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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 The Grain Store , Bettiscombe, nr. Lyme Regis, Bettiscombe, 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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    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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    photo of South Cottage , Broadwindsor, Beaminster, Dorset
    Nestling within a picturesque village, this pretty cottage lies just a short drive from the World Heritage coastline at West Bay and fossil beaches in Lyme Bay. Adjoining another property, it is set amidst beautiful ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Orchard View , Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset
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    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of Rose Cottage , Sturminster Newton, Blandford Forum, Dorset
    Excellent base for exploring DorsetAll on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room with toilet Both properties: Elec CH, bed linen and towels inc. Cot. DVD and small library. ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 3
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    photo of Parlour Cottage , Evershot, Dorchester, Beaminster, Dorset
    This former milking parlour has been tastefully renovated, retaining many original features including exposed stonework and beams. Adjoining another property, it enjoys far-reaching views over open countryside and is just ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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    photo of The Stables , Glanvilles Wootton, Sherborne, Sherborne, Dorset
    Located on a 300-acre working farm in the beautiful surroundings of the Dorset countryside, these two holiday cottages have been carefully renovated and offer comfortable accommodation. Churchill Cottage has interesting ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Smugglers Cottage , Nr. Cranborne Chase, Wimborne, Dorset
    Dating back to the 1760s, these three charming holiday cottages occupy a courtyard setting. Filled with character, they command views over the owners' surrounding 3-acre grounds, and are set at the edge of the large ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Shapwick , Harcombe Bottom, nr. Lyme Regis, Lyme Regis, Dorset
    'An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleysand Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy's writings ...'Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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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: pets allowed

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