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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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  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 26306
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    A perfect retreat for a couple just 3 miles from the beach and close to many attractions in this popular area.
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  • Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 24897
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal location from which to explore the West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay and Bridport.
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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    Ref: 769
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In the pretty village of Burton Bradstock close to Bridport and Chesil Beach in an AONB.
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  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The New Forest National Park can be reached within a 10-minute drive and the Avon Valley Trail runs through the grounds.
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  • Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DQX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area.
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  • Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    Forever Cottage

    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1928
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful, terraced, dog-friendly holiday home for two, offers a great base to explore the lovely county of Dorset.
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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Ref: DDX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD.
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Ref: DFX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Fox Cottage is a lovely retreat for two. Relax in the pool or enjoy a friendly game of tennis!
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    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
    6
    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
    4
    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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    2
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  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Granary Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 23750
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Ideal for a romantic get away at any time of year with a roll top bath and cosy fire, you won’t want to leave.
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    2
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    1
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    Ref: UKC803
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door.
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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    2
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: 31202
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
    4
    3
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
    4
    2
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
    2
    1
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
    2
    1
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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    3
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  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Spindrift

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: 30896
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and just 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
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