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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 Ivy Cottage , West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset
    This Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage dates back to the 1600s and sits on the village road which leads to the sea and Lulworth Cove. Retaining many original features, with beams, inglenook fireplaces and ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
    Guide Price: ££

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    photo of Old Monmouth , Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the ...
    Bedrooms: 7
    Sleeps Max: 16
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    photo of The Farmhouse , Dudsbury, Ferndown, Wimborne, Dorset
    The Farmhouse is a detached, Grade II, listed 17th-century Tudor brick house and sits next to the owner's golf club, hotel and spa. This large, well-presented and equipped house offers an ideal place to base a family ...
    Bedrooms: 6
    Sleeps Max: 12
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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
    Guide Price: ££
    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Copper Beech , Netherbury, Bridport, Beaminster, Dorset
    This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of Barn Cottage , Fontmell Magna, nr. Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Set in the quaint village of Fontmell Magna just south of the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, with its 9th-century abbey and gold hill (the setting for TV's Hovis advertisement), this delightful Grade II listed, 250 ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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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
    Guide Price: £££
    Pets: pet friendly

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    photo of Chestnut Cottage , Puncknowle, nr. Dorchester, Bridport, Dorset
    Ideal for coast and countryLocated in a conservation area in the quaint village of Puncknowle with its 16th-century pub, and 1½ miles from the famous Chesil Beach and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this Grade II ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
    Guide Price: ££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Garden Cottage , Kings Stag, nr. Sturminster Newton, Sherborne, Dorset
    This detached property is set on a traditional country estate of Stock Gaylard, with its Grade II* Georgian manor house and deer park, between the abbey town of Sherborne, 7 miles, and the market town of Sturminster ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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