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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
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Chapel Barn Ref: 15437

Character barn

This charming 17th century barn has been tastefully refurbished to retain much of its original character with low beams, exposed roof timbers and wood burning stove. Set in beautiful West Dorset countryside, adjacent to the owner’s home, just a short distance from the market town of Bridport and seaside village of West Bay. Golf, fishing, sailing, beaches and fine country walks, all close by. Shop 2 miles, pub 1/2 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking.

WAS
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£288-£891
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Brimble Cottage Ref: 28407


Situated only 2½ miles from Lyme Regis with its historic Cobb, harbour and sandy beach, and the market town of Axminster, this delightful and spacious, split-level rural cottage, with stable door entrance, is ideally located to enjoy West Dorset and East Devon. Take in some wonderful scenic walking on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, enjoy fossil hunting, boating, golf, fishing, horse riding and family time in Lyme Regis or attractions such as the Donkey Sanctuary and tramway at Seaton, Crealy Adventure Park at Exeter, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Beer Caves, River Cottage or exploring the cathedral city of Exeter and beyond. The owners’ property is close by, but not overlooking, with chickens, ducks and sheep nearby. You are free to explore the adjacent local nature reserve and woodlands and enjoy views over the Axe Valley. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 3 steps down to 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Small, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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NOW
£239-£932
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
1

Ground floor: Living room with French doors and tiled floor. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with half bath, shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin (one 2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second staircase from second living room to first floor: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating (underfloor in second living room). Cot. Travel cot. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Edie’s Retreat Ref: 29316

This homely and comfortable single-storey holiday retreat is attached to the owners’ home with its own private entrance, and is conveniently located opposite a renowned pub serving food and the village shop. It is an ideal base for holidaymakers wishing to explore the area; Salisbury, Southampton, Winchester, Poole, Sandbanks and the New Forest are all within easy driving distance. Bournemouth and the renowned beaches of Sandbanks and Studland are a 20-minute drive and the popular market town of Wimborne is nearby. Beach 11 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 25 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£191-£576
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Briar Cottage Ref: 23237

Set in the small village of Bothenhampton in an AONB, on the outskirts of Bridport and 1.5 miles from the popular seaside resort of Westbay, this cosy holiday cottage is ideally located to explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the picturesque Dorset coast between Weymouth and Lyme Regis. There are wonderful coastal walks, golf, fishing, and sailing to be had, or one can visit the many attractions within easy driving, such as Abbotsbury’s Sub-Tropical Gardens and Swannery, Weymouth’s Timewalk and excellent Sea Life Centre, or Portland Castle. Shops and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Payphone. Sloping lawned garden with decked area, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are steps up to the garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rosina Ref: 27455

This cosy, 300-year old, semi-detached cottage for 4 is situated in Enmore Green, within walking distance of the historic town centre of Shaftesbury. Ideally placed for exploring the popular and beautiful Blackmore Vale, guests can enjoy wonderful country walking with fantastic views up on Gold Hill. There is much to visit within easy driving distance of this holiday property, including Stourhead House and Gardens, Salisbury Cathedral and Longleat House and Safari Park. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

Electric ’woodburner’ in living room included. Gas central heating included (£25per week, £20 per 4 night short break, £15 per 3 night short break November-Easter). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£241-£665
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

This delightful cottage, with stable door entry, features an open plan living/dining room with electric woodburner and a fitted kitchen with breakfast bar. First floor: Two bedrooms; one very cosy double and one twin with travel cot, both with sloping ceilings. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity fires
  • Electricity, NSH and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Widescreen TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • 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

WAS
NOW
£272-£882
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Broadstones Ref: W7203

Panoramic country views

This super, detached, single storey holiday property with two steps leading up to it, is situated in a large enclosed garden, on the Devon/Dorset border. This property provides the perfect setting for those wishing for a peaceful, rural holiday home. There are superb far reaching views from the bungalow, overlooking the surrounding lush green countryside. Only 9 miles away can be found the famous seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast and dramatic Cobb breakwater and beautiful Lyme Bay, dominated by Golden Cap, one of the highest cliffs on the south coast. Shop 2.5 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

2 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

NSH by meter reading. First £5 electricity included, remainder by £1 coin meter. Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking.

WAS
NOW
£277-£733
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In the heart of Thomas Hardy country this thatched holiday cottage is set on the edge of the Purbecks, on the road from the village of Wool to Dorchester, ideally placed for the nearby beaches and Jurassic coastline. A short drive takes you to the tanks museum or Monkey World. Shopping at the market towns of Dorchester and Wareham. There is a bus stop close by and a short journey to Wool to join the main Weymouth to Waterloo rail line. Shops 40 yards, pubs and restaurants 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Step down to dining room. 2 steps to kitchen. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: step to 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams and low ceiling.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. CD. Electric Range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a covered well in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£239-£1082
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
D’Urbervilles Ref: 30002


In Gillingham, north Dorset, near the Somerset and Wiltshire border between the abbey town of Sherborne and the Saxon town of Shaftesbury, with its famous Gold Hill, this detached single storey holiday home for 4 offers a great location to explore this popular area. Many family attractions within easy driving include Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and Montacute House to name a few. Poole, Bournemouth, Wareham and Dorchester, with many memorable places to visit, offer exciting days out. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£200-£704
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Meadow View Ref: 15702

A delightful holiday cottage with a garden overlooking open fields, nestling peacefully in the village of Portesham. Abbotsbury with its swannery and sub-tropical gardens 3 miles. Vibrant seaside resort of Weymouth with sea-life centre 7 miles. Fine walks abound across the rolling Dorset hills, or along the shingle bank at Chesil beach. The Dorset coast from Swanage to Lyme Regis is easily accessible. The towns of Dorchester, Bridport and Lyme Regis are within easy driving distance. Horse riding is within ½ mile. Shop and pub serving food 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Sun room. Cloakroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (2ft 6in for children). Bathroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Video. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking.
NB: Shared steps to access garden. Slopes, drops and 2 sets of steps in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£323-£726
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£412-£1857
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