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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Pebbles Ref: 30387

This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£200-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pinecliffe Ref: 24986

This apartment is 50 yards from the cliff top and the Blue Flag sandy beach (beach hut available for hire). Set on the first floor the open plan living room/kitchen has a balcony with distant sea views. The holiday apartment offers comfortable accommodation and is in an ideal area for exploring. Enjoy Bournemouth town centre with town garden, shops, restaurants and pubs. The New Forest National Park is just a short drive away with pretty villages and free roaming cattle and ponies. Christchurch is close by with its market, walks along the river or a river cruise and Mudeford popular for crabbing on the quayside. Shop ½ mile, pub 600 yards.

All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair by arrangement. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Balcony. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£212-£799
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cerne Ref: DZR

"Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • CD

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
  • Internet connection
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Large shared lawned area
  • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
  • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
  • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • No smoking

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£282-£1022
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Rainbow Lodge Ref: 24753

Shared indoor heated swimming pool and many other on-site facilities

This lovely, detached holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on the popular Warmwell Leisure Resort. The site is set in over 40 acres of woodland and offers many facilities (including shared indoor heated swimming pool) that can be enjoyed all year (except from end November to the week before Christmas). Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, just a short drive to the stunning Jurassic coastline and the seaside town of Weymouth with promenade and sandy beach. The Sealife Centre, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery are all nearby. The Purbeck Heritage coastline is a short drive, and includes the beaches at Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Studland and Warbarrow Bay. There are a number of charming villages such as Corfe with its medieval castle (NT). Swanage is a typical seaside town with its Blue Flag beach, boat trips, shops, pubs and restaurants and Durlston Country Park. It also boasts Swanage Steam Railway - the perfect way to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along the 6-mile track. The walled Saxon town of Wareham, with its weekly market, shops and quayside is also worth a visit. Shop, pub and restaurant on site.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Decked area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Indoor swimming pool. Golf facilities, sports complex, roller skating. Games room (£6 per person before 6pm, £20per week for adults, £10per week for children after 6pm). Dry-ski slope (available all year at cost). Fishing lake with two free passes and are available throughout the day. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are ponds, streams and a water feature in the grounds. The facilities, (except ski slope), games room, shop, pub and restaurant are not available from the end of November to the week before Christmas.

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£428-£1660
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Mallows Ref: 27333

This well-presented wing of the owner’s home is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday and to enjoy this delightful area. The property is near the Somerset border, only 5 miles from the historic abbey town of Sherborne and 20 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Enjoy many attractions within easy driving distance from the Cerne Abbas Giant to Glastonbury Tor, Ham Hill Country Park, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Bovington Tank Museum and much more. Shop 50 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area. Shared lawned garden with patio. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream 150 yards.

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£275-£550
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
0
Lilac Cottage Ref: DDDA

This impeccably presented, detached, character holiday property has a private, west-facing rear garden with its own hot tub and is 2 minutes away from Shelley Park. The cliff top leading down to the 7 miles of golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth is just 300 yards from the property. Lilac Cottage is set within a quiet residential area and is ideally situated, with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide range of restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance, and its pier is home to the UK’s first artificial surfing reef, whilst Bournemouth town centre is 1½ miles away. Take a ride on the Bournemouth Eye, which rises high above the town to give the most amazing panoramic views over the whole area. At the foot of the pier is the fascinating Oceanarium, where the whole family can discover life beneath the waves. Compton Acres in Bournemouth and the delightful Exbury Gardens, 18 miles, are both worth a visit, as is Beaulieu, with its world-renowned National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey, 20 miles. Other places of interest include Farmer Palmer’s, Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Beach 300 yards. Shop and pub 200 yards.

Spacious, beamed living room with feature fireplace and dining area. Large sitting room. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, gas range (for cooking) and tiled floor. Games room with French doors to garden. Shower room with computerised steam/shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Large master double bedroom with 6ft bed and feature fireplace, leading to a twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft beds; one with fireplace. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle (no toilet). Separate toilet. Second floor: Large double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots and high chair on request
  • Two Freeview TVs (one 3D)
  • Two blu-rays
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Gas range
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Additional fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Hot tub
  • Games room with table tennis, toys and games
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£1174-£3640
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Gatehouse Ref: W41364

Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and garden, and you can enjoy the extensive gardens around the moated Manor House and coarse fishing in the lake. The surrounding area is rich in heritage, there is glorious countryside and Chesil Beach to enjoy, walking, boating, fishing, and swimming, or visit Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth with its Timewalk and Sea Life Centre, and the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, all of which will leave one with a memorable holiday. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft zip and link), both with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. 3 shower rooms with toilet, one with bidet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week December-January). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There is a moat with deep water close to the property.

