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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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  • Osprey House

    Weymouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    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. Wi-Fi (payable to BT Openzone). Enclosed garden, patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 3 steps to patio.

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  • Green Oak Cottage

    Sandley, nr. Gillingham

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W43695


    This holiday cottage, with an outbuilding between the two properties, has a large, private and secluded patio area perched above the fields behind, offering far-reaching rural views across Blackmore Vale and cider orchards. There is a raised pond and fountain where you can listen to the sounds of birdsong. Locally produced award-winning cider is available from the farm opposite. The interior has been decorated and furnished, with great attention to detail and style. Attached to the owners home, it provides an excellent base from which to explore this corner of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. There are many countryside walks directly from the property, so you can leave the car and explore the beautiful Dorset countryside by foot. This includes a nice stroll to Buckhorn Weston where you will find the village pub/restaurant that welcomes walkers and their dogs. About 5 miles to the east you will Shaftesbury, a small market town in Dorset with a recorded history that goes back to the Saxon hilltop forts. You can experience what it was like back in King Alfred’s time whilst walking round the ruins of the Abbey, or just enjoy the history of the area displayed in the Gold Hill Museum. The town is the home of Gold Hill, made famous by the ‘Hovis’ advertisement, and has magnificent views over the Blackmore Vale. There are a wide variety of independent shops, pubs and restaurants to enjoy. Surrounding Shaftesbury you will find the towns of Gillingham, Mere, Sturminster Newton and Sherbone, which make up the Blackmore Vale, where you can follow in the footsteps of Thomas Hardy along the River Stour, as well as visit Gillingham Museum with its railway history. You can also visit Sturminster Newton’s Mill and explore many of the varied and interesting shops and sights along the way. Sherbone, famous for its abbey and range of quality independent shops is only a short drive away. This area is the ‘gateway to the south west’ from which you can tour the area from Stonehenge in the east, to Bath and Bristol to the north, Bournemouth and the Jurassic Coast to the south. Within a short drive is Stourhead, an estate at the source of the River Stour, near Mere, which includes a Palladian mansion and world-famous landscape garden (NT). Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with walk-in shower/bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 5 years. NB: Unfenced raised pond in grounds.

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

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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.

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  • Chedington Lodges - South Lodge

    Mosterton, nr. Beaminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30043

    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.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Small, lawned garden with 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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  • Castle House Cottage

    Horton, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 24163

    Set in the pretty, rural village of Horton, this holiday cottage forms part of the owner’s home, but has its own entrance, garden area and drive. Horton has a famous tower which was used in the Thomas Hardy film ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’. It is ideally located for enjoying the area from visiting the New Forest National Park, the seaside at Poole and Bournemouth, to enjoying the footpaths, forest walks and country parks which are all nearby. Golf 2 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/4 mile and 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room, oil central heating and electricity included (£35per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Grange Farm Cottages - Woodpecker Cottage

    Oborne, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DZZ

    Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, this well-presented, single-storey barn conversion offers comfortable and spacious accommodation in a peaceful location. It is delightfully situated, yet within 2 miles guests can be in the lovely town of Sherborne, enjoying the picturesque Blackmore Vale, or visiting many historic houses, such as Montacute, Forde Abbey, Stourhead and Longleat. Within easy driving distance of many family attractions such as the popular Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum, or days out exploring the World Heritage Coast from Weymouth to Lyme Regis, or inland central Somerset, Glastonbury Tor and the exquisite city of Bath. Shop 2 miles, country hotel with bar and food 110 yards.

