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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 Little Elkins , Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Sherborne, Dorset
    This semi-detached, 17th century, thatched holiday cottage, situated next to the owners home, is located in the quaint village of Buckland Newton, between the pretty market town of Dorchester and the abbey town of ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
    Guide Price: ££
    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of The Old Forge , Kingston, nr. Corfe Castle, Swanage, Dorset
    The Old Forge cottage nestles in the small ‘chocolate box' village of Kingston in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, on the Dorset coastline. Restored and adjoining an ancient stone pub, this traditional single-storey ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 7
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Trevina , Portland, nr. Weymouth, Dorset
    Situated in Weston in the heart of Portland, this semi-detached holiday home for four is ideally suited for exploring this scenic area, along with Weymouth and Dorchester with their many attractions. Home to the National ...
    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 The Grain Store , Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis, Dorset
    'A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches.'Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset's loveliest ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Waverley , Lyme Regis, Dorset
    In the heart of the famous, picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, tucked away in the town's quaintest and oldest lane, just a 5 minute walk from the sea, its sandy beach and the harbour setting, featured in the films ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Haycraft Cottage , Harmans Cross, nr. Swanage, Dorset
    Grade II listed Purbeck stone cottageThis superb spacious stone holiday cottage, situated in the heart of the Purbeck countryside, is set in a lawned garden on the edge of a small, peaceful, Caravan Club site. The detached ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Fernlea , Acton, nr. Langton Matravers, Swanage, Dorset
    In a conservation area just a mile from the cliffs and sea at Dancing Ledge, this attractive and very well-equipped stone house enjoys superb views across the countryside towards Swanage Bay. Set with its own garden on the ...
    Bedrooms: 7
    Sleeps Max: 14
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Morse Cottage , Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.Elec woodburner in living room inc. Elec NSH inc. Cot. Freesat TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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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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