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

    The Old Forge

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Lower Wraxall, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: DQX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site
    A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area. A cosy, pet friendly retreat for couples, set in an AONB, and ideal for exploring the area.
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    9.1 20 reviews
    9.1 20 reviews

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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: W7661
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location. Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location.
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    9.1 8 reviews
    9.1 8 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. Located in Burton Bradstock, this property is ideal for enjoying coastal walking or visiting the popular seaside towns of Dorset.
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    8.5 13 reviews
    8.5 13 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. Just 2.5 miles from Swanage with its lovely sandy beach this charming cottage makes a lovely getaway for a couple.
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    7.8 11 reviews

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    Quince Cottage
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  • Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    Little Thatch

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Netherbury, near Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2060
    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. Situated in the beautiful countryside of Dorset, Little Thatch is ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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    8.3 20 reviews

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  • Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset
    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset×

    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

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    Ref: W43554
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury. This single storey property is ideally placed to enjoy both countryside and coast. Visit the New Forest, Southampton and Salisbury.
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    9.8 20 reviews
    9.8 20 reviews

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  • Seatown, Dorset
    Seatown, Dorset×

    The Pocket Watch

    Seatown, Dorset

    Seatown, Dorset

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    Ref: 16565
    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. 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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    8.6 12 reviews
    8.6 12 reviews

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

    White Horse Farm - Badger’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31204
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    An ideal retreat for a couple to enjoy the delights of Dorset, including museums, beaches and coastal walks. An ideal retreat for a couple to enjoy the delights of Dorset, including museums, beaches and coastal walks.
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    8.5 2 reviews
    8.5 2 reviews

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    White Horse Farm - The Willows
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    White Horse Farm - Toad Hall
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    White Horse Farm - Ratty’s
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    White Horse Farm - Moley’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Chalet One

    Chalet One

    Bridport, Dorset

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC3186
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    This is a great base for a couple wishing to explore Dorset with beaches, pretty villages and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. This is a great base for a couple wishing to explore Dorset with beaches, pretty villages and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
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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. This single storey barn conversion for two is ideally placed for exploring historic houses and many attractions nearby.
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    9.4 18 reviews
    9.4 18 reviews

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  • West Milton,
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    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities
    Pig Sty Cottage is the perfect place from which to discover the delights of Dorset and enjoy a break from reality. Pig Sty Cottage is the perfect place from which to discover the delights of Dorset and enjoy a break from reality.
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    8.6 5 reviews
    8.6 5 reviews

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    Valley View
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  • Evershot, Dorset
    Evershot, Dorset×

    West Woods

    Evershot, Dorset

    Evershot, Dorset

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    Ref: E3041
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Sun sets, wildlife and the night sky can all be enjoyed from West Wood’s south-facing garden. Be sure to discover Dorset too... Sun sets, wildlife and the night sky can all be enjoyed from West Wood’s south-facing garden. Be sure to discover Dorset too...
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    9.5 4 reviews
    9.5 4 reviews

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