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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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  • 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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    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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  • Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset
    Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset×

    Southwood

    Walkford, near Highcliffe, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC877
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Guests of all ages to Southwood will find plenty to do, with beaches, museums, family attractions and historic sites all within easy reach.
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    This well-presented, detached chalet bungalow offers a comfortable base for families or couples, and is located in a quiet residential area, with private drive and an enclosed garden that surrounds the property on three sides. It is conveniently situated near Highcliffe Castle, as seen on the TV series ’Mr Selfridge’, and less than a 15-minute walk from the beach and Highcliffe town centre. The popular priory town of Christchurch, with its bustling harbour and waterside dining,...

  • 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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    Explore the Heritage Coastline
    Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room with French...

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

    Durbaville

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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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  • 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...

  • Sturminster Newton, Dorset
    Sturminster Newton, Dorset×

    The Kestral

    Sturminster Newton, Dorset

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    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
    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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    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. One of three set 2 miles from Sturminster Newton, it is ideally placed for exploring Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Monkey World, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Jurassic Coast. The Wessex Ridgeway offers pleasant walking and golf, fishing and riding are found nearby....

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

    Manor Farm - Churn House

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    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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  • 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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  • Wool, near Wareham, Dorset
    Wool, near Wareham, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Peach Cottage

    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...

  • 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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  • 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....

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