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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
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Old Monmouth Ref: DVP

Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the seafront. Full of character, it offers spacious holiday accommodation for 16 people - with seven bedrooms (five en-suite) and also has many period features, including beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and pine wooden shutters.
Old Monmouth has endured a chequered history with Monmouth’s cavalry lodging there in 1685, being visited by Oscar Wilde in 1891 and used by the Americans as a HQ during the war. This unique property is an excellent holiday home to enjoy Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, beach, shops and cafes, and also to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. There is superb scenery, coastal walking, golf and fishing on the doorstep, and within easy driving distance are Bridport, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth. Weymouth, with its Deep Sea Adventure, Timewalk and many other attractions also makes for a good family visit. There are a host of National Trust properties to visit, as well as Forde Abbey and Gardens - whilst inland, the Yeovilton Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and much more provide alternative days out. Shops 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

Large beamed living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Large beamed dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with gas range, breakfast area, wooden floor and side access to outside. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional twin beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with wooden shutters and wash basin. Bunk bedroom with double bed on bottom, single bed on top and wash basin. All bedrooms with TV (except bunk bedroom and upstairs twin bedroom). Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (Freeview)
  • DVD
  • Gas range included
  • 8-ring hob and double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No garden
  • Public car park 400 yards (2 permits provided)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£968-£3073
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0

This magnificent listed building offers wonderful character holiday accommodation in a residential area, just a mile away from the lovely sandy beaches of Swanage Bay and a large selection of restaurants and shops. Newton Manor House dates back to the early 1600s with walls and roof built from local Purbeck stone. The house retains a lot of its original charm with ornate oak panelling and wood carvings. The principal rooms overlook the serene landscaped gardens, while the first and second floor rooms offer far-reaching views across the small seaside town of Swanage, to the sea and coast beyond. The town of Swanage nestles peacefully amidst the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside, and is set between the Heads of Durlston and Studland, sloping gently down to the water’s edge. This small pleasant resort has an array of restaurants, interesting shops and a small theatre, not to mention spectacular floral displays in the parks and gardens. In season, pleasure cruisers leave the pier daily, bound for Poole, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight. The Lifeboat Centre at Pervil Point is open to the public and fascinating to visit, whilst Durlston Country Park provides magnificent cliff walks and views of Anvil Point Lighthouse. A trip aboard Swanage’s restored steam railway also makes for a fun day out, winding its way through pretty scenery to the ruins of Corfe Castle. Magnificent coastal walks extend north from the town to the National Trust sandy beaches at Studland while the South West Coastal Path leads to Kimmeridge, Tyneham and West Lulworth in the west, much of which is National Trust land and rich in local flora and fauna. The larger seaside resorts of Poole and Bournemouth are just a ferry ride away, boasting a huge range of shops, theatres, museums, cinemas, and restaurants. The entire coast is excellent for trying out all manner of watersports - windsurfing, water-skiing, yachting and surfing to name just a few. Fishing and tennis are available a mile away in Swanage, and a local golf course can be found nearby. Shop ¼ mile.

For remainder 2014 - Hall. Spacious beamed living room with TV, open fire and double doors linking to dining room with seating for 16. Sitting room with TV. Spacious well-fitted kitchen. Utility with pool table. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed and a sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional day bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Third floor: Twin bedroom in attic with en-suite shower room and toilet.
From 2015. Hall. Spacious beamed living room with TV, open fire and double doors linking to dining room with seating for 16. Sitting room with TV. Spacious well-fitted kitchen. Utility with pool table. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5t bed and sofa bed (for alternative sleeeping only), sloping ceiling and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, leading to sitting/dressing room with two single fold-out beds (each for +1 child), en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower and toilet. Second floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional day bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Third floor: Twin bedroom in attic with en-suite shower room and toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • Two high chairs
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Two additional fridges
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large garden with furniture
  • Ample parking
  • Barbecue
  • Pool table
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced ponds in adjacent parking area

Note: 3 or 4 night winter short breaks, charged at 72% of weekly price

WAS
NOW
£1612-£3962
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Holme Cottage Ref: DTL

This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden with hot tub and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Many rooms in this property have lovely high ceilings and large bay windows, providing a light and airy feel to the holiday home. The downstairs games room provides a great place for children and adults with a pool table, table football, table tennis, board games and toys. Bournemouth town centre is 1½ 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 Palmers, Alice in Wonderland Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and bay window. Dining room with seating for 14 and bay window. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Games room with patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with 6ft Victorian oak four-poster bed, TV, bay window and gas ‘living-flame’ fire. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, bay window and ornamental fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Open fire - fuel available locally
  • Gas ‘living-flame’ fire included
  • electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two cots
  • Two high chairs
  • Three TVs
  • DVD
  • Two radio/CDs
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American-style fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars); additional roadside parking
  • Cycle/surf board store
  • Games room with pool table, board games, table tennis and table football
  • 8 person sauna room with shower
  • Hot tub
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£1068-£3265
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

WAS
NOW
£1174-£3640
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