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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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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    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...

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

    The Alfriston Suite

    Burton Bradstock, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 29402
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    - 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,...

  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 23500
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    - Coastal Property - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio
    A charming cottage for two, ideally placed to explore the area with walking, fishing and golf all nearby.
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    Town centre location

    A charming end-terrace cottage peacefully set in the heart of Bridport, with its own enclosed garden, patio and furniture, and ideally placed to walk into the lovely market town of Bridport with its shops, restaurants and markets. Periwinkle Cottage is in a great location for a holiday getaway, ideal to explore the famous World Heritage Coastal resort of West Bay, 1½ miles away. Visit Abbotsbury with its Swannery and Sub-Tropical Gardens, Weymouth, and...

  • Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Edie’s Retreat

    Furze Hill, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground floor accommodation perfectly located for exploring Poole, Bournemouth, the New Forest and beaches nearby.
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    This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the...

  • 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...

  • Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset×
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    Little Thatch

    Little Thatch

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, Little Thatch is ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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    This delightful detached thatched holiday home, with great country views is set in the lovely village of Netherbury in the heart of west Dorset. It is ideally located for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with its stunning coastal scenery. The coastal town of Lyme Regis, the market town of Bridport and Beaminster, which is known for its historical heritage are well worth a visit. There are many places of interest nearby including Furleigh Estate Vineyard and Winery, Forde...

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

    Spindrift

    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 juat 100 yards from a slipway where you can launch boats.
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    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. 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...

  • Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset
    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset×

    Pebbles

    Stoborough, near Wareham, Dorset

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    Ref: 30387
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This is an ideal base for couples looking for a holiday full of outdoor exploration and activities.
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    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...

  • 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...

  • Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset
    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset×

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    A cosy retreat for two, this property is a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Dorset.
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    In a great location in Dorset, White Horse Farm is situated in Middlemarsh, 6 miles south of the quaint, characterful abbey town of Sherborne, 12 miles north of the lovely country town of Dorchester and 4 miles from the small village of Cerne Abbas, with its famous Cerne Giant engraved on the hillside. White Horse Farm offers a lovely ambience for a holiday and a retreat to get away from it all. Set over 2 acres, the site has four single storey barn conversions (three for 2 people...

    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset
    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hillview

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    A cosy apartment close to coastal walks, Bridport, Abbotsbury Swannery and many more attractions.
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    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...

  • Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset
    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset×

    Kennelman’s Cottage

    Sopley, near Christchurch, Dorset

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    Ref: 29041
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The New Forest National Park can be reached within a 10-minute drive and the Avon Valley Trail runs through the grounds.
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    This delightful, holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located within 10 minutes’ drive of the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch and the New Forest National Park. This detached Heritage Asset was formerly the Kennelman’s cottage for the Sopley Manor Estate, and sits in a conservation area, in the middle of the owners’ 12½ acres of land with animals and clear views over the land from every direction, making it ideal for those who...

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