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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
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. Kitchen. Double bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, each with sloping ceiling; one double, one twin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • 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.

WAS
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£355-£1235
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0
The Nest Ref: 24121

This cosy little studio hideaway for two, nestling in the ground floor of a converted barn and in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, is an ideal holiday base for exploring the world famous Jurassic Coast from West Bay to Lyme Regis. Relax and unwind with some superb coastal walking, maybe up Golden Cap (a truly scenic panoramic walk) or simply explore this beautiful part of Dorset. Dorchester, Weymouth and Beaminster are all nearby. Shops 2 miles, pub 600 yards.

All on ground floor: Open plan living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with 1 double (5ft), beams and wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity included (£20per week and £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Sitting-out area and furniture/car port (1 car). No smoking.

WAS
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£226-£578
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Nut Bush Ref: W8523

Superb country views

Nestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner’s property, there are superb country views from the bungalow overlooking fields, which abound in wildlife, with deer, foxes, badgers and rabbits often passing by. Nearby there are ample footpaths across Fontmell Down, an area steeped in ancient history. A short drive takes you to Compton Abbas Airfield, where you can take a scenic flight or to the picturesque hilltop town of Shaftesbury only 3 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 0.75 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. NB: There is a small stream at the bottom of the garden.

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£234-£509
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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NOW
£220-£672
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Coach House Ref: DWU

This delightful, former Coach House, set in a secluded village location, has been refurbished to a high standard. It offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation and is situated in the historic, popular village of Chideock - ½ mile from the World Heritage Coast between Bridport and Lyme Regis. The village boasts a post office, shop and two excellent pubs. Good restaurants, street markets and shops within a few minutes’ drive at Bridport, Charmouth, West Bay and Lyme Regis. Visitors can wander down to the beach at Seatown and enjoy the famous Anchor Pub, swimming, fossil hunting and superb, scenic coastal walking. Shops ¼ mile.

Canopy porch. Large living room with wood-burning stove, French doors to patio and south-facing garden. Kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and sloping ceiling. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Two TVs (Freeview)
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer and freezer (in shed)
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone - incoming and emergency calls only
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Small pond and 3 steps in garden

WAS
NOW
£418-£1569
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.

WAS
NOW
£237-£1064
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

"In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . ."

Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday cottages enjoys a peaceful setting in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Skilfully converted from a range of lovely old stone barns, they are surrounded by acres of pastures with abundant wildlife, including deer and badgers. Fitted and furnished to comfortable standards throughout, each holiday cottage is independently owned and has its own sunny patio at the front with peaceful and uninterrupted views over a picturesque pond and the countryside beyond. A lovely riverside walk leads to historic Lyme Regis, passing through wonderful countryside with no roads to mar the views. The rolling farmland scenery is easily enjoyed via the 28-mile network of local footpaths and bridleways, including the World Heritage Dorset Coastal Path (½ mile) and its spectacular Jurassic coast.
Accessible within 4 minutes by car or via a walk over fields and along the riverbank, Lyme Regis is one of England’s most memorable small towns. It is famous as the setting for both the story and film of The French Lieutenant’s Woman, with its harbour bright with boats, streets of elegant colour-washed buildings, lofty cliffs and a great sweep of sea. Inns, restaurants and a choice of shops can be found amongst the town’s attractive jumble of narrow streets, and it is a notable water sports centre. Motor boats can be hired, and there are fishing trips, a sailing school and club, and a wind-surfing school. There is also a sports complex at Axminster (4 miles) which offers swimming and other facilities. For nature lovers, the area has some of the most diverse scenery in the country: Lyme Bay sweeps round from the National Nature Reserve on the Dowlands Cliffs in an uninterrupted arc along the huge bank of shingle that is Chesil Beach, all the way to the limestone slab of the Isle of Portland. The 626-ft Golden Cap, is a breathtaking viewpoint and part of a lovely 2,000-acre NT estate, it is the highest point on England’s south coast, which is a World Heritage Site. An easy drive to Bridport, Honiton, Sidmouth, Exeter and Dorchester. For families there are many lovely beaches close at hand, and a theme park (Crealy Park) near Exeter. Lyme Regis golf course is within half a mile and visitors are welcome to use the golf course, or to simply visit their bar and restaurant. Each cottage has a comprehensive information folder giving details of local pubs, restaurants, shops, walks, excursions and includes many interesting facts about Lyme Regis and finding fossils along the Jurassic coast. Shops 1 mile.

Five easy steps to entrance of this cottage, which accommodates a larger family. Open-plan living/dining room and fitted galley-style kitchen area with tiled floor. Conservatory with electric wood-burning stove and superb country views. Double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Single bedroom.

  • Electricity, NSH and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Satellite TV/DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • No smoking

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Bed linen included
  • High chair
  • Microwave
  • Private patios and furniture
  • Shared grounds
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond in grounds

WAS
NOW
£384-£1348
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.

WAS
NOW
£246-£1022
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
8
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.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin, both with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Five Freeview TVs. DVD. Dishwasher. Parking (3 cars). 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.

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

Situated on the edge of Gillingham in North Dorset, close to the Wiltshire/Somerset border, these two detached converted barns (refs 27736 and 27737), both for four and which can be booked independently or together, offer very presentable quality holiday accommodation in which to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many attractions to be found in Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. Within easy driving distance are family attractions such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its mock aircraft carrier deck and Concorde, the Haynes Motor Museum with its huge collection of classic cars, Stourhead House and Gardens and, of course not to be missed, Longleat House and Safari Park which the children will love and which will give you some memorable moments. Further afield visit the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth with its sandy beach, the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and, inland, the Georgian city of Bath with its Pump Room, Roman Baths, many museums and shops. Alternatively, simply unwind enjoying country walking, village pubs in which to wine and dine, golf and fishing, or visit the quaint character towns of Shaftesbury and Sherborne. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 400 yards.

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

Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Small lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£211-£761
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Bell Vue Ref: 18207

This semi-detached holiday cottage, quietly located in the village of Drimpton, has a real cottage feel to it with an open fire and Rayburn. This is a walkers paradise with many footpaths, and within a short drive you can be walking along the Heritage coast line of Dorset. Many villages and towns along the coast including West Bay, Charmouth, Burton Bradstock and the market town of Bridport and historic Lyme Regis. Forde Abbey House and Gardens, 4 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub 150 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Beams throughout. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and oil included (£25per week, £20 per short break October-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Video. Electric cooker. Oil-fired Rayburn (seasonal). Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Hive Ref: 24682

Shared indoor heated swimming pool on site

This lovely detached, wooden holiday cabin is set in a quiet spot on the popular Warmwell Leisure Resort. The site is set in over 40 acres of woodland and offers many facilities that can be enjoyed, including use of an indoor swimming pool, golf facilities, a sports complex, roller skating and a games room before 6pm. A family pass for two adults and two children is available on site for £40pw, which offers unlimited access to all facilities (excluding ski slope). There is also a dry-ski slope and a fishing lake (licence needed to use) which are both available at an additional cost throughout the day. Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country and just a short drive to the stunning Jurassic coastline and the seaside town of Weymouth with its promenade and sandy beach. The Sealife Centre, Monkey World, Tank Museum and Abbotsbury Swannery are all nearby. Shop, licensed clubhouse and restaurant on site.

3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Electricity radiators, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Video. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Coin operated washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed veranda and furniture. Lawned area to front. Use of 40-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Use of sport complex with shared heated indoor swimming pool on site, open April-October, Christmas and New Year (leisure passes available on-site with minimal charge). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 3 fishing lakes close by.

WAS
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£326-£858
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