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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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  • 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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    1
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    2
    Ref: W43465
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - 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. Enjoy on-site fishing or exploring the many local attractions from this peaceful retreat. Close to Shaftesbury.
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    9.2 11 reviews
    9.2 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

    2
    1
    1
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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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    9.7 25 reviews
    9.7 25 reviews

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  • West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset
    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset×

    Tenantrees Stable

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

    West Stafford, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44299
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm. The ideal location for a romantic break for two, explore the lovely countryside, enjoy a romantic meal in one of the country pubs and visit Weymouth with its Victorian charm.
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    9.7 14 reviews
    9.7 14 reviews

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  • Sherborne,
    Sherborne, ×

    Compton

    Sherborne,

    Sherborne,

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    Ref: E3613
    Key Features:
    - Wifi - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Rural Location
    Simply relax in Compton’s garden and absorb the peace and quiet that surrounds you, or wander around the lovely working farm. Simply relax in Compton’s garden and absorb the peace and quiet that surrounds you, or wander around the lovely working farm.
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    9.9 13 reviews
    9.9 13 reviews

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    Trent
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    3
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    Sandford
    2
    1
    1
  • Higher Chilfrome, Dorset
    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset×

    Lancombe Country Cottages - Bride

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

    Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

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    1
    1
    2
    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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    9 1 reviews
    9 1 reviews

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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Asker
    4
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden
    3
    2
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    Lancombe Country Cottages - Hooke
    4
    2
    2
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Cerne
    4
    2
    2
    Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome
    5
    3
    3
  • Evershot, Dorset
    Evershot, Dorset×

    West Woods

    Evershot, Dorset

    Evershot, Dorset

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    Ref: E3041
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Sun sets, wildlife and the night sky can all be enjoyed from West Wood’s south-facing garden. Be sure to discover Dorset too... Sun sets, wildlife and the night sky can all be enjoyed from West Wood’s south-facing garden. Be sure to discover Dorset too...
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    9.7 7 reviews
    9.7 7 reviews

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  • West Milton,
    West Milton, ×

    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    West Milton,

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    Ref: E1867
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Car parking on site - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Pig Sty Cottage is the perfect place from which to discover the delights of Dorset and enjoy a break from reality. Pig Sty Cottage is the perfect place from which to discover the delights of Dorset and enjoy a break from reality.
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    8 2 reviews
    8 2 reviews

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    Valley View
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    2
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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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    9.4 8 reviews
    9.4 8 reviews

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  • Dewlish, Dorset
    Dewlish, Dorset×

    Old Parsonage Cottage

    Dewlish, Dorset

    Dewlish, Dorset

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    Ref: 16154
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking. Perfect for couples this studio is set in the heart of Hardy country in an AONB, ideal for walking.
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    8.5 6 reviews
    8.5 6 reviews

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  • Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset
    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset×

    Penny Corner

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Charmouth, Dorset

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    Ref: W7661
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Wifi - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Pets go free - Rural Location
    Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location. Situated in a peaceful village, Penny Corner is ideal for those wishing to sweep their loved one away to a romantic location.
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    9 9 reviews
    9 9 reviews

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  • Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset
    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset×

    Fernhill Heights

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

    Charmouth, near Bridport, Dorset

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    Ref: 17734
    Key Features:
    - Coastal Property - Swimming pool - Car parking on site - Pub within 1 mile - Coast within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Ground Floor Facilities
    Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions. Located on an exclusive complex this studio has use of an outdoor swimming pool in the summer and is close to many of Dorset’s attractions.
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    8.6 10 reviews
    8.6 10 reviews

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  • Near Beaminster,
    Near Beaminster, ×

    Strawberie Cottage

    Near Beaminster,

    Near Beaminster,

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    1
    1
    3
    Ref: E2390
    Key Features:
    - Car parking on site - Enclosed Garden / Patio - Pub within 1 mile - Garden / Patio - Rural Location - Woodburning Stove
    The views from Strawberie Cottage’s conservatory will keep you sweet for a week; enjoy nothing but peace and quiet other than the birdsong. The views from Strawberie Cottage’s conservatory will keep you sweet for a week; enjoy nothing but peace and quiet other than the birdsong.
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    9.1 18 reviews
    9.1 18 reviews

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    Blackberie Cottage
    4
    2
    2

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