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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Greenbanks Ref: 25885

Beach location

Greenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and sky. The house has been completely refurbished, having been a much-loved second home for fifty years. It retains many of its original features including an open fire, whilst offering spacious and comfortable accommodation. Each bedroom has its own bathroom. Although its location is very private (access is down a narrow, sometimes bumpy track), it is only a 20-minute walk along the coastal path to West Bexington for the nearest pub serving food. A 15-20 minute walk towards Abbotsbury will take you to the sub-tropical gardens, whilst the local shops are 2½ miles away in Abbotsbury. Bridport, Dorchester and Weymouth are each about 10 miles away. The area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, on account of the local flora and fauna. The walks, views and sunsets are fantastic. Shops 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/conservatory/snug with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin (zip and link, can be double), one with additional (5ft) day bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet with sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Central heating from biomass wood pellet fired boiler, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer in external laundry room. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with furniture. Terrace. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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£619-£1880
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Nestling in a tranquil location on the Devon/Dorset border, this well-presented single-storey barn conversion is set within the 40 acres of the owner’s home, which was the setting for The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It lies ½ mile from the popular medieval port of Lyme Regis with picturesque harbour known as the Cobb. Wonderful scenic walking abounds, with the South West Coastal Path just 500 yards away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

Large open-plan beamed living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, and large well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with oak floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Full gas central heating included (October-April £20 per week)
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large enclosed lawned garden and patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking

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£420-£1343
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Iridium Ref: DDDD

This superb ‘boutique-style’ town house is in a wonderful location, only yards from the edge of Christchurch harbour and forming part of an exclusive gated development within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour Spa Hotel. Alex Aitken’s Michelin star renowned ‘The Jetty’ restaurant is also within the grounds (advance booking recommended), and the facilities of the hotel, including the restaurant, bar and spa facilities are available to guests (two complimentary passes are allocated per day for the indoor pool, the salt room sauna and gym). Other services that the hotel is able to offer are catering, room service and dry cleaning – all to be booked in advance if required. Set over four floors, this unique holiday property has been designed to take advantage of the far-reaching views over the harbour towards Hengistbury Head and across to The Needles on the Isle of Wight. There are terraces and balconies to enjoy al fresco dining whilst savouring the lovely views. Tastefully and stylishly furnished throughout, Iridium offers contemporary light and airy accommodation suitable for couples and families. It is a great base from which to explore the numerous attractions within easy reach including the coast, with beaches at Bournemouth and Poole, Salisbury with its medieval cathedral, Marwell Zoological Park, and further afield, New Forest Owl and Otter Park, Monkey World, Beaulieu in the New Forest, The Tank Museum near Wool, and Southampton with its maritme history and extensive retail shopping, plus ferries to the Isle of Wight. Beach 400 yards. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Utility. Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double) and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, bi-fold doors to balcony and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to second floor: Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to third floor: Spacious living room with bi-fold doors to furnished balcony.

  • Electricity, full gas underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair on request
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Blu-ray
  • MP3 connection
  • Steam oven
  • Teppanyaki table
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • American fridge/freezer
  • Wine fridge
  • Wi-fi
  • Balconies (two with furniture)
  • Communal grounds with terraces and seating
  • Parking (for 1 car); additional visitor parking for 1 car
  • Two complimentary passes per day for use of hotel’s indoor swimming pool, salt room and gym
  • Catering, room service and dry cleaning at cost by prior arrangement
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Grounds lead to water’s edge

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£968-£2743
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3
Woodbrook Cottage Ref: 16653

Woodbrook Cottage lies in the charming village of Bothenhampton 1 mile from the unspoilt beaches of Dorset. Woodbrook sits in a tranquil rural setting with views of the peaceful countryside. Deer and other wildlife abound. A mile away the World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers access to the South West Coast Path’s stunning scenery. Woodbrook provides a perfect holiday base for exploring this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With local harbours and Chesil beach nearby, the location is perfect for walking, swimming or fishing. Fossil hunt at nearby Charmouth. Walk along the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis. Enjoy the Swannery (baby swans in May and June) and Sub-Tropical Gardens at Abbotsbury. Visit Weymouth’s sandy beaches, Wareham’s Monkey World, the Donkey Sanctuary, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Bovington Tank Museum, the options are endless. Further afield is the Eden Project, Wookey Hole Caves, Tintagel Castle, Paignton Zoo and many NT houses and land. ’The region is fizzing with great food and great places to eat it’ (Rick Stein), and ’This is the only place you’d ever want to come on holiday’ (David Tennant). Woodbrook offers comfort with an American-style fridge/freezer, a 42’’ Freesat plasma TV with DVD and a fine, sumptuous French double bed and a 4-poster bed; each bedroom has a Freeview TV with DVD. Experience Woodbrook’s countryside seclusion just a stone’s throw away from the seaside and town amenities. Golf 1 mile. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. Shower room. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, (one four poster), one with additional single (for child up to 6 years), 2 twin, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included (£40per week, £30 per short break October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and two high chairs on request. 42’’ Freesat plasma TV. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs and small library. iPod dock. Electric Range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard garden with Wendy house and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£412-£1857
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

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£1174-£3640
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