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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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    Stourcliffe House

    Bournemouth, Dorset

    9.8 16 reviews
    9.8 16 reviews
    Ref: UKC369
    Coastal Luxury Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Coast within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Woodburning Stove Baby and Toddler Friendly
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    Purcombe Farmhouse

    Whitchurch Canonicorum, near Bridport, Dorset

    9.6 21 reviews
    9.6 21 reviews
    Ref: 28458
    Coastal Hot Tub Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Beachaven

    Weymouth, Dorset

    8.6 12 reviews
    8.6 12 reviews
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    Coastal Wifi Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio
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    Yawl House

    Uplyme, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    8.6 12 reviews
    8.6 12 reviews
    Ref: W43467
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Rural Location Open Fire
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    9.9 22 reviews
    9.9 22 reviews
    Ref: UKC3334
    Hot Tub Luxury Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Woodburning Stove
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    Bedborough Farm Cottages - The Parlour
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    Bedborough Farm Cottages - The Old Dairy
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    Mill House

    Maiden Newton, near Dorchester, Dorset

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    Ref: W44038
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove Open Fire
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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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    The Farmhouse

    Dudsbury, Ferndown, Dorset

    9.1 17 reviews
    9.1 17 reviews
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    Hot Tub Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio
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    New Inn Farmhouse

    Marnhull, near Shaftesbury, Dorset

    9.6 14 reviews
    9.6 14 reviews
    Ref: UKC1891
    Hot Tub Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Detached Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Sea-esta

    Weymouth, Dorset

    9.3 11 reviews
    9.3 11 reviews
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    Coastal Luxury Wifi Coast within 1 mile
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    The Stables

    Plush, near Piddletrenthide, Dorset

    9.5 20 reviews
    9.5 20 reviews
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    Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile Detached Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    North End Farm Cottages - North End Farm House

    Chideock, near Bridport, Dorset

    9.3 4 reviews
    9.3 4 reviews
    Ref: W44194
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Cricket Pavilion
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    North End Farm Cottages - The Old Dairy
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