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.

84 cottages found 84 match all criteria.

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.

Duck Street Cottage is a cosy cottage situated in Dorset, ideal for couples or friends. Perfectly located in Symondsbury Village, within walking distance to the village pub, café and handful of artisan shops. Includes a traditional inglenook fireplace, perfect for resting after a day of exploring!

The Brambles is a single bedroom cottage ideal for couples or lone travelers set in stunning farmland which overlooks the Dorset Coast and the Chesil Beach. Fantastic walks straight from the door of the cottage. Situated between the seaside town of Weymouth and Abbotsbury, famous for its swans.

Wyndthorpe Cottage is a delightful rural cottage set in the picture-postcard village of Milton Abbas. The cottage enjoys lovely views of the Dorset countryside from its mature furnished garden and offers a sophisticated single-storey layout with contemporary comforts and sunlit open-plan design.

The Creamery is a spacious, stylishly furnished character cottage within a short walk of Dorchester's historic centre yet within easy reach of Weymouth and other Jurassic Coast resorts. This dog-friendly Dorset holiday cottage welcomes families, sleeping up to 5 guests in 3 bedrooms

Goose Run Cottage promises rural seclusion. The beautiful stone-built, open-plan cottage sits on a private estate in Corscombe and enjoys wonderful views of the Dorset countryside and wide-open spaces, plus a delightful south-facing garden, sophisticated furnishing, big skies and a tree house.

This comfortable family cottage on a working farm near Beaminster sleeps six in two bedrooms. It has a sunny conservatory and cosy spaces as well as farm fresh eggs and an open fire. The farm lies on the borders of Dorset and Somerset, within easy reach of Beaminster and the Jurassic Coast.

Situated on a beautiful farm overlooking the Jurassic Coast in West Dorset, The Swallows is one of 7 holiday cottages at Character Farm Cottages near Weymouth. 4-star rated by Visit England, it comfortably sleeps 4. It is extremely well appointed and open throughout the year. Pets welcome.

Harbourside Haven Apartment 3 is a luxurious seaside apartment perched above the marina in Weymouth, Dorset. Enjoying beautiful views and a soft sea breeze from its balcony and open-plan living area, the sophisticated property places guests in the centre of the coastal resort and the coastline.

The Mill is a well-equipped coastal holiday cottage with Wi-Fi available all-year-round. It sleeps 6 and is set in 7.5-acres of Dorset countryside. The Mill is only a short walk from the village pub and short drive to the Market town of Bridport / West Bay famous as the location for 'Broadchurch'.

Oak Tree Cottage is a sophisticated rural cottage in Batcombe offering beautiful panoramic views of the Dorset countryside. The pet-friendly cottage boasts a neutral palette and ample windows which embrace the views, and the property features an open fire, spacious grounds and seclusion.

Axen Lodge sleeps 8 over 4 bedrooms. This large shooting lodge is located in Dorset with peaceful rural views in a secluded location, only a short walk to Symondsbury. This property accommodates a large garden with hot tub, trampoline and gas BBQ. Dogs are welcome.

Crepe Farm Cottage is a pet-friendly detached cottage, a short walk to Symondsbury Village. Sleeping 7 over 4 bedrooms, this property has 2 log burners, a hot tub and a large private garden with outstanding views of Colmers Hill!

Vicarage Cottage is a gorgeous Grade II listed thatched cottage with a walled garden in lovely Powerstock. Contemporary comfort meets traditional charm in a rural cottage with beams & tiled floors, & an open fire in a traditional fireplace. Stay in the charming former blacksmith’s home in Dorset.

The Old School is a gorgeous stone and tiled cottage which once educated the youth of South Perrott in Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage retains its Gothic arched doors, mullion windows and vaulted beamed ceilings, and boasts a Loggia in a beautiful garden, a wood burner and countryside views.

Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the hamlet of Benville, Dorset, just as Thomas Hardy described it a century ago, with a stay at Benville Cottage, a historic child-friendly cottage with three bedrooms, large garden with three terraced lawn areas, Inglenook fireplace, and 17th-century stone wall carving.

Bower Cottage is a stylish detached barn conversion which offers generous accommodation with bright contemporary furnishings situated in an Area of Outstanding National Beauty nestled within the West Dorset countryside.

Mill House in the village of Maiden Newton, Dorset, make an ideal holiday retreat for large families and groups of friends, a Grade II listed child-friendly cottage featuring stylish décor, games room, six spacious bedrooms, and large enclosed garden with patio and barbecue.

Rowena Cottage occupies a unique position inside a converted lighthouse and enjoys superb ocean views from Anvil Point. The pet-friendly cottage features ample grounds in which to soak up the views of the Dorset coastline and boasts luxury, proximity to Swanage and a rare chance to truly escape.

The Doll’s House is a luxuriously romantic cottage occupying an ideal location in Sherborne, Dorset. The light-filled terrace cottage is immaculately appointed with antique furnishings and contemporary aesthetics and offers couples a lovely suntrap garden plus views of the surrounding countryside.

Mermond Flat is a beautiful romantic cottage sitting just a short stroll from the beach in Swanage, Dorset. The coastal cottage enjoys lovely views of the high street from its ample bay window & warms to an open fire. The cottage is elegantly furnished & appointed and sits in the heart of th...

Old Yew Cottage is a stone-built cottage in the village of Broadwindsor in Dorset, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The attractive cottage boasts a mature garden and a generous conservatory, as well as spacious rooms with carefully selected décor, plus a sitting room with a log fire.

Crepe Farmhouse is a large luxury farmhouse located in Symondsbury surrounded by stunning scenery. Guests have exclusive access to the swimming pool, sauna, games room, cinema room and large garden. Ideal for extended families, celebrations and large groups. Dogs welcome.

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 fantastic 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 '70s.

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!