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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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  • The Coach House

    East Burton, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W40581

    5 miles to the coast

    Ideal base for exploring the area

    This semi-detached cottage is situated in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth, in a beautiful part of Dorset and only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It has been tastefully furnished and equipped and is ideal for enjoying this delightful area. Lulworth Cove is a must with its scenery and coastal walking, or visit numerous family attractions ranging from the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Weymouth Sea Life Park and Butterfly Farm, to Swanage with its golden sandy beaches. Shop 1 mile, pub with food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Gas central heating (£25per week, £15 per 3-4 night short breaks, £10 per 2 night short breaks). Gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Plumtree Cottage

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30664

    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.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Small, lawned garden.

    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.

  • Mill End Farm Cottage

    Kings Stag

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: DKJ

    In a tranquil setting, surrounded by beautiful open countryside, this attractive detached barn conversion enjoys its own large, secluded garden and shared use of the adjacent owners’ 30 acres of grounds. Very comfortably furnished and well equipped (each bedroom has en-suite facilities), it offers peaceful holiday accommodation just an hour’s drive from both Bristol and Bath. Nearby Bulbarrow affords lovely walking and magnificent views, and historic Sherborne is only 6 miles. Cricket St Thomas, the coast and Wookey Hole are all within easy touring distance. Shop ¾ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin, all with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    First £10 NSH and electricity included, remainder by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD and small library. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-honesty box. Large garden with patio and furniture. 30-acre shared grounds. Parking. Snooker table.

  • Trent

    Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3612

    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. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link, can be twin on request), one (5ft four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Wii. Shared garden. Shower chair available by arrangement. Wheelchair access.

    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.

  • Heathland Cottages - Number 3

    Norden, nr. Corfe Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: NT003016

    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    These National Trust owned holiday cottages are situated in a peaceful setting in Purbeck. Number 1 (ref NT003002) is a single-storey, quirky cottage that was once a former nurses home, and Number 3 (ref NT003016) enjoys a wooden interior and multi-fuel burner, as well as a gallery bedroom overlooking the open plan kitchen and sitting area. Also in this property, the shower room on the ground level has some facilities for the less mobile and features an old brick copper water heater. Both properties enjoy lovely views of the Purbeck Hills and nature reserve. There is so much to explore in this historical area of Dorset. The village of Corfe Castle is 2 miles away, not only does it feature small independent shops, tea rooms and restaurants but also the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle which dates back to the 11th century and was built by William The Conqueror. For more history visit the market town of Wareham, situated between the rivers of Frome and Piddle. It is of Saxon origin, once you are here you can visit the town museum and enjoy a boat ride on the river (4 miles). The seaside town of Swanage (7 miles) has a large sandy beach with tourist shops, amusement arcades and the 6 mile long Heritage Steam Railway that travels through the Isle of Purbeck, runs at weekends and Bank Holidays from mid-February to the end of the year and every day of the week between April and October. From Studland Bay (7 miles) to Exmouth stretches the 95-mile Jurassic Coastline, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for being one of the richest heritage sites for prehistoric remains. Other attractions include Monkey World (8 miles) and the Tank Museum (8½ miles). Beach 8 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Open plan living/dining room with multi-fuel burner and kitchen area with wooden floor. Two twin bedrooms, one with a feature fireplace. Wet room with toilet and handrails. Steep stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom.

    • Multi-fuel burner - fuel is included for the first night, then available at additional cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • 32" Freeview TV/DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared lawned garden with furniture
    • Natural unspoilt grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Dogs free of charge
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: Unfenced pond and sloping banks in grounds.

  • The Hollies

    West Bexington, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30527


    In a superb coastal location at West Bexington, within a few minutes walk from the famous Chesil Beach, this mid-terrace holiday home for 6 is in an excellent location for scenic coastal walking, fishing and swimming. The Hollies is positioned between West Bay (where the TV series ’Broadchurch’ was filmed) and Weymouth, with Portland nearby. Guests can enjoy invigorating seaside walks with the dogs, wine and dine in the village pub and simply get away from it all. The whole of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast beckons, perhaps with some fossil hunting and boating, and explore the lovely seaside resorts from Lyme Regis all the way to Portland. Call in on the nearby Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, Swannery and Childrens Farm, or have family time at Weymouth and nearby Dorchester with their many attractions. There is so much to do in this great location. Beach 400 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Cot room. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. 6 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included October-March only). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, rear lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front lawned garden. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Haycraft Cottage

