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 43 cottages that welcome all ages.

Family holidays in [Region]

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


The Parlour is an excellent choice for a family, with French windows opening out onto an enclosed gravelled patio, comfortable accommodation for five guests – one of the three sing...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Sat

Price per week £433 - £1015

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


Tucked away in this quietest of rural locations, Ridge Lodge is a hidden gem, with fabulous far reaching views over the Dorset landscape. This delightful cottage has been stylishly...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £477 - £1038

2 bedroom, rural holiday cottage near Shaftesbury, Dorset.


Semi-detached Hatts Barn is a contemporary, reversed level barn conversion on a wide south-facing terrace. The large en suite master bedroom and a twin bedded family room (the beds...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £478 - £1195

3 bedroom self catering cottage in Wareham, Dorset.


Wareham is the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a fabulous base from which to explore the Isle of Purbeck. Just within the ancient Saxon walls of this historic market town, Northgate...

  • Sleeps 5 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £493 - £995

3 bedroom holiday cottage near Bridport, Dorset.


This deceptively spacious, comfortable family-friendly holiday house is just eight miles from the breathtaking World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Briar Cottage is a beautifully kept te...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £461 - £1060

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near Wimborne Minster, Dorset.


This is an excellent base for exploring rural and coastal Dorset. Cranborne Chase (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) is on the doorstep, and the beaches of the Jurassic Coast ...

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

Price per week £535 - £1365

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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

Price per week £550 - £1403

Dog friendly safari tent glamping for six near Shaftesbury, Dorset.


Glamping at Black Pig Retreats allows you to escape the everyday and enjoy a fabulous holiday with a difference, where you can cook with fire, collect logs, listen to birdsong and ...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £555 - £1275

Dog friendly safari tent glamping for six persons near Shaftesbury, Dorset.


Glamping at Black Pig Retreats allows you to escape the everyday; park your car, load your luggage onto the farm's all-terrain vehicle and your countryside adventure begins, canvas...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £555 - £1275

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


This very pretty thatched cottage is in the tranquil historic village of Tolpuddle, surrounded by beautiful countryside and just 15 miles from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Wi...

  • Sleeps 6 + cot
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £580 - £1286

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