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Holidaymakers searching for cottages in Dorset also enquired about cottages in Devon, holiday homes in Somerset and Cornwall cottages

Make a holiday rental, home or cottage in Dorset your home away from home

Dorset on the South Coast of England is a county of staggering beauty and breathtaking scenery. Behind the famous coastline, boasting the natural wonders of Poole Harbour, Lulworth Cove and Old Harry, the countryside is an unspoilt rural haven of working villages, winding lanes and a vibrant history.

Places to holiday in Dorset

The Purbeck Coast boasts not only a stunning coastline, but a range of special nature reserves and both marine and country parks. Two of the largest single attractions along this stretch of Coast are the Abbotsbury Swannery and the magnificent Corfe Castle. Walking along the downs places you at the heart of Thomas Hardy country.

Things to do on a Dorset holiday

With 140km of coastline, Dorset offers some of the best beaches in the UK. Many, like Swanage Bay are glorious sandy beaches, although the shingle and pebble beaches of Chesil Beach are immensely popular too.

Dorset has avoided the lure of development, and as a result you can still get lost for days walking or riding round the extensive countryside, from hilly landscapes to the plains of the Blackmore Vale in an endless maze of footpaths and bridleways. The unspoilt natural landscape is a haven for bird and wildlife, and much of the land is now protected. Walkers and riders can tie their horses outside one of the many rural Dorset public houses for a pint and some traditional country food to recuperate for the remainder of the journey.

Taking a holiday cottage in Dorset can make a great base for a sporting holiday too. There are extensive provisions for diving, sailing (the London 2012 Olympic sailing centre is in Weymouth), windsurfing, golf, tennis and fishing (rivers, lakes and sea), and there are now two dry ski slopes open to the public.

Bournemouth is a magnificent venue for a night out, and a Dorset holiday cottage here allows you to visit Europe’s largest leisure complex, Tower Park, one of the many world class theatres or the National Trust houses dotted around the county.

The attractions of Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum are particular favourites for many visitors, and a Dorset holiday Cottage in Dorchester is probably the best base to enjoy these two attractions.

Weather in Dorset

Dorset enjoys a milder climate than much of South England, with less rain and slightly higher temperatures than is average for the region.

Travel to Dorset

Bournemouth International Airport (BOH) serves as the closest for all the Dorset self catering holiday cottages, but the rail networks provided by South West Trains probably offer the best range of alternatives.


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Dorset Cottages - Holiday Lets in Dorset (300+)

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    Exceptional! 5.0/5
    (6 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 2 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    Apartment #6708741
    6
    Viewed 37 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (8 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Cottage #1675760
      8
      Viewed 38 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5.0/5
        (7 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 3
        Apartment #1753018
        7
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (6 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 4 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Sleeps 7
          House #6815471
          6
          Viewed 24 times in the last 48 hours
            Excellent! 4.6/5
            (19 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 5
            Cottage #803557
            19
            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
              Wonderful! 4.9/5
              (14 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Apartment #8118158
              14
              Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                (20 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 2 BR
                • 2 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                Apartment #8168248
                20
                Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                  (16 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 2 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 6
                  Cottage #6015701
                  16
                  Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 4
                    Apartment #8110764
                    2 Reviews
                    Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                      Very Good! 4.2/5
                      (5 reviews)
                      • 3 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 8
                      Multiple rentals Apartment #8032734
                      5
                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                        (7 reviews)
                        avg/night
                        • 5 BR
                        • 2 BA
                        • Separate Toilet
                        • Sleeps 14
                        Multiple rentals Apartment #8032734
                        7
                        Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (14 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Apartment #6706595
                          14
                          Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                            (35 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Cottage #1410080
                            35
                            Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                              (9 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 2 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Cottage #8130957
                              9
                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                (22 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 4
                                House #420589
                                22
                                Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (16 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 1 BA
                                  • Sleeps 4
                                  Cottage #8144289
                                  16
                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (9 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 3 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    Cottage #8040651
                                    9
                                    Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 4
                                      House #6775385
                                      4
                                      Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                        (18 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Apartment #6541499
                                        18
                                        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                          (21 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 1 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 3
                                          Bungalow #8172205
                                          21
                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                            (5 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Barn #6818810
                                            5
                                            Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (10 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Apartment #6504470
                                              10
                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                (12 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 1 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 2
                                                Bungalow #8173070
                                                12
                                                Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (20 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 2 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                  Cottage #1840656
                                                  20
                                                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                    (15 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                    Apartment #1746708
                                                    15
                                                    Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (20 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 6 BR
                                                      • 6 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                      House #497859
                                                      20
                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Apartment #6498666
                                                        2 Reviews
                                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                          (9 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 1 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 2
                                                          Cabin #1872854
                                                          9
                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (30 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 4 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilets
                                                            • Sleeps 9
                                                            House #8139509
                                                            30
                                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                              • 5 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 10
                                                              Cottage #1012555
                                                              3
                                                              Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                (29 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Cottage #8048051
                                                                29
                                                                Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  avg/night
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Apartment #6720384
                                                                  4
                                                                  Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (6 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • Studio
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                    Barn #1004504
                                                                    6
                                                                    Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                      Apartment #6846256
                                                                      1 Review
                                                                      Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Apartment #6559781
                                                                        3
                                                                          Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                          (7 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Caravan #6508649
                                                                          7
                                                                          Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                            (16 reviews)
                                                                            avg/night
                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                            Chalet #8131170
                                                                            16
                                                                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                              (21 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                              Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                              21
                                                                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                (8 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                Cottage #6505954
                                                                                8
                                                                                Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                  Cottage #8171553
                                                                                  8
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #6499584
                                                                                    1 Review
                                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                                      (9 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                                      9
                                                                                      Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                        (13 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        House #1110076
                                                                                        13
                                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          Good! 3.9/5
                                                                                          (15 reviews)
                                                                                          avg/night
                                                                                          • 1 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                                                          15
                                                                                          Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                            (11 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #6111562
                                                                                            11
                                                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Separate Toilet
                                                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                                                              Cottage #1869354
                                                                                              3
                                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
                                                                                                2 Reviews
                                                                                                Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                                  (12 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Cottage #8114497
                                                                                                  12
                                                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                                    (14 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Apartment #1891605
                                                                                                    14
                                                                                                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                                      (15 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • Studio
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Apartment #1891605
                                                                                                      15
                                                                                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Perfect for a family weekend away.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Welcoming, clean and well presented. Well equipped with some lovely extra touches. Excellent location for all facilities in a picturesque seaside town.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Comfortable and quiet property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property is gorgeous and was very comfortable for our party of 3 couples. Warm, equipped to a high standard and lovely bathrooms. The farm shop round the corner is great for essentials but Jeremy provided a very generous welcome pack on arrival. Great communication prior to arrival and Christine was waiting for us on arrival to show us around. A fantastic weekend. Pub within walking distance.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      Our stay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Perfect accommodation for two.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 02-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016