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.

85 cottages found 85 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

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Large Grade 2 listed Dorset manor house near Shaftesbury sleeping up to 18 with hot tub in an idyllic rural location with great pubs nearby and Vintage airplanes flying overhead most weekends. Pets wecome.

  • Sleeps 18
  • Bedrooms 8
  • Bathrooms 4

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

Holiday on a working farm with the whole family at this large Dorset countryside cottage in Pimperne near Blandford Forum. Play in the shared games room, relax in the spacious sitting room, take in the rural views on the patio and enjoy a restful slumber in the comfortable bedrooms. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 12
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 3

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

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

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

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

For a peaceful getaway to the Dorset countryside, Belview Cottage immerses you deep in its picturesque greens and boundless hills. Based in the hamlet of Blackmore Vale, the two-bedroom cottage is a cosy base for exploring the Dorset countryside and its Jurassic Coast.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

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. Lovely foodie pub just over the road too!

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Rose Cottage in Weymouth is a splendid little family-friendly coastal cottage a short stroll from Newton's Cove, the beautiful Nothe Gardens and the harbourside in this classic English seaside resort. This Victorian holiday cottage comfortably sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 5
  • Bedrooms 3
  • Bathrooms 1

A Cottage on the Beach If you are planning a group holiday for 14 to 20 people then you’ve come to the right place. The Dorset Beach House is a large Jurassic Coast holiday cottage is right on the beach at West Bay in Dorset, close to the popular towns of Bridport and Lyme Regis.

  • Sleeps 20
  • Bedrooms 9
  • Bathrooms 4

Azure is a luxury seaside apartment close to the beach in the vibrant Dorset coastal resort of Weymouth. This very upmarket holiday property has its own parking space and is perfect for a small family or two couples seeking stylish self-catering accommodation with en-suite bathrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

A luxury coastal cottage within the exclusive Sandbanks resort, Harbour Lodge is a large 4-bedroom Hampshire holiday home. Facilities include a cinema room, glass-clad sun terraces and a hot tub. This large holiday house sleeps 8 within easy reach of lovely beaches and south coast attractions.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 4

With the word 'lookout' in the name, you know a cottage has something special to offer as a view and Coastguard Lookout is no exception, being a coastal cottage with beautiful rural and sea views just outside Weymouth in Dorset. The beautifully furnished holiday cottage sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Located in the pretty village of West Lulworth, a short stroll to the Dorset coast at Lulworth Cove, The Retreat is a tastefully furnished delightful holiday cottage with rural views.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Grade II-listed Elizabethan House stands just above Chesil Beach on the Jurassic coastline on the Isle of Portland near Weymouth. This imposing 4-bedroom, pet friendly Dorset holiday cottage with sea views, sleeps 7 in recently refurbished, homely surroundings.

  • Sleeps 7
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 2

Chestnut Cottage is a large Dorset holiday cottage with sea views that sleeps 9 amidst idyllic farmland on the Jurassic Coast. With the seaside town of Weymouth nearby and the Coastal Footpath running nearby it makes it a sought-after, family-friendly holiday home. Pets welcome.

  • Sleeps 9
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 3

Luxury large 5 star character recently refurbished Dorchester holiday cottage in Dorset. Sleeps 2 to 10. Set in 600 acres of idyllic rural countryside in the heart of Hardys Wessex. 5 bedrooms/4 bathrooms. Disabled facilities. Wheelchair friendly. Enclosed garden. Free WIFI.

  • Sleeps 10
  • Bedrooms 5
  • Bathrooms 4

In the heart of Weymouth, a short stroll to the beach, 3 Park Mews is a beautifully furnished, 4-Star Dorset holiday cottage house (with parking) sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms. It's perfect for a traditional family seaside holiday or weekend break out of season.

  • Sleeps 4
  • Bedrooms 2
  • Bathrooms 1

Tucked away a short walk from Weymouth’s beaches is Nothe View, a large and spacious contemporary town house with views over Nothe Gardens. It offers family-friendly self-catering accommodation for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms. Perfect for a large family holiday in this popular Dorset seaside resort.

  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 4
  • Bathrooms 3

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!.