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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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    Bournemouth, Dorset

    6 3 reviews
    6 3 reviews
    Ref: UKC362
    Coastal Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities
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    Barleycorn

    Holnest, near Sherborne, Dorset

    09/06/2019
    9.7 23 reviews
    9.7 23 reviews
    Ref: 25879
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Garden / Patio Rural Location
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    The Forge

    Thorncombe, near Broadwindsor, Dorset

    09/06/2019
    9.3 20 reviews
    9.3 20 reviews
    Ref: UKC2518
    Enclosed Garden / Patio Pets go free Garden / Patio Rural Location
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    Axe Lodge

    Higher Chilfrome, near Maiden Newton, Dorset

    8.8 4 reviews
    8.8 4 reviews
    Ref: 25873
    Wifi Swimming pool Car parking on site Detached Rural Location
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    Broad Lodge
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy III

    Uppington, Wimborne, Dorset

    9 6 reviews
    9 6 reviews
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    Wifi Car parking on site Garden / Patio Rural Location
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    Sunnylands Farm - The Old Dairy I
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    Strawberie Cottage

    Near Beaminster,

    23/05/2019
    9.2 13 reviews
    9.2 13 reviews
    Ref: E2390
    Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Garden / Patio Rural Location Woodburning Stove
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    Blackberie Cottage
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    Little Gem

    Weymouth, Dorset

    9.5 18 reviews
    9.5 18 reviews
    Ref: BCPARK08
    Coastal Wifi Coast within 1 mile Garden / Patio
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    Pig Sty Cottage

    West Milton,

    6 1 reviews
    6 1 reviews
    Ref: E1867
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    Butcher’s Cottage

    Broadway, near Weymouth, Dorset

    9.7 3 reviews
    9.7 3 reviews
    Ref: 28753
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Pub within 1 mile
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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Benoy Cottage

    Pilsdon, near Bridport, Dorset

    9.5 11 reviews
    9.5 11 reviews
    Ref: UKC3378
    Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Garden / Patio Ground Floor Facilities Rural Location
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    Pilsdon Farm Cottages - Heather Cottage
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    A Twist of Lyme

    Raymond’s Hill, near Lyme Regis, Dorset

    09/06/2019
    9.8 18 reviews
    9.8 18 reviews
    Ref: 29956
    Coastal Wifi Car parking on site Enclosed Garden / Patio Pub within 1 mile Pets go free Garden / Patio Rural Location
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    Paddock View

    Alderholt, near Fordingbridge, Dorset

    14/05/2019
    9.8 12 reviews
    9.8 12 reviews
    Ref: W43554
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