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Dorset self catering and cottages

The South West of England has the best of the British weather and some of the best coastlines to enjoy it and so Dorset makes the ideal holiday location for a family holiday or a short break. Whether you are looking for an active holiday or a relaxing retreat you are sure to find it in this beautiful part of Britain.

Enjoy your stay in some superb self catering cottages and accommodation in Dorset. Our self catering holiday accommodation listings are perfect for couples and large family groups and ideally located near the coast or at the heart of the countryside.

Self catering accommodation in Dorset is great value for money and if you are after luxury then check out the cottages with hot tubs, sauna's, gyms, heated swimming pools and much more! Refine your search of Dorset self catering accommodation listed by using the county and region menus on the left or above. If you want to do a fast search with less descriptions and more properties click here>

 
 
 
 
 

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Marshwood Manor Cottages - Rose Cottage in Bettiscombe, Dorset, South West England

Marshwood Manor Cottages - Rose Cottage, Bettiscombe, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £308 to £899

Self catering accommodation in Bettiscombe sleeps 4.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Golf near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: A delightful base for your holiday, set in glorious countryside close to unspoilt beaches.

Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset’s loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate’s 10 acres of lawn, garden, pasture and woodland offer plenty of room for adults to stroll and children to play.
The properties have been carefully formed from a fine original range of buildings next to the manor house.and may be booked together to accommodate larger groups holidaying together (property refs DEY, DFA, DEX, DUS, DUT, DWS) Previously filmed for BBC television, all retain character and charm, whilst offering comfortable holiday accommodation fitted to a high standard throughout. Each has its own garden with furniture, and all enjoy shared use of the extensive gardens and grounds – as well as a range of facilities, including use of the owners’ small outdoor heated swimming pool (1st May - 30th Sept) set in a walled garden. There is a large games barn with pool table and table tennis, and a children’s play area with swings and slide. Approached along a private drive and set well back from the road, the cottages are perfectly positioned for enjoying this delightful corner of Dorset.
There are a variety of beautiful beaches, both sand and pebble, within a five to ten mile radius, including those at Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, Eype, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Fossil-rich cliffs define this dramatic stretch of coastline, which encompasses the 2,000-acre National Trust estate of Golden Cap. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and superb walking country, both on the rolling chalk hills overlooking fertile inland valleys and on the coastal footpaths offering spectacular clifftop views. It is also an area full of romance and history, with three ancient hill forts and the house and gardens of Forde Abbey all nearby.
A range of attractions is on offer in nearby country towns. Lyme Regis is a pretty seaside resort, its elegant colour-washed buildings and promenade lining a handsome harbour. Motor boats can be hired and there are fishing trips, a sailing school, and a windsurfing school. Bridport is a thriving market town, featured on TV’s River Cottage, the Port Bredy of Hardy’s novels, offering a good choice of shops, inns, restaurants, an arts centre and a sports centre with indoor pool. The coastline is excellent for sea fishing and inland waters offer good coarse fishing. Golfers will find courses at Lyme Regis and West Bay. Guests can enjoy art classes with a trained instructor in our own studio (subject to an additional charge, availability and prior booking). There are also riding stables in the area. Caterers are available locally. The local shop at Marshwood and two charming thatched country pubs are within a short drive. Shops 2 miles.




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Elizabethan House in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Elizabethan House, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 7
Weekly price range £386 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 7.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Chisel Barn Foxditch in Hanford, Dorset, South West England

Chisel Barn Foxditch, Hanford, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £350 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Hanford sleeps 4.

Features include: Parking|Pets allowed|Baby Friendly|Children allowed|Garden|Wheelchair access|Internet Access|Rural retreat|Good for couples|Elderly friendly|Country views

Accommodation overview: Stunning new barn conversion with spectacular views

Features include: A modern and very spacious 2 bedroom barn conversion, sleeps 4. Can be booked with adjoining property to accommodate an additional 6 guests. Beautifully furnished. Terrace and lawns, stabling for horses, dogs welcome. Within easy walking distance of excellent Child Okeford amenities. Fabulous walking country over the Hambledon Hill National Nature Reserve and in the River Stour valley.

Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Chisel Barn is a new conversion designed and fitted to the highest standards. The barn consists of two, light and airy properties that, if rented together, will accommodate ten people. Both properties are single storey,  with a large light kitchen and living space.



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Meadow View in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Meadow View, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £306 to £899

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 5.

Accommodation overview: A renovated 1930’s house with enclosed gardens and ideally based for exploring the Dorset coast

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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21a Studland Dene in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

21a Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £372 to £899

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: Stylish luxury close to the beach.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Harcombe House - Lyme in Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Harcombe House - Lyme, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £460 to £1273

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 8.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 8

Accommodation overview: An ancient landscape of rolling downs, sheltered valleys
and Iron Age forts, immortalised in Hardy’s writings ...

Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. Completely renovated, the house started life as a Victorian gentleman’s residence, and was more recently used as a boarding house for the local public school. Honeysuckle Cottage ref DZJ is a detached property just 100 yards from the entrance to Harcombe House and lies 30 yards from the grounds. Surrounded by 9-acre grounds, comprising gardens brimming with rhododendrons, well-tended lawns and shady woodland, each property is furnished to a good standard and enjoys shared use of an indoor swimming pool, hard tennis court and games room and well-equipped children’s playroom – making this an attractive choice for families. With sandy beaches, a host of seaside attractions, and beautiful countryside peppered with picture-postcard villages, all on the doorstep, Harcombe House truly is an ideal holiday location for exploring the delights of Dorset.
Just 2 miles distant lies Lyme Regis, setting for the TV adaptation of John Fowles’ novel A French Lieutenant’s Woman. Here colourful fishing vessels and pleasure craft line the pretty harbour, and a host of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, sailing and windsurfing tuition, and golf can be enjoyed. Superb coastal walks can be taken along the World Heritage Coast, with its stretches of fossil beaches to explore, and magnificent views to admire from Golden Cap – the highest point on England’s south coast at 626-ft high.
Nearby, Hardy Country beckons visitors to discover the rolling green pastures and pretty thatched villages made famous in his novels, while for a great family day out, the Georgian seaside town of Weymouth is within easy reach, offering in addition to its harbour and sandy beaches, a host of all-weather attractions, as well as several RSPB sanctuaries. Also well worth a day trip is the county town of Dorchester (20 miles), alias Hardy’s Casterbridge; offering a bustling market square, and some excellent shops and restaurants, Dorchester is also a great base from which to explore the impressive Maiden Castle rising up from the plains. Exeter is within easy driving distance, its skyline dominated by the distinctive monument of St Peter’s Cathedral. Other important historical buildings in the city include the 14th-century Guildhall, several ancient churches and the restored Quayside with its Custom House dating back to 1681. Another town well worth a visit is Weymouth, with many attractions for all the family. The Sea Life Park gives the opportunity to get close to sharks and rays, the Deep Sea Adventure tells the sobering story of the Titanic disaster and The Timewalk contains an entertaining and educational walk-through exhibition of Weymouth’s maritime and brewing past.
Nearby Sidmouth boasts nearly 500 buildings listed as having special historic or architectural interest, and in August the town hosts what many consider to be the country’s best folk festival at the beginning of August. Folk and roots artists from around the world as well as dance and theatre companies take over various venues in the eight-day event. The fishing village of Beer lies huddled within a small sheltered cove between gleaming white headlands. Much of the village remains unchanged since the time when it was a smugglers’ eyrie. With numerous stately homes and gardens to visit locally, including Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Gardens, ancient forts perched upon hilltops affording far-reaching views and a host of seaside towns, including Seaton (with its tramway) stretching along the coastline, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this part of the country. Shops ¾ mile.