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£593-£979
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Red Lion Cottage Ref: 19631

The cottage dates back 400 years and was originally ’The Red Lion Inn’ and served its own ale to King George III in 1802. Refurbished to a good standard, yet retaining many of its original character features. All bedrooms have been individually designed and furnished, and offer generous holiday accommodation. It lies in a quiet lane within walking distance to Lulworth Cove, the local pub and village store. Surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and close to the Dorset coastal path, it is ideal for great country walks, bird watching and local marine life. Lulworth Cove is a beautiful bay offering wildlife walks to Durdle Door and Worbarrow Bay. Visit the nearby historic market towns of Dorchester and Wareham, and dramatic Corfe Castle. To entertain children: Monkey World, the Bovington Tank Museum and the ’Old Steam’ Swanage Railway are all nearby. Golf, tennis, riding and watersports are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within walking distance.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 double bedrooms, two with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£30per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer.Telephone-incoming calls only. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Sloping garden on two levels with steep steps with handrails and drops.

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£470-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Mulberry Cottage Ref: 27905

Nestling in the quiet hamlet of Acton, just a mile from the sea and cliffs of delightfully named Dancing Ledge, these two charming, Grade II listed, former quarrymen’s holiday cottages enjoy their own furnished gardens. Completely refurbished throughout, yet retaining their rustic charm (with low beams and stone fire surrounds), they occupy either end of a row of three in a conservation area, affording lovely views towards Swanage Bay and many excellent walks along coastal paths or through charming villages, three inns lie within a mile and a half. Swanage, 2½ miles, offers a lovely sandy beach together with many other attractions, including shops, restaurants and inns, a theatre and an extensive range of sports facilities. Bournemouth 25 miles. Poole 20 miles. Shops ½ mile and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor and French doors. Kitchen/
dining room with tiled floor. Narrow, steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Low ceilings throughout.

Small, enclosed, lawned garden and furniture.

Both properties: Woodburner (no fuel provided). Electricity convector/fan heaters by meter reading. Electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Parking. Pets free of charge. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£201-£757
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Inglenook Ref: 30388


This holiday bungalow nestled in a peaceful semi-rural hamlet just outside of Wareham, is at the heart of the Purbecks. Surrounded by countryside with its beautiful views, the property has a large and enclosed lawned garden. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all nearby. Children’s attractions include an open farm, ape sanctuary, tank and military museum, steam railway and fantastic sandy beaches. Beach 8 miles. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and French doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£267-£723
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

"In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, is a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, it is the highest point on England’s south coast, which is a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within half a mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to simply visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and includes many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

Morse Cottage (DJM) and Marple Cottage (DJL) with their old world charm offer very similar and comfortable accommodation. They each have a stable door entrance into a cosy beamed living room with electric woodburner, dining area and well-equipped kitchen. First floor: Attractive double bedroom with beams and sloping ceiling. Large bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity and NSH included
  • Cot
  • Widescreen Freesat TV/DVD
  • Selection of board games
  • Washer/dryer
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No smoking

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Bed linen included
  • High chair
  • Microwave
  • Private patios and furniture
  • Shared grounds
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in grounds

WAS
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£220-£817
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: DJE

Just 3 miles from the coast at West Bay, this spacious 200-year-old converted barn has been comfortably furnished throughout. In a courtyard setting next to the owners’ home and ‘Good Life’ smallholding, it has a small garden area at the rear occasionally visited by a dog, cat, ducks and chickens! This valley setting of outstanding natural beauty is just below the Iron Age fort on Eggardon Hill, and only 2½ miles from the clean beach of shingle and low-tide sand at Burton Bradstock, where the cliff-top coast path gives fine views over Lyme Bay. Bridport (2½ miles) offers shops, restaurants and a twice-weekly market. Dorchester 12 miles. Shops 2½ miles, several inns within 1 mile.

Steps to entrance. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/breakfast room. Arch to sitting-room with rugs on wooden floor and wood-burning stove. Double bedroom. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs at cost
  • Electricity and full NSH by meter reading
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small garden area
  • Garage/parking
  • Natural spring water supply

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£223-£439
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