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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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    Apartment #6720384
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      Excellent! 4.5/5
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      • 2 BR
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      Cottage #8107544
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        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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        • 4 BR
        • 2 BA
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        • Sleeps 9
        House #8139509
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          Excellent! 4.6/5
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          Barn #6860108
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            Good! 3.9/5
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            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
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            Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              • 3 BR
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              Cottage #8040651
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                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
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                Cottage #1410080
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 3 BA
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                  House #8163848
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                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                    • 2 BR
                    • 2 BA
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                    Cottage #6111562
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                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
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                      Cottage #6015701
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                        Excellent! 4.6/5
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
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                        Cottage #8130957
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                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                          • 1 BR
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                          Bungalow #8173070
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                            • 5 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 9
                            House #6898900
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                              Excellent! 4.3/5
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 2 BA
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                              Cottage #58185
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                • 2 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Chalet #8131170
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                                  Good! 3.8/5
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                                  • 1 BR
                                  • 1 BA
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                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                    • 2 BR
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                                    Apartment #8168248
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                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
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                                      Cottage #6502202
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                                        Exceptional! 5/5
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                                        • 2 BR
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                                        Cabin #8137487
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                                          Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 1 BA
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                                          Apartment #8174284
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                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                            • 3 BR
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                                            Caravan #6508649
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                                              Exceptional! 5/5
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                                              • 1 BR
                                              • 1 BA
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                                              Cottage #8168074
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                                              Viewed 26 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                House #6771678
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                  Cottage #1840656
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                                                    Apartment #6498666
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                                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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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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                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                          Barn #6818810
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                                                          Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                            Cottage #803557
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              • 1 BR
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                                                              Cottage #6902298
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                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
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                                                                House #6067148
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                  Bungalow #1776888
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                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                    Cottage #8153593
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                                                                    Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
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                                                                      Bungalow #6788812
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                                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                        Cottage #8144289
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                                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                          • 3 BA
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                                                                          House #6794276
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                                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                            • 3 BR
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                                                                            House #8165794
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                                                                            Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #6100234
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                                                                              Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                • 3 BR
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                                                                                Cottage #8145876
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                                                                                Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                  (24 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
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                                                                                  Apartment #6541499
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                                                                                  Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                                    (17 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
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                                                                                    Cabin #8159114
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                                                                                      Cottage #1677666
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                                                                                      Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
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                                                                                        Cottage #824801
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                                                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                          (27 reviews)
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
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                                                                                          Cottage #1782211
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                                                                                            • 2 BR
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                                                                                            Cottage #6543092
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                                                                                            Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Very Good! 4.1/5
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                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                                              Cottage #1786308
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                                                                                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                                • 4 BA
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                                                                                                Cottage #411087
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                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #95377
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                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #95377
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                                                                                                      Multiple rentals Cottage #95377
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                                                                                                      Excellent venue.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We've just recently enjoyed a few days stay in this lovely Log Cabin. It was very comfortable, well equipped and situated in a very restful location which overlooked fields with an abundance of wildlife to see. Forgot the Hot Tub,! It was perfect. Beautiful walks in the area, either by the sea or inland. Hope to rebook again for the Autumn. To the very helpful owners Ron & Jan, "Thank you". From Val, Sandra, and dogs Buster & Max
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely relaxing break

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The house was beautiful, nicely decorated in a seaside theme. Spotlessly clean. Lovely to sit out on the deck with a glass of wine, overlooking the Marina. Jenny kindly left us a bottle of wine, and some biscuits, which was much appreciated. would just like to mention that a small shelf in shower would be handy for shampoo etc. Am missing the house already! will try and go again next year. Thank you!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017