Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Dorset
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A beautifully rural ceremonial county in the south west, well-known for its maritime activity, Dorset is a quintessentially English holiday spot. An area steeped in history and with wonderfully varied landscapes, Dorset is an ideal location to enjoy rest, relaxation and recreation. Dorset's' landscape comprises vast elevated chalk downs, towering limestone cliffs and low clay valleys, as well a stunning coastline and lush forests, making it a superb area for walking, hiking and cycling. Read More
Located in the Purbeck Conservation Area, just three miles from Lulworth Cove and world famous Durdle Door, this welcoming traditional cottage is perfect for those looking to relax in a stunning coastal setting and explore the many attractions of Dorset.
Whether you're travelling with your kids, extended family or a group of friends, everyone will love Gould's Farmhouse. Four large bedrooms, three bathrooms and three sitting rooms, together with a spacious country kitchen and fantastic garden mean you can enjoy being together while still having your own space. It's on a quiet lane in Milborne St Andrew, within walking distance of a great pub (The Royal Oak), the village shop and a kids playground, and close to the vibrant market towns of Dorchester and Blandford. The Jurassic Coast, Weymouth and Poole are all a short drive away, and there are beautiful National Trust properties like Hardy's Cottage to enjoy. Footpaths, including the South West Coast Path, bridle ways and cycle paths are plentiful so you can be as active as you like, or simply recline on a lounger in the garden with a good book and enjoy not having to please anyone but yourself.
Do beach destinations get much better than this? Just four hundred yards from the natural wonder that is Chesil Beach on the Dorset World Heritage Coastline, this stylish dog-friendly seaside cottage is surrounded by National Trust land and provides the perfect getaway for you and your four legged friend. Beautifully presented, guests can enjoy stunning sea views (from the moment you open your eyes until the sun drops over the sea), lovely walks and lazy days on the beach.
Sitting right in the heart of the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage on Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast, this first floor holiday apartment is perfect for those wanting a break by the sea with an abundance of attractions, pubs, restaurants and shops on the doorstep. Opposite the railway station (great for steam train enthusiasts) and three minutes from the beach, there is plenty to keep those with or without a car occupied.
With world class attractions like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door just a few miles away and incredible walking on the doorstep, this stylish contemporary holiday apartment just for two provides a superb base for relaxing and exploring. Sitting on the Isle of Purbeck, the Jurassic Coast, Poole and Wareham are all within easy reach. 4 Star Gold.
A detached, two bedroom, beautifully maintained 5* cottage with ground level accommodation, en-suite and family bathroom. Situated on the border of the New Forest / East Dorset, with rural views and a wealth of local country and coastal pursuits for every age and interest. 5 Star.
A detached 4* cottage, two bedrooms both en-suite with ground level accommodation, maintained to a high standard. Superb location with rural aspect on the border of the New Forest / East Dorset, 4 miles from Ringwood, ideal for coast and countryside. 4 Star.
A large manor house in just fifteen minutes drive from Studland on the Dorset coast ideal for big parties of up to twenty one guests. Flexible sleeping arrangement, games room, hot tub, tennis court and only a fifteen minute drive to the beach are just some of this properties highlights. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion (hens and stags welcome!).
The perfect retreat just for two within easy reach of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coastline. Right in the heart of Purbeck, this stylish holiday home provides all the right ingredients for a relaxing break and a great base for exploring the areas many attractions. 4 Star Gold.
A quirky self-catering apartment sitting in a characterful 18th Century Georgian House, offering a self-contained retreat from which to explore the New Forest and its many attractions. Located right in the heart of the riverside town of Fordingbridge, guests have pubs, shops and restaurants on the doorstep. A great base for exploring the area with or without a car.
Offering the perfect blend of rustic charm, cosiness with log burner and modern day conveniences to ensure a high standard of comfort, Barn Cottage sits on the outskirts of Alderholt in Dorset. A pretty village with pub for meals out, a mill serving cream teas at the weekend, and a shop for forgotten provisions, Alderholt is just three miles from the county town of Fordingbridge and a five minute car ride into the New Forest National Park with an abundance of forest tracks to satisfy the keenest of walkers, cyclists and horse riders. A perfect base for exploring both Dorset and Hampshire including the Forest and South Coast.
