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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
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

With exclusive use of a superb indoor heated swimming pool, this spacious property offers well-equipped holiday accommodation, just 1½ miles from the sea and the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis. With a large secluded garden (south-facing with lovely views), it boasts a tranquil yet convenient location, just a stroll away from Uplyme village green (with playground and tennis court) and friendly village pub and post office. This is an ideal base from which to explore the beaches and spectacular footpaths along the World Heritage coastline.
In Lyme Regis you can visit the Dinosaur Museum, working watermill, small theatre and cinema, or simply enjoy the winding streets of the old quarter, with its numerous shops, restaurants and cafes. The Cobb, surrounding the ancient harbour, is famous for its literary connections, featuring in both Jane Austen’s Persuasion and John Fowle’s novel and film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. There is no end of interesting places within easy reach by car: go fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, take the miniature train at Beer or tram at Seaton, explore Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge (Dorchester), or pay a visit to Forde Abbey and a host of NT sites. Outdoor activities to be enjoyed locally include walking amid this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, golf, sailing, horse riding, fishing and bird-watching. Shops and pub ½ mile.

Large living room with wood-burning stove and two sets of French doors to terrace. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops/dining room with natural slate floor. Separate utility/kitchenette. Cloakroom with toilet. Games room with table football, Playstation, Wii, 2/X-box and glazed doors to swimming pool. Step to two double bedrooms, each with beamed, vaulted ceiling and en-suite shower room with toilet; one with 6ft bed, and one with 6ft zip & link bed on ground level plus two guest beds (for +2) accessed via ladder with stairgate. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft mahogany four-poster bed. Two twin bedrooms. Family bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cots
  • High chairs
  • 47’’ widescreen TV (satellite, Teletext)
  • Additional FreeviewTV for Playstation and Wii
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Small library of books/videos/games
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Pay-as-you-go mobile phone
  • Large enclosed garden with patio, furniture and play equipment
  • Barbecue
  • Parking/garage (for 6 cars)
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (24ft x 13ft)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£914-£2841
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Lower Park Farm Ref: DCCB

This detached farmhouse offers a wonderful location for an idyllic, relaxing holiday and guests also have use of an old dairy with sofas and a dining table. Set in Marshwood Vale, located 6 miles from Lyme Regis on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre and Abbotsbury Swannery are close by. Horse riding 2 miles. Shop 2¾ miles, pub 2 miles.

Large living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook and stone floor. Large dining room with tiled floor. Spacious, beamed kitchen with tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for+1) and TV. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with Victorian-style bath and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Oil Aga (available October - May)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-incoming calls only
  • Large lawned garden
  • Use of field and farmyard
  • Two barbecues
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • Games room with pool table and dart board
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in field 100 yards

WAS
NOW
£400-£1584
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Cross House Ref: 27779

This 200 year old semi-detached cottage is in the quaint village of Buckland Newton and between Dorchester and Sherborne. The cottage is situated next to the village green where there is a play area for children. It is an excellent holiday home to unwind and enjoy Dorset with all its rich diversity. Within easy driving distance to explore the World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Weymouth, with its Blue Flag beach. Visit Monkey World, The Bovington Tank Museum or nearer, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Sherborne and much more. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with flagstone floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. X-box. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. On road parking. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£476-£476
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
The Pavillion Ref: 30394


This single-storey holiday home is in a superb country location midway between Dorchester and Bridport in West Dorset and 3 miles from the scenic and beautiful Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is styled in a Georgian Gothic period and offers a lovely home and location for 6. It is ideal for walking and cycling on the nearby Macmillan and Jubilee Trail, and some spectacular Dorset scenery can be found at Eggardon Hill Fort. Enjoy visiting the ever popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis, 18 miles, with its pretty harbour and Cobb, taking in some stunning coastal scenery and smaller seaside resorts of Charmouth, Eype and West Bay. Within easy driving distance, enjoy Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens, RSPB nature reserves at Radipole and Lodmoor, or Weymouth with its many family attractions, as well as the Time Walk, Sea Life and Deep Sea Adventure or slightly further on Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Cooking by a qualified chef is available by arrangement. Beach 3 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, one (6ft zip and link) with additional single (for alternative sleeping), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVDs. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 9 steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£293-£980
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

