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.
Immaculate presentation distinguishes the interior and exterior of Willow Lodge, a beautiful rural holiday cottage at Whistley Farm in Dorset. Large manicured gardens surround the pet-friendly Scandinavian-style lodge which provides guests with modern comforts, suntrap balconies and rural views.
Hambury House carries guests back in time with its stone exterior, thatched roof and exposed timber beams. The traditional feel of this holiday cottage in Lulworth is combined with modern comforts to offer guests and their pets a luxury coastal cottage in Dorset. A peaceful seaside holiday awaits.
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
- Child Friendly Cottages
The Stables, situated amidst the owners’ 130 acres of wooded farmland in the rural village of Fifehead Neville, Dorset, is a dog-friendly countryside cottage offering spectacular views across the Blackmore Vale, a barn conversion lovingly renovated to an exceptionally high standard.
3 Sandcastles is a sophisticated coastal apartment kissed by the breeze from Sandbanks beach. The pet-friendly apartment promises relaxation and a fun-filled holiday with a furnished balcony, contemporary design features, an open-plan design and a garden for barbecues and afternoons in the sun.
Chestnut Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage with sea views that sleeps 9 amidst idyllic farmland on the Jurassic Coast. With the seaside town of Weymouth nearby and the Coastal Footpath running nearby it makes it a sought-after, family-friendly holiday home. Pets welcome.
Luxury refurbished cottage in Tincleton awarded 5 STAR GOLD for 2020. On a Farm set in tranquil rural countryside in the heart of Hardye's Wessex. Ideally located near Jurassic Coastline. Disabled facilities. Enclosed garden. Fishing on the River Frome. WIFI. Nature Trail on doorstep. Tennis Court.
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.
Located close to Dorset’s Jurassic Coast near Bridport, The Cider Barn is a newly refurbished family-friendly barn conversion in secluded rural surroundings at Hembury Mil in Askerwell. The Cider Barn sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms, appealing to those planning a beach or walking holiday on the Dorset coast.
Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hideaway Cottage is a lovely traditional cottage just outside Beaminster in Dorset. The rural cottage enjoys sublime rural views and a strong sense of rustic charm. The spacious grounds feature landscaped gardens and space to unwind.
Applebee Cottage is a small traditional cottage tucked away on a quiet street in the vibrant market town of Bridport, Dorset, a child-friendly two-bedroom holiday home away from home along the Jurassic Coast that features fully fitted kitchen, homely living area, and free Wi-Fi.
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.
This large detached property is on the quietest edge of the beautiful, much sought after village of Burton Bradstock, with idyllic views of open farmland. The village is one of the main gateways to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Located within the heart of Weymouth, within walking distance of a Blue Flag Beach and other superb attractions, Beachhaven is a large, spacious and well-equipped holiday cottage in Dorset sleeping 12 a short walk to the beach.
Holiday goers heading to the world-famous village of Tolpuddle, Dorset, can book their stay at The Hayloft for charming Dorset cottage holidays on the outskirts of town, with three bedrooms, en-suite baths, cosy open fire, a lovely garden and rural views across the Piddle Valley.
North End Farm's Old Dairy is a very comfortable spacious rural holiday cottage for couples near Bridport in Broadchurch country on Dorset's Jurassic Coast with walks, beautiful beaches nearby. Well equipped kitchen central heating wood burner and Strauss piano. Great pubs.
Downwood Vineyard boasts refined luxury and is ideal for a special holiday. The pet-friendly cottage with a swimming pool and a hot tub near Blandford in Dorset sits in extensive grounds and a vineyard also offers a tennis court, croquet lawn, plus a games room, conservatory and subtle elegance.
Tarrant Valley House offers an indoor swimming pool and sauna, an open fire and luxury finishes in combining two delightful Dorset cottages near Blandford Forum. The pet-friendly cottages on a working farm enjoy rural seclusion, contemporary comforts, en-suite rooms and extensive gardens.
Henchard Cottage at Greenwood Grange is a luxury cottage in Higher Bockhampton which boasts country charm and modern comforts as well as tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, wildlife reserve, eco-friendly features, space for pets a children’s play area, patio and gorgeous views of Dorset.
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.
Middletun House is a gorgeous rural cottage brimming with character. The thatched cottage lies in the charming village of Blandford Forum in Dorset and features exposed beams and an open fire, as well as access to woodland, walks from the doorstep. Guaranteed relaxation in a sought-after location.
Reward yourself with a regal holiday in the stately and meticulously-appointed Hardy Manor, a large, luxury holiday cottage with a hot tub in Dorset. Mark a special occasion in unparalleled comfort and 9 acres of manicured grounds near Pudddletown in Dorset.
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!