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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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  • Rose Cottage

    Corfe Castle

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28516

    Views of the castle

    Occupying an idyllic position in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, this delightful Grade II listed, 17th-century terraced holiday cottage has its own small courtyard garden. The cottage boasts an original inglenook fireplace in the living room which houses a bread oven and a gas woodburner, whilst the spacious, farmhouse-style kitchen features a flagstone floor, exposed stone walls and a dual-fuel range. The property also commands views of the castle from its upper floors, and is ideal for exploring the World Heritage coastline and countryside. The wealth of attractions nearby include riding, golf, sailing, river and sea fishing. Excellent walking abounds, as do opportunities for bathing – Studland beach is easily accessible. Seaside Swanage, 4½ miles, can be accessed via a preserved steam railway. Arne Nature Reserve 5 miles. Shop and pub serving food 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Beams and low ceilings throughout.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Dual-fuel range. Microwave. Dishwasher. Payphone. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Carport (1 car, 20 yards). No smoking.

  • Anchor Cottage

    Portland

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 30892

    Set in the heart of Portland, this lovely semi-detached, stone holiday cottage has much charm and character. Explore Portland’s rugged beauty and history or visit the popular seaside resort of Weymouth, scenic Chesil Beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and picturesque west Dorset. Water sports, sailing, swimming, canoeing, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking are all available. Within easy driving distance are many attractions ranging from castles, gardens, museums, family theme parks and beaches, which all make for a memorable holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor in bathroom), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Cart Shed

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DDDL

    "Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

    Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
    Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the coast path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards (via a very steep path). Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with exposed flint feature walls, French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Wooden, spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Most rooms are beamed.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

  • Coastline Cottages - Pebble Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: DVA


    Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely woodburners. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in a quiet location, each with its own garden area, within easy walking distance of Chickerell.
    Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy the sandy beach. A day trip to France or the Channel Islands and even a sea fishing trip can be enjoyed, all leaving from the harbour. The RSPB has two reserves nearby - Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, the latter having an information centre as well as nature trails where grebes, swans, warblers and other species of birds may be seen. The swannery at Abbotsbury provides the opportunity to observe the resident colony of mute swans, which has been in existence since the 14th century. From late May, visitors can walk around the nesting area, observing the cygnets at close quarters. Another attraction at Abbotsbury are the sub-tropical gardens, which flourish in a site protected from the cold winds. Here species rare to Britain - such as Japanese camellias and Caucasian Wing Nut tree - can be found. A drive west from the cottages along the coast road is a delight, where the outstanding views and ‘chocolate-box’ villages can be admired. Shops ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Washing machine. Tumble dryer.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three TVs. DVDs. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with furniture. Parking.

  • Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Stable Cottage

    Lytchett Matravers, nr. Poole

    Grade
    5
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DCCY

    These holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse (ref DCCX) is a semi-detached, typical Dorset farmhouse, Redbridge Barn (ref DDDX) is a unique and impressive, beautifully appointed, period-style, detached farmhouse and Redbridge Stable Cottage (ref DCCY) is a detached property. Providing a rural retreat, these holiday properties are ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. The golden sands of Studland and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island are a short drive away, as is the RPSB nature reserve near Poole Harbour. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is close by, with Durlston, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling. Attractions nearby include Farmer Palmer’s, Monkey World, the Tank Museum, Tower Park and Tyneham Village. Within walking distance there is an on-site equestrian centre, 500 yards, which offers horse riding, and Bulbury Woods golf course is next door. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with circular brick fireplace, French doors and well-equipped kitchen area with oak units and tiled floor. Two double bedrooms, each with TV; one with stairs to galleried bedroom with single bed (for +1 child) and restricted headroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Travel cot
    • Three digital TVs
    • DVD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with terrace, patio and furniture
    • Shared garden
    • Shared 40-acre grounds (restricted access)
    • Barbecue
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Pond and fountain in garden. Lake in grounds, 10 yards

  • Larkrise

    Portland

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 18942

    With a cosy open fire this cottage was once home to the famous Stone Carver Skylark Durston, his work can be seen throughout. From the garden wonderful coastal and sea views can be enjoyed. Portland Bill lighthouse is just a mile walk, which then leads on to wonderful coastal footpaths and further to Chesil beach. It’s a great holiday base for sea/fishing, windsurfing, diving and sailing. Bustling Weymouth is 6 miles away. Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary, Monkey World and Bovington Tank museum are all easily accessible. Shop 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread spiral stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 steps up to 1 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

  • Sparrows Nest

    Preston, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: W42924

    Set in a residential road and within a short walk you can be on coastal footpaths which form part of the Jurassic coast. This semi-detached holiday property provides a good base from which to explore this delightful part of Dorset. Bowleaze Cove is nearby and Weymouth with its beach, harbour and two nature reserves a couple of miles away popular for sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The county town of Dorchester, Athelhampton House, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and many walks abound in this lovely area of Dorset. The Purbecks, with their chocolate box villages, are a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer (in garage). Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Drop to one side of patio.

