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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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  • Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock

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    Ref: W42634

    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 views over Lyme Bay from the top. A sandy beach and harbour of West Bay are close by, as well as the beginning of the famous Chesil Beach. Within a short drive are Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey and the Abbotsbury Swannery, which all make wonderful days out. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.

    All on second floor: Five steps to entrance. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Pepper Pot Lodge

    Wimborne St Giles

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    Ref: DEEG


    In a superb location, Pepper Pot Lodge is accessed via security gates, and is nestled within the parkland of the extensive 5,000 acre grounds of the owner’s stately home, St Giles House, within the Shaftesbury Estate in the historic village of Wimborne St Giles. This unique, detached, compact 17th century lodge makes an ideal little retreat, a tranquil haven for couples and perfect for spotting wildlife such as deer, rare birds and badgers. Very peacefully located, surrounded by open lawns, as well as mature trees and just 100 yards away from the river and the picturesque village green with St Giles Church. There is private parking and a sitting-out area, an ideal spot for watching the sunsets whilst enjoying al fresco dining or an aperitif. This lovely welcoming home offers many features such as wooden floors, curved walls, leaded windows and a wood-burning stove in the cosy living room. Every window captures a scenic vista.
    It is convenient for road links to the beaches of Poole, Bournemouth and Sandbanks. Explore the Purbeck coastline, maritime Southampton with the historic ships, Salisbury Cathedral, Shaftesbury Cathedral, National Trust properties, Christchurch Harbour and Dorchester. Other attractions include nearby Wimborne with regular markets, Kingston Lacey, Monkey World, Stonehenge, Marwell Zoo, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest Wildlife Park and Badbury Rings. The New Forest is within easy driving distance, with its heathlands where ponies and cattle roam, pretty villages, and it is an ideal location for walkers. There are various golf courses in the area, and trout fishing or local shoots can be organised by prior arrangement. Beach 14 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

    Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Double bedroom (bed accessed from one side only, for 1+1) with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot on request
    • Smart TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Sitting-out area and furniture
    • Shared grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • NB: River 60 yards

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  • Barleycorn

    Holnest, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
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    Ref: 25879

    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 2.5miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 1 twin (can be double) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The School Room

    Thorncombe, nr. Chard

    Grade
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    Ref: 25526

    Set in Thorncombe, Dorset, near the Devon and Somerset borders, 8 miles from Lyme Bay’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home enjoys a tranquil village setting and is an excellent base for exploring the area. Extensive public footpath network in the Parish. Major long distance paths cross the Parish, Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail. Within a few miles are Forde Abbey and Gardens, Fleet Air Museum, Barrington Court and Montacute House (both NT), Broadwindsor Craft Centre and within easy driving there is coastal walking, sailing and fishing at Lyme Regis. Shops 100 yards, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and laminate floor. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (can be double). Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Courtyard with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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  • Michaelmas Stables

    Wimborne

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    Ref: DYP

    Set in the heart of the Dorset countryside, close to the small market town of Wimborne. This detached former stables, adjacent to the owner’s home, has been restored to a very high standard, with traditional English oak floors and vaulted ceilings. Cranborne Chase, an AONB is a short drive away. The spectacular Dorset coastline, with its quiet coves, unspoilt beaches, and wonderful opportunities for walking, is also close at hand, along with the New Forest National Park. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Step down to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, sofa bed (alternative sleeping), high vaulted ceiling with oak beams, oak floor and Shaker-style kitchen area with oak floor. Fully-tiled shower room with double shower and toilet. Narrow, open-tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Mezzanine area with double bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD/iPod
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer outhouse
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer in garage
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard, furniture
    • Shared lawned paddock
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Welcome basket
    • No smoking
    • Unsuitable for children

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  • Mole End Cottage

    West Chelborough, nr. Dorchester

    Grade
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    Ref: 26385

    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.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with double bed (6ft, zip and link, can be twin)/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with wooden floor. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Decked sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 30-acre farmland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Shared tennis court. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. One pet welcome (must be kept on lead, working farm). No smoking. No children except babes in arms. NB: Pond in grounds, 400 yards.

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  • The Pocket Watch

    Seatown

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    Ref: 16565

    Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Steps to living room/bedroom area with double futon bed and folding bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with slate floor. Steps to shower room with toilet.

    Convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Baby-belling cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed patio. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, nr. Dorchester

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    Ref: DQX

    Formerly the village forge, this cosily renovated and well furnished holiday hideaway nestles in the sleepy village of Lower Wraxall. It adjoins another cottage and is set opposite the owners’ farmhouse, in a ½ acre of private, partly wooded garden leading down to a stream. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, there is an abundance of wildlife to be found locally; footpaths and bridleways, making it a perfect location for exploring deep into the Dorset countryside. There is good access across Eggardon Hill to the World Heritage coastline at Burton Bradstock or to the harbour and beaches of West Bay. Also within easy reach are Sherborne, Bridport, Yeovil and county town of Dorchester. Breakfast and evening meals can be provided by prior arrangement. Shop 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and French doors. Four steps to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Wooden floors throughout.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large garden with terrace and furniture. Parking. Tennis court. Trout fishing by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Stream in garden.

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  • Foxhaven Apartment

    Branksome Park, Poole

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    Ref: DRF


    Just a 15-minute walk from the beaches of Poole and Bournemouth, this conveniently placed, well furnished apartment occupies the first floor of the owner’s chalet-style property. It has its own private staircase with handrails both sides, and private secluded gardens, which can be seen from all windows. Branksome Park, a very select area, has lovely level tree-lined walks, and Bournemouth centre, with its pretty gardens and many shops, bars and restaurants can easily be reached on foot along the beach at the end of the road, or by car. The quayside at Poole and NT Brownsea Island is 3 miles away. There is easy access to the coastal resorts including Swanage, Lulworth Cove and Weymorth. The New Forest with its wild ponies is a short drive away. Sandbanks is only 10 minutes’ drive. Shops, pubs and restaurants 450 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout.

    Gas central heating included (October-April). Electricity by coin meter (first £5, hot water included). Bed linen and towels included. Two digital TV/DVDs. DVD/CD and small DVD library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 16 years.

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  • Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows

    Bradpole, nr. Bridport

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    Ref: 24539

    On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character. Set on a working farm, they are spacious with a homely feel, offering very good holiday accommodation. Ideally located to explore this delightful area of Dorset, be it the rolling hills into Dorchester, Beaminster and Broadwindsor, or the spectacular scenic coast surrounding Lyme Bay between Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Freezer in outbuilding. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

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  • Dorset Gentleman Cottage

    Bridport

    Grade
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    Ref: 15350

    This charming holiday cottage is peacefully set in Bridport, tucked away behind the Forbidden Fruits shop. Overlooking a small courtyard and set within walking distance of Bridport centre with all its amenities. Ideal for exploring Chesil Beach, Dorchester and the stone and thatch village of Burton Bradstock or visiting West Bay harbour for sailing and fishing. The dramatic coastline (mostly NT) stretches to Golden Cap, the highest cliff in southern England.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity by £1 coin meter. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Public car park (50 yards).

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  • Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas

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    Ref: DDX

    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 Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

    Living room with open fire/beamed dining room/old pine kitchen. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views east and west. Spacious bathroom, large corner bath and toilet.

    • Open fire – fuel at cost
    • Electricity and oil central heating included (£25per week, £12 per short break October-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Washing service on request (overseas and long stay guests)
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Shared use of landscaped grounds (sections open to public)
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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