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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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  • St Anne’s Cottages - Sunset Cottage

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    4
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    Ref: 30461

    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 in Weymouth, there is a wonderful sandy beach. Many watersports and activities can be found in Weymouth or at nearby Portland. Weymouth itself offers many family attractions, including Sandworld, Leisureranch, Brewers Quay, Sea Life Centre and tower, and an RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake. Take a day trip to Guernsey, or just enjoy the ambience of this lovely seaside town, with its many restaurants and shops. One can spend days out exploring the beautiful coastline down to Lyme Regis, Abbotsbury and West Bay, or Lulworth Cove and on to the Purbecks. Other places to visit include Corfe Castle, Tank World at Bovington, Monkey World or the Swanage Steam Railway. Inland, Dorchester is on your doorstep, or perhaps visit Sherborne with its abbey and castles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Small, enclosed, gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Step from patio to gravelled area.

    Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Tranquillity Cottage

    Winfrith Newburgh

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: DLE


    Only 3 miles from the beauty spot of Lulworth Cove, with spectacular rock formations at Durdle Door, this delightful cottage offers very attractive and comfortable accommodation, with its own garden bordering open countryside. One of a small row of Grade II listed, 17th-century thatched cottages, it nestles in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This is Hardy country, with Dorchester (8 miles) the centre of events in The Mayor of Casterbridge. Weymouth 11 miles. Shop 200 yards, choice of good pubs serving food nearby.

    Charming, beamed sitting/dining room with open fire in inglenook fireplace. Well-equipped beamed kitchen with utility area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Open access from landing to twin bedroom leading to double bedroom, each with sloping ceiling and beams.

    • Open fire – logs available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave and oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone - honesty box
    • Large secure garden with paved area, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Summerhouse
    • Roadside parking
    • NB: Fenced pond in garden

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  • The Hive

    Warmwell, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 24682

    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    This lovely detached, wooden holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on the popular Warmwell Leisure Resort. The site is set in over 40 acres of woodland and offers many facilities that can be enjoyed, including use of an indoor swimming pool, golf facilities, a sports complex, roller skating and a games room before 6pm. A family pass for two adults and two children is available on site for £40pw, which offers unlimited access to all facilities (excluding ski slope). There is also a dry-ski slope and a fishing lake (licence needed to use) which are both available at an additional cost throughout the day. Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country and just a short drive to the stunning Jurassic coastline and the seaside town of Weymouth with its promenade and sandy beach. The Sealife Centre, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery are all nearby. Shop, licensed clubhouse and restaurant on site.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Electricity radiators, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed veranda and furniture. Lawned area to front. Use of 40-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of sport complex with shared heated indoor swimming pool on site, open April-October, Christmas and New Year (leisure passes available on-site with minimal charge). No smoking. NB: 3 fishing lakes close by.

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  • The Poppies

    Winterborne Zelston, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 29966


    In a great location between Dorchester to the west, Poole and Bournemouth to the east, and the beautiful Purbecks and World Heritage Jurassic coast to the south, is this detached single storey holiday home for four guests. Adjacent to the owner’s home and set in a lovely country setting with views, walking and cycling, the property is ideally suited for visiting and exploring the many attractions in this wonderful part of Dorset. Within easy driving distances, enjoy family days out to Monkey World, The Bovington Tank Museum, Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth or the fascinating Weymouth Sea Life with its adventure park and tower, or simply enjoy the scenic beauty and coastal walking to be found at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on the Heritage coast. Beach 13 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet (also accessed via landing), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Two high chairs. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric range. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Slopes in grounds.

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  • Applewood Cottage

    Walditch, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 25383

    In the small village of Walditch, in an AONB, 2.5 miles from the quaint fishing port of West Bay on the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, and 1 mile from the market town of Bridport, this well presented Grade II listed cottage with views over adjacent fields is in an excellent holiday location to explore West Dorset from Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, to Weymouth. Enjoy coastal walking on this dramatically beautiful coastline and visit many family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/grill. Washing machine. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed tiered garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (20 yards). No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Canford Magna

    Canford Magna, near Wimborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC271

