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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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  • Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne

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    Ref: DAAJ

    Sunnylands Farm is situated approximately 5 miles from Wimborne and is ideally located on a working farm, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the edge of the hamlet of Uppington. On a clear day there are views across West Dorset and the Isle of Wight! Adjoining one another, these holiday homes were formerly the old dairy and provide comfortable accommodation. The orchard can be enjoyed for a picnic which leads to a footpath down to the pretty village of Hinton Martell. Within easy reach is the New Forest National Park, Poole Harbour, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the Purbecks with NT Corfe Castle and the seaside town of Swanage. Famous as ‘Hardy country’, many of Dorset’s towns and landmarks are recognisable from the novels of Thomas Hardy, who was born near Dorchester in Dorset. The county is renowned for its miles of beautiful unspoilt beaches as well as for the Jurassic Coast coastline a World Heritage Site. Shop 2 miles and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet.

    Wi-fi.

    Electricity, underfloor heating in bathroom, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Stabling (on request). No smoking. NB: Covered well in parking area and ditches in owner’s farmland.

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  • Coppers Cottages - Morse Cottage

    Lyme Regis

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    Ref: DJM

    "In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

    Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
    Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of ’The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, is the highest point on England’s south coast, a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within ½ mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electricity NSH included. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-Fi. No smoking.

    All properties: Electricity and bed linen included. High chair. Microwave. Private patio and furniture. Shared grounds. Parking. Please note: There is a pond in the grounds.

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  • Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury

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    Ref: W8523

    Superb country views

    Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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  • Granary Cottage

    Nottington, nr. Weymouth

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    Ref: 23750

    Granary Cottage is an annexe built adjoining the owner’s 18th century stone barn conversion. It has been finished to a good standard, providing an ideal holiday retreat with a roll top bath and electric coal effect fire for those cosy winter evenings. Set in the hamlet of Nottington, between Dorchester and Weymouth, it is surrounded by the unspoilt Dorset coastline and countryside. Bustling Weymouth is a short drive away with shops, restaurants and sandy beach and a little further are Portland, Chesil, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Lyme Regis and Isle of Purbeck. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. Utility room (owner has own access). First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared utility. Shared use of owner’s freezer on request. Large shared garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Drop to stream in garden.

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  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

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    Ref: DDX

    This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Sandford

    Sherborne

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    Ref: E5340

    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

    iPod dock. Sitting-out area. No children.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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  • The Nest

    Symondsbury, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24121

    This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Whitebridge Farm Holiday Cottages - Cider Cottage

    Semley, Shaftesbury

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    Ref: B4337

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Excellent walking and cycling area

    Set in a peaceful rural location on the borders of Dorset and Wiltshire, Whitebridge Farm (refs B4337 and B6844), is not a working farm but is ideal for a family touring holiday with excellent walking and cycling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Both the South Wiltshire and Dorset cycle ways pass nearby and there are numerous waymarked walks, including the half-hour Shaftesbury town trail, which leads to the famous Gold Hill, with its magnificent views. Many historic houses in the area, including Stourhead (NT). An hour’s drive leads to Salisbury, Bath, Cheddar and Weymouth. Visit Stonehenge, and then the ancient Avebury Stone Circle. Set in 10 acres, the eight cottages, two of which are featured here, are grouped around an attractive grassed courtyard and were once stables for the owner’s impressive farmhouse (built in 1872). Old beams have been retained wherever possible. Many pubs serving food and with outdoor eating/children’s play areas nearby - why not try East Knoyle for starters. Shop and pub within a mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters included.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio and furniture. Shared use of communal garden. Play area with swings. Shared barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Pets are welcome (must be kept on a lead at all times).

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  • Pebbles

    Stoborough, nr. Wareham

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    Ref: 30387

    This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Spindrift

    Hamworthy, nr. Poole

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    Ref: 30896


    This comfortable and spacious semi-detached holiday bungalow, adjacent to the owner’s home, is ideally located for exploring all that Poole Harbour has to offer, and has a parking space for a small boat and benefits from a swinging mooring which is available on request. There is a slipway for launching sailing dinghies and small day boats, for residents, within 100 yards. Canoeing is popular in this location, and is ideal for exploring the RSPB nature reserve at Arne and the islands within this stunning harbour. A 5-minute walk leads to Hamworthy Park and beach (used by the more expert windsurfers and kite surfers out of season), with great views across the harbour, Purbeck Hills and Corfe Castle. It has beach huts, a fabulous paddling pool and play areas, including a tennis court. Poole town is a couple of miles away, where you can enjoy the park and quayside, with its cosmopolitan pubs and restaurants, and views out to the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. From Poole Quay, you can take trips to all parts of the harbour, including the golden sands of Sandbanks and Studland, Wareham and beyond. From the ferry terminal in Hamworthy, trips to France and the Channel Islands can be done in a day. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast - England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is an easy drive away, with Swanage, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling routes. Attractions within the Purbecks include Farmer Palmers, Monkey World, The Tank Museum and Tyneham Village. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors. Kitchen. Utility area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 42" Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small fountain in garden.

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  • The Trees

    Verwood, nr. Cranborne

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    Ref: W43878

    The Trees is a comfortable, well presented, single-storey annexe, which is attached to the owners’ home yet it is self contained and enjoys lovely views over the pretty gardens. This cosy holiday home makes an ideal base for exploring this delightful part of Dorset. Located next to the local church, it is only 5 minutes’ walk to the local pubs, restaurants and village shop. Nearby Moors Valley provides excellent walking and wildlife spotting, as well as recreational activities such as golf, ‘Go-Ape’, biking, fishing, orienteering, canoeing, petanque and Segway rides. Avon Heath is also close by, ideal for keen amblers. The New Forest National Park provides miles of scenic walks and a network of bridle paths and footpaths. You can often find the ponies and cattle roaming the streets in one of the many picturesque villages.
    There is a water park near to the charming town of Fordingbridge, which has a host of shops, cafes and eateries, and the gentle flowing River Avon is also nearby. Nearby Ringwood also has a good selection of shops and restaurants. Also convenient for road links to the cathedral cities of Winchester and Salisbury, Christchurch Harbour and the coast, including Poole and Bournmouth. Other attractions include Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Otter and Owl Park, Stonehenge, maritime Southampton and various other tourist attractions are within easy driving distance. Shop 500 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric coooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Hillview

    Litton Cheney, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 28544

    Set in Litton Cheney, close to the spectacular World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, this holiday apartment, located above a garage within the owner’s grounds, has its own garden area and offers a great location to enjoy west Dorset. There is wonderful walking on the scenic coast, with its far reaching views, as well as golf, village pubs and many attractions to enjoy nearby. Visit Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, Dorchester, Bridport and the seaside fishing resort of West Bay. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    9 steps to entrance. All on one level: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating (living room), electric heaters (bedroom and shower room), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden.

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