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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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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Dairy

    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Dairy

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1644
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For a romantic countryside retreat The Old Dairy is ideal, with a cosy wood burner and surrounded by beautiful countryside.
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    In a wonderful picturesque location, in beautiful west Dorset, just north of Chideock, 3 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 4 miles from Bridport, you will find these three properties. North End Farmhouse (ref W44194), is a large 14th-century thatched farmhouse offering delightful holiday accommodation. It enjoys a large living room, formerly the great hall, with a huge stone mantled Tudor fireplace with oak fire and there is a hidden stone staircase and a...

    North End Farm Cottages - North End Farm House
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    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Cricket Pavilion
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  • Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Park Gardens

    Purewell, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: W40004
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Park Gardens is ideally located within easy reach of New Forest and the lovely beaches at Mudeford and Bournemouth.
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    Close to beaches and the New Forest

    Situated in a cul-de-sac in a small development on the edge of Christchurch is this well appointed terrace house. This house is conveniently located close to local amenities and is only approximately 1 mile from the sandy beaches at Mudeford. Close by, Christchurch is a fascinating historic town, with an ancient priory and a magnificent harbour, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants. A short drive takes you to the beaches and...

  • Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Wyke School Yard

    Wyke Regis, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC995
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    Enjoy many of Dorset’s fantastic attractions from this holiday property, which lies just 1½ miles from the beach.
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    On the outskirts of Weymouth and close to the causeway over to Portland, this terraced house offers an excellent holiday home from which to enjoy this wonderful part of Dorset. Being on the right side of Weymouth, there is easy access to Chesil Beach, the famous scenic Jurassic Coast and on to Lyme Regis. Within easy driving distance you can be in Weymouth or Portland and enjoying many seaside activities, ranging from swimming, boating, sailing, fishing and windsurfing. Weymouth itself...

  • Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset
    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset×

    Meadow Views

    Lower Waterston, near Puddletown, Dorset

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    Ref: 26005
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set deep in the countryside yet only 10 miles from the coast and a wealth of attractions for all interests.
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    Meadow Views is a pretty, mid-terrace, Victorian cottage retaining a wealth of period features set in the hamlet of Lower Waterston, less than 2 miles from Puddletown. The interior is decorated with antiques and little touches which help to create a true ‘home away from home’ holiday experience so that guests can settle in quickly and relax. Whatever the season, there are stunning views over the gardens at the back to the nearby River Piddle and water meadows...

  • Shipton Gorge, Dorset
    Shipton Gorge, Dorset×

    Manor Court Cottages - Swallow

    Shipton Gorge, Dorset

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    2
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    Ref: 19084
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for smaller families or couples, ideal for touring the picturesque countryside, villages and beaches.
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    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...

    Manor Court Cottages - Sparrow
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    Manor Court Cottages - Swift
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    Manor Court Cottages - Woodpecker
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  • Gillingham, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Gillingham, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    D’Urbervilles

    Gillingham, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: 30002
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey holiday property is ideal for discovering the delights of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.
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    In Gillingham, north Dorset, near the Somerset and Wiltshire border between the abbey town of Sherborne and the Saxon town of Shaftesbury, with its famous Gold Hill, this detached single storey holiday home for 4 offers a great location to explore this popular area. Many family attractions within easy driving include Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and Montacute House to name a few. Poole,...

  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset×

    Anchor Cottage

    Weymouth, Dorset

    4
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    1
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    Ref: 28487
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Just 200 yards from the coastal path with stunning views and a level walk along the Rodwell Trail to the centre of Weymouth.
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    Anchor Cottage is in a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Portland and Chesil Beach with stunning panoramic sea views. It is a great base for exploring the delights of the Jurassic Coast scenery and surrounding nature. Famous Chesil Beach lies near the property with breath-taking views from the coastal path, only 200 yards away. Along the road, the Rodwell Trail offers an even level, traffic-free, walk to Weymouth’s quaint harbour and sandy beach. Fleet Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre...

  • Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Peach Tree Cottage

    Winterbourne Steepleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    4
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    1
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    Ref: 30465
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This bungalow is close to plenty of family attractions, including Monkey World and the Jurassic Coast.
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    This delightful, semi-detached bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is set in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by meadows and countryside views. This holiday property is just a short drive to the world famous Jurassic Coast, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage, a seaside town, is nearby, with its beach, boat trips and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. The property is also an ideal base for those wishing to explore the...

  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Swallows’ Nest

    Swallows’ Nest

    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset

    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: UKC2172
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Swallows’ Nest is ideally located with beautiful countryside views and within easy reach of the Purbeck Heritage Coast.
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    Located along a quiet no-through lane with direct access to scenic walks, this superb detached barn conversion offers wonderful far reaching views over the local countryside and if you need to know anything about the area, the owner lives at the property. It is situated within the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth and only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery and a butcher’s shop, and...

  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Ware

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DTM
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    If you are looking to relax, take a stroll around the lovely grounds or enjoy a dip in the swimming pool.
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre...

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment
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    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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    Harcombe House - Lyme
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    Harcombe House - Shapwick
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    Harcombe House - Woodhouse
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  • Bere Regis, Dorset
    Bere Regis, Dorset×

    Mill Pond Cottage

    Bere Regis, Dorset

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    1
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    Ref: 17076
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy fishing, walking, riding and golf in the Piddle Valley, just 8 miles from Lulworth Cove.
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    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....

  • Goathill, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Goathill, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Millers Loft

    Goathill, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 27467
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This apartment is in a converted water mill an ideal location to unwind or visit castles, museums or the abbey at Sherborne.
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    This holiday apartment, set in a converted water mill and attached to the owner’s home, is part of a working farm located in a picturesque setting near Sherborne, and offers a great location for unwinding and exploring Dorset and Somerset. Sherborne, with its castles, abbey and shops, Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum and many other historic attractions, is nearby. Further afield are Weymouth, the World Heritage Coast, Dorchester, Bath, Wells, Glastonbury and Cheddar. Shop 2 miles, pub...

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