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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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                                                                                                    The cottage was fantastic. We stayed with our dog Ruby, 3 children and 2 grandparents joined us for a couple of nights. It was a great property, fantastic amenities, huge garden for the dog. We didn't try the pub but it's a great bonus to have one within walking distance. We'd definately recommend and return.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Lovely property for a family holiday in a great location

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    The property is situated in a very quiet street with great facilities nearby. It is very well equipped and comfortable. Location is perfect for walking and visiting local areas of interest. Owners very responsive to questions and queries. We had a wonderful week. Cant really write any negatives but two points to make - the top bedroom not suitable at all for elderly people or young children due to the steep, ladder style stair case and the tv is quite complicated to put on! Having said that, the owner does mention the stairs in the write up and they were also very happy to help with the technical questions. Very warm welcoming messages from owners and super helpful. We would return and also recommend.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    AMAZING

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                                                                                                    The property is stunning and very clean! I spent a few days here and enjoyed every minute about it. The views are so beautiful and you can walk for hours! It a good place to go if you want to get away and be somewhere peaceful! Will definitely recommend it!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jun 2016