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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
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.

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£201-£665
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Coach House Ref: DWU

This delightful, former Coach House, set in a secluded village location, has been refurbished to a high standard. It offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation and is situated in the historic, popular village of Chideock - ½ mile from the World Heritage Coast between Bridport and Lyme Regis. The village boasts a post office, shop and two excellent pubs. Good restaurants, street markets and shops within a few minutes’ drive at Bridport, Charmouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Visitors can wander down to the beach at Seatown and enjoy the famous Anchor Pub, swimming, fossil hunting and superb, scenic coastal walking. Shops ¼ mile.

Canopy porch. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and south-facing garden. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Two TVs (Freeview)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer and freezer (in shed)
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond and 3 steps in garden

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£418-£1569
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 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
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Larkrise Ref: 18942

With a cosy open fire this cottage was once home to the famous Stone Carver Skylark Durston, his work can be seen throughout. From the garden wonderful coastal and sea views can be enjoyed. Portland Bill lighthouse is just a mile walk, which then leads on to wonderful coastal footpaths and further to Chesil beach. It’s a great holiday base for sea/fishing, windsurfing, diving and sailing. Bustling Weymouth is 6 miles away. Sealife Park and Marine Sanctuary, Monkey World and Bovington Tank museum are all easily accessible. Shop 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open tread spiral stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 2 steps up to 1 single.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking.

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£212-£803
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.

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£212-£799
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Buzzards Ref: 8235

Set in the unspoilt village of Bothenhampton about a mile from Bridport and the new harbour of West Bay and its beaches. The historic rope-making town of Bridport with its twice weekly market is a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site. Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235, first floor) are in the east wing of an old country house and Farthings (ref 19292) is in the west. The holiday properties have views over the fields and woodland of the Dorset Downs. Many badgers have made their sets in the hill behind, and there is an abundance of wildlife. For the past few years holidaymakers in Sweet Briar (ref 8234) and Buzzards (ref 8235) have been able to watch a family of deer grazing in the adjacent fields and during the summer months, bats put on an amazing aerial display. Perfect for relaxing or more invigorating walking holiday in this AONB, which includes extensive NT land. Chesil Beach, one of the finest barrier beaches, begins at West Bay where the TV series ’Broadchurch’ was filmed. Lyme Regis with its Cobb and the famous fossil beach at Charmouth are close by. Not far away is the ancient town of Dorchester with its Iron Age hill fort and Roman town house and many other sites of historic interest. Golf course and leisure centre nearby. Bike hire available locally. Ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast or for just relaxing in this tranquil village. Shop, pub and restaurant 3/4 mile.

All on first floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft four poster), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Freeview TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. No children under 4 years.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£197-£649
Shortlist
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.

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£264-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
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.

Spacious, open-plan living/dining room with exposed flint feature walls, French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen with tiled floors. Wooden, spiral stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Most rooms are beamed.

  • Travel cot
  • High chair

  • 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)

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£514-£1376
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.

Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with French doors and farmhouse-style kitchen. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with tiled floors.

  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • 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
£296-£1001
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Mulberry’s Ref: 24681

Just 200 yards from the sea front, Mulberry’s is ideally located. The ground floor holiday apartment has its own private entrance and is centrally situated for enjoying the small seaside town of Swanage, with its Blue Flag beach, many shops, restaurants and pubs. It is finished to a very good standard, and is large and spacious, with a real light and airy feel. Fantastic coastal walks abound, or enjoy a trip on the Swanage Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are both 12 miles away, whilst Putlake Adventure Farm is just 0.5 miles. Horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and fishing are all available locally. Shops, pubs and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with French door/dining area/kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard with furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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NOW
£411-£1120
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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.

Morse Cottage (DJM) and Marple Cottage (DJL) offer very similar accommodation. Stable door entrance into open-plan sitting/dining room with electric woodburner and modern, well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, electric radiators and NSH included
  • Cot
  • Freesat HD TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • No smoking

  • 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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£220-£817
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