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.
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.
Cuckoo Cottage is a luxurious romantic cottage in Bridport, Dorset, boasting open-plan living spaces and a delightful garden with patio which catches the sea breeze and the views of the surrounding region. The sophisticated coastal cottage offers urban chic plus light and airy spaces and elegance.
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.
Seaspray is the perfect Dorset coastal destination for walkers, families and beach lovers! Seaspray offers a taste of life by the beach in the pretty village of Eype. Eype beach welcomes dogs all year round and the property is dog friendly.
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.
The Old Barn is a charming stone-built cottage offering stylish accommodation near Swanage, Dorset. Set on the Isle of Purbeck, the pet-friendly cottage promises tranquillity & sophistication, as well as lovely views, spacious grounds, fresh air & open-plan spaces, as well as a cosy log fire.
Dating back to the 1600s, Candy Cottage boasts rustic charm and tranquillity. The pet-friendly cottage in Thornford promises touches of yesteryear and space for pets as well as a wood-burning stove in traditional fireplace. A roll-top bath offers relaxation & the cottage is well situated in Dors...
Eagles Nest is a classic grade II listed thatched cottage sleeping 6 over 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. The property is rurally located near Symondsbury close to the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy peace and quiet with a private garden, hot tub and games room. Dogs welcome.
North End Farm is a delightful property near Bridport and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Surrounded by rolling green hills, the farm offers pet-friendly cottages and cabins for couples, small families and large groups, and offers ample furnished grounds, rustic charm, lovely views & stunning suns...
Lulworth Cove Beach lies moments from The White House, a contemporary coastal cottage in West Lulworth, Dorset. A sea breeze kisses the cottage, which offers beautiful mature gardens, a furnished terrace, light and airy design, open-plan spaces, luxury décor and a lovely 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.
North End Cabin is a funky rural cabin offering couples seclusion and fresh air. Sitting on North End Farm in Chideock, Dorset, the romantic cabin promises beautiful views and wonderful sunsets and features a wood-burning stove, cosy comfort, space for pets, a hammock and furnished outdoor spaces.
Nestling in a picturesque Dorset valley in an area of outstanding natural beauty this Beaminster Holiday cottage for couples is one of six on our 17th century working cattle farm within a courtyard featuring a rill and games room. Coarse fishing nearby. Dogs welcome. Walks from the door.
The Cider House is a charming thatched cottage set on North End Farm in Chideock, Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps 8 and features exposed beams, stone walls, wooden floors and endless rural charm, as well as open-plan design and multiple outdoor spaces for enjoying the fresh air and views.
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!
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.
Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, Laundry Cottage in the pretty village of Evershot, Dorset, offers dog-friendly holiday accommodation in the South West, a two-storey thatched cottage with homey touches such as Inglenook fireplace with open fire and exposed beams.
One of a group of Grade II-listed holiday homes tastefully restored in the peaceful hamlet of Coombe Keynes, Dorset, Odd Nod Cottage is a picturesque thatched coastal cottage amidst an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with three first-floor bedrooms and large lawned garden.
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.
Situated amidst the splendour of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasting amenities suitable for all ages, Court House Farmhouse on the edge of the Dorset village of Whitchurch Canonicorum is a child-friendly cottage with five bedrooms, private hot tub, and shared games barn.
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!