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.

94 cottages found 94 match all criteria.

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.

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

The Quarterdeck provides families with a luxury Dorset coastal cottage away from home just a short stroll from Swanage beach. The award-winning large holiday cottage in Swanage features quality furnishings, a generous garden, a games room and a spacious balcony with gorgeous views of Swanage.

Charlotte's Rest is a modern 3-bedroom Dorset holiday home boasting a fine enclosed lawn for summer games and picnics in Christchurch, a mecca for watersports enthusiasts and beach lovers. This spacious house is within easy reach of Avon and Mudeford Sandbank beaches, as well as Christchurch Harbour...

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Ideal for a peaceful break, The Dairy is a spacious and family-friendly rural holiday cottage in the heart of Dorset. From its gardens to its picturesque villages. It combines contemporary and traditional features for unforgetful holidays exploring the Dorset countryside and its gorgeous beaches.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

Beautiful, spacious gardens and rural views at Whistley Farm near Gillingham encase Riverside Lodge, surrounding it with peace and tranquillity. The Scandinavian-style, riverside holiday cottage in Dorset boasts timber-panelled interior and exteriors and offers guests modern comforts in all seasons.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

It is a short stroll to the beach at Lulworth Cove from Pebble Beach Cottage, a newly-built thatched coastal cottage with a luxurious feel. Newly refurbished, this large Jurassic Coast holiday cottage in Dorset with rural views sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms.

The Old Manor is a large Dorset holiday cottage in the countryside between Blandford Forum and Poole. This dog-friendly and large, 9-bedroom manor house offers luxury country house self-catering holidays with a hot tub and tennis court for large family gatherings or groups of friends.

A beautifully furnished and presented, oak-beamed character holiday cottage in Sutton Poyntz, Dorset. Pet friendly Millstream Cottage sleeps 7 in 4 bedrooms, just a short drive from Weymouth and beaches along the striking Jurassic World Heritage Coast.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Enjoy the relaxing rural charm of 2 Appletree Cottage, a small Dorset holiday cottage within a countryside location in the quiet village of Sixpenny Handley near Shaftesbury. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Situated on our beautiful farm which runs down to the Fleet lagoon, Chesil Beach and the Jurassic Coastline, Chelsea Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage that sleeps up to 8 people. This pet-friendly coastal cottage in the countryside near Weymouth is just a mile from Chesil Beach.

"This iconic cottage is simply one of the most charming houses in England" - Phil Spencer. C16th Dorset cottage on the famous 'Hovis' Hill, Shaftesbury. This tardis of a cottage sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms, has 3 reception rooms, a baby grand piano, an inglenook, beams and stunnin...

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.

Cormorant View is a family-friendly 4-bedroom townhouse offering self-catering holidays in Weymouth, a popular Dorset seaside resort. The house offers scenic views over the River Wey and Radipole Lake and is within walking distance of Weymouth's wide sandy beach, quayside and vibrant town centre..

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Whites Ground, offers self-catering accommodation in Dorset at Chisel Farm with far-reaching, stunning rural views for 2-4 guests. Furnished to a high standard this single-storey holiday home even has stabling for guests seeking somewhere to bring their horse on holiday.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

The Avoncliffe is a beautifully maintained 2-bedroom holiday home for 4 guests in a prime location overlooking the coastline in Bournemouth. Whether gazing south from your table on the balcony or from the comfort of the lounge you will be able to enjoy the sight and sounds of the sea.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Meadow View is a peaceful 3-bedroom, pet-friendly holiday cottage in Dorset, close to the Jurassic Heritage Coast in the Wyke Regis area between Weymouth and Portland. It has been recently renovated and tastefully decorated to create a welcoming holiday home at the eastern tip of Chesil Beach.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

An impressive, pet friendly Dorset holiday lodge in Bradford Abbas with a private hot tub and secure garden. Furnished to a very high standard in a secluded location on the exclusive Saxon Maybank Resort, the Lodge sleeps 4 (+cot) in 2 bedrooms (super-king-size and zip and link beds).

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

Beautiful Old Farmhouse in village setting in the heart of rural Dorset. This lovely old large 4-bedroom farmhouse sleeps 8 and welcomes pets. There are 2 reception rooms plus a south facing conservatory. This house is accessible for those with limited mobility as it has a lift to the 1st Floor.

Just a few minutes stroll from Weymouth's promenade and beach, Whitestones is a 3-storey Victorian townhouse in Weymouth, the perfect coastal location for a family seaside holiday. This family-friendly Dorset holiday home sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

Millers Cottage, converted from old dairy units at Bakers Mill, is a lovely countryside cottage in Dorset sleeping 3. Old beams feature in this otherwise modern Beaminster cottage with large enclosed garden. Situated in a courtyard setting with 5 other cottages sleeping 21 in total. Pets welcome.

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North End Farmhouse Cottage Listing
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North End's large listed Farmhouse is available for Doret holiday lets all year. Situated in a spectacular countryside setting, on the Jurassic Coast, between the lively market towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis with easy access to beaches, culture, pubs and walks. Pets welcome.

The Old Cricket Pavilion is situated in a picturesque rural location at North End Farm near Bridport. It has a small enclosed lawned garden and panoramic Dorset countryside views. An ideal for a romantic retreat for two or a small family. Pets welcome.

Half Moon is a large, luxury self-catering apartment with a swimming pool in a beautifully restored 19th Century fort over-looking the sea on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. Sleeping 12 in 6 bedrooms, all ensuite, guests also have use of beautifully maintained gardens with lawns, a waterfall and pa...

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 6

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!.