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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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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Keepers Cottage

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    7
    3
    3
    0
    Ref: 30451
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A beautiful, characterful cottage dating back to the 1800s in a great location to visit the coast with friends and family. A beautiful, characterful cottage dating back to the 1800s in a great location to visit the coast with friends and family.
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    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DYF
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Open Fire
    Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance. Swiss Cottage is grade II listed and simply oozes character. The open fire truly adds to the ambiance.
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    8.7 10 reviews
    8.7 10 reviews

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  • Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Greygles

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

    7
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: UKC544
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy. Sleeping up to 7 guests, this property provides delightful accommodation for all the family to enjoy.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Old Milking Parlour

    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Osmington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DSK
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set on a farm outside the picture postcard village of Osmington, just a mile from the Heritage Coast of Dorset. Set on a farm outside the picture postcard village of Osmington, just a mile from the Heritage Coast of Dorset.
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    9.6 20 reviews
    9.6 20 reviews

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  • Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Jasmine Cottages

    Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

    Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

    7
    3
    3
    0
    Ref: 30663
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Jasmine Cottage offers 3 en-suite bedrooms and shared use of the indoor swimming pool. Jasmine Cottage offers 3 en-suite bedrooms and shared use of the indoor swimming pool.
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    0 0 reviews
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Plumtree Cottage
    6
    3
    3
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Lodge
    4
    2
    2
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Stable
    4
    2
    2
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Leopold House
    8
    4
    4
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Helena House
    8
    4
    4
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Beatrice House
    8
    4
    4
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Victoria Suite
    8
    4
    4
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Granary
    5
    2
    2
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Byre
    4
    2
    2
    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft
    4
    2
    2
  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    7
    4
    2
    0
    Ref: DQK
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday! Yawl Apartment has it all - the brilliant on-site facilities and it’s situated close to Lyme Regis; perfect for a fun filled holiday!
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    8.4 17 reviews
    8.4 17 reviews

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    Harcombe House - Rhode
    6
    3
    3
  • Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset
    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset×

    Castleman Lodge

    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset

    Ashley Heath, near Ringwood, Dorset

    7
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: UKC2006
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Spacious, comfortable home in a fantastic location. Everything you need to relax or venture out for countless activities on your doorstep! Spacious, comfortable home in a fantastic location. Everything you need to relax or venture out for countless activities on your doorstep!
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    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews

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  • Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Seabiscuit

    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset

    7
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: DZY
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Situated in a beautiful estate with a woodland area and beach, guests at Seabiscuit can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the grounds. Situated in a beautiful estate with a woodland area and beach, guests at Seabiscuit can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the grounds.
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    9 10 reviews
    9 10 reviews

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  • Near Wareham, Dorset
    Near Wareham, Dorset×

    Arne Barn

    Near Wareham, Dorset

    Near Wareham, Dorset

    7
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: DBQ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This fascinating converted barn with grand piano, is set in a wild, landscaped garden and enjoys views over the farm to the harbour. This fascinating converted barn with grand piano, is set in a wild, landscaped garden and enjoys views over the farm to the harbour.
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    8.1 11 reviews
    8.1 11 reviews

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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Lower Park Farm

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    7
    3
    3
    0
    Ref: DCCB
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Situated just 6 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, this detached farmhouse is in a wonderful location. Situated just 6 miles from Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast, this detached farmhouse is in a wonderful location.
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    9 7 reviews
    9 7 reviews

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  • Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset
    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset×

    The Old Stables

    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset

    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: DYS
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Old Stables is a brilliant base for exploring the area. After a day out, retreat back here and enjoy the views. The Old Stables is a brilliant base for exploring the area. After a day out, retreat back here and enjoy the views.
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    9.2 15 reviews
    9.2 15 reviews

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    6
    3
    3
  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Leam House

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

    8
    4
    5
    2
    Ref: 29250
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    En-suite family accommodation with the bonus of a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the region. En-suite family accommodation with the bonus of a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the region.
    Prices from
    7 2 reviews
    7 2 reviews

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