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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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  • Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tincleton Lodge

    Tincleton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC226
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Situated in the heart of Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, in a very beautiful area just east of the county town of...

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    The Coach House

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

    10
    5
    2
    2
    Ref: DZW
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach,...

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  • Swanage, Dorset
    Swanage, Dorset×

    Bay View

    Swanage, Dorset

    10
    5
    2
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    Ref: W43498
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Sea View

    This lovely, bright, detached, reverse-level holiday home benefits from superb, extensive sea views across Swanage Bay...

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

    The Coach House

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    10
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    Ref: W40581
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile

    5 miles to the coast

    Ideal base for exploring the area

    This characterful cottage, at the end of the row, is...

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  • Bournemouth, Dorset
    Bournemouth, Dorset×

    Stourcliffe House

    Bournemouth, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC369
    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 - Woodburning Stove

    Stourcliffe House is a detached Edwardian holiday property set within a quiet residential area, and is ideally...

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  • Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset
    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset×

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Barn

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

    12
    5
    4
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    Ref: DDDX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    These holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse...

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  • Christchurch, Dorset
    Christchurch, Dorset×

    Quay House

    Christchurch, Dorset

    12
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    4
    3
    Ref: UKC780
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove


    This superb, Grade II listed, semi-detached, Georgian townhouse stands elegantly in a convenient central...

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  • Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset
    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Woodyhyde Courtyard

    Corfe Castle, near Wareham, Dorset

    12
    6
    5
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    Ref: DZH
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    Occupying a secluded rural position within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the heart of the...

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  • Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset
    Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset×

    The Farmhouse

    Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset

    12
    6
    5
    2
    Ref: DBBN
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property

    The Farmhouse is a detached, Grade II listed, 17th-century Tudor brick house and sits next to the owner’s golf...

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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Purcombe Farmhouse

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    3
    Ref: 28458
    Key Features:
    - Hot Tub - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove

    In the heart of West Dorset, on a working farm, situated in the beautiful Marshwood Vale only 2½ miles from...

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  • Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

    12
    6
    3
    4
    Ref: W44038
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove - Open Fire


    In the heart of Maiden Newton, West Dorset, ideally located for exploring Dorchester, 6 miles, Weymouth,...

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  • Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Coombehayes Barn

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    12
    5
    3
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    Ref: DQS
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove

    With exclusive use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool, this spacious property offers well-equipped...

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