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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

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Wyke Regis

Wyke School Yard

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Marshwood

Reed Cottage

Ref: S72838

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Hillside Mews
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Swanage

Hillside Mews

Ref: S162981

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  • Last Minute Cottages - 5 at the beach
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Weymouth

5 at the beach

Ref: S138716

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Bridport

Wheatsheaf Cottage

Ref: S141918

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Bere Regis

Mill Pond Cottage

Ref: S19925

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  • Last Minute Cottages - The Byre
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Holditch

The Byre

Ref: S19633

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Kington Magna

Vale View

Ref: S19838

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Nr. Blandford Forum

Jasmine Cottage

Ref: S19662

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Leigh

The Old Stables

Ref: S19867

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Portland

Sea Stones

Ref: S19949

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Uplyme

Coombehayes Lodge

Ref: S19817

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Swanage

Uncle Bob's

Ref: S129104

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Little Barn
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Charminster

Little Barn

Ref: S139561

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West Chelborough

Mole End

Ref: S140737

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Puncknowle

Carters Cottage

Ref: S19685

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Thorncombe

The School Room

Ref: S19648

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Middlemarsh

Woodlanders - 29954

Ref: S19885

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Holditch

The Barn

Ref: S19638

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Wimborne Minster

Meadow Cottage

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

The Old Cattle Store - 27736

Ref: S19845

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Portland

Trevina

Ref: S19965

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  • Last Minute Cottages - Barnes's Rest Annexe
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Weymouth

Barnes's Rest Annexe

Ref: S165358

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Wool

Wisteria

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Marcella - verified booking

"Quaint, would recommend with reservations, the cottage was not particularly clean on arrival and the oven and kitchen utensils contained burnt - on food matter. The crockery and cutlery had been washed but food residue remained. The courtyard had gutter protectors laying spike end up which could have been stood on. The Shower even with the hot water supply running with ample hot water barely got to Luke warm temperature ranging to Arctic cold.The cottage is advertised as being able to use the immediate forecourt with a bench to utilise, this was provided however; this was impossible to use as the overgrown weeds and nettles made it prohibitive. Coupled with waste food bins and other refuse bin boxes being in the same space attracting flying insects.If you desire a holiday whereby you are not concerned by parking your vehicle within a 1/4 mile distance to this location then this will be fine for you. We had read the reviews on the parking issues and accepted that the car would need to be parked on the road where you could find a slot..... However; the local population were hostile to parking issues that tourists cause and this made for parking resulting in a nightly search with angry exchanges if you parked near a locals residence.Overall the cottage is tired requires maintenance and could be almost idyllic. If this had been cared for and readied for this years season of holiday makers and not appearing as though it was at the exhausted state one would find at the end of last years summer season. Consequently we have not rebooked for next year but should the areas mentioned be rectified this cottage would be worth considering.Almost forgot there once was a pub now a block of flats and there is a corner shop..... That never opens!!!!Again not as advertised it is possibly worth reviewing the locations amenities as it would appear that in one Season so very much had changed?!"
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Andrew - verified booking

"I'm conflicted in this review but want to be totally honest (otherwise what is the point of these reviews...)The cottage location is excellent and we had some stunning walks down to the coast and then along the coastal path (which to the east follows the top of the downs). We also had an excellent dinner at the local pub, enjoyed the Christmas morning church service in the village church and cooked an excellent Christmas dinner in the cottage's well equipped kitchen. In addition the cottage is set back from the road through the village, has good parking and has good access from the garden. So lots of positives.The negatives are few but important. The cottage is like going back in time to your grand parents, its needs new flooring downstairs (the carpets look old, as does the three piece suite). Equally the shower in the bathroom has good pressure but no real mixer & no thermostat, hence the temperature wanders around. The worst thing though are the beds whose mattresses are old and spongy. We started in the main room but I slept poorly because at 6 feet and with a foot rest it was hard to get comfortable. I also woke up with backache - something I never suffer from - presumably because of the spongy mattress. We then moved rooms to the one with two single beds, they were a bit better but we all left the house after 4 days grumpy because the sleep quality was poor. Note that I spend probably a week away per month in hotels around the world so I'm used to different beds, however I really think that sleep quality is important and hence IMO the mattresses all need replacing. To conclude I wouldn't return to this cottage until the above negatives had been resolved."
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George - verified booking

"The overall rating is justifiable in that the whole experience was better than expected in most aspects, and even the couple of minor issues were dealt with immediately, in a manner befitting the top class service that the owners provide.From the moment we entered the area, we were surrounded by a peace and tranquility that started the holiday mode immediately. Entering the cottage, and following the very helpful instructions and guidelines that were sent by email, we were taken aback; the pictures online did not do Jasmine Cottage justice. It was so beautiful, cosy, and warm, with a welcome package that included a delicious sponge cake!Both myself and my wife were so inspired by the Cottage, that it wasn’t long before we were unpacked, and either lounging in the conservatory, with accompanying birdsong, or in the sitting room, in front of the real log burner; in both cases, a book in hand, and a plan of doing absolutely nothing!There was only a few cars that passed by, but other than that, just the sounds of nature. There was even the hooting of an owl each night, which was a special treat.To finish the day, we had a choice of either a walk-in shower, with lots of room, or a chrome clawed roll-edge bath, which again, was an indulgence that is the whole “Jasmine Cottage Experience”.For the times we needed to top up our shopping, It was only 10-15 minutes by car to the local Tesco, or maybe a touch more to either Blandford Forum, Sturminster Newton, or Dorchester.Highly recommended."
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Steve - verified booking

"Overall a nice cottage, however the shabby chic decor can’t disguise the fact this property is lacking in general maintenance.The bins were full and there was some confusion as to which bins had to be put out. There was two sheets of paper with conflicting instructions!Our break was ruined somewhat as we were greeted with scaffolding erected outside our front door. Workmen were using our front porch area to transport their materials up to the rooftop. After speaking to the workmen, it turned out they were doing chimney restoration on next doors property, and they were told that this property would be empty for the duration of the work!!For this reason we left a day early as you don’t expect this when you go away for a few days break!"
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Paul - verified booking

"This is a lovely conversion into a self contained section of the School House. It was spotlessly clean, everything had been thought about including a welcome pack of bread milk and butter and a tin of food for the dog. We only met owners on arrival but they said they were available if we needed them. We didn't, it was all perfect. It's in a lovely village setting, however the lanes to the coast are a test, very narrow, very bendy so limited vision and very limited passing places. It was not a problem for me , but my wife hated it and nervous drivers would get very distressed. Countering that the walks close to cottage are great. We had a superb time."
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