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

    The Alfriston Suite

    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.
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    In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained suite within the owners’ home offers a great holiday location from which to enjoy the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with its superb scenic coastal walking. Enjoy days out at Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. Visit many exciting venues, including historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth Sea Life Aquarium and much more. Locally, there is boating,...

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

    Barleycorn

    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.
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    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, in rolling West Dorset countryside between the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne and the market town of Dorchester, this spacious, single-storey barn conversion for two, with beams, is an ideal holiday location for lovely country walks, golf, and village pubs to wine and dine in, or for exploring many historic houses and attractions nearby and days out visiting the World Heritage Coast or Bath. Shop, pub and restaurant...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wellbridge

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio
    Whether you are looking for an active or relaxing break for you and your loved one, Wellbridge has it all.
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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 - Yalbury
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Coomb Barton
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Henchard
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    Durbaville
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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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  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - 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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  • Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Coombehayes Lodge

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: 26569
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    En-suite accommodation for two is provided at this cottage situated on the edge of the quaint coastal resort of Lyme Regis.
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    Ideal touring location

    In the grounds of the owner’s home, this detached well-presented holiday cottage is situated in Uplyme, on the outskirts of the popular World Heritage Jurassic Coastal seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its picturesque cobb and harbour. The quaint resort offers a traditional coastal town with fishing, swimming, boating, fossil hunting and scenic coastal walking along this beautiful coastline, and within easy driving there are many attractions to visit...

  • 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...

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

    Tenantrees Stable

    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.
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    In an ideal country location, just 2½ miles away from the county town of Dorchester and 6 miles from the wonderful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This gem of an attached cottage, for two, adjoins the owner’s home, and is set within 3-acres, it makes an excellent holiday retreat to get away and refresh yourself from the faster pace of life. If not walking around this beautiful countryside or wining and dining in some village pub, then there is a multitude...

  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 25873
    Key Features:
    - 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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  • Seatown, Chideock, Dorset
    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset×

    Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset

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    Ref: W42634
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Millstones is a lovely property for two. Enjoy a morning coffee or a glass of wine on an evening on the patio.
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    This attached holiday home, with sea views, is 300 yards from the sea, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Part of a Grade II listed, 250 year old mill and with split levels, Millstones is on the top floor and offers comfortable accommodation, with an en-suite bedroom. The location is excellent for exploring this popular area, with walking, fossil hunting and fishing all available locally, the area is also home to the River Cottage HQ. Nearby is the Golden Cap with panoramic...

  • Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset
    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset×

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAW
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    In an AONB and on a working farm, this property provides an idyllic location. Enjoy a romantic picnic in the beautiful orchard.
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    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...

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II
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  • Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset
    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset×

    The Trees

    Verwood, near Cranborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43878
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Attached to the owners’ home, this single-storey annexe enjoys beautiful garden views and is central to the local amenities.
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    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...

  • Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Farthings

    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.
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    Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay, where the TV series "Broadchurch" was filmed, and its beaches. The historic rope-making town of Bridport with its twice weekly market is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235, first floor) are in the east wing of an old country house and Farthings (ref 19292) is in the west. The...

    Sweet Briar
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    Buzzards
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