Dorset offers a splendid choice of holiday rental accommodation.

With so much to see and do in Dorset, the best way to relax at the end of the day is to stay in holiday rental accommodation. A superb choice of such accommodation awaits families and friends choosing to holiday in Dorset. Whether for a weekend break in a secluded coutry cottage or a leisurely sumer holiday in a seaside cottage , you will fall in love with this most pictursque of English counties.

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Tincleton Lodge, Dorchester

Luxury 5 star character cottage, newly refurbished for 2014. Sleeps 2 to 10. Set in 600 acres of idyllic rural countryside in the heart of Hardy’s Wessex. 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. Disabled facilities. Wheelchair friendly. Enclosed garden. Free WIFI.

Portland Retreat, Portland

Largest 4 star self catering detached house + conservatory on the Isle of Portland. Sleeps up to 7 + cot. Large lawned enclosed garden with safe car/boat drive. Nestles in a quiet residential area of Southwell near Bill of Portland. Pets welcome

Rose Cottage, Dorchester

Rose Cottage - 5 star self-catering cottage (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms) is set in 600 acres of idyllic private countryside. Sleeps 2 - 6/7. Excellent facilities on the River Frome for Fishing. New Private Tennis Court on site for 2014. Free WIFI

Portland Hideaway, Portland

A 4 star studio-style property promising a truly romantic break for just one couple. Situated in Southwell not far from Portland Bill, there is a selection of pubs and restaurants in the vicinity and wonderful cliff walks and rocky coves to explore.

Millers Cottage - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, 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

Chideock Cottage, Bridport

Chideock Cottage is a well-equipped holiday cottage which is available all-year-round. Situated in the village of Chideock with stunning views of the hills and just a 20 minute walk to the beach at Seatown.

Updown Cottage, Shaftesbury

5* Gold Award C16th cottage on the iconic and spectacular 'Hovis' Hill of 'Boy on a bicycle' fame.

The Wheatsheaf - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, 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

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.

Threshers Barn - Bakers Mill Holiday Cottages, 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

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Dorset 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 rockpools on a beach for minute sea-creatures (Kimmeredge Bay is particularly recommended), and then turning to the cliffs on this famour Jurassic coastline where 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 entertianing of tank museums aor the nearby Monkey World which is as educational as its primates are adorable.

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, Gussage All Saints, Hazelbury Bryan, Lytchett Matravers, Piddletrenthide, Sixpenny Handley, Toller Fratrum and Tolpuddle (home of the Tolpuddle Martyrs).

Many of its towns boast splendid vernacular architecture (usually accomanied 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 readilly 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.