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 36 cottages that welcome all ages.

Family holidays in [Region]

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

7 nights from £325

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 £325

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

7 nights from £325

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 £325

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

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

7 nights from £330

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 £330

  • Sleeps 2 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £338

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 £338

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

7 nights from £347

The Coach House

3217

1 bedroom self catering cottage near Crewkerne, Somerset.


This really is the most beautifully designed bolthole for two. A romantic retreat with 'wow' factor in a traditional, rural hamlet setting in gorgeous south Somerset, close to the ...

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

7 nights from £347

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

7 nights from £395

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 £395

  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £352

The Old School Gables

2490

2 bedroom dog friendly holiday cottage near 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
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £352

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

7 nights from £389

Old Sandpitts Cottage

4504

2 bedroom thatched self catering 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 £389

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  • Sleeps 4 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

7 nights from £406

Cedar Lodge

4014

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

Celtic Blessing

2256

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

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