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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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                                                                                                    Fabulous holiday let

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                                                                                                    Fabulous 5 bedroom house close to local amenities and to the beachfront in Southbourne. Very clean and spacious property that also welcomes pets (dogs). We had a wonderful time away there. Thanks so much Susie. I'm sure we'll be in touch to stay with you again
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    What a view!

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                                                                                                    We had a lovely break here, the apartment was very clean and comfortable with thoughtful attention to detail with a nautical theme throughout ..which I love! The cliff walk which you can get to just outside the apartment was amazing! You're not far from the coop for a convenience store. Weymouth wasn't far to drive to and the marina was lovely! I can't wait to come back👍𣐼􎿻 I would recommend this lovely apartment for some time out to relax. I would say there are a few stairs to get up to the apartment so if you're not able to walk well this might be a challenge? Great communication with Liz the owner 👍𣐼􎿻
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                    A wonderful Dorset Cob Cottage

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                                                                                                    Spent a lovely week in Patch Cottage which is a charming place with a lot of character. Louise the owner has spent a lot of thought in the decor and the little extras you don't usually find but really appreciate when you need them. Insect bites for one, didn't expect a first aid kit with TCP. The variety of different tea's and coffee was another. The surrounding area is wonderful to walk and we spent the week doing so and walked 100 miles of coast and inland footpaths. We will most certainly come back.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Sep 2016