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The Coach House in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

The Coach House, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps 10
Weekly price range £772 to £2160

Self catering accommodation in Lyme Regis sleeps 10.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 10

Accommodation overview: On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individually or for for larger groups can be booked together to sleep up to 16 guests. The Coach House, which is located on one side of a beautiful high walled courtyard has charm and character, retaining an inglenook, beams, flagstones and one four-poster bedroom, and is ideal to accommodate two family groups or larger extended families. On the other side of the courtyard is Stable Cottage which is thatched, built from local stone and makes excellent family accommodation. Being on the outskirts of Lyme Regis, one can enjoy a stroll into Lyme itself and wander around the local shops, lanes, cafes, restaurants and along the picturesque Cobb, made famous by the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman, or simply chill out on the beach, fishing, boating, beach walking and of course fossil hunting. There is superb scenic coastal walking all along the Lyme Bay Coast, with views stretching to Portland Bill and far into Devon, and for those without a faint heart, the National Trust’s Golden Cap, southern England’s highest cliff is an exhilarating walk with spectacular scenery. One can visit the many popular seaside resorts from Weymouth in the east to Abbotsbury, West Bay, Charmouth, Seaton, Sidmouth and onto Exmouth in the west, or enjoy the beautiful Dorset countryside with its quaint villages, pubs and cream tea cafes. There are many historic houses to visit, including Forde Abbey and Gardens and Montacute House and Gardens, and family entertainment such as The Donkey Sanctuary, Crealy Adventure Park and inland Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum. Exeter Cathedral City is worth a day out to see the Cathedral itself, the catacombs, museums and shops. Shops and pubs ¼ mile.




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20b Studland Dene in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

20b Studland Dene, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £328 to £899

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: A flawless apartment yards from the beach.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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The Rise in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

The Rise, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £270 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview:

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83 Ocean Views in Portland, Dorset, South West England

83 Ocean Views, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £306 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Portland sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: A stylish apartment with fantastic on-site health facilities, near the 2012 sailing venue

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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The Old Dairy in Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset, South West England

The Old Dairy, Whitchurch Canoniconum, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £404 to £816

Self catering accommodation in Whitchurch Canoniconum sleeps 4.

Features include: Non Smoking • Open Fire • Short Break • Pet Friendly

Accommodation overview: This attractive detached old dairy with lovely views is within easy reach of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline which offers ideal walking on the South West Coast Path. There are many traditional seaside resorts nearby. Charmouth provides a good hunting-ground for fossil collectors while Lyme Regis offers boat and fishing trips plus a walk along its famed breakwater The Cobb. Bridport the old ropemakers’ town Seaton and the lively fishing village and one time smugglers’ haunt of Beer are well worth a visit. Corfe Castle Dorchester the Swannery at Abbotsbury Chesil Beach Swanage Wareham and Weymouth are all within easy reach. Fishing riding and golf are available locally. Shop 1.5 miles pub serving food 2 miles.

Accommodation Detail

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft) 1 bunk (for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Benoy Cottage in Pilsdon, Dorset, South West England

Benoy Cottage, Pilsdon, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £205 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Pilsdon sleeps 2.

Features include: Parking|Baby Friendly|Garden|Internet Access|Rural retreat|Good for couples|Elderly friendly|Country views

Accommodation overview: A cottage set on a working farm offering stunning countryside views of rural Dorset

Features include: A 1 bedroom farm cottage, sleeps 2. Recently refurbished to a high standard throughout. Beautiful countryside views, alongside the daily farm activities. Close to the popular market town of Bridport and harbour town of Lyme Regis. Parking space for 2 cars on driveway.

Benoy Cottage is a quaint farm cottage set at the heart of a working dairy farm, surrounded by the beautiful West Dorset countryside.  From here a herd of 450 pedigree Holstein cows are milked. 



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