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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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50.660329, -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 self-catering base for exploring the areas many attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1050
Short breaks from £99 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.660329, -2.112144

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.

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £815
Short breaks from £70 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.737724, -2.901743

Joan's Cottage is a pretty 17th Century property in the lovely seaside village of Charmouth, within walking distance of the beach, shops, cafes and The George pub. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms with an ideal layout for small families, couples or friends. Charmouth is part of the incredible UNESCO Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and on the South West Coast Path route. It is only two miles from Lyme Regis, with lovely walks and bike rides accessible from the door. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £790
Short breaks from £95 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.742388, -1.694136

Ideally located just a five minute walk from the lovely beaches at Christchurch Bay, this comfortable holiday home is within easy reach of Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest. Perfect for a holiday relaxing by the sea or exploring the forest and the many attractions of both Dorset and Hampshire.

Weekly guide price:
£590 to £700
Short breaks from £85 per night

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.865970, -2.328027

Maplewood is a very well presented ground floor holiday cottage in the 65-acre grounds of The Victorian Barn. It's ideal for couples, families or friends as it sleeps four people in two bedrooms with space for one or two children on a sofa-bed. The Victorian Barn is near Woolland in the Dorset AONB with onsite amenities including a heated indoor swimming pool, games rooms, fishing lakes, a huge lawn and a play area. The Jurassic Coast is half an hour away, and there are beautiful rural walks and cycling routes from the door. Maplewood is entirely self-contained with a private hot tub. You can book it with other cottages on the estate to accommodate groups for weddings, celebrations, or corporate events. 

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £1900
Short breaks from £299 per night

4+2  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.865970, -2.328027

Jasmine Cottage is a charming semi-detached holiday home on a private 65-acre estate in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It's part of a collection of self-catering properties, each wholly self-contained but which you can book together to accommodate extended families and friends for reunions, celebrations or corporate events. The cottage sleeps seven people in three ensuite bedrooms and has a private garden with an outdoor hot tub. There are scenic walks from the door, with the Jurassic Coast just half an hour away. 

Weekly guide price:
£1397 to £2380
Short breaks from £499 per night

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.865970, -2.328027

Your family will love a holiday in Plumtree Cottage. The spacious semi-detached holiday home is part of a collection of self-catering cottages on the 65-acre Victorian Barn estate. It sleeps six people in three ensuite bedrooms with a private hot tub and on-site amenities that include an indoor swimming pool, three fishing lakes, two games rooms, and a large outdoor play area. The estate is in "Thomas Hardy Country" in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, half an hour from the Jurassic Coast, with beautiful walks and cycling routes from the door. 

Weekly guide price:
£1397 to £2380
Short breaks from £499 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.647370, -2.365517

Foxes Cottage ticks all the boxes for a holiday in Dorset, whether you simply want to relax on a beach, discover the many attractions of the area including its stunning Jurassic Coastline, or lace up your walking boots and explore the South West Coastal Footpath. Just a mile from Ringstead Bay beach, this well presented self-catering retreat is a popular choice with couples. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £695
Short breaks from £100 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.647370, -2.365517

With a ground floor en-suite bedroom and nursery with cot on the first floor, Pheasants Cottage is a perfect choice for families. Sleeping six guests in comfort and style, this beautifully presented flexible cottage sits in a superb position just a mile from Ringstead beach on Dorset's stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Fabulous walking with the South West Coastal Path easily accessible, an abundance of attractions close by including Lulworth, Durdle Door, Weymouth and Poole, and a beach for lazy days. All the right ingredients for a seaside holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£295 to £800
Short breaks from £160 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 4 Star Gold

50.642401, -2.462129

Lorton House is an elegant Victorian country house with loads of space for up to 16 people, multiple reception rooms and 16 private acres of grounds. It's a luxurious self-catering property for big groups in Weymouth, just three miles from the beach, harbour and town centre, and ideal whether you are getting together with friends to celebrate a milestone event or catching up with your extended family. There is a pub less than two miles away, and you don't have to leave the grounds to enjoy a leisurely walk through woods and parkland. Durdle Door, the SEA LIFE Adventure Park and Portland Bill lighthouse are all nearby, as is the Jurassic Coast and places like Dorchester and Lyme Regis.

