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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Henbury Ref: 25246

In a residential area, this smart, detached bungalow provides a great base for exploring the area and has an enclosed garden. The holiday property lies close to the Upton Nature Reserve and the town of Wimborne Minster with a market and a variety of pubs and restaurants to choose from. Just 8 miles away are the Blue Flag beaches at Sandbanks, Poole and Bournemouth. Coastal walks can be enjoyed in the Purbecks, 15 miles, with Swanage Steam Railway and Corfe Castle (NT). Visit Kingston Lacy (NT), Edmondsham House, Knoll Gardens or The New Forest with its famous roaming ponies. Shop 350 yards, pub 200 yards and restaurant 600 yards.

Two steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There are five steps down to garden and two further steps up to decked area.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Vine Cottage Ref: 28077

This detached holiday cottage is set in the small quaint village of Shipton Gorge, and just 2 miles from the old market, rope making town of Bridport, the Chesil Beach and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is in an excellent holiday location to enjoy the very best of West Dorset. It offers a great base for families, with a selection of toys to entertain the children. Situated in an area great for enjoying lovely country walks, a vibrant village pub with restaurant, and within very easy driving of golfing, the beach for fishing and swimming, West Bay, where you can arrange boating and sea fishing, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, and also superb scenic coastal walking, with views looking out all along Lyme Bay to Portland and Torquay. One can explore the whole of this beautiful area, spending days out at Weymouth and Dorchester with their many attractions, in particular the Sea Life Centre and Time Walk, perhaps calling in en-route to the Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. Within easy driving the very popular and seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its famous Cobb, sandy beach, harbour and charming character is always worth a visit. One will have much to do to along this stretch of coast to ensure a memorable holiday, or go inland and enjoy the attractions including the Bovington Tank Museum, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or some historic houses such as Forde Abbey and Gardens. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. Utility room. First floor: 3 double bedrooms (one 6ft). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin, 1 single with additional folding single and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD (small library). iPod dock. Aga. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace, and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 14 steps to terraces, with further steps between. Drops in garden.

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£522-£1572
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1

On a country lane with no-through traffic, this first floor holiday cottage, adjacent to the owners’ home, is in a rural location surrounded by meadows and countryside views. It is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Swanage is a seaside town with its beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Monkey World and the Tank Museum are within walking distance. The nearby village of Wool has its own village store, a bakery, butchers shop and a train station, which is great for getting around without having to use the car. Lulworth Cove beach 3½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

External stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Broadband connection. Parking (1 car). Cycle store on request. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. Stabling available on request. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£180-£589
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Pebbles Ref: 30387

This beautifully appointed semi-detached annexe is a ground floor apartment and is situated in a peaceful residential area next to the owners’ home. Ideally located for a coastal retreat and for exploring the Purbecks and Dorset. The well-tended, shared garden is surrounded by stunning countryside. Local activities include walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing, golf, water sports and relaxing on Studland’s sandy beaches. Corfe Castle, Blue Pool, Brownsea Island and Arne RSPB Nature Reserve are all also nearby. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. Conservatory with tiled floor and French doors. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Electric woodburner in living room. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£200-£680
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
1
Fernlea Ref: DKE

In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay . Set with its own garden on the edge of the small hamlet of Acton, it has been completely refurbished to a high standard throughout, and includes an extension at the rear (part of which is the owners’ accommodation). Each bedroom boasts en-suite bathroom facilities, a colour television, radio and telephone, making it ideal for large family groups holidaying together.
Swanage (2½ miles) has a lovely sandy beach, and offers a wide variety of attractions, including shops, inns and restaurants, a theatre, and facilities for tennis and swimming. There are steam trains to the little town of Corfe Castle, and odd pieces of architecture brought from London, including the Wellington Tower on the beach, which once stood near London Bridge. The unspoilt village of Studland (4 miles) has another excellent beach (NT) and is close to woods and downs. North of the village is Studland Heath National Nature Reserve, home to a variety of wildlife ranging from wildfowl to lizards. A ferry runs from Studland across the bay to Sandbanks, from where the bay stretches on to Bournemouth.
Excellent walking can be found in this area, with the coastal path running nearby along the cliffs, and the hills at Nine Barrow Down within easy reach. Riding stables at Wareham, 8 miles. Golf 4 miles. Poole and Bournemouth, both 20 miles. Shops ½ mile, three inns within a mile.

Entrance into spacious hall with tiled floor. Cloakroom/toilet. Modern, well-equipped kitchen with Aga and electric cooker. Attractive sitting-room with open fire. Flight of stairs from hall to comfortable dining room with rugs on tiled floor. First floor: Three pretty double bedrooms, each with TV, radio, internal phone system and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with TV, radio, internal phone system and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Steepish stairs to second floor: Two twin bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling, lovely views, TV, radio, internal phone system, en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire – logs available locally
  • Full oil central heating and Aga included (Winter £90 per week)
  • Electricity by meter reading
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Eight Freeview TVs
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Combi microwave oven/grill
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi broadband available
  • Telephone – incoming only with internal phone system
  • Garden with furniture
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£964-£3366
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Railway Cottage Ref: 30451


