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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.

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Cerne Abbey Cottage in Cerne Abbas, Dorset, South West England

Cerne Abbey Cottage, Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £266 to £743

Self catering accommodation in Cerne Abbas sleeps 2.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: This unique and enchanting property is part of the historic buildings of Cerne Abbey, formed as Benedictine House in 987 AD, overlooking the abbey courtyard with large gardens nearby. The abbey itself is privately owned, and guests can enjoy the grounds and wander freely. The property is in the pretty village of Cerne Abbas, famed for its dominating chalk carving of the Cerne Giant - thought to be carved in the hillside some 1500 years ago. Tucked away within the beauty of the Dorset Hills, miles of lovely walks can be enjoyed, including the village trail. Puddletown, Tolpuddle and Thomas Hardy’s picturesque Piddle Valley are within easy reach. Travelling further afield are miles of sandy beaches and some of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Shop and three pubs serving excellent food, 100 yards.

Cosy sitting-room. Old pine kitchen/dining room with open fire and beamed ceiling. First floor: Pretty, spacious, beamed double bedroom with lovely views to both east and west. Spacious bathroom with large corner bath and toilet.




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The Anvil in Thorncombe, Dorset, South West England

The Anvil, Thorncombe, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £286 to £544

Self catering accommodation in Thorncombe sleeps 2.

Features include: Short Breaks Non smoking Fishing nearby • Easy Walk access • Pub near by sleeps 2

Accommodation overview: Bordering both Devon and Somerset this delightful cottage sits on a non working farm with stunning views across the west Dorset landscape. With the Wessex Ridgeway passing the door it is a paradise for walkers whilst fishermen can enjoy the owners’ private lake. The picturesque medieval port of Lyme Regis lies just 11 miles to the south and Montacute House the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton and the Cerne Abbas Giant are among the attractions within easy reach as are the historic market town of Dorchester and the many seaside charms of Weymouth. Shop/PO 0.5 miles pub serving food 1.5 miles.

Accommodation Detail

Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen area. Narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Pebble Beach Cottage in Lulworth, Dorset, South West England

Pebble Beach Cottage, Lulworth, Dorset

Sleeps 10
Weekly price range £539 to £1649

Self catering accommodation in Lulworth sleeps 10.

Accommodation overview: A charming yet contemporary thatched cottage close to Lulworth Cove.

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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

Doles Ash Farm - The Stable, Piddletrenthide, Dorset

Sleeps 6
Weekly price range £537 to £1511

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.




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Vindelis House in Portland, Dorset, South West England

Vindelis House, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 8
Weekly price range £609 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Portland sleeps 8.

Features include: Near beach|Sea views|Parking|Baby Friendly|Children allowed|Garden|Internet Access|Good for couples

Accommodation overview: A stunning eco-sustainable town house with sea views, built for the 2012 Olympics.

Features include: An ultra-modern 4 bedroom town house, sleeping 8. Spacious accommodation finished to a high specification, newly furnished in 2013. Offers low energy, low carbon living in a sustainably built home, which meets the standards of Code 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. A short walk to the shops of Fortuneswell and Chesil Beach. Off-street parking on private driveway for 3 cars.

Vindelis House is located in an architecturally modern new development, called Officers Field. The Developer has been voted Supreme Winner of the Housing Design Awards for the innovative eco-friendly development. The houses are part of our Olympic legacy, home to the athletes during the sailing events in 2012.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Portland Views in Portland, Dorset, South West England

Portland Views, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £0 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Portland sleeps 2.

Features include: Sea views|Parking|Garden|Internet Access|Good for couples

Accommodation overview: A contemporary apartment with sea views, situated in a Passive Eco-home

Features include: A second floor, 1 bedroom apartment sleeping 2. Passive House Eco-Home with triple glazing. Furnished to a high standard throughout. Far reaching views of Portland Bill and out to sea. Off-street parking for 1 car.

