HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
HomeAway uses cookies to improve your site experience. Learn more. By continuing, you consent to our use of cookies.
Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit

Holidaymakers searching for cottages in Dorset also enquired about cottages in Devon, holiday homes in Somerset and Cornwall cottages

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.


Popular Destinations


Wales Cottage Destinations

Scotland Favourites

English Gems

Additional service fee may apply.
  View Map Map
    Excellent! 4.6/5
    (5 reviews)
    avg/night
    • 1 BR
    • 1 BA
    • Sleeps 2
    Apartment #6720384
    5
    Viewed 75 times in the last 48 hours
      Excellent! 4.7/5
      (10 reviews)
      avg/night
      • 2 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 4
      Apartment #6504470
      10
      Viewed 76 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.9/5
        (15 reviews)
        avg/night
        • 1 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 2
        Apartment #8118158
        15
        Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (9 reviews)
          avg/night
          • 4 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 8
          Cottage #6505954
          9
          Viewed 89 times in the last 48 hours
            Good! 3.9/5
            (15 reviews)
            avg/night
            • 1 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 4
            Multiple rentals Apartment #1881869
            15
            Viewed 60 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (18 reviews)
              avg/night
              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 6
              Cottage #6015701
              18
              Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                Excellent! 4.7/5
                (56 reviews)
                avg/night
                • 5 BR
                • 3 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 10
                Multiple rentals Cottage #98957
                56
                Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                  (25 reviews)
                  avg/night
                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 5
                  Apartment #8168248
                  25
                  Viewed 93 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                    (17 reviews)
                    avg/night
                    • 2 BR
                    • 1 BA
                    • Sleeps 6
                    Chalet #8131170
                    17
                    Viewed 80 times in the last 48 hours
                      Excellent! 4.7/5
                      (14 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 2 BR
                      • 2 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Cottage #6111562
                      14
                      Viewed 72 times in the last 48 hours
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Apartment #8110764
                        2
                        Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                          (36 reviews)
                          avg/night
                          • 2 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Cottage #1410080
                          36
                          Viewed 80 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5.0/5
                            (9 reviews)
                            avg/night
                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Cottage #6502202
                            9
                            Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                              (31 reviews)
                              avg/night
                              • 4 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Separate Toilets
                              • Sleeps 9
                              House #8139509
                              31
                              Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                (30 reviews)
                                avg/night
                                • 2 BR
                                • 2 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Cottage #1466979
                                30
                                Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                  (10 reviews)
                                  avg/night
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Separate Toilet
                                  • Sleeps 5
                                  Cottage #8040651
                                  10
                                  Viewed 118 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                    (23 reviews)
                                    avg/night
                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 4
                                    House #420589
                                    23
                                    Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                      (13 reviews)
                                      avg/night
                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Cottage #8107544
                                      13
                                      Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                        (14 reviews)
                                        avg/night
                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Apartment #6706595
                                        14
                                        Viewed 52 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                          (12 reviews)
                                          avg/night
                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Cottage #8130957
                                          12
                                          Viewed 54 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.7/5
                                            (7 reviews)
                                            avg/night
                                            • 4 BR
                                            • 3 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            House #8163848
                                            7
                                            Viewed 83 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.5/5
                                              (6 reviews)
                                              avg/night
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Bungalow #6493927
                                              6
                                              Viewed 65 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                (38 reviews)
                                                avg/night
                                                • 5 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                House #8127983
                                                38
                                                Viewed 67 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                  (8 reviews)
                                                  avg/night
                                                  • 3 BR
                                                  • 2 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                  Caravan #6508649
                                                  8
                                                  Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                    (16 reviews)
                                                    avg/night
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                    Cottage #8153593
                                                    16
                                                    Viewed 41 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                      (13 reviews)
                                                      avg/night
                                                      • 3 BR
                                                      • 2 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                      Bungalow #1776888
                                                      13
                                                      Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                        (7 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 1 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                        Barn #1907649
                                                        7
                                                        Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                          (13 reviews)
                                                          avg/night
                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 4 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 8
                                                          Farmhouse #8095985
                                                          13
                                                          Viewed 50 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (17 reviews)
                                                            avg/night
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #8144289
                                                            17
                                                            Viewed 43 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                              (16 reviews)
                                                              avg/night
                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                              Cottage #8139013
                                                              16
                                                              Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Good! 3.9/5
                                                                (11 reviews)
                                                                avg/night
                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                Cottage #1786308
                                                                11
                                                                Viewed 46 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                  Cottage #824801
                                                                  1
                                                                  Viewed 56 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                    (21 reviews)
                                                                    avg/night
                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                    Apartment #8174284
                                                                    21
                                                                    Viewed 69 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                      (8 reviews)
                                                                      avg/night
                                                                      • 4 BR
                                                                      • 3 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 7
                                                                      House #6815471
                                                                      8
                                                                      Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                        (14 reviews)
                                                                        avg/night
                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 2
                                                                        Bungalow #8173070
                                                                        14
                                                                        Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                          (22 reviews)
                                                                          avg/night
                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                          Multiple rentals Barn #851903
                                                                          22
                                                                          Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                            Barn #6860108
                                                                            Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                              (27 reviews)
                                                                              avg/night
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Cottage #1003483
                                                                              27
                                                                              Viewed 47 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                (20 reviews)
                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                Cottage #1840656
                                                                                20
                                                                                Viewed 42 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                  (7 reviews)
                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cabin #8137487
                                                                                  7
                                                                                  Viewed 73 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                    (15 reviews)
                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                                    Barn #6495225
                                                                                    15
                                                                                    Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (30 reviews)
                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                      Cottage #1929118
                                                                                      30
                                                                                      Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Very Good! 4.2/5
                                                                                        (19 reviews)
                                                                                        avg/night
                                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                                        Cottage #58185
                                                                                        19
                                                                                        Viewed 95 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          House #6771678
                                                                                          2
                                                                                          Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                                                            (11 reviews)
                                                                                            avg/night
                                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                                                            House #6067148
                                                                                            11
                                                                                            Viewed 49 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                              (22 reviews)
                                                                                              avg/night
                                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 3
                                                                                              Bungalow #8172205
                                                                                              22
                                                                                              Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                (7 reviews)
                                                                                                avg/night
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Barn #6818810
                                                                                                7
                                                                                                Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                                                                  (20 reviews)
                                                                                                  avg/night
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Cottage #803557
                                                                                                  20
                                                                                                  Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                    (8 reviews)
                                                                                                    avg/night
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #8071448
                                                                                                    8
                                                                                                    Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                                                                      (17 reviews)
                                                                                                      avg/night
                                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                                      Apartment #6475096
                                                                                                      17
                                                                                                      Viewed 57 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 1 - 50 of 300+
                                                                                                       

