Find British self catering accommodation in the South West of England - Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset

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>

 
 
 
 
 

| Next | Last

 
Hooke Court in Beaminster, Dorset, South West England

Hooke Court, Beaminster, Dorset

Sleeps 23
Weekly price range £2622 to £2885

Self catering accommodation in Beaminster sleeps 23.

Features include: • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Golf near by • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sleeps 23

Accommodation overview: Dating mainly from the 17th century, with some parts much older, this fine spacious, moated manor house, with its own large garden, was formerly owned by the Dukes of Bolton and the Earl of Sandwich. Now part of an educational complex, it has been modernised, yet retains its character and charm and serves as a memorable venue for large family and group re-unions. Boasting eleven bedrooms (8 with en-suite facilities), an elegant drawing room with open fire, a dining room and a games room, it has its own garden. Nestling below the Wessex Ridgeway, and close to the spectacular Dorset coastline, Hooke Court is just 10½ miles from West Bay (formerly Bridport Harbour), and is within easy reach of both pebbly Chesil Beach and Golden Cap cliff. Looking back further into the past than Hardy’s timeless ‘Wessex’, there are traces of Roman and pre-Roman culture ready to be explored. With Maiden Castle, Poundbury, Maumbury Rings and Cerne Abbas – home to the well-endowed Cerne Giant cut into a steep chalk hillside, well worth visiting. For days out, a pilgrimage to Hardy’s birthplace (NT), his school, his home and Stinsford Church, where his heart is buried, is a rewarding experience. Whilst locally, the district surrounding Beaminster has its own rich heritage and is home to a notable Tudor manor house - Mapperton Gardens, the main location for the BBC’s Tom Jones. Close by is Eggardon’s hill fort, 3 nature reserves, fishing, walking and sailing. Roman town of Dorchester (with weekly market), 13 miles. Golf course at Crewkerne. Shops and pubs 3½ miles.

Reception hall. Drawing room with open fire and door to garden. Dining room. Kitchen with range-style cooker. First floor: Three double bedrooms. Five twin bedrooms, one with additional bunk beds (for +2). Second floor: Two twin bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet. Old chapel games room. All first floor bedrooms with en-suite bathroom and toilet or shower room with toilet.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Doles Ash Farm - The Masters House in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, South West England

Doles Ash Farm - The Masters House, Piddletrenthide, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £537 to £1443

Self catering accommodation in Piddletrenthide sleeps 6.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: The places Hardy roamed as a boy, and later enshrined as rustic Wessex . . .

Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has an established vineyard producing English wines. The splendid range of barns here have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court. An alternative property in Piddletrenthide village (1 mile) is The School House (ref DRV) which can have the use of the leisure facilities at Doles Ash Farm. Outside, there is a pond, vineyard, sheep and chickens to visit and plenty of space for walking, playing, exploring and relaxing in the shared grounds.
Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Four of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, with the remaining four having individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool is open daily all year round and the building has full changing facilities, as well as a coin-operated sauna. The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting, what more could holidaymakers want. Shops 1 mile.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Higher Farm Barn in Milborne Wick, Dorset, South West England

Higher Farm Barn, Milborne Wick, Dorset

Sleeps 10
Weekly price range £947 to £2341

Self catering accommodation in Milborne Wick sleeps 10.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • D

Accommodation overview: This 17th-century converted barn adjacent to the owner’s home lies in the quaint hamlet of Milborne Wick on the Somerset/Dorset border, 3 miles north of the historic town of Sherborne. It stands detached in grounds of approximately 1 acre and offers spacious accommodation, ideal for large family groups to unwind, relax and enjoy the wealth of countryside and many other attractions to be found in Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire. Lovely country walks, village pubs, golf, horse racing at Wincanton and fishing are all nearby, and within easy driving distance there is a diversity of family attractions to visit, such as Longleat House and Safari Park, magnificent steam railways, the fascinating array of vintage motor cars at the Haynes Motor Museum, and Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum with its aviation history, including Concorde. Spend days out exploring the history of Somerset in many historic houses such as Montacute, Barrington Court and Forde Abbey and Gardens, or take a scenic exhilarating walk to the top of the enchanting Glastonbury Tor. The Georgian City of Bath with its many splendid museums, Roman baths, abbey, shops and restaurants is well worth a visit, or in Dorset one can explore Cerne Abbas, with the renowned Cerne Giant, down to the market town of Dorchester, the bustling seaside town of Weymouth with its superb beach and port, and then on to the Chesil Beach and the famous stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is truly a great location to suit a variety of holiday needs for all. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Large galleried hall with floor-to-ceiling feature glass window. Large beamed living room with central wood-burning stove dividing room into further sitting room with games area with piano and pool table. Spacious dining room. Beamed kitchen with slate floor. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Three twin bedrooms, one with two 2ft 6in beds (for +2 children). Shower room with toilet.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Stable Cottage in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

