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Find adventure and natural beauty with Dorset's coastal cottages

Dorset is one of England's most popular holiday counties, and with good reason. This quintessentially English county in the south west of the country is home to farms, picturesque villages and iconic chalk cliffs. From well-known resorts like Lyme Regis and Weymouth to secluded coves with charming coastal cottages, Dorset guarantees an enjoyable family break with something for everyone.

Whether you're looking for some of the south coast's best beaches, history, or rolling countryside, you'll find it all nearby when you rent a Dorset holiday cottage. Highlights include many kilometers of stunning coastline, historic villages and excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. With a Dorset holiday home, you can explore all of the above and more, knowing you have cosy and comfortable lodgings to return to at the end of the day.

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Cottage  Ringstead
11 Jan - 18 Jan
-77%
£456
£107 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Ringstead with Garden

Ringstead, Osmington, Dorset
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Caravan  Swanage
1 Nov - 8 Nov
-47%
£128
£68 per night
Caravan ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Caravan in Swanage with Garden

Swanage, Purbeck District, Dorset
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Cottage  Weymouth
7 Dec - 14 Dec
-75%
£451
£112 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Terrace & Garden

Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Holiday homes and cottages with a garden

Aiming to enjoy time outside during your stay in Dorset? Book a holiday home with a garden for your trip. See our range of accommodation with gardens and find a holiday rental today - al-fresco dining, lawn games and outdoor fun with friends, family and pets await!

Lodge  Broadwindsor
22 Nov - 29 Nov
-54%
£146
£67 per night
Lodge ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Lovely Lodge in Broadwindsor with Garden

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Outstanding (1 rating)
Broadwindsor, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage  Burton Bradstock
11 Jan - 18 Jan
-66%
£192
£66 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Lovely Cottage in Burton Bradstock with Garden

Burton Bradstock, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage  Lyme Regis
16 Nov - 23 Nov
-65%
£355
£124 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Lyme Regis with Garden + Spectacular Views

Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Apartments and holiday lettings with a kitchen

Looking for self-catering accommodation in Dorset? Find the perfect letting for you with our selection of Dorset holiday rentals with kitchens. Well-appointed and equipped with plenty of cooking appliances, these holiday homes are great for self-catered stays.

Cottage  Lyme Regis
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-69%
£304
£94 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Lyme Regis with Ornamental Fireplace + Spectacular Views

Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage  Charmouth
23 Nov - 30 Nov
-69%
£443
£137 per night
Cottage ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Cottage in Charmouth with Garden & Terrace + Gorgeous Views

Charmouth, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage  Swanage
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-73%
£617
£168 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Swanage with Barbecue

Swanage, Purbeck District, Dorset
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Cottage Lyme Regis
24 Apr - 1 May
-68%
£211
£67 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Wonderful Cottage in Lyme Regis with Garden + Spectacular Views

4.3
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Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Weymouth
3 May - 10 May
-74%
£474
£124 per night
Cottage ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Garden + Dramatic Views

Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Burton Bradstock
11 Jan - 18 Jan
-68%
£210
£66 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Burton Bradstock with Garden + Village View

Burton Bradstock, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Caravan Weymouth
26 Apr - 3 May
£80 per night
Caravan ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Mobile Home in Weymouth with Terrace & Barbecue + Breath-Taking Views

4.7
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Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Corfe Castle
25 May - 1 Jun
£86 per night
Cottage ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Cottage in Corfe Castle with Garden, Barbecue & Terrace + Spectacular Views

4.9
Outstanding (153 ratings)
Corfe Castle, Purbeck District, Dorset
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Cottage West Lulworth
12 Oct - 19 Oct
-74%
£256
£68 per night
Cottage ∙ 3 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cosy Cottage in West Lulworth with Garden + Beautiful Views

5.0
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West Lulworth, Purbeck District, Dorset
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Cottage Chideock
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-58%
£168
£72 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Chideock with Private Parking + Great Views

4.9
Outstanding (20 ratings)
Chideock, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Weymouth
7 Dec - 14 Dec
-72%
£357
£99 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Garden

Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Weymouth
28 Sept - 5 Oct
-77%
£359
£82 per night
Cottage ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Garden + Beautiful Views + Close to Beach

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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House Weymouth
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-76%
£297
£73 per night
House ∙ 7 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Contemporary Holiday Home in Weymouth with Private Parking + Fantastic Views

4.7
Excellent (23 ratings)
Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Verwood
4 Oct - 11 Oct
-53%
£130
£62 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Verwood with Private Parking

