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.
A charming stone-front 2-bedroom holiday cottage on Dorset's Jurassic Coast in Bridport. Applebee Cottage sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms. This homely and well-equipped Dorset cottage is tucked away in a quiet backwater of Bridport, but within easy reach of the market, shops, bars and restaurants.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
5 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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...
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
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.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
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...
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...
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 12 - View Listing
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.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 8 - View Listing
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.
4 Bedrooms - Sleeps 10 - View Listing
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.
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, ...
2 Bedrooms - Sleeps 3 - View Listing
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.
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.
6 Bedrooms - Sleeps 14 - View Listing
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).
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.
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.
8 Bedrooms - Sleeps 23 - View Listing
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.
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.
3 Bedrooms - Sleeps 6 - View Listing
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.
This beautifully presented and baby-friendly studio apartment offers self-catering holidays in Bournemouth 100m from the beach. 22a Studland Dene sleeps 4 in a double bedroom and a sofa-bed. Guests enjoy access to a Spa on the ground floor and a oenthouse-style restaurant.
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.
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...
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.
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.