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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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  • Quince Cottage

    Acton, nr. Langton Matravers

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    Ref: 27906

    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with tiled floor. 3 steps up to kitchen with tiled floor. Cloakroom. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings and beams throughout.

    Large lawned garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking.

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  • Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: 26385

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with the resort of West Bay, this holiday cottage, with use of a hard tennis court, is ideally located to get away from it all. Country walking, cycling and village pubs nearby, and many attractions to enjoy including historic houses and gardens or days out on the Heritage Coast. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double bed (6ft, zip and link, can be twin)/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 30-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared tennis court. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. One pet welcome (must be kept on lead, working farm). No smoking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Pond in grounds, 400 yards.

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  • The Anvil

    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis

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    Ref: UKC312


    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village of Thorncombe, this converted barn is set in a tranquil location and offers a lovely retreat. On your doorstep, there is great country walking and cycling, and within easy driving distance, Forde Abbey & Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with lovely cream teas, are not to be missed. Visit the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic beauty, coastal walks, boating and fossil hunting. Also, discover the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, harbour and Cobb, and West Bay, scene of the series ’Broadchurch’. In south Somerset, guests can enjoy the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, many historic houses such as Montacute House, Barrington Court, Tintinhull House and many more. Also in south Somerset, for those with a fascination of classic cars, The Haynes Motor Museum is not far away. Slightly further inland, spend days out at Clarks Factory Village in Street, Glastonbury Tor with its magnificent views and history, or on to Cheddar Gorge & Caves or the historic city of Bath. Beach 9 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floors.
    Living area: With electric coal-effect fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and doors opening out onto decked patio.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed, lawned garden with raised decked patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Morse Cottage

    Lyme Regis

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    Ref: DJM

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity NSH included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. No smoking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport

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    Ref: 23500

    Town centre location

    A charming end-terrace cottage peacefully set in the heart of Bridport, with its own enclosed garden, patio and furniture, and ideally placed to walk into the lovely market town of Bridport with its shops, restaurants and markets. Periwinkle Cottage is in a great location for a holiday getaway, ideal to explore the famous World Heritage Coastal resort of West Bay, 1½ miles away. Visit Abbotsbury with its Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, and the jewel in the crown at West Dorset - picturesque Lyme Regis. There is superb coastal walking, golf, fishing, boating and many places to explore nearby. Shops 30 yards, pubs and restaurants 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electricity and convector heaters by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Public car park (50 yards). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Sandford

    Sherborne

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    Ref: E5340

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

    iPod dock. Sitting-out area. No children.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • Hillview

    Litton Cheney, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 28544

    Set in Litton Cheney, close to the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, this holiday apartment, located above a garage within the owner’s grounds, has its own garden area and offers a great location to enjoy west Dorset. There is wonderful walking on the scenic coast, with its far reaching views, as well as golf, village pubs and many attractions to enjoy nearby. Visit Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and the seaside fishing resort of West Bay. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    9 steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating (living room), electric heaters (bedroom and shower room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden.

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  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

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    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Pebbles

    Stoborough, nr. Wareham

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    Ref: 30387

    This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. 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 also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner 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. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, nr. Wimborne

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    Ref: 29316

    This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the popular market town of Wimborne is nearby. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Foxhaven Apartment

    Branksome Park, Poole

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    Ref: DRF


    Just a 15-minute walk from the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, this conveniently placed, well furnished apartment occupies the first floor of the owner’s chalet-style property. It has its own private staircase with handrails both sides, and private secluded gardens, which can be seen from all windows. Branksome Park, a very select area, has lovely level tree-lined walks, and Bournemouth centre, with its pretty gardens and many shops, bars and restaurants can easily be reached on foot along the beach at the end of the road, or by car. The quayside at Poole and NT Brownsea Island is 3 miles away. There is easy access to the coastal resorts including Swanage, Lulworth Cove and Weymorth. The New Forest with its wild ponies is a short drive away. Sandbanks is only 10 minutes’ drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 450 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Gas central heating included (October-April). Electricity by coin meter (first £5, hot water included). Bed linen and towels included. Two digital TV/DVDs. DVD/CD and small DVD library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 16 years.

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  • Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 24897

    This lovely attached converted barn, in a courtyard setting near the Somerset/Dorset border, just west of the pretty abbey town of Sherborne, 5 miles, provides excellent holiday accommodation. An ideal location from which to explore the famous West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth, 22 miles, West Bay and Bridport. Also visit the many delightful attractions in south Somerset such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Glastonbury Tor, Montacute House and much more all within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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