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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.

    • Studio
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    Cottage #6472242
    4
      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      House #8259486
        • 1 BR
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 2
        Cottage #1868633
        1
          Excellent! 4.5/5
          (19 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 3
          Apartment #6720384
          19
          Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
            Very Good! 4/5
            (21 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
            21
            Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.6/5
              (14 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Barn #6860108
              14
              Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (25 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 2
                Bungalow #8173070
                25
                Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                  (18 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Cottage #8040651
                  18
                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (19 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Cottage #1957346
                    19
                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5/5
                      (10 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 2
                      Cottage #8168074
                      10
                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                        (47 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Cottage #1410080
                        47
                        Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                          (19 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #8130957
                          19
                          Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                            (23 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #6111562
                            23
                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.3/5
                              (24 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Cottage #58185
                              24
                              Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (46 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Barn #8147360
                                46
                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                  (14 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Barn #6818810
                                  14
                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Very Good! 4/5
                                    (6 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                    6
                                    Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (27 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Cottage #1840656
                                      27
                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                        (17 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #8071448
                                        17
                                        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                          (23 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Chalet #8131170
                                          23
                                          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (29 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            House #8158262
                                            29
                                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (21 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 4 BA
                                              • Sleeps 8
                                              Farmhouse #8095985
                                              21
                                              Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                (11 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #6502202
                                                11
                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                  (6 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Cottage #8145876
                                                  6
                                                  Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                    (10 reviews)
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                                                    • Studio
                                                    • 3 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                    House #6794276
                                                    10
                                                    Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                      (19 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      House #8059286
                                                      19
                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                        (17 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Cabin #8159114
                                                        17
                                                        Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                          (18 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          Cottage #8118181
                                                          18
                                                          Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (19 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #8144289
                                                            19
                                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 6 BR
                                                              • 4 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 12
                                                              House #8180023
                                                              4
                                                              Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                (6 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #8128373
                                                                6
                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                                  (14 reviews)
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Cottage #1786308
                                                                  14
                                                                  Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                    (7 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Cottage #1677666
                                                                    7
                                                                    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (7 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Cottage #8112281
                                                                      7
                                                                      Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                        (27 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                        27
                                                                        Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Cottage #6732238
                                                                          3
                                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                            (3 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • Studio
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            House #6721206
                                                                            3
                                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                              (14 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Cabin #8075632
                                                                              14
                                                                              Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (45 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 5 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 12
                                                                                House #8087990
                                                                                45
                                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                  (27 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                  House #8130535
                                                                                  27
                                                                                  Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 3
                                                                                    Cottage #6543092
                                                                                    4
                                                                                    Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                      House #6934957
                                                                                      4
                                                                                      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                        (18 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Apartment #1746708
                                                                                        18
                                                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (6 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                                          Cottage #824801
                                                                                          6
                                                                                          Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (11 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                                                            Cottage #8171553
                                                                                            11
                                                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                              (24 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                                              Bungalow #8172205
                                                                                              24
                                                                                              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                (9 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                Apartment #6552523
                                                                                                9
                                                                                                Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                                  (10 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                                                  10
                                                                                                  Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                    (6 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8072577
                                                                                                    6
                                                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                      (32 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Cottage #8150478
                                                                                                      32
                                                                                                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      The Perfect Break

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A delightful cottage in a delightful village. The ideal location ,quiet and peaceful yet a good centre for exploring the area; coast ,villages,towns and countryside. The cottage itself was very comfortable and well equipped and a few minutes' walk to an excellent dog friendly pub and farm shop. We would certainly be happy to stay again, which is surely the best recommendation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely, quaint fisherman's cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Ideal setting. Only a minutes walk to the beach. Very clean and comfortable. Five minutes walk to seafront restaurant that does great breakfasts and lunches. Ten minute walk to one of the best fish and chip shops we've been too offering local hake, squid, scallops and samphire. Five minute walk to start of SouthWest coastal path. Fantastic views and can visit the Portland quarry sculpture park. Good spot for butterflies and lizards. Also recommend tours of Portland Castle and Portland Bill. As a family we didn't need to venture further than the Isle for the whole week.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017