Dorchester, Dorset, UK

Dorchester, Dorset, UK

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Where to stay around Dorchester?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 311 holiday lettings near Dorchester. From 164 cottages to 44 houses, 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 Dorchester is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Lulworth Cove Beach: 964 holiday lettings
  • Durdle Door: 961 holiday lettings
  • Dorset County Museum: 830 holiday lettings
  • Weymouth Beach: 617 holiday lettings
  • Warmwell Holiday Park Ski Slope: 1,021 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Dorchester 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 cottages in Dorchester?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 164 cottages in Dorchester. Our other popular types of Dorchester holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 44 self catering accommodations
  • Apartments: 29 self catering accommodations
  • Barns: 26 self catering accommodations

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

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Dorchester?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 34 holiday homes with pool available in Dorchester. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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    Make a Dorchester holiday cottage your home away from home

    The enchanting town of Dorchester in Dorset, is an historic rural gem on the banks of the sparkling Frome River. Famous for being the home of Thomas Hardy, whose novel ‘’The Mayor of Casterbridge’’ was set here, the scenery literally does seem to jump out of his pages and there is an abundance of beautiful historic buildings and sites that captivate every visitor who come here. HomeAway has a wide range of holiday cottages in Dorchester to suit every need. Charming holiday accommodation in Dorchester might be a romantic cottage for two, or a gracious home for large travelling parties and families. Thatched roof tops, sea views of Chesil Beach and lush rolling hillsides, make holiday cottages in Dorchester ideal for a traditional British break. Being just a few miles away from Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast, there’s no lacking in holiday activities here.

    Things to do

    Dorchester has an exciting past, evidence of which can be seen all over the town. Despite many fires occurring between 1613 and 1725, much of the breathtaking medieval, Roman and other historic sites have remained, beautifully preserved for prosperity.

    -Dorchester Museums: are a diverse and eclectic mix and full of interest for many tastes and ages. Their exhibitions also run the gamut of the ages from prehistory to the present day. The museums include the Dorset County Museum (mainly ethnographical and environmental), The Roman Town House, the Dinosaur Museum, the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Terracotta Warriors Museum, and the Keep Military Museum.

    -The Borough Gardens: are located right in the centre of town and are a favourite with visitors in Dorchester holiday homes. A site for festivals and outdoor concerts during the summer months, there is a lovely play area for the kids, a sweeping bowling green, two tennis courts, a small café and don’t miss the clock tower and band stand while you are there.

    -The Maiden Castle is a stunning hill fort and the largest in all of England. It was originally occupied way back in 3000 BC and sweeps out over a whopping 45 acres. A complicated network of ditches and fortifications can be found within and the massive walls are some 6 m high. Definitely not to be missed.

    -The Thomas Hardy Walk: takes visitors through many of the sights and buildings associated with the famous writer. The aforementioned Dorset Country Museum has a great many artefacts of his and you can also visit his cottage, where he wrote his books and spent a great deal of his later life. The Hardy Walk is just one of four guided walks in the town.

    -The Maumbury Rings: are a fascinating tiered monument with wide open spaces and open earth works, each with a different levels of shaft from 3 completely different eras. Careful excavation brought up a number of interesting artefacts which can be viewed at the Dorset Country Museum.

    The Weather in Dorchester

    The Dorset climate is mild but can be damp in the winter months. The summer weather is perfect for holiday cottages in Dorchester when temperatures can reach the balmy 20°C range.

    Getting to Dorchester

    Dorchester is just over 26 miles away from Bournemouth International Airport and there are direct bus, coach and rail connections. You can reach Dorchester holiday homes by rail as one of its two stations is on the main London to Weymouth line, or by road with the M3 being the main route and about two and half hour’s drive from London.