One of many pretty cottages in the small villages and hamlets surrounding Dorchester. Lanes End Cottage Near Dorchester. Click to View This Cottage

Dorchester

A beautiful historic town in the county of Dorset and home town of the writer Thomas Hardy, Dorchester overflows with interesting architecture and other sights for visitors to Dorset's County Town to enjoy. The clock tower and church hold particular interest because of the peculiar but equally stunning design and construction. Be sure also to pay homage to the statue of Thomas Hardy at the top of the town.

Lose yourself as you wander around the town gazing up at the historic buildings. Indulge in the French market that you won’t find anywhere else nearby this side of the Channel. Wander around the beautiful Borough Gardens which includes two tennis courts, a beautiful bandstand and a clock tower – the atmosphere of the blossoming flower beds and the frequent live music playing is so inviting and welcoming that you could spend a long summer day relaxing here.

Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6

Mill House in the village of Maiden Newton, Dorset, make an ideal holiday retreat for large families and groups of friends, a Grade II listed child-friendly cottage featuring stylish décor, games room, six spacious bedrooms, and large enclosed garden with patio and barbecue.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3

Enjoy the unspoilt beauty of the hamlet of Benville, Dorset, just as Thomas Hardy described it a century ago, with a stay at Benville Cottage, a historic child-friendly cottage with three bedrooms, large garden with three terraced lawn areas, Inglenook fireplace, and 17th-century stone wall carving.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

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.

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Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3

Blagdon Lower Barn promises true seclusion in its prime location amid the Dorset countryside. The pet-friendly cottage near Dorchester is surrounded by fields and boasts extensive gardens with rural views and an interior with a high brick arch, open fire, open-plan design and luxurious décor.

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Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2

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.

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Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3

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

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Other places of interest and well worth a visit are the Roman Town House in the grounds of the County Hall which can be combined with the Durnovaria Town Walk, a town trail that follows the fortified boundary of the town in Roman times. Visit Maiden Castle and take a step back in time to the largest hill fort in England extending 45 acres. It’s a beautiful ruin and well worth a look around.

From Dorchester, it’s only a short drive to the coast and the Regency resort of Weymouth with all its traditional seaside holiday attractions. There’s so much to experience in Dorchester that you’ll find yourself lost in the incredible history and culture that surrounds it.