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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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  • Dorchester, Dorset
    Dorchester, Dorset×

    Dove Cottage

    Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W43672
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    - Wifi - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free
    This perfect retreat for two is set in the heart of Dorchester with many attractions close by, including the Terracotta Warriors Museum.
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    Situated in the heart of the lovely county town of Dorchester, this terraced cottage for two, offers a superb holiday base for exploring this delightful character town with all it has to offer on your doorstep. Visit the four great attractions in the town, Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Dinosaur Museum, the unique Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum. Enjoy the Wednesday market, the farmers market on the first Saturday of the month at Brownward Hall, watch a film at...

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

    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31202
    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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  • 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...

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

    The Old Forge

    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.
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    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...

  • Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset
    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Hillview

    Litton Cheney, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 28544
    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...

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

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: DAAJ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    The setting of this property is ideal for those wishing to whisk their loved one away to a romantic retreat!
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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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  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Detached Property
    A cosy retreat for 2 just a short walk from the beach ideal for romantic walks along the shoreline of this World Heritage coast.
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    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.

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Freshwater Bay View

    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.
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    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile from Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside...

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

    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Abbotsea

    Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Abbotsea is great for dog lovers. There are lovely walks to enjoy and there is even a dog’s exercise paddock.
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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 - Wellbridge
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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 - Melstock
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    Greenwood Grange Cottages - Wessex
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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

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    Ref: 769
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Rural Location
    In the pretty village of Burton Bradstock close to Bridport and Chesil Beach in an AONB.
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    Superb walks

    This converted artist studio stands in a small courtyard opposite the owner’s house and cleverly combines all the character of its original use with modern conveniences, to form cosy holiday accommodation featuring a galleried bedroom. The property is situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock near to Chesil Beach in an AONB. Good swimming, windsurfing, sailing, fishing and superb walks are to be had in this unspoilt area of Dorset’s Jurassic coast....

  • 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...

  • Piddletrenthide, Dorset
    Piddletrenthide, Dorset×

    Doles Ash Farm - Fox Cottage

    Piddletrenthide, Dorset

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    - 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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