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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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  • Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Dairy Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset

    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 14804
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Wonderful walks can be enjoyed from the doorstep into the Marshwood Vale or along the coast.
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    8.3 9 reviews
    8.3 9 reviews

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    Dairy Farm Cottages - Foxglove Cottage
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    Dairy Farm Cottages -Bluebell Cottage
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  • Watton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Cider Press

    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset

    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAT
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ’upside down’ family barn conversion with traditional features, in the hamlet of Watton near the beach, Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis and Weymouth.
    Prices from
    9.2 5 reviews
    9.2 5 reviews

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  • Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Wishing Well Cottage

    Wishing Well Cottage

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2440
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    A beautiful thatched family cottage in close proximity to the historic market town of Wimborne, sandy beaches of Sandbanks and New Forest National Park.
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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31205
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A great base for a family holiday, with museums, beaches and seaside resorts to keep all ages entertained!
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    8.6 5 reviews
    8.6 5 reviews

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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DTK
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    You will be spoiled for choice here at Durbaville; enjoy a BBQ, a dip in the pool or a game of tennis!
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    9.5 2 reviews
    9.5 2 reviews

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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    3
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Between The Quay and The Sea

    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset

    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2011
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    This fantastic three-storey townhouse is in a great location to visit the seaside and is close to a variety of amenities.
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    8 5 reviews
    8 5 reviews

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

    Harcombe House - Lyme

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: DQN
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Take a trip to Lyme with the family. Situated within a complex, Lyme has access to a games room, pool and more!
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    9.1 15 reviews
    9.1 15 reviews

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    Harcombe House - Rhode
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  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Red Lion Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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    3
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    Ref: 19631
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    Serving its own ale to the king back in 1802, this former inn retains many original features and is within walking distance of Lulworth Cove.
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    6 4 reviews

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  • Buckhorn Weston, Dorset
    Buckhorn Weston, Dorset×

    Brook Cottage

    Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

    Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

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    2
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    Ref: 14937
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens as well as the Jurassic Coast can be easily reached from this 19th-century cottage.
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    8.6 17 reviews
    8.6 17 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DWS
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    After exploring the countryside and beaches nearby, retreat back to The Hayloft and make the most of good weather by dining alfresco.
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    9.1 12 reviews
    9.1 12 reviews

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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
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    4
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
    3
    2
    2
  • North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset
    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Venn Orchard

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    3
    Ref: W41166
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Enjoy idyllic walks in this lovely valley with Bridport and Lyme Regis nearby. For rainy days, this property has a games room!
    Prices from
    8.6 17 reviews
    8.6 17 reviews

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  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster, Dorset

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    4
    4
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    Ref: DCCO
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A glorious country holiday location in west Dorset, between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, just a short drive to the Jurassic Coast.
    Prices from
    9.5 13 reviews
    9.5 13 reviews

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