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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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  • Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset×

    Heathland Cottages - Number 3

    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: NT003016
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This property enjoys wonderful views of the Purbeck Hills and nature reserve, and is the ideal holiday getaway.
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    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...

    Heathland Cottages - Number 1
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  • East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset
    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset×

    Stake Farm Cottages - Betty’s Cottage

    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: DWP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Betty’s Cottage is in a rural, peaceful location on a farm and is fantastic for those looking for a quiet holiday.
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    Converted to a high standard, these two barn conversions (Betty’s Cottage DWP, and Ruth’s Cottage DWQ) adjoin one another and are set on a working beef farm, which stands on the Jurassic seam. Offering peace and tranquillity, the setting is a delight for countryside lovers with wonderful open views to be enjoyed from the shared garden and barbecue area. Many footpaths lead from the farm and nearby lanes. The properties are set in the heart of Tamara Drewe country with some of...

    Stake Farm Cottages - Ruth’s Cottage
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    3
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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Admiral’s View

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: 19411
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Enjoying excellent sea views this terraced house is on the World Heritage Coast and is an ideal location for exploring, fishing or walking.
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    In the seaside resort of Lyme Regis, on the World Heritage Coast, this terraced house is well-equipped and presented and enjoys excellent sea views over Lyme. It is an ideal holiday location for exploring this fascinating resort with its famous cob. Enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, sailing and golf, or some wonderful scenic walking, perhaps to the top of Golden Cap, with its magnificent views over the south coast. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with...

  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Sea Stones

    Portland, Dorset

    6
    4
    1
    0
    Ref: 26527
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This characterful Grade II listed cottage is under a mile from the beach and has easy access to coastal paths.
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    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...

  • Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    Meadow Cottage

    Broadwindsor, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: E1793
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    This charming cottage is one of a row set on the edge of a village with its own fenced garden and secluded meadow
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    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...

  • Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Lodge No. 70

    Warmwell, near Weymouth, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
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    Ref: W749
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location
    This beautiful lodge is situated within the Dorset countryside and an area of Special Scientific Interest – it’s a fantastic holiday home!
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    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 along with a number of other holiday homes - 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...

  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset×

    Bayview

    Weymouth, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44039
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located just a short stroll from the buzzing seafront, this property makes for a great family holiday.
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    Just 200 yards from the seafront at Weymouth, with wonderful views over the bay and onto Portland, this first floor holiday apartment for 6 with a compact garden, reached by a small footbridge, offers a great location for a family holiday. From the doorstep, one can enjoy water activities from swimming, fishing, boating and wind surfing, to scenic coastal walking and many restaurants nearby. Local attractions include the Sealife Centre, Adventure Park and Tower, and Radipole...

  • Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Gulls Way

    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: UKC161
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Just a hop, skip and a jump from Avon Beach, Gulls Way is a fantastic holiday home in the quiet fishing village of Mudeford.
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    Occupying a truly wonderful location, Gulls Way is a stone’s throw from the Blue Flag-awarded Avon Beach, an expansive stretch of beautiful golden sands with pastel coloured beach huts and bright blue waters. This detached property is a comfortable, family-sized holiday home, that’s furnished with unusual and quirky curio. The ground floor features a well-equipped kitchen/breakfast room, with patio doors leading out onto the enclosed garden and sitting-out area, which...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGG
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    Sleeping six and with many on-site activities, The Stable is a brilliant property for gatherings of family or friends.
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    "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’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
    6
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
    4
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    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
    5
    2
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGA
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The Masters House is a brilliant property for families and friends wishing to enjoy beautiful walks starting right from the front door.
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    "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’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage
    2
    1
    1
    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
    4
    2
    2
    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
    6
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
    4
    3
    3
    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
    5
    2
    2
  • Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset
    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Flax Cottage

    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    0
    Ref: DUI
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just a few yards from the pub, this attractive 17th-century cottage is within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast.
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    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...

  • Near Dorchester, Dorset
    Near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Warmwell Cabin

    Near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: 4949
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Set on a holiday park with use of resort facilities including an indoor swimming pool and dry-ski slope.
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    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    Set in 40 acres of woodlands on the Warmwell Leisure Park, this detached cabin overlooks the lake. The holiday park has a heated indoor swimming pool, dry-ski slope, well-stocked fishing lakes (bring own tackle), facilities for improving your golf, sports complex, licensed clubhouse (£20pw per adult & £10pw per child for use after 6pm), restaurant and shop. Some facilities on the resort are at cost. Warmwell is set in Thomas...

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