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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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50.710953, -2.995996

Dating back to the 1800's, The Lodge House is ideally located on the Dorset Heritage Coast with access to a private peaceful beach within strolling distance. Sleeping six, this dog-friendly holiday home is perfect for exploring Devon and Dorset and is surrounded by beautiful countryside and coastline.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £950

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

50.747997, -2.816861

This charming holiday cottage is at the end of a quiet country lane in North Chideock, two miles from the Jurassic Coast and within easy reach of Seatown, Bridport and Symondsbury. It sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is the sort of place where couples and families can enjoy fantastic walks and bike rides from the door, fun days finding fossils, and spectacular views from the South West Coast Path. Walk or cycle along a historic holloway to Colmer's Hill, visit specialist museums and shops in Dorchester, or pay a visit to Portland Bill. There is always something wonderful to see and fun to do when you stay at Maple Cottage on the Hell Barn estate. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1050

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4

Preferred arrival day: Monday

Lions Lodge

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 30th May 2022 for 3 nights, £800"Over 15% discount to celebrate property going live on Independent Cottages."
50.834101, -1.848082

You and your family will have all the space you need at Lions Lodge. The three-bedroom holiday home sleeps seven people, but the vast backyard makes this place stand out. There is a large lawn, seating and a patio with a hot tub so you can soak your tired legs and sunburned shoulders after a day cycling through the New Forest, climbing at Go Ape, or swimming and surfing at Bournemouth. There are two pubs within walking distance of this welcoming self-catering rental in this quiet village near Ringwood and Poole. 

Weekly guide price:
£1730 to £2475
Short breaks from £265 per night

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.818849, -2.581129

Apple Tree Cottage is a picturesque thatched holiday cottage surrounded by gardens with a small orchard. It dates from 1900 and sleeps up to six guests in three comfortable bedrooms, with easy access to the beautiful countryside that made Thomas Hardy fall in love with this part of Dorset. Spend your days walking and cycling, visiting pretty towns and villages, exploring museums, stately homes and gardens, and sunning yourself on beaches along the Jurassic Coast. Every season offers something wonderful and new for couples, families and friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £1150
Short breaks from £78 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.649117, -2.118489

Welcoming and comfy, Breach Cottage is perfect for families and also couples wanting to explore the countryside and coast of Dorset. With a large peaceful garden (visited by an abundance of wildlife including deer), three bedrooms, a conservatory and modern conveniences such as WiFi, everything is provided for self-catering to ensure a memorable holiday. Just three miles from Wareham and within easy reach of attractions like Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Poole, there are no end of great days out to enjoy with the family.

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £1050

4  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.019261, -2.005316

Indulge your country cottage dreams in this 16th Century thatched holiday retreat. The Blue Cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms. It is ideal for couples or families and has a modern kitchen and bathroom sitting harmoniously beside thick cobb walls and original oak beams. The detached holiday home has a wonderfully rustic charm and is surrounded by fields and gardens and only 300 metres from the welcoming Horseshoe Inn in Ebbesbourne Wake. It's part of the Cranbourne Chase AONB, and beautiful walks lead in all directions from the village. Shaftesbury and Salisbury are 10 miles away. Stonehenge is half an hour's drive, with Bath, Glastonbury, Longleat and the Dorset Coast also within reach for days out. 

Weekly guide price:
£380 to £850
Short breaks from £67 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

Sea View Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Thu, 16th Jun 2022 for 2 nights, £262Save £50"To book offer, ignore green 'Enquire... >' buttons and click on orange 'Book Online >' button and search on 16-18 June"
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

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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 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.