Railway Cottage, as the name suggests, is still traditionally located close to the railway line and this characterful, mid-terraced cottage dates back to the 1800s. It is surrounded by rural countryside and is just a short drive to the Jurassic coastline, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage nearby offers a beach, boat trips, Durlston Country Park and steam railway. Locally there is Monkey World and the Tank Museum. The nearby village of Wool with its small selection of village shops, from a bakery to a butchers, also offers a convenient train station. Beach 4½ miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with dining area and tiled floor/kitchen with dining area, wooden floor and patio doors. Beams throughout. Utility room. Separate toilet. Winding staircase to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and Velux, 1 twin with additional single and en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Gas central heating included (£25 per week, £15 per short break, £10 per 2 night break, November-March) gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD/ MP3 connection. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed gravelled courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

WAS
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£319-£1068
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
1
The Pocket Watch Ref: 16565

Originally part of Admiralty buildings dating from 1812, this pretty cottage conversion is a short walk from the sand and shingle beach at Seatown, ideal for fossil hunting, fishing and walking the coastal paths along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. A short drive from the market town of Bridport, West Bay and Lyme Regis, this property offers a quiet location and an ideal holiday base for exploring the Dorset coast and countryside. Shop 100 yards, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Steps to living room/bedroom area with double futon bed and folding bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with slate floor. Steps to shower room with toilet.

Convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Baby-belling cooker. Microwave. Small enclosed patio. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
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£172-£430
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

Bailey Ridge Farm Cottages, located in the beautiful Dorset countryside of the Blackmore Vale, are on the owners’ family run farm with a beef suckler herd, a small flock of sheep and chickens. These three delightful, converted stone barns (refs DBBM, DBBL and DBBK) offer good quality accommodation and a comfortable place to relax, unwind, enjoy country walking, see plenty of wildlife and are ideal for exploring Dorset and Somerset. They can be booked together to accommodate up to 18 guests. Golf and fishing are within easy driving, and yachting, canoeing and sailing are available at Halstock Reservoir. Wriggle View (ref DBBM) offers ‘upside down’ accommodation, whilst Jolliffe (ref DBBK) and Cowleaze (ref DBBL) are of the conventional design. The owners welcome guests to enjoy the farm activities and animals which the children will love. Visit the historic market town of Sherborne, 5 miles, with its castle, abbey and shops, or the chalk ‘Cerne Abbas Giant’. Venture further afield into the thriving county town of Dorchester, 10 miles, with Dinosaur Museum, Terracotta Warriors, Teddy Bear Museum and the world renowned Tutankhamun exhibition. Spend family time visiting Bovington Tank Museum with its fascinating collection of tanks, Monkey World, Weymouth with its picturesque 17th century harbour, Blue Flag beach and sealife centre, and then wander along the Chesil Beach and famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with its stunning scenery, taking in Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens. In south Somerset are many historic houses such as Montacute House, Tintinhull and Forde Abbey. Family attractions include Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with wonderful display of classic and vintage cars, and slightly further afield, Longleat House and Safari Park. Somerset offers many exciting venues including Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the Georgian city of Bath to name a few. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite wet room and toilet. Further double bedroom with 6ft bed (zip and link, can be twin). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large, beamed, open-plan living/dining room and kitchen area. Oak floor throughout.

  • Two Freeview TVs
  • Washing machine
  • Parking (for 4 cars)

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry, boot room, washing machine and coin-operated tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Large, shared garden, patio area, furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£620-£1480
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mill Pond Cottage Ref: 17076

A very attractive, modernised and converted coach house in a rural setting in the Piddle Valley, 8 miles from Lulworth Cove with excellent walking and riding. Many attractions and amenities close by including Dorset Golf and Country Club, Tank museum, Monkey World and Brown Trout fishing on the River Piddle (£35-£50 daily by arrangement with owner). Village 1½ miles with shops, post office and pubs.

Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen with ceramic tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor.

Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Video and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with raised patio area and furniture. Shared use of grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Stream and pond in garden, 15 yards.

WAS
NOW
£281-£825
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Pretty Box Cottage Ref: 80241

Nestling peacefully in a rural location, on the edge of Dorset border, this detached stone faced holiday cottage is well placed to explore coast and countryside. Sympathetically renovated to retain many 19th-century features, it boasts flagstone floors, beams, an inglenook fireplace and unspoilt views. Beaminster and Crewkerne nearby. Shop 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with flagstone floor. Step to kitchen with flagstone floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single with additional single cabin bed (2ft 6in for child).

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Microwave. Washing machine. Large lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£264-£761
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Loft Ref: DFV

Only 4 miles from the sea, this cosy stable conversion makes an ideal hideaway for those who seek the peace of the countryside. The Loft (right in photograph) provides comfortable accommodation with many original features. The Powerstock Forest nature reserve is close by, and 3 miles away is the Iron Age fort of Eggerdon Hill. The nearby coastline offers various delightful walks and pretty villages to visit. Bridport (4 miles) and Dorchester (17 miles) offer a good selection of shops and restaurants. Golf course at West Bay. An excellent base for fishermen, coarse fishing is available locally. Shops
4 miles.

Comfortable open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and modern kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and original slatted timber ceiling. Single bedroom with shower cubicle.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Telephone – incoming only
  • Parking
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£275-£733
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