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 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.

80 cottages found 80 match all criteria.

Situated on a working organic farm within an area of outstanding natural beauty, Threshers Barn is a Grade 2 listed 16th century flint barn, sympathetically restored to provide cosy bright and airy accommodation. Plenty of character maintained with original features such as old beams and windows.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

£85 off

1st-5th Oct

Duck Street Cottage Cottage Listing
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Duck Street Cottage provides luxury accommodation for 2. It is perfectly located in the heart of Symondsbury village. Ideal for couples or friends looking for a cosy cottage in West Dorset. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

With show-stopping countryside and sea views of Dorset's Jurassic Coast, this exceptional well-furnished and equipped holiday home in Burton Bradstock sleeps 6 in comfortable and stylishly decorated rooms. It's perfect for walking and beach holidays for a family or friends in all four seasons.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Benoy Cottage is a quaint farm cottage set at the heart of a working dairy farm, surrounded by the beautiful west Dorset countryside.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3

Set on our stunning farm near the West Dorset Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, 3 Lower Farm is a 2 bedroom traditional Dorset coastal cottage full of character which sleeps up to 5 people. Open all year round, the cottage is perfect for couples and families looking for a peaceful, rural break.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

It's a short stroll to Weymouth's impressive beach from Little Gem, a 1-bedroomed Dorset holiday apartment. This handy ground floor apartment lies in a quiet mews in the heart of the town. It's a lovely romantic bolthole for couples for cultural, cycling, walking and beach holidays all your round.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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'.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Large Grade 2 listed Dorset manor house near Shaftesbury sleeping up to 18 with hot tub in an idyllic rural location with great pubs nearby and Vintage airplanes flying overhead most weekends. Pets wecome.

  • Sleeps 18
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 4

£190 off

24th-28th Sep

Axen Lodge Cottage Listing
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Axen Lodge is a large shooting lodge in Dorset sleeping 8, offering self catering accommodation for groups and large families. It's set in a peaceful rural area, only a short walk to Symondsbury. Currently graded at 4-star gold, Axen Lodge has many luxurious facilities to be enjoyed. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

The Barn at Saxon Maybank has been lovingly converted to create a stylish and comfortable holiday cottage with a private hot tub, surrounded by fields in the heart of the Dorset countryside near Bradford Abbas. This child and pet friendly property sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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

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

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

£835 off

28th Sep-1st Oct

Crepe Farmhouse Cottage Listing
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Crepe Farm House in Dorset is a large, luxury holiday home near Bridport with a swimming pool and large private garden. Ideal for extended family groups or large parties. It sleeps 17 and is located on the beautiful Symondsbury Estate, surrounded by stunning scenery. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 17
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 5

Chideock Cottage is a well-equipped holiday cottage which is available all-year-round. Situated in the village of Chideock with stunning views of the hills and just a 20 minute walk to the beach at Seatown. 4 Star Gold Visit England Award.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Rose Cottage in Weymouth is a splendid little family-friendly coastal cottage a short stroll from Newton's Cove, the beautiful Nothe Gardens and the harbourside in this classic English seaside resort. This Victorian holiday cottage comfortably sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

A Cottage on the Beach If you are planning a group holiday for 14 to 20 people then you’ve come to the right place. The Dorset Beach House is a large Jurassic Coast holiday cottage is right on the beach at West Bay in Dorset, close to the popular towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis.

  • Sleeps 20
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Bathrooms 4

Azure is a luxury seaside apartment close to the beach in the vibrant Dorset coastal resort of Weymouth. This very upmarket holiday property has its own parking space and is perfect for a small family or two couples seeking stylish self-catering accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

A luxury coastal cottage within the exclusive Sandbanks resort, Harbour Lodge is a large 4-bedroom Hampshire holiday home. Facilities include a cinema room, glass-clad sun terraces and a hot tub. This large holiday house sleeps 8 within easy reach of lovely beaches and south coast attractions.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

With the word 'lookout' in the name, you know a cottage has something special to offer as a view and Coastguard Lookout is no exception, being a coastal cottage with beautiful rural and sea views just outside Weymouth in Dorset. The beautifully furnished holiday cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

  • 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 - which shouldn't be a problem if you are staying in t Dorset holiday coittage!.