Cottages by the sea in Dorset

A holiday cottage by the sea in Dorset affords a luxury view of the famous World Heritage site Jurassic Coast.

Offering families the chance to enjoy the quintessential sea-side holiday, cottages in towns such as Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Swanage pack holidays full with traditional attractions – think Punch & Judy and donkey rides on the beach - as well as restaurants and shopping with a more modern vibe. Expect too, summer festivals, fun events and firework displays: perfect for entertaining all the family.

But it’s not all days out on the beach. Picturesque Lyme Regis boasts a rich maritime history: explore its maze-like streets and discover its illustrious connections to the novelist, Jane Austen. Swanage’s Victorian heritage equally offers visitors a glimpse into the area’s recent past.

However, it’s the draw of this coastline’s more ancient mysteries that bring hundreds to cottages along Dorset’s shoreline. The 95 miles of coast which forms The Jurassic Coast UNSECO World heritage site represents 185 million years of the Earth's History. Fossil hunters flock to Dorset’s iconic and dramatic coastal topography in the hope of unearthing some of the secrets of the past.

You don’t need to dig to discover Dorset’s appeal: the spectacular, world-famous stone arch at Durdle Door and the tranquil Lulworth Cove are all potential days out from a holiday cottage in Dorset.

The variety of Dorset’s coastline never ceases to amaze. If you tire of cliffs and coves, the 18 mile long shingle spit of Chesil Beach – a wildlife haven – and the quaint seaside villages of Easton Chiswell are ripe for exploration. 

We have 11 self catering cottages near the sea in Dorset

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


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

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

Price per week £301 - £580

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 windows to its own enclosed outside space – t...

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

Price per week £301 - £580

Beach Chalet on the beach sleeping two in Lyme Regis, Dorset.


Imagine a holiday right on the seashore of a very special beach, relaxing on your veranda with a glass of something refreshing, watching the gentle waves at one of the most famous ...

  • Sleeps 2
  • Regret no pets
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £417 - £820

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

Price per week £382 - £897

2 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Lyme Regis, Dorset.


This period Dorset cottage is a short walk uphill from the seafront, in the heart of historic Lyme Regis, on a spectacular stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Enjoying a quiet pedestria...

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

Price per week £413 - £780

4 bedroom, dog-friendly cottage with sea views near Bridport, Dorset.


Snuggled into the hillside with Golden Cap behind, The Guardhouse stands watch over this stunning part of the Jurassic Coast at Seatown, with sea views from the master bedroom and ...

  • Sleeps 7 + 2 cots
  • Dogs welcome
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £651 - £1770 *

* Includes 20% off for parties up to 4 on selected dates. Bedrooms 1 and 4 are excluded at the discounted rate.

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 £425 - £995

4 bedroom holiday cottage near the beach in Studland, Dorset.


The Isle of Purbeck is a stunning Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty between Poole and Swanage boasting one of the most spectacular coastlines in Dorset. Sunnyholme, an extremely s...

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

Price per week £633 - £1770

3 bedroom, dog friendly cottage near the beach in Christchurch.


Avon Beach, Christchurch Harbour, the New Forest National Park and the Jurassic Coast are all nearby to this recently renovated holiday bolthole. The cool shades of blue and the pl...

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

Price per week £703 - £1465

4 bedroom, dog friendly cottage with sea views in Lyme Regis, Dorset.


Escape to the coast and this fabulous cottage where you can watch the seascape change all day long. Just minutes from the harbour at Lyme Regis and its iconic Cobb, this Grade II L...

  • Sleeps 8 + cot
  • Dogs welcome (1 only)
  • Changeover Fri

Price per week £832 - £2330

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