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.
Peace and tradition greet visitors to this spacious holiday cottage on a cattle and sheep farm in rural East Dorset. The farmhouse offers three bedrooms and sits beside the River Crane, about a mile from Verwood. A large kitchen allows for family meals and the nearby countryside abounds in wildlife.
The Sycamores is a 2 bedroom Dorset holiday cottage situated on our stunning farm overlooking the West Dorset Coast and Chesil Beach. 5 miles to the West of Weymouth, the Sycamores offers the perfect countryside holiday accommodation for families or friends throughout the year. Pets welcome.
Merry Hill Barn is a delightful thatched roof conversion surrounded by rolling green hills near Portesham in Dorset. The pet-friendly luxury cottage boasts tradition, an open fire, ultra-modern appliances, plus access to the coast. The upside-down design captures beautiful rural views.
Pennsylvania Castle is a dream come true. The luxurious castle in Portland, Dorset, glows with opulence and sophistication and offers magnificent grounds with a waterfall, a swimming pool and stunning ocean views, as well as a grand interior featuring regal elegance and trappings fit for royalty.
Beach View is aptly named. The highly-acclaimed coastal cottage enjoys absolute frontage of South Bourne beach in Dorset and spoils guests with light and airy spaces, access to a beach hut, contemporary comforts and a beautiful furnished garden which captures the sun and the glorious sea breeze
View The Old Higher Lighthouse, an unusual Portland Bill holiday cottage with sea views near Weymouth in Dorset offering a sensational and unique holiday home, once the dwelling place of Marie Stopes, this converted Jurassic Coast Lighthouse sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.
Puckhams is a luxury holiday cottage in an idyllic rural location near Beaminster in Dorset. This large, beautifully-furnished 5-bedroom, holiday cottage in Stoke Abbott is surrounded by its own beautiful mature gardens with fine rural views.
The flagstone flooring and thatched roof of Champernhayes Farmhouse point to its history and frame a masterfully restored farmhouse sitting on a vast property near Lyme Regis in Dorset. The pet-friendly rural cottage boasts an inglenook fireplace, a garden pond, an indoor jacuzzi and a swim spa.
Seaspray is the perfect Dorset get away for walkers, families, beach lovers and star gazers! With extensive sea and coastal views Seaspray offers a taste of life by the beach in the beautiful small village of Eype. Pets welcome.
Stone walls and a slate roof encase the luxurious cottage The Lodge at Thornhill. The rural cottage sits in a secluded location near Stalbridge in Dorset and enjoys beautiful views which can be savoured from the hot tub. Step inside to a sophisticated space boasting contemporary chic and modernity.
Rose Cottage awarded 5 STAR for 2019 on a Farm in Tincleton, 5 miles from the County Town Dorchester, within easy reach of the Jurassic Coastline. In the heart of Hardye Countryside . Large private garden. Tennis court. Fishing on the River Frome. Nature Trail from the Doorstep. Table Tennis. WIFI.
Eagles Nest is a large, pet friendly Dorset Holiday Cottage with private garden and hot tub sleeping 6-7 nestling in peaceful rural seclusion on the Symondsbury Estate near Bridport in Dorset and the beautiful Jurassic Coast.
Relax in a large, contemporary 4-bedroom holiday cottage on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast near Weymouth in Dorset. This well-furnished and pet friendly property, lies a few-minutes from the coast. It offers sea views of Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour. Coastal walks from the end of the garden.
Sea Pebbles is a beautifully presented house only a few steps away from the front door to breathtaking sea views and the coastal path in Weymouth. Whatever you decide to do on your Dorset holiday, Sea Pebbles offers the perfect base from which to explore the Jurassic coast.
Crabbs Bluntshay Cottage welcomes groups and pets to a lovely 19th-century semi-detached cottage in Shave Cross, a rural hamlet set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Dorset. The fully-renovated cottage offers rural charm inland from the coast near Bridport. Pets welcome.
The Farmhouse is a large, Grade II listed 17th century Tudor house next to a golf resort in Dudsbury, Dorset. The pet-friendly coastal cottage boasts an elegant interior and extensive grounds with lovely views, as well as numerous spaces for entertaining and relaxation, plus an open fire.
Sea Pinks Cottage is a fine example of a traditional Portland stone-built fisherman's cottage built around 1860. Now lovingly restored to create a contemporary coastal holiday cottage near Weymouth, it sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms and welcomes pets. Pets welcome.
Wildflower Cottage is a quaint Dorset countryside cottage in the pretty village of Sutton Pointz, two miles inland from the Jurassic Coast. It is surrounded by a sunny, well-established garden with shady trees and rose bushes, a short stroll from the village mill pond and an excellent pub.
The Granary in Beaminster. Warm, cosy, well equipped, clean and quiet. It has excellent beds, is perfect for the dogs, a great games room, excellent value for money and exceeds expectations - just some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books. Take a look for yourself!
Gold Hill Cottage is an impossibly romantic bolt hole cottage in the ever so quaint town of Shaftesbury in Dorset. The romantic cottage enjoys the most romantic view in England and offers a rare blend of urban chic and rural charm, with a unique bedroom, modern kitchen and a Chesney log stove.
4 Saxon Maybank is one of a group of luxury rural cottages near the village of Bradford Abbas, Dorset, a homely barn conversion offering comfortable accommodation and spectacular views, with spacious open plan living area with woodburning stove and private decking area with a private hot tub.
Situated near the Jurassic Coast, Crow’s Nest is a large and stylish rural cottage which welcomes groups and pets to a property in Owermoigne boasting an open-plan design, extensive outdoor entertaining areas, an open fire and generous garden with views of the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside
Kelper’s Barn is a delightful combination of tradition and modernity located on Whistley Farm in Dorset. The charming, pet-free, rural holiday lodge near Gillingham boasts gorgeous farm and riverside views, modern comforts and natural light and a woodburner stove for cosy winter nights.
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!