Portland Views is a contemporary second floor apartment in a newly built development.  The apartment is a Passive House Eco-Home and is energy efficient, operates low carbon usage and features triple glazed windows.



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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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Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden in Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Lancombe Country Cottages - Lydden, Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

Sleeps 3
Weekly price range £292 to £788

Self catering accommodation in Higher Chilfrome sleeps 3.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 3

Accommodation overview: Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.




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Cider Cottages - Cider Cottage in Hawkchurch, Dorset, South West England

Cider Cottages - Cider Cottage, Hawkchurch, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £253 to £987

Self catering accommodation in Hawkchurch sleeps 5.

Features include: • Internet Access • Pub near by • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 5

Accommodation overview: In a stunning location, at the head of a valley, with country views and only 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these 15th-century Grade II listed, traditional stone built cottages make excellent holiday accommodation to relax and unwind in. With flagstone floors, beams and inglenook fireplace, this spacious period cottage is charming. Outside one can enjoy the picturesque views of fields and woodland, and children can play in the adventure playground and meet with the friendly ponies. This non-working farm is home to an abundance of wildlife including deer, badgers, foxes and many birds. There are many seaside resorts to visit: Charmouth, Eype, Beer, Seatown, Branscombe, Sidmouth, and many attractions to take in such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Broadwindsor Craft Centre, Pecorama and much more, or maybe a jaunt into the cathedral city of Exeter. Shop and village pub 1 mile, country hotel/restaurant ½ mile.




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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.




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Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome in Higher Chilfrome, Dorset, South West England

Lancombe Country Cottages - Frome, Higher Chilfrome, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £340 to £987

Self catering accommodation in Higher Chilfrome sleeps 5.

Features include: • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 5

Accommodation overview: Set in glorious countryside... not far from the Jurassic Coast

Lancombe Country Cottages are set in three acres of glorious Thomas Hardy country, in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in west Dorset, close to the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, including the Chesil Beach. The six holiday cottages converted from old barns are set around an attractive courtyard, now a communal lawned area, are all well finished and equipped and provide a relaxing retreat after a day out sightseeing.
All are named after local rivers, offer comfortable accommodation and can be booked individually or together, depending on party numbers. Unwind in the 3 acres of grounds, relax in the heated indoor swimming pool (open every day), perhaps enjoy a sauna, or on a fine day, chill out with a barbecue in a pleasant setting overlooking beautiful Dorset countryside.
Within easy driving distance visitors can explore the stunning Chesil Beach and Jurassic Coast, from Weymouth to the picturesque seaside resort of Lyme Regis, with its harbour and famous Cobb. Enjoy the many little seaside resorts, spectacular scenic coastal walks, fishing, swimming, fossil hunting and attractions such as Abbotsbury Swannery (where the swans may be fed) and Sub-Tropical Gardens, and Bennetts Water Gardens.
There are many historic houses and gardens to visit including Athelhampon House and Gardens, and Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, as well as family attractions such as Bovington Tank Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Monkey World at Wareham and the Sea Life Centre at Weymouth.
The bustling market and county town of Dorchester, 8 miles, with its 18th-century houses, shops, restaurants and market is worth a visit, as is Weymouth with its Georgian seafront, Blue Flag sandy beach and traditional seaside entertainment. Inland there is the famous Cerne Abbas Giant and the quaint historic abbey town of Sherborne. Enjoy golf, fishing, horse riding and go-karting locally. Shops and pubs 2 miles.




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1 Ocean Reach in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

1 Ocean Reach, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £0 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 4.

Features include: Near beach|Parking

Accommodation overview: A modern apartment, ideally located only minutes from the beach and attractions of Weymouth

Features include: A 2 bedroom, ground floor apartment, sleeps 4. Furnished to a high standard throughout. A short walk from the shops, restaurants and attractions of the town centre. Within a few minutes’ walk to Weymouth Beach. Allocated parking space for 1 car.

A modern ground floor apartment set in a perfect location for exploring all the attractions that Weymouth has to offer.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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