Dorset holiday cottages
Why go on holiday to Dorset?
A coastal county in South West England, Dorset features a great stretch of coast, including beaches, cliffs, valleys, forgotten caves and lots of seaside settlements, alongside the busy county town of Dorchester.
The county has a long human history going beyond Celtic times, evidenced by the many historic monuments, monasteries and castles in Dorset. Natural history lands on these beaches too, with the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural world heritage site located here – so be sure to go on a fossil hunt! Now a thriving tourist area, there is something to please all tastes.
The coast here is considered a top scenic destination in England by many, attracting sightseers, walkers and those in search of heritage and outdoor activities.
Things to do on holiday in Dorset
It will come as no surprise that walking is the number one thing to do in Dorset. Stride along the cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, take in the peaceful beauty of Lulworth Cove and look out over the sea at formations such as Old Harry Rocks.
And if, after a hard day of exploring, you fancy relaxing over a coffee or locally brewed beer, then the towns of Dorchester, Poole, Bridport, Weymouth and Swanage are all worth a visit.
For families, pack a swimsuit and head to Dorset Waterpark or one of the many beautiful beaches. The Tank Museum will entertain fans of military heritage, while Monkey World provides a day out for fans of wild animals.
Things to see on holiday in Dorset
Many are drawn to sightseeing historic sites in Dorset. Corfe Castle, destroyed by Oliver Cromwell in 1646, is a popular site, set amidst stunning scenery. Opposite is the well-maintained Sherborne Castle, with its flat grounds and solid walls, built shortly after Corfe’s destruction.
Aside from walking, there are a host of other ways to enjoy the outdoors, including mountain biking, climbing, gorge walking and water sports.
For photographers and artists, the many piers combing the coast have inspired several famous scenes – look out over the sea on a clear day to distant France, taking in the natural greatness of cresting waves, cliff lines and colourful fishing vessels.
The best holiday cottages in Dorset
We want to make sure that you book the cottage that is perfect for you, so that your holiday in Dorset is the best that it can be. We give you so much variety and choice that it’s easy to find exactly what it is you’re looking for.
There are superb holiday cottages across Dorset for all budgets with picturesque views.
Whether you want a relaxing hot tub, dog-friendly accommodation or an enclosed garden, the choice is yours. Take a closer look at our stunning collection of self-catering cottages and holiday apartments in Dorset below.
Booking a holiday cottage in Dorset
A selection of holiday lets available in Dorset are displayed below. To find the best one for you, use our filter options to the left, to narrow down what’s available until you find your favourite.
The bulk of accommodation is in the main towns such as Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Weymouth, but almost every village has some accommodation options.
At any point, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about booking a holiday cottage in Dorset– we’re happy to help with questions about the cottages and to give you advice before you go ahead and book.
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