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The West Country: Holiday cottages in Dorset, South West UK

Dorset is like East Devon but more so: quiet resorts, pretty villages with impossibly cute names (can anyone beat Toller Porcorum or Bingham's Melcombe? – well, Somerset hits back with Haselbury Plucknett!) and sleepy farmland.

Hardy's Wessex is more than just a marketing slogan – many key locations in his books, like Lulworth Cove, are hardly changed. The Jurassic Coast, named after its soft, fossil-filled rocks, is a favourite with children and adults alike – if you look hard you might find your very own fossil. Lyme Regis offers a sandy beach, and also hosts a Carnival, Regatta (in August) and the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival (in association with the Natural History Museum in London). If a traditional seaside resort is more to your taste, Bournemouth has plenty to offer.

Also worth a look are Dorchester, plus the historic market towns of Sherborne and Shaftesbury.

Selecting a Dorset cottage

There are many traditional 'English country cottage' type properties in our Dorset cottages section – for example a thatched Grade II listed cottage in the heart of West Lulworth or a delightful semi-detached cob and thatched cottage in Milton Abbas. But it's not all thatch and roses round the door; we currently also list spacious apartments (with pool) in Bridport, an attractive Purbeck stone built cottage in Swanage and a refurbished former cheese loft in Dorchester, the heart of Thomas Hardy country.

We also list several cottage agencies who specialise in rental properties and cottages in Dorset. You'll see a selection of some of these in the box on the right - but do click through to the full results page for even more properties to choose from.

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Read Holiday Cottages article Perfect Purbeck, which gives you a taste of the Purbeck area of Dorset

Property image: White Horse Farm

White Horse Farm, Middlemarsh, nr Sherborne
Four self-catering barn conversion cottages, a 4-star converted farmhouse annexe and a luxury 4-star ...

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from £235
Sleeps 6

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Seaspray Cottage, Charmouth

Seaspray is a 3 bedroom detached cottage/bungalow in Dorset situated in a quiet location at the ...

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from £300
Sleeps 6

Property image: H601 - Burton Bradstock

H601 - Burton Bradstock, Dorset
... in Burton Bradstock, end on to the B3157 (particularly busy in summer), Dormouse Cottage (c1610) ...

Prices
from £268
Sleeps 4

Property image: Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages, Dorset

Pet Friendly Holiday Cottages, Dorset,

Stay with confidence in a dog friendly cottage! **Farm & Cottage Holidays** offer an inspiring ...

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