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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 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
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£253-£654
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Corner Cottage Ref: E4296

Set in the heart of a charming village – an ideal location for exploring Dorset’s beautiful countryside – this pretty and very comfortable cottage also boasts a private, well stocked garden. Adjoining another cottage 150 yards from the village shop and inn, it is a short drive from the Georgian town of Blandford Forum 5 miles. Sherborne’s abbey and castles and Kingston Lacey (NT). Lulworth Cove, Corfe Castle and the Jurassic World Heritage Dorset coastline are easily accessible. Shop and pub 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living room/2 steps to dining area. Steps to kitchen. Sun room. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. F/freezer. Fully fenced garden with decked area and furniture. Gas BBQ. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden.

WAS
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£337-£704
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
3
Penny Corner Ref: W7661

Peaceful village location

Tucked away in the sleepy little village of Whitchurch Canonicorum, the accommodation is next door to a quiet country pub. This completely self contained wing of the owner’s house, has been pleasantly furnished and well equipped to provide an excellent base from which to explore this charming part of rural West Dorset, including the Jurassic Coastline, designated by UNESCO as England’s first natural World Heritage Site. The surrounding countryside abounds in glorious walks and wildlife, and is dotted with picturesque villages. Within a few miles lies the National Trust coastal area famous for its stunning scenery, fossil hunting and with wonderful beaches at Charmouth. The Cobb breakwater at Lyme Regis is also worth a visit. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 15 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating and electricity included (£15per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£201-£615
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
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.

Living room with French doors. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Both bedrooms with sloping ceiling.

  • Electricity fire included
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed courtyard with patio

  • 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
£309-£1153
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 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
NOW
£264-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Church House Ref: DXN

Nestling in a conservation area in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset’s hidden treasures and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this stone, corner cottage, formerly The Old Meeting Room. Church House, set along a quiet village road, has been renovated and is well presented, offering an excellent holiday base to enjoy some lovely walks and superb Dorset countryside. Visit the Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Charmouth and West Bay, for stunning scenery, fishing, boating and many other attractions within easy driving. Shop 1½ miles, pub 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small gravelled garden area with furniture
  • Roadside parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£237-£733
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
The Old Bakery Ref: E1896

This attractive cottage enjoys a quiet courtyard setting with its own garden area, just a short stroll from the village pub serving food. Converted from the former bakery, and still retaining its original bread ovens, it sits adjacent to the owners’ thatched cottage in a pretty conservation village. This lovely area invites exploration, and the south Dorset coast as well as the historic towns of Dorchester, Yeovil and Lyme Regis are all within easy reach. Weymouth, famed for its sandy beaches is just 15 miles away. Fishing, golf and horse riding locally. Shop 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional Z-bed or cot (only space for cot when Z-bed not used). Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and sloping ceiling.

NSH, elec and fan heater by £1 meter. Bed linen and towels inc. Cot. H/chair. Digital TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. Shared extensive grounds with secluded garden. Garden furniture. Parking. Games room with snooker table and table tennis. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£323-£585
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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

"Idyllic Dorset Cottages with indoor heated pool, sauna and tennis court . . ."

Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has an established vineyard producing English wines. The splendid range of barns here have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court.
Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Four of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, with the remaining four having individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool is open daily all year round and the building has full changing facilities, as well as a coin-operated sauna. The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting, what more could holidaymakers want. Shops 1 mile.

This comfortable ground floor barn conversion offers cosy accommodation for couples. Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Pretty bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £15per week (£7 per short break)
  • Patio with furniture
  • Wheelchair access
  • Friday to Friday

  • Wood-burning stove (except Keeper’s Cottage) – initial supply included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity and full electric central heating (oil central heating in Keeper’s Cottage DFM) included (during October - May, a fuel charge applies - see individual cottage)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair by arrangement
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
  • Wi-fi (£5 per week)
  • Payphone
  • Shared 12-acre grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Indoor heated swimming pool (36ft x 18ft) – available daily all year round
  • Sauna (coin-operated)
  • Shared games barn with table tennis, table football and small snooker table
  • Large grassed play area with swing, climbing frame, slide and badminton/volleyball net
  • Owners’ hard tennis court
  • NB: Fenced pond in grounds

Properties DGA, DGG, DFM, DFX, DGH, DGJ can be booked together for larger groups and family get-togethers. DGH & DGJ have interconnecting doors.

WAS
NOW
£246-£502
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

This holiday apartment sits on the first floor adjoining the owners’ property and commands wonderful countryside views from the living room picture window. It makes a very comfortable relaxing all year round base for exploring the area, with Weymouth’s Georgian seafront and beach only a few miles away. Many walks can be taken locally, or along the nearby Jurassic coastline. Popular places to visit are Portland Bill and Bird Observatory, the RSPB reserve in Weymouth, Durdle Door and Thomas Hardy’s Cottage. Popular nearby towns are Dorchester, Bridport, Wareham and Swanage. Shop 10 yards, pub and restaurant ¾ mile. Beach 3 miles.

Exterior steps to entrance: All on first floor: 2 steps to living room with wooden floor and vaulted ceiling/kitchen with dining area. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in lounge included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Use of owner’s washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children.

WAS
NOW
£189-£632
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Applewood Cottage Ref: 25383

In the small village of Walditch, in an AONB, 2.5 miles from the quaint fishing port of West Bay on the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, and 1 mile from the market town of Bridport, this well presented Grade II listed cottage with views over adjacent fields is in an excellent holiday location to explore West Dorset from Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, to Weymouth. Enjoy coastal walking on this dramatically beautiful coastline and visit many family attractions. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen with slate floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/grill. Washing machine.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed tiered garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking (20 yards). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£211-£801
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