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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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  • Milbury Cottage

    Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DAAF

    Situated in a conservation area and an AONB, in the quaint village of Bradford Peverell, this delightful flint and brick adjoining holiday home for six has a sun room and main bedroom en-suite. Ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 3 miles, Weymouth, 8 miles, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, 8 miles. There is a wealth of attractions to visit, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door Arch, The Tank Museum, Abbotsbury Swannery, Maiden Castle and glorious country walks, cycling and village pubs to wine and dine in. Shops
    3 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Large living room with open wood burning fire. Dining room. Well-equipped kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Open wood burning fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Broadband connection
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Carport (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • 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. NB: Five steps up from patio to garden with small stream.

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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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  • The Coach House

    East Burton, nr. Wareham

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W40581

    5 miles to the coast

    Ideal base for exploring the area

    This semi-detached cottage is situated in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth, in a beautiful part of Dorset and only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It has been tastefully furnished and equipped and is ideal for enjoying this delightful area. Lulworth Cove is a must with its scenery and coastal walking, or visit numerous family attractions ranging from the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Weymouth Sea Life Park and Butterfly Farm, to Swanage with its golden sandy beaches. Shop 1 mile, pub with food 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

    Gas central heating (£25per week, £15 per 3-4 night short breaks, £10 per 2 night short breaks). Gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Reed Cottage

    Marshwood, near Lyme Regis

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC865

    Set in a great location in picturesque west Dorset, this semi-detached, dog-friendly family home makes an ideal holiday base. It lies close to the Devon border, nestling just beneath Lamberts Castle Fort (National Trust), and within easy driving of the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Visit the seaside resorts of West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Eype, Charmouth and Lyme Regis (known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of west Dorset), with its famous Cobb, harbour and sandy beach. There is a wealth of family attractions to enjoy ranging from Forde Abbey and Gardens, Seaton’s Tram Railway, Pecorama with its model railways, the donkey sanctuary at Sidmouth, and the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum in south Somerset. Explore the scenic countryside; local village pubs where you can wine and dine; superb country and coastal walking; Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, catacombs and shops; and Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, taking in the breathtaking Chesil Beach, as well as Abbotsbury Swannery with its sub-tropical gardens. Shop 1 mile, pub 500 yards and restaurant 3 miles.

    Step to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With multi-fuel burner, 32" Sky TV (basic package), DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Steep stairs to...
    First Floor:

    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs and coal for multi-fuel burner included. Stairgate. Telephone (honesty box). Welcome pack. Garage with washing machine. Small, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Flax Cottage

    Waytown, nr. Bridport

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: DUI

    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 its famous Cobb (14 miles). Bridport is nearby and Exeter, Weymouth, Abbotsbury and Dorchester are all easy drives. Shop 2 miles.

    Split-level open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, French doors to garden, and large well-equipped modern fitted kitchen and dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft iron bedstead and en-suite shower room with toilet. Large twin bedroom. Main bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial basket of logs included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV (Freeview)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Telephone - emergency calls only
    • Small enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars); carport (for 1 car)
    • No smoking

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  • Wessex Lodge

    West Stour, nr. Shaftesbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: B6531

    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 miles away as well as Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet, both with sloping ceilings.

    Electric central heating and electricity £20per week. Bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Towel hire. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and furniture. Balconies. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond and lake in the grounds.

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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Pond Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: B6844

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/
    kitchen. Conservatory with French doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be 6ft double) both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Oil central heating included. DVD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

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  • Sea Stones

    Portland

    Grade
    6
    4
    0
    1
    Ref: 26527

    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 Weymouth and further west is the pretty village of Abbotsbury, famous for its swannery and subtropical gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. 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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  • Baytree House

    Wimborne

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC383

    This well presented detached home offers deceptively spacious, light holiday accommodation, located in the quiet cul-de-sac yet very convenient for many local sightseeing attractions, suitable for families or couples. All the bedding in the property has 180+ thread count and are anti-allergy. There is so much to do in the area – Wimborne, 2 miles, is a quaint market town with a model village, a theatre, a cinema, coffee houses, shops and quaint inns. Wimborne Minster, built in 705AD, was founded by the mother of Henry VII, and is famed for its chained library and the tomb of Alfred the Great’s brother. Also, The Gin House has a large selection of over 130 different gins available, and there are various festivals and fairs throughout the year.

    Within easy driving distance are beaches at Sandbanks, Studland Bay and Bournemouth, Poole Nature Reserve, Brownsea Island, the National Trust-owned country house Kingston Lacy, and to the west, The Purbecks, Corfe Castle, and the Jurassic Coastline. Badbury Rings is an Iron Age hillfort and, according to myth, is cited as the place where King Arthur fought his greatest battle. For outdoor enthusiasts there are various walks within easy reach, plus for a family day out, visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Cranborne Chase or the Moors Valley, which is suitable for all age groups and it is also dog friendly. As well as scenic walks and excellent wildlife spotting, there are a host of recreational activities such as angling, orienteering, cycle hire, golf, ‘Go-Ape’ Treet Top Adventure, Forest Segway, walking groups, canoeing and péntaque.

    Avon Heath is also nearby ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park is easily accessible, and provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths, and you can often find ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages. There is a waterpark near the charming town of Fordingbridge which also has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon. Bay Tree House is convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch harbour, and Stonehenge. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo with peppa Pig World, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, and the New Forest Otter and Owl Park. Maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are sure to keep you entertained during your stay. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room:
    With electric-coal effect fire, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Kitchen:
    With gas cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Utility room.
    Separate toilet.
    Games room.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed.
    Bedroom 4: With single bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking.

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  • Trent

    Sherborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3612

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link, can be twin on request), one (5ft four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Tumble dryer. Wii. Shared garden. Shower chair available by arrangement. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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