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 in 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.

68 cottages found. 68 match all criteria.

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30th Oct-3rd Nov

Crepe Farm Cottage Cottage Listing

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.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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!

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 7
  • Bathrooms 7

Located in a sought-after location, Studland Dene comprises an attractive collection of seaside holiday apartments in Bournemouth, 100m from the beach. Guests enjoy access to The Edge Spa on the ground floor. No 22a is a 1-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 that can be let with 22b as a 2-bed apartment.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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.

  • Sleeps 20
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 8

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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27th-30th Oct

Crepe Farmhouse Cottage Listing

Crepe Farm House in Dorset is a large top of the range, luxury holiday house with near Bridport with a large private garden and swimming pool. Ideal for extended family groups or large parties. It comfortably sleeps 17 and is located on the beautiful Symondsbury Estate, surrounded by stunning scen...

  • Sleeps 17
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 5

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.

  • Sleeps 23
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 4

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, ...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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 ...

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

Grade II-listed Elizabethan House stands just above Chesil Beach on the Jurassic coastline on the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. This imposing 4-bedroom, pet friendly Dorset holiday cottage with sea views, sleeps 7 in recently refurbished, homely surroundings.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Luxury large 5 star character recently refurbished Dorchester holiday cottage in Dorset. 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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Lovely thatched eighteenth century Dorset holiday cottage in Netherbury, nr Bridport, recently refurbished, in pretty village location within easy reach of the Jurassic coast. Spacious accommodation for six with three bathrooms. Secluded garden, off road parking, free wifi, log fire, full CH.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

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.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

Chisel Farm Barns comprise two new and stylish self-contained barn conversions, Foxditch and Whites Ground, near Blandford Forum in Dorset sleeping 10 guests between them. Being both child and pret friendly they are perfect for dual family holidays in rural Dorset.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

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.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

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 ...

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 5

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27th-30th Oct

Bilshay Farmhouse Cottage 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.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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.