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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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  • Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset
    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Flax Cottage

    Waytown, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DUI
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just a few yards from the pub, this attractive 17th-century cottage is within easy reach of the Jurassic Coast.
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    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...

  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Childhay Manor

    Beaminster, Dorset

    6
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    Ref: E3393
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
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    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,...

  • East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset
    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset×

    Stake Farm Cottages - Ruth’s Cottage

    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset

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    3
    1
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    Ref: DWQ
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Sit out in the shared garden and enjoy a BBQ whilst admiring the countryside views here at Ruth’s Cottage – it’s simply great!
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    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...

    Stake Farm Cottages - Betty’s Cottage
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  • Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset
    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset×

    Round Chimneys Farm - Churchill Cottage

    Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DQR
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Churchill Cottage is full of character and is situated amongst 300 acres of a working farm - it’s a true rural retreat.
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    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...

  • Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset×

    Heathland Cottages - Number 3

    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

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    1
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    Ref: NT003016
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This property enjoys wonderful views of the Purbeck Hills and nature reserve, and is the ideal holiday getaway.
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    National Trust Holiday Cottages


    These National Trust owned holiday cottages are situated in a peaceful setting in Purbeck. Number 1 (ref NT003002) is a single-storey, quirky cottage that was once a former nurses home, and Number 3 (ref NT003016) enjoys a wooden interior and multi-fuel burner, as well as a gallery bedroom overlooking the open plan kitchen and sitting area. Also in this property, the shower room on the ground level has some facilities for...

    Heathland Cottages - Number 1
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    3
    3
  • Puncknowle, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Chestnut Cottage

    Puncknowle, near Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
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    1
    Ref: 28872
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Just 1.5 miles from Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast this thatched cottage is a perfect base for all the area has to offer.
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    Ideal for coast and country


    Located in a conservation area in the quaint village of Puncknowle with its 16th-century pub, and 1½ miles from the famous Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this Grade II listed thatched, terraced holiday home boasts an inglenook fireplace and is excellent for enjoying this scenic area. West Bay, 6 miles, is the harbour to Bridport with pubs, restaurants and an interesting twice-weekly market. Dorchester, 12 miles, is...

  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Sea Stones

    Portland, Dorset

    6
    4
    1
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    Ref: 26527
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This characterful Grade II listed cottage is under a mile from the beach and has easy access to coastal paths.
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    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...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    1
    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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    3
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset
    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset×

    Stake Farm Cottages - Betty’s Cottage

    East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    3
    Ref: DWP
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Betty’s Cottage is in a rural, peaceful location on a farm and is fantastic for those looking for a quiet holiday.
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    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...

    Stake Farm Cottages - Ruth’s Cottage
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  • Highcliffe, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Highcliffe, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Silver Way

    Highcliffe, near Christchurch, Dorset

    6
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    1
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    Ref: UKC876
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Enjoy a day on the beach or stroll to the shops and restaurants, this semi-detached bungalow with a large enclosed garden is perfect for all the family.
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    This light and airy, semi-detached bungalow offers a comfortable base for families and couples. Located in a quiet residential area, this holiday property is conveniently situated just 500 yards from Highcliffe Castle, as seen on the TV series Mr Selfridge. The beach and town centre is less than a 10-minute walk and local pubs are 500 yards away, or relax in the large, enclosed garden. The popular priory town of Christchurch, with its bustling harbour and waterside dining, is 3 miles away,...

  • West Bexington, near Bridport, Dorset
    West Bexington, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Hollies

    West Bexington, near Bridport, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 30527
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    This coastal property is in an ideal location for that family beach holiday, with attractions for all ages.
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    In a superb coastal location at West Bexington, within a few minutes’ walk from the famous Chesil Beach, this mid-terrace holiday home for six 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...

  • Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Harbour House

    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset

    6
    3
    1
    0
    Ref: UKC751
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Situated close to the beach, this property provides idyllic accommodation for family or friends looking for a seaside adventure.
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    With the popular Avon Beach only a 5-minutes’ walk away, with its long stretch of beautiful golden sand, Harbour House is an ideal base for a seaside holiday. Standing detached, it is conveniently located for public transport to Bournemouth, and set back from the road. Tastefully styled and furnished, the open plan kitchen/dining area is a particular feature of this light and airy property, with its high vaulted ceiling and bi-folding doors, which open to the full width of the...

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