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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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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Leam House

    Portland, Dorset

    8
    4
    5
    2
    Ref: 29250
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    En-suite family accommodation with the bonus of a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the region.
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  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Red Lion Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

    8
    3
    3
    0
    Ref: 19631
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Serving its own ale to the king back in 1802, this former inn retains many original features and is within walking distance of Lulworth Cove.
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  • Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Granary

    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: W43680
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A charming stone barn conversion suitable for all seasons and ideal for a family holiday or couples sharing. Multiple attractions for adults and children nearby.
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  • Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset
    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset×

    Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

    9
    4
    4
    2
    Ref: 25885
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    Situated on Chesil Beach along the coastal path in an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, perfect for a family holiday.
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  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Lower Woodbury House

    Wareham, Dorset

    9
    5
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC976
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the beautiful county of Dorset from this spacious property, which sits peacefully in 1½-acre grounds. Market towns and attractions within easy reach.
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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Great Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    9
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC789
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Nested in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stunning home offers ideal accommodation for families or groups of friends.
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    Bookham Court - Crowthorne
    9
    4
    4
    Bookham Court - Wagon House
    4
    2
    2
  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Peach Cottage

    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset

    9
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC1625
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Peach Cottage is ideal for walkers looking to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with its beautiful coastal scenery.
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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Overbay

    Swanage, Dorset

    9
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: 23517
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Upside-down holiday accommodation with stunning views over Swanage Bay just 150 yards from the town centre.
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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    9
    4
    4
    2
    Ref: UKC791
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Crowthorne is perfect for a family holiday, boasting ground floor facilities and set in the glorious countryside.
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    Bookham Court - Wagon House
    4
    2
    2
  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tincleton Lodge

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    10
    5
    4
    0
    Ref: UKC226
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for groups of friends or families wanting to stay together, within easy reach of Dorchester, Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis.
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  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Woodbrook Cottage

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

    10
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: 16653
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect family accommodation with a 4-poster bed and American style fridge-freezer, if you can tear yourself away the beach is just 1 mile away.
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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    The Coach House

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    10
    5
    5
    0
    Ref: W40581
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    The Coach House is in a great position for exploring this beautiful area and there’s plenty to see and do nearby.
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