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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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
12 Maritime House Ref: 19399

Excellent location

In the fishing port and popular seaside resort of West Bay near Bridport on the famous Chesil Beach and World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, this third floor holiday apartment (with lift), has been tastefully furnished and equipped for three, and is in an excellent location to explore this popular area. Enjoy the pretty harbour, beach, many attractions nearby or memorable days out walking along this stunning coastline, perhaps even up Golden Cap. Shop, pub and restaurant within 250 yards.

All on third floor (with lift): Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 10 years.

WAS
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£200-£718
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Herston Rise Ref: 27344

Set on the edge of the popular seaside town of Swanage, this Grade II listed, terraced holiday cottage is traditionally furnished, and has the bonus of a woodburner making it a great place to stay whatever the time of year. Discover the beach 1 mile from the property, where you will also find shops, pubs and restaurants. An excellent base from which to explore the area and visitors can enjoy the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline and Purbeck Hills. Monkey World, Swanage Steam Railway, Durlston Country Park and Tank Museum make for good family days out. Shop 250 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (zip and link, can be 5ft double), both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath, toilet and low head room.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£225-£895
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Haycraft Cottage Ref: W42993

Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottage

This superb spacious stone holiday cottage, situated in the heart of the Purbeck countryside, is set in a lawned garden on the edge of a small, peaceful, Caravan Club site. The detached cottage has been sympathetically restored, and is furnished to an exceptionally good standard. An attractive conservatory leads into a delightful garden with flower troughs, roses, climbing ivy and a pretty stone well. The delightful Swanage Steam Railway which runs regular trips from Corfe Castle to Swanage, a popular seaside resort with golden sandy beaches, and busy Poole Harbour with its sheltered waters and tiny islands. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. Portable barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£388-£1162
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
2
Moonfleet Ref: W41982

Ideal touring base

This holiday accommodation is set in a quiet lane in the popular pretty village of West Lulworth. Moonfleet is a deceptively spacious property with a double aspect living/dining room with French doors leading out onto a secluded, south-facing patio. At the top of the garden is access to the footpath which takes you down to famous Natural Cove (0.5 miles), and then across the hill to Durdle Door. Situated on the Jurassic Coast, this makes a wonderful base from which to explore Dorset; enjoy walking on the coastal and inland paths, the beaches at Swanage, Poole and Bournemouth. The popular seaside town of Swanage is famous for its steam railway. Many family attractions are nearby including Monkey World and Tank Museum. The NT village of Corfe Castle is very pretty and you can explore the ruined castle, or explore Corfe Castle (NT). Further afield lies Weymouth with its Georgian seafront and harbour. Shop 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

Steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living/dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, both with sloping ceiling.

Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Sloping, split level garden with steps and pond.

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£1312-£1312
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

Peacefully set on the edge of the village of Thorncombe, this pretty, detached, flint holiday cottage has a natural sloping garden which leads steeply to an unfenced pond and stream (small children will need supervision). In an AONB close to Beaminster, Bridport and Axminster, and 9 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this is an excellent location to explore West Dorset and East Devon. Visit Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House, and enjoy beautiful country walking on the Wessex Ridgeway, Jubilee and Monarch Trails. Shop/café and pub 1 mile.

Living room with multi-fuel burner and wooden floor. Dining room/conservatory with tiled floor. Well-equipped kitchen, tiled floor. Single bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle, toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed; one with TV and en-suite toilet.

  • Multi-fuel burner - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Full oil central heating included (November-April £35 per week, £25 per short break)
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden with decked patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Sloping banks in garden to pond

WAS
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£414-£1197
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
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/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small, lawned garden. Parking (3 cars).

