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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2


The Old Guildhall, reputed to be the original meeting place of the ancient order of stone cutters and marblers, is a unique and individual property with contemporary and quirky design practically combined with many original period features. The house has many original works of art on display which adds to the ambiance, and has been featured in the House and Garden magazine. The stunning village of Corfe Castle stands at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, and is dominated by the ruined castle, which is a delight any time of year. Other family attractions include a model village and interactive exhibition, the village museum, a steam railway and many shops, and Corfe Common is found just on the edge of the village with the Purbeck Way walking route passing through it to reach Chapman’s Pool and the South West Coast Path. The village is constructed almost completely from the local grey Purbeck limestone and around the village square there are a small collection of shops clustered together. The Jurassic Coastline is a short drive away, with the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Discover the town of Swanage with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. Shop and pubs 100 yards.

Vaulted, split-level, open-plan living/dining room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), wood-burning stove, flagstone floor and kitchen area with granite floor. Bunk bedroom with Velux. Bathroom with over-bath shower, bidet and toilet. Open-sided stone, spiral stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, one with en-suite toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove in living room, initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, gas central heating, gas, bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD/iPod dock
  • Book library
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed courtyard with terraces and furniture
  • Sun room
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Car park (permit provided for 1 car), 200 yards
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Steps and small drops in courtyard. Covered pond in grounds 5 yards. Uneven steps to sun room.

WAS
NOW
£447-£1387
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Park Gardens Ref: W40004

Close to beaches and the New Forest

Situated in a cul-de-sac in a small development on the edge of Christchurch is this well appointed terrace house. This house is conveniently located close to local amenities and is only approximately 1 mile from the sandy beaches at Mudeford. Close by, Christchurch is a fascinating historic town, with an ancient priory and a magnificent harbour, as well as a good selection of shops and restaurants. A short drive takes you to the beaches and numerous attractions of Bournemouth or visit the nearby picturesque New Forest, with its wild ponies and pretty villages. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Video and small library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking.

WAS
NOW
£261-£574
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Harbourhill Ref: W40246

Country views/Four poster bed

Situated in a semi-rural location beside a country road with extensive views across the downs towards Hardys Monument is this cosy cottage, the middle one of three. The cottage has been furnished and equipped to provide a pleasant holiday home, boasting a hand crafted 4 poster bed in the main bedroom. The lovely resort of Weymouth with its gently shelving golden sands and picturesque harbour is only 4 miles, whilst within easy reach is the bustling market town of Dorchester, or take the scenic coastal road towards Abbotsbury and West Bay. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

WAS
NOW
£291-£700
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Wren Cottage Ref: DTB

Nestling in a peaceful hamlet this pretty, well furnished Edwardian cottage is surrounded by rolling heathland and boasts beautiful views. Adjoining another property, the cottage enjoys a delightful garden overlooking meadows. Activities available locally include walking, bird-watching, sailing, golf, diving, wind-surfing and exploring or relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Local places of interest include Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB nature reserve. Attractions close by for children include an open farm, ape sanctuary, toy museum, steam train, seaside and much more. Shop ¾ mile.

Step to entrance. Living room with open fire. Dining room/conservatory. Farmhouse-style kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Utility. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite toilet.

  • Open fire – logs included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating included, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond in garden

WAS
NOW
£284-£1098
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Fryermayne Ref: E3237

Amidst peace and rural seclusion, yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester, this spacious and very comfortable house stands on the owners’ 160-acre working farm. Converted from the former stables and adjoining two farm cottages, it offers accommodation of a very high standard and has a cosy woodburner (logs included) and range-style cooker with double oven. Equally suitable for less mobile guests, it has wheelchair access, a ground floor bedroom and shower room with grab rails. It makes a wonderfully relaxing base from which to explore Dorset’s lovely Hardy country and nearby Jurassic coast, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadmayne village, 0.5 miles, boasts a pub and shop, and Dorchester offers a myriad delights including four museums, a Roman villa and Maiden Castle. The coast, 3 miles, has been awarded World Heritage status - an area extending from beyond Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour, with glorious scenery, walks and beaches as well as plenty of fossil hunting. Inland, attractions as varied as the Cerne Abbas Giant and Bovington Tank Museum invite exploration, a network of footpaths and bridleways starts from the door. Golf, fishing and riding are found nearby. This property has received a 4 star Gold Award grading from Visit England. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin (one zip and link, can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, gas, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Two cots. T/cot. Two h/chairs. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. M/wave. W/machine. T/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Ample parking. Games room with table tennis and table football. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday. Visit England 4 Star Gold Award.

