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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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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
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Pets
2
The Hollies Ref: 30527


In a superb coastal location at West Bexington, within a few minutes walk from the famous Chesil Beach, this mid-terrace holiday home for 6 is in an excellent location for scenic coastal walking, fishing and swimming. The Hollies is positioned between West Bay (where the TV series ’Broadchurch’ was filmed) and Weymouth, with Portland nearby. Guests can enjoy invigorating seaside walks with the dogs, wine and dine in the village pub and simply get away from it all. The whole of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast beckons, perhaps with some fossil hunting and boating, and explore the lovely seaside resorts from Lyme Regis all the way to Portland. Call in on the nearby Abbotsbury Tropical Gardens, Swannery and Childrens Farm, or have family time at Weymouth and nearby Dorchester with their many attractions. There is so much to do in this great location. Beach 400 yards. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 40 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms. Cot room. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. 6 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included October-March only). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. Blu-ray. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, rear lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Front lawned garden. Barbecue. Garage (1 car). Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£296-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Park Gardens Ref: W40004

Close to beaches and the New Forest

Situated in a cul-de-sac in a small development on the edge of Christchurch is this well appointed terrace house. This house is conveniently located close to local amenities and is only approximately 1 mile from the sandy beaches at Mudeford. Close by, Christchurch is a fascinating historic town, with an ancient priory and a magnificent harbour, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants. A short drive takes you to the beaches and numerous attractions of Bournemouth or visit the nearby picturesque New Forest, with its wild ponies and pretty villages. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

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

Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Video and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking.

WAS
NOW
£261-£574
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Primrose Cottage Ref: 10665

This thatched 17th-century terraced cottage is set on the road leading to Lulworth Cove, a circle of chalk cliffs with a narrow sea entrance and excellent beaches. Comfortably furnished and compact this holiday property benefits from an elevated sitting-out area. Midway between Weymouth (west) and Swanage (east), this location offers excellent riding and walking either inland or on superb coastal paths. Enjoy a day out at Monkey World and Tank Museum, near Wool or Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub tropical gardens. Shop and pub 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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NOW
£196-£709
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
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
1
Old Bakehouse Ref: 15287

This 17th century cottage, originally the village bakehouse, adjoins the owners’ home 1/2 mile from the village and within a stone’s throw of the famous Abbotsbury Swannery. Overlooked by the hill top chapel of St Catherine, the holiday cottage has been comfortably furnished to provide a pleasant base to explore the area. The ancient Tithe Barn, sub-tropical gardens, South West Coastal Path and countryside walks are all close by. Weymouth, Dorchester and Bridport are easily accessible. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

10 steps up to entrance. All on ground floor: Step down to living/dining room/kitchen with Velux window. 2 steps up to bedroom area with double bed and dividing wall. Step down to shower room with toilet. Most rooms with beams.

Electricity convector heater and bed linen included. Other electricity by £1 coin meter. Digital TV/DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owners’ washing machine and freezer. Private patio area and furniture. Use of owners’ garden. Parking. No smoking. NB: 2ft deep fenced pond with chickens in garden.

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£166-£454
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Wren Cottage Ref: DTB

Nestling in a peaceful hamlet this pretty, well furnished Edwardian cottage is surrounded by rolling heathland and boasts beautiful views. Adjoining another property, the cottage enjoys a delightful garden overlooking meadows. Activities available locally include walking, bird-watching, sailing, golf, diving, wind-surfing and exploring or relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Local places of interest include Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB nature reserve. Attractions close by for children include an open farm, ape sanctuary, toy museum, steam train, seaside and much more. Shop ¾ mile.

Step to entrance. Living room with open fire. Dining room/conservatory. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Utility. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite toilet.

  • Open fire – logs included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating included, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£284-£1098
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
NOW
£652-£1572
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Sea Breeze Cottage Ref: E4877

This refurbished mid row cottage (shown centre) boasts a wonderful holiday location just 5 minutes’ walk from bustling Poole Quay (pictured). Here, as well as finding brilliant restaurants, shops and pubs, visitors can buy fresh fish, take a PADI diving course, pick up a sea fishing excursion, enjoy a sailing lesson or join a cruise over to Brownsea Island, Sandbanks and Studland Bay. And during the summer months, the Quay is a venue for live music with a fireworks finale. Poole Park offers a jungle playground, miniature railway, boat hire, tennis courts and opportunities to watch the Poole Pirate speedway team in action. There are three miles of golden sands, clean clear waters, waterside restaurants and bars and fun for all ages between Sandbanks and Branksome Dene

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet..

Open fire in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Garden with patio and furniture. On road parking (permit provided). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
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 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 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.

WAS
NOW
£212-£799
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Swan Upping Ref: 23516

This detached house which is finished to a very good standard sits conveniently just 250 yards from the town centre and 350 yards from the Blue Flag beach. In a slightly elevated position it offers distant views of the sea from all the front rooms. Swanage itself has much to offer holiday makers, with individual shops, cafes, pubs and, of course, the famous Swanage steam railway which runs to the NT village of Corfe Castle. Within just a short walk you can be on the spectacular Dorset coastal path and Durlston Country Park with wonderful views of Anvil point lighthouse. Along the coast from Swanage is NT Studland with lovely coastline and good beaches, from here you can get the ferry across Poole harbour to Sandbanks. Nearby is the ever popular Monkey World and The Tank Museum which make great family days out. The market town of Wareham with its quayside is just a short drive away as is the RSPB nature reserve at Arne. Shops and pubs 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet (can also be used as an en-suite to one of double bedrooms).

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£514-£1317
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