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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
Anchor Cottage Ref: 28487

Anchor Cottage is in a quiet cul-de-sac overlooking Portland and Chesil Beach with stunning panoramic sea views. It is a great base for exploring the delights of the Jurassic Coast scenery and surrounding nature. Famous Chesil Beach lies near the property with breath-taking views from the coastal path, only 200 yards away. Along the road, the Rodwell Trail offers an even level, traffic-free, walk to Weymouth’s quaint harbour and sandy beach. Fleet Nature Reserve and Visitor Centre 500 yards, small sandy cove 200 yards. National Sailing Centre 2½ miles. Shops, restaurant and pub 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area with patio doors. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Satellite TV (basic package). DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small, walled garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£293-£861
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Millstones Ref: W42634

This attached holiday home, with sea views, is 300 yards from the sea, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Part of a Grade II listed, 250 year old mill and with split levels, Millstones is on the top floor and offers comfortable accommodation, with an en-suite bedroom. The location is excellent for exploring this popular area, with walking, fossil hunting and fishing all available locally, the area is also home to the River Cottage HQ. Nearby is the Golden Cap with panoramic views over Lyme Bay from the top. A sandy beach and harbour of West Bay are close by, as well as the beginning of the famous Chesil Beach. Within a short drive are Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey and the Abbotsbury Swannery, which all make wonderful days out. Shop 1 mile, pub 300 yards.

All on second floor: Five steps to entrance. Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£213-£639
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

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£330-£796
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

This delightful, detached, thatched holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located just 10 minutes’ drive from the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch. The property is furnished to a high standard whilst retaining its original beams, inglenook fireplace and low ceilings. Bournemouth, with its fine sandy beaches and entertainment, and the New Forest with its miles of open heathland and roaming ponies, are close by. Winchester, Salisbury and Southampton within easy reach and walking, bird-watching, riding and cycling can all be enjoyed nearby. Shops 1/4 mile.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room with gas ‘wood burner’. Well-equipped, modern fitted kitchen. Utility. Cosy double bedroom. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and additional chair-bed (for +1). Separate dressing room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Some low beams.

  • Gas ’wood burner’ included
  • Electricity and full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Gas range (double oven) included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Gardens with furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Rose Cottage Ref: 18634

Nestling down a little lane, this charming holiday cottage dates back to 1830 and has been carefully refurbished to provide very comfortable accommodation. The Georgian seafront, harbour and sandy beach at Weymouth is just a few miles away. Many walks can be taken from the door step, along the nearby coastal paths and the World Heritage Coastline. Fossil beaches can be enjoyed at Charmouth, Lyme Regis and Kimmeridge. Shops and pubs 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Courtyard garden with terrace and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£212-£799
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Wren Cottage Ref: 24527

In a superb location, in the heart of the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis, on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 300 yards from the sandy beach and harbour is this semi-detached 150 year old holiday cottage. With its small enclosed private garden it is a little jewel for exploring Lyme Regis. Enjoy the lanes, the quaint shops, restaurants, walks along the promenade and the famous Cobb, or simply relax and soak up the character of this picturesque resort. Shops 300 yards, pub 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Convector and panel heaters included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-April). Other electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children due to stream outside the property and drops to river.

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

In the heart of Burton Bradstock between West Bay and Weymouth, this self-contained wing of the owners’ home offers a great holiday location from which to enjoy the Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, with its superb scenic coastal walking. Enjoy days out at Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland. Visit many exciting venues, including historic houses, Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, Weymouth Sea Life Aquarium and much more. Locally, there is boating, golf and fossil hunting. Beach 1 mile. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£171-£518
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
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£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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£470-£1195
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Limestone Cottage Ref: 25762

Sea views from rear of cottage

Set at the southern point of Portland with great coastline views. This charming terraced holiday cottage is an ideal touring base. Close by are footpaths leading to the South West Coastal Path and down to Portland Bill and RSPB bird observatory. Nearby is the famous Chesil Beach, part of the Jurassic Coastline. Portland is popular for bird watching, climbing, fishing and watersports. Weymouth is 8 miles with sandy beach and attractions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with French doors to Juliet balcony, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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£260-£1091
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Set in the small village of Southwell, close to Portland Bill and the coastal footpath around the Isle of Portland, these charming stone cottages provide a good base for walkers, birdwatchers and fishermen. Gull Cottage, an ‘upside down’ property, features a small balcony from the first floor lounge with sea views, whilst Chapel Cottage, now tastefully converted, features high panelled ceilings and stained glass windows. The bustling resort of Weymouth, with its harbour and beaches, is easily reached, as is the famous Chesil Beach, the beautiful Dorset coastline and the South Dorset Downs. In recent years windsurfing, diving and yachting have grown in popularity and there are often international yachting events taking place in summer months. Shop 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/raised dining area with wooden floors/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Galleried area with double bed and sloping ceiling.

Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared enclosed courtyard. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£196-£461
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