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From the incredible views, beautiful award-winning beaches and world-class fossil hunting sites of the Jurassic Coast to the rural retreats and idyllic countryside of Hardy Country, it’s easy to see why Dorset is one of Britain’s most beloved holiday destinations.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it in ‘bucket and spades’ in Dorset, the county of many contrasts. And with a collection of hand-picked holiday cottages in Dorset’s coast and country locations, you can start exploring as soon you’ve found your inspiration!

Explore Dorset

Dorset is renowned for its varied landscape so you won’t be surprised to hear it’s also suitable for a variety of different holidays. The long coastline is a paradise for pets and explorers looking for an active break. The region’s beaches are perfect for those looking to unwind or partake in some water sports, with surfing and sailing readily available – along with expert tuition for those who fancy getting their feet wet!

The Jurassic Coastline is one of the county’s main attractions. A landscape 180 million years in the making, it offers as much a fascinating history lesson as it does a stunning view of the English Channel. Dorset’s beaches are equally popular, offering stunning sands, clear waters and classic English seaside staples. With heritage attractions, indigenous wildlife and a host of unique attractions, it’s a UK holiday destination like no other.

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Historic Sights

As can be expected of any area that boasts a Jurassic Coast, a trip to Dorset is ideal for those wishing to step back in time. Aside from its celebrated fossils, there is a fantastic diversity of intriguing human history waiting to be discovered.

Taste of the Sea

With its prime location along Britain’s south coast, Dorset is the ultimate destination for sampling sensational local seafood, with delectable dishes and takeout dinner options galore. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in a summer holiday sensation than by treating the taste buds.

Best Foodie Pubs

Dorset is bursting with quality local ingredients, whether grown in the earth or straight from the sea. And all that fresh coastal air is perfect for working up a thirst and an appetite.

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Our Experts Recommend...

Charmouth Beach is my favourite childhood place, where anyone can find a bevy of beautiful fossils.

Emily Cowper-Coles, Jurassic Coast Ambassador

The Black Swan in Swanage has the best pub food in the whole of Dorset. Everything on the menu is cooked to perfection. The Jurassic Feast is utterly fantastic.

Andy Farrer, Landscape Photographer

The fossil hunting at Charmouth Beach is one of the gems of the region and a unique experience for holidaymakers

Katie Davies, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest.

Putlake Adventure Farm in Langton Maltravers and Monkey World are both loved by my daughter. Abbotsbury Swannery is a big hit too, especially when the cygnets are hatching.

Andy Farrer, Landscape Photographer

Discover Cottages in Dorset

All of our Dorset holiday cottages have been inspected and graded by our regional experts. Choose from stunning farmhouses and coastal cottages with hot tubs, private pools and much more.

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