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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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Bedrooms
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Pets
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The Barn Ref: DAAU

In the heart of the Blackmore Vale, this detached converted barn for 4 is well presented and equipped, with a very large lawned garden. It is ideally suited for exploring central Dorset, located between Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton. Many family attractions can be found within easy driving distance, such as Stourhead House and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum and Longleat Safari Park, or for days out the south coast resorts of Weymouth (30 miles) and Poole (22 miles). Within easy driving distance of Sherborne, Salisbury and Wimborne. Shop 5 miles, pub 2 miles.

Large beamed living room with wood-burning stove, part-vaulted ceiling, wooden floor and French doors. Large beamed dining room with kitchen area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with terrace and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Pet free of charge
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in owner’s grounds

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Converted to a high standard, these two barn conversions (Betty’s Cottage DWP, and Ruth’s Cottage DWQ) adjoin one another and are set on a working beef farm, which stands on the Jurassic seam. Offering peace and tranquillity, the setting is a delight for countryside lovers with wonderful open views to be enjoyed from the shared garden and barbecue area. Many footpaths lead from the farm and nearby lanes, and the NCN also runs by the holiday cottages. The properties are set in the heart of Tamara Drewe country with some of the filming from the farm. The popular village of Evershot (Hardy’s Evershed in Tess of the D’Urbervilles) is 2 miles and offers village pub, bakery, and hotel restaurant. Bridport and Dorchester are all a short drive and offer individual shops, pubs and tearooms. The Jurassic coast is 15 miles. Shop 2 miles.

Living/dining room with French doors to patio and countryside views. Kitchen. Two double bedrooms. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with double shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Small courtyard with patio and furniture
  • Shared enclosed lawned area with countryside views
  • Shared summer house and play area
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking (for 2-3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking

Note: Betty’s Cottage DWP and adjoining Ruth’s Cottage DWQ are ideal for larger family holidays or group breaks and may be booked together to sleep up to 12 people.

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£355-£1258
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.

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£253-£654
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

In a rural location on the outskirts of the popular, bustling, seaside resort of Weymouth, and with extensive views across the downs towards Hardy’s monument, these well-presented, semi-detached, single-storey holiday homes offer a great location for exploring Dorset. Adjacent to the owners’ home, these properties are within a couple of miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There is superb coastal walking and scenery to be enjoyed nearby, and in Weymouth, there is a wonderful sandy beach. Many watersports and activities can be found in Weymouth or at nearby Portland. Weymouth itself offers many family attractions, including Sandworld, Leisureranch, Brewers Quay, Sea Life Centre and tower, and an RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake. Take a day trip to Guernsey, or just enjoy the ambience of this lovely seaside town, with its many restaurants and shops. One can spend days out exploring the beautiful coastline down to Lyme Regis, Abbotsbury and West Bay, or Lulworth Cove and on to the Purbecks. Other places to visit include Corfe Castle, Tank World at Bovington, Monkey World or the Swanage Steam Railway. Inland, Dorchester is on your doorstep, or perhaps visit Sherborne with its abbey and castles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Small, enclosed gravelled area with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£299-£1068
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Sweet Briar Ref: 8234

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 ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room/
kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included. Cot. High chair on request. Freesat TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden and furniture.

All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
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£197-£649
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Leam House Ref: 29250

Situated in the heart of Portland, this terraced house is an excellent holiday location to enjoy the best of west Dorset, from Swanage in the east, all the way to Lyme Regis, and taking in some breathtaking coastal views over the famous Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach. Formerly a bed and breakfast, this lovely, well-appointed holiday home is set over three floors and offers four bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities. The property also has a garden with a heated hot tub to relax in after a day out. There is a wealth of activities to enjoy, including walking and cycling along the miles of coastal footpaths, swimming, diving, windsurfing, boating and fishing. Weymouth, 3 miles, has a Georgian seafront, sandy beach, RSPB nature reserves, Sea Life Centre and many restaurants, cafes and shops. Spend exciting days out visiting Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery and sub-tropical gardens. A trip along the coastal road to Bridport and West Bay is well worth it for its stunning scenery, taking in Burton Bradstock on the way, and then on to the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis. Going west, visit scenic locations such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, calling in at Corfe Castle (NT). Inland, there are many historic houses, Dorchester, with its market, and further afield, the abbey town of Sherborne. Beach ¼ mile. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Second living room/kitchen with breakfast area. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 double (5ft) bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburners in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two travel cots. High chair. Six Freeview TVs. DVDs. Blu-ray. Playstation 3. Electricity/gas range. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with decked patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. On road parking. Hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to decked patio and garden.

