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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 Abbotsea , Higher Bockhampton, nr. Dorchester, Dorchester, Dorset
    'Greenwood Grange offers the ideal holiday combination - premium quality accommodation, fine facilities all within a family-run friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it has achieved a Green Tourism Business Scheme Gold ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of Clouseau Cottage , Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    'In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . .'Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Waverley , Lyme Regis, 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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    photo of Nutbush , Compton Abbas, nr. Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset
    Superb country viewsNestling in a rural location, down a little country lane surrounded by glorious unspoilt downland, is this cosy furnished bungalow. Adjoining the owner's property, there are superb country views from ...
    Bedrooms: 1
    Sleeps Max: 2
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    photo of Peach Tree Cottage , Winterbourne Steepleton, nr. Dorchester, Dorchester, Dorset
    This delightful, semi-detached bungalow, adjacent to the owner's home, is set in a lovely rural setting, surrounded by meadows and countryside views. This holiday property is just a short drive to the world famous Jurassic ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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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 Edgecoombe , Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset
    This holiday cottage is situated on a working farm, looking out onto lush Dorset farmland and gorgeous rolling hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Within a few minutes' drive are an excellent country pub just ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Swallow Cottage , Shipton Gorge, Bridport, Dorset
    Manor Court Cottages are set in the peaceful village of Shipton Gorge, less than 2 miles from the stunning Jurassic coastline. Within walking distance, 110 yards, are the village playing fields and pub selling the world ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Bergerac Cottage , Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    'In rich rolling acres of natural grounds – just a riverside walk from the beach and sea . . .'Just a mile or so from the beach and picturesque harbour at Lyme Regis, this attractive cluster of individually owned holiday ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 5
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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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