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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

50.660329, -2.112144
The Stables

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. 

From £460 to £597 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.660329, -2.112144
The Loft

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. 

From £367 to £497 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.710953, -2.995996
The Lodge House

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. 

From £300 to £850 per week
Sleeps 6
(3 bedrooms)
50.861818, -1.871815
Keeper's Cottage

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. 

From £550 to £900 per week
Sleeps 4+1
(2 bedrooms)
50.861818, -1.871815
Forester's Cottage

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. 

From £490 to £850 per week
Sleeps 4
(2 bedrooms)
50.672669, -2.650489
Short House

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. 

From £800 to £1470 per week
Sleeps 4
(2 bedrooms)
50.610426, -1.960898
Flat 2

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. 

From £345 to £580 per week
Sleeps 4
(2 bedrooms)
50.672155, -2.277633
The Stable

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. 

From £372 to £499 per week
Sleeps 4
(2 bedrooms)
50.742388, -1.694136
Sea Breeze

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. 

From £375 to £630 per week
Sleeps 5
(3 bedrooms)
50.741916, -2.840880
Pydelspring Cottage

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. 

From £299 to £665 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.741916, -2.840880
Greenwood Cottage

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. 

From £299 to £665 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.649033, -2.297198
Stable Cottage

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! 

From £450 to £885 per week
Sleeps 4
(2 bedrooms)
50.649033, -2.297198
Well House

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. 

From £1717 to £3350 per week
Sleeps 11
(6 bedrooms)
50.909621, -1.833828
Dairy Cottage

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. 

From £350 to £520 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.713417, -2.633007
Rainbow Cottage

A stone thatched holiday cottage in the attractive Dorset village of Litton Cheney between Bridport and Dorchester. Just three miles from the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast, this is an ideal place for exploring the Dorset coastline. 

From £725 to £1375 per week
Sleeps 8
(4 bedrooms)
50.879189, -2.364039
Old Causeway Bakery Cottage

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. 

From £425 to £495 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.660824, -2.569231
Elworth Farmhouse Cottage

A historic Grade II listed self catering holiday cottage in a self-contained wing of a farmhouse. A remote picturesque position only two miles from Abbotsbury. Excellent facilities including swimming pool and hot tub. 

From £375 to £600 per week
Sleeps 2
(1 bedroom)
50.928373, -1.791819
Caxton House

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. 

From £385 to £525 per week
Sleeps 6
(3 bedrooms)
50.777939, -1.941147
Canford Dairy

An impressive manor house close to Bournemouth on the Dorset coastline that offers luxurious accommodation for large parties of up to twenty guests. With a fabulous state of the art indoor swimming pool, extensive grounds and nine beautiful bedrooms, the whole party have plenty of space to relax or celebrate in style and the utmost comfort 

From £2250 to £5250 per week
Sleeps 20
(9 bedrooms)
50.793657, -2.127934
The Old Manor

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!). 

From £1950 to £4250 per week
Sleeps 19+2
(9 bedrooms)
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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 superb location makes Dorset a great choice for a UK holiday to suit all tastes and ages.

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