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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 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 Barnclose Annexe , Beaminster, nr. Bridport, Dorset
    Excellent base for Dorset resortsIn the small country town of Beaminster, South Dorset, and within easy driving of the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Bridport, this spacious self-contained single-storey wing of ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Greenbanks , Chesil Beach, nr. Abbotsbury, Bridport, Dorset
    Beach locationGreenbanks is the last house along the coastal path, between Abbotsbury and West Bexington, and this detached holiday property is situated on Chesil Beach and has wonderful, uninterrupted views of the sea and ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 9
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    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Poirot Cottage , Lyme Regis, Dorset
    5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 1 double bedroom with additional single. Shower room with shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with ...
    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
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    Pets: pets allowed

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    photo of The Cart Shed , Durdle Door, nr. West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset
    'Ideally located close to Durdle Door, with shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool and games room ...'Durdle Door Holiday Cottages are set close to the amazing rock arch of Durdle Door, one of the highlights of the ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Higher Farm Barn , Milborne Wick, Sherborne, Dorset
    This 17th-century converted barn adjacent to the owner's home lies in the quaint hamlet of Milborne Wick on the Somerset/Dorset border, 3 miles north of the historic town of Sherborne. It stands detached in grounds of ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 10
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    photo of Canon Court Farm , Milborne Port, nr. Sherborne, Yeovil, Somerset
    Set in 250 acresSet amidst 250 acres on the owner's dairy farm, attached to the owner's property, this modern farmhouse has been constructed and furnished to a good standard and has the benefit of panoramic views of the ...
    Bedrooms: 6
    Sleeps Max: 12
    Guide Price: ££
    Pets: dog friendly

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    photo of Church House , Stoke Abbott, Beaminster, Dorset
    Nestling in a conservation area in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset's hidden treasures and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this stone, corner cottage, formerly The Old ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Ratty's Retreat , Upton Grange Holiday Cottages, Upton farm, Upton, Ringstead, Dorchester, Dorset
    Ratty's Retreat is one of a small number of luxury holiday cottages imaginatively converted from a courtyard of seventeenth century stone barns. Just over a mile from the Jurassic coast and Ringstead Bay, but no more than ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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