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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
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
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Pebbles Ref: 23977

Close to the seafront at Chiswell near the southern end of the famous Chesil Beach, this charming refurbished, 200 year old holiday cottage retains period features, offering stylish and comfortable accommodation. A nearby coastal path winds around Portland’s miles of remote Jurassic Coastline, ideal for sea fishing, and within easy reach is the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth, with its Blue Flag beach, Sea Life centre and RSPB nature reserve. Windsurfing, diving and yachting are popular in the area. Shops, pubs and restaurant within 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and oak floor. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 single, 2 steps down to 1 double, 1 twin with additional Z-bed (for child). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband internet connection.Telephone. Courtyard and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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£288-£891
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 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 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 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
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