A splendid choice of self-catering holidays in Dorset

A superb choice of 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.

68 cottages found. 68 match all criteria.

£230 off

30th Oct

Duck Street Cottage Cottage Listing

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

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

A beautifully furnished lodge with idyllic countryside views, Furrows Farm Garden Lodge is set on the secluded and very desirable Saxon Maybank lodge resort near Bradford Abbass, The Lodge sleeps 2-4 and in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms and a private hot tub.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

£300 off

16th Oct

Axen Lodge Cottage Listing

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

22 Studland Dene is a luxurious seaside holiday apartment in Bournemouth just 100m from Alum Chine Beach. Being a combination of 2 interconnecting 1-bedroom apartment, guests enjoy the luxury of 2 lounges, kitchens and bathrooms as well as 2 bedrooms. Perfect for a family holiday or 2 couples.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

18b Studland Dene is a beautifully furnished 3-bedroom Bournemouth holiday apartment with a balcony for outdoor dining, just 100m from Alum Chine Beach in this vibrant south coast seaside resort. It is perfect for long summer holidays or short breaks all year round. Sleeps 2-6.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

£900 off

30th Oct

Crepe Farm Cottage Cottage Listing

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

This beautifully presented and baby-friendly studio apartment offers self-catering holidays in Bournemouth 100m from the beach. 22a Studland Dene sleeps 4 in a double bedroom and a sofa-bed. Guests enjoy access to a Spa on the ground floor and a oenthouse-style restaurant.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • 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.