Stable Cottage, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £363 to £1104

Self catering accommodation in Lyme Regis sleeps 6.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

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.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Fryermayne in Broadmayne, Dorset, South West England

Fryermayne, Broadmayne, Dorset

Sleeps 10
Weekly price range £752 to £1764

Self catering accommodation in Broadmayne sleeps 10.

Features include: Short Breaks • Multi bathrooms • Non smoking Wheelchair access • Near the Beach • Close to the Sea Open Fire or Wood Burner Stove Pub near by sleeps 10

Accommodation overview: Amidst peace and rural seclusion yet only 4 miles from the county town of Dorchester this spacious and very comfortable house stands on the owners’ 160-acre working farm. Converted from the former stables and adjoining two farm cottages it offers accommodation of a very high standard - a wonderfully relaxing base from which to explore Dorset’s lovely Hardy country and nearby Jurassic coast an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Broadmayne village (0.5 miles) boasts a pub and shop and Dorchester offers a myriad delights including four museums a Roman villa and Maiden Castle. The coast 3 miles has been awarded World Heritage status - an area extending from beyond Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour with glorious scenery walks and beaches as well as plenty of fossil hunting. Inland attractions as varied as the Cerne Abbas Giant and Bovington Tank Museum invite exploration a network of footpaths and bridleways starts from the door. Golf fishing and riding are found nearby. This property has received a 4 star Gold Award grading from Visit England. Shop and pub 0.5 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Dining area/kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link can be double by arrangement). Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft) one with en-suite bathroom with bath shower attachment and toilet one with en-suite shower room and toilet 2 twin (one zip and link can be double by arrangement). Bathroom with toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Old Monmouth in Lyme Regis, Dorset, South West England

Old Monmouth, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Sleeps 16
Weekly price range £1101 to £2840

Self catering accommodation in Lyme Regis sleeps 16.

Features include: • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 16

Accommodation overview: Dating back to 1630 - when it was originally established as a coaching inn - Old Monmouth lies in the heart of the popular seaside resort of Lyme Regis and forms one of a row of properties, just 100 yards from the seafront. Full of character, it offers spacious holiday accommodation for 16 people - with seven bedrooms (five en-suite) and also has many period features, including beamed ceilings, inglenook fireplaces and pine wooden shutters.
Old Monmouth has endured a chequered history with Monmouth’s cavalry lodging there in 1685, being visited by Oscar Wilde in 1891 and used by the Americans as a HQ during the war. This unique property is an excellent holiday home to enjoy Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, beach, shops and cafes, and also to explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site. There is superb scenery, coastal walking, golf and fishing on the doorstep, and within easy driving distance are Bridport, Charmouth, Beer, Seaton and Sidmouth. Weymouth, with its Deep Sea Adventure, Timewalk and many other attractions also makes for a good family visit. There are a host of National Trust properties to visit, as well as Forde Abbey and Gardens - whilst inland, the Yeovilton Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, Sherborne Castle and much more provide alternative days out. Shops 200 yards, pubs and restaurant 100 yards.

Large beamed living room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. Large beamed dining room with wooden floor. Well-equipped kitchen with gas range, breakfast area, wooden floor and side access to outside. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, all with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional twin beds (for +2). Twin bedroom with wooden shutters and wash basin. Bunk bedroom with double bed on bottom, single bed on top and vanity unit. All bedrooms with TV (except bunk bedroom). Bathroom with toilet. Separate toilet.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
3 Catherine House in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

3 Catherine House, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £0 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 4.

Features include: Near beach|Pets allowed|Internet Access

Accommodation overview: A modern apartment located in the heart of Weymouth

Features include: A spacious 2 bedroom first floor apartment, sleeps 4. Furnished to a high standard throughout, complete with air conditioning. Located in the heart of Weymouth town centre, within 5 minutes walk of the beach and harbour. Communal rooftop patio area. Parking permit provided.