In a beautiful and picturesque setting this 16th-century semi-detached thatched cottage nestles in a peaceful valley on the edge of the village. Furnished and equipped to a good standard, it provides a good holiday base for touring West Dorset and East Devon, counties renowned for their magnificent coastal scenery and cliff walks. West Bay, Bridport and the sandy beach at Burton Bradstock are 4 miles with Lyme Regis and Dorchester 10 and 12 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Step down to bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating and bed linen included. Electricity by £1 coin meter. Digital TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Terraced garden with lawn and chairs. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Sorry no children. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are steps and drops in the garden.

WAS
NOW
£252-£643
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world famous Palmers Brewery Ales and delicious pub food. The picturesque harbour of West Bay has been made more famous by the TV drama Broadchurch highlighting the outstanding beauty of the coastline. You can enjoy many walks along the footpaths on the coastline and inland enjoying an AONB. The pretty village of Burton Bradstock is just 1 mile away, which is dotted with chocolate box thatched cottages, a lovely little beach with a cafe, shop and pubs. The market town of Bridport, 2 miles away, once famous for its rope-making industry, was Thomas Hardy’s Port Bredy and has lots of little shops, cafes and a fantastic selection of pubs and restaurants, along with the twice weekly market where local produce can be sampled as featured in the popular ‘River Cottage’ TV series. Lyme Regis and Weymouth are great places for fishing and watching the world go by. Weymouth also has a great family beach, the winner of a seaside award. Spread along the coast are the other beach resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the beautiful Victorian Swanage with its steam railway. Fossil hunters will enjoy the world famous beach of Charmouth. The family can have a great day at Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Sub Tropical Gardens and Childrens Farm. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Large shared lawned area. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£210-£768
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Barn Ref: W41539

Ideal for anglers

Fishing nearby

In the peaceful rural area of north Dorset, between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton, this 200-year-old terraced converted barn is perfectly placed for exploring Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset. It is an integral part of Todber Manor Fisheries, with well stocked lakes, ideal for the serious angler or pleasure fishing (tickets additional). Within easy driving distance visit Stonehenge, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead House and Gardens or the popular seaside resorts of Weymouth and Bournemouth. Families can also enjoy trips to Longleat and Monkey World. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pubs 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 double with 2 additional singles. Bathroom shower attachment and toilet. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Storage heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Pond on site.

WAS
NOW
£368-£1223
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
1

On the outskirts of Bridport, 4 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these two single storey barn conversion studios with beams, are full of character. Set on a working farm, they are spacious with a homely feel, offering very good holiday accommodation. Ideally located to explore this delightful area of Dorset, be it the rolling hills into Dorchester, Beaminster and Broadwindsor, or the spectacular scenic coast surrounding Lyme Bay between Weymouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. There is coastal walking, golf, fishing, sailing and a whole host of attractions. Visit historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbotsbury Swannery, Pecorama and much more. For days out, Poole, Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck have a lot to offer, as does the city of Exeter with its beautiful cathedral, famous catacombs and of course shops and restaurants. Don’t miss Lyme Regis with its famous cobb and picturesque harbour. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with beams and stone floor. Dining room with double bed/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Digital TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Friday to Friday. NB: Fenced pond, 10 yards.

