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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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  • Near Wareham, Dorset
    Near Wareham, Dorset×

    Arne Barn

    Near Wareham, Dorset

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    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.
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    If wild things make the heart sing, visit Arne Peninsula (featured on Spring Watch). This fascinating detached house, converted from a barn with great flair and imagination by its architect owner, is idyllically and peacefully set in a landscaped ‘wild’ garden with sitting-out areas, Arne Barn, which has been within the family for many years, offers a very unusual and welcoming retreat. There is an interesting mix of artefacts, ornaments and personal touches using...

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

    Yew Tree House

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC140
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    The perfect location for exploring this beautiful part of Dorset, with sandy beaches, picturesque harbours and coastal walks all nearby.
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    Located in Chideock, between Bridport and West Bay to the east and Lyme Regis to the west, this holiday home is the main part of the owners’ detached house with an adjoining self-contained annexe for the owners use. It is ideally situated for enjoying and exploring west Dorset and the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and has a large, enclosed, lawned garden with a patio overlooking fields and footpaths towards Seatown. Wander over the fields to the coast at Seatown and...

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

    Lower Park Farm

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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.
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    This detached farmhouse offers a wonderful location for an idyllic, relaxing holiday and guests also have use of an old dairy with sofas and a dining table. Set in Marshwood Vale, located 6 miles from Lyme Regis on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery are close by. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook and stone floor. Large dining room...

  • Wimborne, Dorset
    Wimborne, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Oakdene Lodge

    Oakdene Lodge

    Wimborne, Dorset

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    4
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    Ref: UKC2213
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire
    Ideal for couples or families who want to explore Dorset and further afield, Oakdene Lodge makes the perfect base.
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    Conveniently located just back off the road, this homely and comfortable semi-detached property is in a semi rural location, perfect for exploring this ever popular area. With Wimborne, Bournemouth, Salisbury, Ringwood, Fordingbridge and the New Forest all within easy access, there is something for everyone, all year round. Oakdene Lodge has an extensive enclosed lawned garden and a sitting-out area under a canopy of wisteria, plus private parking. There is a property attached which...

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

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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!
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by...

    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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    Harcombe House - Lyme
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    Harcombe House - Shapwick
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    Harcombe House - Woodhouse
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    Harcombe House - Ware
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  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Coastguard Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 28120
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    The Jurassic Coastal Footpath as well as nearby seaside towns can be easily accessed from this former coastsguards cottage.
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    Close to Lulworth Cove

    Set just 200 yards from the world famous Lulworth Cove, and only 3½ miles from the historic Lulworth Castle and Park, with wonderful coastal views from the front patio and two of the bedrooms. Two former coastguard cottages have been joined together to create a terraced holiday property providing comfortable, traditional accommodation complete with woodburner and enclosed lawned garden, ideal for year round holidays. You may follow the Jurassic coastal...

  • Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset
    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset×

    Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: DXK
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A heated swimming pool and en-suite bedrooms makes a holiday in this detatched cottage a truly wonderful experience.
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    This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and the small market town of Beaminster (2½ miles). Visitors can enjoy the lovely accommodation, unwind by the pool or wander into the village and sample the local public house. It is excellent holiday accommodation for two families to enjoy this wonderful part of...

  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    April’s Cottage

    April’s Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    4
    4
    1
    Ref: UKC599
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy all that Weymouth and the local area have to offer from this lovely holiday property, ideally suited for families looking for a seaside holiday.
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    This delightful Grade II listed house, built in 1865, is situated in Nottington, on the outskirts of the popular seaside resort of Weymouth. It is an excellent holiday home for a large family or two families to enjoy this lovely part of Dorset. It offers ample accommodation with a large living room, four bedrooms with three being en-suite, and a large garden to relax and unwind in; perhaps with a barbecue when you return from your day out exploring. Its location is ideal for going...

  • Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Between The Quay and The Sea

    Between The Quay and The Sea

    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    4
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    2
    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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    This spacious and well-equipped family townhouse is ideally located for visiting local sandy beaches and taking scenic coastal walks. The area is very popular with the Priory town of Christchurch, award-winning beaches and Site of Special Scientific Interest, all nearby. This three-storey family home has a shower/utility room and a twin bedroom on the ground floor, as well as an enclosed patio which overlooks a gently flowing stream. The first floor living/dining room with a balcony,...

  • Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset
    Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset×

    Southwood

    Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset

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    2
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    Ref: UKC877
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Guests of all ages to Southwood will find plenty to do, with beaches, museums, family attractions and historic sites all within easy reach.
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    This well-presented, detached chalet bungalow offers a comfortable base for families or couples, and is located in a quiet residential area, with private drive and an enclosed garden that surrounds the property on three sides. It is conveniently situated near Highcliffe Castle, as seen on the TV series ’Mr Selfridge’, and less than a 15-minute walk from the beach and Highcliffe town centre. The popular priory town of Christchurch, with its bustling harbour and waterside dining,...

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

    Harcombe House - Woodhouse

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
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    Ref: DQQ
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site
    Woodhouse has plenty to do whatever the weather. Challenge your family to a game of tennis or play table tennis!
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    "An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
    and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

    Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by...

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment
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    4
    4
    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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    Harcombe House - Lyme
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    Harcombe House - Shapwick
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    Harcombe House - Ware
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    1
    1
  • Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Gatehouse

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

    8
    4
    5
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    Ref: W41364
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Gatehouse is situated within the grounds of Manor House, where a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fishing can be enjoyed.
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    Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

    Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and...

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