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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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  • Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area. A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area.
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    9.1 18 reviews
    9.1 18 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Freshwater Bay View

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: 29709
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Ground Floor Facilities
    With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast. With views over the bay, this property is all on one level and is ideal for exploring the Dorset coast.
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    9.9 21 reviews
    9.9 21 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast. Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    9.6 5 reviews
    9.6 5 reviews

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  • Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset
    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    The Old Stables

    The Old Stables

    Wimborne, near Poole, Dorset

    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. 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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    8.9 17 reviews
    8.9 17 reviews

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  • West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tenantrees Stable

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44299
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm. The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm.
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    9.8 16 reviews
    9.8 16 reviews

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  • Near Beaminster,
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    Strawberie Cottage

    Near Beaminster,

    Near Beaminster,

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    Ref: E2390
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views This pair of charming 200-year-old cottages are peacefully located by an historic church, enjoying stunning country views
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    9 13 reviews
    9 13 reviews

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

    Barley Cottage

    Ryme Intrinseca, near Sherborne, Dorset

    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. 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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    8.7 18 reviews
    8.7 18 reviews

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  • St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire
    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire×

    Hurn Forest Retreat

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

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    Ref: UKC1786
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away. With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away.
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    10 7 reviews
    10 7 reviews

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  • Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43504
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally. An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally.
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    9.2 11 reviews

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  • Hawkchurch, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Hawkchurch, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Orchard Cottage

    Hawkchurch, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Hawkchurch, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 25937
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Hawkchurch is only 5 miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its beach, harbour and shops. Hawkchurch is only 5 miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its beach, harbour and shops.
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    9.4 5 reviews
    9.4 5 reviews

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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - 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. 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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    9.1 20 reviews
    9.1 20 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    The Forge

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2518
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach. Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach.
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    9.3 6 reviews
    9.3 6 reviews

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