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.

75 cottages found. 75 match all criteria.

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

£130 off

5th-12th Jan

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

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 for couples - an ideal romantic rural retreat set at the heart of a working dairy farm, surrounded by beautiful countryside near the West Dorset coast at Bridport.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Bedrooms 1
  • 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

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

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

£700 off

29th Dec-1st Jan

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

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

£175 off

5th-8th Jan

Crepe Farm Cottage Cottage Listing
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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

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

Located in a sought-after location, Studland Dene comprises an attractive collection of seaside holiday apartments in Bournemouth, 100m from the beach. Guests enjoy access to The Edge Spa on the ground floor. No 22a is a 1-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 that can be let with 22b as a 2-bed apartment.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Bathrooms 1

Wheelchair accessible cottage sleeping 4 plus 2. Ensuite wet room and shower room, enclosed courtyard garden. Dogs welcome. Games room and laundry.Part of larger complex of 6 cottages surrounding a courtyard with rill culminating in a wildlife area.

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 2

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

£745 off

8th-15th Jan

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

£55.00 off

14th-21st Oct

Chideock Cottage Cottage Listing
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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

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 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.