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A South Coast trip in Holton Heath

Hidden in an inlet on the English South Coast, Holton Heath sits in a fine position between the boat-filled harbours of Poole, the lively summer beaches of Bournemouth and the eye-wateringly wonderful Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. That all adds up to a place where holidays can be spent lazing on sands, walking the cliffs, trekking in wild heathland, exploring the haunting towers of Corfe Castle, or boating out across the English Channel. There are plenty of Holton Heath holiday rentals to pick from, too – think cosy country cottages to salt-washed beach huts and more.

Things to do

Holton Heath's historic side

Find your inner medieval knight in the hills of Dorset by conquering the great keeps and gatehouses of Corfe Castle. That half-crumbled ruin of a mighty citadel sits in the Dorset AONB, just one truly panoramic drive to the south of Holton Heath. It's packed with entertainments and attractions. The kids can try their hand at being a soldier in the English Civil War, donning helmets and spears and learning all about 16th-century sieges. There's the Warwolf II catapult, forever hurling missiles to the clouds. And there are gorgeous nature trails aplenty on the surrounding Purbeck heaths.


Don't miss Dorset in Holton Heath

Eager for a taste of the fabled beauties of the South Coast? Holton Heath holiday rentals in the Dorset AONB are the perfect choice. Surrounded by rolling moors and wetlands that attract rare seabirds and wildlife, they are primed for outdoorsy types looking to lace up the boots and go on a very English safari. They could also mean excursions to the pubs of Poole, where motorbike riders gather in summertime and families munch fish and chips in the beer gardens. Or, they could mean jaunts to the Jurassic Coast for fossil hunting and bracing winter walks.


Different sorts of holidays in Holton Heath

Holton Heath holiday rentals offer a fine base for exploring the Dorset shores, no matter what the time of year. Winter can make the country cottages and their log fires all the cosier – just be ready for some bracing walks on the Jurassic Coast between windy and rainy December and March. Spring is high time for hitting the heath trails and wildlife parks of the AONB, with flowers blooming in April and May. Summer is for the beachgoers, offering plenty of sun and the highest temperatures of all between June and August.

Natural features

Holton Heath – on the Dorset doorstep

Holton Heath sits at the end of Poole Harbour. That cuts into the South Coast from the English Channel, spreading out into a patchwork of wetlands and downs and bogs that's awash with rare birds, like stonechats and woodlarks. As you go south from the town, the Hartland Moor National Nature Reserve takes over. That's the entry to the massive Dorset AONB, a park that encompasses great swathes of coastline and inland hills. It covers the Jurassic Coast and its fossil-spotted cliffs, the ramson blooms of the ancient King's Wood, the Purbeck reserves of heathland and oodles more.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Holton Heath

Fly into Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), the closest airport, located 11.3 mi (18.1 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station is Holton Heath Station.

Where to stay around Holton Heath?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 881 holiday lettings near Holton Heath. From 320 Houses to 291 Flats, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Holton Heath is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Holton Heath?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Holton Heath. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Holton Heath Station: 1,818 holiday lettings
  • Bournemouth Beach: 1,839 holiday lettings
  • Durdle Door: 1,592 holiday lettings
  • Boscombe Pier: 1,811 holiday lettings
  • Swanage Beach: 1,466 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Holton Heath listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Holton Heath?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 320 Houses in Holton Heath. Our other popular types of Holton Heath holiday rentals include:

  • Flats: 291 self catering accommodations
  • Cabins: 221 self catering accommodations
  • Cottages: 221 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Holton Heath?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 26 holiday homes with pool available in Holton Heath. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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