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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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  • Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Woolland, near Blandford Forum, Dorset×
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    - 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.
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities for you to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale, between Sherborne and Blandford Forum. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and are nestled under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm where the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a...

    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Plumtree Cottage
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Lodge
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Stable
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Leopold House
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Helena House
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - Beatrice House
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Victoria Suite
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Granary
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Byre
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    The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages - The Hayloft
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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

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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...

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

    Swiss Cottage

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    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.
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    This charming, spacious, Grade II listed, thatched, detached cottage is set in the delightful village of Chideock. Between Lyme Regis and Bridport, and a short walk from the beach at Seatown and the scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal holiday base. Enjoy superb coastal walking, with breathtaking views from Golden Cap, fishing, swimming and fossil hunting, or explore Lyme Regis with its Cobb, harbour and quaint shops, and many other attractions nearby. Shop and pub...

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

    Seabiscuit

    Rousdon, Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    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.
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    In the heart of the Rousdon Estate (one of the great Victorian estates in Britain and formerly a public school), Seabiscuit is ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and the Dorset Coastal Path. This corner stable courtyard cottage adjacent to the mansion, is well presented and lovingly restored, and offers excellent accommodation. Stunning scenic walking can be enjoyed along the coast, as well as amongst the rolling hills on the many miles of local countryside...

  • Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Mudeford, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Between The Quay and The Sea

    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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    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,...

  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: DCCO
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - 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.
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    A superb country holiday location between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in glorious west Dorset and only a short drive to the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, this detached house offers excellent holiday accommodation for up to two families. This spacious holiday home for eight, with four en-suite bedrooms, living room with wood-burning stove and large well-equipped kitchen with electric Aga...

  • Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Granary

    Piddlehinton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43680
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A charming stone barn conversion suitable for all seasons and ideal for a family holiday or couples sharing. Multiple attractions for adults and children nearby.
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    Situated on the owners’ working farm, on the edge of the Piddle Valley, just north of the county town of Dorchester, this spacious, well-equipped holiday barn conversion with a large garden, is an excellent location to enjoy Dorset and all it has to offer. There is excellent walking from the doorstep, village pubs to wine and dine in at Piddlehinton and Piddletrenthide, and many family attractions within easy driving. Weymouth with its award winning sandy beach, Sealife...

  • West Moors, Dorset
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    Oak Tree Cottage

    West Moors, Dorset

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    Ref: DWG
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Open Fire
    Ideal for all the family, this cosy, detached holiday cottage with enclosed garden, is perfect for discovering Dorset.
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    Oak Tree Cottage provides beautifully maintained accommodation and is finished to an extremely high standard. Set down a gravel lane, this detached cottage has a large farmhouse-style kitchen which is open-plan with the dining area - making it the real hub of the cottage. The large living room has an open log fire (ideal for a cosy winter’s evening) leading out into the all-year-round heated conservatory, which overlooks the garden. The fully enclosed level garden has a large...

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

    Venn Orchard

    North Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W41166
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - 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!
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    Unspoilt valley / 2 miles from coast


    Nestling in an unspoilt valley between Bridport and Lyme Regis, 1 mile north of the small village of Chideock and 2 miles from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. Venn Orchard is in a superb scenic countryside setting and yet is ideal for exploring the best of west Dorset. Situated on a working farm for sheep and horses, this single-storey cottage is dog friendly and in a great location for dog walking. it also has use of a...

    Venn Farm Cottages - Cuckoo Cottage
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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Highview

    Swanage, Dorset

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    Ref: 23518
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Perfect for a large family or group of friends just 150 yards from the town centre with pubs, shops and restaurants.
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    Stunning views over Swanage Bay can be enjoyed from the large decked elevated terrace. This detached house is one of a pair of holiday homes set out upside down with the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views. Highview is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the Blue Flag beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops and pubs and the ever popular Swanage Steam Railway. The town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline, and...

  • Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset
    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Camesworth Farmhouse

    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: W3316
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This farmhouse has shared access to a brilliant outdoor swimming pool and boasts an idyllic setting – the perfect holiday home!
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    Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

    This pretty 17th century farmhouse, on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, nestles in the peaceful Dorset countryside. It has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining many original features including beams, a flagstoned floor, mullion windows and an inglenook fireplace. Surrounded by 42 acres of pasture accommodating sheep, horses and poultry, and set in a verdant, peaceful garden with games available, the farmhouse is a haven of...

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

    Southwood

    Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset

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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,...

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