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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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  • Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Grange Farm Cottages - Woodpecker Cottage

    Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DZZ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, these two well-presented single-storey barn conversions...

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: 26437
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View

    Just a 10-minute walk to the sandy beach in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its...

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  • Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Tripps Farm

    Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 9199
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    This semi-detached 17th-century listed farmhouse situated on a livestock farm with emphasis on conservation and is...

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  • Bournemouth, Dorset
    Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Apartments 4 & 6 - Apartment 6

    Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC381
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile

    Located in a contemporary building, these two holiday apartments (refs: UKC380 and UKC381) are both on the first...

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  • Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Park Gardens

    Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: W40004
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Close to beaches and the New Forest

    Situated in a cul-de-sac in a small development on the edge of Christchurch...

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  • Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Rose Cottage

    Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DTW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Nestled in the pretty village of Litton Cheney, set back from the beautiful Dorset coastline, this...

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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

    On the outskirts of Weymouth and close to the causeway over to Portland, this terraced house offers an excellent...

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  • Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Castle House Cottage

    Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 24163
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire

    Set in the pretty, rural village of Horton, this holiday cottage forms part of the owner’s home, but has its...

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  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    Amberley View

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 28887
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Situated on the owner’s working alpaca farm, with stunning views over the West Dorset countryside and a 6-seater...

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  • Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Grange Farm Cottages - Kingfisher Cottage

    Oborne, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DNA
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, these two well-presented single-storey barn conversions...

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  • Wimborne Minster, Dorset
    Wimborne Minster, Dorset×

    524 Pamphill Green Cottage

    Wimborne Minster, Dorset

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    Ref: NT003023
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    This delightful, adjoining, period cottage is peacefully...

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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Bridles Farm Holiday Cottages - Woodlanders

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 29954
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location


    Located in the heart of the wonderful Blackmore vale countryside, Bridles Farm Holiday Cottages are two Grade...

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