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Holiday cottages in Dorset by the sea
Holiday cottages in Dorset by the sea

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Dorset by the Sea

If you are looking for a traditional seaside holiday with an interesting twist then look no further than the stunning Dorset coastline. Enjoy the miles and miles of golden sandy beaches, hunt for fossils along the Jurassic coast or be wowed by fascinating rock formations and intriguing historical landmarks. Whether you are looking for a bolthole for two in one of the bustling seaside towns, a picture-perfect thatched cottage with stunning sea views or a Victorian Manor house with coastal walks from the front door, there is something to suit every occasion in our selection of Dorset holiday cottages by the sea. Read more

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50.660329, -2.112144
Log Burner
Near Beach
Near Pub

2  |   1  |   2  |   ?  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £520 to £1050
Short breaks from £75 per night
50.771924, -2.780632
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £560 to £770
Short breaks from £80 per night
50.714017, -1.988032
Waterside
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £699 to £1299
Short breaks from £166 per night
50.647370, -2.365517
Luxury
Near Beach
Bike Storage

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £700 to £1130
Short breaks from £100 per night
50.660329, -2.112144
Near Beach
Near Pub
Bike Storage

2  |   1  |   1  |   ?  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £450 to £795
Short breaks from £65 per night
50.791165, -1.855829
Pool
Hot Tub
Open Fire

23  |   5  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price £5800 all year
Short breaks from £1600 per night
50.663303, -2.478045
Hot Tub
Open Fire
Log Burner

18+6  |   9  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £4100 to £8250
Short breaks from £635 per night
50.726376, -2.934258
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Weekly price from £395 to £1878
50.731977, -2.816261
Near Beach
Near Pub

3  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £695 to £995
Short breaks from £149 per night
50.724099, -2.934548
Waterside
Near Beach
Near Pub

2  |   1  |   No  |   ?  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £1046 to £1800
Short breaks from £175 per night
50.724099, -2.934548
Near Beach
Near Pub

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £1250 to £3100
Short breaks from £286 per night
50.736663, -1.828872
Near Beach
Near Pub
Games Room

22+4  |   8  |   ?  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £450 to £850
Short breaks from £350 per night
50.724159, -2.934815
Waterside
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £650 to £1690
Short breaks from £121 per night
50.721225, -2.784143
Log Burner
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £600 to £1200
50.711813, -2.760299
Log Burner
Near Beach
Near Pub

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £560 to £945
50.739435, -2.789163
Open Fire
Near Beach
Near Pub

22+8  |   11  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £7000 to £9500
Short breaks from £1500 per night
50.834101, -1.848082
Hot Tub
Near Beach
Near Pub

7  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £1605 to £2175
Short breaks from £248 per night
50.741916, -2.840880
Near Beach
Near Pub

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £525 to £684
Short breaks from £90 per night
50.741916, -2.840880
Near Beach
Near Pub

2  |   1  |   1  |   No  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £525 to £684
Short breaks from £90 per night
50.713417, -2.633007
Open Fire
Near Beach
Near Pub

8  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Weekly price from £725 to £1775
Short breaks from £250 per night

It is no wonder that Dorset’s incredible coastline is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. It is truly stunning. The iconic limestone arch at Durdle Door, magnificent chalk formation at Old Harry’s Rocks and the wild barrier beach and lagoons at Chesil Beach are just a few of the dramatic natural features dotted along the coast. Whilst a bracing walk along the South West coastal path is probably the best way to admire these spectacular natural features, they are equally as impressive from the sea if you fancy taking a boat trip and viewing them from a different angle.

If you are looking to find your own piece of history you should join a fossil hunting trip. The beaches and cliffs at Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Kimmeridge are the best places to find fossils but you might get lucky anywhere along the Jurassic coast. Aspiring palaeontologists should visit Keates Quarry near Swanage where you can literally walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. It is thought that the tracks date back 140 million years and were originally made by giant sauropods.

Fossil hunting and fascinating geological formations aside, Dorset is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. The clear blue waters and distinctive horseshoe bay at Lulworth Cove is a lovely spot to spend the day. Explore the rockpools, hire a kayak or enjoy a picnic as you take in the breath-taking panoramic views. It’s just a short walk from here along the South West Coastal path to Durdle Door, Stair Hole and the Fossil Forest.

Or if you are looking for long stretches of golden sand, head to the vibrant seaside towns of Bournemouth, Weymouth or Swanage. With sweeping promenades, donkey rides on the beach and literally miles and miles of sand it is easy to see why these are all popular family holiday spots. Build a sandcastle, play a game of rounders or simply sink your toes into the warm sand as you watch the boats bob about on the sea and the rest of the world go by. You can even make life easy and hire a beach hut complete with deck chairs and a gas ring. A quintessential seaside holiday doesn’t get better than this!

If you want to escape the crowds and you don’t mind a short walk there are plenty of hidden coves to explore. The smugglers cove at Church Ope near Weymouth is a great place for snorkelling and Eype’s Mouth Beach is a perfect spot for a quiet evening stroll after exploring the quirky shops in the vibrant market town of Bridport.

There is no better way to recharge those batteries than with a dose of salty water, sea air and stunning views across the sparkling sea. With fast train links from London to Bournemouth it is easy to escape for a short last-minute break to this magical stretch of coastline. Or plan ahead, bring family and friends and spend some time relaxing into the slower Dorset pace of life. Whether you are looking for a short beach break or an action-packed seaside adventure, our collection of fantastic Dorset holiday cottages by the sea will make your holiday one to remember.