    All on ground floor: Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and patio doors, and kitchen area. Wooden floors throughout. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial logs included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair by arrangement
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio
    • Shared use of small meadow
    • Parking
    • Cycle store by arrangement
    • Shared hard tennis court
    • No smoking
    • NB: Unfenced stream
      in meadow

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Wimborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28355

    This detached holiday cottage, next to the owner’s home, is accessed via an umade lane and is a short walk from Wimborne with its pubs, restaurants and shops. Visit NT Kingston Lacy, Poole and its natural harbour and quay, Brownsea Island or sandy beaches at Sandbanks, Bournemouth and Studland. To the west is the Purbecks, with Saxon Wareham, Corfe Castle (NT) and the seaside at Swanage, with its steam train and promenade. The New Forest National Park is a 20-minute drive. Shop and pub serving food ¼ mile, restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping), double patio doors and wooden floor. Dining area/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with deck and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 4 steps down to lawn area.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Dairy

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: DDDM

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Harbourside

    Poole

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC365


    A luxury two bedroom, two bathroom, third floor apartment, located directly on Poole Quay. It comes with its own undercover parking space and there are lifts throughout the building. The apartment has everything you would need to enjoy a holiday as it is fully equipped to a very good standard. The building also features a concierge service at reception.
    Poole Quay is an exciting blend of maritime activity and a focal point for a wide range of entertainment and leisure pursuits. Pleasure craft offer trips direct from the quay to Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and beyond, whilst anglers can book fishing trips at the fisherman’s quay.
    If you simply want to promenade along the waterfront, past the visitors’ marina and have a meal and a drink, then the quayside and old town areas are packed with excellent restaurants, pubs and wine bars.
    From the quay, shoppers can stroll up the pedestrianised high street, with its wide range of retail outlets and facilities. Award-winning beaches at Bournemouth, Branksome and Alum Chines are just 15 minutes away by car, and for a alternative days out, the natural beauty of the New Forest is approximately 30 minutes away, and walks in the National Trust protected Purbeck Hills can be enjoyed nearby. A short trip on the Sandbanks chain ferry offers the option of even more beautiful beaches skirted by sand dunes. Shop, pub, restaurant and beach 250 yards.

    All on the third floor (lift access).
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Smart Freeview TV/DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, Freeview TV/DVD player and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Simkin

    Wareham

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 69005

    A semi-detached 50’s style bungalow situated within walking distance of this market town of Saxon origin and of considerable historical interest. An ideal holiday base for exploring this beautiful part of Dorset located on the edge of the Purbecks, an AONB, and within easy reach of many picturesque villages. Local attractions include Corfe Castle, Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge Bay, and for those who enjoy walking, the Dorset Coastal Path offers spectacular views over the Purbeck Hills and out to sea. The beaches at Studland and Swanage, which are sandy are a short drive. Shop and pub 100 yards.

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

    Open fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and blankets included. Washing machine. Large garden. Parking.

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  • Marbles

    Rousdon, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: DAAA

    This well-presented Grade II holiday home lies in 350 acres of rolling countryside of a 19th-century estate. Just ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 2½ miles from the resort of Lyme Regis, with its Cobb, harbour and beach. The estate also boasts its own private, pebbled beach, accessed via the renowned Undercliff on the South West Coast Path, making Marbles the perfect location for enjoying coastal and countryside walks. The Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, and Bicton Gardens are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 4 miles.

    Large living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Cobbled courtyard with furniture
    • 350-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • The Old Thatch

    Christchurch, nr. Bournemouth

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44052


    This delightful thatched cottage stands semi-detached and dates back to 1780. Full of character, it displays many period features such as beams (some low), a stable door, an inglenook and wooden floors.
    Conveniently located, it is set back slightly from the road and is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the popular priory town of Christchurch, with its many inns, eateries and shops, as well as a bustling harbour and waterside dining. The wonderful golden stretch of sand at Avon beach, with its pastel coloured beach huts and excellent scenic walks, is about 5 minutes’ drive or take the ferry from Mudeford Quay to Hengisbury Head. Within easy reach are Bournemouth and Poole with award-winning beaches and seaside attractions; Salisbury with its medieval cathedral; Marwell Zoo, Peppa Pig World, and further afield, Stonehenge, Winchester Cathedral, the New Forest Wildlife Park, Monkey World, The Tank Museum near Wool, Beaulieu Museum and Exbury Gardens. The New Forest National Park is only 15 minutes’ drive and has miles of scenic walks, heathland and villages where ponies roam freely. Maritime Southampton, with its nautical interest, also has ferry trips over to the Isle of Wight. Beach 2 miles. Shop 380 yards, pub and restaurant 660 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep steps to first floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms (one can be twin on request).

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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