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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.

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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

WAS
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£296-£812
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Osprey House Ref: 25999

This terraced holiday home sits in a quiet area between Weymouth and Portland overlooking Portland harbour with sea views. The South West Coastal Path is 220 yards away and offers views across the harbour and along famous Chesil Beach. A 30 minute walk takes you into Weymouth with sandy beach and seafront. Sailing, windsurfing, sea fishing and diving are all popular. Nature reserve 550 yards, small cove 220 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory/dining area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with decked area, summer house and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 8 years. NB: 3 steps up to decked area.

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£281-£825
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Ferrybridge View Ref: 29182

With views overlooking Portland, Weymouth harbour and the start of the Chesil Beach, this end terrace holiday home is next to the main road to Portland and near the South West Coastal Path. This is an excellent location to enjoy Weymouth’s beach, harbour, shops and many family attractions. There is sailing, fishing, swimming and boating available locally, as well as coastal walking along Chesil Beach and Portland. The property is also within easy driving distance of Dorchester, Bridport and Abbotsbury, with its swannery and tropical gardens. A frequent bus service to Weymouth and Portland passes the property. Beach ¼ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£250-£703
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
9
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Overbay Ref: 23517

Stunning views over Swanage Bay can be enjoyed from the large decked elevated terrace at this holiday home. The house is set out upside down with the living space on the first floor to make the most of the views. Overbay is just 150 yards from the town centre and 250 yards from the Blue Flag beach. Swanage has restaurants, individual shops and pubs and ever popular Swanage Steam Railway, the town is surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside and coastline. Dotted around are many pretty villages including NT Corfe Castle, Langton Matravers, East Lulworth with its 17th century castle and West Lulworth with its famous natural cove and across the hill is Durdle Door. Nearby is the ever popular Monkey World and The Tank Museum which make great family days out. Poole boasts the second biggest natural harbour in the world and from here and sandbanks you can take the ferry to NT Brownsea island with its red squirrels. Shops and pubs 150 yards. Can be booked with property 23518 to accommodate 17 guests.

Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single, 2 twin. 2 bathrooms with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in games room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large decking area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Games room in garage (unheated) with table tennis and table football. No smoking. NB: Stairs from first floor to decking area.

WAS
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£652-£1572
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Fisherman’s Bank Ref: 26362

Ideal touring base

Fisherman’s Bank is a semi-detached fisherman’s cottage just 10 yards from Mudeford Creek, overlooking Stanpit Marsh (SSSI) and Nature Reserve. The holiday property has a paved area and shared slipway for clients to park and launch their own dinghies. The town of Mudeford has a picturesque quay with a sailing and windsurfing centre and from the quay visitors can take crabbing and fishing trips, as well as speed boat cruises. For families, Avon Beach is close by. Ferries go to Christchurch and to Mudeford Spit/Hengistbury Head, home of the famous Mudeford beach huts and the Noddy train. The historic town of Christchurch is only 2 miles away and has a natural harbour, two castles, an 11th century priory, as well as 4 miles of sandy beach. Christchurch also offers many guided walks and boat tours. Also close by is The New Forest, 6 miles, for great walking, Highcliffe Castle, Exbury Gardens and Lymington (Isle of Wight ferry). Bournemouth is a 20-minute drive with its Blue Flag beach, shops, bars, restaurants, gardens and Oceanarium. Shops and pubs ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining area/kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single, one with patio doors, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small patio and furniture. Garden (behind parking area). Balcony. Shared use of slipway. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 2 years. NB: Sea 10 yards.

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£421-£1090
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile form Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with its museums, Henry VIII’s castle, National Sailing Academy and other attractions. Enjoy excellent coastal walking, fishing, swimming, sailing or boating in Weymouth Bay. On your doorstep is the scenic Dorset coast, stretching either side of the Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth, on your west to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Bridport and Lyme Regis and to the east Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Beach 1 mile. Shop 1¼ miles, restaurant and pub 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of owners’ large, enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£201-£665
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Sib Ref: W42924

Set in a residential road and within a short walk you can be on coastal footpaths which form part of the Jurassic coast. This semi-detached holiday property provides a good base from which to explore this delightful part of Dorset. Bowleaze Cove is nearby and Weymouth with its beach, harbour and two nature reserves a couple of miles away popular for sea fishing, sailing and windsurfing. The county town of Dorchester, Athelhampton House, Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and many walks abound in this lovely area of Dorset. The Purbecks, with their chocolate box villages, are a short drive away. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. 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 and tumble dryer (in garage). Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Drop to one side of patio.

