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.

87 cottages found 87 match all criteria.

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

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chisel Barn is a new conversion designed and fitted to the highest standards.

    The Old Manor lies in Dorset countryside between Blandford Forum and Poole. This dog friendly and listed, 9-bedroom manor house offers true country house luxury self catering holidays for up to 19 guests for large family gatherings or friends. It is perfect for holidays all year round.

    • Sleeps 21
    • Bedrooms 9
    • Bathrooms 4

    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

    Dormouse Cottage is a Grade II listed village cottage on the Dorset coast near Bridport. Based in the picturesque village of Netherbury, this rural retreat has a pub nearby, walks in all directions and the stunning Jurassic coastline to enjoy. Child and pet friendly, visitors enjoy this homely base.

    • Sleeps 5
    • Bedrooms 4
    • 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.

    • Sleeps 8
    • Bedrooms 4
    • Bathrooms 2

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    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, bags of character & beams and stunning views for miles!...

    • Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 4
    • Bathrooms 3

    Standing in a very desirable area of Bournemouth - away from the noise, but just 100m from Alum Chine Beach, 20a Studland Dene is a well-equipped 1 bedroom Bournemouth holiday apartment with conscierge and access to an onsite spa.

    • Sleeps 2
    • Bedrooms 1
    • Bathrooms 1

    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.

    • Sleeps 3
    • Bedrooms 2
    • Bathrooms 1

    Cormorant View is a contemporary 4-bedroom town house offering self-catering holidays in Weymouth, a popular Dorset seaside resort. The house offers scenic views over the River Wey and Radipole Lake ? a great place for wildlife spotting and within walking distance of Weymouth?s wide sandy beach, qu...

    • 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 village of Wyke between Weymouth and Portland. 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.

    • Sleeps 8
    • Bedrooms 4
    • Bathrooms 3

    Just a few minute 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 holiday home sleeps 7 in 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

    • Sleeps 7
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Bathrooms 2

    Millers Cottage is a warm, cosy, very well equipped and clean and quiet Dorset holiday cottage near Beaminster ?Excellent beds? ?Perfect for the dogs?, ?Exceeded expectations?, ?Great games room?, Excellent value for money? - are some of the comments we receive time and again in our visitor books, ...

    • 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

    Enjoy a luxury holiday in this 200-year old and beautifully restored Georgian fort on the Isle of Portland in Dorset. This sumptuously furnished 3-bedroom apartment sleeps 6 and includes, an indoor swimming pool, lovely gardens and, panoramic sea views.

    • Sleeps 6
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Bathrooms 3

    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

    3 Allington Square, in the West Dorset town of Bridport on the Jurassic Heritage Coast, is a most comfortable and appealingly furnished pet friendly holiday home sleeping 2-4 guests in 2 bedrooms. This modern house is within walking distance of Bridport’s attractive shops, bars and restaurants.

    • Sleeps 4
    • Bedrooms 2
    • Bathrooms 1

    Far-reaching rural and sea views across Lyme Bay are a feature of Harbour Lights, a large holiday cottage in Dorset between Bridport and the Jurassic Coast at West Bay. This pet friendly luxury property with Wi-Fi sleeps 10 in 5 bedrooms.

    • Sleeps 8
    • Bedrooms 3
    • Bathrooms 3

    Ammonite is a characterful 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

    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.