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 41 luxury self catering cottages in Dorset.

New bookings can be placed for any holiday arriving on or after the 4th July 2020. COVID-19

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £406

2 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


Cedar Lodge is a cosy cottage in a quiet rural location. All on one level, the open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas create a very sociable space for a couple or smal...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £406

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

7 nights from £415

2 bedroom holiday cottage near Bridport, Dorset.


Close to Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast, the popular market town of Bridport and the harbour and beach at West Bay, this cottage has stunning views of the gentle Dorset countr...

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

7 nights from £415

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £416

2 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage near Dorchester, Dorset.


This pretty, detached former coach house is in beautiful rural Dorset, and within easy reach of the stunning World Heritage Jurassic coastline. The Old Coach House has a spaciou...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £416

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  • £150 off

    4 Jul 2020 - 10 Jul 2020

    £764.10 £614.10

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £439

2 bedroom, dog friendly holiday cottage in Cattistock near Dorchester, Dorset.


Imagine life in a tranquil Dorset village and Ivy Cottage is just the sort of place you may picture in your mind. Set in the midst of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the cot...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £439

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

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £446

2 bedroom, rural self catering cottage near Beaminster, Dorset.


A stunning west Dorset location, amazing rural views and a truly luxurious property, Phoebes House and neighbouring property Lottie's Loft (2565) both hidden gems just a short driv...

  • Sleeps 4
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £446

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

7 nights from £462

2 bedroom self catering cottage near the sea near Weymouth, Dorset.


This comfortable semi-detached family home is on the edge of the countryside, yet only three miles from Weymouth with its sandy beaches and historic quay. A 20 minute walk takes yo...

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

7 nights from £462

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £469 *

3 bedroom self catering cottage near Yeovil, Dorset.


Meadows Barn is on the edge of the tranquil Dorset village of Halstock, with far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside, ideal for a family holiday or a great base for fri...

  • Sleeps 6 + 2 cots
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £469 *

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  • 15% off

    4 Jul 2020 - 11 Jul 2020

    £1027.03 £872.95

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £487 *

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


This beautiful barn conversion at the heart of a working dairy farm is just inland from Dorset's spectacular Jurassic Coast and its beaches. The rural setting will please all the f...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £487 *

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

7 nights from £500

2 bedroom, rural holiday cottage near Shaftesbury, Dorset.


Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Hatts Farm is a working farm set in 150 acres on the Dorset and Wiltshire border. Dairyman's Cottage is traditional yet contempora...

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

7 nights from £500

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £506

3 bedroom thatched, dog friendly cottage in Tolpuddle, Dorset.


This pretty thatched cottage is in the tranquil historic village of Tolpuddle, just 15 miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. An ideal base for a family holiday or perfect f...

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £506

Arrive at your handpicked holiday home safe in the knowledge it’s been fully inspected.

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