A splendid choice of self-catering holidays in Dorset

A superb choice of holiday cottages for families and friends can be found in one of England's most beautiful counties. Dorset's appeal is that it offers holiday makers a choice of self catering holidays by the sea or inland in wonderfully-named, idyllic and sleepy villages  such as Compton Abbas, Gussage All Saints and Lytchett Matravers. Whether for a weekend break in a secluded country cottage in Beaminster, a luxury country house in Sherborne or leisurely summer holidays in seaside cottages from Swanage to Lyme Regis, you will fall in love with the fresh air and slow way of life in Dorset.

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Half Moon @ Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset

Half Moon @ Pennsylvania Castle, Portland

Half Moon is a large, luxury self-catering apartment with a swimming pool in a beautifully restored 19th Century fort over-looking the sea on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Sleeping 12 in 6 bedrooms, all ensuite, guests also have use of beautifully maintained gardens with lawns, a waterfall and pa...

Wessex House, Weymouth, Dorset

Wessex House, Weymouth

Beautifully furnished 3-bedroom Dorset holiday home in Weymouth. This family and dog friendly house sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms with its stylish interior design is located 50m walk from the Weymouth indoor swimming pool and gym and 10 minutes strolling to the harbour and beach.

Old Post Office Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Old Post Office Cottage, Bridport

Old Post Office Cottage sleeps 5/6 and is conveniently located in the heart of Symondsbury Village. The generous gardens and proximity to both Bridport and the sea make this Dorset holiday cottage very special. Pets welcome.

Gould's Farmhouse, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Gould's Farmhouse, Blandford Forum

Beautiful Old Farmhouse in village setting in the heart of rural Dorset. This lovely old large 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps 8 and welcomes pets. There are 2 reception rooms plus a south facing conservatory. This house is accessible for those with limited mobility as it has a lift to the 1st Floor.

The Old Manor, Blandford Forum, Dorset

The Old Manor, Blandford Forum

The Old Manor lies in Dorset countryside between Blandford Forum and Poole. This dog friendly and listed, 9-bedroom manor house offers true country house luxury self catering holidays for up to 19 guests for large family gatherings or friends. It is perfect for holidays all year round.

The Wheatsheaf - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset

The Wheatsheaf - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster

Millers Cottage is a warm, cosy, very well equipped and clean and quiet Dorset holiday cottage near Beaminster ?Excellent beds? ?Perfect for the dogs?, ?Exceeded expectations?, ?Great games room?, Excellent value for money? - are some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books, ...

3 Park Mews House, Weymouth, Dorset

3 Park Mews House, Weymouth

In the heart of Weymouth, a short stroll to the beach, 3 Park Mews is a beautifully furnished, 4-Star Dorset holiday cottage house (with parking) sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms. It's perfect for a traditional family seaside holiday or weekend break out of season.

Seaspray, Bridport, Dorset

Seaspray, Bridport

Seaspray is the perfect Dorset get away for walkers, families, beach lovers and star gazers! With extensive sea and coastal views Seaspray offers a taste of life by the beach in the beautiful small village of Eype. Pets welcome.

Nothe View, Weymouth, Dorset

Nothe View, Weymouth

Tucked away a short walk from Weymouth’s beaches is Nothe View, a large and spacious contemporary town house with views over Nothe Gardens. It offers family-friendly self-catering accommodation for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. Perfect for a large family holiday in this popular Dorset seaside resort.

20b Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

20b Studland Dene, Bournemouth

A stylish contemporary 1-bedroom seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth with sea views just 100m from the water's edge on Alum Chine Beach. This well-equipped apartment is perfect for couples seeking a romantic break by the sea within walking distance of some great restaurants.

Crepe Farmhouse, Bridport, Dorset

Crepe Farmhouse, Bridport

Crepe Farm House in Dorset is a large top of the range, luxury holiday house with near Bridport with a large private garden and swimming pool. Ideal for extended family groups or large parties. It comfortably sleeps 17 and is located on the beautiful Symondsbury Estate, surrounded by stunning scen...

Millers Cottage - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset

Millers Cottage - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster

Millers Cottage is a warm, cosy, very well equipped and clean and quiet Dorset holiday cottage near Beaminster ?Excellent beds? ?Perfect for the dogs?, ?Exceeded expectations?, ?Great games room?, Excellent value for money? - are some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books, ...

Little Gem, Weymouth, Dorset

Little Gem, Weymouth

It's a short stroll to Weymouth's impressive beach from Little Gem, a 1-bedroomed Dorset holiday apartment. This handy ground floor apartment lies in a quiet mews in the heart of the town. It's a lovely romantic bolthole for couples for cultural, cycling, walking and beach holidays all your round.

18b Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

18b Studland Dene, Bournemouth

18b Studland Dene is a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom Bournemouth holiday apartment with a balcony for outdoor dining, just 100m from Alum Chine Beach in this vibrant south coast seaside resort. It is perfect for long summer holidays or short breaks all year round. Sleeps 2-6.

