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 holidaymakers 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 holiday home in Sherborne or Dorset coast cottages for leisurely summer holidays in quaint seaside cottages from Swanage to Lyme Regis, you will fall in love with the fresh air and slow way of life in Dorset.
Rose Cottage awarded 5 STAR for 2019 on a Farm in Tincleton, 5 miles from the County Town Dorchester, within easy reach of the Jurassic Coastline. In the heart of Hardye Countryside . Large private garden. Tennis court. Fishing on the River Frome. Nature Trail from the Doorstep. Table Tennis. WIFI.
The Old Barn is a charming stone-built cottage offering stylish accommodation near Swanage, Dorset. Set on the Isle of Purbeck, the pet-friendly cottage promises tranquillity & sophistication, as well as lovely views, spacious grounds, fresh air & open-plan spaces, as well as a cosy log fire.
Dating back to the 1600s, Candy Cottage boasts rustic charm and tranquillity. The pet-friendly cottage in Thornford promises touches of yesteryear and space for pets as well as a wood-burning stove in traditional fireplace. A roll-top bath offers relaxation & the cottage is well situated in Dors...
Eagles Nest is a classic grade II listed thatched cottage sleeping 6 over 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. The property is rurally located near Symondsbury close to the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy peace and quiet with a private garden, hot tub and games room. Dogs welcome.
North End Farm is a delightful property near Bridport and the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. Surrounded by rolling green hills, the farm offers pet-friendly cottages and cabins for couples, small families and large groups, and offers ample furnished grounds, rustic charm, lovely views & stunning suns...
Lulworth Cove Beach lies moments from The White House, a contemporary coastal cottage in West Lulworth, Dorset. A sea breeze kisses the cottage, which offers beautiful mature gardens, a furnished terrace, light and airy design, open-plan spaces, luxury décor and a lovely garden.
Sea Pebbles is a beautifully presented house only a few steps away from the front door to breathtaking sea views and the coastal path in Weymouth. Whatever you decide to do on your Dorset holiday, Sea Pebbles offers the perfect base from which to explore the Jurassic coast.
North End Cabin is a funky rural cabin offering couples seclusion and fresh air. Sitting on North End Farm in Chideock, Dorset, the romantic cabin promises beautiful views and wonderful sunsets and features a wood-burning stove, cosy comfort, space for pets, a hammock and furnished outdoor spaces.
The Cider House is a charming thatched cottage set on North End Farm in Chideock, Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps 8 and features exposed beams, stone walls, wooden floors and endless rural charm, as well as open-plan design and multiple outdoor spaces for enjoying the fresh air and views.
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.
Swanage Driftwood is a modern coastal cottage boasting light and airy spaces and contemporary chic. The pet-friendly cottage in Swanage, Dorset, lies just moments from the beach and offers a sun-filled interior and multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, plus access to bespoke Wellness packages.
Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, Laundry Cottage in the pretty village of Evershot, Dorset, offers dog-friendly holiday accommodation in the South West, a two-storey thatched cottage with homey touches such as Inglenook fireplace with open fire and exposed beams.
One of a group of Grade II-listed holiday homes tastefully restored in the peaceful hamlet of Coombe Keynes, Dorset, Odd Nod Cottage is a picturesque thatched coastal cottage amidst an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with three first-floor bedrooms and large lawned garden.
Church Cottage is a delightful thatched holiday cottage nestled beside the church in Cattistock, Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage boasts a lovely, landscaped garden, a luxurious interior boasting elegant design features, as well as a prime location in this quaint village.
Situated amidst the splendour of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and boasting amenities suitable for all ages, Court House Farmhouse on the edge of the Dorset village of Whitchurch Canonicorum is a child-friendly cottage with five bedrooms, private hot tub, and shared games barn.
Magna Cottage is a 300-year-old thatched cottage with a thatched roof and abundant character, as well as a large mature garden and many homely comforts. The pet-friendly cottage in a secluded corner of Dorset near Shaftesbury boasts an inglenook fireplace, contemporary style and beautiful views.
The Compass is a stylish one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the resort town of Swanage, Dorset, a romantic flat within a pleasant courtyard that makes a cosy holiday escape for couples, with private parking space, fully fitted kitchen, breakfast bar, tiled bathroom, and comfy sitting area.
Situated in the desirable Dorset village of Burton Bradstock is Dormouse Cottage, a stone-built cottage with thatched roof and character. The pet-friendly cottage sits near the beach and offers a lovely courtyard, exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace and cottage style kitchen, plus modern elegance.
Rampisham Hill Farm Barn sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on a working sheep farm near Hooke in Dorset, & the rural cottage promises beautiful views, spacious outdoor areas, an open fire, fresh farm eggs, contemporary comfort, open-plan design, serenity & access to the Jurassic Coast.
Manor Farmhouse is a pretty and beautifully presented period thatched house, with expansive rural views and a river frontage, and situated in a peaceful and idyllic location.
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.
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.
Once an 18th-century farmhouse lovingly transformed into a riverside holiday cottage boasting views of the village of Dittisham, Devon, and the River Dart estuary, Dower House sleeps up to 10 guests in four spacious bedrooms and features a secluded orchard garden, two fireplaces, and exposed beams.
It's not just the tranquil charm of its quaint holiday cottages in Dorset that attracts visitors to the county - it's their location too. Dorset also offers its visitors a wide choice of lovely beaches. Find coastal cottages in Dorset from the seaside resort of Weymouth in the east along the South West Coast Path to the Regency town of Lyme Regis. There's a splendid choice of Dorset coast cottages, including the long shingle banks of Chesil Beach (taking in the world-famous Swannery at Abbotsbury), Studland Bay, Burton Bradstock, 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. Here, 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 from 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 the 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 the far west of Dorset lie the attractive little coastal towns of Bridport, West Bay, with its fantastic fish restaurant and Lyme Regis.
Inland Dorset is as pretty as the names of its villages imply. How can 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 will readily testify. The latter is the location for a famous Hovis Bread advert in the '70s.
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. The Steam Fair is so large you'll need more than one day to work your way around it. Of course, this shouldn't be a problem if you are staying in a Dorset holiday cottage!