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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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  • The Old Post Office

    Lower Bockhampton

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 15262

    This picturesque 18th century thatched cottage nestles within the charming hamlet of Lower Bockhampton, the setting for Thomas Hardy’s novel ’Under the Greenwood Tree’. The cottage is full of historic character, with plenty of books to enjoy in the cosy living room. The kitchen/breakfast room looks over the pretty cottage garden. The River Frome meanders through the village which is home to a renowned restaurant, and you can walk along the meadows to the market town of Dorchester. The lake and gardens of Kingston Maurward are on the doorstep. Golf and fishing available nearby. Sandy beaches at Weymouth, 7 miles. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Rear garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Hillview

    Melplash, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28117

    In a great location between Bridport and Beaminster, overlooking the beautiful Dorset countryside, this detached, single-storey holiday home offers an ideal situation to see the best of Dorset. Enjoy lovely scenery, walking in the countryside or along the breathtaking Jurassic coast from Lyme Regis to Weymouth. Visit West Bay harbour with fishing, fossil hunting and boating or enjoy memorable days out in Dorchester, Sherborne and Yeovil. Traditional style pub/restaurant opposite, with an award-winning chef using the finest quality local and seasonal produce. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sea Drift

    West Bay, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 29953


    Situated in West Bay with its quaint harbour and beaches, scene of the TV hit series ’Broadchurch’ and on the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This ground floor holiday apartment for 4, is just 150 yards from the harbour with its characterful seaside atmosphere and offers a great holiday location to enjoy this popular seaside resort. Amble into West Bay and enjoy the ambience of this lovely resort, or soak up the scenery on the beaches, where one can do some fossil hunting, swimming, coastal walking, boating, whatever takes your fancy. Within easy driving, explore Weymouth to the east, along the Chesil Beach, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where during April and May, guests can walk alongside the baby swans, or to the west, down to the picturesque seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer and Seaton. Car parking is approximately 4 yards from the back door where there is level access into the property. Beach 200 yards. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years. NB: 5 steps to front door, level access at rear.

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  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: DGZ

    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation and facilities, with each cottage having its own individually styled interior using natural and recycled materials where possible.
    As well as offering plenty of space for strolling and relaxing, there are two en-tous-cas tennis courts, lawns for croquet and badminton, a children’s play area with swings and yurt (with toys and games) and a dogs’ exercise paddock, in addition to the organic vegetable garden and pick your own fruit area, with free range chickens providing eggs, to be enjoyed by all the family. There is also a magnificent Roman-style indoor heated swimming pool (complete with mural!) with full changing facilities, a large sauna and sitting area.
    At the entrance of Greenwood Grange is Thorncombe Wood - a wildlife sanctuary from which a nature trail leads through magnificent chestnuts, beeches and oaks, and through 70 acres of black heath, furze, birch, holly, heather and rhododendrons. This is just one of many walks directly from the door over some of the most beautiful countryside in Dorset, perfect for healthy walks for dog lovers and all the family.
    Those interested in the literary landscape can explore the locations of Hardy’s famous novels. Steeped in history, Greenwood Grange was built by Thomas Hardy’s father, whilst a short distance away is the thatched cottage where Hardy himself was born, built by his great-grandfather and little altered. At Lower Bockhampton, Hardy went to school and there is a lovely walk from there to the next village, Stinsford, where his heart is buried.
    All around is a wealth of glorious National Trust countryside, pretty towns and villages as well as the beautiful coastline just 6 miles away. Excellent local village restaurants and pubs can be recommended. Kingston Maurward College with animal park, gardens, conference, function and education centre is within walking distance.
    Dorchester (Roman Durnovaria and Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’) is a pleasant walk away (2 miles) and a most attractive country town, with museums of the dinosaur and the military, swimming pool, golf (good golf can also be found at Weymouth and Charminster) and has plenty of good shops, restaurants and pubs. Also of interest is Prince Charles’s development at Poundbury, near Dorchester.
    Weymouth is 8 miles with its Georgian seafront beach - ideal for castle building! It is overlooked by an elegant 3-mile level esplanade; there is swimming from the beach, and there are lots of traditional entertainments. Two nearby RSPB reserves are at Lodmoor and Radipole which has nature trails from which grebes, swans and warblers may be seen.
    The beach at Ringstead Bay (6 miles) is known for its geology, fossils and the vegetation and wildlife of its undercliff; nearby can be seen the outlines of a village abandoned in the Middle Ages.
    The Dorset World Heritage Coastal Path offers magnificent views and surprising sights, such as the natural arch of Durdle Door, and the almost circular cove of Lulworth, about 7 miles away.
    Further west dotted along the coastline towards West Bay and the market town of Bridport are the ‘chocolate box’ villages of Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury (famous for its swannery and gardens).
    The area offers abundant river stretches for coarse or trout fishing, and sea angling from the coast.
    Gardens flourish in the mild climate, and there are many to choose from: Mapperton Gardens, Kingston Lacey, Knowle Gardens, Compton Acres, Forde Abbey Gardens and the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury are well worth an excursion. Shop 2 miles.

