Holiday Cottages In Dorset To Rent

Holiday cottages in Dorset

Looking for an amazing staycation in one of the most beautiful regions of the UK? Look no further than Dorset cottages for self-catering accommodation that’s full of character, complete with all the mod cons and even a few little luxuries too. Step onto the pages of a Thomas Hardy novel and into a historic cottage, or enjoy plenty of space – and perhaps even your very own swimming pool – in a larger modern property, all within easy reach of Dorset’s stunning countryside and its fabulous coastline.

The green rolling hills, rugged coastline and medieval castles that characterise the county give it a distinctly romantic feel. Ideal for weekend getaways, you’ll find plenty of amazing holiday cottages in Dorset, from former farmhouses to smaller rural retreats that are ideal for couples. Perhaps you’re looking to explore the countryside and are looking for something well placed near to the South West Coastal Path? Well, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Why choose Dorset holiday cottages?

Dorset has so much to offer tourists. Head south and you’ll reach magnificent cliff tops and unspoiled beaches, such as West Bay and Sudland, great for a few dramatic holiday snaps. Step back in time – really, really far back – and take a walk along the Jurassic Coast, a wonderful excursion for families and any fans of dinosaurs. Who knows, you may even find your very own fossil to take home!

If dinosaurs are just a little bit too antique for your tastes, why not step into the pages of a Victorian novel? Thomas Hardy’s fictional Casterbridge was based on the county town of Dorchester, which is well worth a visit today, even if you’re not a fan of the oh-so-sad-novel. It’s full of character and packed with historic buildings and monuments, including a statue dedicated to Thomas Hardy, and a Roman town house. If the kids haven’t had their fix of the prehistoric, there’s even a dinosaur museum for good measure.

Holiday cottages in Dorset are perfect for families or couples or are looking for an authentic holiday experience in a beautiful county. Step back in time and into holiday accommodation that’s full of history and character, and enjoy a holiday you’ll remember forever.

Dorset cottages

  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Stones
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Stones
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Stones
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Stones
  • Last Minute Cottages - Sea Stones

Portland

Sea Stones

Ref: S19949

Reviews 12

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6

  • Last Minute Cottages - April's Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - April's Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - April's Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - April's Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - April's Cottage
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Nottington

April's Cottage

Ref: S60169

Reviews 13

4
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - COLOMBO COTTAGE
  • Last Minute Cottages - COLOMBO COTTAGE
  • Last Minute Cottages - COLOMBO COTTAGE
  • Last Minute Cottages - COLOMBO COTTAGE
  • Last Minute Cottages - COLOMBO COTTAGE

Lyme Regis

COLOMBO COTTAGE

Ref: S19802

Reviews 5

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn

Charminster

Little Barn

Ref: S139561

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2

  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillview
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillview
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillview
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillview
  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillview

Thornicombe

Hillview

Ref: S78888

Reviews 14

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables - UKC3749
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables - UKC3749
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables - UKC3749
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables - UKC3749
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Stables - UKC3749
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Charmouth

The Stables - UKC3749

Ref: S121481

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5

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Granary
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Granary
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Granary
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Granary
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Granary

Milton Abbas

The Granary

Ref: S123069

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2

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Cattle Store - 27736
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Cattle Store - 27736
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Cattle Store - 27736
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Cattle Store - 27736
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Old Cattle Store - 27736
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Wyke

The Old Cattle Store - 27736

Ref: S19845

Reviews 2

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Porthole
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Porthole
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Porthole
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Porthole
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Porthole

Portland

The Porthole

Ref: S132861

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Shearwater
  • Last Minute Cottages - Shearwater
  • Last Minute Cottages - Shearwater
  • Last Minute Cottages - Shearwater
  • Last Minute Cottages - Shearwater
2

Portland

Shearwater

Ref: S132932

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Carters Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Carters Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Carters Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Carters Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Carters Cottage
2

Puncknowle

Carters Cottage

Ref: S19685

Reviews 8

4
8

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge at Thornhill
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge at Thornhill
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge at Thornhill
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge at Thornhill
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Lodge at Thornhill

Stalbridge

The Lodge at Thornhill

Ref: S132799

4
7

  • Last Minute Cottages - New Inn Farm House
  • Last Minute Cottages - New Inn Farm House
  • Last Minute Cottages - New Inn Farm House
  • Last Minute Cottages - New Inn Farm House
  • Last Minute Cottages - New Inn Farm House
2

