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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
8
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3
Brook Cottage Ref: 14937

Set in a rural location in north Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, this 19th-century cottage of local stone has been extended, retaining character and charm. Within an easy drive one can enjoy the quaint, character abbey town of Sherborne, or the Saxon hill-top and market town of Shaftesbury, both with restaurants and shops, or have days out visiting attractions such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead house and garden and memorable days at either the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes International Motor Museum with its wonderful selection of classic cars. Inland explore Glastonbury with its famous Tor, Cheddar Gorge, the cathedral city of Wells and the beautiful Georgian city of Bath with its famous Roman baths, pump room, museums and shops. Meander south into Dorset, passing the Cerne Abbas Giant and taking in Dorchester and onward to Weymouth and Hardy country, before reaching the famous and scenic Chesil Beach and World Jurassic Coast. There are many historic houses to marvel at, attractions to take the family to and if you wish, just simply enjoy wonderful country walking, pubs for wining and dining, maybe golf nearby or even a day at the Wincanton races. Shop and pub/restaurant 5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Second living room with sofa bed and French doors. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Landing with single bed (for child). 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, bidet and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. Rayburn. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: There is a brook at end of the garden.

WAS
NOW
£283-£1013
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.

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NOW
£652-£1572
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The School Room Ref: 19548

In a peaceful setting in the hamlet of East Chelborough, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this listed former school room has been transformed to provide light and spacious holiday accommodation, retaining the many beams and a vaulted ceilling. Set on a working farm, this really is a ’get-away-from-it-all’ spot where you can enjoy walks from the farm including Castle Hill, a small iron age earthwork which has a fine view point. National cycle network runs past the school room. The coast at Bridport and West Bay is approximately 13 miles away. Golf 2 miles. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

Ground floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor.

NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Courtyard and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£438-£438
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: 27885

This lovely single storey semi-detached converted barn is located in the village of West Stour, north west Dorset between the quaint market town of Shaftesbury and the abbey town of Sherborne. A perfect holiday location in a popular area. Within easy driving distance are many tourist attractions, Longleat Safari Park, Stourhead stately home and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Days out at Dorchester, Poole, Weymouth and the Famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are recommended. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and vaulted ceiling. Kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating, underfloor heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£258-£728
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
West Woods Ref: E3041

Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this cottage makes an ideal base for exploring Thomas Hardy Country. Set on the owners’ non working farm, it offers comfortable, modern accommodation just 0.5 miles from Evershot village. Historic Dorchester, with the famous Judge Jeffreys Tea Rooms, the Cerne Abbas Giant, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery are all within an easy drive. Bridport and the beautiful beaches at Weymouth and West Bay are all less than 15 miles. Riding, golf and fishing within 8 miles. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

WAS
NOW
£259-£500
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Set in the rolling countryside of West Dorset, each property has views of the surrounding countryside. Located in a rural lane just outside the village of Mosterton, just 13 miles from the Jurassic World Heritage Coast and near the south Somerset border, these two holiday properties are in an excellent location to explore the huge variety of attractions in this popular region. Attached to the owner’s home in a peaceful setting are North Lodge (ref 30044), a self-contained two-storey wing, and South Lodge (ref 30043), an end-terrace ground floor holiday apartment, which can be booked together or individually. In lovely countryside and adjacent to the owner’s cattery (guests can lodge their cat by arrangement), guests can take in the Dorset countryside with great walking, cycling, golf and fishing. Within easy driving distance, the whole of the Jurassic Coast beckons and will give many pleasurable days out exploring Lyme Regis with its quaint shops, famous Cobb, beach and wonderful atmosphere. Also, visit West Bay, the scene of the TV series ‘Broadchurch’ and on to Weymouth and Portland. There are family attractions, including the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum which the children will love, the Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens and much more. Beach 13 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Small gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture.

