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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

Dorset Cottages

An area steeped in history and with wonderfully varied landscapes, Dorset is an ideal location to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Dorset's terrain includes vastly elevated chalk downs, towering limestone cliffs and low clay valleys, as well as a stunning coastline and lush forests, making it a superb area for walking, hiking and cycling.

Where is Dorset?

Dorset is a beautifully rural county in the south west, well-known for its maritime activity. It is a quintessentially southern English holiday spot. Read more

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50.747997, -2.816861

Studio Cottage is a gorgeous getaway for couples or individuals. The comfortable holiday cottage is part of a collection of properties at Chideock Grange Holiday Cottages in North Chideock, a peaceful place with no passing traffic and easy access to fantastic footpaths and cycleways. Guests can walk to the beach at Seatown, around two miles away, Symondsbury and Colmer's Hill. The South West Coast Path and the UNESCO Jurassic Coast are stunning in any season, and there is a wide variety of local sights and attractions to keep everyone happy. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £650
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.696991, -2.662457

Upper Westfield is a modern, spacious first-floor holiday apartment in Puncknowle village, a few minutes' stroll from the pub and around a mile (or a 15-minute walk) from the beach. It's ideal for a self-catering holiday with your partner or friends, as it sleeps four people in two bedrooms and has two bathrooms. The holiday home is wonderfully peaceful, benefitting from panoramic views over Bride's Valley, off-street parking, and a garden. The UNESCO Jurassic Coast is nearby. Potential day trips can also include Dorchester, Weymouth, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. 

Weekly guide price:
£770 to £910
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 guide price:
£530 to £635
Short breaks from £70 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   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

50.649033, -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:
£569 to £1035
Short breaks from £123 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.724159, -2.934815

Dolphin Cottage is a charming thatched holiday home on Marine Parade in Lyme Regis. Built around 1800, it has many original features and sleeps four people in two bedrooms with two bathrooms. You'll love falling asleep to the sound of the waves and having breakfast on the private waterfront terrace, being just steps from the sand and around 100 yards from shops, bars, and restaurants. The UNESCO Jurassic Coast and South West Coast Path are literally outside the door, making this self-catering cottage a firm favourite with families and couples in all seasons. 

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1690
Short breaks from £121 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Thursday

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:
£1200 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

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 £449 per night

6  |   3  |   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 £449 per night

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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:
£778 to £1257
Short breaks from £97 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.721225, -2.784143

Sitting in the pretty seaside village of Eype on Dorset's beautiful West Coast, Clematis Cottage is everything you could wish for in a coastal holiday cottage. With cosy yet stylish accommodation including a log burner, and garden with fabulous views, the cottage is perfect all year round and within walking distance of the village pub and beach. Coastal walks on the doorstep, along with an abundance of attractions for day trips out.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1100

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.711813, -2.760299

With its two beautiful beaches, lively harbour and marina, and a fantastic array of places to eat and drink, it is no surprise that West Bay is a favourite Jurassic Coast holiday destination with people who appreciate that it offers so much while remaining relatively peaceful even in the height of summer. West Bay Cottage is a charming Grade II listed property within walking distance of it all, and only a mile and a half from bustling Bridport. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is a favourite with both couples and small families.

Weekly guide price:
£425 to £825

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.750987, -2.165436

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 that 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.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £1000
Short breaks from £80 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.750987, -2.165436

A comfy choice for families or couples, Glebe Cottage is in Bloxworth and convenient for beautiful Dorset beaches including Poole, Weymouth, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Swanage, Bournemouth, Studland, the Purbeck Heritage Coast and the Jurassic Coast. The cottage is also handy for Dorset attractions like the Bovington Tank Museum, Monkey World and many lovely National Trust properties.

Weekly guide price:
£300 to £750
Short breaks from £65 per night

3-4  |   3  |   1  |   Enquire  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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Where to Stay in Dorset

More than half of Dorset has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three-quarters of the coastline has been appointed 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.

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Dorset Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in Dorset, you can find all the information you need for your trip. For more tips, check out our complete Dorset Guide.

When to Visit Dorset

The superbly scenic location makes Dorset a great choice for a UK holiday to suit all tastes and ages. The beautiful surroundings that the county has to offer also help to make it a great year-round destination.

Summer in Dorset presents a mix of warm, sunny days with some hotter than others. The temperatures are between 19°C and 21°C and with longer days and lots of sunshine, so summer here is a great time to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

Spring in Dorset is mild and comfortable with average temperatures of around 10°C to 17°C. During this time, Dorset is generally pretty quiete as the majority of visitors stay during summer, making it a great time to visit if you seek fewer crowds.

Winter in Dorset means shorter days and cooler temperatures of around 6°C to 8°C. During this time the days tend to be clear, cold and crisp, making for a great time to visit the multiple Christmas markets scattered around the towns.

What to Do in Dorset

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 in Dorset that now stands as an iconic, eerie ruin.

Dorset is also 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!

How to Travel to Dorset

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK, below shows an average distance to Dorset, so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 123 miles

Birmingham: 175 miles

Glasgow: 458 miles

Liverpool: 267 miles

Bristol: 66 miles

Manchester: 254 miles

Leeds: 289 miles

Edinburgh: 461 miles

Newcastle: 378 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Dorset, its excellent public transport means you can journey by train or bus from many major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About the Region

Dorset is a sublime blend of beach and countryside, laid back sand-between-your-toes and a chic seaside resort. Independent boutiques sit beside surf shops stocking seaside essentials and gourmet cafes serving homemade ice cream and fish caught within sight of your table.

Most guides for a holiday in Dorset will point you in the direction of Bournemouth and Weymouth. While these are great places to visit, there is far more to this great county.

Dorset FAQs

  • Which part of Dorset is the best?

One of the most popular places to visit in Dorset is Wareham, as this is where the renowned tourist attraction Durdle Door is situated. The natural limestone arch sits on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth and is a free outdoor attraction that brings visitors here year-round.

However, there are many more great places to visit in Dorset such as Lulworth Cove, Sherborne Castles and Gardens plus many more. All of these places in Dorset have much to offer from stunning beaches to historic towns and lots of countryside to explore.

  • Why is Dorset famous?

Dorset is most famous for the limestone arch, Durdle Door. The attraction is featured on numerous postcards and is a beautiful sight to see that attracts people from all over the country.

Being situated on the Jurassic Coast is another reason why Dorset is favoured among tourists. The stunning coastline and countryside that surrounds the county creates a beautiful setting to enjoy a holiday here.

  • Is Dorset expensive?

A trip to Dorset can be done on a budget and can be as expensive as you choose it to be. With free attractions such as Durdle Door and other great walking routes around the county, you don’t have to spend a lot when visiting here.

  • Which is the prettiest town in Dorset?

There are a number of pretty towns situated in Dorset, all of which have their own unique attractions and surroundings.

The quaint village of Shaftesbury is situated on the Hovis Hill. This hilltop settlement is located on the south coast and is encompassed by rolling hills and lush greenery. With old cottages lined up and down the hill, it is a very pretty town that offers an old English feel, which is why it is considered one of the prettiest places in Dorset.

If you are seeking a stunning town on the coast in Dorset, you will want to go to Lyme Regis. The quaint seaside settlement sits along the Jurassic Coast and offers a long stretch of golden sand for visitors to enjoy, making it a particularly pretty town to visit.

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