Marnhull

New Inn Farm House

Ref: S81527

Reviews 15

6
12

  • Last Minute Cottages - Duck's Bottom
  • Last Minute Cottages - Duck's Bottom
  • Last Minute Cottages - Duck's Bottom
  • Last Minute Cottages - Duck's Bottom
  • Last Minute Cottages - Duck's Bottom

Nr. Bridport

Duck's Bottom

Ref: S19697

Reviews 4

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Pig Sty Cottage - E1867
  • Last Minute Cottages - Pig Sty Cottage - E1867
  • Last Minute Cottages - Pig Sty Cottage - E1867
  • Last Minute Cottages - Pig Sty Cottage - E1867
  • Last Minute Cottages - Pig Sty Cottage - E1867

West Milton

Pig Sty Cottage - E1867

Ref: S19668

Reviews 3

1
2

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Grain Store- DEX
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Grain Store- DEX
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Grain Store- DEX
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Grain Store- DEX
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Grain Store- DEX
2

Bettiscombe

The Grain Store- DEX

Ref: S19645

Reviews 15

3
5

  • Last Minute Cottages - Uncle Bob's
  • Last Minute Cottages - Uncle Bob's
  • Last Minute Cottages - Uncle Bob's
  • Last Minute Cottages - Uncle Bob's
  • Last Minute Cottages - Uncle Bob's

Swanage

Uncle Bob's

Ref: S129104

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Vale View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Vale View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Vale View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Vale View
  • Last Minute Cottages - Vale View
1

Kington Magna

Vale View

Ref: S19838

Reviews 6

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Lilliput Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lilliput Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lilliput Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lilliput Cottage
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lilliput Cottage
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Bridport

Lilliput Cottage

Ref: S73911

Reviews 8

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - The Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Barn
  • Last Minute Cottages - The Barn

Holditch

The Barn

Ref: S19638

Reviews 9

2
5

  • Last Minute Cottages - Waverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Waverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Waverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Waverley
  • Last Minute Cottages - Waverley

Lyme Regis

Waverley

Ref: S19820

Reviews 12

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Jolliffe - DBBK
  • Last Minute Cottages - Jolliffe - DBBK
  • Last Minute Cottages - Jolliffe - DBBK
  • Last Minute Cottages - Jolliffe - DBBK
  • Last Minute Cottages - Jolliffe - DBBK

Leigh

Jolliffe - DBBK

Ref: S19856

Reviews 2

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - THE HOLLIES
  • Last Minute Cottages - THE HOLLIES
  • Last Minute Cottages - THE HOLLIES
  • Last Minute Cottages - THE HOLLIES
  • Last Minute Cottages - THE HOLLIES
2

West Bexington

THE HOLLIES

Ref: S19724

Reviews 15

3
6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Compton - E3613
  • Last Minute Cottages - Compton - E3613
  • Last Minute Cottages - Compton - E3613
  • Last Minute Cottages - Compton - E3613
  • Last Minute Cottages - Compton - E3613

Sherborne

Compton - E3613

Ref: S19851

Reviews 11

1
2

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What our customers are saying about our Holiday Cottages In Dorset To Rent.

Kim - verified booking

"We had a really lovely holiday in Columbo Cottage! Firstly its a lot bigger than it looks in the pics and is a really comfortable space. The living area was more than big enough for three adults and one child (mummy, daddy, son and nanny) The kitchen equipped for 'proper' cooking and the dishwasher came in so handy! I also loved the fact that the washing machine was a dryer also, this meant I didnt have to have washing everywhere or take damp towels down the beach the next day! The bedrooms are basic but has everything you need. The bathroom has been renovated since the pic on the website and is lovely.Location wise there is literally NO shops and is a good walk/small drive to the nearest (which I think is actually in Lyme Regis) but that's ok as this cottage is a much cheaper option than staying on the seafront. There are horses just outside the cottage and its in lush countryside! The walk to Lyme Regis is quite difficult as its on a steep hill and there is NO parking in the seafront in high season ie all the spaces are taken (seriously, I drove down once and went back to the cottage after 30 mins of looking) so I would advise this cottage to people with good mobility. Lyme Regis a AWESOME and there are soooo many things to do within a half hour drive of the cottage. There was a really helpful box of tourism leaflets in the cottage which we looked at every day for ideas.Location wise DO NOT use the directions on the website/email they are awful! The entrance to the cottages if off Charmouth Road, opposite the entrance to the Park and Ride. Look out for a metal farm gate and the entrance to the little road that leads to the cottage is on the left of the gate. There is NO sign on the gate area which seems daft but once you know where it is its fine.There are a few gripes which the owners need to look at- not all the Velux windows upstairs had safety chains which meant I have to move my young son's bed away from the window as they dont lock either. This needs looking at as its a family cottage and the windows open horizontal to the roof. The hot water was a bit of an issue- at one point it ran out one evening even though no one had had a shower or bath. And the shower tap is really hard to control meaning you risk having a scorching shower and not being able to change it at all (even with 10 mins of twiddling it)I have noticed a few gripes from other previous reviews that seem to not have been looked at so I would suggest the owners did a litttle check of the small things on these reviews.But all in all we loved our time there and would def stay again. Not sure why some of the other super negative reviews have been made as its a lovely good value cottage in a FANTASTIC area."
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Nicky - verified booking