    Set within the courtyard, with individually styled rooms. Comfortable living room with contemporary electric fire and French doors to patio. Fitted kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with LCD TV. Twin bedroom (zip & link beds). Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric fire included
    • Dishwasher
    • Backs on to shared large enclosed lawned garden area
    • Patio
    • No smoking

    • Combined heating, electric, leisure facilities, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cots and high chair by arrangement
    • Two TVs - with Freeview (three TVs in DKG)
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with freezer, washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden furniture
    • Ample parking
    • Special welcome hampers by arrangement
    • NB: Pond in grounds

    SUPERB INDOOR POOL AND SAUNA COMPLEX

    Sensitively created in old stone to blend with the cottages, Greenwood Grange’s magnificent pool is open daily all the year round. For the exclusive use of visitors, it is spectacularly designed in Roman style, with a mural depicting an emperor and his hand-maidens.

    • Fine 32-ft x 18-ft indoor heated swimming pool with full changing facilities (please bring own towels)

    • Shallow ‘D’ end for young children’s supervised paddling

    • Sitting area overlooking pool

    • Six-person sauna

      EXTENSIVE INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES

      Indoor Amenities (Games room closed November to March, except Christmas and New Year):
      Set next to the pool building and sympathetically designed in stone and brick, the purpose-built leisure building has Freeview TVs and offers plenty of things to do, whatever the season.

    • Table tennis, table football, bar billiards and full-sized pool table

    • Fenced ‘under fives’ play area with play slide, play train and tot rocker

      Outdoor amenities:

    • Peaceful grounds extending to 4 acres

    • Children’s play area with swings

    • Two en-tout-cas tennis courts (or please bring your own racquets)

    • Croquet lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Badminton lawn (equipment foc, or please bring your own)

    • Dogs’ exercise paddock

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  • Wishing Well Cottage

    East Knighton, nr. Wool

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: 19632

    In the heart of Thomas Hardy country this thatched holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Purbecks, on the road from the village of Wool to Dorchester, ideally placed for the nearby beaches and Jurassic coastline. A short drive takes you to the tanks museum or Monkey World. Shopping at the market towns of Dorchester and Wareham. There is a bus stop close by and a short journey to Wool to join the main Weymouth to Waterloo rail line. Shops 40 yards, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Step down to dining room. 2 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: step to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and low ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a covered well in the garden.

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  • The Old Boathouse

    Portland Bill, nr. Portland

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 30192


    Set in a stunning location with magnificent views over Portland Bill and the lighthouse, this detatched cottage for 4 with decked patio, offers a great holiday location where one can watch time go by with the passing ships and boating activity around Portland Bill. There is superb scenic coastal walking, bird watching and of course water activities to be found on Portland or in Weymouth harbour, be it wind surfing, yachting, boating, fishing, swimming or simply sunbathing on the beach. One can explore Portland with its castle, museums and Sailing Academy, or onto the Chesil Beach and World Heritage Coast down to Lyme Regis or up to Lulworth Cove, or visit Weymouth and Dorchester with their many family attractions. Perhaps even take a day trip on the ferry to Jersey or Guernsey. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room with wooden floors/kitchen with wooden floors. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms (accessed from one side).

