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Dorset Cottages

The Dorset region is mainly bucolic, but the amazing coast affords family-welcoming sandy seaside's, making the region a brilliant place for a holiday cottage break. Holidays in Dorset encompass all that is best in idyllic England, with undulating knolls, wild heaths, and thatched Dorset cottages, while the sea shores and fossil rich cliffs of the Jurassic coast offer a rare geological treasure that is only three hours from London. In Dorset, there is quite simply something for everyone. The South West coastline of England is a first class spot for scenic views and a seaside holiday, and we have many cottages scattered along the coast in sought-after locations. Dorset will charm and amaze you and not only is it the number one choice for your upcoming vacation, it is additionally the home for Olympic sailing events. So ... what are you waiting for? Don't delay and book now! Select from our range of Dorset cottages to make the most of all that Dorset has to offer.

 

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118 Cottages in Dorset

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REF: 18449
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Little Thatch

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 3
  • Location: England / Dorset / Cerne Abbas
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 18449
Location: England / Dorset / Cerne Abbas
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 3
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REF: 13978
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The Old Cart Shed

  • Bedrooms: 3    Sleeps: 6
  • Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 13978
Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 10560
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The Cider Barn

  • Bedrooms: 1    Sleeps: 2
  • Location: England / Dorset / Gillingham
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 10560
Location: England / Dorset / Gillingham
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
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REF: 20913
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Casterbridge

  • Bedrooms: 3    Sleeps: 6
  • Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
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REF: 20913
Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
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REF: 20911
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Bramshurst

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 4
  • Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
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REF: 20911
Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
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REF: 20909
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Budmouth

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 4
  • Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
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REF: 20909
Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
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REF: 14641
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The Old Barn

  • Bedrooms: 3    Sleeps: 8
  • Location: England / Dorset / Isle of Purbeck
  • Changeover day: Saturday
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REF: 14641
Location: England / Dorset / Isle of Purbeck
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Changeover day: Saturday
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REF: 13979
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Rowdens Barn

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 4
  • Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
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REF: 13979
Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
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REF: 13977
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New Barn

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 4
  • Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 13977
Location: England / Dorset / Blandford Forum
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
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REF: 10951
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Dairy Barn

  • Bedrooms: 1    Sleeps: 2
  • Location: England / Somerset / Gillingham
  • Changeover day: Saturday
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REF: 10951
Location: England / Somerset / Gillingham
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Changeover day: Saturday
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REF: 17240
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Acacia House

  • Bedrooms: 3    Sleeps: 6
  • Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
  • Changeover day: Saturday
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REF: 17240
Location: England / Dorset / Weymouth
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sleeps: 6
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REF: 20918
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Linden Lea

  • Bedrooms: 2    Sleeps: 4
  • Location: England / Dorset / West Bay
  • Changeover day: Friday
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REF: 20918
Location: England / Dorset / West Bay
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Sleeps: 4
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Dorset is a gem of a region, encompassing all that is best in agricultural England - gently sloping green tors, gorse-filled heaths, time-honoured Dorset properties, woodland and hedgerows running down to one of the very best coastlines in England, comprising a World Heritage Site.

Dorset boasts a milder climate than much of South England, with less rain and slightly higher temperatures than is average for the region. With hearty summers and mild winters it's a part of the UK that's admired with holidaymakers throughout of the year.

The unspoiled coast is ever changing over its ninety miles, which take in sensational cliff-top paths, safe sea fronts and sea front resorts with magnificent Dorset sea side properties. The whole coast from Exmouth to Poole has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status.

Holiday properties in Dorset bring to mind scenes of idyllic tranquility. Little has changed over the centuries in this secluded area whose quiet beauty hides rare flowers and aged water mills. With its undulating outdoors and mild climate, Dorset is a preferred place for holidaymakers. The intact natural backdrop is a haven for birds and plants, and much of the land is now protected.

The area is home to lots of well known artifacts, landmarks and exquisite landscapes, and vacation rental cottages in Dorset are excellently placed to visit these places of interest.

Holidaymakers who want a white sand seaside may prefer to choose holiday accommodation near Swanage, in east Dorset. Five of our favourite beaches in Dorset are:

Shell Bay - A pretty sandy ocean front that's ideal for quiet on.

Chesil Beach - Make the most of calm paths on this extended shingle coastline, Bournemouth - An admired place to beside the shoreline.

Lyme Regis - A wealth of tourist attractions makes this shore a perennial most liked.

Studland - An admired sheltered ocean front and nature reserve.

If you want something educational or something for the kids then visit one of the award winning wonders. With so much to do, one thing's for sure.....'I'm bored' are two words you will not be hearing throughout your holiday.

The area ensures you have the option of experiencing loads of attractions based both on land and sea and can make a good location for a sporting vacation too.

From quiet rental properties set within acres of National Trust land to age-old farmhouses and state-of-the-art apartments, there are loads of properties and break self catering properties in Dorset from which to decide. Each holiday accommodation has its own individual characteristics, such as rental properties with thatched roofs and larger residences that have their own indoor swimming pools. Whether you are travelling as a couple, a family or a group of friends, there are break self-catering properties in Dorset to cater for your every need.

