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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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  • Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Courtfield Cottage

    Langton Matravers, Dorset

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    Ref: DXX
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Enjoy uninterrupted views from the garden of this charming, adjoining, highly individual, 18th-century former beer house.
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    Just 2 miles from the Heritage coastline with spectacular coastal walks, this charming, adjoining, 18th-century former beer house (made from local stone) is now a cosy and highly individual holiday cottage. Its large garden has uninterrupted views over the Purbeck Hills and, in the distance, Corfe Castle, 4 miles. Swanage, with sandy beach, 2 miles, another excellent sandy beach at NT Studland, 8 miles. Poole and Bournemouth (via ferry), 10 miles. Shop ¼ mile, pub ½ mile...

  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Casterbridge is situated in a brilliant complex with a range of facilities and just two miles away from the town of Dorchester.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Bournemouth, Dorset
    Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Apartment 10

    Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC700
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This well-presented apartment provides perfect accommodation for guests looking for a seaside break away.
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    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...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: DGH
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Woodburning Stove
    There’s plenty to keep you occupied here; enjoy idyllic walks, take a swim in the pool or enjoy a game of tennis.
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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
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    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Nr. Bridport, Dorset
    Nr. Bridport, Dorset×

    Ducks Bottom

    Nr. Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DVO
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Ideal for families, this 18th-century, detached, thatched cottage is full of character and just 1/2 mile from the beach.
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    Nestling in a peaceful location in the small pretty hamlet of Lower Eype, this 18th-century detached and thatched character cottage offers a great holiday home which families will love. Set only ½ mile from the beach and a mile from the market town of Bridport, the cottage boasts a large delightful garden with a summer house accommodating up to four guests. Lovely scenic walks along the Heritage coast are easily available as are fishing and golf. Shop 1 mile.

    Living room...

  • Harmans Cross, near Swanage, Dorset
    Harmans Cross, near Swanage, Dorset×

    Haycraft Cottage

    Harmans Cross, near Swanage, Dorset

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    Ref: W42993
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Set within the Purbeck countryside, Haycraft Cottage is a characterful, Grade II listed property with a beautiful conservatory and garden.
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    Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage

    This superb spacious stone holiday cottage, situated in the heart of the Purbeck countryside, is set in a lawned garden on the edge of a small, peaceful, Caravan Club site. The detached cottage has been sympathetically restored, and is furnished to an exceptionally good standard. An attractive conservatory leads into a delightful garden with flower troughs, roses, climbing ivy and a pretty stone well. The delightful Swanage Steam Railway...

  • Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Lime Cottage

    Portland, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC210
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    A range of fantastic attractions and amenities are close to this 1850s cottage, which enjoys a cosy woodburner and an enclosed garden.
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    This 1850s cottage, one of a row, offers a great holiday location to enjoy the best of Dorset. Totally renovated by the owners, it presents a contemporary home from home. The cottage is set over three floors with revealed stone features, and has a sunny enclosed garden. It is situated in the heart of Portland close to local shops, pubs and restaurants, and a children’s play area. The coastal path nearby takes you round the island, past stone quarries, which show the...

  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Clematis Cottage

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 26551
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Pets go free at this detached holiday cottage with fully enclosed garden, just 1 mile from the market town of Bridport.
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    In the quaint village of Bothenhampton, just a mile from West Bay with its picturesque harbour, on the Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast, is this well presented detached holiday cottage, with a large, fully enclosed garden, an ideal retreat in which to enjoy and appreciate this popular area. Relax in the garden, pop into Bridport (1 mile) with its shops and twice weekly market, or explore between Weymouth and Lyme Regis along this stunning coastline. Shop, pub and...

  • Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    West View

    Sturminster Marshall, near Wimborne, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30934
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Perfectly located to tour the area’s many attractions, as well as bridleways from the door and a games room for those fun nights in!
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    Approached via a long drive overlooking daffodil fields, this comfortable, single-storey, detached bungalow is a lovely holiday home for families or couples, located on the doorstep to the Jurassic Coast. It has a large enclosed lawned garden and a spacious games room. West View is located within the owner’s country home and has direct access onto bridleways and footpaths, leading all the way to Wareham. Set in a convenient location for road links to the beaches of Poole...

  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset×

    Tongxin

    Weymouth, Dorset

    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43841
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile
    A range of activities are nearby, such as the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Monkey World or the Sea Life Adventure Park.
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    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...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
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    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
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    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Wessex Lodge

    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    6
    3
    3
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    Ref: B6531
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    On a working dairy farm within easy driving of Longleat Safari Park and Stonehenge which will enthrall the whole family.
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    In north Dorset between the historic towns of Sherborne and Shaftesbury, and near the Somerset/Wiltshire borders, this detached Scandinavian style wooden lodge is located on the owners’ working dairy farm. An excellent touring base with country walks and views over farmland. Within easy driving are Longleat House and Safari Park, Stonehenge, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Classic Car Museum, the city of Bath or Salisbury. Weymouth is only 25...

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