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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.

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    • 4 BR
    • 3 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 12
    Farmhouse #6543937
    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Cottage #99474
      1
        • Studio
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 2
        Cottage #6472242
        4
          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Cottage #1868633
          1
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (19 reviews)
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            • 6 BR
            • 6 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 12
            House #497859
            19
            Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
              Very Good! 4.2/5
              (6 reviews)
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              • 6 BR
              • 3 BA
              • Separate Toilet
              • Sleeps 11
              House #8138458
              6
              Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                (11 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Cottage #8174000
                11
                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (6 reviews)
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 3
                  Cottage #1856727
                  6
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                    (7 reviews)
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 2
                    Barn #1907649
                    7
                    Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 3
                      House #1899674
                      3
                      Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (11 reviews)
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                        • 4 BR
                        • 3 BA
                        • Sleeps 8
                        Barn #6495225
                        11
                        Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 3 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 6
                          House #6771678
                          2
                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
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                            • 5 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 9
                            House #6898900
                            Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                              (9 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cottage #8058419
                              9
                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 2
                                Cottage #8073530
                                2
                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Excellent! 4.4/5
                                  (18 reviews)
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                                  • 4 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 8
                                  House #1013197
                                  18
                                  Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (14 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Apartment #8118158
                                    14
                                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.3/5
                                      (6 reviews)
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                                      • 5 BR
                                      • 3 BA
                                      • Sleeps 10
                                      House #1138139
                                      6
                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (16 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #8144289
                                        16
                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                          (6 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Cottage #6723148
                                          6
                                          Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            House #6846429
                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                              (8 reviews)
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 7
                                              Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
                                              8
                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #8139114
                                                5
                                                  Good! 3.9/5
                                                  (15 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                  15
                                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 1 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                    2
                                                    Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                      (11 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                      Cottage #6111562
                                                      11
                                                      Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Cottage #6814635
                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                          (30 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 2 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Cottage #1466979
                                                          30
                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                            (21 reviews)
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                                                            • 1 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                            Bungalow #8172205
                                                            21
                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Barn #1996368
                                                              3
                                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Apartment #6778055
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                  Cottage #6832772
                                                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Cabin #8137487
                                                                    7
                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                      (20 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      Apartment #8168248
                                                                      20
                                                                      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                        Cottage #6505954
                                                                        8
                                                                        Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 3
                                                                          House #6738001
                                                                          3
                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                            (9 reviews)
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            Cottage #8124405
                                                                            9
                                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (6 reviews)
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                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              Cottage #8161865
                                                                              6
                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                (13 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cabin #8173542
                                                                                13
                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                  (15 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Apartment #1874019
                                                                                  15
                                                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Mobile Home #6878678
                                                                                    1
                                                                                    Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      Apartment #8125215
                                                                                      1
                                                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                        (18 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                                        Apartment #8174284
                                                                                        18
                                                                                        Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Cottage #6502202
                                                                                          9
                                                                                          Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            Barn #6860108
                                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Cottage #1084976
                                                                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (12 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                Bungalow #8173070
                                                                                                12
                                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Apartment #6503435
                                                                                                  3
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (5 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #8122726
                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                    Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    Lovely property cosy and comfortable.

                                                                                                    4 of 5
                                                                                                    Myself and 2 dogs had a lovely short break in this spotless, well maintained property close to coast and countryside. The secure garden is particularly good for dogs as are the many walking opportunities nearby. The stairs are steep but perfectly manageable for the fit and able. Would not recommend for anyone with stability issues. Everyone else will love it. P.S. The T.V. is very small to fit the overall proportions of the property but not really any good for watching rugby. Had to go to the pub. Not sure this could be resolved without spoiling proportions? Louise was very helpful yet unobtrusive. Greg.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful apartment . Very clean and comfy. Everything we needed. Very helpful owner.

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We had a lovely time at Sea Mist last week. Communication with Andrea was easy . We found everything we needed and really loved the location.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Modern and immaculate

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The property had everything that you could wish for.Modern and spacious with excellent fittings.Great location
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 24-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016