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 round 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 round the beautiful Borough Gardens which includes two tennis courts, a beautiful bandstand and 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.

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Alpaca is a gorgeously rustic romantic cabin hidden in the woods near Dorchester in Dorset. The pet-friendly cottage spoils guest with seclusion and a lovely garden as well as a wooden exterior housing a character-laden conversion with exposed beams, lovely views and immaculate presentation.

River Cottage at Athelhampton appears to have leapt from the pages of a fairytale. The pet-friendly rural cottage neighbours the stately Athelhampton House in Dorset and boasts a thatched roof, traditional charm, extensive grounds and a private 9-hole golf course as well as a modern luxury interior.

Rural charm blends seamlessly with modern urban chic at The Coach House, a two-bedroom rural cottage in Charminster. Exposed beams and sophisticated finishes feature throughout the pet-free property, which lies in easy reach of Dorchester, the River Cerne valley and Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline.

Luxury refurbished cottage in Tincleton awarded 5 STAR GOLD for 2019. On a Farm set in tranquil rural countryside in the heart of Hardye's Wessex. Ideally located near Jurassic Coastline. Disabled facilities. Enclosed garden. Fishing on the River Frome. WIFI. Nature Trail on doorstep. Tennis Court.

Holiday goers heading to the world-famous village of Tolpuddle, Dorset, can book their stay at The Hayloft for charming Dorset cottage holidays on the outskirts of town, with three bedrooms, en-suite baths, cosy open fire, a lovely garden and rural views across the Piddle Valley.

Henchard Cottage at Greenwood Grange is a luxury cottage in Higher Bockhampton which boasts country charm and modern comforts as well as tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, wildlife reserve, eco-friendly features, space for pets a children’s play area, patio and gorgeous views of Dorset.

Reward yourself with a regal holiday in the stately and meticulously-appointed Hardy Manor, a large, luxury holiday cottage with a hot tub in Dorset. Mark a special occasion in unparalleled comfort and 9 acres of manicured grounds near Pudddletown 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.

Situated near the Jurassic Coast, Crow’s Nest is a large and stylish rural cottage which welcomes groups and pets to a property in Owermoigne boasting an open-plan design, extensive outdoor entertaining areas, an open fire and generous garden with views of the rolling hills of the Dorset countryside

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.

Dorchester Manor is an 18th-century residence constructed with Portland stone and brimming with period features. The pet-friendly cottage in Dorchester, Dorset, features wooden flooring, open fires as well as a games room and extensive grounds with uninterrupted views plus a tennis court.

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

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.