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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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  • Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset
    Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset×

    Samphire Cottage

    Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1816
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    With sea views from the sitting-out area and just 4 miles from Weymouth, Samphire Cottage provides ideal accommodation for four guests.
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    Nestling in Fortuneswell, near the causeway between Weymouth and Portland, and separating the stunning Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour, this three-storey, terraced character cottage, for four, makes an excellent location to explore this wonderful part of Dorset. Portland itself has some stunning scenery, Portland Castle, museums, great coastal walks and, not to be missed, Portland Bill with superb views. Within easy driving are many watersports, such as fishing, boating, swimming,...

  • North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hell Barn Cottages - Rosemary

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC612
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Make sure you pay a visit to The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth, or enjoy a day exploring Symondsbury Craft Centre before enjoying a cream tea.
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    Situated in a lovely location in North Chideock, 2 miles from the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Bridport and West Bay to the east, and the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis to the west. Hell Barn Cottages offer a variety of holiday accommodation in two converted 18th-century stone barns, with Foxglove (ref UKC609), Maple (ref UKC611) and Rosemary (ref UKC612) all sleeping 4, Jasmine (ref UKC610) sleeping 6 and a studio for 2 (UKC613), and all sharing a...

    Hell Barn Cottages - Foxglove
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Jasmine
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Maple
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Studio
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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31201
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    History enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice with attractions nearby, including the Tutankhamun Exhibition and the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC865
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The World Heritage Coast makes a wonderful day out, and there are plenty of other nearby attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
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    Set in a great location in picturesque west Dorset, this semi-detached, dog-friendly family home makes an ideal holiday base. It lies close to the Devon border, nestling just beneath Lamberts Castle Fort (National Trust), and within easy driving of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the seaside resorts of West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Eype, Charmouth and Lyme Regis (known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of west Dorset), with its famous Cobb, harbour and sandy beach....

  • Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset
    Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset×

    Parlour Cottage

    Evershot, Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DTO
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    This character filled cottage is ideal for exploring Dorset and discovering the many chocolate box villages along the coast.
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    This former milking parlour has been tastefully renovated, retaining many original features including exposed stonework and beams. Adjoining another property, it enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside and is just a short walk from the heart of the village of Evershot, with its pretty buildings and pubs. Cerne Abbas, 8 miles distant - famous for its large chalk Giant as well as plenty of tea rooms serving delicious cream teas - is a popular destination for visitors from all over...

  • Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    St Anne’s Cottages - Sunset Cottage

    Chickerell, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 30461
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A perfect place from which to enjoy a seaside holiday, with beaches and coastal walking nearby.
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    In a rural location on the outskirts of the popular, bustling, seaside resort of Weymouth, and with extensive views across the downs towards Hardy’s monument, these well-presented, semi-detached, single-storey holiday homes offer a great location for exploring Dorset. Adjacent to the owners’ home, these properties are within a couple of miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There is superb coastal walking and scenery to be enjoyed nearby, and...

    St Anne’s Cottages - Magnolia
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  • Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Tripps Farm

    Alweston, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 9199
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Perfect for year round holidays just 5 miles from Sherborne and an easy drive from the coast.
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    This semi-detached 17th-century listed farmhouse situated on a livestock farm with emphasis on conservation and is also the home of the well known herd of pedigree English Longhorn Cattle. Built in 1640 now completely restored, retaining its original character with a wealth of exposed stone and beams. It is well furnished and equipped for year-round family holidays in this AONB. The abbey town of Sherborne 5 miles, the coast at Weymouth 28 miles and many market towns and villages nearby....

  • Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Trevina

    Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 29847
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This semi-detached property is in an ideal location for watersport enthusiasts or those who wish to stroll along the beach.
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    Situated in Weston in the heart of Portland, this semi-detached holiday home for four is ideally suited for exploring this scenic area, along with Weymouth and Dorchester with their many attractions. Home to the National Sailing Academy, visitors can enjoy many watersports in and around Weymouth harbour, be it windsurfing, sailing, boating, fishing or swimming off Weymouth’s sandy beach. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast stretches along the Chesil Beach to the beautiful...

  • St. Leonards, near Ringwood, Dorset
    St. Leonards, near Ringwood, Dorset×

    The Haven

    St. Leonards, near Ringwood, Dorset

    4
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    Ref: W43840
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    ’Go-Ape’, biking, fishing, orienteering and canoeing are just a few of the activities nearby to this lovely property.
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    Conveniently located in a residential area, this delightful, self-contained, single-storey annexe, forming part of the owners’ family home, is a great base for exploring the area. This light and airy, tastefully furnished holiday property, has a lawned private garden with apple and pear trees, and parking. There is a recreation ground and park nearby, to keep the kids entertained, as well as Paultons Park, home of ’Peppa Pig World’. Nearby Moors Valley provides...

  • Moorside, near Sturminster Newton, Dorset
    Moorside, near Sturminster Newton, Dorset×

    The Acorns

    Moorside, near Sturminster Newton, Dorset

    4
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    Ref: UKC303
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Detached from the owners’ home, this annex for four occupies a most desirable spot in Dorset.
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    Situated between Shaftesbury and Sherborne in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, The Acorns is a characterful annex for four, separate from the owners’ home in a peaceful, rural setting. There’s much to say about this beautiful area of Dorset; Shaftesbury is famous for its Gold Hill, and the historic market town of Sherborne features two castles and an abbey, making it a must-visit for history buffs. Within easy driving distance there are some superb family attractions to...

  • West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    The Barn

    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: 27885
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Situated between Shaftesbury and Sherborne within easy driving distance of many attractions in West Dorset.
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    This lovely single storey semi-detached converted barn is located in the village of West Stour, north west Dorset between the quaint market town of Shaftesbury and the abbey town of Sherborne. A perfect holiday location in a popular area. Within easy driving distance are many tourist attractions, Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead stately home and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Days out at Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are recommended. Shop ½ mile,...

  • Salway Ash, near Bridport, Dorset
    Salway Ash, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Spring Cottage

    Salway Ash, near Bridport, Dorset

    4
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    Ref: UKC1553
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the World Heritage Jurassic Coast or towns and villages along the Dorset coast - there’s something for everyone in this area.
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    Spring Cottage is nestled in a great location in the small village of Salway Ash, just north of the character market and old rope town of Bridport, and only a few miles from the stunning and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This lovely single-storey, semi-detached barn conversion is an excellent holiday home for four. Spend days out exploring some stunning scenery on the Jurassic Coast, walking up to the top of Golden Cap, enjoying West Bay with its picturesque harbour, which is...

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