonderful sandy beach. Many watersports and activities can be found in Weymouth or at nearby Portland. Weymouth itself offers many family attractions, including Sandworld, Leisureranch, Brewers Quay, Sea Life Centre and tower, and an RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake. Take a day trip to Guernsey, or just enjoy the ambience of this lovely seaside town, with its many restaurants and shops. One can spend days out exploring the beautiful coastline down to Lyme Regis, Abbotsbury and West Bay, or Lulworth Cove and on to the Purbecks. Other places to visit include Corfe Castle, Tank World at Bovington, Monkey World or the Swanage Steam Railway. Inland, Dorchester is on your doorstep, or perhaps visit Sherborne with its abbey and castles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Small, enclosed, gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Step from patio to gravelled area.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Goodrest

    Verwood

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 16675

    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.

    4 steps up to property. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Digital TV. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Large garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Unsuitable for the infirm. Adults only.

  • Park Gardens

    Purewell, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40004

    Close to beaches and the New Forest

    Situated in a cul-de-sac in a small development on the edge of Christchurch is this well appointed terrace house. This house is conveniently located close to local amenities and is only approximately 1 mile from the sandy beaches at Mudeford. Close by, Christchurch is a fascinating historic town, with an ancient priory and a magnificent harbour, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants. A short drive takes you to the beaches and numerous attractions of Bournemouth or visit the nearby picturesque New Forest, with its wild ponies and pretty villages. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Video and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking.

  • Rose Cottage

    Corfe Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28516

    Views of the castle

    Occupying an idyllic position in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, this delightful Grade II listed, 17th-century terraced holiday cottage has its own small courtyard garden. The cottage boasts an original inglenook fireplace in the living room which houses a bread oven and a gas woodburner, whilst the spacious, farmhouse-style kitchen features a flagstone floor, exposed stone walls and a dual-fuel range. The property also commands views of the castle from its upper floors, and is ideal for exploring the World Heritage coastline and countryside. The wealth of attractions nearby include riding, golf, sailing, river and sea fishing. Excellent walking abounds, as do opportunities for bathing – Studland beach is easily accessible. Seaside Swanage, 4½ miles, can be accessed via a preserved steam railway. Arne Nature Reserve 5 miles. Shop and pub serving food 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Beams and low ceilings throughout.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Dual-fuel range. Microwave. Dishwasher. Payphone. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Carport (1 car, 20 yards). No smoking.

  • The Coach House

    Chideock, Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: DWU

    This delightful, former Coach House, set in a secluded village location, has been refurbished to a high standard. It offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation and is situated in the historic, popular village of Chideock - ½ mile from the World Heritage Coast between Bridport and Lyme Regis. The village boasts a post office, shop and two excellent pubs. Good restaurants, street markets and shops within a few minutes’ drive at Bridport, Charmouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Visitors can wander down to the beach at Seatown and enjoy the famous Anchor Pub, swimming, fossil hunting and superb, scenic coastal walking. Shops ¼ mile.

    Canopy porch. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and south-facing garden. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • Two TVs (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Double oven
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer and freezer (in shed)
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond and 3 steps in garden

  • Harcombe House - Trinity

    Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DQM

    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
    Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
    Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
    Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

    All on the ground floor. Beamed living/dining room with tiled floor and compact, modern fitted kitchen with tiled floor. Two beamed bedrooms, each with wooden floor; one double with 6ft bed, and one bunk. Shower room and toilet.

    • Video
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Parking
    • Wheelchair access

    • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
    • Towel hire
    • Cot (except DQP)
    • TV
    • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared payphone (games room)
    • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
    • No smoking
    • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

    SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
    * Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
    * Sauna
    * Hard tennis court
    * Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
    * Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

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