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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 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
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£366-£1265
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Railway Cottage Ref: W40581

5 miles to the coast

Ideal base for exploring the area

This semi-detached cottage is situated in East Burton in the middle of Thomas Hardy country, between Swanage and Weymouth, in a beautiful part of Dorset and only 5 miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It has been tastefully furnished and equipped and is ideal for enjoying this delightful area. Lulworth Cove is a must with its scenery and coastal walking, or visit numerous family attractions ranging from the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World, Weymouth Sea Life Park and Butterfly Farm, to Swanage with its golden sandy beaches. Shop 1 mile, pub with food 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Dining room/kitchen with patio doors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 6ft), both with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floors.

Gas central heating (£25per week, £15 per 3-4 night short breaks, £10 per 2 night short breaks). Gas, electricity bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed patio with furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£416-£1040
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Briar Cottage Ref: 23237

Set in the small village of Bothenhampton in an AONB, on the outskirts of Bridport and 1.5 miles from the popular seaside resort of Westbay, this cosy holiday cottage is ideally located to explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the picturesque Dorset coast between Weymouth and Lyme Regis. There are wonderful coastal walks, golf, fishing, and sailing to be had, or one can visit the many attractions within easy driving, such as Abbotsbury’s Sub-Tropical Gardens and Swannery, Weymouth’s Timewalk and excellent Sea Life Centre, or Portland Castle. Shops and pub 1/2 mile.

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

Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD and small library. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Payphone. Sloping lawned garden with decked area, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: There are steps up to the garden.

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£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Osprey House Ref: 25999

This terraced holiday home sits in a quiet area between Weymouth and Portland overlooking Portland harbour with sea views. The South West Coastal Path is 220 yards away and offers views across the harbour and along famous Chesil Beach. A 30 minute walk takes you into Weymouth with sandy beach and seafront. Sailing, windsurfing, sea fishing and diving are all popular. Nature reserve 550 yards, small cove 220 yards. Shops, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory/dining area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed patio with decked area, summer house and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 8 years. NB: 3 steps up to decked area.

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£281-£825
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ducks Bottom Ref: DVO

Nestling in a peaceful location in the small pretty hamlet of Lower Eype, this 18th-century detached and thatched character cottage offers a great holiday home which families will love. Set only ½ mile from the beach and a mile from the market town of Bridport, the cottage boasts a large delightful garden with a summer house accommodating up to four guests. Lovely scenic walks along the Heritage coast are easily available as are fishing and golf. Shop 1 mile.

Living room with open fire in inglenook fireplace and bread oven. Farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with quarry-tiled floor. Sitting room with ornamental open fire. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with large en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. External summer house: Double bed (for +2) plus living area with sofa-bed (for alternative sleeping only) and en-suite shower room with toilet.

  • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and full NSH included (£25 per week October-April)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Two TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Double oven included
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer (in summerhouse)
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large lawned garden
  • Treehouse (use at guests’ own risk)
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Pond and two small streams in garden

WAS
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£620-£1437
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2

Situated in the pretty village of Dewlish, surrounded by the rolling Dorset hills, these two highly individual and beautifully converted 18th-century farm buildings occupy a quiet corner of a courtyard on the edge of a
500-acre dairy and arable farm. Both are full of charm and character and are set around a shared outdoor heated swimming pool. Manor Farm Barn is detached, the larger of the holiday properties, and is arranged over three floors, offering eight en-suite bedrooms. The spacious living room has a beamed ceiling and French doors out to the courtyard, and there is a large, well-equipped farmhouse-style kitchen with range. Churn House offers four bedrooms, and boasts attractive brick and flint walls with pine panelling in the kitchen/dining room. Each has its own patio with furniture and bbq, and shared use of a games room. Children will enjoy watching the farm activities, with ducks and hens on site. There are bridle paths extending from the farm and many lovely walks to enjoy, with several inns nearby and a village pub just 150 yds away. The area is rich in history, and the landscape featured in Thomas Hardy’s novels. Nearby is Tolpuddle, made famous by the Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clouds Hill (NT) where Lawrence of Arabia lived, and Athelhampton, a 15th-century manor house set in fine gardens. The Dorset Coast is only 12 miles away, with unspoilt chalk cliffs, and the notable beauty spot of Lulworth Cove. Shop 11/2 miles.

All on ground floor. Entrance hall. Spacious living room with part brick and flint walls and gas fire. Large, modern-fitted kitchen/dining room with brick and flint walls and pine panelling. Utility. Four bedrooms; two double and two twin. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room and toilet. Beamed throughout.

  • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire included
  • Travel cot
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Two TVs (one widescreen)
  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared enclosed courtyard
  • Patio with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Games room with table football, pool table, table tennis, children’s toys, two toilets and kitchen
  • Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (15ft x 30ft, depth range 3ft to 5ft, open 15 April- 15 October)

Note: DPU and DPT can be booked together to sleep 23 people, making it an ideal venue for corporate events and large families or groups. By prior arrangement, catering can also be provided and the games room can be converted into a conference room

WAS
NOW
£447-£1489
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
0
The Gatehouse Ref: W41364

Excellent base for Dorset/Coarse fishing

Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway and close to the spectacular Dorset World Heritage Coastline between Bridport and Lyme Regis, The Gatehouse is part of an educational complex in Hooke near the quaint town of Beaminster, and is an excellent single storey detached holiday home to enjoy this popular area. It offers four bedrooms, three shower rooms and 2 en-suite bath/shower rooms, (one disabled friendly), a living/dining room/kitchen and garden, and you can enjoy the extensive gardens around the moated Manor House and coarse fishing in the lake. The surrounding area is rich in heritage, there is glorious countryside and Chesil Beach to enjoy, walking, boating, fishing, and swimming, or visit Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Abbottsbury Swannery, Weymouth with its Timewalk and Sea Life Centre, and the pretty seaside resort of Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, all of which will leave one with a memorable holiday. Shops, pubs and restaurants 3.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft zip and link), both with French doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 2 twin. 3 shower rooms with toilet, one with bidet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week December-January). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable gas barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: There is a moat with deep water close to the property.

WAS
NOW
£593-£979
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

"The places Hardy roamed as a boy, and later enshrined as rustic Wessex . . ."

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. An alternative property in Piddletrenthide village (1 mile) is The School House (ref DRV) which can have the use of the leisure facilities at Doles Ash Farm. Outside, there is a pond, vineyard, sheep and chickens to visit and plenty of space for walking, playing, exploring and relaxing in the shared grounds.
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.

A very comfortable split-level barn conversion providing spacious accommodation with French doors leading to enclosed garden. Entrance into well-equipped modern kitchen with dining area. Steps up to sitting room with wood-burning stove and French doors to patio and garden. Twin bedroom with view to garden. Second twin bedroom. Up steps to attractive double bedroom with en-suite toilet and wash basin. Separate bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Fuel charge (October - May) £30per week (£20 per short break)
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed garden with furniture

  • 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
£496-£1285
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£231-£621
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Marbles Ref: DAAA

This well-presented Grade II holiday home lies in 350 acres of rolling countryside of a 19th-century estate. Just ½ mile from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast and 2½ miles from the resort of Lyme Regis, with its Cobb, harbour and beach. The estate also boasts its own private, pebbled beach, accessed via the renowned Undercliff on the South West Coast Path, making Marbles the perfect location for enjoying coastal and countryside walks. The Donkey Sanctuary, Seaton Electric Tramway, and Bicton Gardens are also within easy reach. Shops and pubs within 4 miles.

Large living/dining room with wooden floor and kitchen area. Spiral stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Cobbled courtyard with furniture
  • 350-acre grounds
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£285-£1095
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Chetnole Mill Ref: DGU

With its original machinery on view through an internal window, this fine conversion of part of an 18th-century mill has been charmingly furnished with some period and antique furniture, and enjoys a village setting within walking distance of the green, children’s play area and inn. Part of the mill is occupied by the owner’s art studio, and a public footpath runs along part of the driveway. The train station, 1/4 mile, has direct access to Weymouth, Bath and Bristol. Yeovil (with swimming-pool) 7 miles, and the beach at Burton Bradstock is half an hour’s drive. Inn 400 yards.

Living/dining room with large inglenook fireplace, rugs on wooden floor and modern kitchen area. Three easy steps to bathroom with toilet. Double bedroom with doors to patio. First floor: Two pretty bedrooms; one twin and one single, both with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Open fire – logs available locally
  • Electricity and full NSH included (October-April by meter reading)
  • Bed linen included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Telephone-emergency calls only
  • Small patio and furniture
  • Parking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£325-£1134
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

In a rural location on the outskirts of the popular, bustling, seaside resort of Weymouth, and with extensive views across the downs towards Hardy’s monument, these well-presented, semi-detached, single-storey holiday homes offer a great location for exploring Dorset. Adjacent to the owners’ home, these properties are within a couple of miles of the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coast. There is superb coastal walking and scenery to be enjoyed nearby, and in Weymouth, there is a wonderful sandy beach. Many watersports and activities can be found in Weymouth or at nearby Portland. Weymouth itself offers many family attractions, including Sandworld, Leisureranch, Brewers Quay, Sea Life Centre and tower, and an RSPB reserve at Radipole Lake. Take a day trip to Guernsey, or just enjoy the ambience of this lovely seaside town, with its many restaurants and shops. One can spend days out exploring the beautiful coastline down to Lyme Regis, Abbotsbury and West Bay, or Lulworth Cove and on to the Purbecks. Other places to visit include Corfe Castle, Tank World at Bovington, Monkey World or the Swanage Steam Railway. Inland, Dorchester is on your doorstep, or perhaps visit Sherborne with its abbey and castles. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Small, enclosed, gravelled area with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). NB: Step from patio to gravelled area.

Both properties: Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Barbecue. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£265-£761
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