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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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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.




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Harcombe House - Yawl - Harcombe Apartment in Harcombe Bottom, Dorset, South West England

Harcombe House - Yawl - Harcombe Apartment, Harcombe Bottom, Dorset

Sleeps 7
Weekly price range £373 to £1104

Self catering accommodation in Harcombe Bottom sleeps 7.

Features include: • Internet Access • Swimming Pool • Short Breaks • Games Room • Cottage Sleeps 7

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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Armswell House in Plush, Dorset, South West England

Armswell House, Plush, Dorset

Sleeps 18
Weekly price range £1416 to £3420

Self catering accommodation in Plush sleeps 18.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Hot Tub • Short Breaks • Games Room • Detached Property • Cottage Sl

Accommodation overview: Surrounded by beautiful Dorset countryside, close to the Dorset Gap, this substantial 18th-century farmhouse stands a mile from the pretty hamlet of Plush with its delightful village inn. Retaining many original features, including ornamental fireplaces and splendid high ceilings, the property benefits from the addition of a games room and spa room in its cellar. With its own large, pretty walled garden, with lawned area and flower borders, it stands in the grounds of the owners’ 650-acre organic dairy farm; there are lovely walks from the doorstep amid the farmland.
The Dorset Gap is nearby, for walks amid stunning scenery, while sandy bays and nature reserves can be found along the World Heritage Coastline just 18 miles away. Dorchester (Thomas Hardy’s Casterbridge) is within driving distance for a wide range of attractions, including a lively weekly market, with the beautiful Maiden Castle sure to be a highlight. A trip to the charming town of Cerne Abbas, with its Tudor architecture, and the nearby Cerne Giant are also a must on any itinerary. There are good golf courses in the vicinity and a selection of excellent inns and restaurants within 7 miles, this truly is an ideal location to suit a variety of holiday needs. Shop 5 miles.

Entrance hall. Two large living rooms, each with open fire and rugs on flagstone floor. Spacious dining room. Large, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area, range-style cooker, Belfast sink, tiled floor and French door to walled garden. Utility/toilet. Lower ground floor: Games room with table tennis and pool table. Spa room with hot tub/Jacuzzi. Shower cubicle. Two staircases to first floor: Two double bedrooms (with ornamental fireplaces), one with 5ft four-poster bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with sofa-bed (for +2), one with ornamental fireplace. Bathroom with shower attachment, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: Three ‘attic’ bedrooms with sloping beamed ceilings; one double with en-suite bathroom and toilet, two twin, one with en-suite bathroom and toilet.




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65 Ocean Views in Portland, Dorset, South West England

65 Ocean Views, Portland, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £306 to £1319

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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Fern Cottage in Bridport, Dorset, South West England

Fern Cottage, Bridport, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £219 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Bridport sleeps 4.

Features include: Near beach|Parking|Children allowed|Garden|Swimming pool|Good for couples|Country views

Accommodation overview: Terrace Cottage situated on an estate with access to a communal swimming pool and fishing lakes, close to the Dorset Coast Path

Features include: Attractive terrace house with 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Outdoor, communal, heated swimming pool available from May to September. Direct access to the Dorset Coast Path. On-site restaurant, café, bar and sundeck Off street parking for two cars

Fern Cottage in Fern Hill Heights is a traditional terrace house with two bedrooms sleeping four.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Holme Cottage in Bournemouth, Dorset, South West England

Holme Cottage, Bournemouth, Dorset

Sleeps 14
Weekly price range £938 to £3174

Self catering accommodation in Bournemouth sleeps 14.