Weekly guide price:
£4250 to £6750
Short breaks from £1130 per night

16  |   8  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.726376, -2.934258

Teal House is ideally placed in the very heart of the coastal town of Lyme Regis with pubs, shops and cafes within a pebble's throw. Beautifully presented throughout to accommodate large groups of eight guests, this welcoming holiday home is perfect for families (including extended families) and friends who want to holiday or just get away for a few nights together in this beautiful part of Dorset.

Weekly guide price:
£922 to £2310
Short breaks from £140 per night

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.726376, -2.934258

This pretty holiday cottage is in the heart of Lyme Regis, close to cafes, shops, pubs and attractions, including the beach and historic harbour known as The Cobb. It's ideal for couples, families or friends at any time of the year, not only in the summer. Lyme Regis is part of the Jurassic Coast and is one of the best places in Britain to see fossils. It is also the perfect base for exploring Dorset and visiting places like the English Riviera. Lavender Cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms, and has a private courtyard garden. 

Weekly guide price:
£395 to £1878

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.730229, -2.801281

Stay in luxury in this dreamy Dorset cottage that has stunning sea views, a hot tub and is within one mile of Chideock village and two pubs. It has three gorgeous ensuite bedrooms and is beautifully furnished throughout, with a fabulous Mediterranean style verandah and private garden for relaxing. Families love that it is so close to beautiful beaches and the Jurassic Coast, while couples adore the honeymoon suite feel of the master bedroom, where they can enjoy spectacular sea views from bed with a cup of tea in the morning. Frog by the Sea is simply gorgeous.

Weekly guide price:
£1207 to £3069
Short breaks from £234 per night

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.636214, -2.055172

Brushwood Cottage has been in the heart of Corfe Castle village for over 500 years. You can sense the history as you cross the threshold into this welcoming holiday cottage, which has recently been updated and redecorated with modern touches that complement original beams, thick walls built from local Purbeck stone, and dormer windows beneath a thatched roof. The self-catering cottage is within walking distance of pubs, tea rooms, an award-winning village shop and the star of the show, the 1000-year-old Corfe Castle. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples or families. At the end of the garden, a gate opens up onto The Halves and Corfe Common giving direct access to fantastic walks. 

Weekly guide price:
£790 to £1085
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.649033, -2.297198

Full of historic charm, this delightful thatched holiday cottage offers everything you would hope for in a self-catering 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 guide price:
£2150 to £2800
Short breaks from £465 per night

12  |   6  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.712392, -1.986609

Treat yourself to a special holiday in Poole at Reflections. The beautiful fourth floor self-catering 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 guide price:
£495 to £985
Short breaks from £71 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.763019, -2.969951

Whether you've booked a week off in summer or you can only get away for a few days out of the season, Acorns is ideal. The well-presented garden flat has been furnished with couples in mind and features a stylish living room, romantic bedroom and a private garden with an outdoor hot tub. It's within walking distance of the pub and only two miles from Lyme Regis and the UNESCO Jurassic Coast. Bookings are available all year round, with short breaks possible depending on availability. 

Weekly guide price:
£1050 to £1395
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.763019, -2.969951

There are a few key features any romantic holiday needs. The Retreat ticks all of the boxes with a private outdoor hot tub, a pretty brass bed piled high with hotel-quality bed linen, and a peaceful rural location that's within easy reach of towns and beautiful beaches. Spend happy days walking along the South West Coast Path, cycling through the countryside, and dining on delicious local food and drink. The holiday cottage is only two miles from Lyme Regis and within walking distance of a pub. Short breaks are possible outside of peak season, depending on availability. 

Weekly guide price:
£930 to £1395
Short breaks from £150 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 guide price:
£950 to £2000

8  |   4  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.561666, -2.446719

Perfect for families and friends wanting to explore the Jurassic Coast, Sea View Cottage is a charming stone holiday home located on the Isle of Portland, just a few miles from the seaside town of Weymouth. Dating back 300 years this stone cottage has retained it's original character, whilst modern renovations, a cosy wood burning stove and sunny terraced garden makes it an ideal self-catering holiday cottage by the sea. Sleeping four guests in two bedrooms and walking distance to the beach, shops and restaurants, you can either enjoy lazy days on the beach, wonderful walks from the front door or the numerous watersports activities on offer close by. 

Weekly guide price:
£684 to £1257
Short breaks from £86 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (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 stay in a Dorset holiday cottage 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.