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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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      Cottage #8107544
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        Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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          House #8139509
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            Excellent! 4.6/5
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            Barn #6860108
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              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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              Cottage #8040651
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                Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                Cottage #1410080
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                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                  House #8163848
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                    Excellent! 4.6/5
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                    Cottage #6111562
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                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                      Cottage #6015701
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                        Excellent! 4.6/5
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                        Cottage #8130957
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                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                          Bungalow #8173070
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                              Excellent! 4.3/5
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                              Cottage #58185
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                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                Chalet #8131170
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                                  • 1 BR
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                                  Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
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                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                    Cabin #8137487
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                                      Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                      Apartment #8174284
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                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                          Exceptional! 5/5
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                                          Cottage #8168074
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                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                            Cottage #1840656
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                                              Apartment #6498666
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                                                Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                Cottage #6502202
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                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
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                                                                House #6067148
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                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                    Cottage #8153593
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                                                                      Bungalow #6788812
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                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                        Cottage #8144289
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                                                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                            House #8165794
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                                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #6100234
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                                                                                Cottage #8145876
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                                                                                  Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                  Apartment #6541499
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                                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
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                                                                                    Cabin #8159114
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                                                                                      Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                                                                      Cottage #1677666
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                                                                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                        Cottage #824801
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                                                                                          Cottage #1782211
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                                                                                              Cottage #6543092
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                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                Cottage #8128373
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                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                                                  Cottage #8171553
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                                                                                                    Very Good! 4.1/5
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                                                                                                    Cottage #1786308
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                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
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                                                                                                      Our stay Graham, Sandra, Ben.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a super week with fabulous accommodation. The Log Cabin was very clean and comfortable we could not have have asked for more. Well equipped through out, really comfortable beds with 2 bathrooms. To top it all a hot tub and decking with wonderful garden furniture. There was a bird feeding station and we saw all sort of birds including a very colourful Pheasant who came to help himself to some food too. Our son Ben had a great time with the camera taking photo's of all garden visitors. The owner Ron Keith was like a best friend out and about to give any help asked of him. Thank you Ron :)
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Dormouse Cottage, a perfect nest in a great location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      It is extremely rare to get such an old traditional cottage to be so well furnished and equipped to 21st century standards and with such a lovely garden which we enjoyed so much given the beautiful weather. Another great benefit of the location was the sheer number of great pubs nearby who provided some excellent meals.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017