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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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  • Purbeck Dales - Riversdale Cottage

    Wool, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W42075

    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: Step to living room with inglenook fireplace with range, oak and flagstone floor and beams. Kitchen/dining area with French doors and tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, both 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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  • Childhay Manor

    Beaminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3393

    Amidst the rolling hills of West Dorset, this holiday cottage has its own garden and tennis court. The cottage is part of a 13th-century manor farmhouse set on the owner’s organic farm where dairy cows are milked, goats reared and racehorses bred. The cottage is spacious and comfortable - enjoy the cosiness of a log fire on a cold, wet, winter afternoon, or relax on the secluded patio after a game of tennis on a summer evening. Wonderful walking abounds. Visit Forde Abbey, Stourhead, Montacute and Corfe Castle or Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Longleat Park and Abbotsbury Swannery. Within an easy drive is the local swimming pool, Lyme Regis, the Jurassic Coast, Wells Cathedral, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge. Pub and restaurant 2 miles. Village shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. 5 steps to Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet. 5 steps to 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Wii. iPod dock. Oil Aga included. Microwave. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Stabling and grazing by arrangement with owner. Parking. Hard tennis court. Friday to Friday. NB: Five steps up from patio to garden with small stream.

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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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  • Haycraft Cottage

    Harmans Cross, nr. Swanage

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42993

    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 which runs regular trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage, a popular seaside resort with golden sandy beaches, and busy Poole Harbour with its sheltered waters and tiny islands. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • 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.

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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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  • 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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  • The Hollies

    West Bexington, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 30527


    In a superb coastal location at West Bexington, within a few minutes walk from the famous Chesil Beach, this mid-terrace holiday home for 6 is in an excellent location for scenic coastal walking, fishing and swimming. The Hollies is positioned between West Bay (where the TV series ’Broadchurch’ was filmed) and Weymouth, with Portland nearby. Guests can enjoy invigorating seaside walks with the dogs, wine and dine in the village pub and simply get away from it all. The whole of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast beckons, perhaps with some fossil hunting and boating, and explore the lovely seaside resorts from Lyme Regis all the way to Portland. Call in on the nearby Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, Swannery and Childrens Farm, or have family time at Weymouth and nearby Dorchester with their many attractions. There is so much to do in this great location. Beach 400 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Cot room. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. 6 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included October-March only). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, rear lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front lawned garden. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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 Old Forge

    Kingston, nr. Corfe Castle

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: DTP


    The Old Forge cottage nestles in the small ‘chocolate box’ village of Kingston in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, on the Dorset coastline. Restored and adjoining an ancient stone pub, this traditional single-storey stone cottage (including restored forge) has outstanding views of the historic Corfe Castle and wonderful open countryside of the Purbecks from its flagged courtyard. Nearby is Wareham with quayside, and Swanage (5 miles) offers swimming, sailing, many shops, pubs and restaurants and a steam railway. There is easy access to walks along the Purbeck coast. Blue Flag beach of Studland, 9 miles. Arne RSPB nature reserve, 6 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with stone floor. Step to dining room/kitchen with stone floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 steps to 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 with additional single bed (for +1). 2 steps to 1 twin. Bathroom with bath shower cubicle and toilet. All rooms (except bathroom) with original-beamed ceiling.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. high chair. TV. Microwave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Small courtyard with furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). Private village water supply. No smoking. NB: Step to entrance.

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  • Old Milking Parlour

    Osmington, nr. Weymouth

    Grade
    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DSK

    Situated in a secluded valley on the edge of the ‘picture postcard’ village of Osmington, this comfortable and sympathetically converted holiday cottage lies just a mile from the Heritage coastline of Dorset. Adjoining an old stone barn located in the middle of the owner’s farm, the cottage is surrounded by open countryside, with walking from the door. Weymouth with sandy beach, harbour and selection of shops and cafes is 4 miles away, and the unique coastline at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are just a short drive away. Thomas Hardy’s cottage, Monkey World and the Tank Museum are all nearby. Pub located in village. Shop 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with breakfast area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with sofa bed (for child), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine in outbuilding. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with lawned area and furniture. Shared 44-acre farmland. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Jasmine Cottages

    Woolland, nr. Blandford Forum

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 30663

    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, one (5ft) with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one wth en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. 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.

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