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.

93 cottages found 93 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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 3

5* Gold Award C16th Dorset cottage in Shaftesbury on the iconic and spectacular 'Hovis' Hill of 'Boy on a bicycle' fame. This tardis of a cottage sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms + 3 bathrooms, has 3 reception rooms, a baby grand piano, an inglenook, beams and stunning views!

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

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.

  • Sleeps 3
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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.

  • Sleeps 14
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 4

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.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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

The Old Tack Room is a child-friendly Dorset country cottage in lovely and peaceful setting near Sturminster Newton, this converted tack room on the grounds of a working farm is a holiday delight. Up to four guests can enjoy this great, fully modernized dog-friendly Dorset holiday cottage.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Ammonite is a characterful Dorset coastal cottage on the Jurassic Coast in the Dorset town of Wareham and can sleep seven people in four bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 1

Located in the Dorset village of Frampton and surrounded by countryside, this dog-friendly rural cottage is the perfect rural retreat for exploring the East Dorset coast and countryside.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Lilliput is tucked away in the quiet Dorset coastal village of Shipton Gorge a mile or two from Bridport and the Jurassic Coast at Burton Bradstock. This well-maintained holiday cottage will particularly appeal to those seeking lovely walks close to hand and also welcomes pets. nicely

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 2

A luxury cottage for four in a quiet rural location, this converted chapel features an open plan living area overlooked by a galleried landing, timbered walls, and exposed beams to create a truly unique holiday experience. A countryside escape in Dorset close to many great locations.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

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
  • Bathrooms 1

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

This comfortable family cottage on a working farm near Beaminster sleeps six in two bedrooms. It has a sunny conservatory and cosy spaces as well as farm fresh eggs and an open fire. The farm lies on the borders of Dorset and Somerset, within easy reach of Beaminster and the Jurassic Coast.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • 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

Jurassica House is a stunning eco-sustainable townhouse featuring crisp modern lines, a relaxing garden and sweeping views of the ocean. Situated in the heart of Portland, large Weymouth holiday cottage is within reach of many aquatic activities, beautiful beaches and the attractions of Dorset.

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

Set in the field of a former dairy farm, Caalm Cottage is an idyllic retreat for that family break.

  • 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!.