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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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  • Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    Barleycorn

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 25879
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    This single storey barn conversion for two is ideally placed for exploring historic houses and many attractions nearby.
    Prices from
    9.6 20 reviews
    9.6 20 reviews

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 15350
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Pub within 1 mile
    Within walking distance of the centre of Bridport, an ideal base for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and Burton Bradstock.
    Prices from
    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 11 reviews

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  • Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    The Chalet

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Holt, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 26663
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Set in spacious grounds within easy reach of lovely beaches as well as major towns and the New Forest.
    Prices from
    9.3 14 reviews
    9.3 14 reviews

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  • Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset×

    The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 29402
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located in Burton Bradstock, this property is ideal for enjoying coastal walking or visiting the popular seaside towns of Dorset.
    Prices from
    8.3 12 reviews
    8.3 12 reviews

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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Enjoy on-site fishing or exploring the many local attractions from this peaceful retreat. Close to Shaftesbury.
    Prices from
    9.5 17 reviews
    9.5 17 reviews

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  • Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Bay View Apartments - Little Bay View

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 26438
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View
    Wonderful views over Lyme Bay from the patio and lounge makes this contemporary spacious apartment a perfect choice for a family holiday.
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    8.6 13 reviews
    8.6 13 reviews

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    Bay View Apartments - Bay View
    4
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  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Farthings

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 19292
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    Farthings is in the wing of a country house perfect for a couple close to the historic market town of Bridport.
    Prices from
    9.1 21 reviews
    9.1 21 reviews

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    Sweet Briar
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    Buzzards
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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Bankside

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC1414
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    This shepherd’s hut provides idyllic lakeside accommodation, for couples looking to relax, or explore this isolated and rural location.
    Prices from
    9.4 9 reviews
    9.4 9 reviews

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    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut
    2
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  • Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

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    Ref: 28753
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    A characterful first floor apartment with a real home-from-home feel, just a few miles from Weymouth.
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    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset
    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset×

    Spindrift

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

    Hamworthy, near Poole, Dorset

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    Ref: 30896
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ideally situated for exploring Dorset, this property is close to Poole Harbour and just 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
    Prices from
    9.5 11 reviews
    9.5 11 reviews

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  • Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 29956
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    With Lyme Regis just 3½ miles away, this cottage is a great base from which to explore Dorset and east Devon.
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    9.6 25 reviews
    9.6 25 reviews

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  • Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset
    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset×

    Mulberry Cottage

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

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    Ref: 27905
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Just 2.5 miles from Swanage with its lovely sandy beach this charming cottage makes a lovely getaway for a couple.
    Prices from
    8.1 14 reviews
    8.1 14 reviews

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    Quince Cottage
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