  • Alpen Rose Cottage

    Easton, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44120

    Situated in Easton in the heart of Portland, this 200 year old, mid-terrace cottage, accommodating up to 5 guests, has been tastefully decorated and offers a great holiday location for exploring the area. Steeped in history, Portland has wonderful coastal walking for visitors and their four-legged friends, as well as fishing, diving, bird watching, and of course sailing and wind surfing in Weymouth harbour. Set on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, so one can explore all the way up to the Purbecks to the east and down to Lyme Regis in the west, taking in many popular resorts en-route and some superb scenery. Visit the quaint seaside town of Weymouth with its harbour, sandy beach and shops, or Dorchester with its many museums. Further afield, discover Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, historic houses and many other exciting attractions beckon to ensure you have a memorable holiday. Beach 1 mile. Shop and restaurant 400 yards, pub 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32’’ Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, paved garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 1 step in garden.

  • Bosuns Locker

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26975


    This nautical-themed, three-bedroom detached bungalow is just a 100 yards away from Poole Harbour and 900 yards to Hamworthy Park and Beach, that has great views across the harbour and the Purbeck Hills. The private well-maintained garden boasts a south facing summerhouse and there is also a covered area with a pool table and darts board. Poole Town is a couple of miles away where you can enjoy shopping or watch the world go by at one of the many pubs and restaurants at the quayside which have views of the second largest natural harbour in the world and the National Trusts Brownsea Island. There is so much to visit in this lovely part of Dorset including the market town of Wareham situated between the rivers of Frome and Piddle it is of Saxon origin, once you are here you can visit the town museum and enjoy a boat ride on the river (8 miles) for more history visit the village of Corfe Castle 16 miles away, not only does it feature small independent shops, tea rooms, restaurants but also the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle which dates back to the 11th century that was built by William The Conqueror. The 6-mile long Heritage Steam Railway of Swanage runs through the Isle of Purbeck, at weekends and Bank Holiday from mid-February to the end of the year and every day of the week between April and October is (19 miles). Other attractions include Monkey World (15 miles), Tank Museum.(16 miles). Shop 80 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    2 small steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 13 years except babes in arms.

  • Nantucket House

    Misterton, nr. Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 25323


    Set in Misterton, on the Somerset/Dorset border, this well presented detached holiday home is excellent for exploring this delightful area. Within easy driving distance is the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is approximately 13 miles, also known as Broadchurch in the famous TV series. Lyme Regis with its harbour, cob and beach for fossil hunting, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking. Explore Weymouth with its sandy beaches and Portland which held the 2012 Olympic sailing. Abbotsbury is famous for its swannery, sub tropical gardens and children’s farm.
    Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Longleat House and Safari Park, or enjoy the pubs, scenic walking at the Liberty and Parrett trails, cycling and golf in this lovely area. Nantucket House has the perfect location for exploring Somerset, Dorset and Devon. There is really so much to do! If you like exploring for local food and drink, be sure to search out Somerset Scrumpy Cider, Somerset Apple Brandy, and Cedric’s ’Taste of the West’ award winning Somerset Cider and Apple Cake. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Both with parquet floor. Kitchen. Utility/play room. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 10 central heating included (£20per week September-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

  • Canute Cottage

    Portland

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28267

    This cosy, terraced holiday cottage is set in a quiet street, just a few hundred yards from the southern end of Chesil Beach. Portland harbour and castle, Portland Bill, Weymouth, with its beach and harbour, 2 RSPB reserves, a sealife park and marine sanctuary are all nearby. Enjoy coastal and inland footpaths, bird watching, sea fishing, diving, sailing, climbing and windsurfing. Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens, Monkey World and Bovington Tank Museum are all easily reached. Shop 100 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single and sloping ceiling.

    Electric ’log-effect’ fire in living room. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine (in outhouse). Freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 small car). No smoking.

  • Oxford Terrace

    Swanage

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26782

    The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this characterful terraced holiday home, with a good selection of eateries and shops. Just a short walk leads you to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastal Path and Durlston Country Park. All can enjoy Swanage Steam Railway, and a short drive away is Monkey World and the National Trust site of Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden. Cottage sleeps maximum of 5 guests. Other cottages have access through garden. Unmade lane to cottage.

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