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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 - Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage S19633
  • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage S19633
  • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage S19633
  • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage S19633
  • Last Minute Cottages - Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage S19633

Holditch

Captivating Bettiscombe Cottage

Ref: S19633

Reviews 2

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Beaminster Cottage S57754
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Beaminster Cottage S57754
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Beaminster Cottage S57754
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Beaminster Cottage S57754
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Beaminster Cottage S57754
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Broadwindsor

Cosy Beaminster Cottage

Ref: S57754

Reviews 4

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Wimborne Cottage S50111
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Wimborne Cottage S50111
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Wimborne Cottage S50111
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Wimborne Cottage S50111
  • Last Minute Cottages - Cosy Wimborne Cottage S50111

Wimborne

Cosy Wimborne Cottage

Ref: S50111

Reviews 47

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage S19638
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage S19638
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage S19638
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage S19638
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage S19638

Holditch

Attractive Bettiscombe Cottage

Ref: S19638

Reviews 9

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5

  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19697
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19697
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19697
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19697
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19697

Nr. Bridport

Stunning Bridport Cottage

Ref: S19697

Reviews 4

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6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Shaftesbury Cottage S19845
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Shaftesbury Cottage S19845
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Shaftesbury Cottage S19845
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Shaftesbury Cottage S19845
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Shaftesbury Cottage S19845
2

Wyke

Charming Shaftesbury Cottage

Ref: S19845

Reviews 2

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19965
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19965
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19965
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19965
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19965
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Portland

Charming Weymouth Cottage

Ref: S19965

Reviews 12

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage S19802
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage S19802
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage S19802
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage S19802
  • Last Minute Cottages - Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage S19802

Lyme Regis

Exquisite Lyme Regis Cottage

Ref: S19802

Reviews 36

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Charminster Cottage S139561
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Charminster Cottage S139561
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Charminster Cottage S139561
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Charminster Cottage S139561
  • Last Minute Cottages - Attractive Charminster Cottage S139561

Charminster

Attractive Charminster Cottage

Ref: S139561

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Dorchester Cottage S106003
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Dorchester Cottage S106003
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Dorchester Cottage S106003
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Dorchester Cottage S106003
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Dorchester Cottage S106003
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Maiden Newton

Delightful Dorchester Cottage

Ref: S106003

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Bridport Cottage S141918
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Bridport Cottage S141918
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Bridport Cottage S141918
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Bridport Cottage S141918
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Bridport Cottage S141918

Bridport

Luxury Bridport Cottage

Ref: S141918

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Weymouth Cottage S134903
  • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Weymouth Cottage S134903
  • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Weymouth Cottage S134903
  • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Weymouth Cottage S134903
  • Last Minute Cottages - Quaint Weymouth Cottage S134903

Weymouth

Quaint Weymouth Cottage

Ref: S134903

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Swanage Apartment S98426
  • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Swanage Apartment S98426
  • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Swanage Apartment S98426
  • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Swanage Apartment S98426
  • Last Minute Cottages - Beautiful Swanage Apartment S98426

Swanage

Beautiful Swanage Apartment

Ref: S98426

Reviews 3

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge S19846
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge S19846
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge S19846
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge S19846
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge S19846

West Stour

Stunning Shaftesbury Lodge

Ref: S19846

Reviews 3

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6

  • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Bridport Cottage S19715
  • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Bridport Cottage S19715
  • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Bridport Cottage S19715
  • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Bridport Cottage S19715
  • Last Minute Cottages - Tasteful Bridport Cottage S19715

Burton Bradstock

Tasteful Bridport Cottage

Ref: S19715

Reviews 8

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19677
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19677
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19677
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19677
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19677

Bothenhampton

Stunning Bridport Cottage

Ref: S19677

Reviews 8

2

  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19950
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19950
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19950
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19950
  • Last Minute Cottages - Charming Weymouth Cottage S19950

Weymouth

Charming Weymouth Cottage

Ref: S19950

Reviews 6

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19686
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19686
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19686
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19686
  • Last Minute Cottages - Stunning Bridport Cottage S19686

Walditch

Stunning Bridport Cottage

Ref: S19686

Reviews 11

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4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage S19640
  • Last Minute Cottages - Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage S19640
  • Last Minute Cottages - Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage S19640
  • Last Minute Cottages - Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage S19640
  • Last Minute Cottages - Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage S19640