WAS
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£720-£1728
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Rose Cottage Ref: 28516

Views of the castle

Occupying an idyllic position in the picturesque village of Corfe Castle, this delightful Grade II listed, 17th-century terraced holiday cottage has its own small courtyard garden. The cottage boasts an original inglenook fireplace in the living room which houses a bread oven and a gas woodburner, whilst the spacious, farmhouse-style kitchen features a flagstone floor, exposed stone walls and a dual-fuel range. The property also commands views of the castle from its upper floors, and is ideal for exploring the World Heritage coastline and countryside. The wealth of attractions nearby include riding, golf, sailing, river and sea fishing. Excellent walking abounds, as do opportunities for bathing – Studland beach is easily accessible. Seaside Swanage, 4½ miles, can be accessed via a preserved steam railway. Arne Nature Reserve 5 miles. Shop and pub serving food 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with additional single. Beams and low ceilings throughout.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Dual-fuel range. Microwave. Dishwasher. Payphone. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Carport (1 car, 20 yards). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£366-£1265
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated in a secluded valley on the edge of the ‘picture postcard’ village of Osmington, this comfortable and sympathetically converted holiday cottage lies just a mile from the Heritage coastline of Dorset. Adjoining an old stone barn located in the middle of the owner’s farm, the cottage is surrounded by open countryside, with walking from the door. Weymouth with sandy beach, harbour and selection of shops and cafes is 4 miles away, and the unique coastline at Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are just a short drive away. Thomas Hardy’s cottage, Monkey World and the Tank Museum are all nearby. Pub located in village. Shop 1 mile.

Spacious beamed living/dining room with rugs on wooden floor. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area, quarry-tiled floor and stable door to enclosed garden. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft sleigh bed and sofa-bed (for +1 child only). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • TV
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine in outbuilding
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden with lawned area and furniture
  • Shared 44-acre farmland
  • Parking (for 2-3 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£325-£1276
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, a short walk from the Chesil beach coastal walk and two pubs serving a range of food, this 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the area. The character stone cottage is the end one of a row and located just 2 miles from the market town of Bridport and the harbour at West Bay. The World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Weymouth to Exmouth can be discovered - with its fossils, superb coastal walking, popular resorts of West Bay and Lyme Regis, and many family attractions. Shop 400 yards.

Access from back of property. Large beamed living room with cast iron stove. Well-equipped beamed kitchen/dining room with electric range (for cooking). Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Cast iron stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full electric underfloor heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and shed
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: 3 steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£463-£1335
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
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.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Convector heaters by £1 meter. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Pets free of charge.

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
£185-£606
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Primrose Cottage Ref: 10665

This thatched 17th-century terraced cottage is set on the road leading to Lulworth Cove, a circle of chalk cliffs with a narrow sea entrance and excellent beaches. Comfortably furnished and compact this holiday property benefits from an elevated sitting-out area. Midway between Weymouth (west) and Swanage (east), this location offers excellent riding and walking either inland or on superb coastal paths. Enjoy a day out at Monkey World and Tank Museum, near Wool or Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub tropical gardens. Shop and pub 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£196-£709
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Admiral’s View Ref: 19411

In the seaside resort of Lyme Regis, on the World Heritage Coast, this terraced house is well-equipped and presented and enjoys excellent sea views over Lyme. It is an Ideal holiday location for exploring this fascinating resort with its famous cob. Enjoy fishing, swimming, boating, sailing and golf, or some wonderful scenic walking, perhaps to the top of Golden Cap, with its magnificent views over the south coast. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet (can also be accessed from hall), 1 bunk. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with decked patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£288-£891
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Ideally located to enjoy the best of West Dorset, 6 miles from the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and within easy walking of Beaminster town centre, this cosy semi-detached holiday cottage is well-presented with an inglenook fireplace. It offers an excellent base to explore this popular region. There are many attractions to visit nearby such as Abbotsbury Swannery, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Lyme Regis, 12 miles, and West Bay on the Jurassic Coast. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Galley-style kitchen. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£264-£761
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