                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Spacious and well appointed, 1min from town centre.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Property is very spacious and well appointed. Its near the town centre (well, in it really), and has a nice feeling about it.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Warm and Welcoming

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a fantastic stay in the farmhouse. It was a family get together for a 90th birthday and we were all a bit concerned as to how things would turn out- often disabled access properties may be functional but not so homely. This one, however, was both! The house was perfect in all respects particularly for my 90 year old Dad who has Parkinsons, is confined to a wheelchair and is generally very frail. He loved every minute of our stay! Aside from the practical aspects of the house, it was a great location with lovely views and a sunny terrace (which we were able to use even in Feb!). The log burner at night made it very cosy and warm and the huge eat in kitchen provided the perfect room for all our feasting. We also really enjoyed exploring the farm estate and walking along the river which borders the property. Lots of things to do nearby too - we explored Bridport (a nearby market town), the coast and found some cosy country pubs (with disabled access). Jason was a fantastic ' host' who was very responsive and kind in meeting our various requests. I would very much recommend this property to anyone wanting a tranquil and peaceful holiday in Dorset. Moreover it is a particular treasure for any wheelchair users. Thank you so much for a wonderful stayJason!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017

                                                                                                      Lovely cottage in a perfect location.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a lovely cottage which has obviously been recently refurbished to a very high standard. However, The best thing about this cottage is its location, which is stunning, being right on the harbour.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Feb-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017