Features include: • Garden • Pet friendly • Internet Access • Open Fire or Woodburning Stove • Close to the Beach • Close to the Sea • Pub near by • Easy Walking Access

Accommodation overview: This grand detached residence enjoys its own enclosed garden and is 2 minutes from Shelley Park and just 300 yards from the cliff top leading down to the most wonderful beaches of Bournemouth below. Holme Cottage is set within a quiet residential area ideally situated with much to offer the whole family. Boscombe has a wide assortment of restaurants, bars and shops all within walking distance of Holme Cottage; its pier is home to the UK’s first ever artificial surfing reef. Many rooms in this property have lovely high ceilings and large bay windows, providing a light and airy feel to the holiday home. The downstairs games room and the outside playroom both provide great places for children and adults with a pool table, table football, table tennis, board games, toys and outdoor games. Bournemouth town centre is 1½ miles away. From the well kept town gardens, trips on the Bournemouth Eye can be taken, which rises high above the town to give the most amazing panoramic views over the whole area. At the foot of the pier is the fascinating Oceanarium where the whole family can discover life beneath the waves.
Compton Acres in Bournemouth and the delightful Exbury Gardens (18 miles) are both worth a visit, as is Beaulieu, with its world renowned National Motor Museum, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey (20 miles). Other places of interest to visit include Farmer Palmers, Alice in Wonderland Adventure Wonderland, Christchurch priory town, Hengistbury Head, Mudeford Key, Poole Harbour, Highcliffe Castle and the National Trust’s Brownsea Island. Pub ¼ mile.

Spacious living room with open fire and bay window. Dining room with seating for 14 and bay window. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with dining area. Games room with patio doors to garden. Double bedroom with 6ft Victorian oak four-poster bed, TV, bay window and gas ‘living-flame’ fire. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed, additional single bed (for +1) and en-suite shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Two further double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, bay window and ornamental fireplace, one with additional single bed (for +1) and wash basin. Twin bedroom. Bunk bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Separate toilet.




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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.




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Castle View in Weymouth, Dorset, South West England

Castle View, Weymouth, Dorset

Sleeps 2
Weekly price range £219 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Weymouth sleeps 2.

Accommodation overview:

Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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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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Primrose Cottage in Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset, South West England

Primrose Cottage, Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £290 to £559

Self catering accommodation in Winterbourne Steepleton sleeps 4.

Features include: Short Breaks Non smoking Close to the Sea • Pets allowed sleeps 4

Accommodation overview: Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery (5 miles) and subtropical gardens and Weymouth (7 miles) with its traditional seaside delights beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World the Bovington Tank Museum Corfe Castle the fascinating Maize Maze Lulworth Cove the Cerne Abbas Giant and historic town of Dorchester are among easily accessible attractions. Shop 0.5 miles pub serving food 1 mile.

Accommodation Detail

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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Eleanor House in Lymington, Dorset, South West England

Eleanor House, Lymington, Dorset

Sleeps 5
Weekly price range £350 to £0

Self catering accommodation in Lymington sleeps 5.

Features include: Parking|Children allowed|Garden|Internet Access

Accommodation overview: A character house within walking distance to the Lymington town centre and coastline

Features include: A 3 bedroom house sleeping 5/6. Neo-Georgian character house with traditional features. Private secure garden with table and chairs. Walking distance to the town centre and a short drive to the beaches. Allocated on-street parking space.

Eleanor House is a mid-terrace, recently refurbished Neo-Georgian House in the heart of Lymington. Located just a short walk from the town centre and perfectly situated for the Isle of Wight ferry.



Phone enquiries: 0844 704 4966

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Plum Cottage in Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset, South West England

Plum Cottage, Winterbourne Steepleton, Dorset

Sleeps 4
Weekly price range £290 to £559

Self catering accommodation in Winterbourne Steepleton sleeps 4.

Accommodation overview: Nestling in beautiful countryside just 12 miles from West Bay these comfortable lodge style properties offer an ideal base from which to explore the Jurassic Coast and glorious landscape inland. Along with five caravans tucked into a field with grazing sheep behind them they are within a short drive of the Abbotsbury Swannery (5 miles) and subtropical gardens and Weymouth (7 miles) with its traditional seaside delights beaches and sealife centre. Monkey World the Bovington Tank Museum Corfe Castle the fascinating Maize Maze Lulworth Cove the Cerne Abbas Giant and historic town of Dorchester are among easily accessible attractions. Shop 0.5 miles pub serving food 1 mile.

Accommodation details

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen area. 1 double bedroom (can be twin by arrangement) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.



Phone enquiries: 0345 498 6152

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