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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The Granary - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset

The Granary - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster

The Granary in Beaminster Warm, cosy, very well equipped and clean, quiet, excellent beds, perfect for the dogs, exceeded expectations, great games room, excellent value for money - these are some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books. We have many returning visitors and s...

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, ...

Greenwood Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Greenwood Cottage, Bridport

Standing in an idyllic rural location on the Jurassic Coast near Lyme Regis, Greenwood is a superb one-bedroom Dorset holiday cottage for couples. nestling in Morcombelake village with a large garden, countryside and coastal views.

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.

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 ...

Millstream Cottage, Weymouth, Dorset

Millstream Cottage, Weymouth

A beautifully furnished and presented, oak-beamed character holiday cottage in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset. Pet friendly Millstream Cottage sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms, just a short drive from Weymouth and beaches along the striking Jurassic World Heritage Coast.

Harvest Cottage, Beaminster, Dorset

Harvest Cottage, Beaminster

Wheelchair accessible cottage sleeping 4 plus 2. Ensuite wet room and shower room, enclosed courtyard garden. Dogs welcome. Games room and laundry.Part of larger complex of 6 cottages surrounding a courtyard with rill culminating in a wildlife area.

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.

16b Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

16b Studland Dene, Bournemouth

A flawless Bournemouth holiday apartment just yards from the beach in a desirable area of Bournemout, a short garden walk to the main shops, bars and restaurants. 16b Studland Dene is a contemporary seaside romantic bolthole sleeping 2 guests (with sofa bed) for occasional guests.

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...

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.

Whytings, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Whytings, Lyme Regis

Close to the West Dorset coast above Lyme Regis, Whytings is a large self-catering barn conversion on a working sheep farm in a beautiful rural Dorset location. This pet friendly holiday cottage sleeps 20 guests in 8 bedrooms. Perfect for large family gatherings or groups of friends.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Pennsylvania Castle, Margaret River, Portland, Dorset

Pennsylvania Castle, Margaret River, Portland

Relax in this large, stylish and utterly luxurious Portland Self-Catering sea view apartment with swimming pool within a beautifully restored Pennsylvania Castle, a 19th Century Fort near Weymouth. Margaret River sleeps 8 guests within 4 sumptuously furnished bedrooms, all ensuite.

Whites Ground at Chisel Farm, Blandford Forum, Dorset

Whites Ground at Chisel Farm, Blandford Forum

Whites Ground, offers self-catering accommodation in Dorset at Chisel Farm with far-reaching, stunning rural views for 2-4 guests. Furnished to a high standard this single-storey holiday home even has stabling for guests seeking somewhere to bring their horse on holiday.

Pennsylvania Castle, Weymouth, Dorset

Pennsylvania Castle, Weymouth

A large, luxury seaside apartment in Pennsylvania Castle on the Isle of Portland in Weymouth. With 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. It is perfect for large families of groups of friends at any time of year. And, between March and October, this 5-star Castle has a covered swimming pool!

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.

Eagles Nest, Bridport, Dorset

Eagles Nest, Bridport

Eagles Nest is a large, pet friendly Dorset Holiday Cottage with private garden and hot tub sleeping 6-7 nestling in peaceful rural seclusion on the Symondsbury Estate near Bridport in Dorset and the beautiful Jurassic Coast.

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.

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.

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.

Axen Lodge, Bridport, Dorset

Axen Lodge, Bridport

Axen Lodge is a newly renovated large shooting lodge in Dorset sleeping 8, offering self catering accommodation for groups and large families. It's set in a peaceful rural area, only a short walk to Symondsbury. Currently graded at 4-star gold, Axen Lodge has many luxurious facilities to be enjoyed....

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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.