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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.

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset ×

    Lilliput Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC794
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    In a perfect location to enjoy a family holiday, with great beaches and walks nearby, don’t forget your furry friend!
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    In the heart of the old rope and market town of Bridport, 2 miles from the renowned harbour town of Westbay on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This 3-storey, terraced town house offers good accommodation for 6 guests and 1 dog, and is ideal for enjoying Bridport with its many shops, restaurants and markets. Nearby at Westbay, scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, and the small village of Eype, you can take in some great coastal scenery, walking, fossil hunting...

  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
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    The Old Piggeries

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

    6
    3
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    Ref: DKB
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Boasting a heated indoor swimming pool and en-suite facilities to all bedrooms, this converted barn is comfortable and well-equipped.
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    Just 3 miles from the sea at West Bay, this superb property boasts its own indoor heated swimming pool, a garden with patio, and en-suite facilities to all bedrooms. Sympathetically converted from a former barn, it has been very well equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation for up to six people. This is an ideal base for exploring both Dorset’s lovely coastline and beautiful countryside. Ancient Bridport (2 miles) has Saxon origins and was once an...

  • West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset ×

    Wessex Lodge

    West Stour, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    6
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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...

  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset ×

    Harcombe House - Shapwick

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: DQP
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Shapwick sleeps six guests and is perfect for that action packed family holiday, and the games room is great for a rainy day.
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements (refs DCCQ, DQK, DQL, DQM, DQN, DQP, DQQ, DTM and UKC2477). The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding...

    Harcombe House - Rhode
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset ×

    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    3
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    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
    4
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
    6
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
    6
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Wareham, Dorset
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    Coach House

    Wareham, Dorset

    6
    3
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    1
    Ref: DQC
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy the shared outdoor heated swimming pool at this lovely detached coach house with the Dorset coast nearby.
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    Sympathetically converted, this lovely detached coach house stands within its own large garden, with views over the shared swimming pool from its open-plan living room. It enjoys use of the owners’ woodland grounds, with shady walks leading down to a river. Bournemouth and Poole, 7 miles, with boat trips to the nature reserve island of Brownsea. Studland Bay nearby with sandy beach and ferries to the Channel Islands (summer only) and France. Corfe Castle, 6 miles. Wareham quay,...

  • Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset
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    Heathland Cottages - Number 1

    Norden, near Corfe Castle, Dorset

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    3
    1
    2
    Ref: NT003002
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set in a peaceful location, explore the Purbeck Hills and wonderful countryside that surrounds this holiday property.
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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 3
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  • North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Jasmine

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    6
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UKC610
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This family cottage is perfect for the kids of all ages, with its shared games room with pool table and table football.
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    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...

    Hell Barn Cottages - Foxglove
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Maple
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Rosemary
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    Hell Barn Cottages - Studio
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    1
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  • Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset ×

    The Pincushion

    Stourpaine, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC372
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    A truly idyllic location for three couples or a small family wishing to discover the delights of Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire.
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    This quaint, thatched, 18th-century period home, one of a pair, stands peacefully within the delightful village of Stourpaine, which has a friendly local pub, village shop and playing fields, all with a great community feel. It straddles two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs, excellent for keen walkers.

    Offering an abundance of charm and character, The Pincushion is a picture postcard holiday home, and has features such as...

  • Weymouth, Dorset
    Weymouth, Dorset ×

    Bayview

    Weymouth, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44039
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located just a short stroll from the buzzing seafront, this property makes for a great family holiday.
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    Just 200 yards from the seafront at Weymouth, with wonderful views over the bay and onto Portland, this first floor holiday apartment for 6 with a compact garden, reached by a small footbridge, offers a great location for a family holiday. From the doorstep, one can enjoy water activities from swimming, fishing, boating and wind surfing, to scenic coastal walking and many restaurants nearby. Local attractions include the Sealife Centre, Adventure Park and Tower, and Radipole...

  • Portland, Dorset
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    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...

  • Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Cowleaze

    Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    6
    3
    2
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    Ref: DBBL
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Cowleaze has a lovely countryside location where there are some great walks to be enjoyed and guests could spot some wildlife!
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to...

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Jolliffe
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Wriggle View
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