Holditch

Splendid Bettiscombe Cottage

Ref: S19640

Reviews 4

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Sherborne Cottage S19855
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Sherborne Cottage S19855
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Sherborne Cottage S19855
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Sherborne Cottage S19855
  • Last Minute Cottages - Luxury Sherborne Cottage S19855

Sherborne

Luxury Sherborne Cottage

Ref: S19855

Reviews 3

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2

  • Last Minute Cottages - Lovely Wareham Cottage S84793
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lovely Wareham Cottage S84793
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lovely Wareham Cottage S84793
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lovely Wareham Cottage S84793
  • Last Minute Cottages - Lovely Wareham Cottage S84793

Wool

Lovely Wareham Cottage

Ref: S84793

Reviews 9

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9

  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage S19836
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage S19836
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage S19836
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage S19836
  • Last Minute Cottages - Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage S19836
3

East Orchard

Delightful Shaftesbury Cottage

Ref: S19836

Reviews 2

2
4

  • Last Minute Cottages - Inviting Swanage Cottage S162979
  • Last Minute Cottages - Inviting Swanage Cottage S162979
  • Last Minute Cottages - Inviting Swanage Cottage S162979
  • Last Minute Cottages - Inviting Swanage Cottage S162979
  • Last Minute Cottages - Inviting Swanage Cottage S162979

Swanage

Inviting Swanage Cottage

Ref: S162979

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Swanage Apartment S96901
  • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Swanage Apartment S96901
  • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Swanage Apartment S96901
  • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Swanage Apartment S96901
  • Last Minute Cottages - Wonderful Swanage Apartment S96901

Swanage

Wonderful Swanage Apartment

Ref: S96901

Reviews 2

2
4

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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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Lisa - verified booking

"Its a great location, but the cottage is a little cold in temperature and decor. It looks lovely from the outside and the wooden beams are nice, but the carpets etc felt a little too industrial. I also had repeated difficulty opening the bathroom door as there is no easy handle to pull. The shower was a little awkward to use. I wondered about fire safety with only a front door and no back access.We left the property at 5 minutes to ten, but the domestic cleaners arrived like 'the heavy gang' and barged past us and took over the property right away. I thought they could have at least waited until 5 past ten, or for us to do a final check. So I advise anybody else to vacate by 9.45 am. It feels a cold and insensitive way to end our lovely holiday. These little things and touches matter."
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Richard - verified booking

"We had a lovely break at S19965 in cold February. Some of the rooms were a bit chilly but the lounge was cozy especially on sunny days and we used the kitchen more than the dining room for meals. We liked the fresh flowers and supplies, the dog friendly garden, the books, the information, the outlook from the house over the green and the peace and quiet. I enjoyed the big bath and hot water. The locals were friendly and we enjoyed exploring Portland and Weymouth. If you visit in February you will need scarves, hats and gloves when you are walking as it can be a very chill wind but lovely scenery. I had the best home made scone at the café at Portland Bill and we loved Weymouth beach on sunny days. Regular buses to Weymouth from Portland. Thank you."
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Luke - verified booking

"We had a great time staying at S19633. The cottage was lovely and well presented. For what we wanted it ticked all the boxes. However you should be aware that this very much is in the middle of no where, very rural and next to several working farms! This does mean it was a little tricky to find on our first day. You are likely to be woken up early by farm noise and to get anywhere you will likely have to drive (along narrow roads). The nearest "amenity" was a pub about 1.5 miles away.If any of that is a problem, I would go else where. However if you want something out of the way and quiet (in the evening!) this place is perfect.The hostess was also lovely - she even made sure we could have a cup of tea and biscuit on our arrival!"
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Ian - verified booking

"Overall a good holiday home. With Dishwasher, Washing Machine and Freezer the facilities available gave us all the home comforts. The master bedroom is a little tight on size, although my wife was amazed you could lay in bed and look straight up at the night stars through the roof window.( if you pulled back the blind!) If you like a good walk the location is a stroll into town of around 40 mins, although the walk back up the hill is a bit more challenging. Ideally we would have been a bit closer to Lyme Regis town, as most times we drove into town. Parking costs were relatively cheap and free at certain times in the resort, with lots of places to eat. The beach near the Harbour / Cobb is ideal for the kids if you get the weather."
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