Dorset Cottages

Our exclusive collection of holiday cottages in Dorset are perfectly placed for exploring this ancient and welcoming county. Dorset is a land steeped in history, from the fossils at Charmouth on the Jurassic Coast to The Cobb at Lyme Regis. Plus, dinosaurs once walked here! Venture to charming inland Dorset, with its hamlets of thatched cottages, beamed pubs and watermills, and you'll feel as though you've walked into a living, breathing Thomas Hardy novel. If you need more temptation, try our Lyme Regis webcam for inspiration.Read more

About Dorset

Dorset is the ideal holiday choice for short breaks as well as longer escapes to the country, as it’s so accessible yet feels like another world. The majority of this county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which says it all, so expect some spectacular views. And not to forget, there's plenty of things to do to keep you entertained. Go coasteering, quad biking or kite surfing if you're feeling adventurous, or head out on a hot air balloon ride to get those unrivalled views! Dorset is also a great place for fishing and rockpooling, providing hours of fun for the young and old alike.

The coastline here is something special, with cliffs rippling up out of layers of centuries old sediment, bringing fossilised treasures for lucky beachcombers. You can walk for miles along the undulating clifftops between beaches and coves so bring your binoculars (and the dog) for spotting the seaside pub you’re aiming for. You’ll need good walking boots and perhaps your swimming gear to have a paddle around Lulworth Cove and swim through Durdle Door. Go on an adventure to the Isle of Purbeck, a region renowned for its wildlife, beauty and cliff top walks. 

But don’t be entirely distracted by the deep blue, the green can be just as beguiling. Inland Dorset is leisurely drives through leafy lanes opening up to the best of British landscapes; rolling hills, fields and farmland fading away as far as the horizon, woodland colours changing with the seasons, and plenty of beautiful gardens. Pretty little villages with trickling streams to bustling market towns, Dorset is characterful and enchanting.

Rural Retreats in Dorset Holidays on the Jurassic Coast

Holidays in Dorset

Whether you choose country or coast, a pretty village setting or somewhere along the Jurassic Coast, places of interest will always be within arm’s reach. A day trip to the Isle of Portland to visit the famous quarry museum, Chesil Beach for the photo opportunities and fossils and of course the stunning landforms around Lulworth and Durdle Door.

There are many historic and beautiful towns to explore; Sherborne with its Abbey and distinctive architecture, Cerne Abbas home of the famous giant, from Lyme Regis in the west, past Charmouth, Weymouth, to Corfe Castle near Swanage and Studland, and Bournemouth in the east of the county, you’ll need to keep coming back for more. Fill up your family holiday in Dorset with child friendly days out to the wonder that is Monkey World or better yet, the Marble Museum – we promise it’s more entertaining than it sounds. Take trips on the steam train or simply spend your days relaxing and eating - Dorset is a hub for good food with gems such as River Cottage in Axminster and Hix Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis.

Dorset glamping by the sea Thatched cottages in Dorset to fall in love with

Where to stay in Dorset

Our collection of Dorset escapes range from country breaks to coastal houses, all handpicked and inspected by our local team. Dog friendly Dorset cottages welcome four-legged friends and this is definitely a good county to bring them to, with opportunities for walkies around every corner. Take them to a cottage by the sea for sandy paws and salty coats from running in the sand dunes. When the Jurassic Coast is calling, a beach cottage by the sea will make all your holiday dreams come true.

Or leave everyone else behind and take a romantic trip to Lyme Regis with a long weekend for two, our live stream Lyme Regis webcam will be all the temptation you need.

Dog-friendly holidays in Dorset Pretty thatched cottages in Dorset

 

We have 42 luxury self catering cottages in Dorset.

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £332

The Dairy

2663

1 bedroom, rural cottage near the beach near Bridport, Dorset.


The Dairy is another extremely comfortable single-storey cottage in this small and friendly farm development. This property has French doors to its own enclosed outside space – the...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £332

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £332

The Linhay

2661

1 bedroom cottage near the beach near Bridport, Dorset.


The Linhay is a tucked away single-storey retreat – and an ideal base for exploring the wonderful coastline. The cottage nestles alongside the barns, with a fully enclosed gravel c...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

7 nights from £332

Need more time? Reserve any cottage for up to 24 hours before booking.

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £335

Owl's Nest Cottage

2942

1 bedroom, dog friendly self catering cottage near Sherborne, Dorset.


This cosy, compact, delightful bolthole for two is set in a wonderfully tranquil hamlet in north Dorset with village shops and a choice of two pubs within two miles. Built in lo...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £335

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £337

The Stables

1965

1 bedroom, rural holiday cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast is close to this comfortably furnished, single-storey, spacious cottage. Set within the grounds of the owner’s home, The Stables is self-cont...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £337

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £345

Badgers Cottage

3014

1 bedroom, dog friendly self catering cottage near Bridport, Dorset.


Badgers Cottage, a snug semi-detached cottage for two, is set in a farmyard, beautifully converted from an 18th Century stone barn. All on one level, the open plan design gives a w...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £345

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £348

Swallows' Rest

4644

1 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near Beaminster, Dorset.


The sleepy west Dorset countryside awaits you at this cute bolthole for two (plus your four-legged friends). Tucked away at the end of the owners' garden, this converted barn is hi...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £348

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £394

Pound Farm Cottage

4076

1 bedroom thatched self catering cottage near Sherborne, Dorset.


Pound Farm Cottage is a hidden gem; this listed thatched cottage has been thoughtfully renovated to create a spacious, stylish holiday home, retaining many of the original features...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £394

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

Woodcutter's Cottage

4524

2 bedroom self catering cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


Rolling hills, bustling market towns, rich history and stunning beaches - have we persuaded you to holiday in Dorset yet? Finding a lovely cottage to stay in is the only thing you ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

Our property managers are local experts who handpick perfect places to stay.

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

Gamekeeper's Cottage

4523

2 bedroom self catering cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


Second in a row of pretty terraced cottages, this stylish property has been newly renovated to a very high standard. Gamekeeper's Cottage is one of four at Dominey's Yard, nestled ...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

Poacher's Cottage

4522

2 bedroom self catering cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


Tucked away in the picturesque village of Buckland Newton, Poacher's Cottage is one of four gorgeous properties making up Dominey's Yard. Situated perfectly for exploring the beaut...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £410 *

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