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
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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