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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×
    8.3 15 reviews
    8.3 15 reviews

    Portland, Dorset

    Ref: 26527
    Coastal Wifi Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio Woodburning Stove
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  • Sydling St Nicholas, near Dorchester, Dorset×
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    Sydling St Nicholas, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Ref: UK10437
    Luxury Wifi Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Garden / Patio Rural Location Open Fire
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×
    9 8 reviews
    9 8 reviews

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    Ref: DUS
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pets go free Garden / Patio
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Hayloft
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
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  • Wimborne, Dorset×
    9 7 reviews
    9 7 reviews

    Wimborne, Dorset

    Ref: UKC383
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Detached Garden / Patio
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  • Wimborne, Dorset×
    8.8 10 reviews
    8.8 10 reviews

    Wimborne, Dorset

    Ref: UKC2213
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Woodburning Stove Open Fire
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  • Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×
    8.2 24 reviews
    8.2 24 reviews

    Harcombe Bottom, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Coastal Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site
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    Harcombe House - Rhode
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  • Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset×
    8.1 12 reviews
    8.1 12 reviews

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    Ref: DYF
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Coast within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Open Fire
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  • Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset×
    8 1 reviews
    8 1 reviews

    Melcombe Bingham, near Dorchester, Dorset

    Ref: UKC544
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location Open Fire
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  • Watton, near Bridport, Dorset×
    8.1 13 reviews
    8.1 13 reviews

    Watton, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Coast within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Rural Location
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  • Weymouth, Dorset×
    9 2 reviews
    9 2 reviews

    Weymouth, Dorset

    Ref: UKC2729
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio
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  • Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset×
    8.8 13 reviews
    8.8 13 reviews

    Bettiscombe, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

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    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pets go free Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Forge
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Grain Store
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Old Stable
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    Marshwood Manor Cottages - The Tack Room
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  • Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset×
    8.5 6 reviews
    8.5 6 reviews

    Hooke, near Beaminster, Dorset

    Ref: W41364
    Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Detached Garden / Patio Rural Location
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