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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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  • Swan Upping

    Swanage

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 23516

    This detached house which is finished to a very good standard sits conveniently just 250 yards from the town centre and 350 yards from the Blue Flag beach. In a slightly elevated position it offers distant views of the sea from all the front rooms. Swanage itself has much to offer holiday makers, with individual shops, cafes, pubs and, of course, the famous Swanage steam railway which runs to the NT village of Corfe Castle. Within just a short walk you can be on the spectacular Dorset coastal path and Durlston Country Park with wonderful views of Anvil point lighthouse. Along the coast from Swanage is NT Studland with lovely coastline and good beaches, from here you can get the ferry across Poole harbour to Sandbanks. Nearby is the ever popular Monkey World and The Tank Museum which make great family days out. The market town of Wareham with its quayside is just a short drive away as is the RSPB nature reserve at Arne. Shops and pubs 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (can also be used as an en-suite to one of double bedrooms).

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Riverside Close

    Cerne Abbas, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: W40220

    Thatched cottage close to village centre

    Tucked away in a peaceful location within a small exclusive close, is this charming semi-detached thatched cottage. The cottage has been constructed to a good standard and boasts an en-suite shower room in the main bathroom, as well as a sun trap conservatory and lawned garden. Quietly situated beside the River Cerne, a delightful footpath leads you into the timeless, picturesque centre of Cerne Abbas, with the world famous ’Cerne Giant’ cut into the chalk hillside close by. Within a short drive are the beaches and harbour of Weymouth. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Central heating and electricity included (£20per week November-March). Bed linen included. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • West View

    Sturminster Marshall, nr. Wimborne

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 30934


    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 and Bournemouth, Sandbanks, The Purbeck Coastline, historical maritime Southampton with historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include Monkey World, Stone Henge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Kingston Lacy (NT) and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is also within easy driving distance with its heathlands, where ponies and cattle roam. Beach 6 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: DGH

    "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’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
    Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Three of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, while the remaining four have individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool has full changing facilities (please bring your own towels). The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
    Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
    The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
    Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting - what more could holidaymakers want? Shops 1 mile.

    Steps up to cottage entrance and open elevated patio. Living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Three bedrooms; one double, one twin and one bunk (2ft 6in beds for +2 children). Bathroom with over-bath shower, hand held shower attachment and toilet.

    • Patio with furniture

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
    • Electricity, electric central heating, bed linen and towels included (please bring own towels for swimming pool)
    • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Shared grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) (available March-October, Christmas and New Year)
    • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
    • Large grassed play area with climbing frame and badminton/volleyball net
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • NB: Fenced pond in grounds. No stag or hen parties

    Properties DGA, DGG, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

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  • Warmwell Cabin

    Nr. Dorchester

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 4949

    Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

    Set in 40 acres of woodlands on the Warmwell Leisure Park, this detached cabin overlooks the lake. The holiday park has a heated indoor swimming pool, dry-ski slope, well-stocked fishing lakes (bring own tackle), facilities for improving your golf, sports complex, licensed clubhouse (£20pw per adult & £10pw per child for use after 6pm), restaurant and shop. Some facilities on the resort are at cost. Warmwell is set in Thomas Hardy Country in an AONB with miles of open farmland and a beautiful Jurassic coastline just a short drive away. The Georgian town of Weymouth is very popular with its sandy beaches, harbour, two RSPB reserves and sealife centre. Also popular are sailing, sea fishing and windsurfing. Abbotsbury swannery, sub tropical gardens, Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and Portland Bill are all easily reached.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (both 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Electricity thermal controlled convector panel heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Fridge/freezer. Verandah. Ample parking. Use of sport complex before 6pm with shared heated indoor swimming pool on site (£6 per person before 6pm, £20per week for adults, £10per week for children after 6pm). Family bookings only. NB: Drops within grounds.

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  • The Old Telephone Exchange

    Corfe Castle

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 29255

    The Old Telephone Exchange, as the name suggests, used to be the old telephone exchange for the village and is built in Purbeck stone, typical of the region. The stunning village of Corfe Castle is dominated by the ruined castle and stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck. This detached holiday property makes a delightful holiday base at any time of year. Other family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, the village museum, a steam railway and many interesting shops. 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 is a small collection of shops, a post office, church and pubs, all a short stroll from the property. The Jurassic coastline is a short drive away, with the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The town of Swanage, 7 miles, is a seaside town with its sandy beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. Shop 750 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with French door/dining room/kitchen with flagstone floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed decked area with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Hell Barn Cottages - Jasmine

    North Chideock, near Bridport

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC610

    Situated in a lovely location in North Chideock, 2 miles from the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, between Bridport and West Bay to the east, and the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis to the west. Hell Barn Cottages offer a variety of holiday accommodation in two converted 18th-century stone barns, with Foxglove (ref UKC609), Maple (ref UKC611) and Rosemary (ref UKC612) all sleeping 4, Jasmine (ref UKC610) sleeping 6 and a studio for 2 (UKC613), and all sharing a large communal garden and games room. From the doorstep you can enjoy some beautiful scenic country walking, relax and unwind in this peaceful location, or explore the whole of west Dorset with its many and varied attractions and places to visit. The old rope town of Bridport with its twice weekly markets, shops and restaurants is worth a visit, as is West Bay scene of the TV series ’Broadchurch’, here you can buy local crab and fish, go fishing and boating or perhaps fossil hunting. While a day at Lyme Regis with its wonderful harbour, Cob and sandy beach will be loved by all. Within easy driving is The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth, the tramway at Seaton, Pecorama at Beer, or Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Symondsbury Craft Centre for a cream tea and a look at some local crafts. Further afield and worth the drive for the scenery, take the coast road to Weymouth and Portland taking in the superb views over Chesil Beach. As you drive to Weymouth call in at Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, or simply loose yourself in this wonderful area. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    1 step to entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space: With beams and wooden floor.
    Living area:
    With electric wood burner, 30" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and bunk bed.

    Economy 7 heating (ground floor), and electric central heating (first floor) included.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack (weekly bookings only). Shared games room with pool table, table tennis and table football. Shared large, enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture, barbecue and children’s play equipment. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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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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