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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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stable Cottage

    Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DZX

    On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individually or for for larger groups can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. The Coach House, which is located on one side of a beautiful high walled courtyard has charm and character, retaining an inglenook, beams, flagstones and one four-poster bedroom, and is ideal to accommodate two family groups or larger extended families. On the other side of the courtyard is Stable Cottage which is thatched, built from local stone and makes excellent family accommodation. Being on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one can enjoy a stroll into Lyme itself and wander around the local shops, lanes, cafes, restaurants and along the picturesque Cobb, made famous by the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, or simply chill out on the beach, fishing, boating, beach walking and of course fossil hunting. There is superb scenic coastal walking all along the Lyme Bay Coast, with views stretching to Portland Bill and far into Devon, and for those without a faint heart, the National Trust’s Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff is an exhilarating walk with spectacular scenery. One can visit the many popular seaside resorts from Weymouth in the east to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and onto Exmouth in the west, or enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside with its quaint villages, pubs and cream tea cafes. There are many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House and Gardens, and family entertainment such as The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park and inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Exeter Cathedral City is worth a day out to see the Cathedral itself, the catacombs, museums and shops. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.

    Living room with well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors and slate floor. Twin bedroom leading to double bedroom with wash basin. Bunk bedrooms with 2ft 6in beds (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    • Full NSH central heating included
    • Freeview TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Freezer
    • Private patio with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and £1 coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large shared gardens
    • No smoking

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Stake Farm Cottages - Betty’s Cottage

    East Chelborough, Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: DWP

    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 with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory/dining room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    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.

  • Keepers Cottage

    East Burton, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30451


    Keepers Cottage is located close to the railway line and this characterful, mid-terraced cottage dates back to the 1800s. It is surrounded by rural countryside and is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage nearby offers a beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Locally there is Monkey World and the Tank Museum. The nearby village of Wool with its small selection of village shops, from a bakery to a butchers, also offers a convenient train station. Beach 4½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area and tiled floor/kitchen with dining area, wooden floor and patio doors. Beams throughout. Utility room. Separate toilet. Winding staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux, 1 twin with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£25 per week, £15 per short break, £10 per 2 night break, November-March) gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/ MP3 connection. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. 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.

  • 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.

  • The Old Shop

    Shaftesbury

    Grade
    7
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC24


    In the small market town of Shaftesbury, near the famous Gold Hill and town centre which are within easy walking distance, this well-presented Grade II listed terraced holiday home is an excellent base for exploring this quaint character town and Dorset. Within easy driving, enjoy some superb scenic country walks on Melbury Downs, or enjoy days out visiting Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the delightful town of Sherborne with its abbey. Salisbury, Blandford, Poole, Bournemouth and Dorchester are all within a reasonable drive, or perhaps go north into Somerset and spend some time taking in Glastonbury Tor, the cathedral city of Wells and on to the beautiful Roman Spa town of Bath with its many shops, museums and places to wine and dine. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating (underfloor in kitchen), gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned patio garden with courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 12 steps from courtyard to lawned patio.

  • The Old Granary

    West Milton

    Grade
    7
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: E1864

    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
    Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through the winding lanes of sleepy valleys to the dramatic cliffs of Golden Cap (NT). The nearest beach is at West Bay, just 4 miles away, where rowing boats can be hired and fishing trips arranged. Along the coast is Lyme Regis, whose sheltered harbour famously featured as a setting for the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. The historic market town of Dorchester is 15 miles. Weymouth, 14 miles, offers everything from water sports to night clubs. Shops, pubs and restaurants within 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Garden with patio. Parking (2 cars). Garage.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Garden furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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