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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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  • Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Cowleaze

    Leigh, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DBBL

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 18 guests. Golf and fishing are within easy driving, and yachting, canoeing and sailing are available at Halstock Reservoir. Wriggle View (ref DBBM) offers ‘upside down’ accommodation, whilst Jolliffe (ref DBBK) and Cowleaze (ref DBBL) are of the conventional design. The owners welcome guests to enjoy the farm activities and animals which the children will love. Visit the historic market town of Sherborne, 5 miles, with its castle, abbey and shops, or the chalk ‘Cerne Abbas Giant’. Venture further afield into the thriving county town of Dorchester, 10 miles, with Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Teddy Bear Museum and the world renowned Tutankhamun exhibition. Spend family time visiting Bovington Tank Museum with its fascinating collection of tanks, Monkey World, Weymouth with its picturesque 17th century harbour, Blue Flag beach and sealife centre, and then wander along the Chesil Beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. In south Somerset are many historic houses such as Montacute House, Tintinhull and Forde Abbey. Family attractions include Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with wonderful display of classic and vintage cars, and slightly further afield, Longleat House and Safari Park. Somerset offers many exciting venues including Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the Georgian city of Bath to name a few. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Oak floor throughout. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Further double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip & link, can be twin). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Freeview TV
    • Parking (for 3 cars)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry, boot room, washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, shared garden, patio area, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Junipers

    Puncknowle, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28180

    In the village of Puncknowle between West Bay and Weymouth, set 11/2 miles from Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this terraced holiday cottage is an excellent base to enjoy coastal scenery stretching from Portland Bill all the way to Lyme Bay to Torquay. Visit Abbotsbury, the Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Deep Sea Adventure and a Blue Flag sandy beach. Enjoy golf, fishing, boating and walking. Discover Lyme Regis and Bridport with its twice weekly market. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom with additional bunk (alternative sleeping only). Bathroom with shower over ¾ bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite toilet, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Ceramic hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Small enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture. Roadside parking and in front of curtilage of the property. No smoking.

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  • 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.

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  • The Old Guildhall

    Corfe Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DCCU


    The Old Guildhall, reputed to be the original meeting place of the ancient order of stone cutters and marblers, is a unique and individual property with contemporary and quirky design practically combined with many original period features. The house has many original works of art on display which adds to the ambiance, and has been featured in the House and Garden magazine. The stunning village of Corfe Castle stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, and is dominated by the ruined castle, which is a delight any time of year. Other family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, the village museum, a steam railway and many shops, and Corfe Common is found just on the edge of the village with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coast Path. The village is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and around the village square there are a small collection of shops clustered together. The Jurassic Coastline is a short drive away, with the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Discover the town of Swanage with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. Shop and pubs 100 yards.

    Vaulted, split-level, open-plan living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and kitchen area with granite floor. Bunk bedroom with Velux. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. Open-sided stone, spiral stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove in living room, initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, gas central heating and gas included (£50per week November-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod dock
    • Book library
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard with terraces and furniture
    • Sun room
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Car park (permit provided for 1 car), 200 yards
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps and small drops in courtyard. Covered pond in grounds 5 yards. Uneven steps to sun room.

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  • Lavender Cottage

    Burton Bradstock

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DVZ


    Situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, within easy walking distance of a lovely beach with a renowned seafood café. From there, many pleasant hours can be spent following the Chesil Beach coastal walk, from which spectacular views can be enjoyed of the stunning countryside and rugged coastline. The attractive walk to the beach through the village passes two pubs serving a range of real ales and excellent food, as well as a local shop and a well-equipped children’s playground. This 200-year-old, traditional, thatched cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the area. The character stone cottage is the end one of a row and located just 2 miles from the bustling market town of Bridport and the harbour at West Bay. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Exmouth can be discovered, with fossil hunting at Charmouth, superb coastal walking and the popular resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis close by. Many other family attractions are within easy driving distance, including Abbotsbury Swannery (the world’s only managed colony of nesting mute swans), Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Mapperton House and Gardens, beaches at Golden Cap, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, beautiful villages such as Puncknowle and the historic market town of Dorchester. Shop 400 yards.

