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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Hill View Ref: 23642

Within a mile of Lulworth Cove, Hill View is set in a peaceful spot with views over the Purbeck hills. It is a very light and airy holiday home and has a pretty garden. Visit places such as the seaside town of Swanage with its sandy beach, Durlston Country Park and famous Steam Railway which takes you to NT Corfe Castle, Saxon town of Wareham to Monkey World and Tank Museum. Shop 700 yards and pub 300 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with patio door. Four steps to 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional single (2ft 6in). Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Large patio with small grassed area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps to enclosed grassed area.

WAS
NOW
£264-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

This delightful cottage with stable door entry features an open plan living/dining-room with electric woodburner and kitchen area. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling; one double and one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, electric radiators, ‘Economy 7’ NSH and towels included
  • Cot
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • iPod dock
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3 steps in garden

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

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£296-£812
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, a short walk from the Chesil beach coastal walk and two pubs serving a range of food, this 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the area. The character stone cottage is the end one of a row and located just 2 miles from the market town of Bridport and the harbour at West Bay. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Exmouth can be discovered - with its fossils, superb coastal walking, popular resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, and many family attractions. Shop 400 yards.

Access from back of property. Large beamed living room with cast iron stove. Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Cast iron stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full electric underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and shed
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3 steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£463-£1335
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Jasmine Cottage Ref: DTD

Jasmine Cottage, situated in the village of Bothenhampton in a designated AONB, boasts a sheltered and secluded garden with 7 terraces which enjoy spectacular views towards the coast and surrounding countryside. It is approximately 1 mile from the beach at West Bay (setting for ITV’s Broadchurch) and ½ mile from the market town of Bridport with its shops, pubs, restaurants, twice weekly antiques market and regular arts festivals. It is an ideal base for exploring the Dorset countryside and the Jurassic Coast, lying close to many spectacular coastal and country walks. Shop ¼ mile, pub ½ mile.

Living room with gas woodburner. Dining room. Conservatory-style modern kitchen. Boot room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and TV. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Gas woodburner
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one with BT Vision)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Games
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with terraces, patio, decked area and furniture
  • Summerhouse
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Steps up to sloping garden

WAS
NOW
£330-£796
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Marbles Ref: DAAA

This well-presented Grade II holiday home lies in 350 acres of rolling countryside of a 19th-century estate. Just ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 2½ miles from the resort of Lyme Regis, with its Cobb, harbour and beach. The estate also boasts its own private, pebbled beach, accessed via the renowned Undercliff on the South West Coast Path, making Marbles the perfect location for enjoying coastal and countryside walks. The Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, and Bicton Gardens are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 4 miles.

Large living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Cobbled courtyard with furniture
  • 350-acre grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£285-£1095
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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NOW
£470-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Ivy Cottage Ref: DXZ

This Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage dates back to the 1600s and sits on the village road which leads to the sea and Lulworth Cove. Retaining many original features, with beams, inglenook fireplaces and wood-burning stove. West Lulworth has a village store and the local inn is next door. Surrounded by the Purbeck Hills and close to the Dorset Coastal Path, it is ideal for walks and bird watching. Shop 200 yards.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Beamed dining room with inglenook fireplace. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: One step up to double bedroom with 5ft bed, en-suite shower room and toilet. Beamed double bedroom with basin and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom with basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Annexe: Twin bedroom (zip & link) with en-suite shower room and toilet. Low doorways throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel incl, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared garden with furniture
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Sunday to Sunday

WAS
NOW
£556-£1455
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
West Bay Retreat Ref: 25311

Situated between West Bay’s picturesque harbour and the historic market town of Bridport, this contemporary apartment is located on the 1st and 2nd floor of the owner’s period house and enjoys far reaching views in this AONB. This stretch of the World Heritage Coastline offers spectacular scenery, boating, fishing, swimming, walking, cycling, golf and fossil hunting. Bridport, 1 mile, is well known for its weekly antiques and by-gone market, its artisan community, and its rope and net making heritage. Leisure centre with pool ½ mile. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are within easy driving distance. Shop 1/4 mile, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

First floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Wooden floors throughout.