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. F/Freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Parlour Cottage

    Evershot, Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DTO

    This former milking parlour has been tastefully renovated, retaining many original features including exposed stonework and beams. Adjoining another property, it enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside and is just a short walk from the heart of the village of Evershot, with its pretty buildings and pubs. Cerne Abbas, 8 miles distant - famous for its large chalk Giant as well as plenty of tea rooms serving delicious cream teas - is a popular destination for visitors from all over the country. The towns of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are all a short drive, along with the many chocolate box villages dotted along the coast. Shops ½ mile, pub in village.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (by arrangement). Freezer. Enclosed garden, decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Chapel Barn

    Salwayash, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 15437

    Character barn

    This charming 17th century barn has been tastefully refurbished to retain much of its original character with low beams, exposed roof timbers and wood burning stove. Set in beautiful West Dorset countryside, adjacent to the owner’s home, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport and seaside village of West Bay. Golf, fishing, horse riding, sailing, beaches and fine country walks, all close by. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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  • Chedington Lodges - North Lodge

    Mosterton, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30044

    Set in the rolling countryside of West Dorset, each property has views of the surrounding countryside. Within easy driving distance, the whole of the Jurassic Coast beckons and will give many pleasurable days out exploring Lyme Regis with its quaint shops, famous Cobb, beach and wonderful atmosphere. Visit West Bay, the scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’ and on to Weymouth and Portland. Located in a rural lane just outside the village of Mosterton, just 13 miles from the Jurassic World Heritage Coast and near the south Somerset border, these two holiday properties are in an excellent location to explore the huge variety of attractions in this popular region. Within a short drive is Broadwindsor Craft Centre for crafts and afternoon tea.
    Attached to the owner’s home in a peaceful setting are North Lodge (ref 30044), a self-contained two-storey wing, and South Lodge (ref 30043), an end-terrace ground floor holiday apartment, which can be booked together or individually. In lovely countryside and adjacent to the owner’s cattery (guests can lodge their cat by arrangement), guests can take in the Dorset countryside with great walking, cycling, golf and fishing. There are family attractions, including the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum which the children will love, the Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens and many more. There is a large field at the rear of the properties suitable for family recreation, football, kite flying and much more. Beach 13 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Small gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Wood pellet central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Bowling Green Farm - Marlott

    East Orchard, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 17134

    Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards and pheasants, and just 4 miles south of Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. Nearby there is golf, gymnasium, fishing, 1 mile, and cycle paths and walking. Within easy driving, the historic towns of Blandford and Salisbury. Visit Longleat House and Safari Park, 22 miles, Stourhead House and Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Yeovil Air Museum, and the New Forest, where ponies roam, and the popular South Coast seaside resorts of Weymouth, 25 miles, Bournemouth and Poole, 22 miles. Stabling at cost by prior arrangement. Shops 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Cot.

    Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Unfenced grassed area suitable for play, access to several acres of farmland for walking. Barbecue. Ample parking. Use of splash pool in owner’s garden. Wheelchair access - adapted for assisted wheelchair users. No smoking.

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  • Mill Pond Cottage

    Bere Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 17076

    A very attractive, modernised and converted coach house in a rural setting in the Piddle Valley, 8 miles from Lulworth Cove with excellent walking and riding. Many attractions and amenities close by including Dorset Golf and Country Club, Tank museum, Monkey World and Brown Trout fishing on the River Piddle (£35-£50 daily by arrangement with owner). Village 1½ miles with shops, post office and pubs.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with ceramic tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor.

    Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Video and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with raised patio area and furniture. Shared use of grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in garden, 15 yards.

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  • Manor Court Cottages - Woodpecker

    Shipton Gorge

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 19087

    Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world famous Palmers Brewery Ales and delicious pub food. The picturesque harbour of West Bay has been made more famous by the TV drama Broadchurch highlighting the outstanding beauty of the coastline. You can enjoy many walks along the footpaths on the coastline and inland enjoying an AONB. The pretty village of Burton Bradstock is just 1 mile away, which is dotted with chocolate box thatched cottages, a lovely little beach with a cafe, shop and pubs. The market town of Bridport, 2 miles away, once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s Port Bredy and has lots of little shops, cafes and a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants, along with the twice weekly market where local produce can be sampled as featured in the popular ‘River Cottage’ TV series. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are great places for fishing and watching the world go by. Weymouth also has a great family beach, the winner of a seaside award. Spread along the coast are the other beach resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful Victorian Swanage with its steam railway. Fossil hunters will enjoy the world famous beach of Charmouth. The family can have a great day at Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub Tropical Gardens and Childrens Farm. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Use of freezer space, payphone and wi-fi in shared external information room. Large shared lawned area. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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