5.0
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Verwood, East Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Swanage
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-60%
£173
£69 per night
Cottage ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Cottage in Swanage with Garden

Swanage, Purbeck District, Dorset
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Lodge Broadwindsor
22 Nov - 29 Nov
-60%
£166
£66 per night
Lodge ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Lodge in Broadwindsor with Garden

Broadwindsor, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Portland
28 Sept - 5 Oct
-65%
£242
£85 per night
Cottage ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Portland with Garden + Breath-Taking Views

Portland, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Weymouth
1 Feb - 8 Feb
-67%
£237
£77 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Garden + Panoramic Views + Beach Nearby

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Cottage Charmouth
2 Nov - 9 Nov
-66%
£205
£69 per night
Cottage ∙ 5 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cosy Cottage in Charmouth with Private Parking + Panoramic Views

4.7
Excellent (19 ratings)
Charmouth, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Lyme Regis
11 Oct - 18 Oct
-58%
£148
£63 per night
Cottage ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Charming Cottage in Lyme Regis with Sunny Patio + Countryside Views

4.6
Excellent (19 ratings)
Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset
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Cottage Weymouth
11 Jan - 18 Jan
-76%
£353
£86 per night
Cottage ∙ 7 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Cottage in Weymouth with Garden

5.0
Outstanding (1 rating)
Weymouth, Weymouth and Portland District, Dorset
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Popular holiday rental amenities in Dorset

  • Pet-friendly (2,266)
  • Pool (685)
  • Parking (742)
  • WiFi (9,718)
  • Garden (6,012)
  • Hot tub (441)
  • TV (8,598)
  • Kitchen (7,474)
  • Washing machine (5,702)
  • Dishwasher (4,406)
  • Balcony/patio (2,534)
  • Fireplace (2,442)

A lot of the holiday lettings in Dorset are pet-friendly, which makes it a suitable holiday destination for pet owners. Pet-friendly lettings in Dorset cost, on average, £235 a night. You can also find suitable city properties, as one-third of the pet-friendly holiday rentals have a central location (less than 2 kilometres from the city centre).

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Holiday Letting Price Information in Dorset

The price graph will give you the nightly price average for the upcoming months. The most expensive week during the year ahead is in April (05/04 – 12/04), when nightly prices hit an average of £304. On average, the most interesting prices are in one week in November (23/11 – 30/11), when the average price is only £141 per night.

Rental availability information in Dorset

Check how busy Dorset is with our availability graph. The busiest time to book a holiday letting in Dorset so far is in January (25/01 – 01/02), where only 38 rentals are available. Conversely, you will find the highest percentage of available offers in Dorset in April (27/04 – 04/05).

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Accommodation options for your holiday in Dorset

2,605 out of the 10,579 listed lettings in Dorset are cottage. In other words, they make up many of the property types there (61.54%). These holiday properties have an average size of 115 m² and cost, on average, £219 a night. Furthermore, these holiday rentals are ideal for medium-sized groups and families, as most can accommodate 5 people. If you would like to book an alternative type of holiday property, you may want to check out a house rentals, which is the second most often seen accommodation option in Dorset. A house rentals in Dorset is usually around 178 m², for which the nightly price is £333 on average.
What is the weather like in Dorset?

Weather in Dorset: what to expect on your holiday

Fear not: you won’t just be holed up in your Dorset cottage for your whole holiday! Dorset has among the highest number of days of sunshine anywhere in the UK, with around 1,700 hours per year. Winters are also warmer than the UK average, with less rainfall. That being said, this is still England and you should be prepared for rain. Pack an umbrella and waterproof clothing – you’ll be thankful you did as you make your way across the wet Dorset Downs.

What are the top sights in Dorset?

What to do on your Dorset holiday

The Jurassic Coast

If you only do one thing during your holiday in Dorset then make it the Jurassic Coast, which is 152 kilometers of absolutely stunning coastline. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was England’s first natural wonder to be given the title, and features beautiful beaches, rock formations and limestone cliffs. Take your family and spend the day walking in an area that has been 185 million years in the making.

Walking holidays

Walking is a popular pastime in Dorset, with a wide range of trails available for all levels of fitness. Some 700 footpaths guide you over cliffs, down narrow country trails, through woods and over the county’s famous rolling hills. Staying in a holiday cottage in the countryside is the perfect way to start your adventure through Dorset's beautiful landscapes.

