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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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  • Dorchester, Dorset
    Dorchester, Dorset×

    Dove Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43672
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    This perfect retreat for two is set in the heart of Dorchester with many attractions close by, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAW
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    In an AONB and on a working farm, this property provides an idyllic location. Enjoy a romantic picnic in the beautiful orchard.
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II
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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 23500
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A charming cottage for two, ideally placed to explore the area with walking, fishing and golf all nearby.
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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Little Meadow Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 29570
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This charming first floor holiday apartment is just a short drive away from the Jurassic coastline, the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
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  • Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barleycorn

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 25879
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This single storey barn conversion for two is ideally placed for exploring historic houses and many attractions nearby.
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  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Ref: DZO
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna!
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
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  • Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset
    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Bride Valley Cottage

    Puncknowle, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1603
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    This cosy cottage with its warming wood burner is perfect any time of year to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

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    Ref: 27905
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just 2.5 miles from Swanage with its lovely sandy beach this charming cottage makes a lovely getaway for a couple.
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    Quince Cottage
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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Ref: DDX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD.
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  • Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset
    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 17734
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions.
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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 15350
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    Within walking distance of the centre of Bridport, an ideal base for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and Burton Bradstock.
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  • Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DQX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area.
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