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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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  • 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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  • The Pincushion

    Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC372


    This quaint, thatched, 18th-century period home, one of a pair, stands peacefully within the delightful village of Stourpaine, which has a friendly local pub, village shop and playing fields, all with a great community feel. It straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, excellent for keen walkers.

    Offering an abundance of charm and character, The Pincushion is a picture postcard holiday home, and has features such as beams, ornamental woodburner and inglenook fire surround in the kitchen with original bread oven. Formerly two smaller cottages which were converted into one, there are two staircases leading to the first floor, and there is a further twin bedroom on the top floor (accesed via steep stairs and very low sloping stairwell).

    Outside, the garden has a low flint wall, overlooking the historic church, and has a seating area and barbecue to the rear of the lawned area. There is a pathway along the front of the property for access by the next door neighbour, whose cottage is at right angles to Pincushion.

    This quaint setting is close to Hod Hill (National Trust), where the D-shaped Roman fort stands, and where the Romans may have first tested their ballista (catapult). The village holds its origins in the Saxon period, and the pretty church is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. The extensive walks, accessed almost from the door, take in magnificent views over Blackmore Vale, popular with ramblers along the Wessex Ridgeway, Jubilee Trail and Stour Valley Way. Nearby is Hambledon Hill, a fabulous hill fort with amazing views. Enjoy a trip, cycling or walking along the former Somerset and Dorset steam railway (also known as the ’old Soot and Dust’), where it used to chug its way along part of the route from Poole to Bristol. The nearest active steam railway is at Swanage.

    Fishing can be enjoyed on the nearby River Stour, as well as sea fishing at Holes Bay near Poole. Excellent walking, cycling and wildlife are available locally. This super cottage is an ideal quiet retreat for those wishing to both relax or explore the area. Blandford Forum is about 3 miles distant, and places to visit include Stourhead House and Garden, Kingston Lacey, Sherborne Castle and Bovington Tank Museum. Bournemouth, Poole, Sandbanks and Studland Bay are within 30-45 minutes drive, and within easy reach are the cathedral city of Salisbury, Winchester, The New Forest and Christchurch harbour. Shop/post office, pub and restaurant 175 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With Freeview TV and beams.
    Step to...
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Cloakroom/boot store: With washing machine, tumble dryer and separate toilet.
    Steep, narrow stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed, high vaulted beamed ceiling and en-suite with shower cubicle.
    Second steep narrow stairs to...
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Steep, narrow stairs with low sloping ceiling to...
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 3:
    With twin beds and sloped vaulted ceiling.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Garden with lawned area, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There is a low wall in the garden, and there is access along the front of the property to the adjoining property.

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  • Lilliput Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC794


    In the heart of the old rope and market town of Bridport, 2 miles from the renowned harbour town of Westbay on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This 3-storey, terraced town house offers good accommodation for 6 guests and 1 dog, and is ideal for enjoying Bridport with its many shops, restaurants and markets. Nearby at Westbay, scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, and the small village of Eype, you can take in some great coastal scenery, walking, fossil hunting and seaside activities such as fishing, boating and swimming. Explore this spectacular coast from Lyme Bay in the west all the way to Weymouth and Portland in the east, with many family attractions to call on. Inland Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey and Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum for family days out are worth a call, or perhaps a trip to Exeter, Sherborne or Dorchester might take your fancy. Beach 1¾ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Utility room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:
    With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet, and heated towel rail.
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space: With wooden floor.
    Living area: With 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Second Floor:
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Enclosed small courtyard with sitting-out area and two garden chairs. Private parking for 1 car; public car park 50 yards, £4 per day. No smoking.

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  • The Tides

    West Bay, Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E5327


    This finely appointed holiday home is ideally situated for guests to explore and enjoy the Jurassic Coast - England’s first National Heritage site, which runs from Swanage to Exmouth. Within easy reach is West Bay, now famous for the location of the TV Series ’Broadchurch’ and its dramatic coastal scenery. This small fishing harbour offers plentiful boat and fishing trips, along with its majestic golden sandstone cliffs and south facing beaches. The historical market town of Bridport is half a mile away with its high street shops, supermarkets, vibrant twice weekly street market, carnival, torchlight procession and along with many other events thoughout the year offers plenty of local activities. Lyme Regis is a bustling seaside town, and the picturesque village of Charmouth is renowned for its famous fossil beach and fossil hunting. Further afield are the diverse attractions of Corfe Castle, Cerne Abbas and its chalk giant, Dorchester - the centre of Hardy’s Wessex, Swanage, Wareham and Weymouth. Golf, fishing and riding are also available locally, and for walking enthusiasts, the house is very close to the South West Coastal Path. Shops, pubs and restaurants 550 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with decked area and furniture. Summerhouse. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). 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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  • Purbeck Dales - Abbeydale Cottage

