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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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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: W7661
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location.
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    9.1 7 reviews
    9.1 7 reviews

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  • Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 24897
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal location from which to explore the West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay and Bridport.
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    8.6 21 reviews
    8.6 21 reviews

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  • Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Bride Valley Cottage

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1603
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage with its warming wood burner is perfect any time of year to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    8.4 23 reviews
    8.4 23 reviews

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  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Linnets

    Linnets

    Beaminster, Dorset

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A good central location for discovering all that Dorset has to offer, from the Jurassic Coast and beaches to picturesque walks and towns.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Freshwater Bay View

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 29709
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast.
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    9.8 25 reviews
    9.8 25 reviews

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  • West Milton,
    West Milton, ×

    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
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    8.5 4 reviews
    8.5 4 reviews

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    Valley View
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  • Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 28753
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DZU
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Guests can enjoy a peaceful location with a footpath to Hinton Martell and easy access to the New Forest National Park.
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    8.5 6 reviews
    8.5 6 reviews

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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II
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  • North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hell Barn Cottages - Studio

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC613
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Perfect for couples looking for a romantic countryside break, take a trip to Lyme Regis with its famous Cob and sandy beach.
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Foxglove
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Jasmine
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Maple
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Rosemary
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  • Seatown, Chideock, Dorset
    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset×

    Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset

    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset

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    Ref: W42634
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Millstones is a lovely property for two. Enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine on an evening on the patio.
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    9.2 25 reviews
    9.2 25 reviews

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 15350
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    Within walking distance of the centre of Bridport, an ideal base for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and Burton Bradstock.
    Prices from
    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 11 reviews

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  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    In a rural location, Nut Bush boasts beautiful countryside views where wildlife can be spotted! There are also some great footpaths nearby.
    Prices from
    6.8 4 reviews
    6.8 4 reviews

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