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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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    • 3 BA
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    Farmhouse #6543937
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      Cottage #6472242
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        Cottage #1868633
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          Apartment #6720384
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            Cottage #1410080
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                Multiple rentals Cottage #98957
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  • 2 BR
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                  Chalet #8131170
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                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                    • 2 BR
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                    Cottage #6111562
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                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                      Cottage #6502202
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                        • 3 BR
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                        Cottage #1957346
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                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                          • 2 BR
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                          Cottage #8130957
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                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
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                            Cottage #8144289
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                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                              • 4 BR
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                              House #8158262
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                • 3 BR
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                                Cottage #8040651
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                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Cottage #824801
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                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 4 BA
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                                    Farmhouse #8095985
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                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Bungalow #8173070
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                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
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                                        Multiple rentals Barn #851903
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                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
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                                          Cottage #1840656
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                                            Good! 3.9/5
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
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                                            Cottage #1786308
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Barn #6860108
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                                                Very Good! 4.2/5
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
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                                                Cottage #58185
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                  • 2 BR
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                                                  Cottage #8171553
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                    • 3 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    House #8059286
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                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                      Bungalow #8172205
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                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                        Barn #6818810
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                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                          Cottage #8071448
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                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Multiple rentals Barn #851903
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                              Cottage #6472911
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                Cottage #1992602
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                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                  • 4 BA
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                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                  House #1854144
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                                                                  Viewed 47 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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                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                      • 6 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                                      Farmhouse #6119453
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                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cabin #8075632
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                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
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                                                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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                                                                          Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
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                                                                            Cottage #8118181
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                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                              (33 reviews)
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                              Barn #8147360
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                                                                              Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
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                                                                                Multiple rentals Barn #98957
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                                                                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cottage #8167825
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                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
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                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                    Bungalow #8140783
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Caravan #6066891
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                                                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                        • 6 BR
                                                                                        • 6 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                                        House #497859
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                                                                                        Viewed 17 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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                                                                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                            (6 reviews)
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Multiple rentals Cottage #8131047
                                                                                            6
                                                                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                              (7 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                                              Cottage #8168074
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                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                                                Apartment #6552523
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                                                                                                Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                  (22 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                  House #8130535
                                                                                                  22
                                                                                                  Viewed 27 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
                                                                                                    10
                                                                                                    Viewed 26 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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Our third visit to this delightful property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed returning again to this well equipped cottage with all bedrooms en-suite. A ground floor bedroom with a wet room was great for me as I have MS. It is lovely to escape to rural Dorset yet be only 20 minutes by car from Yeovil and Dorchester. We loved the therapeutic log fire (with a wee dram!) each evening. Cosy, comfortable and ideal for our family of five. Judith Williams
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Quiet cottage close to the town

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Quiet comfortable cottage close to the town of Bridport, so quick to reach bars & restaurants on foot. Also no through road into the main street so virtually no traffic, just pedestrians passing. Weather was cold & wet so the warmth & cosiness of the cottage was much-appreciated by us and our small dog, who also enjoyed exploring the garden & barking at passers-by from the front window! Sitting- room & main bedroom were a little shabbier than expected, but comfortable enough. Several good restaturants nearby - Olive Tree at end of street, Taj Mahal on main street & the highlight, Station Kitchen in West Bay, a converted hospital railway carriage in the old railway station - quality of food & drink & atmosphere are fabulous, although not cheap. Bridport Arts Centre has regular events - we saw live opera streamed from the New York Metropolitan Opera one evening - a real treat & affordable. All in all, a warm, comfortable cottage close to coastal walks, restaurants, Lyme Regis, Weymouth etc. Recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 15-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                      A great holiday cottage with everything you could imagine you would need while on holiday.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Carol and Mick greeted us and showed us around the stables. Carol had made cake and cookies for us as a treat after our journey which was a lovely touch. The cottage was perfect for our stay. It is next to the Heath and very peaceful. We were close to all the places we wanted to visit. The cottage had everything you could ask for, and I felt it offered way more than a standard holiday rental. There was no wifi and limited service but it was available at the main house. Carol and Mick know the area extremely well and can lead you off the beaten track if you so desire. We enjoyed our stay and all it had to offer.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017