"The Grain Store is excellently located for access to the Jurassic Coast. It is set in lovely gardens with a small, though attractive wood, both of which are perfect for the dog. The addition of a secure, fenced garden is also perfect for the dog.We were really delighted with the first impression on arrival, particularly how well stocked and clean everything was. It was great to be able to have a hot bath at the end of a day’s walking, with the choice of having a good shower as well in the morning.The wood fire in the lounge is a great feature and one of the reasons we chose to stay there. We were given a good supply of tinder and wood for our stay. Even though it was not too chilly in the evenings, it made the room warm and cosy.However, the condition of the double mattress in the master bedroom was appalling; we had to sleep in separate rooms as the springs came through so much in the double bed that I could only sleep reasonably comfortable in the middle, so Steve was forced to choose the best from the other beds, which also was not easy.We chose to stay at The Grain Store because of the location as well as the well-equipped games room, as advertised online, for evenings and rainy days. Sadly the pool table has been removed (damaged following inappropriate use by residents), the dart board could not be used (table tennis table in the way and no darts available, not supplied as it had previously been misused by residents), the table tennis table did not have sufficient space around it to be used (the room is now also used as a shop), and the football table is on its last legs.The information brochure is out of date with mis-information about local shops and amenities.The owners are really friendly and welcoming. We hope that our feedback will help them make some improvements, particularly with the mattresses (getting good quality replacements) as we would like to stay there again (with the caveat of comfortable beds)."
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Patricia - verified booking

"This cottage is fine but let down badly by a series of faults, each one minor but overall adding up to a feeling that both the owner and the local support staff don't care about the property. This is why I have only given it a 3 rating.As evidence, all these faults have been noted in the guest comments book in the cottage itself (some from many months back) but never acted on, so clearly no point in writing anything in there. A prime example is the fact that the front door handle is loose and easily dislodged from its working position (& falls off easily if you pull it)! This means that if you are inside the building and the outside handle is slightly dislodged then you can't open the door to get out! An obvious safety hazard.Other examples are the broken lid on the kitchen rubbish bin, the wonky toilet roll holder in on of the bathrooms, the BBQs unusable (dirty), the lack of information on how & when to deal with recyling and rubbish. If the owner were to spend a small amount of money replacing/repairing the various broken items future renters would be much more satisfied than I am."
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DAVIES - verified booking

"I wanted to sleep in the top Bedroom but the toilet was not working ,we phoned the contact number that was left,the lady said she would look into it on Friday the Day we were leaving, it was very disappointing, as the note said just contact me if you need anything. I also couldn't close the curtains properly as there was a lot of noise coming from the pub across the road. we couldn't work the Television properly as we did not realize the box needed to be manually pressed on, we struggled with the remote and didn't realize the box wasn't on. After a 5 Hour journey we would have preferred a few tea Bags to a pkt of biscuits as we had to go shopping. Our Holiday was more about a rest than to see the sights and it was very noisy with the pub one side and the back of Waitrose on the other side with Deliveries and lorries being loaded during the Day."
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Michelle - verified booking

"I would stay at April’s cottage again, it was in a good location for us and met our requirements in terms of rooms, accepted dogs, parking for 4 cars. However there were quite a few negatives which could easily be rectified. Negatives:1) only 1 tea towel, this had already been highlighted more than once in the book onsite but nothing done about it. 2) garden needed more attention - lots of weeds, overgrown on steps3) blocked drains - we spoke to caretaker about this but nothing done about it4) blood on bed sheet & mattress protector!! Told caretaker and nothing done about that either 5) poisonous plants at back of garden!! Unacceptable. We had to buy a fitted sheet and tea towels from local supermarket as caretaker didn’t bother doing anything about this when we spoke to them. Left msg for owner too (number in final details e-mail) but was also ignored"
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