    Access from rear of property. Large beamed living room with cast iron stove. Spacious, well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Cast iron stove - gel pots included. Electricity, full electric underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included. High chair. TV. DVD (small library). Stereo/CD. Electric range included. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture, mature apple trees and shed. Barbecue. Parking (for 2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Beech Cottage

    Rousdon, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DBBY

    Situated on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Lyme Regis (2 miles) and Beer, and set in a 350-acre private estate with its own private beach within ¾ of a mile. This well presented holiday home, the end cottage of a short row, enjoys wonderful country views. An ideal base for relaxing and enjoying coastal walks. Nearby is picturesque Lyme Regis with its splendid Cobb, harbour and beach or visit one of the many attractions such as the Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, Bicton Gardens, the miniature railway at Pecorama or the caves at Beer. Shop ¾ miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Durdle Door Holiday Cottages - The Old Shop

    Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: DDDN

    Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with farmhouse-style kitchen and tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet. Most rooms are beamed.

    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area with furniture
    • Shared courtyard
    • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (39ft x 16ft, depth 3ft to 6ft), open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
    • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

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  • Round Chimneys Farm - Churchill Cottage

    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: DQR

    Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday cottages have been carefully renovated and offer comfortable accommodation. Churchill Cottage has interesting historical connections – having once been owned by John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and the highwayman John Clavell respectively – and adjoins the owners’ farmhouse, whilst The Stables stands quite detached. Close by, the abbey town of Sherbourne offers an array of shops, cafes and inns, as well as many historical points of interest. For a day by the sea, the south coast is within easy reach with a choice of many quiet beaches or bustling resorts. Famed for its chalk giant on the hillside, Cerne Abbas nearby, as well as the county town of Dorchester and the home of Thomas Hardy. Golf locally. Shop and pub serving food 3 miles.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace, bread oven, rugs on flagstone floor and sofa-bed (for +1). Well-equipped modern fitted kitchen. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with four-poster bed. Bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling and pull-out bed (for +1). Shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared large enclosed garden with furniture

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Coarse fishing on owner’s lake foc
    • Parking
    • Cycle storage
    • Games room
    • No smoking

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  • 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.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - The Stable

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGG

    "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 very comfortable split-level barn conversion providing spacious accommodation with French doors leading to enclosed garden. Entrance into well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Steps up to sitting room with wood-burning stove and French doors to patio and garden. Twin bedroom with view to garden. Second twin bedroom. Up steps to attractive double bedroom with en-suite toilet and wash basin. Separate bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed garden 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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  • Apartment 10

    Bournemouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC700

    This second floor apartment is close to Bournemouth’s town centre and is ideal for enjoying all that this vibrant seaside town has to offer. Located in a contemporary building, on the second floor, Apartment 10 has an amazing roof terrace. This apartment is located only a short walk to the sandy beach at Undercliffe, where guests can enjoy its panoramic views stretching in both directions. The apartment is situated midway between Bournemouth town centre, with its range of shops, restaurants and nightlife, and restored Boscombe Pier, with its handcrafted musical instruments. Bournemouth is ideal for a family seaside holiday, with its miles of sandy beaches, or alternatively a city break, for guests looking for lively nightlife. Beach 330 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Steps to entrance.
    All on the second floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floor.
    Living area: With Freeview TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangments).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Roof terrace with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Pebbles

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 23977

    Close to the seafront at Chiswell near the southern end of the famous Chesil Beach, this charming refurbished, 200 year old holiday cottage retains period features, offering stylish and comfortable accommodation. A nearby coastal path winds around Portland’s miles of remote Jurassic Coastline, ideal for sea fishing, and within easy reach is the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth, with its Blue Flag beach, Sea Life centre and RSPB nature reserve. Windsurfing, diving and yachting are popular in the area. Shops, pubs and restaurant within 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and oak floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 single, 2 steps down to 1 double, 1 twin with additional Z-bed (for child). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband internet connection.Telephone. Courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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