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 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
NOW
£326-£858
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
The Barn Ref: 28923

Nestling in the peaceful village of Symondsbury, only 2 miles from the World Famous Heritage Jurassic coast, this excellent 200-year-old detached barn conversion, is perfectly placed to explore this stunning coastline from the picturesque Lyme Regis to the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth. Enjoy scenic coastal walking, maybe a walk up Golden Cap, fishing, crabbing, fossil hunting and swimming, or simply visit West Bay, Bridport, Lyme Regis and many attractions nearby; you will have much to do on your memorable holiday. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Open fire in dining room initial fuel included. Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD, CD. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and freezer (in garage). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Pet free of charge. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£231-£891
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

"An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ..."

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was later used as a boarding house for the local public school. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.

All on the ground floor. Living room with rugs on wooden floor. Dining hall with rugs on wooden floor. Compact kitchen with tiled floor. Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Twin bedroom with sloping ceiling.

  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Parking

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire
  • Cot (except DQP)
  • TV
  • Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (except DCCQ)
  • Fridge/freezer (except DQM & DQL)
  • Wi-fi
  • Shared payphone (games room)
  • Gardens of 9 acres with woodland and furniture
  • No smoking
  • NB: Shallow fenced pond in woodland

SUPERB INDOOR AND OUTDOOR FACILITIES (AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND)
* Indoor heated swimming pool (10m x 4.5m, max depth 1.35m) with shower and changing facilities (open everyday 10am–10pm)
* Sauna
* Hard tennis court
* Indoor games room with TV, video, table tennis, coin-operated pool table and seating area with wood-burning stove
* Children’s room with table football, small pool table, toys, books, games and videos

WAS
NOW
£285-£1089
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
NOW
£226-£578
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1

The Old Post Office on The Green is an attractive and charming period cottage, believed to be over 200 years old, and built of stone with a whitened rough-cast rendered exterior under a thatched roof. Serving as the village post office until 1935, it was formerly three dwellings, but now stands as one detached house, providing spacious accommodation, whilst enjoying many features such as sloping ceilings, oak beams, open fire and a large enclosed garden. Sensitively modernised, the cottage retains its natural character, blending old world charm with modern day conveniences.
Occupying an elevated position on the southern slopes of Hardown Hill, facing Stonebarrow Hill – which is owned by the National Trust – it is located between Morcombelake and the sea. The surrounding countryside and Heritage coastline is some of the most beautiful in the area, and officially designated as one of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within walking distance is the National Trust’s Golden Cap Estate, where southern England’s highest cliff can be found – composed of sandstone, and crowned by yellow gorse, it makes a good vantage point from where magnificent views along the coast take in Portland Bill, where a lighthouse has guarded the promontory since the 18th century. The villages and beaches of Chideock and Charmouth (novelist Jane Austen’s favourite resort) are both within 2½ miles. For a great day out, Bournemouth is within easy driving distance. The pier and beautiful sandy beach are well-renowned, but the other great attraction is the unusually high proportion of green space, with millions of pine trees and thousands of acres of public gardens. The best known is Compton Gardens – seven gardens, each with a different theme, from Japanese to Italian. Village store ¼ mile. Shop/P.O. ½ mile.

Large beamed living room with open fire. Large dining room with decorative fireplace. Well-equipped modern galley-style kitchen. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with beamed sloping ceiling; one with low ceiling and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet (low ceiling), one with 5ft wrought-iron and brass bed and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Open fire – fuel available locally
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • W-fi broadband
  • Large garden with furniture and summer house
  • Parking (for
    2 cars)
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 9 steps to garden

WAS
NOW
£551-£1455
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2
Limestone Cottage Ref: 25762

Sea views from rear of cottage

Set at the southern point of Portland with great coastline views. This charming terraced holiday cottage is an ideal touring base. Close by are footpaths leading to the South West Coastal Path and down to Portland Bill and RSPB bird observatory. Nearby is the famous Chesil Beach, part of the Jurassic Coastline. Portland is popular for bird watching, climbing, fishing and watersports. Weymouth is 8 miles with sandy beach and attractions. Shop and restaurant 1 mile, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with French doors to Juliet balcony, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 twin bedroom with Velux and sloping ceiling.

Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£260-£1091
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