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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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                                                                                                  Very comfortable appartment

                                                                                                  4 of 5
                                                                                                  Well located appartment close to the pier and to Boscombe shopping centre. Many interesting sightseeing locations close to Bournemouth area. Wonderful renovated building. Very comfortable beds. Enough wardrobe space in both bedrooms. Kitchen has all you need. Decoration in whole appartment is really nice. Parking place is big, close to building entrance and visible from appartment. Only point that can be improved is water pressure, so just avoid both showers at same time and that's it.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Cosy and comfortable flat, highly recommend

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  The flat had a homely feel in a good location to explore Dorset and good value for money. It was well equipped and even stocked with tea, coffee, milk, bread, butter etc when we visited. The owners were very welcoming and accommodating, we would recommend staying here.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Imaculate quiet property with lovely views in a great location

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  Easy to find, helpful contact from owner and offer of meet and great. Off road parking. View of harbour (sailboats etc) from balcony and lounge area. Short walk to Poole shopping area and water front bar area and Poole Pottery. Very short drive/walk to major supermarkets. Lovely and clean on arrival as expected. We took day trips to Monkey World, Bournemouth and the New Forest - all of which easy to commute by car. We really enjoyed our stay here and would definitely recommend it to others. On a personal note we stayed with little one who had just started toddling, balcony was very safe for him which was great however the apartment is on the 1st and second floors and we didn't think to bring a stair gate! Upstairs hallway has a door which is fab, but downstairs we had a little extra work ensuring he didn't investigate the stairs! Our issue but thought I would mention it so other families staying consider bringing stairgates or similar! Very mobility impaired friendly, possibly need to pre-arrange with owner due to extra cost of electricity when using mobility aids, however possibility of stair-lift/hoist system/shower wet room etc. Laid out with room for a wheelchair to move around. As a fully mobile family these additions did not get in our way at all. Thank you for our stay, we greatly enjoyed our first trip to Poole :)
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016