Gas woodburner in living room and gas central heating included (by meter reading October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. On road parking (150 yards). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£220-£512
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Barters Cottage Ref: DFL

Overlooking open countryside, this attractively furnished cottage stands as one of a pair in a large lawned garden about a mile from the sea. The village of Chideock (¾ mile) has a shop and friendly pubs. Three miles to the east lies the market town of Bridport, with its many shops and good leisure centre. To the west (10 miles) is Lyme Regis, a seaside town of distinction and charm with a pretty harbour. Dorchester (18 miles), Thomas Hardy territory, has shops, restaurants, museums and cinema. Dorset boasts 18 golf courses; fishing and sailing are widely available all along the coast, and there are excellent country walks from the holiday cottage and along the coastal footpath. The region has many fine houses and gardens open to the public. Shops ¾ mile.

Step up to comfortable living room with open fire. Pretty modern fitted kitchen with dining area and door to garden. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one double with 5ft bed and one twin. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Open fire – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair (portable)
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD and small library
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking

WAS
NOW
£282-£1095
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely wood-burning stoves. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in a quiet location, each with its own garden area, within easy walking distance of Chickerell.
Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy the sandy beach. A day trip to France or the Channel Islands and even a sea fishing trip can be enjoyed, all leaving from the harbour. The RSPB has two reserves nearby - Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, the latter having an information centre as well as nature trails where grebes, swans, warblers and other species of birds may be seen. The swannery at Abbotsbury provides the opportunity to observe the resident colony of mute swans, which has been in existence since the 14th century. From late May, visitors can walk around the nesting area, observing the cygnets at close quarters. Another attraction at Abbotsbury are the sub-tropical gardens, which flourish in a site protected from the cold winds. Here species rare to Britain - such as Japanese camellias and Caucasian Wing Nut tree - can be found. A drive west from the cottages along the coast road is a delight, where the outstanding views and ‘chocolate-box’ villages can be admired. Shops ¼ mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove, small dining table (for 4 people) and well-equipped fitted kitchen with breakfast bar (for 2 people). Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and DVD. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Private parking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£328-£1152
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Trevina Ref: 29847


Situated in Weston in the heart of Portland, this semi-detached holiday home for four is ideally suited for exploring this scenic area, along with Weymouth and Dorchester with their many attractions. Home to the National Sailing Academy, visitors can enjoy many watersports in and around Weymouth harbour, be it windsurfing, sailing, boating, fishing or swimming off Weymouth’s sandy beach. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast stretches along the Chesil Beach to the beautiful fishing port of Lyme Regis or towards Pool and Swanage, taking in Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Relax in Weymouth itself and sample many of its restaurants, visit Brewer’s Quay, take a harbour cruise or even venture out for a day trip on the ferry to Guernsey, you will have much to enjoy. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£200-£681
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely wood-burning stoves. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in a quiet location, each with its own garden area, within easy walking distance of Chickerell.
Adjacent to the site is a riding stable, the perfect way for a family to explore the area, and within two miles is Weymouth Golf Course. The lovely Victorian seaside town of Weymouth is a few miles along the coast, where children can enjoy the sandy beach. A day trip to France or the Channel Islands and even a sea fishing trip can be enjoyed, all leaving from the harbour. The RSPB has two reserves nearby - Lodmoor and Radipole Lake, the latter having an information centre as well as nature trails where grebes, swans, warblers and other species of birds may be seen. The swannery at Abbotsbury provides the opportunity to observe the resident colony of mute swans, which has been in existence since the 14th century. From late May, visitors can walk around the nesting area, observing the cygnets at close quarters. Another attraction at Abbotsbury are the sub-tropical gardens, which flourish in a site protected from the cold winds. Here species rare to Britain - such as Japanese camellias and Caucasian Wing Nut tree - can be found. A drive west from the cottages along the coast road is a delight, where the outstanding views and ‘chocolate-box’ villages can be admired. Shops ¼ mile.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped fitted kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom with TV and DVD. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Three TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed garden with furniture
  • Private parking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£311-£1152
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