Both properties: Wood pellet central heating in owner’s home included (£20per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£253-£654
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Dating back to the 1760s, these three charming holiday cottages occupy a courtyard setting. Filled with character, they command views over the owners’ surrounding 3-acre grounds, and are set at the edge of the large village of Verwood. Whilst Eastworth Stable forms single-storey accommodation and Heathpoult is set out over two floors, Smuggler’s Cottage boasts a galleried second floor bedroom – each of these highly individual cottages are presented to a high standard. All three of the properties offered here benefit from a small garden of their own. There are many excellent walks through the Dorset countryside, and riding is available in Verwood. New Forest, lake fishing at Edmondsham and water sports at the Ringwood Lake all easily accessible. Seaside Bournemouth 15 miles. Various shops, local taverns and a 9- and 18-hole golf course locally. Shops ¼ mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove in Tudor brick fireplace and window seat. Large dining room with wooden floor, door to front garden and window seat. Farmhouse-style kitchen with slate floor. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Single bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towels £3 per person per week
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer (in external garage)
  • Small garden with patio and furniture (enclosed at Eastworth Stable)
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£611-£611
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Badger Cottage Ref: 29721


Situated in the village of Longburton, 3 miles south of the quaint abbey town of Sherborne, this terraced holiday cottage is situated on the main road, which gives easy access to Sherborne and Dorchester. The property includes features such as an exposed beam in the living room and windows seats in both the living room and main bedroom. Visit the Haynes Motor Museums, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Stourhead House and Gardens, and many National Trust houses in the area. There are lovely country walks, golf and fishing nearby, or enjoy days out at Weymouth and the famous World Heritage Coast down to Lyme Regis. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with stone floor and beam/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with small lawned area, patio with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 steps on patio. Drop in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£176-£577
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Shared outdoor heated swimming pool

This pretty 17th century farmhouse, on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, nestles in the peaceful Dorset countryside. It has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining many original features including beams, a flagstoned floor, mullion windows and an inglenook fireplace. Surrounded by 42 acres of pasture accommodating sheep, horses and poultry, and set in a verdant, peaceful garden with games available, the farmhouse is a haven of peace and quiet. Enjoy the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with breathtaking walks both east and west. West Bay provides a small sandy beach and the beginning of the famous shingle Chesil Beach, and has a picturesque harbour. Mapperton Gardens, Forde Abbey, Abbotsbury Gardens and Swannery, Weymouth and Lyme Regis all within easy reach. The property also has a shared swimming pool available for use between 1st June and 30th September (heating charge up to £6/day). Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile, restaurant 0.5 miles.

Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom. Separate toilet.

Central heating and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Barbecue. Shared swimming pool (payable locally), open June-September. No smoking. NB: Drops and small river on boundary of property. 2 small ponds in garden.

WAS
NOW
£532-£1332
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Hydrangea Cottage Ref: E2818

In a tranquil, unspoilt hamlet, this romantic thatched cottage (all of property left of right chimney) enjoys glorious views across farmland towards Forde Abbey. Cosy, very comfortable and full of character, it is set on the Dorset, Devon and Somerset border – an ideal base for exploring this lovely part of the South West. Lyme Regis, with its sandy beach, elegant Sidmouth, and Honiton’s antique shops and street market are all within 10 miles. The area affords excellent walking, there are golf courses nearby and NT properties within easy reach. Yeovil and Taunton, 20 miles. Shop 1.5 miles, pub/restaurants 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room/dining area with beams. Kitchen with low ceiling. First floor: 1 double (four poster) bedroom with beams and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Digital TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. W/machine. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£257-£585
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Poppies Ref: 29966


In a great location between Dorchester to the west, Poole and Bournemouth to the east, and the beautiful Purbecks and World Heritage Jurassic coast to the south, is this detached single storey holiday home for four guests. Adjacent to the owner’s home and set in a lovely country setting with views, walking and cycling, the property is ideally suited for visiting and exploring the many attractions in this wonderful part of Dorset. Within easy driving distances, enjoy family days out to Monkey World, The Bovington Tank Museum, Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth or the fascinating Weymouth Sea Life with its adventure park and tower, or simply enjoy the scenic beauty and coastal walking to be found at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove on the Heritage coast. Beach 13 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, bidet and toilet (also accessed via landing), 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Two high chairs. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric range. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Slopes in grounds.

WAS
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£261-£755
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