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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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  • Broadstones

    Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W7203

    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 Jurassic Coast and dramatic Cobb breakwater and beautiful Lyme Bay, dominated by Golden Cap, one of the highest cliffs on the south coast. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH by meter reading. First £5 electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Barn Close Annexe

    Beaminster, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: W40800

    Excellent base for Dorset resorts

    In the small country town of Beaminster, South Dorset, and within easy driving of the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Bridport, this spacious self-contained single-storey wing of the owner’s home which is situated on their small holding benefits from a large living room and conservatory making an excellent holiday home to enjoy this unspoilt area. On your doorstep the stunning heritage coast, with superb walking, is a must, and great days out can be had visiting Abbotsbury Swannery, Lulworth Cove and the harbour and Cobb at Lyme. Within a short drive is Broadwindsor Craft Centre for crafts and afternoon tea. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio door. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Marbles

    Rousdon, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DAAA

    This well-presented Grade II holiday home lies in 350 acres of rolling countryside of a 19th-century estate. Just ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 2½ miles from the resort of Lyme Regis, with its Cobb, harbour and beach. The estate also boasts its own private, pebbled beach, accessed via the renowned Undercliff on the South West Coast Path, making Marbles the perfect location for enjoying coastal and countryside walks. The Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, and Bicton Gardens are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 4 miles.

    Large living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Cobbled courtyard with furniture
    • 350-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Tranquillity Cottage

    Winfrith Newburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DLE


    Only 3 miles from the beauty spot of Lulworth Cove, with spectacular rock formations at Durdle Door, this delightful cottage offers very attractive and comfortable accommodation, with its own garden bordering open countryside. One of a small row of Grade II listed, 17th-century thatched cottages, it nestles in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is Hardy country, with Dorchester (8 miles) the centre of events in The Mayor of Casterbridge. Weymouth 11 miles. Shop 200 yards, choice of good pubs serving food nearby.

    Charming, beamed sitting/dining room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Well-equipped beamed kitchen with utility area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Open access from landing to twin bedroom leading to double bedroom, each with sloping ceiling and beams.

    • Open fire – logs available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave and oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - honesty box
    • Large secure garden with paved area, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Summerhouse
    • Roadside parking
    • NB: Fenced pond in garden

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  • Applewood Cottage

    Walditch, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 25383

    In the small village of Walditch, in an AONB, 2.5 miles from the quaint fishing port of West Bay on the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, and 1 mile from the market town of Bridport, this well presented Grade II listed cottage with views over adjacent fields is in an excellent holiday location to explore West Dorset from Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, to Weymouth. Enjoy coastal walking on this dramatically beautiful coastline and visit many family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/grill. Washing machine. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed tiered garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (20 yards). No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • 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.

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  • Chedington Lodges - South Lodge

    Mosterton, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30043

    Set in the rolling countryside of West Dorset, each property has views of the surrounding countryside. Within easy driving distance, the whole of the Jurassic Coast beckons and will give many pleasurable days out exploring Lyme Regis with its quaint shops, famous Cobb, beach and wonderful atmosphere. Visit West Bay, the scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’ and on to Weymouth and Portland. Located in a rural lane just outside the village of Mosterton, just 13 miles from the Jurassic World Heritage Coast and near the south Somerset border, these two holiday properties are in an excellent location to explore the huge variety of attractions in this popular region. Within a short drive is Broadwindsor Craft Centre for crafts and afternoon tea.
    Attached to the owner’s home in a peaceful setting are North Lodge (ref 30044), a self-contained two-storey wing, and South Lodge (ref 30043), an end-terrace ground floor holiday apartment, which can be booked together or individually. In lovely countryside and adjacent to the owner’s cattery (guests can lodge their cat by arrangement), guests can take in the Dorset countryside with great walking, cycling, golf and fishing. There are family attractions, including the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum which the children will love, the Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens and many more. There is a large field at the rear of the properties suitable for family recreation, football, kite flying and much more. Beach 13 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Small, lawned garden with sitting out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Wood pellet central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Tripps Farm

    Alweston, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 9199

    This semi-detached 17th-century listed farmhouse situated on a livestock farm with emphasis on conservation and is also the home of the well known herd of pedigree English Longhorn Cattle. Built in 1640 now completely restored, retaining its original character with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. It is well furnished and equipped for year-round family holidays in this AONB. The abbey town of Sherborne 5 miles, the coast at Weymouth 28 miles and many market towns and villages nearby. This is an ideal secluded location if you are looking for peace and tranquillity in the countryside. Shop and pub 2 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). NB: Pond in grounds of the property and children must be accompanied by adults on the farm.