WAS
NOW
£157-£546
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
Old Monmouth Ref: DVP

Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the seafront. Full of character, it offers spacious holiday accommodation for 16 people - with seven bedrooms (five en-suite) and also has many period features, including beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and pine wooden shutters.
Old Monmouth has endured a chequered history with Monmouth’s cavalry lodging there in 1685, being visited by Oscar Wilde in 1891 and used by the Americans as a HQ during the war. This unique property is an excellent holiday home to enjoy Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, beach, shops and cafes, and also to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. There is superb scenery, coastal walking, golf and fishing on the doorstep, and within easy driving distance are Bridport, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth. Weymouth, with its Deep Sea Adventure, Timewalk and many other attractions also makes for a good family visit. There are a host of National Trust properties to visit, as well as Forde Abbey and Gardens - whilst inland, the Yeovilton Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and much more provide alternative days out. Shops 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

Large beamed living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Large beamed dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with gas range, breakfast area, wooden floor and side access to outside. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional twin beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with wooden shutters and wash basin. Bunk bedroom with double bed on bottom, single bed on top and wash basin. All bedrooms with TV (except bunk bedroom and upstairs twin bedroom). Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Six TVs (Freeview)
  • DVD
  • Gas range included
  • 8-ring hob and double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No garden
  • Public car park 400 yards (2 permits provided)
  • Ground floor facilities
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£968-£3073
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

These delightful holiday cottages are set in the peaceful conservation village of Puncknowle, an AONB. The Jurassic Coast is just 1½ miles away with superb scenic walking, along with use of 4 acres of grounds and footpaths. Each cottage is finished to a high standard offering very comfortable holiday accommodation and is set in the same smart courtyard area as the owners’ homes. The ‘chocolate-box’ village of Burton Bradstock is 3 miles with a good small beach. Abbotsbury, along the coast, has its famous swannery and sub-tropical garden. Further east is the Victorian seaside town of Weymouth, with Blue Flag beach, sea fishing, windsurfing, Sealife Centre and two RSPB nature reserves. Monkey World and the Tank Museum near Wool are great places for a family day out. Dorchester, the county town also known as Thomas Hardy’s ‘Casterbridge’ is 30 minutes’ drive and has a lively weekly market and beautiful Maiden Castle. To the west is the market town of Bridport which was Thomas Hardy’s ‘Port Bredy’ and has the twice weekly market as featured in the popular TV programme River Cottage. The picturesque harbours of West Bay are a great place for fishing. Lyme Regis is an attractive seaside resort which enjoys a dramatic setting with high cliffs, landslips and handsome harbour, known as The Cobb. Both Lyme Regis and Charmouth are renowned for their prehistoric fossils which are displayed in the local museum and on sale in the fossil shops. Local pub serving good food 250 yards.

Hall. Beamed living room with inglenook fireplace, wood-burning stove and bread oven, window seat and rug. One step from hall to large dining room with rug and French doors to terrace. One step to well-equipped kitchen. Flagstone floor throughout. One step to double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two steps to two twin bedrooms, each with sloping ceilings; one small room and one with small step into room. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Tumble dryer
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Patio with lawned enclosed garden
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • NB: 3 steps to garden

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden furniture
  • Shared fields of 4 acres
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Parking available for boats/trailers
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£450-£1502
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday cottages have been carefully renovated and offer comfortable accommodation. Churchill Cottage has interesting historical connections – having once been owned by John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough and the highwayman John Clavell respectively – and adjoins the owners’ farmhouse, whilst The Stables stands quite detached. Close by, the abbey town of Sherbourne offers an array of shops, cafes and inns, as well as many historical points of interest. For a day by the sea, the south coast is within easy reach with a choice of many quiet beaches or bustling resorts. Famed for its chalk giant on the hillside, Cerne Abbas nearby, as well as the county town of Dorchester and the home of Thomas Hardy. Golf locally. Shop 3 miles, pub serving food nearby.

Spacious beamed living room. Large well-equipped fitted kitchen/dining room with French doors to garden. First floor: Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom with pull-out bed (for +1 child). Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Lawned garden with patio and furniture

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Coarse fishing on owner’s lake foc
  • Parking
  • Cycle storage
  • Games room
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£236-£858
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
The Nest Ref: 24121

This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£226-£578
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