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    Dorset, in the south west of the United Kingdom, is famed for its beauty; from undulating countryside to the Jurassic Coast which has attained World Heritage Site status. The county of Dorset is mainly rural, but the amazing coastline affords family-friendly sandy beaches, making the area the ideal holiday destination. It's an area of historical and archaeological importance with human settlements dating back as far as the Mesolithic hunters of 8000 BC. Dorset is also famous for its literary and artistic links, being the native county of Thomas Hardy, with more recent notable residents such as Tim Berners-Lee - the inventor of the Internet - and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall - who records many of his cookery programmes from his home outside Bridport.

    Dorset makes the ideal destination for a relaxing holiday, wandering through the breathtaking country side, exploring the archaeology or lazing on the beaches. With warm Summers and mild Winters it's a part of the UK that's popular with holidaymakers throughout the year. The stunning coastline of Dorset begins in the east at Poole Harbour, then stretches west towards Weymouth and Bridport.

    Things to do in Dorset
    With such a rich heritage and beautiful scenery you're never at a loss for something to do in Dorset. You can go walking through the Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase, with its deer, wild flowers and butterflies. The world-renowned coastline obviously makes for a great day out, with Purbeck being home to an area of outstanding natural beauty. Chesil Beach provides seventeen miles of shingle beach, which reach amazing heights. There are also more family-orientated beaches dotted along the coastline, such as Lyme Regis, Sandbanks with its lofty property prices, and Bournemouth.

    If you're more interested in history then the Jurassic Coast provides a fossil and geological record that has made it a World Heritage Site. Alternatively, you could plan a day out to the historic house at Sherborne Castle, which was built in the late 16th Century by Sir Walter Raleigh. The Castle has 30 acres of lakeside gardens and is one of the finest examples of landscaping by 'Capability' Brown you will see. Any note of historical Dorset would not be complete without mention of the Cerne Abbas Giant, cut into the chalk downs and overlooking the village of Cerne Abbas with its Abbey ruins.

    Top Destinations

    Lulworth Cove is one of the finest examples of its type in the world, attracting more than a million visitors each year. The cove itself is a sheltered horseshoe-shaped bay, with the nearby Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch making it a worthwhile place to visit.

    Bournemouth is the largest tourist destination within Dorset. It's a traditional English holiday town with miles of Sandy beaches, restaurants, shops and cafés.

    Weymouth is another traditional tourist destination made popular by King George III. Famous for its donkey rides, Weymouth Bay and its Georgian Esplanade, Weymouth has everything a tourist needs.

    Lyme Regis at the western end of Dorset is noted for its local fossil finds, family-friendly beaches and the Cobb, a historically important harbour wall used in the filming of 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'.

    With such a great opportunity on your doorstep, our Dorset holiday cottages will make the perfect base for a wonderful holiday.


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    photo of Applewood Cottage , Walditch, nr. Bridport, Bridport, Dorset
    In the small village of Walditch, in an AONB, 2.5 miles from the quaint fishing port of West Bay on the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast and Chesil Beach, and 1 mile from the market town of Bridport, this well ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of The Old Post Office , Morcombelake, Chideock, Dorset
    The Old Post Office on The Green is an attractive and charming period cottage, believed to be over 200 years old, and built of stone with a whitened rough-cast rendered exterior under a thatched roof. Serving as the ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Sunset Cottage , Chickerell, nr. Weymouth, Weymouth, Dorset
    In a rural location on the outskirts of the popular, bustling, seaside resort of Weymouth, and with extensive views across the downs towards Hardy's monument, these well-presented, semi-detached, single-storey holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Bankhayes , Smiths Lane, Piddletrenthide, Nr Dorchester, Dorset
    Bankhayes is a detached cottage on the River Piddle in the heart of Hardy's Wessex (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). It is an eighteenth century farmhouse in Piddletrenthide with a large garden with barbeque ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 10
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Laverstock Cottage , Laverstock, Yard Lane, Bridport, Dorset
    Laverstock is a beautiful private estate within a working farm comprising of a country house, two cottages, three flats and a studio. Laverstock is nestled in the Marshwood Vale at the foot of Lewesdon Hill and Pilsdon ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of The Old Boathouse , Portland Bill, nr. Portland, Weymouth, Dorset
    Set in a stunning location with magnificent views over Portland Bill and the lighthouse, this detatched cottage for 4 with decked patio, offers a great holiday location where one can watch time go by with the passing ships ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Meadow Views , Lower Waterston, nr. Puddletown, Dorchester, Dorset
    Meadow Views is a pretty, mid-terrace, Victorian cottage retaining a wealth of period features set in the hamlet of Lower Waterston, less than 2 miles from Puddletown. The interior is decorated with antiques and little ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Chapel Cottage , Portland, Weymouth, Dorset
    Set in the small village of Southwell, close to Portland Bill and the coastal footpath around the Isle of Portland, these charming stone cottages provide a good base for walkers, birdwatchers and fishermen. Gull Cottage, ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Tarrant Cottage , East Orchard, nr. Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Situated in a courtyard of similar properties, these comfortable cottages are adjacent to the owners home and 8 acres of land, in the heart of the Blackdown Vale, an AONB, where the countryside is alive with deer, buzzards ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Freshwater Bay View , Portland, Weymouth, Dorset
    Situated on the southern edge of Portland with views over Freshwater Bay, this semi-detached, single-storey holiday home lies ½ mile form Portland Bill Lighthouse. It is in a great location to explore Portland with ...
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