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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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  • Sandringham Court

    Swanage

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: 28337

    Centrally situated in old Swanage, this comfortably furnished first floor holiday apartment has great views from the living room over Swanage, the Purbeck Hills and across Swanage Bay towards the Isle of Wight. The sea front with its promenade, sandy beach, shops, pubs and restaurants is just a 5-10 minute walk away. Ideally situated for walking many footpaths and touring this part of the Jurassic coastline. Swanage Steam railway is here and runs to the pretty village of Corfe Castle. A short drive is East and West Lulworth with 17th-century castle, famous natural cove and across the hill is Durdle Door. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Stairs to entrance: All on first floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD/CD. Dual fuel cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Steep path to covered parking.

  • Jurassic Cottage

    Portesham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 15702

    A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of Portesham. Abbotsbury with its swannery and sub-tropical gardens 3 miles. Vibrant seaside resort of Weymouth with sea-life centre 7 miles. Fine walks abound across the rolling Dorset hills, or along the shingle bank at Chesil beach. The Dorset coast from Swanage to Lyme Regis is easily accessible. The towns of Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are within easy driving distance. Horse riding is within ½ mile. Shop and pub serving food 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Cloakroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. NB: Shared steps to access garden. Slopes, drops and 2 sets of steps in the garden.

  • The Old Post Office

    Lower Bockhampton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
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    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).

  • Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock

    Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: DHS

    "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. A charming ground floor cottage. Living/dining room with kitchen area and French doors to small sitting-out area. Spacious master bedroom with 5ft bed, LCD TV and French doors to secluded patio. Bunk bedroom with full-size bunks. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Patio
    • Ground floor facilities

    • 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

  • Osprey House

    Weymouth

    Grade
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    Ref: 25999

    This terraced holiday home sits in a quiet area between Weymouth and Portland overlooking Portland harbour with sea views. The South West Coastal Path is 220 yards away and offers views across the harbour and along famous Chesil Beach. A 30 minute walk takes you into Weymouth with sandy beach and seafront. Sailing, windsurfing, sea fishing and diving are all popular. Nature reserve 550 yards, small cove 220 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory/dining area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden, patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to patio.

  • Broadstones

    Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
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    Ref: W7203

    Panoramic country views

    This super, detached, single storey holiday property with two steps leading up to it, is situated in a large enclosed garden, on the Devon/Dorset border. This property provides the perfect setting for those wishing for a peaceful, rural holiday home. There are superb far reaching views from the bungalow, overlooking the surrounding lush green countryside. Only 9 miles away can be found the famous seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast and dramatic Cobb breakwater and beautiful Lyme Bay, dominated by Golden Cap, one of the highest cliffs on the south coast. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH by meter reading. First £5 electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Ample parking.

  • Old School Cottage

    Toller Porcorum, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: W43849

    In a small village near Thomas Hardy Country, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and within easy driving of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its lovely scenic and coastal walks. This single-storey holiday property, adjacent to the owners’ home and part of the old village school, is an ideal place to escape the pressures of modern life. Enjoy the stunning views, walks from the cottage and nearby, the Kingcombe Nature Reserve, making it ideal for nature lovers and bird watchers. For days out enjoy Weymouth, Portland, West Bay and Lyme Regis all with much to offer. Towards Somerset, visit Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum, Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Bovington. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. 17" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Symondsbury Barns - The Loft

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W43531


    Nestling in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, only 2 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two barn conversions, each for 4 people, are perfectly placed to explore this stunning coastline, from picturesque Lyme Regis to the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth. The Barn (ref 28923) is a 200-year-old, detached holiday property which boasts a cosy open fire, beams and comfortable accommodation for a family or 2 couples, and The Loft (ref W43531), is a partial two storey barn conversion, the east end of which sits above a studio annexe, forming part of an original farm courtyard. The entrance is on the ground floor on the west end of the barn, and has a large utility room on the ground floor in which the washing machine is located. Set 30 yards apart, just over a courtyard, both properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.
    Within the village, one can wander down to the nearby pub to wine and dine, or on your doorstep, there is the Symondsbury Estate Craft Centre with its restaurant. The scenic coastline has superb coastal walking, including at West Bay, setting of the TV series ’Broadchurch’, or maybe take an invigorating walk up Golden Cap, the highest point in the south of England. For families, enjoy crabbing, swimming, fossil hunting or boating from one of the seaside resorts. Lyme Regis, with its pretty and famous Cobb and harbour, is well worth a visit, or take time out to explore the whole of unspoilt west Dorset. There are a wealth of attractions and activities to be enjoyed, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. There is a village shop just a short stroll away where you can purchase essential items and daily newspapers. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Utility room. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Second living room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating included. Freeview TV. Washing machine. Freezer. Small patio with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Pinecliffe

    Southbourne, Bournemouth

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 24986

    This apartment is 50 yards from the cliff top and the Blue Flag sandy beach (beach hut available for hire). Set on the first floor the open plan living room/kitchen has a balcony with distant sea views. The holiday apartment offers comfortable accommodation and is in an ideal area for exploring. Enjoy Bournemouth town centre with town garden, shops, restaurants and pubs. The New Forest National Park is just a short drive away with pretty villages and free roaming cattle and ponies. Christchurch is close by with its market, walks along the river or a river cruise and Mudeford popular for crabbing on the quayside. Shop ½ mile, pub 600 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair by arrangement. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

  • Rose Cottage

    Winterbourne, Steepleton

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
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    Ref: E4551

    Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay, these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them, they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery, 5 miles, and subtropical gardens, and Weymouth, 7 miles, with its traditional seaside delights, beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum, Corfe Castle, the fascinating Maize Maze, Lulworth Cove, the Cerne Abbas Giant and historic town of Dorchester are among easily accessible attractions. Shop 0.5 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Large shared patio and furniture. No smoking.

  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Byre

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 30672

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Central heating included. Three Freeview TVs. Dishwasher. Barbecue.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request (at cost). Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

  • Inglenook

    Wareham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 30388


    This holiday bungalow nestled in a peaceful semi-rural hamlet just outside of Wareham, is at the heart of the Purbecks. Surrounded by countryside with its beautiful views, the property has a large and enclosed lawned garden. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all nearby. Children’s attractions include an open farm, ape sanctuary, tank and military museum, steam railway and fantastic sandy beaches. Beach 8 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and French doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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