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

    The Old Stables

    Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset

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    - 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...

  • 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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    - 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...

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

    Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset

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    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...

  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    - 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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    "A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches."

    Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
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  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Peach Cottage

    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1625
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Peach Cottage is ideal for walkers looking to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with its beautiful coastal scenery.
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    This lovely detached, thatched cottage is set within the village of Wool, with Wareham and Swanage to the east, and Dorchester and Weymouth to the west. It is a great holiday location to enjoy the Purbecks and Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with its superb scenery and coastal walking. There are many family attractions to enjoy including, Monkey World, Lulworth Castle, the Bovington Tank Museum, Corfe Castle and the Swanage Railway. The scenic Jurassic Coast is only a short drive...

  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Overbay

    Swanage, Dorset

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    Ref: 23517
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    Upside-down holiday accommodation with stunning views over Swanage Bay just 150 yards from the town centre.
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    Stunning views over Swanage Bay can be enjoyed from the large decked elevated terrace at this holiday home. The house is set out upside down with the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views. Overbay is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the Blue Flag beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops and pubs and ever popular Swanage Steam Railway, the town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline. Dotted around are many...

  • Wareham, Dorset
    Wareham, Dorset×

    Lower Woodbury House

    Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC976
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Explore the beautiful county of Dorset from this spacious property, which sits peacefully in 1½-acre grounds. Market towns and attractions within easy reach.
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    Providing spacious, well-presented accommodation, Lower Woodbury House is ideal for larger families. It nestles in a peaceful setting surrounded by countryside views, where deer can often be seen roaming. Set in over 1½-acre grounds, this holiday property really is the perfect base from which to enjoy the beautiful county of Dorset. The market towns of Bere Regis and Wareham are within a short distance and offer an array of local shops, pubs and restaurants. Further afield is...

  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC791
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Crowthorne is perfect for a family holiday, boasting ground floor facilities and set in the glorious countryside.
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    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon...

    Bookham Court - Wagon House
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  • Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset
    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset×

    Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

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    Ref: 25885
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    Situated on Chesil Beach along the coastal path in an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, perfect for a family holiday.
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    Beach location

    Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom....

  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Great Coombe

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC789
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Nested in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this stunning home offers ideal accommodation for families or groups of friends.
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    Bookham Court lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with panoramic views over the Blackmore Vale, in the heart of Dorset. These four holiday homes, set on an arable and beef farm, are of a high standard and offer a lovely retreat to get away from it all and unwind in the peaceful Dorset countryside. They are within easy driving distance of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and many other attractions, in this beautiful part of the country. Great Coombe, Little Coombe and Wagon...

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne
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    Bookham Court - Wagon House
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  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Woodbrook Cottage

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 16653
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Perfect family accommodation with a 4-poster bed and American style fridge-freezer, if you can tear yourself away the beach is just 1 mile away.
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    Woodbrook Cottage lies in the charming village of Bothenhampton 1 mile from West Bay, which is where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed. Woodbrook sits in a tranquil rural setting with views of the peaceful countryside, where deer and other wildlife abound. A mile away the World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers access to the South West Coast Path’s stunning scenery. Woodbrook provides a perfect holiday base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local harbours...

  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    The Coach House

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: W40581
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    The Coach House is in a great position for exploring this beautiful area and there’s plenty to see and do nearby.
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    5 miles to the coast

    Ideal base for exploring the area

    This characterful cottage, at the end of the row, is a good place to explore the area. It is located in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth, in this popular part of Dorset only 5 miles from Lulworth and Durdle Door.
    It has been furnished with an eclectic mix of antique furniture and memorabilia with historic links to the railway. Inside it is like taking a step back in time!...

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