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 iin 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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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).

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.

Pennsylvania Castle, Cape Schanck, Portland, Dorset

Pennsylvania Castle, Cape Schanck, Portland

Enjoy a memorable holiday in this 200-year old and beautifully restored fort on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. This luxuriously furnished 3-bedroom apartments has it all - wonderful interior design, an indoor swimming pool, lovely gardens and, to cap it all, panoramic sea views. Cape Schanck sleeps...

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.

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 ...

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 Avoncliffe, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Avoncliffe, Bournemouth

The Avoncliffe is a beautifully maintained 2-bedroom holiday home for 4 guests in a prime location overlooking the coastline in Bournemouth. Whether gazing south from your table on the balcony or from the comfort of the lounge you will be able to enjoy the sight and sounds of the sea.

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....

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...

Pennsylvania Castle, Print Hall, Portland, Dorset

Pennsylvania Castle, Print Hall, 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 ...

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.

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.

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, ...

Paws Lodge, Bradford Abbas, Dorset

Paws Lodge, Bradford Abbas

An impressive, pet friendly Dorset holiday lodge in Bradford Abbas with a private hot tub and secure garden. Furnished to a very high standard in a secluded location on the exclusive Saxon Maybank Resort, the Lodge sleeps 4 (+cot) in 2 bedrooms (super-king-size and zip and link beds).

Pydelspring Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Pydelspring Cottage, Bridport

For anyone considering a holiday in a spacious and luxurious rural holiday cottage for couples in Dorset close to the coast and with panoramic views a few miles east of Weymouth, Pydelspring Cottage is a ?must add? addition to your shortlist of favourite cottages.

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.

The Cobb - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset

The Cobb - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster

Nestling in a picturesque Dorset valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty this Beaminster Holiday cottage is one of six on our 17th century working cattle farm within a courtyard featuring a rill and games room. Coarse fishing nearby. Dogs welcome and walks from the door.

22a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

22a Studland Dene, Bournemouth

Located in a sought-after location, Studland Dene comprises an attractive collection of seaside holiday apartments in Bournemouth, 100m from the beach. Guests enjoy access to The Edge Spa on the ground floor. No 22a is a 1-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 that can be let with 22b as a 2-bed apartment.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Whitestones, Weymouth, Dorset

Whitestones, Weymouth

Just a few minute stroll from Weymouth's promenade and beach, Whitestones is a 3-storey Victorian townhouse in Weymouth, the perfect coastal location for a family seaside holiday. This family friendly holiday home sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

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...

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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.