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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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  • Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset×

    The School Room

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Chard, Dorset

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    Ref: 25526
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site
    Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
    Prices from
    9.5 6 reviews
    9.5 6 reviews

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  • St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire
    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire×

    Hurn Forest Retreat

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

    St Leonards, near Ringwood, Hampshire

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    Ref: UKC1786
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    With easy access to the New Forest, this is a wonderful location for walkers, and the Jurassic Coastline is not far away.
    Prices from
    10 3 reviews
    10 3 reviews

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  • Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset×

    Nut Bush

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    Compton Abbas, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

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    Ref: W8523
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio
    In a rural location, Nut Bush boasts beautiful countryside views where wildlife can be spotted! There are also some great footpaths nearby.
    Prices from
    6.8 4 reviews
    6.8 4 reviews

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  • Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Tiddler’s Cottage

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

    Uploders, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 26306
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Rural Location
    A perfect retreat for a couple just 3 miles from the beach and close to many attractions in this popular area.
    Prices from
    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews

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

    Farthings

    Bothenhampton, near Bridport, Dorset

    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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    9.1 20 reviews
    9.1 20 reviews

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    Sweet Briar
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    Buzzards
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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
    Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country
    Prices from
    9.3 10 reviews
    9.3 10 reviews

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  • Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset
    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset×

    Bankside and Lakeside Hut - Lakeside Hut

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

    Motcombe, near Gillingham, Dorset

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    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pets go free - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Enjoy on-site fishing or exploring the many local attractions from this peaceful retreat. Close to Shaftesbury.
    Prices from
    9.5 17 reviews
    9.5 17 reviews

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  • Burton Bradstock, Dorset
    Burton Bradstock, Dorset×

    The Studio

    Burton Bradstock, Dorset

    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.
    Prices from
    6.6 10 reviews
    6.6 10 reviews

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  • Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset
    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset×

    Woodside Lodge

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

    Wigbeth, Horton, near Wimborne, Dorset

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    Ref: W43504
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Woodburning Stove
    An idyllic retreat for two, adjacent to a beautiful woodland walk and with many outdoor pursuits locally.
    Prices from
    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 11 reviews

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

    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    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.
    Prices from
    9.4 11 reviews
    9.4 11 reviews

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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy II
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  • Sherborne,
    Sherborne, ×

    Sandford

    Sherborne,

    Sherborne,

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    Ref: E5340
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside
    Prices from
    9.9 7 reviews
    9.9 7 reviews

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    Compton
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    Trent
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  • Seatown, Chideock, Dorset
    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset×

    Millstones

    Seatown, Chideock, Dorset

    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.
    Prices from
    9.2 24 reviews
    9.2 24 reviews

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