Dorset is a gem of a county, with coast and countryside amongst the most beautiful in England. Choose from Devon cottages with sea views, open log fires, rural locations or village settings. From Bournemouth to Lyme Regis, Dorset's coast ranges from classic seaside destinations to spectacular areas of natural beauty. Inland, Dorset's countryside and towns also offer visitors plenty to see and do.
With expanses of beautiful countryside, a stunning coastline and plenty of attractive towns and villages, Dorset is an ideal place to book a self-catering cottage for a weekend break or longer holiday. Once you've got a base to suit your requirements you'll have the freedom to explore this special county at your own pace… and if you can't fit everything in you can always come back! There are cottages to rent in Dorset near Bournemouth, self-catering in Christchurch, vacation homes in east Dorset, holiday cottages on the Dorset coast, holiday home to rent in Lyme Regis and idyllic cottages in the Dorset countryside - often chocolate box thatched cottages to rent or gorgeous seaside cottages on the Jurassic coast. Dorset is also firmly linked with Thomas Hardy and if you want to explore the settings of his books then rent a Dorset cottage and visit Dorchester and other towns associated with him.