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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - 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...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    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 - 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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  • 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...

  • Lower Bockhampton, Dorset
    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset×

    The Old Post Office

    Lower Bockhampton, Dorset

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    Ref: 15262
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Perfect for book lovers this thatched cottage is in a lovely hamlet, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under The Greenwood Tree’.
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    This picturesque 18th century thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under the Greenwood Tree’. The cottage is full of historic character, with plenty of books to enjoy in the cosy living room. The kitchen/breakfast room looks over the pretty cottage garden. The River Frome meanders through the village which is home to a renowned restaurant, and you can walk along the meadows to the market town...

  • Portesham, Dorset
    Portesham, Dorset×

    Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham, Dorset

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    Ref: 15702
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Vibrant Weymouth, Abbotsbury Swannery and many Dorset towns can be easily reached from this delightful cottage.
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    A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of Portesham. Abbotsbury with its swannery and sub-tropical gardens 3 miles. Vibrant seaside resort of Weymouth with sea-life centre 7 miles. Fine walks abound across the rolling Dorset hills, or along the shingle bank at Chesil beach. The Dorset coast from Swanage to Lyme Regis is easily accessible. The towns of Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are within easy driving distance....

  • Winterbourne, Steepleton,
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    Primrose Cottage

    Winterbourne, Steepleton,

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    Ref: E4550
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland
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    Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them, they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery, 5 miles, and subtropical gardens, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World, the Bovington Tank...

    Rose Cottage
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  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Simkin

    Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 69005
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set within the market town of Wareham on the edge of the Purbecks AONB and a short drive from sandy beaches.
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    A semi-detached 50’s style bungalow situated within walking distance of this market town of Saxon origin and of considerable historical interest. An ideal holiday base for exploring this beautiful part of Dorset located on the edge of the Purbecks, an AONB, and within easy reach of many picturesque villages. Local attractions include Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, and for those who enjoy walking, the Dorset Coastal Path offers spectacular views over the Purbeck Hills...

  • Nr. Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Nr. Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    Jasmine Cottage

    Nr. Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Discover the Jurassic Coast, Blackmore Vale and the countryside from this delightful holiday cottage in the hamlet of Turnworth.
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    This delightful holiday cottage is surrounded by idyllic countryside in the hamlet of Turnworth (an AONB), where Thomas Hardy restored the ancient church in 1868. One of a pair, built in 1854, it has much charm, and decorated in contemporary country style. Visitors can explore the Blackmore Vale, with many footpaths from Turnworth and the NCN running through. Jurassic Coast a short drive. Golf and horse riding can be found locally.Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Old Dairy

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: E5394
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path
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    This attractive, detached old dairy, with lovely views, is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors, while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater, The Cobb. Bridport, the old ropemakers’ town, Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time...

  • Broadoak, near Bridport, Dorset
    Broadoak, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Bakehouse

    Broadoak, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 28938
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    In the heart of the Marshwood Vale within easy reach of Bridport and the seaside resort of Lyme Regis.
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    This detached, former bakehouse, adjacent to the owner’s home, is located in the heart of the beautiful, scenic Marshwood Vale of West Dorset. The holiday property is within easy driving of the seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Eype and West Bay which are located on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Attractions nearby include Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with its cream teas and local craft, and Bridport with its markets. Great walking and golf can also be found in the...

  • Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset
    Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Pinecliffe

    Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 24986
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Just 50 yards from the cliff top and sandy beach this first floor apartment offers an ideal base for exploring the area.
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    This apartment is 50 yards from the cliff top and the Blue Flag sandy beach (beach hut available for hire). Set on the first floor the open plan living room/kitchen has a balcony with distant sea views. The holiday apartment offers comfortable accommodation and is in an ideal area for exploring. Enjoy Bournemouth town centre with town garden, shops, restaurants and pubs. The New Forest National Park is just a short drive away with pretty villages and free roaming cattle and...

  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31201
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    History enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with attractions nearby, including the Tutankhamun Exhibition and the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Bishops Caundle, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Bishops Caundle, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Ryall’s Stud Cottage

    Bishops Caundle, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DQG
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    An ideal holiday choice for enjoying the great outdoors, set in 8 acres of unspoilt grounds on the owner’s stud farm.
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    Set amidst 8 acres of unspoilt grounds which surround the owner’s former stud farm, this delightful conversion of a stable combines modern conveniences and tasteful furnishings for a comfortable stay. With walks on the doorstep, riding, fishing, tennis and golf locally, and even stabling adjacent for guests’ horses by arrangement, this is an ideal holiday choice for those who enjoy an outdoor lifestyle. The beaches at Studland and Weymouth are but a 40-minute drive away, while...

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