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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovey home in a wonderful location,.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We loved it from the moment we arrived. So comfortable clean and all your needs catered for. Including our dog Molly. We particularly loved sitting in the conservatory watching the birds and just enjoying the views. The kitchen was perfect all new and everything you would need to cook a meal from scratch. The bedrooms were lovely, with the most comfortable beds and pillows. We can see this home is well looked after and loved in every way. We had a Lovely walk to the pub who also allows dogs , which was great for us. Very friendly staff and locals . We also had breakfast at the Hive Beach cafe lovely place to sit and drink in the sea views. We will definitely come back here to this great location and home. Thank you so much for a very enjoyable weekend..
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2017

                                                                                                      Super weekend.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Granary is very well appointed and looked after. It was ideal for our family gathering, with plenty of space for everyone. Thoroughly recommend staying here. Excellent pub in the village just 1.5 miles away. It was lovely just to be able to explore the farm and for my sister's dog to be so welcome. Jason is an excellent host.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2017