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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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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Cider Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: B4337

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

  • Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29041

    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive of the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch and the New Forest National Park. This detached Heritage Asset was formerly the Kennelman’s cottage for the Sopley Manor Estate, and sits in a conservation area, in the middle of the owners’ 12½ acres of land with animals and clear views over the land from every direction, making it ideal for those who want to feel like they are away from it all. The Avon Valley long distance trail runs across part of the land, leading to two pubs within half a mile of the property. It is well situated for exploring the area including Bournemouth and Poole, with their sandy beaches, shops and restaurants, the cities of Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth for maritime history and large shopping centres. Shop 1 mile, pubs serving food ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Most rooms with vaulted ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in out-building. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept under strict control (livestock). No smoking. No children. NB: This is a working farm which requires the owners to tend the land and animals.

  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I

    Uppington, Wimborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: DZU

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen and wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be 6ft double). Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

  • Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
    0
    1
    1
    Ref: 17734

    Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool

    Fernhill Heights is located in an exclusive complex and benefits from views across open countryside. This holiday accommodation has a good quality 3-seater double sofa bed in the living/dining room (no separate bedroom). It is set on a beautiful 30 acre site which includes two small lakes and a barbecue area. There is also use of a heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-Sep) and direct access to the coastal footpath. The surrounding grounds are adjacent to Lyme Regis golf course. The 4 star hotel on-site has a café, bar and restaurant.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Small patio style garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.9m, open Easter-September). Car park on site. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

  • Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43591


    Set in beautiful west Dorset countryside, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport, West Bay (scene of the TV series Broadchurch) on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, this single-storey, terrace barn conversion, for two, is excellent holiday accommodation for those wishing to enjoy some wonderful scenic coast or country walking, perhaps with the dog. The dramatic coastline stretches from Lyme Regis, all the way to Weymouth and Portland, taking in the famous Chesil Beach and Golden Cap, and has some superb little seaside resorts to explore. Inland, one will find much to enjoy ranging from Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and just over the border in Somerset, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Classic Motor Museum. Beach 5 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating (in living room), electric central heating (in bedroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 22’’ Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

  • Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 23500

    Town centre location

    A charming end-terrace cottage peacefully set in the heart of Bridport, with its own enclosed garden, patio and furniture, and ideally placed to walk into the lovely market town of Bridport with its shops, restaurants and markets. Periwinkle Cottage is in a great location for a holiday getaway, ideal to explore the famous World Heritage Coastal resort of West Bay, 1½ miles away. Visit Abbotsbury with its Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, and the jewel in the crown at West Dorset - picturesque Lyme Regis. There is superb coastal walking, golf, fishing, boating and many places to explore nearby. Shops 30 yards, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electricity and convector heaters by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park (50 yards). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 13049

    Spectacular views

    This well-maintained, first floor holiday garden apartment, an addition to the 18th-century farmhouse, has spectacular views and surrounding gardens. Mayo Farm, a working smallholding, overlooks the valleys and hills of the Blackmore Vale from its elevated position. Shaftesbury, with ancient abbey ruins and renowned Gold Hill, is within walking distance (along the B3081). NT Stourhead and Kingston Lacy nearby. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Please note: Although there are beds for 4, the maximum occupancy is 2 guests.

    All on first floor (stairs or stairlift): Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Small sun room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 2 steps to 1 twin (for alternative sleeping).

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Shared landscaped garden and 10-acre grounds. Barbecue on request. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 18 years. NB: Ornamental ponds in garden.

  • Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: DZO

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
    All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside. These properties have been awarded a Dorset Silver Tourism Award for 2015.
    Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
    There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
    The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

    Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
    • Internet connection
    • Small patio with furniture
    • Large shared lawned area
    • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
    • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
    • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking

  • The Pippins Annex

    Piddletrenthide, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 31012

    Situated in the delightful Piddle Valley (AONB) in Thomas Hardy’s country, just 8 miles from the popular town of Dorchester, this first floor annex, attached to the owner’s home, offers a wonderful holiday location from which to explore this delightful area. Enjoy some quiet time on the balcony, or the scenic Jurassic Coast is within easy driving distance. The coast stretches from Lulworth Cove, through Weymouth, Portland, West Bay and Charmouth, and on to Lyme Regis with its picturesque harbour. There are beautiful coastal and country walks, cycle routes, small villages with lovely pubs to wine and dine in, and many attractions and historic houses to be enjoyed. Visit the nearby Cerne Abbas Giant and Athelhampton House and Gardens. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    12 spiral steps to entrance: Living room with double bed. Dining room with patio doors/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ garden. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: DDX

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Buckland Newton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29710

    Situated in a small hamlet near Buckland Newton, midway between Dorchester and Sherborne, this self-contained wing of the owners 18th-century character home, offers a lovely retreat, with country walks, cycling and village pubs to wine and dine in. In the region, visit many historic houses, the Cerne Abbas giant, and within easy driving, the scenic coast of Dorset, from the Purbecks all the way to Lyme Regis, taking in the splendid World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Dorchester has many attractions to enjoy and 5 miles on is the Victorian town of Weymouth for a seaside atmosphere. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floors. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Barleycorn

    Holnest, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25879

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, in rolling West Dorset countryside between the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne and the market town of Dorchester, this spacious, single-storey barn conversion for two, with beams, is an ideal holiday location for lovely country walks, golf, and village pubs to wine and dine in, or for exploring many historic houses and attractions nearby and days out visiting the World Heritage Coast or Bath. Shop, pub and restaurant 2.5miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin (can be double) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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