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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.

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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
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    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location - Open Fire
    A pet friendly property ideal for couples and is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as a Benedictine House in 987 AD.
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    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...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
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    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    Fox Cottage is a lovely retreat for two. Relax in the pool or enjoy a friendly game of tennis!
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    "Idyllic Dorset cottages with indoor heated swimming pool and tennis court . . ."

    Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has a splendid range of barns which have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’...

    Doles Ash Farm - Harvesters Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Drakes Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Orchard House
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    Doles Ash Farm - The Stable
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    Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage
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    Doles Ash Farm - Huntsman’s Cottage
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  • Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset ×
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    Forever Cottage

    Forever Cottage

    Milton Abbas, near Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1928
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This delightful, terraced, dog-friendly holiday home for two, offers a great base to explore the lovely county of Dorset.
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    This terraced cottage is set in a wonderful location, near the village of Milton Abbas, mid-way between Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, and the market town of Blandford. Attached to the owners’ home, the property is perfect for scenic country walking with your dog on Bulbarrow Hill, or some great country village pubs to wine and dine in. For days out visit Milton Abbey, Athelhampton House, Kingston Lacey, Cerne Abbey and the giant carved into the side of the hill at Cerne...

  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
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    Quince Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

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    Ref: 27906
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    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A Grade II listed cottage in a conservation area with lovely views and many walks and coastal paths easily accessible.
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    Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths...

    Mulberry Cottage
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  • Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset
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    The Old Stables

    The Old Stables

    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1477
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    The Old Stables is a detached bungalow, situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, and with the quaint market town of Wimborne 4 miles away.
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    This delightful single storey detached bungalow, next to the owners’ home, has been thoughtfully furnished to provide a comfortable, well presented base to explore this popular area. The open plan living area has a comfortable leather corner suite and practical wood laminate flooring. There is plenty of wardrobe space in the bedroom, which includes a tiled en-suite shower room. Outside there is a lawned enclosed garden with sitting out area and barbecue. Across the lane is a direct...

  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna!
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    "Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

    Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing...

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
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  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
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    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 25873
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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Perfect for two, within easy reach of historic houses, museums and popular seaside resorts along the Dorset coast.
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    Lancombe Lodges are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an AONB in West Dorset and near the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including Chesil Beach. These wooden lodges offer an idyllic retreat amongst a breathtaking landscape of rolling countryside, a perfect base for exploring. Each lodge has its own decked patio where you can chill out after a day out, or relax in the three acres of grounds, enjoy a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool or...

    Broad Lodge
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    Wey Lodge
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  • Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset
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    Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions.
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    Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool

    Fernhill Heights is located in an exclusive complex and benefits from views across open countryside. This holiday accommodation has a good quality 2-seater sofa and double bed in the living/dining room (no separate bedroom). It is set on a beautiful 30 acre site which includes two small lakes and a barbecue area. There is also use of a heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-Sep) and direct access to the coastal footpath. The surrounding...

  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
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    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury.
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    This delightful, single storey property in a village location, adjacent to the owner’s home, offers light, spacious, comfortable and tastefully styled holiday accommodation. It has a large, decked sitting-out area with an awning for those who prefer the shade. This is an ideal spot for breakfast, alfresco dining or an aperitif on a warm, balmy evening. There are super views over paddocks with ponies. Nearby Fordingbridge is a popular market town which is known for its...

  • Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset ×

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 24897
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal location from which to explore the West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the seaside resorts of Weymouth, West Bay and Bridport.
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    This lovely attached converted barn, in a courtyard setting near the Somerset/Dorset border, just west of the pretty abbey town of Sherborne, 5 miles, provides excellent holiday accommodation. An ideal location from which to explore the famous West Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, and the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth, 22 miles, West Bay and Bridport. Also visit the many delightful attractions in south Somerset such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Glastonbury Tor,...

  • West Milton,
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    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Standing in an AONB, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm
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    Standing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the lovely Dorset Hills rising steeply around, this unique collection of properties is set within the grounds of the owner’s working farm on the edge of the picturesque and tranquil village of West Milton. Individually designed and furnished for comfort, each cottage offers delightful surroundings in which to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Walkers can enjoy discovering a very varied landscape, from high chalk hills, through...

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    Valley View
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  • West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset
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    Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: 26385
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    This cottages boasts a 6ft double bed and use of a hard tennis court as well as being close to the coast, Dorchester and attractions.
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    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in unspoilt Dorset countryside, 12 miles from Dorchester and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with the resort of West Bay, this holiday cottage, with use of a hard tennis court, is ideally located to get away from it all. Country walking, cycling and village pubs nearby, and many attractions to enjoy including historic houses and gardens or days out on the Heritage Coast. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

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