3 Catherine House is located in the centre of Weymouth, home to a fine selection of eateries, bars, restaurants and shops whilst the esplanade, attractions and beach are a short walk away.  This apartment is rear-facing, away from the bustle of the high street.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Flax Cottage, Slape Mill Park in Waytown, Dorset, South West England

Flax Cottage, Slape Mill Park, Waytown, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £440 to £1284

Self catering accommodation in Waytown sleeps 6.

Features include: • Garden • Internet Access • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: Nestling in the peaceful village of Waytown this attractive cottage forms part of a former 17th-century rope barn serving Slape Mill. Designed in open-plan style, it feels very spacious and lies 6 miles from the beach at West Bay, where boating and fishing are available. An array of local produce can be bought locally, and the village pub is just a short stroll up the lane. Within easy reach is the dramatic World Heritage Jurassic coastline, including Lyme Regis and its famous Cobb (14 miles). Bridport is nearby and Exeter, Weymouth, Abbotsbury and Dorchester are all easy drives. Shop 2 miles.

Split-level open-plan living room with wood-burning stove, oak floor, French doors to garden, and large well-equipped modern fitted kitchen and dining area. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 5ft iron bedstead and en-suite shower room with toilet. Large twin bedroom. Main bathroom with free-standing roll-top bath and toilet.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Seahaven Portland in Portland, Dorset, South West England

Seahaven Portland, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £350 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Portland sleeps 6.

Features include: Near beach|Parking|Baby Friendly|Children allowed|Garden|Internet Access

Accommodation overview: A contemporary 3 bedroom house situated within walking distance of Chesil Beach

Features include: A modern 3 bedroom house, sleeping 6. Furnished with high quality interiors. A large, furnished garden with a barbeque. Located just a short walk away from Chesil Beach. Parking available.

Seahaven is a modern and spacious three bedroom house, ideally located for exploring Portland and its attractions.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

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

Harcombe House - Knoll, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £335 to £987

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 4.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 4

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.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage in Piddletrenthide, Dorset, South West England

Doles Ash Farm - Groom Cottage, Piddletrenthide, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £406 to £1209

Self catering accommodation in Piddletrenthide sleeps 6.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 6

Accommodation overview: The places Hardy roamed as a boy, and later enshrined as rustic Wessex . . .

Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has an established vineyard producing English wines. The splendid range of barns here have been sympathetically converted to form a group of very comfortable cottages, interestingly clustered around a grass courtyard with the owners’ 18th-century house. Facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, games barn with table tennis, snooker and table football, and tennis court. An alternative property in Piddletrenthide village (1 mile) is The School House (ref DRV) which can have the use of the leisure facilities at Doles Ash Farm. Outside, there is a pond, vineyard, sheep and chickens to visit and plenty of space for walking, playing, exploring and relaxing in the shared grounds.
Doles Ash Farm is the ideal venue for group get togethers, giving guests the benefit of families and friends being in the same place while still enjoying some personal space in individual cottages. Four of the holiday cottages have enclosed gardens, ideal for dogs, with the remaining four having individual patios. The indoor heated swimming pool is open daily all year round and the building has full changing facilities, as well as a coin-operated sauna. The tennis court is also available all year round. The cottages, facilities and grounds enjoy an outstandingly peaceful setting with magnificent walks on the doorstep. Riding, golf, clay-shooting and fishing are all available locally.
Good shops can be found 8 miles away in Dorchester and 10 miles away in Sherborne. There is a host of local attractions and a long sandy beach within a half hour’s drive at Weymouth. Studland beaches and Swanage are also firm favourites with visitors.
The Piddle Valley is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which boasts some of the prettiest villages in England and has a wealth of excellent family-friendly pubs to dine and relax in with the village of Godmanstone boasting the smallest pub in England. The beautiful village of Cerne Abbas, overseen by the legendary Cerne Giant, also lies just 3 miles from Doles Ash Farm. This is Thomas Hardy country with many of Hardy’s venues have changed little since his time. At Higher Bockhampton, standing among soaring beech trees, is the thatched cottage where the novelist was born.
Lovely cottages in a fabulous setting, what more could holidaymakers want. Shops 1 mile.




Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 
Wessex Ho in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Wessex Ho, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £328 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 6.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

Find out more about Check availability of Book  online

   
 

| Next | Last

 
 

 

 

 

Use a summarised fast search
 
 
Check out last minute availability
     
| Contact us | Terms | Privacy | We Use Cookies |