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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

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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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    In a fine location in the scenic Marshwood Vale, midway between the popular and picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and Bridport, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and only 3 miles from the quaint seaside resort of Charmouth, these three holiday cottages, situated on a working beef farm, offer comfortable accommodation and a great location to enjoy the best of West Dorset. Stable Cottage, (ref 14804) is a detached honey coloured cottage looking out over the courtyard,...

    Dairy Farm Cottages - Foxglove Cottage
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    Dairy Farm Cottages -Bluebell Cottage
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  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Woodhouse

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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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 (refs DCCQ, DQK, DQL, DQM, DQN, DQP, DQQ, DTM and UKC2477). The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding...

    Harcombe House - Rhode
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  • Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Wriggle View

    Leigh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DBBM
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This property is ideal for a gathering of family or friends; it’s beautifully presented, full of character and has an idyllic location.
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to...

    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Jolliffe
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    Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages - Cowleaze
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  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DPT
    Key Features:
    - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Churn House is a brilliant property and has access to both the shared swimming pool and games room.
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    Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a 500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering...

    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn
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  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt

    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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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    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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  • Margaret Marsh, Dorset
    Margaret Marsh, Dorset×

    Ronaldo

    Margaret Marsh, Dorset

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    Ref: 18156
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    An ideal base for the whole family to explore beaches, local towns as well as the famous Gold Hill.
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    This converted barn is located on the edge of a working dairy farm, next to the owner’s house, in the heart of the Blackmoor Vale. An ideal holiday base for exploring the nearby towns of Sherbourne, Blandford and Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. The Heritage Coastline of Dorset is also easily accessible. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

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    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV...

  • 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...

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

    The Old Stables

    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset

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    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.
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    In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, this converted listed barn is set in an L-shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy’s famous Blackmoor Vale on the other. It offers an excellent holiday base to explore north west Dorset and south Somerset. it has been renovated to a high standard with exposed beams, is tastefully furnished, and has use of a communal games room...

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  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Durbaville

    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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    "Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold Award"

    Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy’s ‘Upper Mellstock’), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages offer the very highest quality accommodation...

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Anglebury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset
    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset×

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Farmhouse

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: DCCX
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for horse riding enthusiasts, there is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding.
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    These holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse (ref DCCX) is a semi-detached, typical Dorset farmhouse, Redbridge Barn (ref DDDX) is a unique and impressive, beautifully appointed, period-style, semi-detached farmhouse and Redbridge Stable Cottage (ref DCCY) is a detached property. Providing a rural retreat, these holiday properties are ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer. The golden sands of Studland...

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Barn
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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Leam House

    Portland, Dorset

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    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.
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    Situated in the heart of Portland, this terraced house is an excellent holiday location to enjoy the best of west Dorset, from Swanage in the east, all the way to Lyme Regis, and taking in some breathtaking coastal views over the famous Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach. Formerly a bed and breakfast, this lovely, well-appointed holiday home is set over three floors and offers four bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The property also has a garden with a heated hot tub to relax in after...

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

    Wishing Well Cottage

    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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    This beautifully presented detached, thatched, family home stands elegantly along a quiet lane, only 5 minutes’ walk from the village pub, 5-minute drive from the historic market town of Wimborne, and near some superb local walking and cycling trails in Holt Nature Reserve! With tasteful, stylish furnishings, Wishing Well Cottage offers sumptuous accommodation with every comfort included for the ideal rural holiday retreat! Inside, the large kitchen, with breakfast bar, leads to...

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