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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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  • 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 - 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!
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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...

  • Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Mill House

    Kittwhistle, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: DVH
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Open Fire
    Set in an AONB, this 19th-century, detached, characterful cottage is ideal for exploring Dorset, Devon and Somerset.
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    In rolling Dorset countryside, in the small hamlet of Kittwhistle and in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Lyme Bay (14 miles) and Chard (6 miles), this detached property has commanding views across a river valley and country and is in an excellent holiday location to explore Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Formerly three early 19th century cottages, it has been converted to a good standard, into one detached house for 8, with oak flooring, exposed beams, Aga (available October...

  • West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset
    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Red Lion Cottage

    West Lulworth, near Wareham, Dorset

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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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    The cottage dates back 400 years and was originally ’The Red Lion Inn’ and served its own ale to King George III in 1802. Refurbished to a good standard, yet retaining many of its original character features. All bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished, and offer generous holiday accommodation. It lies in a quiet lane within walking distance to Lulworth Cove, the local pub and village store. Surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and close to the Dorset coastal path, it...

  • 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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    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,...

  • Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Gatehouse

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

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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...

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

    Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset

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    4
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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...

  • 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 - 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...

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

    Harcombe House - Lyme

    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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    "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 9-acre...

    Harcombe House - Yawl Apartment
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    Harcombe House - Knoll
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    Harcombe House - Trinity
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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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  • 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
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Sandbourne
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Stourcastle
    4
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Casterbridge
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge
    2
    1
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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
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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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  • Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset
    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Camesworth Farmhouse

    Oxbridge, near Bridport, Dorset

    8
    4
    2
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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...

  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    The Great House - The Chatham

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    3
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    Ref: 30164
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the World Heritage Coast, Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis with harbour, beaches and famous Cobb.
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    In the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, and only 250 yards from the seafront, this character Grade ll listed Great House offers two wonderful apartments which can be booked independently or together. This period property has been restored retaining many original features, and has been furnished and decorated to a very good standard. The Chatham (ref 30164) is on three floors, with the living accommodation on the first and second floor and has the most stunning views from...

    The Great House - The Mitford
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