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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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  • Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset
    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hillview

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 28544
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location

    Set in Litton Cheney, close to the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, this holiday...

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  • Near Beaminster,
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    Strawberie Cottage

    Near Beaminster,

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    Ref: E2390
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country...

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  • Gillingham, Dorset
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    Lakeside Hut

    Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location


    This extended shepherd’s hut located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin offering...

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  • Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 29956
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location


    In a lovely position 3½ miles from the picturesque, seaside resort of Lyme Regis and the famous...

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  • Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    The Anvil

    Thorncombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC312
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    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location


    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village...

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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1414
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location


    This wonderful shepherd’s hut, located on the edge of a carp lake, is now a delightful holiday cabin,...

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  • Bridport, Dorset
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    Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 23500
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    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio

    Town centre location

    A charming end-terrace cottage peacefully set in the heart of Bridport, with its own...

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  • Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities

    In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home...

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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
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    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    Ref: 769
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location

    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and...

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  • Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset
    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Wren Cottage

    Salwayash, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W43591
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location


    Set in beautiful west Dorset countryside, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport, West Bay (scene...

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  • Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tavaners View

    Frome Vauchurch, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1297
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Set in the hamlet of Frome Vauchurch, just south of Maiden Newton, this spacious, self-contained annex lies next to...

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  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
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    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious...

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