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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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.

Northend Farmhouse, Bridport, Dorset

Northend Farmhouse, Bridport

North End's large listed Farmhouse is available for Doret holiday lets all year. Situated in a spectacular countryside setting, on the Jurassic Coast, between the lively market towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis with easy access to beaches, culture, pubs and walks. Pets welcome.

Updown Cottage, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Updown Cottage, Shaftesbury

5* Gold Award C16th Dorset cottage in Shaftesbury on the iconic and spectacular 'Hovis' Hill of 'Boy on a bicycle' fame. Sleeps 6 in 4-bedrooms. 2017 is our 10th anniversary year and all guests will be entered into a prize draw every quarter for a collection of local produce.

Elizabethan House, Weymouth, Dorset

Elizabethan House, Weymouth

Grade II-listed Elizabethan House stands just above Chesil Beach on the Jurassic coastline on the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. This imposing 4-bedroom, pet friendly Dorset holiday cottage with sea views, sleeps 7 in recently refurbished, homely surroundings.

Charlottes Rest, Christchurch, Dorset

Charlottes Rest, Christchurch

Charlotte's Rest is a modern 3-bedroom Dorset holiday home boasting a fine enclosed lawn for summer games and picnics in Christchurch, a mecca for watersports enthusiasts and beach lovers. This spacious house is within easy reach of Avon and Mudeford Sandbank beaches, as well as Christchurch Harbour...

Old Higher Lighthouse, Portland, Dorset

Old Higher Lighthouse, Portland

A Portland Bill cottage with sea views near Weymouth in Dorset offering a sensational and unique holiday home, once the dwelling place of Marie Stopes. Sleeps 4.

20 Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

20 Studland Dene, Bournemouth

20 Studland Dene is a luxury seaside apartment in a desirable location in Bournemouth with sea views, just a 2-minute stroll from the beach, and a few minutes more along the sea front to the town centre. Comprising 20a and 20b the 2 apartments come together to sleep 4 in comfort and style.

16a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

16a Studland Dene, Bournemouth

16a Studland Dene is a luxury Bournemouth holiday apartment 100m from the beach in a highly sought after area of Bournemouth. It sleeps two in one bedroom just a ten-minute seafront walk to shops and restaurants.

Foxditch at Chisel Farm, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Foxditch at Chisel Farm, Blandford Forum

Foxditch Barn at Chisel Farm is a new self-catering barn conversion on a working farm in a peaceful rural location near Blandford Forum in Dorset. This pet friendly holiday property offering beautiful rural views over the Stour valley sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms. Stabling for guest's horses available.

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.

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.

Littlecot, Weymouth, Dorset

Littlecot, Weymouth

Relax in a large, contemporary 4-bedroom holiday cottage on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast near Weymouth in Dorset. This well-furnished and pet friendly property, lies a few-minutes from the coast. It offers sea views of Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour. Coastal walks from the end of the garden....

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.

Print Hall @ Pennsylvania Castle, Portland, Dorset

Print Hall @ Pennsylvania Castle, Portland

Without a doubt, The Print Hall, a large, 5-bedroom Dorset holiday apartment with a pool in Portland, is absolutely in the luxury holiday home category. This is a beautiful and contemporary apartment in Pennsylvania Castle, a restored Georgian Fort. Whereas it was built to fend off invaders, it now ...

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.

Myrtle Cottage, Netherbury, Beaminster, Dorset

Myrtle Cottage, Netherbury, Beaminster

Lovely thatched eighteenth century Dorset holiday cottage in Beaminster, recently refurbished, in pretty village location within easy reach of the Jurassic coast. Myrtle Cottage provides spacious accommodation for six with three bathrooms. Secluded garden, off road parking, free wifi.

Harbour Lights, Bridport, Dorset

Harbour Lights, Bridport

Far-reaching rural and sea views across Lyme Bay are a feature of Harbour Lights, a large holiday cottage in Dorset between Bridport and the Jurassic Coast at West Bay. This pet friendly luxury property with Wi-Fi sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms.

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.

Furrows Farm Garden Lodge, Bradford Abbas, Dorset

Furrows Farm Garden Lodge, Bradford Abbas

A beautifully furnished lodge with idyllic countryside views, Furrows Farm Garden Lodge is set on the secluded and very desirable Saxon Maybank lodge resort near Bradford Abbass, The Lodge sleeps 2-4 and in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and a private hot tub.

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, ...

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.

2a Portman Crescent, Bournemouth, Dorset

2a Portman Crescent, Bournemouth

Just a 5-minute stroll through a lovely park to Bournemouth’s majestic seafront, 2a Portman Crescent is a spacious and comfortably furnished seaside holiday home on the South Coast that sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms – (1 en-suite).

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.

Cormorant View, Weymouth, Dorset

Cormorant View, Weymouth

Cormorant View is a contemporary 4-bedroom town house offering self-catering holidays in Weymouth, a popular Dorset seaside resort. The house offers scenic views over the River Wey and Radipole Lake ? a great place for wildlife spotting and within walking distance of Weymouth?s wide sandy beach, qu...

Meadow View, Weymouth, Dorset

Meadow View, Weymouth

Meadow View is a peaceful 3-bedroom, pet friendly holiday cottage in Dorset, close to the Jurassic Heritage Coast in the village of Wyke between Weymouth and Portland. Recently renovated and tastefully decorated to create a welcoming holiday home at the eastern tip of Chesil Beach.

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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.