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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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  • Flax Cottage

    Waytown, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DUI

    Nestling in the peaceful village of Waytown, this attractive cottage forms part of a former 17th-century rope barn serving Slape Mill. Designed in open-plan style, it feels very spacious and lies 6 miles from the beach at West Bay, where boating and fishing are available. An array of local produce can be bought locally, and the village pub is just a short stroll up the lane. Within easy reach is the dramatic World Heritage Jurassic coastline, including Lyme Regis and its famous Cobb (14 miles). Bridport is nearby and Exeter, Weymouth, Abbotsbury and Dorchester are all easy drives. Shop 2 miles.

    Split-level open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, French doors to garden, and large well-equipped modern fitted kitchen and dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft iron bedstead and en-suite shower room with toilet. Large twin bedroom. Main bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial basket of logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV (Freeview)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Telephone - emergency calls only
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars); carport (for 1 car)
    • No smoking

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  • Riverside Close

    Cerne Abbas, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W40220

    Thatched cottage close to village centre

    Tucked away in a peaceful location within a small exclusive close, is this charming semi-detached thatched cottage. The cottage has been constructed to a good standard and boasts an en-suite shower room in the main bathroom, as well as a sun trap conservatory and lawned garden. Quietly situated beside the River Cerne, a delightful footpath leads you into the timeless, picturesque centre of Cerne Abbas, with the world famous ’Cerne Giant’ cut into the chalk hillside close by. Within a short drive are the beaches and harbour of Weymouth. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included (£20per week November-March). Bed linen included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Lodge No. 70

    Warmwell, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W749

    Indoor fun pool

    Situated in a wooded setting in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this spacious detached pine holiday lodge overlooks a lake and is on part of Warmwell Heath, a 140-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest. Tastefully furnished and well equipped, it is an ideal spot for year-round holidays and is only 20 miles from Bournemouth and a short drive from the seaside at Weymouth with its many attractions including the Deep Sea Adventure, Brewers Quay and the Sea Life Park. The wide range of activities on site includes an indoor pool with wave machine and water chute, dry ski slope, fish ponds and a sports complex. Alternatively, explore the rest of the stunning Dorset heritage coast. Shop, pub and restaurant on site.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with corner bath and toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Verandah. Parking (2 cars). Shared indoor swimming pool. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

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  • The Long Barn

    Kingston Russell, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W43455

    Set in rolling Dorset countryside, midway between Dorchester to the east and Bridport to the west (both 6 miles), this lovely single-storey barn conversion has much character with vaulted ceilings and beams, and makes an ideal holiday home whilst enjoying all west Dorset has to offer. Stunning Chesil Beach at West Bexington is 5 miles and West Bay, scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’ is 7 miles. There is superb country walking to be found on the Macmillian Way and Jubilee Trail, both passing very nearby, and for some spectacular Dorset scenery, Eggardon Hill is a must. The Dorset coast, with its famous World Heritage Jurassic coastline and renowned Chesil Beach, is easily accessible, as is Weymouth and Portland. Visit the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, 17 miles, with its pretty harbour and Cobb, taking in stunning coastal scenery, walking, and small seaside resorts such as Eype, Charmouth and West Bay with its traditional harbour. There are many attractions to enjoy for a memorable holiday including Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub-tropical Gardens, RSPB nature reserves at Radipole and Lodmoor, the Tank Museum, Monkey World and much more for all the family. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Beams, wooden floors and vaulted ceilings throughout. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs (one 42"). Gas cooker. Combi microwave oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Tongxin

    Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43841


    Set in the seaside resort of Weymouth, with its harbour and wonderful sandy beach which children will love, this end-terraced holiday home makes a good base from which to explore the World Heritage Jurassic Coast from the Purbeck to Lyme Regis. Visit the stunning Lulworth Cove, Portland Bill, superb Chesil Beach, West Bay (scene of Broadchurch TV series) and Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, harbour and beach. You will enjoy great coastal scenery and walking, plenty of water activities and fossil hunting. There are many family activities in the area: Sea Life Adventure Park, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World and Abbotsbury Swannery to name a few. Beach 1/4 mile. Shop 400 yards, pub 350 yards and restaurant 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom (accessed via first floor twin).

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. 22" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car, permit provided). No smoking.

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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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  • Meadow Cottage

    Broadwindsor

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: E1793

    This charming cottage is one of a row set on the edge of a village with its own fenced garden and secluded meadow. It offers an ideal base for exploring the beautiful West Country with historic houses, lovely gardens, Abbotsbury’s Swannery and the World Heritage ‘Jurassic’ coast all easily accessible. A shingle beach with an excellent NT cafe can be found at Burton Bradstock, 6.5 miles, and sandy West Bay beach is 7 miles. Charmouth, 8 miles, has a sandy beach and a fossil hunting centre. Lyme Regis is 12 miles. Shop 400 yards, excellent pub serving food 300 yards. Craft centre with restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single (2ft 6in). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. 1.5-acre part wooded meadow. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Children’s sand pit. No smoking.

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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 (except Fox Cottage, ref DFX)
    • 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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  • Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGH

    "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.

    Steps up to cottage entrance and open elevated patio. Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one bunk (2ft 6in beds for +2 children). Bathroom with over-bath shower, hand held shower attachment and toilet.

    • 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 (except Fox Cottage, ref DFX)
    • 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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  • 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. iPod dock. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Sea Stones

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: 26527

    Explore Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast

    This characterful, Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set in the heart of Portland, under a mile from the beach at Church Ope Cove. It has easy access to the coastal paths with a lighthouse and RSPB observatory. Portland forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and Chesil Beach which starts in Portland runs 18 miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting all available. Close by is Weymouth and further west is the pretty village of Abbotsbury, famous for its swannery and subtropical gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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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.

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