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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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 ...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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...

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.

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, ...

Fern Cottage, Charmouth, Dorset

Fern Cottage, Charmouth

Fern Cottage is located on the Dorset Coastal Path close to the sandy beach in Charmouth. The cottage is a pleasingly presented 2-bedroom Dorset holiday home sleeping 4, part of a small rural complex on the coast with a heated outdoor swimming pool, fishing lake, restaurant and bar.

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.

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.

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.

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.

22b Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

22b Studland Dene, Bournemouth

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.

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.

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.

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.

Threshers Barn - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster, Dorset

Threshers Barn - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, Beaminster

Warm, cosy, very well equipped, clean and quiet Dorset holiday cottage near Beaminster. Excellent beds, perfect for the dogs, great games room, excellent value for money and exceeding expectations? - just some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books. Take a look at our website...

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.

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.

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).

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.

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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.