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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 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3

Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards and pheasants, and just 4 miles south of Shaftesbury, where the famous Gold Hill is located. Nearby there is golf, gymnasium, fishing, 1 mile, and cycle paths and walking. Within easy driving, the historic towns of Blandford and Salisbury. Visit Longleat House and Safari Park, 22 miles, Stourhead House and Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Yeovil Air Museum, and the New Forest, where ponies roam, and the popular South Coast seaside resorts of Weymouth, 25 miles, Bournemouth and Poole, 22 miles. Stabling at cost by prior arrangement. Shops 3½ miles, pub 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Cot. Friday to Friday.

Both properties: NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Unfenced grassed area suitable for play, access to several acres of farmland for walking. Barbecue. Ample parking. Use of splash pool in owner’s garden. Adapted for assisted wheelchair users. No smoking.

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£231-£621
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Plum Tree Cottage Ref: 10388

This 17th-century holiday cottage is set on the road leading to Lulworth Cove – a circle of chalk cliffs broken by a narrow sea entrance, and the beaches flanking the famous Durdle Door. Furnished to a comfortable standard in traditional style with a stone inglenook fireplace in the living room. Midway between Weymouth and Swanage, this area is renowned for both its inland or coastal walks. The county town of Dorchester and Saxon town of Wareham are both close by. Enjoy family days out at Monkey World and Tank Museum near Wool. Sea ½ mile. Shop and pub 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Steep open tread stairs to first floor: Landing area with double bed. 1 twin bedroom.

Electric log-effect fire in living room included. Electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. First floor level small terraced garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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£220-£895
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Nantucket House Ref: 25323


Set in Misterton, on the Somerset/Dorset border, this well presented detached holiday home is excellent for exploring this delightful area. Within easy driving distance is the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is approximately 13 miles, also known as Broadchurch in the famous TV series. Lyme Regis with its harbour, cob and beach for fossil hunting, boating, fishing and scenic coastal walking. Explore Weymouth with its sandy beaches and Portland which held the 2012 Olympic sailing. Abbotsbury is famous for its swannery, sub tropical gardens and children’s farm.
Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens, Mapperton Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Longleat House and Safari Park, or enjoy the pubs, scenic walking at the Liberty and Parrett trails, cycling and golf in this lovely area. Nantucket House has the perfect location for exploring Somerset, Dorset and Devon. There is really so much to do! If you like exploring for local food and drink, be sure to search out Somerset Scrumpy Cider, Somerset Apple Brandy, and Cedric’s ’Taste of the West’ award winning Somerset Cider and Apple Cake. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining room. Both with parquet floor. Kitchen. Utility/play room. Separate toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room (no toilet), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 10 central heating included (£20per week September-May). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Piano. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£220-£672
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.

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£197-£649
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Trent Ref: E3612

Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Set in an idyllic rural location, this is a delightful setting for these attractively converted and very comfortable former barns. Sandford (ref E5340), Trent (ref E3612) and Compton (ref E3613) all feature very well-appointed interiors. The properties even have toys provided for children! The three properties lie on the owners’ working farm just 2 miles from Sherborne with its two castles. Iron Age hill forts, great houses and gardens, charming market towns, Fleet Air Arm and motor museums, and fossil hunting on the World Heritage coast are all within easy reach. Superb walking can be enjoyed from the door. Shops 2 miles, pub 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link, can be twin on request), one (5ft four poster) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

T/dryer. Wii. Shared garden. Shower chair available by arrangement. Wheelchair access.

All properties: Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot and h/chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. F/freezer. Wi-fi available (chargeable). Parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. VisitEngland 4 Star Gold Award.

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£465-£950
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
Sea Stones Ref: 26527

Explore Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coast

This characterful, Grade II listed terraced holiday cottage is set in the heart of Portland, under a mile from the beach at Church Ope Cove. It has easy access to the coastal paths with a lighthouse and RSPB observatory. Portland forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, and Chesil Beach which starts in Portland runs 18 miles to West Bay. Windsurfing, diving, sea fishing, climbing and yachting all available. Close by is Weymouth and further west is the pretty village of Abbotsbury, famous for its swannery and subtropical gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with wooden floor, 1 single. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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£246-£1022
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Oxford Terrace Ref: 26782

The heart of Swanage is just a few hundred yards from this characterful terraced holiday home, with a good selection of eateries and shops. Just a short walk leads you to the World Heritage Jurassic Coastal Path and Durlston Country Park. All can enjoy Swanage Steam Railway, and a short drive away is Monkey World and the National Trust site of Abbotsbury Swannery and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Blu-ray. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden. Cottage sleeps maximum of 5 guests. Other cottages have access through garden. Unmade lane to cottage.

