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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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  • Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset×

    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

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    Ref: 25873
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Rural Location
    Perfect for two, within easy reach of historic houses, museums and popular seaside resorts along the Dorset coast. Perfect for two, within easy reach of historic houses, museums and popular seaside resorts along the Dorset coast.
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    8.2 9 reviews
    8.2 9 reviews

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    Broad Lodge
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    Wey Lodge
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  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Linnets

    Beaminster, Dorset

    Beaminster, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2237
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A good central location for discovering all that Dorset has to offer, from the Jurassic Coast and beaches to picturesque walks and towns. A good central location for discovering all that Dorset has to offer, from the Jurassic Coast and beaches to picturesque walks and towns.
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    9.1 7 reviews
    9.1 7 reviews

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

    White Horse Farm - Moley’s

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

    Middlemarsh, near Sherborne, Dorset

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    Ref: 31203
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    Explore the many museums within easy reach of this property, including Haynes Motor Museum and Keep Military Museum. Explore the many museums within easy reach of this property, including Haynes Motor Museum and Keep Military Museum.
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    10 1 reviews
    10 1 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 - Badger’s
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    White Horse Farm - Otter’s Holt
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  • Cerne Abbas, Dorset
    Cerne Abbas, Dorset×

    Cerne Abbey Cottage

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

    Cerne Abbas, Dorset

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    Ref: DDX
    Key Features:
    - 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. 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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    9 21 reviews
    9 21 reviews

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  • Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset
    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset×

    The Forge

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC2518
    Key Features:
    - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach. Set within the Dorset Hills, this barn conversion is great for countryside walks or days spent by the beach.
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    9.4 9 reviews
    9.4 9 reviews

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  • Bridport, Dorset
    Bridport, Dorset×

    Periwinkle Cottage

    Bridport, Dorset

    Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 23500
    Key Features:
    - 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. A charming cottage for two, ideally placed to explore the area with walking, fishing and golf all nearby.
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    7.9 11 reviews
    7.9 11 reviews

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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Pigs’ House

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC803
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door. For a truly rural retreat for two, this lovely cottage is perfect, surrounded by beautiful countryside and walks from the door.
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    9.5 18 reviews
    9.5 18 reviews

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  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    Ref: DZO
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna! Bride is a cosy haven for two - with a beautiful four poster bed and shared access to the pool and sauna!
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    8 2 reviews
    8 2 reviews

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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
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  • Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset
    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Sty

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

    Bradpole, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 24540
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location
    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 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
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    9.7 13 reviews
    9.7 13 reviews

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    Broad Road Farm Cottages - The Farrows
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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Purser’s Suite

    Crabbers’ Wharf - Purser’s Suite

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

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    Ref: UKC3252
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    Ideally located for a couple to enjoy walking and cycling on the Portland Coastal Path with its spectacular cliffs and stunning views. Ideally located for a couple to enjoy walking and cycling on the Portland Coastal Path with its spectacular cliffs and stunning views.
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Petty Officer’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Steward’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Bosun’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Captain’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Officer’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Stoker’s Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Commodore’s Penthouse Suite
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Chief’s Suite
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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 17 reviews
    9.4 17 reviews

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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. Perfect walkers, close to a number of long distance footpaths and the coast.
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    9.5 4 reviews
    9.5 4 reviews

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