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  • Peach Tree Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30465


    This delightful, semi-detached bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is set in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by meadows and countryside views. This holiday property is just a short drive to the world famous Jurassic Coast, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage, a seaside town, is nearby, with its beach, boat trips and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The property is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the rich cultural heritage of the area, such as Thomas Hardy country and the home of the Toldpuddle Martyrs. Within a short drive is the Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens, 5 miles, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and Sea Life Centre. Beach 3½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freesat TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Two washing machines and tumble dryer in shared external utility room. Freezer. Shared courtyard and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Portland Holiday Cottages - Cove Cottage

    Portland, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 31196

    These three holiday cottages situated on The Isle of Portland, which offers stunning scenery and a wealth of wildlife, are in a superb location to enjoy Chesil Beach and the world-famous Jurassic Coast. Each one can accommodate four guests and can be booked together or separately. Cove Cottage (ref 31196) and Sunset Cottage (ref 31197), are fine Grade II listed Portland Stone fisherman’s cottages and are next door to each other, and Sea Dog Cottage (ref 31195), a stone cottage built in 1800, is about 1/2 mile away from the other two properties, but all three are within a couple of hundred yards of Chesil Beach. For those who love water sports, guests can enjoy sailing, canoeing, fishing, swimming and boating on the doorstep, or on Portland itself. The Tout Quarry has wonderful views over Chesil Beach and at Portland Bill - one can climb the 153 steps of the lighthouse and absorb the coastlines rugged beauty, followed by a cream tea at the tea room. If not enjoying the many attractions on Portland, one can find many on the mainland, including the quaint shops in Weymouth, the lovely golden sandy beach and the family attractions of Sea Life Adventure Park and Tower, Tithe Barn children’s farm and the Swannery at Abbotsbury - the list goes on. For days out, you can explore this scenic coast from Lyme Regis in the west to Corfe in the east, taking in resorts such as Charmouth, West Bay with its traditional harbour, and on to Lulworth Cove. Also inland, Dorchester has much to enjoy and the whole of west Dorset beckons. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating included. Small enclosed pebble garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. NB: 6 steps in garden.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric hob. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Car park nearby (at cost). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Valley View

    West Milton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E1866

    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
    Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through the winding lanes of sleepy valleys to the dramatic cliffs of Golden Cap (NT). The nearest beach is at West Bay, just 4 miles away, where rowing boats can be hired and fishing trips arranged. Along the coast is Lyme Regis, whose sheltered harbour famously featured as a setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The historic market town of Dorchester is 15 miles. Weymouth, 14 miles, offers everything from water sports to night clubs. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Panel heaters included. Freezer. Garden. Parking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Cherry Orchard Cottages - The Old Cattle Stall

    Wyke, nr. Gillingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27736

    Situated on the edge of Gillingham in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, these two detached converted barns (refs 27736 and 27737), both for four and which can be booked independently or together, offer very presentable quality holiday accommodation in which to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many attractions to be found in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Within easy driving distance are family attractions such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its mock aircraft carrier deck and Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its huge collection of classic cars, Stourhead House and Gardens and, of course not to be missed, Longleat House and Safari Park which the children will love and which will give you some memorable moments. Further afield visit the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth with its sandy beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and, inland, the Georgian city of Bath with its Pump Room, Roman Baths, many museums and shops. Alternatively, simply unwind enjoying country walking, village pubs in which to wine and dine, golf and fishing, or visit the quaint character towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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