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Self-catering holiday cottages in Dorset

Popular with holiday makers and home to many wonderful holiday cottages, Dorset, situated on English Channel south west coast of England has a history of habitation stretching back to Neolithic times. Most of the county’s coastline is part of the Jurassic Coast, which is a World Heritage Site, and features some superb and altogether rather famous landforms such as Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and the Old Harry Rocks. The county also boasts one of the highest proportions of conservation areas (190) in England, together with no fewer than 12,850 listed buildings, 1,500 Scheduled Ancient Monuments and over 30 registered parks and gardens.

It’s a county well known for annual festivals and fairs such as the Great Dorset Steam Fair (Blandford), Bournemouth Air Festival, Spirit of the Seas (Weymouth and Portland) and the Dorset County Show to name but a few of the more major ones. The county also has some of the best family attractions, so a family taking a self catering cottage holiday will certainly not run short of things to see and do – The Keep Military, Tutankhamen, Dorchester’s famous Market and the Jurassic Skyline. Also, there is plenty of “celebrity” spotting to be done where Dorset has been the star of many famous films and TV productions.

Open plan living space | The Old Dairy - Bedborough Farm Cottages, near Wimborne

The Old Dairy, Wimborne

Pet friendly self catering near Wimborne with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Enclosed Garden / Patio, Golf nearby, Hot Tubs, Short Breaks All Year, Hot Tubs - Private.

Nestled in the perfect location to enjoy beautiful countryside walks and long sandy beaches, making this barn conversation ideal for a family holiday.

  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
  • Games Room
  • Grouped Properties
  • Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Baby and Toddler Friendly
  • Luxury Collection
  • Newly Listed Property
  • English Country Cottages
  • Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
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Lovely peaceful holiday cottage | Wayside, Winfrith Newburgh, near Wareham

Wayside, Wareham

Cottage holiday for 2 in Winfrith Newburgh, near Wareham with 1 bedroom, sleeps 2. Pets welcome. Enclosed Garden/Patio, Pub within 1 mile, Short Breaks All Year.

With so much to explore in the surrounding area, this cosy cottage for two makes the perfect destination for a holiday in the Dorset countryside.

  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
  • Open Fire
  • Rural Location
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Newly Listed Property
  • Welcome Cottages
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
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Exterior | St Anne’s Cottages - Magnolia, Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

Magnolia, Weymouth

Cottage near the sea in Chickerell, near Weymouth with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6. Enclosed Garden / Patio, Pub within 1 mile, Short Breaks All Year.

With wonderful views, this property is within easy reach of Weymouth and its attractions.

  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
  • Customers Choice 2015
  • Grouped Properties
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cottages4you
  • Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
  • Customers Choice
  • Shower Cubicle
  • Summer Best Sellers
  • Winter Best Sellers
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Delightful living room with cosy wood burner | Meadow Barn, East Burton, near Wool

Meadow Barn, Wareham

Pet friendly cottage in East Burton, near Wool with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Enclosed Garden / Patio, Golf nearby, Pub within 1 mile, Short Breaks All Year.

This is the ideal base for discovering and exploring Dorset. Enjoy lazy days at the beach, or stroll around the pretty villages and harbours.

  • Barbecue
  • Bike Store
  • Ground Floor Facilities
  • Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Newly Listed Property
  • Welcome Cottages
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
  • Grab Rails
  • More Than Dog Friendly
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Surrounding area | Edgecoombe, Shaftesbury

Edgecoombe, Shaftesbury

Last minute dog friendly short break in Shaftesbury with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 5. Enclosed Garden / Patio, Pub within 1 mile.

Set on a working farm, guests at Edgecoombe can admire beautiful countryside views. Nearby activities include golf and a swimming pool!. This holiday cottage is situated on a working farm,...

  • Bungalow
  • Detached Property
  • Ground Floor Facilities
  • Open Fire
  • Shower
  • WiFi
  • Working Farm
  • Cottages4you
  • Cranborne Chase & West Wiltshire Downs
  • Parking - On Site
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Exterior | St Anne’s Cottages - Sunset Cottage, Chickerell, nr. Weymouth

Sunset Cottage, Weymouth

Holiday accommodation near the beach in Chickerell, near Weymouth with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Enclosed Garden / Patio, Pub within 1 mile, Short Breaks All Year.

A perfect place from which to enjoy a seaside holiday, with beaches and coastal walking nearby.

  • Bungalow
  • Customers Choice 2015
  • Grouped Properties
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Cottages4you
  • Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Open Plan
  • Parking - On Site
  • Customers Choice
  • Summer Best Sellers
  • Winter Best Sellers
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Exterior | The Retreat, Uploders, Bridport

The Retreat, Bridport

Holiday home to let in Uploders, Bridport with 5 bedrooms, sleeps 10. No pets allowed. Golf nearby, Winter Short Breaks, Swimming Pool, Swimming Pool - Indoor, Swimming Pool - Private.

With a games room and a heated indoor swimming pool, this Grade ll listed thatched barn conversion is surrounded by lovely countryside.

  • Games Room
  • Telephone Chargeable
  • Towel Hire - P.O.A.
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
  • English Country Cottages
  • Coastal within 3 miles
  • Coastal within 5 miles
  • Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
  • Celebration Houses
  • Active Family Holidays
  • Country Cottages
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Awell designed layout provides comfort and functionality in this spacious open plan living space | Trent - Patson Hill, Sherborne

Trent E, Sherborne

Vacation accommodation in Sherborne with 3 bedrooms, sleeps 6. Golf nearby, Short Breaks All Year.

Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne, enjoying superb far reaching views over beautiful rolling countryside. Patson Hill holiday cottages are situated near Sherborne,...

  • Bike Store
  • Bungalow
  • Grouped Properties
  • Horse Riding Nearby
  • Rural Location
  • Shower
  • Decorated at Christmas
  • WiFi
  • Working Farm
  • Hoseasons Cottages
  • Open Plan
  • Grab Rails
  • Parking - On Site
  • Customers Choice
  • Shower Cubicle
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Staying in Dorset

Dorset, thanks to the slightly milder climate by British standards, is also a county well known for its fresh local produce, so either making your own tasty meals, or nipping out for a meal that someone else cooks for you in one of the many fine restaurants is simplicity itself. Perfect for self-caterers who want to sample local cuisine and have a holiday from the ktichen.

Some of the larger and well-known cities and towns in the county include Bournemouth (home to legendary comedian Tony Hancock), Poole, Weymouth, Bridport, Dorchester, Gillingham, Sherbourne and Blandford all offering their own unique perspective on life in Dorset. The largest city, Bournemouth, a coastal resort, boasts not only fine sandy beaches, but plenty of culture and history together with superb shopping. Holiday houses often get booked well in advance in Dorset - so if you wait for late availability - you risk properteis being fully booked.