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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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    Sea-esta

    Weymouth, Dorset

    9.7 7 reviews
    9.7 7 reviews
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    Coastal Luxury Wifi Coast within 1 mile
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    Tarrant Valley House - Sleeps 12

    Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Ref: M415192
    Luxury Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Rural Location
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    Fernlea

    Acton, near Langton Matravers, Dorset

    14/05/2019
    8.9 16 reviews
    8.9 16 reviews
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    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Open Fire
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    Tarrant Valley House - Sleeps 14

    Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Luxury Wifi Swimming pool Rural Location
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    Manor Farm - Manor Farm Barn

    Dewlish, near Dorchester, Dorset

    31/12/2019
    9.4 14 reviews
    9.4 14 reviews
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    Luxury Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Detached Woodburning Stove Open Fire
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    Manor Farm - Churn House
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    Newton Manor House

    Swanage, Isle of Purbeck, Dorset

    14/05/2019
    9.3 18 reviews
    9.3 18 reviews
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    Coastal Luxury Wifi Car parking on site Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio Open Fire
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    Tarrant Valley House - Sleeps 16

    Blandford Forum, Dorset

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    Luxury Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Rural Location
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    Churchview House

    Winterbourne Abbas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    14/05/2019
    9.1 20 reviews
    9.1 20 reviews
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    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Garden / Patio Open Fire
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    Park Farmhouse

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    09/06/2019
    9.6 9 reviews
    9.6 9 reviews
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    Coastal Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio Woodburning Stove Open Fire
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    The Old Tithe Barn

    Litton Cheney, near Dorchester, Dorset

    14/05/2019
    8 11 reviews
    8 11 reviews
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    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Pennsylvania Castle

    Portland, Dorset

    09/06/2019
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    Luxury Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Sea View Open Fire
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    Utopia

    Lulworth Cove, Dorset

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