    This delightful Grade II listed cottage is one in a row of similar properties, set along the road which leads to the river and various scenic walks, including Castlemans Way, which leads to Poole. The cottage is one of 111 originally built as estate workers’ cottages for the Canford Estate, which is now Canford School, and they are known locally as Lady Wimborne Cottages. Their construction is attributed to the philanthropic work of Lady Charlotte Guest, wife of Sir John Guest who was the owner of a vast Welsh iron and steel works, followed by the work of their daughter-in-law Cornelia, Lady Wimborne, from whom the cottages took their name. The cottages were built between 1867 and 1904 and each has a number over the front door indicating the order they were built.
    This light and airy, tastefully styled cottage has original features such as lattice windows, a wooden porch, large ornamental door hinges and an ornamental fire surround in the bedroom. The open plan living/dining room leads to a sunny conservatory, which opens to an enclosed courtyard. Upstairs there are two bedrooms, the master benefiting from a walk-in wardrobe, and a separate bathroom.
    There is a bus stop close by for trips to the charming market town of Wimborne, or to Poole with its award-winning sandy beach. There is so much to do in the area, with Bournemouth, Poole, Salisbury and Dorchester all within easy driving distance, as are The New Forest and Christchurch Harbour. Attractions to visit include Brownsea Island, Beaulieu Motor Museum, The Purbecks with the National Trust Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ’Hardy Country’ many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born in Dorchester. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful beaches as well as Jurassic Coastline for stunning views and walks, a World Heritage Site. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is walking and wildlife centres such as Avon Heath and Moors Valley with cycle hire, fishing, Segway and orienteering. Water sports are available nearby. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With electric wood burner, Freeview TV and laminate floor.
    Kitchen: With gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Steep staircase to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Enclosed courtyard garden with sitting-out area. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Chestnut Mews

    Swanage

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 25884

    Set in the heart of the seaside town of Swanage with a level walk to the shops and beach, this holiday apartment has been finished to a good standard and offers good comfortable accommodation. Swanage has much to offer with its award winning sandy beach, individual shops, restaurants and cafes and ever popular Swanage Steam Railway which you can hear from the property. The town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and World Heritage coastline. Nearby is NT Corfe Castle and Studland, The Tank Museum and Monkey World. Shop, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DFZ

    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    A pleasant ground floor conversion of the barn. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Two attractive bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Fridge/freezer
    • Patio with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • Wishing Well Cottage

    East Knighton, nr. Wool

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 19632

    In the heart of Thomas Hardy country this thatched holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Purbecks, on the road from the village of Wool to Dorchester, ideally placed for the nearby beaches and Jurassic coastline. A short drive takes you to the tanks museum or Monkey World. Shopping at the market towns of Dorchester and Wareham. There is a bus stop close by and a short journey to Wool to join the main Weymouth to Waterloo rail line. Shops 40 yards, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Step down to dining room. 2 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: step to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and low ceiling.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a covered well in the garden.

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  • Park Gardens

    Purewell, nr. Christchurch

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W40004

    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 numerous attractions of Bournemouth or visit the nearby picturesque New Forest, with its wild ponies and pretty villages. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Video and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Wey Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, nr. Maiden Newton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 25872

    Lancombe Lodges are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an AONB in West Dorset and near the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including Chesil Beach. These wooden lodges offer an idyllic retreat amongst a breathtaking landscape of rolling countryside, a perfect base for exploring. Each lodge has its own decked patio where you can chill out after a day out, or relax in the three acres of grounds, enjoy a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool or an invigorating sauna. Broad Lodge guests can also enjoy their own private hot tub. There is also a shared spa room which offers massage and beauty treatments. There are many country walks nearby with natural trails such as the Wessex Ridgeway. For scenic coastal walks, the spectacular Jurassic Coast with stunning views over Lyme Bay is a must. Explore the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay, Charmouth and on to Lyme Regis, taking in some fossil hunting, swimming and boating. Enjoy historic houses such as Athelhampton House and Gardens, Mapperton House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens, and family attractions at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Bovington Tank Museum and Sea Life Centre at Weymouth. Within an easy drive is the county town of Dorchester with shops and restaurants, or further afield the historic town of Sherborne with abbey, the market town of Bridport, Swannage and Poole, or enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding or go-karting. Convenience store on-site. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    All properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared utility on site with two washing machines and two tumble dryers. Decked patio and furniture. 3-acres of shared woodland. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared indoor heated swimming pool (6.75m x 3.65m, depth 1-1.5m) open 8.30am - 8.30pm April-October, 9am - 7.30pm November-March. Shared sauna. Shared spa room. Shared games room with DVDs and small library, book library, air hockey and table-top football table. No smoking.

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  • Parlour Cottage

    Evershot, Dorchester

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: DTO

    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 the country. The towns of Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are all a short drive, along with the many chocolate box villages dotted along the coast. Shops ½ mile, pub in village.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin both with beams. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer (by arrangement). Freezer. Enclosed garden, decked area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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