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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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                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  This is such a lovely flat in the best location walking distance to the beach and a selection of Bars and Restaurants and the local shops owner Sue always makes us welcome we have been coming for the last 6 or 7 years and its now our home from home
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Fantastic appartment we look forawrd to staying again

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                                                                                                  Stunning apartment, great for the whole family. Had everything we needed already there for our stay, I could not fault the place at all. We would love to come back again next year. I would recommend this property to anyone thinking about staying, it truly is a stunning place to stay, home from home.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                  First Rate Accommodation in Wimbourne St Giles, Dorset.

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                                                                                                  The property is superb and in lovely settings. It is very spacious and will accommodate a family of ten, although the fifth bedroom, in the loft, is a little smaller than the other four. I would highly recommend it and have booked it again for next year, perhaps recommendation enough. Positive points, clean and well maintained. Good customer service, thanks to the owner's parents. Hot tub is a real bonus. Plenty of space for parking. Lots of attractions, particularly for children, within a reasonable driving distance of the property.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016