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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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421 cottages are available
  • Stoke Abbott, Dorset
    Stoke Abbott, Dorset×

    Church House

    Stoke Abbott, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Nestling in a conservation area in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset’s...

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: DJP
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile...

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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

    A semi-detached 50’s style bungalow situated within walking distance of this market town of Saxon origin and...

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  • Verwood, Dorset
    Verwood, Dorset×

    Goodrest

    Verwood, Dorset

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    Ref: 16675
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    Ideal for visiting the New Forest

    Situated down a quiet lane in the village of Verwood, this bungalow is...

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  • Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset
    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Apple House

    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W3317
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Shared heated outdoor swimming pool


    A delightful detached holiday cottage, surrounded by 42-acres of...

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  • Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset
    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset×

    Round Chimneys Farm - The Stables

    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday...

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  • Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Coastline Cottages - Pebble Cottage

    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline...

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  • Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    Cross Tree Cottage

    Winterborne Stickland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: W43806
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    This lovely, Grade II listed, thatched, cob cottage is situated in the quaint village of Winterborne Stickland,...

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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×
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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the...

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  • Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Sparrows Nest

    Preston, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: W42924
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Set in a residential road and within a short walk you can be on coastal footpaths which form part of the Jurassic...

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  • Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset
    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Elm Cottage and Ash Cottage - Elm Cottage

    Morcombelake, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: NT003029
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    National Trust Holiday Properties


    These thatched, National Trust, traditional...

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  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Tennay Cottage

    Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43547
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free


    This centrally located, terrace holiday cottage is in the heart of the market town of Wareham but also benefits...

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