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Here at the Dorset Guide we've put together a collection of some great holiday cottages in Dorset. Self catering is a great option for lots of reasons and can mean a more relaxing break. For starters you have the flexibility to do what you want, when you want; it's more private and many cottages are dog friendly.

Gold Hill, Dorset cottages

You probably already know that Dorset is a fantastic place to stay. From the secluded coves and sandy beaches of the Jurassic Coast, over the rolling Purbeck Hills and the rural heart of the county, Dorset really does have it all.

If is cottages by the sea that you are looking for, you can't do better than the seaside town of Lyme Regis, with its literary and fossil hunting connections. Or head further along the coast to the bustling resort of Weymouth and the dramatic Isle of Portland. My personal favourite are though has to be Purbeck with its picture postcard villages and beautiful sandy beaches such as Swanage.

However, there is more to Dorset than its stunning coastline. The phrase rural idyll is often bandied around, but it really was made for Dorset! And it isn't just country cottages. We have a number of town houses to rent in wonderful historic towns such as Shaftesbury, Sherborne and Dorchester to name but a few. This is Hardy's Wessex.

You might think there are obvious advantages of staying by the sea versus a holiday in the countryside. How about a cottage with a swimming pool? We have them, both indoor and out. And for the ultimate in luxury self-catering accommodation, what about a hot tub?

Renting a cottage is ideal for family holidays; you can really make your break feel like a home from home. The kids will love a cottage with a garden and you won't have to spend the whole holiday telling them to shush! If you are large group we have plenty of big cottages, with some sleeping ten or more people. We can also cater for very young children with many rentals providing cots and other baby equipment.

For many, a holiday in Dorset wouldn't be complete without bringing along the family four legged friend. So that you don't have to book your pooch into the kennels you can choose to stay in one of our dog friendly cottages. Your dog will love the long walks in the country or running free on one of Dorset's dog friendly beaches.

Hopefully by now we have convinced you that a holiday cottage in Dorset is for you. So, whatever your accommodation requirements the Dorset Guide can provide the info you need to choose your perfect cottage in Dorset to rent.

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Dorset Holiday Cottages

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£275.00
Barn Owl Cottage & Old Cattle Stall
Barn Owl Cottage & Old Cattle Stall Barn Owl Cottage & Old Cattle Stall Barn Owl Cottage & Old Cattle Stall
Ideally situated on a quiet country lane the cottages are set in a two acre paddock and can be booked together to accommodate a total of 8 guests (4 each cottage).
£400.00
Chideock Cottage
Chideock Cottage Chideock Cottage Chideock Cottage
Self catering holiday cottage in Chideock near Bridport
£425.00
West Bay Sea View & Pier End
West Bay Sea View & Pier End West Bay Sea View & Pier End West Bay Sea View & Pier End
Four seafront chalets with breathtaking sea views, each sleeping up to 6 people. Spacious living, dining and kitchen area furnished to a very high standard. Two bedrooms with a double, 2 singles and a double sofa bed. Family bathroom including power showe
Tincleton Lodge, Rose Cottage & Dairy Cottage Luxury self catering 5 star cottages set in an idyllic rural location of 600 acres of farmland. The lodge sleeps 10 and Rose Cottage sleeps up to 7. Clyffe Dairy Cottage - 3 Star sleeps 3.
£695.00
Updown Cottage Featured in The Sunday Times' Britain's 20 Best Cottages March 2008 5* Gold Award from Visit Britain Chic C16th cottage with spectacular views over miles of glorious English countryside. Sleeps 6 in 4 bedrooms.
£350.00
Elworth Farmhouse Cottage Thatched character cottage VB 4 Star Gold Award sleep 2 is situated in a farming hamlet close to historic Abbotsbury village & World Heritage Coast.
£180.00
Underhill  Farm holidays Underhill farm nestles in a valley set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Our aim is for you to have an enjoyable and relaxing holiday, sit in the garden or walk the fields,then explore our special county.
£250.00
Rumsey Holiday Homes The area's longest established and much respected self-catering accommodation provider.
£350.00
Sandbanks View 2 Holiday Cottages with panoramic direct views overlooking Poole Harbour. Corfe View (sleeps 4) and Sandbanks View (sleeps 6). 4****. WiFi. Recently Refurbished. Allocated parking. See website link at www.sandbanksview.com and www.corfeview.com for full
£400.00
Star Farm Cottage Luxury self catering holiday cottage
£375.00
Clematis Cottage A cosy coastal retreat in rural Dorset. The cottage is an ideal holiday destination for walkers, families, individuals or couples seeking a base to explore the beautiful Jurassic coast or stunning Dorset scenery.
£264.00
2 Appletree Cottage 2 Appletree Cottage is tucked away in the quiet village of Sixpenny Handley near the town of Shaftesbury. Thought to be a former estate workers cottage for Rushmore Estate, parts of the cottage are believed to date back to 1866. This charm
£224.00
Benoy Cottage 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. The cottage was completely renovated in 2009
£734.00
Chisel Barn 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 self contained properties, Whites Ground and Foxditch. Both offer light and airy accom
£354.00
Chisel Barn Foxditch 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
£464.00
Chisel Barn Whites Ground 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
£664.00
Bonaventure Set in the popular seaside town of Weymouth is your ideal family home from home. Bonaventure has been tastefully decorated throughout by an interior designer who has included supreme comfort and all the personal touches you and your famil
£600.00
Fir Tree Lodge With its own private hot tub, garden and conservatory, Fir Tree Lodge was designed with families in mind, encouraging you to make the most of your own private piece of countryside. Fir Tree Lodge is also the largest lodge on the Pinewood si
£384.00
Chesil View House Chesil View House offers stylish accommodation that was originally a fisherman’s cottage in the beautiful village of Fortuneswell, nestled amongst the hills of Portland. Internally the property is furnished to a high standard with spe
£434.00
Charlottes Rest Charlottes Rest is a three bedroom house, situated in a quiet area within the fishing town of Mudeford in Christchurch, close to the harbour and just five minutes from the beach. Internally, the property offers a light and airy feel with a
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