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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.

    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 6
    House #8259486
      Exceptional! 5/5
      (4 reviews)
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      • Studio
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Cottage #6472242
      4
        Excellent! 4.4/5
        (12 reviews)
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        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 3
        Apartment #6720384
        12
        Viewed 61 times in the last 48 hours
          Good! 3.9/5
          (18 reviews)
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          • 1 BR
          • 1 BA
          • Sleeps 4
          Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
          18
          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
            Wonderful! 4.8/5
            (11 reviews)
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            • 3 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 5
            Cottage #8040651
            11
            Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.6/5
              (10 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Barn #6860108
              10
              Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                (44 reviews)
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 4
                Cottage #1410080
                44
                Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (16 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Cottage #1957346
                  16
                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                    (15 reviews)
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Cottage #8130957
                    15
                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.6/5
                      (17 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #6111562
                      17
                      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                        (21 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 6
                        Chalet #8131170
                        21
                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (9 reviews)
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Cottage #6502202
                          9
                          Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Barn #8147360
                            40
                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                              (23 reviews)
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                              • 1 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 2
                              Bungalow #8173070
                              23
                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (14 reviews)
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                Cottage #8071448
                                14
                                Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Very Good! 4.2/5
                                  (21 reviews)
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                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Cottage #58185
                                  21
                                  Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (23 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    Cottage #1840656
                                    23
                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Good! 3.8/5
                                      (5 reviews)
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                                      • 1 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                      5
                                      Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        House #8059286
                                        17
                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                          (25 reviews)
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          House #8158262
                                          25
                                          Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                            (14 reviews)
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                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 4 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            Farmhouse #8095985
                                            14
                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (10 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Barn #6818810
                                              10
                                              Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                (5 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                Cottage #8145876
                                                5
                                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                  (9 reviews)
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                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                  Cottage #8168074
                                                  9
                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (18 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #8144289
                                                    18
                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (5 reviews)
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                                                      • 2 BR
                                                      • 1 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                      Cottage #824801
                                                      5
                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                        (6 reviews)
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                                                        • Studio
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                        House #6794276
                                                        6
                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (9 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                          Cottage #8171553
                                                          9
                                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Very Good! 4.1/5
                                                            (14 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #1786308
                                                            14
                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                                              (3 reviews)
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                                                              • Studio
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              House #6721206
                                                              3
                                                              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #1677666
                                                                2
                                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                  (23 reviews)
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                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                  Bungalow #8172205
                                                                  23
                                                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                    (11 reviews)
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                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                    Cabin #8075632
                                                                    11
                                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                      (14 reviews)
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Cabin #8159114
                                                                      14
                                                                      Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                        (9 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 5
                                                                        Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                        9
                                                                        Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                          (25 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                          25
                                                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                            (42 reviews)
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                                                                            • 5 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                                            • Sleeps 12
                                                                            House #8087990
                                                                            42
                                                                            Viewed 20 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
                                                                              17
                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                (7 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Apartment #6552523
                                                                                7
                                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 6 BR
                                                                                  • 4 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                                                  House #8180023
                                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    House #1628799
                                                                                    2
                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                      (6 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #8131047
                                                                                      6
                                                                                      Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                        (14 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Cottage #8159006
                                                                                        14
                                                                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                          (9 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                                                          Apartment #8120945
                                                                                          9
                                                                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                            (4 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            Bungalow #1746122
                                                                                            4
                                                                                            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                              (17 reviews)
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Apartment #1746708
                                                                                              17
                                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Multiple rentals Cottage #8124640
                                                                                                12
                                                                                                Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 3
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8124640
                                                                                                  8
                                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                                    • 5 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                                    House #8134347
                                                                                                    Viewed 5 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
                                                                                                      14
                                                                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      cozy cottage central for a lot of places to explore only a few strides to the beach

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Near to beach everything you need fir a comfortable stay.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017

                                                                                                      Relaxing cottage

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A lovely cottage. Very comfortable and equipped to a high standard. Had a relaxing and enjoyable week in this accomodation. Would recommend it highly.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017