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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
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      • Studio
      • 1 BA
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      Cottage #6472242
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        • 1 BR
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 2
        Cottage #1868633
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          Excellent! 4.6/5
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 2
          Apartment #6720384
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            Good! 3.9/5
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 4
              Cottage #1410080
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              Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                • 5 BR
                • 3 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 10
                Multiple rentals Cottage #98957
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                Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Chalet #8131170
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                  Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                    • 3 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 5
                    Cottage #8040651
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                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Cottage #6502202
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                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Cottage #8144289
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                          Good! 3.9/5
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #1786308
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                          Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #6111562
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                            Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                              (21 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Multiple rentals Barn #851903
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                              Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 3 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Cottage #8145876
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                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                  (22 reviews)
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                                  • 4 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 8
                                  House #8158262
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                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 3
                                    Bungalow #8172205
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                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                                      (9 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Multiple rentals Barn #851903
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                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                        • 4 BR
                                        • 4 BA
                                        • Sleeps 8
                                        Farmhouse #8095985
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                                        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 2
                                          Bungalow #8173070
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                                          Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Cottage #8130957
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                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (14 reviews)
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                                              • 4 BR
                                              • 4 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 10
                                              House #1854144
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                                              Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cabin #8159114
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                  Cottage #8171553
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                                                  Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 2 BA
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                                                    Cottage #8071448
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                                                      Very Good! 4.2/5
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                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      Cottage #58185
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                                                      Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        • 3 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                        Cottage #6472911
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                                                        Viewed 39 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          House #8059286
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                                                          Viewed 55 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (20 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Cottage #1840656
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                                                            Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Cottage #824801
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                                                              Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                (11 reviews)
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                Cottage #1957346
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                                                                Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Bungalow #8140783
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                                                                  Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                    • 6 BR
                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 12
                                                                    Farmhouse #6119453
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                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                      (9 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #8126724
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                                                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (6 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Cottage #1679759
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                                                                        Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Cottage #1992602
                                                                          Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            Caravan #6066891
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                                                                            Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (8 reviews)
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                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Cabin #8075632
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                                                                              Viewed 68 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                (17 reviews)
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                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                                                Cottage #8118181
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                                                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
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                                                                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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                                                                                  Viewed 45 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                    (16 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Apartment #1746708
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                                                                                    Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                      (7 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                                      Barn #6818810
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                                                                                      Viewed 44 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #1687310
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                                                                                        Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                                          Barn #6860108
                                                                                          Viewed 85 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                            (21 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 6 BR
                                                                                            • 6 BA
                                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                                            • Sleeps 12
                                                                                            House #497859
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                                                                                            Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                              (18 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
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                                                                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (6 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8131047
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                                                                                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Barn #98957
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                                                                                                  Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                    Cottage #8168074
                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                    Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                      (10 reviews)
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Great break over New Year

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Two families and a dog stayed in this wonderful property for a few days over the New Year period. It was perfect accommodation for two families with 2 double and 2 twin rooms, which worked brilliantly. The whole property is incredibly well equipped, with a large, open plan room downstairs, which enables easy catering for all. The property has great views over Portland and Chesil beach and we enjoyed the ability to walk anywhere we wanted. There are pubs in walking distance and a Tesco's close by. The field at the front of the house was perfect for the dog. We all had a great stay and would return without hesitation.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Fab-u-lous

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This secluded property is the perfect retreat. The owners Lorna and Andrew are welcoming and helpful but have the balance just right in leaving you to enjoy your stay in privacy. Plenty of parking right next to the property with walks directly from the door over open fields. On arrival the basket of complimentary locally made items was a lovely touch. The pool was warm which kept the children occupied for hours! A 10 minute walk takes you to the local village pub where the service is friendly and real ales/food delicious. Can't recommend highly enough....and we are fussy devils!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Excellent Bungalow

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Stayed for 2 nights in January 2017, good location for Tank museum,lulworth cove and wareham.we had everything we needed in the bungalow even fresh eggs the first morning we arrived, a very comfortable,warm well equipped bungalow.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017