18a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

18a Studland Dene, Bournemouth

This tastefully furnished 1-bedroom seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth with balcony sleeps 2-4 guests in Studland Dene, an exclusive development with spa and restaurant facilities is in a sought-after location 100m from the sands.

Crepe Farm Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Crepe Farm Cottage, Bridport

Crepe Farm Cottage is newly renovated to a very high standard. Offering luxurious Dorsetaccommodation for up to seven people. Situated just a stones throw from Crepe Farmhouse, located on the beautiful Symondsbury Estate near Bridport, surrounded by stunning scenery. Pets welcome.

3 Allington Square, Bridport, Dorset

3 Allington Square, Bridport

3 Allington Square, in the West Dorset town of Bridport on the Jurassic Heritage Coast, is a most comfortable and appealingly furnished pet friendly holiday home sleeping 2-4 guests in 2 bedrooms. This modern house is within walking distance of Bridport’s attractive shops, bars and restaurants.

Harbour Lodge, Sandbanks, Dorset

Harbour Lodge, Sandbanks

Located on the coast within the exclusive Sandbanks resort, Harbour Lodge is a luxury 4-bedroom holiday home in Hampshire. Its rooms would not look out of place in a glossy hostile magazine, while additional facilities include a cinema room, glass-clad sun terraces and a hot tub. This well-equipped ...

20a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

20a Studland Dene, Bournemouth

Standing in a very desirable area of Bournemouth - away from the noise, but just 100m from Alum Chine Beach, 20a Studland Dene is a well-equipped 1 bedroom Bournemouth holiday apartment with conscierge and access to an onsite spa.

Bilshay Farmhouse, Bridport, Dorset

Bilshay Farmhouse, Bridport

Bilshay Farmhouse is a large beautiful thatched Dorset farmhouse sleeping 10, set in a rural location, a short distance from the market town of Bridport. It has recently been refurbished to a luxurious standard. Currently graded at 4 star Gold. Pets welcome.

Duck Street Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Duck Street Cottage, Bridport

Duck Street Cottage provides luxury accommodation for 2. It is perfectly located in the heart of Symondsbury village. Ideal for couples or friends looking for a cosy cottage in West Dorset. Pets welcome.

Templecombe Park , Sherborne , Dorset

Templecombe Park , Sherborne

Large, accessible and gorgeous arts and crafts era Listed shooting lodge. Templecombe Park sleeps up to 23 guests in remote rural Dorset surroundings near Sherborne. It has an indoor pool, a hot tub and tennis court. Plenty of room for the whole group to relax. Pets welcome.

22 Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

22 Studland Dene, Bournemouth

22 Studland Dene is a luxurious seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth just 100m from Alum Chine Beach. Being a combination of 2 interconnecting 1-bedroom apartment, guests enjoy the luxury of 2 lounges, kitchens and bathrooms as well as 2 bedrooms. Perfect for a family holiday or 2 couples.

Dormouse Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Dormouse Cottage, Bridport

Relax in a beautiful Grade II listed village cottage on the Dorset coast near Bridport. Dormouse Cottage is a peaceful rural retreat on the Jurassic Coast in Netherbury. With a pub nearby, walks in all directions and the seaside within easy reach, this child and pet friendly holiday cottage is a wel...

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It's not just the tranquil charm of its quaint holiday cottages that attracts visitors to Dorset. Dorset also offers its visitors a wide choice of lovely beaches. From the seaside resort of Weymouth in the east to the Regency town of Lyme Regis, there's a splendid choice including the long shingle banks of Chesil Beach (taking in the world-famous Swannery at Abbotsbury), Studland Bay, peaceful Charmouth and picturesque Lulworth Cove. Just think of a day spent both fishing in rock pools on a beach for minute sea-creatures (Kimmeridge Bay is particularly recommended), and then turning to the cliffs on this famous Jurassic coastline where winter rockfalls often reveal fossils (although you're no longer allowed to go digging for them).

There's an equally appealing choice of attractions to enjoy away form Dorset's south coast beaches. Why not spend an afternoon viewing the Purbeck countryside from the windows of a heritage steam train on the Swanage Railway. Catch your train at Corfe and while there, visit the magnificent ruins of Corfe Castle high on  hill above the town. Head west to Bovington where you'll find the (seriously) best and most entertaining of tank museums or the nearby Monkey World which is as educational as its primates are adorable.

In th far west of Dorset lie the attractive little coastal towns of Bridpot, West Bay with its wonderful fish restaurant and Lyme Regis.

Inland Doset is as pretty as the names of its villages imply. How an you resist a holiday in a county with place names such as  Fifehead Magdalen, Purse Caundle, Hazelbury Bryan, Piddletrenthide, Sixpenny Handley, Toller Fratrum and Tolpuddle (home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs).

Many of its towns boast splendid vernacular architecture (usually accompanied by quaint tea rooms) as visitors to Blandford Forum or Gold Hill in Shaftesbury, the latter a location for a famous Hovis Bread advert in the 70's, will readily testify.

Other attractions well worth a visit include the Model Town at Wimbourne and, at the end of August, the Great Dorset Steam Fair near Blandford Forum which is so large you'll need more than one day to work your way around it.