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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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  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    April’s Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC599
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy all that Weymouth and the local area have to offer from this lovely holiday property, ideally suited for families looking for a seaside holiday.
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    This delightful Grade II listed house, built in 1865, is situated in Nottington, on the outskirts of the popular seaside resort of Weymouth. It is an excellent holiday home for a large family or two families to enjoy this lovely part of Dorset. It offers ample accommodation with a large living room, four bedrooms with three being en-suite, and a large garden to relax and unwind in; perhaps with a barbecue when you return from your day out exploring. Its location is ideal for going...

  • Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
    Buckhorn Weston, Dorset×

    Brook Cottage

    Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

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    Ref: 14937
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens as well as the Jurassic Coast can be easily reached from this 19th-century cottage.
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    Set in a rural location in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, this 19th-century cottage of local stone has been extended, retaining character and charm. Within an easy drive one can enjoy the quaint, character abbey town of Sherborne, or the Saxon hill-top and market town of Shaftesbury, both with restaurants and shops, or have days out visiting attractions such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead house and garden and memorable days at either the Yeovilton...

  • Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset
    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset×

    The Old Stables

    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DYS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Old Stables is a brilliant base for exploring the area. After a day out, retreat back here and enjoy the views.
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    In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, this converted listed barn is set in an L-shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy’s famous Blackmoor Vale on the other. It offers an excellent holiday base to explore north west Dorset and south Somerset. it has been renovated to a high standard with exposed beams, is tastefully furnished, and has use of a communal games room...

  • Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset
    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Timberyard - Carters Cottage

    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DVL
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Carters Cottage boasts an idyllic location, set in an AONB and half a mile from the Jurassic Coast – perfect base for walkers.
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    These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 4 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small...

  • Bridport , Dorset
    Bridport , Dorset×

    Quarr Cottage

    Bridport , Dorset

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    Ref: UKC661
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Explore the breathtaking Jurassic Coast, with its pretty seaside villages, harbours and stunning beaches.
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    In a great location in west Dorset, just outside Bridport, 1 mile from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and near Lyme Regis, this detached family home has two four poster bedrooms (one en-suite) and lovely views over rolling countryside. The old market town of Bridport, with its weekly markets, is on your doorstep, as is West Bay, scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’. Wander around its quaint harbour, or enjoy some boating, fishing, fossil hunting or simply soaking up...

  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Red Lion Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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    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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    The cottage dates back 400 years and was originally ’The Red Lion Inn’ and served its own ale to King George III in 1802. Refurbished to a good standard, yet retaining many of its original character features. All bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished, and offer generous holiday accommodation. It lies in a quiet lane within walking distance to Lulworth Cove, the local pub and village store. Surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and close to the Dorset coastal path, it...

  • Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Gatehouse

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: W41364
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Gatehouse is situated within the grounds of Manor House, where a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fishing can be enjoyed.
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    Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

    Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and...

  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Peach Cottage

    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset

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    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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    This lovely detached, thatched cottage is set within the village of Wool, with Wareham and Swanage to the east, and Dorchester and Weymouth to the west. It is a great holiday location to enjoy the Purbecks and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with its superb scenery and coastal walking. There are many family attractions to enjoy including, Monkey World, Lulworth Castle, the Bovington Tank Museum, Corfe Castle and the Swanage Railway. The scenic Jurassic Coast is only a short drive...

  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Lower Woodbury House

    Wareham, Dorset

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    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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    Providing spacious, well-presented accommodation, Lower Woodbury House is ideal for larger families. It nestles in a peaceful setting surrounded by countryside views, where deer can often be seen roaming. Set in over 1½-acre grounds, this holiday property really is the perfect base from which to enjoy the beautiful county of Dorset. The market towns of Bere Regis and Wareham are within a short distance and offer an array of local shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield is...

  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Great Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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 lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon...

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne
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    Bookham Court - Wagon House
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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Overbay

    Swanage, Dorset

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    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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    Stunning views over Swanage Bay can be enjoyed from the large decked elevated terrace at this holiday home. The house is set out upside down with the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views. Overbay is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the Blue Flag beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops and pubs and ever popular Swanage Steam Railway, the town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline. Dotted around are many...

  • Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset
    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset×

    Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

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    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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    Beach location

    Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom....

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