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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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  • Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    2
    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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    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn
    15
    8
    8
  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: DUS
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    Gather up the family for a holiday to The Old Forge; it has a shared games room, play area and nearby attractions.
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
    8
    4
    4
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
    5
    3
    3
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
    4
    2
    2
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
    3
    2
    2
  • Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset
    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset×

    The Old Stables

    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.
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    6
    3
    3
  • Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Dairy Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Wootton Fitzpaine, near Charmouth, Dorset

    8
    3
    2
    0
    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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    Dairy Farm Cottages - Foxglove Cottage
    3
    2
    2
    Dairy Farm Cottages -Bluebell Cottage
    4
    2
    2
  • 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

    8
    4
    3
    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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  • Margaret Marsh, Dorset
    Margaret Marsh, Dorset×

    Ronaldo

    Margaret Marsh, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Wishing Well Cottage

    Wishing Well Cottage

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    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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  • Sturminster Newton, Dorset
    Sturminster Newton, Dorset×

    The Kestral

    Sturminster Newton, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    1
    Ref: E4135
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Enjoying its own large garden and a beautiful conservation countryside setting, this converted, spacious and tastefully appointed cottage lies midway between Shaftesbury and Blandford Forum 10 miles
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8
    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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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
    8
    4
    4
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
    5
    3
    3
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
    4
    2
    2
    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
    3
    2
    2
  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Leam House

    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.
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  • Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset
    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Timberyard - Woodmans Cottage

    Puncknowle, Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: DVM
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Sleeping eight guests and two pets, Woodmans Cottage is brilliant for that special family gathering or group of friends.
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    The Old Timberyard - Carters Cottage
    8
    4
    4
  • Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    8
    4
    3
    2
    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 Cottages - Anglebury
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Kingsbere
    3
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Weatherbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Mellchester
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
    6
    3
    3
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Yalbury
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
    8
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
    12
    4
    4
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Marlott
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea
    2
    1
    1
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Melstock
    4
    2
    2
    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
    4
    2
    2

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