WAS
NOW
£308-£793
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

"Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ..."

Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, England’s first and only natural World Heritage Site.
Ecologically designed and stylishly furnished these luxury, semi-detached cottages combine Grade II listed building status with the ultimate in comfort and amenities. Very well presented and offering a wealth of period details, they represent some of the very best accommodation available in the area. The National Trail and South West Coast Path run along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast and it offers a bird’s eye view of the many stunning coastal formations. From the Coast Path, you can experience the drama of sheer cliff faces, strangely eroded rock formations and above all, etched into the landscape, the story of the earth’s formation dating back 250 million years ago to the present day. The area is also ideal for exploring Dorset’s villages, Thomas Hardy country, and the Purbecks. Nearby Lulworth offers bistros, pubs and restaurants where locally caught fish and local ales can be sampled. Corfe Castle, Brownsea Island and the seaside towns of Swanage and Weymouth are nearby, with cosmopolitan Bournemouth with its seven-mile beach 20 miles east. Famous attractions nearby include Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre. Beach 500 yards. Café, bar and grill 200 yards. Shop 200 yards (seasonal), pubs and restaurants 1 mile.

Cosy dining area and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full underfloor biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry with two washing machines, two tumble dryers and freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Sitting-out area with furniture
  • Shared courtyard
  • Shared ½-acre landscaped grounds
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional roadside parking
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool, open daily, 9am to dusk, Easter - October
  • Shared games room with gym equipment, pool table, table top games and TV area
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 10 steps to pool area (also accessed via slope)

WAS
NOW
£281-£862
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in living room). Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD/iPod dock. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Sea View Ref: 30307


This beautifully presented, light and airy holiday apartment, with a sea view, is just 200 yards from the clifftop leading down to the beaches of Bournemouth’s 7 miles of golden sands below. Sea View is set within a quiet, residential area, ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. The accommodation is set over the first and second floors of a three storey building. The local areas of Boscombe and Southbourne have a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance, and Boscombe Pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Bournemouth town centre is 2 miles away. From the well-kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye can be taken, 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 to visit 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 200 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

Stairs to entrance. First floor: Dining room with French doors/kitchen with tiled floors. 3 double (one 6ft) bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: Living room with French doors.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Cable TV. DVD. Blu-ray. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Balcony. Juliet balcony. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£292-£924
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
Fernhill Heights Ref: 17734

Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool

This property is located in an exclusive complex and benefits from views across open countryside. This holiday accommodation has a good quality 3-seater double sofa bed in the living/dining room (no separate bedroom). It is set on a beautiful 30 acre site which includes two small lakes and a barbecue area. There is also use of a heated outdoor swimming pool (Easter-Sept) and direct access to the coastal footpath. The surrounding grounds are adjacent to Lyme Regis golf course. 4 star hotel on site with cafe bar and restaurant.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity and bed linen included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Small patio style garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.9m, open Easter-September). Car park on site. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£147-£481
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Stable Cottage Ref: DZX

On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individually or for for larger groups can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. The Coach House, which is located on one side of a beautiful high walled courtyard has charm and character, retaining an inglenook, beams, flagstones and one four-poster bedroom, and is ideal to accommodate two family groups or larger extended families. On the other side of the courtyard is Stable Cottage which is thatched, built from local stone and makes excellent family accommodation. Being on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one can enjoy a stroll into Lyme itself and wander around the local shops, lanes, cafes, restaurants and along the picturesque Cobb, made famous by the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, or simply chill out on the beach, fishing, boating, beach walking and of course fossil hunting. There is superb scenic coastal walking all along the Lyme Bay Coast, with views stretching to Portland Bill and far into Devon, and for those without a faint heart, the National Trust’s Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff is an exhilarating walk with spectacular scenery. One can visit the many popular seaside resorts from Weymouth in the east to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and onto Exmouth in the west, or enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside with its quaint villages, pubs and cream tea cafes. There are many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House and Gardens, and family entertainment such as The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park and inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Exeter Cathedral City is worth a day out to see the Cathedral itself, the catacombs, museums and shops. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.

Living room with well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Dining room/conservatory with patio doors and slate floor. Twin bedroom leading to double bedroom with wash basin. Bunk bedrooms with 2ft 6in beds (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

  • Full NSH central heating included
  • Freeview TV
  • Stereo/CD
  • Freezer
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and £1 coin-operated tumble dryer
  • Large shared gardens
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£308-£1221
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