Make a holiday rental, home or rental cottage in Dorset your home away from home. Dorset on the South Coast of England is a region of staggering beauty and sensational views. We are here to help your Holidays in Dorset be as memorable as possible.

Find your splendid self catering vacation rental properties in Dorset by simply searching our site and book online!

Dorset is a brilliant location for a restful break, wandering through the extraordinary country side, adventuring in the archaeology or lazing on the sea fronts. With such a rich history and pretty landscape you're never at a loss for something to do in Dorset. You can go walking through the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase, with its deer, wild flowers and butterflies. Whether its museums, theme parks, farmyards, sea life centres, forts, a fun filled day will be had by all.

Fancy something a bit more energetic? Then Dorset is a walker's wonderland and pedal pushers paradise. The region owes much of its allure to its communities, all 150 of them, and they are well worth discovering.

With its glorious coast and an abundance of award winning sea shores stretching ninety five miles, you'll be scratching your head trying to decide which beach to lay your towel. Choose from the extensive range of good coasts that stretch along the coastline, comprising Charmouth, they are sheltered and brilliant for adults and kids. Lulworth Cove is one of the top-notch examples of its type in the world, attracting more than a million customers each year. The coastline here is the most stunning and varied in the region and additionally includes the famed landmarks of Durdle Door and Lulworth cove. Inland are the breath taking basins of the Frome and Piddle rivers, along with Lulworth Castle and a variety of other places of interest. The cove itself is a sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay, with the neighbouring Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch making it a worthwhile place to visit. The Purbeck area has unique and varied scenery, with mounds, heathlands and the great expanse of Poole Harbour and the RSPB reserve at Arne. Swanage has a sandy waterfront with a steam train linking it with the stunning Corfe Castle ruins. Golden Cap is the highest point on the South Coast and an outstanding vantage point and those who climb it are rewarded with a scenic view of Lyme Bay, much of the vicinity is owned and maintained by The National Trust. Whether its building sandcastles, taking part in the abundance of water sports, visiting the many harbours by boat while angling, hitching an outing on a donkey or soaking up the sun, you will be amazed by the quality of the sea fronts.

Weymouth is another long-standing tourist destination, made fashionable by King George III. Famous for its donkey rides, Weymouth Bay and its Georgian Esplanade, Weymouth has everything a tourist needs. Chesil Beach is just across from Weymouth with its seventeen miles of shingle sea front, which reach amazing heights.

Dorset's coastline is famed for far more than its magnificent fossils and stunning coasts. The deep waters off the coastline will be the venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing regatta and active beach towns offer tons of opportunity for adrenaline fueled fun, retail therapy, gastro delights and pleasurable relaxation. After an active day adventuring in the coast and hamlet, perhaps tour Palmer's Thatched Brewery.

Further inland, Dorchester is an excellent location for discovering pastoral Dorset, 40% of which has been designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Make the most of splendid views and birds and plants; chalk ridges, forested slopes and lush farmland spreading over gently sloping knolls. Ambling, bike riding and equestrianism are all well catered for with miles and miles of interconnecting tracks and paths threading past fantastic medieval homes and gardens, citadels, Iron Age forts and nature reserves. There is additionally much picturesque outdoors comprising the New Forest National Park which is excellent for hill walking, biking and equestrianism.

For impressive views take one of the lots of brilliant sea side and rural landscape paths. Glorious hikes abound as Beaminster stands at the head of Dorset's 'Hidden Valley' the medieval Vale of the River Brit. Venture to inland Dorset, with its hamlets of thatched rental properties, timbered public houses and watermills, and you'll feel as though you've walked into a living, breathing Thomas Hardy novel. Dorchester is a little characterful neighbourhood, with an abundance of special historical buildings, consisting of Hardy's Birthplace. This is Thomas Hardy country, the haunting environment for Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Far From the Madding Crowd.

If you're more interested in history then the Jurassic Coast offers a fossil and geological record that has made it a World Heritage Site. The twin towers of the magnificent Minster dominate the market village of Wimborne Minster and at Cerne Abbas are the ruins of an abbey and the infamous Giant, a 180-foot quite rude male etched into the chalk. Alternatively, you could plan a day out to the medieval house at Sherborne Castle, which was made in the late 16th Century by Sir Walter Raleigh. The Castle has thirty acres of lakeside gardens and is one of the very best examples of landscaping by 'Capability' Brown you will see. Any note of historical Dorset would not be complete without mention of the Cerne Abbas Giant, cut into the chalk downs and overlooking the hamlet of Cerne Abbas with its Abbey ruins. Lyme Regis at the western end of Dorset is noted for its proximal fossil finds, family-welcoming waterfronts and the Cobb, a historically important port wall used in the filming of 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. Not far from Christchurch lies the grandiose Highcliffe Castle, a Grade one listed building that was made in 1831. Exhibitions feature at the castle along with a gift shop and you can stroll around the extensive and stunning grounds all year round. The ruins of Corfe Castle can be seen in Dorset which date back to the 11th century and have a rich and varied history. There really is history at every turn.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum buildings an extensive collection of Victorian Art, as well as scores of brilliant pieces of European art. It is especially known for promoting the works of female artists such as Louise Jopling and Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale. This is an interesting gallery and would be a wonderful day out for all art enthusiasts. The vicinity's history is celebrated in the Bridport Museum and you can learn all about the Roman past when you peruse its extensive archives.

