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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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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×

    Leam House

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

    8
    4
    5
    2
    Ref: 29250
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Hot Tub - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    En-suite family accommodation with the bonus of a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the region. En-suite family accommodation with the bonus of a hot tub to relax in after a long day exploring the region.
    Prices from
    7 2 reviews
    7 2 reviews

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  • Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset
    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset×

    The Gatehouse

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

    8
    4
    5
    0
    Ref: W41364
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The Gatehouse is situated within the grounds of Manor House, where a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fishing can be enjoyed. The Gatehouse is situated within the grounds of Manor House, where a stroll around the beautiful gardens and fishing can be enjoyed.
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    7.8 5 reviews
    7.8 5 reviews

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  • Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset
    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset×

    Redbridge Farm - Redbridge Farmhouse

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

    Lytchett Matravers, near Poole, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    0
    Ref: DCCX
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    Ideal for horse riding enthusiasts, there is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding. Ideal for horse riding enthusiasts, there is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding.
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    7.5 13 reviews
    7.5 13 reviews

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  • Portland, Dorset
    Portland, Dorset×
    Newly Listed
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Commodore’s Penthouse Suite

    Crabbers’ Wharf - Commodore’s Penthouse Suite

    Portland, Dorset

    Portland, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    0
    Ref: UKC3254
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Sea View
    The Commodore’s Penthouse is perfect for families or a group of friends to explore this beautiful part of Dorset. The Commodore’s Penthouse is perfect for families or a group of friends to explore this beautiful part of Dorset.
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    Crabbers’ Wharf - Petty Officer’s Suite
    4
    2
    2
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Steward’s Suite
    4
    2
    2
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Bosun’s Suite
    2
    1
    1
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Captain’s Suite
    6
    3
    3
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Officer’s Suite
    6
    3
    3
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Purser’s Suite
    2
    1
    1
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Stoker’s Suite
    2
    1
    1
    Crabbers’ Wharf - Chief’s Suite
    4
    2
    2
  • Beaminster, Dorset
    Beaminster, Dorset×

    Hideaway Cottage

    Beaminster, Dorset

    Beaminster, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    0
    Ref: DCCO
    Key Features:
    - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    A glorious country holiday location in west Dorset, between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, just a short drive to the Jurassic Coast. A glorious country holiday location in west Dorset, between Broadwindsor and Beaminster, just a short drive to the Jurassic Coast.
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    9.6 7 reviews
    9.6 7 reviews

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  • Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset
    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset×

    April’s Cottage

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    Nottington, near Weymouth, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    1
    Ref: UKC599
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    Enjoy all that Weymouth and the local area have to offer from this lovely holiday property, ideally suited for families looking for a seaside holiday. Enjoy all that Weymouth and the local area have to offer from this lovely holiday property, ideally suited for families looking for a seaside holiday.
    Prices from
    8.4 18 reviews
    8.4 18 reviews

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  • Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset
    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset×

    Copper Beech

    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset

    Netherbury, Bridport, Dorset

    8
    4
    4
    0
    Ref: DXK
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    A heated swimming pool and en-suite bedrooms makes a holiday in this detatched cottage a truly wonderful experience. A heated swimming pool and en-suite bedrooms makes a holiday in this detatched cottage a truly wonderful experience.
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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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  • Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset
    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset×

    Greenbanks

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

    Chesil Beach, near Abbotsbury, Dorset

    9
    4
    4
    2
    Ref: 25885
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Luxury Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Sea View - Open Fire
    Situated on Chesil Beach along the coastal path in an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, perfect for a family holiday. Situated on Chesil Beach along the coastal path in an area designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, perfect for a family holiday.
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    9.7 6 reviews
    9.7 6 reviews

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  • Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset
    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Bookham Court - Crowthorne

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Alton Pancras, near Dorchester, Dorset

    9
    4
    4
    2
    Ref: UKC791
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Detached Property - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities - Rural Location - Baby and Toddler Friendly
    Crowthorne is perfect for a family holiday, boasting ground floor facilities and set in the glorious countryside. Crowthorne is perfect for a family holiday, boasting ground floor facilities and set in the glorious countryside.
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    8 1 reviews
    8 1 reviews

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    Bookham Court - Wagon House
    4
    2
    2
  • Uploders, Bridport, Dorset
    Uploders, Bridport, Dorset×

    The Retreat

    Uploders, Bridport, Dorset

    Uploders, Bridport, Dorset

    10
    5
    4
    0
    Ref: DGN
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Detached Property - Garden / Patio
    With a games room and a heated indoor swimming pool, this Grade ll listed thatched barn conversion is surrounded by lovely countryside. With a games room and a heated indoor swimming pool, this Grade ll listed thatched barn conversion is surrounded by lovely countryside.
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    8.1 9 reviews
    8.1 9 reviews

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  • East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset
    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset×

    The Coach House

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    East Burton, near Wareham, Dorset

    10
    5
    5
    0
    Ref: W40581
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile
    The Coach House is in a great position for exploring this beautiful area and there’s plenty to see and do nearby. The Coach House is in a great position for exploring this beautiful area and there’s plenty to see and do nearby.
    Prices from
    8 2 reviews
    8 2 reviews

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  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×

    Harcombe House - Cobb

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    10
    5
    4
    0
    Ref: DCCQ
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Woodburning Stove
    Cobb is part of a complex which share access to a fantastic pool, tennis court and games room – there’s something for everyone! Cobb is part of a complex which share access to a fantastic pool, tennis court and games room – there’s something for everyone!
    Prices from
    9.2 6 reviews
    9.2 6 reviews

    Accommodation at

    Harcombe House - Rhode
    6
    3
    3

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