Family friendly holiday cottages in Dorset

[Region] is the perfect family holiday destination for short breaks or longer time away with the kids; it's a county packed full of things to do with the children and a foodie angle for you. Take the little ones on the best family holidays by finding your perfect place to stay in Dorset.Read more

In Dorset, the short break is king because it's easily accessible so there are no long journeys with children asking if you're there yet. This makes it the perfect family holiday destination in its own right, but there are lots of reasons this beautiful English county is so good for families.

Dorset is very child-friendly, with the Jurassic Coast providing beautiful beaches for sunny day's out; but they're not just for bucket and spade days. These beaches keep on giving with the prospect of finding fossils. Children will always remember the first fossil they find, and hot spots such as Charmouth and West Bay are chock full of treasures hiding in plain sight. While the little ones tire themselves out searching for dinosaurs, the older family members can enjoy the simple pleasure of the beautiful surroundings. That's if you're not attempting the family record for crabbing off one of Dorset's many piers and harbour walls.

Stray away from this world-renowned coastline and you'll find child-friendly holiday cottages tucked down leafy lanes where there is space to run free, play games and settle back to the comfort of the cottage to barbecue the local delicacies a leisurely shopping trip provided. It's a county well-known for the quality of its edible offerings, so tuck in. Our family-friendly holiday cottages come fully equipped with everything you need to cook up a feast.

The best family holidays are relaxed and filled with simple pleasures; the first sweet strawberry picked from the field, everyone gathered around a farmhouse table tucking in, that deep happy sleep after an exciting day out. [Region] has the best uk family holidays and we've winkled out 38 cottages that welcome all ages.

Family holidays in [Region]

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

7 nights from £344

The Stables

1965

1 bedroom, rural holiday cottage near the county town of Dorchester, Dorset.


This quaint cottage is set within the rural hamlet of Pallington. The Stables is a self-contained, single storey cottage with a welcoming open plan design. The entrance hall leads ...

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

7 nights from £344

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

7 nights from £345

The Dairy

2663

1 bedroom cottage near the Jurassic Coast 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 £345

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

7 nights from £345

The Linhay

2661

1 bedroom, dog friendly 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 £345

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £358

Badgers Cottage

3014

1 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near Bridport, Dorset.


This pretty semi-detached cottage for two is nestled within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on West Hembury Farm. Badgers Cottage is an 18th Century stone barn that has be...

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £358

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £407

Wayside Cottage

4484

2 bedroom thatched, dog friendly cottage near Beaminster, Dorset.


A gorgeous, chocolate-box cottage that is the ideal escape, nestled in the heart of one of Dorset's picturesque villages. Just a stone's throw from the lovely local pub, Wayside Co...

  • Sleeps 3 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £407

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

7 nights from £373

The Old School Gables

2490

2 bedroom cottage near the market town of Bridport, Dorset.


The pretty Dorset village of Drimpton is set in lovely countryside a short drive inland from the stunning Jurassic Coast. This original school house has been converted into extreme...

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

7 nights from £373

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

7 nights from £416

Old Sandpitts Cottage

4504

2 bedroom thatched cottage near Bridport, Dorset.


Tucked away down its own private track, this picture-perfect thatched cottage is a little gem. Surrounded by its own private garden, the cottage is very peaceful and offers space f...

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

7 nights from £416

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

7 nights from £440

The Old Coach House

1386

2 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the county town of Dorchester, Dorset.


This pretty detached former coach house can be found in the rural Dorset countryside, within easy reach of the stunning coastlines of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. ...

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

7 nights from £440

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  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £466

Ivy Cottage

4122

2 bedroom, dog friendly 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 £466

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

7 nights from £488

Celtic Blessing

2256

2 bedroom 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 £488

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