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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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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View

    Just a 10-minute walk to the sandy beach in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its...

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC803
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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove


    In a glorious west Dorset country setting in the heart of the Marshwood Vale, near Lyme Regis with its famous...

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  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in...

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  • Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey...

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  • West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World...

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  • Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barleycorn

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 25879
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, in rolling West Dorset countryside between the quaint historic abbey town...

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  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 26306
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location

    Set in the quaint village of Uploders, just 3 miles from the coast at West Bay, this hamstone terraced holiday...

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  • Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset
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    Moorland Lodge

    Holt Wood, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC676
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio

    This beautifully presented, single-storey home offers a very light and airy, tastefully styled retreat for couples...

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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site

    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage...

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  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
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    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious...

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  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
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    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive...

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  • Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site

    Formerly the village forge, this cosily renovated and well furnished holiday hideaway nestles in the sleepy village...

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