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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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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In the pretty village of Burton Bradstock close to Bridport and Chesil Beach in an AONB.
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    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast....

  • Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 29316
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground floor accommodation perfectly located for exploring Poole, Bournemouth, the New Forest and beaches nearby.
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    This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the...

  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Spindrift

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: 30896
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and juat 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
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    This comfortable and spacious semi-detached holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally located for exploring all that Poole Harbour has to offer, and has a parking space for a small boat. There is a slipway for launching sailing dinghies and small day boats, for residents, within 100 yards. Canoeing is popular in this location, and is ideal for exploring the RSPB nature reserve at Arne and the islands within this stunning harbour. A 5-minute walk leads to...

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

    The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 29402
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located in Burton Bradstock, this property is ideal for enjoying coastal walking or visiting the popular seaside towns of Dorset.
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    In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained suite within the owners’ home offers a great holiday location from which to enjoy the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with its superb scenic coastal walking. Enjoy days out at Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. Visit many exciting venues, including historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth Sea Life Aquarium and much more. Locally, there is boating,...

  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Ref: 16565
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    A cosy retreat for 2 just a short walk from the beach ideal for romantic walks along the shoreline of this World Heritage coast.
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    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Steps...

  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Whether you are looking for an active or relaxing break for you and your loved one, Wellbridge has it all.
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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×
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    Ref: 26438
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Wonderful views over Lyme Bay from the patio and lounge makes this contemporary spacious apartment a perfect choice for a family holiday.
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    Just a 10-minute walk to the sandy beach in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its picturesque harbour and Cobb (setting for the film ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman’), and on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two holiday apartments (refs 26437 and 26438) are well furnished and equipped, and have spectacular views over Lyme Bay and the Chesil Beach towards Portland. It is just a delight to have coffee on the balcony or watch the...

    Bay View Apartments - Bay View
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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Fox Cottage is a lovely retreat for two. Relax in the pool or enjoy a friendly 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 - 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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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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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
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Located in a picturesque village location, this holiday property is a wonderful base to discover all that Dorset and Somerset have to offer.
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    Situated in a delightful corner of West Dorset, very near the Somerset/Devon border, in the picturesque village of Thorncombe, this converted barn is set in a tranquil location and offers a lovely retreat. On your doorstep, there is great country walking and cycling, and within easy driving distance, Forde Abbey & Gardens and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, with lovely cream teas, are not to be missed. Visit the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic beauty, coastal...

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

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    In a rural location, Nut Bush boasts beautiful countryside views where wildlife can be spotted! There are also some great footpaths nearby.
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    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield,...

  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home enjoys a tranquil village setting and is an excellent base for exploring the area. Extensive public footpath network in the Parish. Major long distance paths cross the Parish, Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail. Within a few miles are Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Museum, Barrington Court and Montacute...

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

    Hillview

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 28544
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A cosy apartment close to coastal walks, Bridport, Abbotsbury Swannery and many more attractions.
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    Set in Litton Cheney, close to the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, this holiday apartment, located above a garage within the owner’s grounds, has its own garden area and offers a great location to enjoy west Dorset. There is wonderful walking on the scenic coast, with its far reaching views, as well as golf, village pubs and many attractions to enjoy nearby. Visit Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and the seaside...

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