WAS
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£520-£1634
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
Coastguard Cottage Ref: 28120

Close to Lulworth Cove

Set just 200 yards from the world famous Lulworth Cove, and only 3½ miles from the historic Lulworth Castle and Park, with wonderful coastal views from the front patio and two of the bedrooms. Two former coastguard cottages have been joined together to create a terraced holiday property providing comfortable, traditional accommodation complete with woodburner and enclosed lawned garden, ideal for year round holidays. You may follow the Jurassic coastal path to the celebrated Durdle Door and beach, or drive to the nearby seaside town of Swanage, historic East Lulworth with its castle and park, pub, gift shop and café or, a little further afield, to Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards. This property can be booked with Spring Cottage (ref 28119) to accommodate up to 11 guests.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin, 1 single. Separate toilet. (Although property accommodates 7 guests, there is only seating for 5 guests in the living room with additional seating for a further 2 guests in the dining room).

Woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned rear garden. Front patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Other residents in the terrace have access to the path in the rear garden.

WAS
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£411-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0


These two period-style holiday properties offer a rural retreat and are situated on a small farm development. Redbridge Farmhouse (ref DCCX) is a semi-detached, typical Dorset farmhouse, whilst Redbridge Stable Cottage (ref DCCY) is a detached property. Ideally located for exploring all that Dorset has to offer, the golden sands of Studland and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island are a short drive away, as is the RPSB Nature Reserve near Poole Harbour. The UNESCO recognised Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural World Heritage Site, is close by, with Durlston, Lulworth and Durdle Door. There are lots of scenic coastal paths for walking and cycling. Attractions nearby include Farmer Palmer’s, Monkey World, the Tank Museum and Tyneham Village. There is an on-site equestrian centre which offers horse riding, and Bulbury Woods golf course is next door. Beach 5 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Large, well-equipped kitchen with Aga (for cooking), electric cooker and tiled floor. Study/games area. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite shower room with seat for disabled and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, TV and en-suite bathroom with corner bath, separate shower cubicle, bidet and toilet. Further double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom (can be double) with TV. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Five digital TVs
  • Aga
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard with terrace, patio and furniture
  • Shared garden
  • Barbecue
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond and fountain in garden. Lake in grounds, 10 yards.

WAS
NOW
£496-£1537
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
NOW
£200-£704
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In a fine location in the scenic Marshwood Vale, midway between the popular and picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis and Bridport, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and only 3 miles from the quaint seaside resort of Charmouth, these three holiday cottages, situated on a working beef farm, offer comfortable accommodation and a great location to enjoy the best of West Dorset. Stable Cottage, (ref 14804) is a detached honey coloured cottage looking out over the courtyard, Foxglove, (ref 25230) comprises of a single storey barn conversion with a couple of steps up to the living/dining room/kitchen and 2nd bedroom, and Bluebell Cottage (ref 26933) is split-level 3 floor accommodation; and all of these holiday properties can be booked independently or together. All have a small patio area. There is wonderful scenic walking from the doorstep into the Marshwood Vale and on the coast some stunning scenery overlooking the whole of Lyme Bay from Portland down to Torquay and, not for the faint hearted, walking up to the top of Golden Cap - the highest point on England’s South coast with breath taking views. Guests can enjoy this beautiful stretch of coast, taking in some fossil hunting, boating, swimming, and golf nearby. Explore the many little seaside resorts such as West Bay, Eype, Sidmouth, Beer and Seaton and in particular Lyme Regis with its traditional harbour, famous Cob and variety of little shops. Further afield within easy driving is Weymouth with its Blue Flag sandy beach, Sealife centre, Time Walk and many other family attractions or going west, days out at Exeter with its cathedral, catacombs, shops and restaurants. Going inland explore this pleasant part of Dorset, taking in Beaminster, Broadwindsor, and Forde Abbey and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 5 steps to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. 5 steps to second floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters by £1 meter. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking.

All properties: Electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

WAS
NOW
£245-£746
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Ideal touring base

These three holiday cottages are beautifully located in the peaceful Axe Valley where Devon, Dorset and Somerset meet. They have been sympathetically converted retaining character and charm to give spacious, comfortable and well-equipped accommodation. All cottages are single storey with easy wheelchair access, The Byre (ref 16018) and The Shippen (ref 16019) are both semi-detached and The Barn (ref 25497) is detached. An abundance of opportunities exist for walking, cycling, (nearby cycle path which is being extended from time to time), golf as well as fishing on the Nature Reserve Reservoir at Chard. Many local places of interest including the pretty, historic, carpet towns of Axminster and Chard, both with indoor swimming pools, P.O. stores, traditional inns and restaurants all to hand along with several quaint villages. Honiton, Forde Abbey, Cricket St Thomas, Hornsbury Mill, several NT properties and the beaches and attractions of Lyme Regis and Charmouth - part of the superb World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, all waiting to be explored. Other resorts include West Bay, with its harbour, and Seaton, which has its own tramway ride along the Axe Estuary, famous for its bird life, to Colyton. Sidmouth and Exmouth, Beer and Branscombe are all within easy reach. Shops and pubs 2½ miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio door/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Bathroom with toilet

Oil central heating included (20per week October-March). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£206-£666
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