A delightful selection of Dorset holiday cottages for families and friends can be found in one of England's most beautiful counties. Dorset's appeal is that it offers holidaymakers 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 in a secluded country cottage in Beaminster, a luxury holiday home in Sherborne or Dorset coast cottages for leisurely summer holidays in quaint seaside cottages from Swanage to Lyme Regis, you will fall in love with the fresh air and slow way of life in Dorset.
Situated on a working organic Dorset farm in a peaceful rural location, Threshers Barn near Beaminster is a Grade 2 listed 16th-century flint barn, beautifully restored to provide cosy, bright and airy accommodation with original features such as old beams and windows. Pets welcome.
Situated on our beautiful farm which runs down to the Fleet lagoon, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coastline, Chelsea Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage that sleeps up to 8 people. This pet-friendly coastal cottage in the countryside near Weymouth is just a mile from Chesil Beach.
Greenwich Cottage is stylish, home from home character cottage in the West Dorset village of Chideock on the Jurassic Coast. Sleeps up to 3 and is perfect for a romantic or small family getaways. Walking distance to 3 excellent pubs and the beach at Seatown.
Swanage Driftwood is a modern coastal cottage boasting light and airy spaces and contemporary chic. The pet-friendly cottage in Swanage, Dorset, lies just moments from the beach and offers a sun-filled interior and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, plus access to bespoke Wellness packages.
Cormorant View is a family-friendly 4-bedroom townhouse offering self-catering holidays in Weymouth, a popular Dorset seaside resort. The house offers scenic views over the River Wey and Radipole Lake and is within walking distance of Weymouth's wide sandy beach, quayside and vibrant town centre..
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.
The Avoncliffe in the coastal resort town of Bournemouth, Dorset, makes the ideal home base for a seaside holiday, a two-storey waterside cottage offering picturesque views of the coastline, ground floor open plan living space with electric fire, furnished balcony, and two en-suite bedrooms.
Meadow View is a peaceful 3-bedroom, pet-friendly holiday cottage in Dorset, close to the Jurassic Heritage Coast in the Wyke Regis area between Weymouth and Portland. It has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to create a welcoming holiday home at the eastern tip of Chesil Beach.
Hooke Court is a grand 17th-century moated manor house which once hosted the Earl of Sandwich. Situated near Beaminster in Dorset, the impressive rural cottage boasts exposed beams, stone walls, a games room, spacious grounds, open fire and a drawing-room. It is ideal for large celebrations.
Beautiful Old Farmhouse in village setting in the heart of rural Dorset. This lovely old large 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps 8 and welcomes pets. There are 2 reception rooms plus a south facing conservatory. This house is accessible for those with limited mobility as it has a lift to the 1st Floor.
Just a few minutes 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 Dorset holiday home sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
Church Cottage is a delightful thatched holiday cottage nestled beside the church in Cattistock, Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage boasts a lovely, landscaped garden, a luxurious interior boasting elegant design features, as well as a prime location in this quaint village.
Magna Cottage is a 300-year-old thatched cottage with a thatched roof and abundant character, as well as a large mature garden and many homely comforts. The pet-friendly cottage in a secluded corner of Dorset near Shaftesbury boasts an inglenook fireplace, contemporary style and beautiful views.
Millers Cottage, converted from old dairy units at Bakers Mill, is a lovely countryside cottage in Dorset sleeping 3. Old beams feature in this otherwise modern Beaminster cottage with large enclosed garden. Situated in a courtyard setting with 5 other cottages sleeping 21 in total. Pets welcome.
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.
The Old Cricket Pavilion is situated in a picturesque rural location at North End Farm near Bridport. It has a small enclosed lawned garden and panoramic Dorset countryside views. An ideal for a romantic retreat for two or a small family. Pets welcome.
Colts Close Cottage is a delightful thatched-roof cottage in East Burton in Dorset, and the rural cottage offers an outdoor swimming pool, extensive gardens, a lovely summer house, elegant design features and contemporary style, as well as an open fire and the ingredients for a memorable holiday.
The Old Tack Room is a child-friendly Dorset country cottage in lovely and peaceful setting near Sturminster Newton, this converted tack room on the grounds of a working farm is a holiday delight. Up to four guests can enjoy this great, fully modernized dog-friendly Dorset holiday cottage.
Located in the Dorset village of Frampton and surrounded by countryside, this dog-friendly rural cottage is the perfect rural retreat for exploring the East Dorset coast and countryside.
Tarrant Valley House is a grand rural cottage boasting elegance and sophistication. The pet-friendly cottage on a working farm in Blandford Forum, Dorset, spoils guests with an indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, mature gardens, beautiful views, a children’s play area and country charm.
Dorchester Manor is an 18th-century residence constructed with Portland stone and brimming with period features. The pet-friendly cottage in Dorchester, Dorset, features wooden flooring, open fires as well as a games room and extensive grounds with uninterrupted views plus a tennis court.
Lilliput is tucked away in the quiet Dorset coastal village of Shipton Gorge a mile or two from Bridport and the Jurassic Coast at Burton Bradstock. This well-maintained holiday cottage will particularly appeal to those seeking lovely walks close to hand and also welcomes pets. nicely
A luxury cottage for four in a quiet rural location, this converted chapel features an open plan living area overlooked by a galleried landing, timbered walls, and exposed beams to create a truly unique holiday experience. A countryside escape in Dorset close to many great locations.
It's not just the tranquil charm of its quaint holiday cottages in Dorset that attracts visitors to the county - it's their location too. Dorset also offers its visitors a wide choice of lovely beaches. Find coastal cottages in Dorset from the seaside resort of Weymouth in the east along the South West Coast Path to the Regency town of Lyme Regis. There's a splendid choice of Dorset coast cottages including the long shingle banks of Chesil Beach (taking in the world-famous Swannery at Abbotsbury), Studland Bay, Burton Bradstock, 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. Here, 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 from 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 the 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 the far west of Dorset lie the attractive little coastal towns of Bridport, West Bay with its wonderful fish restaurant and Lyme Regis.
Inland Dorset is as pretty as the names of its villages imply. How can 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 will readily testify. The latter is the location for a famous Hovis Bread advert in the 70's.
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. The Steam Fair is so large you'll need more than one day to work your way around it. Of course, this shouldn't be a problem if you are staying in a Dorset holiday cottage!