    Wool, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W42074

    Delightful area

    These semi-detached holiday cottages are situated in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth, only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. They have been tastefully furnished and well equipped and are ideal for enjoying this delightful area. A short drive takes you to Lulworth Cove with its pebble beach and take a walk up and over the hill to famous Durdle Door. The whole of this area has lovely scenery and coastal walks. There are numerous attractions, ranging from the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Weymouth Sea Life Park and Butterfly Farm, Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens to the seaside town of Swanage with its golden sandy beach, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Visit the nearby historic market towns of Dorchester and Wareham, as well as the pretty NT Corfe Castle. Shop 1 mile, pub serving food 650 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with inglenook fireplace with ornamental range, oak and flagstone floor and beams. Kitchen/dining area with French doors and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 double (access from one side only) with sloping ceiling, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Both properties: Gas central heating £25per week, £15 per 3-4 night short breaks. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bayview

    Weymouth

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W44039

    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 Nature Reserve.
    Within easy driving, take in Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Castle and on to Corfe Castle and the Swanage Railway. You can also visit Lyme Regis, explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its spectacular scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, or Westbay, scene of the Broadchurch TV series. Perhaps an inland visit to Monkey World, the Tank Museum at Bovington and of course Dorchester, with its many attractions too. You will have much to do for a great holiday. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on first floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 30" Freeview TV. DVD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area. Balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stake Farm Cottages - Ruth’s Cottage

    East Chelborough, Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    1
    Ref: DWQ

    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 the filming from the farm. The popular village of Evershot (Hardy’s Evershed in Tess of the D’Urbervilles) is 2 miles and offers a village pub, bakery, and hotel restaurant. Bridport and Dorchester are all a short drive away and offer individual shops, pubs and tea rooms. The Jurassic coast is 15 miles. Shop 2 miles. Note: Betty’s Cottage DWP and adjoining Ruth’s Cottage DWQ are ideal for larger family holidays or group breaks and may be booked together to sleep up to 12 people.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms, 1 double, 1 twin each with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small courtyard with patio and furniture. Shared enclosed lawned area. Shared summerhouse and play area. Shared barbecue. Parking (for 3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Brook Cottage

    Uplyme, nr. Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: DDDK

    This stunning, detached, thatched holiday home in mellow flint stone is in a glorious secluded location, and set on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one of the prettiest seaside resorts on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It has a lovely decked south-facing area overlooking the River Lym, which passes through the grounds, and a delightful landscaped garden, which is reached by a wooden footbridge, providing a wonderful setting to relax and unwind. The home offers quality fixtures and fittings with many oak features, a games room with a pool table, and a lovely conservatory where one can unwind and enjoy the vista. Direct from the front door and within a 20-minute walk along the river lies the heart of Lyme Regis, with its narrow streets, restaurants, shops, sandy beach, or the picturesque harbour and The Cobb, made famous by the setting of the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’. There are water activities such as boat trips, fishing, swimming, diving, sailing and wind surfing, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, and exhilarating walks along the coastal path with its beautiful scenery, particularly from the top of Golden Cap with its commanding views over Lyme Bay from Portland to Torquay. There are many attractions within easy driving distance including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, Crealey Adventure Park, Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens, or explore Weymouth, Dorchester, Sherborne and Exeter. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Five steps to entrance. Spacious living room with feature fireplace, wooden floor and patio doors leading to conservatory. Spacious dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. Large conservatory/sun room. Two separate toilets. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with vaulted ceiling and en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Electricity, full underfloor gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Blu-ray
    • Gas/electric range
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large enclosed garden with patio, terrace, gazebo and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • External games room with pool table
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps, sloping banks and stream in garden

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  • Admiral’s View

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 19411

    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 1/2 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet (can also be accessed from hall), 1 bunk. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • 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.

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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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