    Harmans Cross, nr. Swanage

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42993

    Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage

    This superb spacious stone holiday cottage, situated in the heart of the Purbeck countryside, is set in a lawned garden on the edge of a small, peaceful, Caravan Club site. The detached cottage has been sympathetically restored, and is furnished to an exceptionally good standard. An attractive conservatory leads into a delightful garden with flower troughs, roses, climbing ivy and a pretty stone well. The delightful Swanage Steam Railway which runs regular trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage, a popular seaside resort with golden sandy beaches, and busy Poole Harbour with its sheltered waters and tiny islands. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

  • Higher Checkridge Farm- Cider House

    Hawkchurch, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DXM

    In a stunning location, at the head of a valley, with country views and only 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these 15th-century Grade II listed, traditional stone built cottages make excellent holiday accommodation to relax and unwind in. With flagstone floors, beams and inglenook fireplace, this spacious period cottage is charming. Outside one can enjoy the picturesque views of fields and woodland, and children can play in the adventure playground and meet with the friendly ponies. This non-working farm is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, badgers, foxes and many birds. Horse riding is available locally at the neighbouring property, charges do apply. There are many seaside resorts to visit: Charmouth, Eype, Beer, Seatown, Branscombe, Sidmouth, and many attractions to take in such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Pecorama and much more, or maybe a jaunt into the cathedral city of Exeter. Golf nearby. Shop and village pub 1 mile, country hotel/restaurant ½ mile.

    Large beamed living room with electric woodburner inglenook fireplace and flagstone floor. Beamed well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Widescreen Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed raised patio with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of owner’s 27-acre grounds
    • Adventure playground
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

    Note: Properties DXL and DXM can be booked together to accommodate up to 11 guests.

  • Yew Tree House

    Chideock, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC140


    Located in Chideock, between Bridport and West Bay to the east and Lyme Regis to the west, this holiday home is the main part of the owners’ detached house with an adjoining self-contained annexe for the owners use. It is ideally situated for enjoying and exploring west Dorset and the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and has a large, enclosed, lawned garden with a patio overlooking fields and footpaths towards Seatown. Wander over the fields to the coast at Seatown and enjoy some superb scenic coastal walking up to the top of Golden Cap the highest point in the south of England. Lyme Regis offers a great day or two out, with its picturesque harbour, sandy beach and famous Cob, where you can pass the time fossil hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, walking, exploring the quaint character shops, or simply wining and dining. Inland perhaps enjoy a cream tea at the Broadwindsor Craft Centre, or travel further afield to south Somerset and visit historic Forde Abbey and Gardens. There is so much to do you are sure to have a memorable time. Beach 1 mile. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Entrance porch with slate floor. Living room with wooden floor. Second living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 twin bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 kingsize with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Two Freeview TVs (one 40", one 32"). DVD. CD. iPod dock. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Step to patio.

  • The Pavilion

    Long Bredy, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30394


    This single-storey holiday home is in a superb country location midway between Dorchester and Bridport in West Dorset and 3 miles from the scenic and beautiful Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is styled in a Georgian Gothic period and offers a lovely home and location for 6. It is ideal for walking and cycling on the nearby Macmillan and Jubilee Trail, and some spectacular Dorset scenery can be found at Eggardon Hill Fort. Enjoy visiting the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, 18 miles, with its pretty harbour and Cobb, taking in some stunning coastal scenery and smaller seaside resorts of Charmouth, Eype and West Bay. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens, RSPB nature reserves at Radipole and Lodmoor, or Weymouth with its many family attractions, as well as the Time Walk, Sea Life and Deep Sea Adventure or slightly further on Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Beach 3 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double), one with additional single (for alternative sleeping). Wet room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 9 steps in garden.

  • Harbourhill

    Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W40246

    Country views/Four poster bed

    Situated in a semi-rural location beside a country road with extensive views across the downs towards Hardys Monument is this cosy cottage, the middle one of three. The cottage has been furnished and equipped to provide a pleasant holiday home, boasting a hand crafted 4 poster bed in the main bedroom. The lovely resort of Weymouth with its gently shelving golden sands and picturesque harbour is only 4 miles, whilst within easy reach is the bustling market town of Dorchester, or take the scenic coastal road towards Abbotsbury and West Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

  • Clematis Cottage

    Bothenhampton, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26551

    In the quaint village of Bothenhampton, just a mile from West Bay with its picturesque harbour, on the Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, is this well presented detached holiday cottage, with a large, fully enclosed garden, an ideal retreat in which to enjoy and appreciate this popular area. Relax in the garden, pop into Bridport (1 mile) with its shops and twice weekly market, or explore between Weymouth and Lyme Regis along this stunning coastline. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack.

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