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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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  • Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, nr. Weymouth

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    Ref: 28753

    This holiday apartment sits on the first floor adjoining the owners’ property and commands wonderful countryside views from the living room picture window. It makes a very comfortable relaxing all year round base for exploring the area, with Weymouth’s Georgian seafront and beach only a few miles away. Many walks can be taken locally, or along the nearby Jurassic coastline. Popular places to visit are Portland Bill and Bird Observatory, the RSPB reserve in Weymouth, Durdle Door and Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Popular nearby towns are Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham and Swanage. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant ¾ mile. Beach 3 miles.

    Exterior steps to entrance: All on first floor: 2 steps to living room with wooden floor and vaulted ceiling/kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Use of owner’s washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. No children.

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  • Garden Apartment

    Shaftesbury

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    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.

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  • Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis

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    Ref: UKC803


    In a glorious west Dorset country setting in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, near Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb and harbour, and Bridport and West Bay on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This lovely spacious, single storey, detached barn conversion for 2, with vaulted ceilings and wood burner, is an excellent holiday home for exploring west Dorset. Situated on a working dairy farm with beautiful country scenery, and there is great walking from your doorstep. Or enjoy scenic walking along this picturesque coastline, taking in a breathtaking walk to the top of Golden Cap for some spectacular views, followed by a hearty meal and drink in the pub at the bottom. Many places of interest abound, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, the vineyard at Salwayash for some wine tasting, Pecorama at Beer with its model railway, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, and of course village pubs for some local cuisine to wine and dine in. There is so much to enjoy in this delightful unspoilt area. Beach 6 miles. Shop 4¼ miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Smart TV, DVD player, CD player beams and patio doors leading to garden.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Nest

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24121

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Anvil

    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis

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    Ref: UKC312


    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village of Thorncombe, this converted barn is set in a tranquil location and offers a lovely retreat. On your doorstep, there is great country walking and cycling, and within easy driving distance, Forde Abbey & Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with lovely cream teas, are not to be missed. Visit the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic beauty, coastal walks, boating and fossil hunting. Also, discover the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, harbour and Cobb, and West Bay, scene of the series ’Broadchurch’. In south Somerset, guests can enjoy the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, many historic houses such as Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tintinhull House and many more. Also in south Somerset, for those with a fascination of classic cars, The Haynes Motor Museum is not far away. Slightly further inland, spend days out at Clarks Factory Village in Street, Glastonbury Tor with its magnificent views and history, or on to Cheddar Gorge & Caves or the historic city of Bath. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and doors opening out onto decked patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed, lawned garden with raised decked patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport

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    Ref: 15350

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (50 yards).

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  • Little Meadow Cottage

    East Burton, nr. Wareham

    Grade
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    Ref: 29570

    On a country lane with no-through traffic, this first floor holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is in a rural location surrounded by meadows and countryside views. It is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage is a seaside town with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are within walking distance. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery, butchers shop and a train station, which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Lulworth Cove beach 3½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Cycle store on request. Welcome pack. Stabling available on request. No smoking.

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  • Bay View Apartments - Little Bay View

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
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    Ref: 26438

    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, picturesque harbour and Cobb (setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’) and on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two holiday apartments (refs 26437 and 26438) are well furnished and equipped, and have spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach towards Portland. You can amble into Lyme Regis with its inns, shops and restaurants, soak up the atmosphere on the front or indulge in some fishing, boating and fossil hunting. Enjoy some scenic walking along this dramatic coast stretching from Weymouth to Exmouth, or visit many of the quaint seaside resorts to be found at Sidmouth, Seaton, Beer, Charmouth and Westbay. There are several historic houses to visit, such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, and many family attractions within easy driving, Crealy Adventure Park, Pecorama, Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens to name a few. The sandy beach is only a 10 minute stroll away through Langmoor gardens. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 30 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/2 steps to dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    Travel cot. Freeview TV. Small enclosed decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. On road parking (200 yards). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Paddock View

    Alderholt, nr. Fordingbridge

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    Ref: W43554


    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers light, spacious, comfortable and tastefully styled holiday accommodation. It has a large, decked sitting-out area with an awning for those who prefer the shade. This is an ideal spot for breakfast, alfresco dining or an aperitif on a warm, balmy evening. There are super views over paddocks with ponies. Nearby Fordingbridge is a popular market town which is known for its medieval bridge with five arches, and has many local shops, boutiques, eateries and a church. Nearby there is a waterpark, which offers windsurfing, sailing, fishing and watersports, and there is horse riding and golf in the area too. This is an excellent, scenic walking area, some of which meanders along the River Avon from Salisbury to Christchurch. There are beaches at Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole. Places to visit include The New Forest National Park, Winchester and Salisbury with their cathedrals and Christchurch Harbour. Family days out include Marwell Zoo or the historic ships at Portsmouth. Beach 12 miles. Shop and pub serving food 1/2 mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin on request). Shower room with toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/grill. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned private garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step from decking to garden.

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  • Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 29316

    This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the popular market town of Wimborne is nearby. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
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    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.

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  • Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham

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    Ref: W43465


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin offering a peaceful retreat on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border. Watch the continuous antics of the varied birdlife visiting the lake from the balcony. Set in the heart of the Blackmore Vale, renowned for its natural beauty, Lakeside Hut provides an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions in the area. Gillingham has a rich history dating back over 1000 years, and has enjoyed mentions in a great deal of literature including the work of Thomas Hardy. Shaftesbury is a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Anglo Saxon times. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time, whilst walking round the ruins of the abbey, or just enjoying the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There is a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants for tourists to enjoy. This is the ‘Gateway to the South West’, from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, and Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. A visit to the NT gem Stourhead is also recommended. Shop and pub 11/2 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room and bedroom area with 2 single beds/dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity fire in living room included. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric hob. Microwave. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3 acres natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Paddock by arrangement. Fishing on-site (no licence required). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Carp lake, 20 yards.

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