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Lulworth Cove, a World Heritage Site on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset
Lulworth Cove, a World Heritage Site on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Dorset

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. Dorsets' 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

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50.776887, -2.281483

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.

Weekly price from
£750 to £1600
Sleeps 8

8  |   4  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.672669, -2.650489

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.

Weekly price from
£800 to £1470
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.764122, -1.771524

A delightful cosy holiday cottage on the Dorset/Hampshire borders, providing the best of both worlds and the opportunity to visit both the coastline and the New Forest National Park which are both a short distance away. Sitting in the little Dorset village of Winkton, Coral Cottage is ideal for those who enjoy walking, cycling or lazy days with the beaches of Christchurch and Mudeford close by, and miles of forest tracks and trails just waiting to be explored.

Weekly price from
£300 to £525
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.649033, -2.297198

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!

Weekly price from
£450 to £925
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.710953, -2.995996

Dating back to the 1800's this self catering holiday lodge is located on the Dorset Heritage Coast with access to a private peaceful beach. Sleeping six it is perfect for exploring Devon and Dorset and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline.

Weekly price from
£320 to £870
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.672155, -2.277633

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.

Weekly price from
£372 to £499
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   No

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.741916, -2.840880

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.

Weekly price from
£299 to £599
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.610426, -1.960898

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.

Weekly price from
£360 to £705
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

Keeper's Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 20th Nov 2017 for 4 nights, £400"Priced to 4 guests. £40 discount offered to a couple. Inc. gas, electricity, linen, towels, free wi-fi and lots of essentials."
50.861818, -1.871815

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. Tourist board rating: 5 Star.

Weekly price from
£550 to £925
Sleeps 4+1

4+1  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 5 Star

Forester's Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 20th Nov 2017 for 4 nights, £350"Priced to 4 guests. £40 discount offered to a couple. Inc., gas, electricity, linen, towels, free wi-fi and lots of essentials."
50.861818, -1.871815

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. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.

Weekly price from
£490 to £875
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

The Victorian Barn

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 27th Nov 2017 for 4 nights, £956"Availability within The Victoria & Albert Suite for 4 nights reduced from £1195"
50.865735, -2.328065

With a wide range of self-catering accommodation, The Victorian Barn is perfect for couples, families and friends who want to explore Dorset and its many attractions. Enjoy lovely walks and cycle rides locally, a pub within one mile, excellent on-site facilities (including an indoor pool, sauna, hot tub, games room and fishing lakes) as well as the beautiful scenery of Thomas Hardy Country on the doorstep. The Jurassic Coast is only half an hour away by car.

Weekly price from
£495 to £995
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.741916, -2.840880

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.

Weekly price from
£299 to £599
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.712392, -1.986609

Treat yourself to a special holiday in Poole at Reflections. The beautiful fourth floor apartment is in the illustrious Dolphin Quays complex and enjoys fantastic views of the marina from the living room, balcony and bedroom. Shops, bars and restaurants are all steps away, as are Poole's beautiful beaches and attractions like Brownsea Island. You can explore the Jurassic Coast on foot, by car or by boat, or discover Dorset's beautiful countryside and market towns like Blandford Forum. Bournemouth is only six miles away, where you will find further beaches, shops and nightlife. Reflections' luxurious accommodation and 24-hour concierge gives you the benefits of staying in a hotel with the additional space and privacy that comes with an apartment. It is the perfect choice for couples who do not want to compromise on style or comfort.

Weekly price from
£425 to £875
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.909621, -1.833828

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.

Weekly price from
£380 to £550
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.677938, -2.109779

River View sits in a peaceful location next to a meadow, within stepping distance of the Kings Arms in Stoborough, a ten-minute walk from the Saxon market town of Wareham. There is room for up to seven guests plus a cot, making it popular with families and friends who want to be close to Isle of Purbeck attractions like Corfe Castle, Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World. Beautiful beaches including Swanage and Kimmerage Bay are nearby, and there is a good variety of walking trails and nature reserves where you can enjoy getting close to nature. Poole and Bournemouth are both an easy drive, or there is a train station in Wareham if you want to leave the car. With so much to offer visitors, it is no wonder that River View is a favourite with holidaymakers who fall in love with the natural beauty of the Isle of Purbeck.

Weekly price from
£345 to £965
Sleeps 6+2

6+2  |   5  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.910935, -1.871207

On the Hampshire/Dorset borders, sitting on the edge of Cranborne Chase, this comfortable home is within easy driving distance of many attractions including the New Forest National Park, Salisbury, Stonehenge and the Jurassic coastline. Enjoy miles of forest tracks and trails (great for walkers, cyclists and horse riders); iconic world class attractions, some of the country's finest beaches and lots of rest and relaxation.

Weekly price from
£650 to £850
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.649020, -2.297235

Set back from a quiet country lane in the peaceful village of Chaldon Herring, and only a few minutes walk from the popular Sailor's Return pub, Rex Officio is a charming holiday property designed with couples in mind. Previously a store building, it has been transformed into a romantic retreat with a very comfortable open-plan living area and kitchen downstairs, and a spacious bedroom with en suite upstairs. All of Dorset's favourite attractions are on your doorstep. You can easily reach Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coast footpath, as well as drive to charming towns and villages including Dorchester, Moreton and Weymouth. The Bovington Tank Museum and Monkey World are also nearby, as are many walking and cycling trails to suit all abilities. Tourist board rating: 4 Star.

Weekly price from
£300 to £500
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star

50.660329, -2.112144

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. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold.

Weekly price from
£460 to £597
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.649033, -2.297198

Full of historic charm, this delightful thatched cottage offers everything you would hope for in a holiday retreat and is perfect for family get togethers. 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.

Weekly price from
£1717 to £3550
Sleeps 13

13  |   6  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.879189, -2.364039

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.

Weekly price from
£375 to £495
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   3+  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

About Dorset

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 superbly scenic location makes Dorset a great choice for a UK holiday to suit all tastes and ages.