Full of historic charm, this delightful thatched cottage offers everything you would hope for in a holiday retreat. An excellent position just two miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, a very good village pub a short stroll away, access onto the South West Coastal Path, log burner, hot tub, beaches for lazy days and attractions for adventure days.
Located on the edge of the Dorset village of Alderholt is this pretty cottage for two with log burner and romantic double bedroom. The Hampshire riverside county town of Fordingbridge is just three miles away and the New Forest National Park is five minutes in the car with miles of forest tracks and trails for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
A stylish luxurious holiday cottage just for two sitting in a superb position in the village of Morcombelake on the Jurassic Coast Dorset. An excellent choice for couples who enjoy walking with the South West Coastal Path nearby, and who want to discover the beauty of Dorset.
A romantic retreat for two in Dorset sitting on the edge of the attractive farming village of Hazelbury Bryan in the Blackmore Vale. Within easy reach of the Dorset Jurassic Coast, Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum, Sherborne, Dorchester and Shaftesbury, this welcoming first floor apartment has a balcony where you can sit and soak up the fabulous countryside views. Lovely walks from the front door and dog-friendly.
An ideal retreat for two nestling in Dorset on the edge of the attractive rural farming village of Hazelbury Bryan in the Blackmore Vale near to Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum, Sherborne, Dorchester and Shaftesbury.
Sitting on the Jurassic Coast in the Dorset village of Morcombelake, this stylish modern holiday home is just perfect for couples who enjoy walking with the South West Coastal Path nearby. An abundance of attractions and lovely beaches for day trips out and a luxurious retreat to return home to at the end of the day.
A delightful 19th century self catering stone holiday cottage located in a quiet position off the High Street in Langton Matravers, close to Swanage in Dorset. Providing comfortable and relaxing accommodation close to the Dorset and East Devon coastline. 3 Star.
Sitting quietly in the peaceful village of Bloxworth, Old Kilns is a deceptively spacious holiday home that is ideal for families with older children and groups of friends who want to see the best Dorset has to offer. Bloxworth is convenient for the Jurassic Coast, beaches like Weymouth and Studland Bay, and the Purbeck Heritage Coast, but it is also close to wonderful towns including Poole, Dorchester and Blandford Forum. Walk along the coastal footpath past Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, or take the kids to one of Dorset’s top attractions like Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World. Old Kilns is in the centre of it all, providing a restful haven at the end of a fun-filled day.
Oozing historic character, this chocolate box pretty thatched cottage enjoys an enviable position just slightly inland from Dorset's glorious coast, two miles from Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Guests can access the coastal path from the cottage, have an excellent village pub in strolling distance and have lovely beaches for lazy days, as well as an abundance of attractions. All the right ingredients for the perfect holiday!
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More than half of Dorset has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three quarters of the coastline has been designated a World Heritage Site. There are many well-known scenic spots along the coast that are worth a visit, such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland and Durdle Door. Alternatively, enjoy some seaside fun and visit the popular coastal towns of Weymouth, Lyme Regis and cosmopolitan Bournemouth.
A history that stretches back to the Neolithic era, Dorset is a fascinating place for those interested in exploring the intriguing backstories of Viking raids, Roman invasions and Saxon conquests. There are many well-preserved historic sites in the area, such as Lulworth Castle and Park, built in 1608; Sherborne Abbey, the ‘Cathedral of Dorset’ dating back to 705AD and the 1000 year old Corfe Castle – one of the most famous landmarks Dorset has that now stands as an iconic eerie ruin.
A great holiday spot for children, there are plenty of exciting attractions to keep younger visitors amused and entertained, such as the internationally acclaimed Monkey World – an important rescue centre where you can meet the apes and Honeybrook farm. There are also a variety of water sports thanks to the maritime background of the area.
Of course, a trip to Dorset would not be complete without fossil hunting along The Jurassic Coast and following in the footsteps of dinosaurs - England’s first natural World Heritage Site and one of the wonders of the natural world rated up there alongside the Grand Canyon!
A superb location makes Dorset a great choice for a UK holiday to suit all tastes and ages.
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