If you're looking for something more lively then look no further. Dorset is well known for having some of the best taverns and clubs in the UK and continues to attract party goers from all over the world. Bournemouth is the largest tourist destination in Dorset. Bournemouth is a magnificent venue for a night out, and a Dorset vacation holiday home here allows you to visit Europe's largest leisure complex, Tower Park, one of the a variety of world class theatres or the National Trust residences scattered around the region.

Two of the largest single sights along this stretch of Coast are the Abbotsbury Swannery and the splendid Corfe Castle. Heaps of family fun can be found at Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth's Oceanarium and indoor water fun at Splashdown in Poole. Immerse yourself in Dorset's history with a bewildering array of museums to select from incorporating the Dorset County Museum, the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset and the attractive Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden. Wander the quixotic gardens of Sir Walter Raleigh's beloved Sherborne Castle and, possibly the most impressive ruins in Britain, Corfe Castle – the splendid spot for a picnic! And if you'd like to see some creatures you wouldn't expect to see in Dorset, you can visit Monkey World in Wareham, where you can see a whole range of rescued primates. This and the Bovington Tank Museum are particular favourites for an abundance of customers. There is additionally of course the Dinosaur Museum, which is the only museum in Britain dedicated exclusively to dinosaurs. Reviews of the museum are so tremendous that it was lately voted Dorset's Family Attraction of the Year.

From the alluring mysteries of the neighbouring Stonehenge, to the medieval wonder of the Jurassic coastlines of Bournemouth, the South West of England is awash with things to see and do. With such a grand opportunity on your front door, our Dorset break rental properties will make the unequaled location for an inspiring vacation.

For those who wish to make the most of the excellent outdoors during a vacation at a self-catering property in Dorset, stroll around the scores of forts in the region such as Portland castle and the ruins of Christchurch Castle which is a first class existing example of Norman architecture.

A break property inland, offers customers the chance to investigate the magnificent mature woodland and gently sloping hillocks of bucolic Dorset. As well as adventuring the remains of Roman and Celtic forts, the history trail from Dorchester additionally lets holidaymakers experience some of the natural birds and plants that reside in the breath taking unspoiled surroundings.

Starting in the east with the natural port of Christchurch and the exciting Mudeford Spit the coastline passes through Bournemouth, one of the country's most well admired resorts to Poole and one of the largest natural harbours in the world where Brownsea Island's celebrated for its red squirrel sanctuary and as the birthplace of the Scouting movement. The World Heritage coast extends 140 kilometres from Lyme Regis to Christchurch, and gives a choice of the country's top-notch sandy shorelines and vacation resorts. Virtually all the properties are in very old communities with a public house and a shop near at hand.

Choose from Bridport, medieval Lyme Regis, excellent Poole and Swanage; old Weymouth and lively Bournemouth. Many, like Swanage Bay are glorious sandy coasts, despite the shingle and pebble waterfronts of Chesil Beach are immensely well admired too.View our cottages in Lyme Regis.

Weymouth itself is a mix of coastline resort and angling port, beyond which lies the remarkable Chesil Bank, a rare shingle shore that stretches fifteen miles from Weymouth to Bridport.

The vicinity of Bridport in Dorset known as "The Golden Gateway" is a modest market village and gives scores of shops and sights for you to like during your visit to a vacation property in Dorset. The medieval vicinity is additionally well known for its delicious produce and was runner up in the South West Local Food Award competition in 2006.

Onto Purbeck Island - in reality a peninsula guarded by the picturesque ruins of Corfe Castle - the stunning sea sides of Studland Bay looking over to Old Harry's Rock and the resort of Swanage. The honey coloured sand natural stone of Burton Bradstock cliffs is quite a sight and has an extensive sandy and pebble seaside.

The New Forest is a brilliant location for open air tourist attractions and the region is additionally home to Stonehenge and cities such as Bath, Salisbury and Bournemouth.

The charming vicinity of Lyme Regis is known as the Pearl of Dorset in all likelihood best known for The Cobb, an extended sea port wall full of timeless character and history.

Shaftesbury is one of England's most scenically positioned and fabulous medieval market towns, made celebrated by the Hovis advert that featured Gold Hill - the steep cobbled street lined with its exceptional thatched and tiled Dorset rental properties. Few other towns in Britain have such a wealth of intact, historic buildings as Sherbourne.

In the folding hillocks of West Dorset lies Beaminster, a prosperous small market village which once thrived on wool and sailcloth. It contains some exquisite examples of Georgian buildings and picture-perfect 17th-century Dorset self-catering properties.

Holiday rental properties in Dorset supply the ideal location to discover at your own pace. Bournemouth International Airport (BOH) serves as the closest for all the Dorset self catering break rental cottages, but the rail networks given by South West Trains in all likelihood offer the best range of alternatives.

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