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£237-£1064
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Buzzard Cottage Ref: 27160

This thatched, Grade II, end-terrace holiday cottage is near a traditional village pub and is in an excellent location for walking over the Wessex Ridgeway and Dorset Hills. Cerne Abbas, 2 miles away, is home of the Cerne Giant which was carved into the chalk hillside 1500 years ago. Within easy reach are the south coast seaside resorts of West Bay and Weymouth, and the towns of Sherbourne and Dorchester. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with slate floor. Kitchen with slate floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with beams.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 4 steps in garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Sexeys Farm Stable Ref: 29183

Peacefully set, this charming former farm stable is a short drive from the Jurassic coastline, famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The seaside town of Swanage, Durlston Country Park and Steam Railway, Monkey World and the Tank Museum are also close by. This end-terraced holiday cottage is close to woodland walks, coastal trails and paths, and ¼ mile from the Tour de Manche Cycle Route. Wool railway station is on the Waterloo to Weymouth line. Shop and pub/restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Snug. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin leading to 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility. F/Freezer. Wi-fi. Small front courtyard garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Roadside stream borders garden.

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£305-£1047
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

"Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast"

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Convenience store on site. Shops and pubs 2 miles.

Open-plan beamed living/dining room and kitchen area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Travel cot
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod

  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with two washing machines and two tumble dryers
  • Internet connection
  • Small patio with furniture
  • Large shared lawned area
  • Shared 3-acre woodland grounds
  • Shared barbecue
  • Parking (for 1 car)
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (22ft x 10ft, depth 3ft to 5ft) with sauna, shower and changing facilities, open 8.30am to 8.30pm Easter-October and 9am to 7.30pm other dates
  • Shared spa room with massage and beauty treatments
  • Shared Games room with DVD and book library, games, air hockey table and Subbuteo football game
  • Natural water supply from borehole
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£236-£837
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Barn Close Annexe Ref: W40800

Excellent base for Dorset resorts

In the small country town of Beaminster, South Dorset, and within easy driving of the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Bridport, this spacious self-contained single-storey wing of the owner’s home which is situated on their small holding benefits from a large living room and conservatory making an excellent holiday home to enjoy this unspoilt area. On your doorstep the stunning heritage coast, with superb walking, is a must, and great days out can be had visiting Abbotsbury Swannery, Lulworth Cove and the harbour and Cobb at Lyme. Within a short drive is Broadwindsor Craft Centre for crafts and afternoon tea. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory with patio door. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£20per week October-March). Electricity included. Bed linen and towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed patio and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£185-£531
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0

The Victorian Barn and Dairy House Farm Cottages offer excellent accommodation and superb facilities to enjoy a great holiday. Set in a wonderful location between Sherborne and Blandford Forum, in rolling Dorset countryside in the Blackmore Vale. These properties are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and nestling under Bulbarrow Hill, the second highest point in Dorset, and on a 65-acre beef farm, which the owner lives on site. The holiday homes all have use of a lovely large indoor heated swimming pool, which also has a gym and sauna, outside guests can enjoy the games room, the grounds with a childrens play area, hot tub and fishing lakes stocked with carp and silverfish. The seven houses and apartments are completely self contained and each can sleep from 2 to 10 guests, and several of the properties can be linked together. The Victorian Barn, originally built in 1849, offers seven properties and in the grounds are two cottages and two lodges, so making a great location for families, or very large groups who want a bit of quality time together. You will have plenty to do onsite which the children will love, or you can explore the lovely county of Dorset. Guests can enjoy days out down on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, taking in Weymouth visiting Aqua World, Time Walk and many other attractions, or perhaps visiting Monkey World or the Tank Museum at Bovington. Other attractions include the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum or a trip back in time at the Haynes Motor Museum with its wonderful collection of classic cars . On your return you can take in some lovely country walks that abound in the area or simply relax in the hot tub or swimming pool, or go fishing. Beach 25 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

External spiral stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with additional single and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

Five Freeview TVs. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared, large, lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. Friday to Friday.

Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi available, 5GB free, £2 per GB thereafter. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Cycle store. Shared, indoor, heated swimming pool (12.5m x 6m, depth 1m to 1.38m), open every day, times vary. Shared hot tub. Shared games room with pool table, football table and quiz machine. Shared sauna. Shared gym. Shared children’s play area. Fishing on-site. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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£0-£0
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