Museums and literary history

Dorset is a relaxing, beautiful place that attracts many nature lovers, but it’s not just the outdoors that brings people to the county. There are also unique museums and beautiful period homes to keep you entertained during your stay in Dorset.

Literature lovers can visit the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, as well as the cottage that he would later design and live in as an adult. Then there’s the Kingston Lacy House, an elegant estate from the mid 17th century that looks like it’s straight out of Downton Abbey. If horticulture is more your thing then visit Mapperton House and Gardens or Knoll Gardens, two of the best gardens in the country.

The Tank Museum

For something completely different, stop by the Tank Museum, a journey through 100 years of military history that includes interactive displays, exhibitions and, of course, tanks.

What are the best places to discover the arts and culture of Dorset?

A cultural history rich in literature and lore

Dorset has strong links to some of the biggest names in English literature, who have found themselves inspired by the region's landscapes. The county can also trace settlement back to the neolithic era, with historic houses and churches across Dorset. If that's not far enough back for you, Dorset is also known as one of the very best spots in the whole of Europe for fossil hunting.

Thomas Hardy Hardy, best known for "Tess of the D'Urbervilles" and "The Mayor of Casterbridge", set most of his novels in the Dorset countryside. The Dorset County Museum in Dorchester houses an extensive exhibition about the writer, or collect a copy of the Hardy Trail from Visitor Centres and see the landscapes which inspired him for yourself.

Jane Austen The other writer most closely connected to Dorset is Jane Austen, who set her novel "Persuasion" in Lyme Regis. The town's museum has exhibits relating to Jane, and more generally to the Regency period of the early 19th century.

Jurassic Coast Dorset's UNESCO Heritage Jurassic Coast stretches east from Lyme Regis. If you're a novice fossil hunter, sign up for a guided walk and learn from the experts how to spot and collect the best examples.

Athelhampton House Athelhampton is one of England's best-preserved manor houses. The house dates back to the 15th century and has a huge collection of furniture spanning the centuries. Outside, the Victorian gardens are equally impressive with ponds, fountains and intricately manicured topiary hedges.

What are the best activities for families in Dorset?

Dorset family holidays: choose a cosy family holiday cottage

Dorset is a dream destination for children, who will love playing amid the natural scenery, and its classic cottages and self-catering accommodation options are perfect for family holidays.

If you are planning a family beach trip, head to Weymouth. The sandy beach has safe waters for children to play and splash around in and it's a popular destination with sea bathers. The beaches at Swanage, Poole, and Bournemouth are good choices, too.

Visit the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre to get close to the primates and see how endangered and rescued monkeys are rehabilitated in the sanctuary. Explore the sylvan park with a guided tour and let the children have fun in the huge play area.

For a more active family adventure, visit Henley Hillbillies, where you can take part in fun motorsport and shooting activities that are suitable for individuals and families. Children over 8 can even try quad biking, with prices starting at £35/head.

Fossils are an integral part of the Jurassic Coast, and a guided fossil hunting walk is the perfect family activity during a Dorset holiday. Such hunts are organised regularly by the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, which also has an excellent fossil collection.

Head to the Moors Valley Country Park for a fun time outdoors as you go on treetop adventures, explore the cycle routes and footpaths, and ride around the Moors Lake on a steam train. Moreover, there are wildlife discovery sessions for children.

Adventure Wonderland is an award-winning theme park with various attractions and rides for families with children under the age of 10. Wild Bill's Runaway Train, Dance with the Stars, Cuddle Corner petting area, and the live shows are popular activities here.

Where are the unique attractions in Dorset?

Where to book your Dorset holiday cottage

Dorset's coastline is 142km long, stretching from Highcliffe in the east to Lyme Regis in the west - so there are no shortage of cottages to rent near the sea. If you're looking for the traditional British seaside experience, consider an apartment or cottage in a town on the coast. Cottages in more rural locations offer complete relaxation and tranquility.

Weymouth Weymouth is one of Dorset's most famous coastal towns. It is perhaps best known for its long, sandy beach and causeway leading out into the English Channel and the lighthouse at Portland Bill. Weymouth is the quintessential seaside resort with brightly-coloured beach huts, elegant gardens, and great options for shopping and eating out too.

Lyme Regis At the western edge of the county is Lyme Regis which markets itself as "The Pearl of Dorset". It's one of the UK's prettiest seaside towns and throughout the year, visitors flock to the harbour, beaches, and to hunt fossils on the nearby Jurassic coast.

East and West Bexington If you're looking to escape the crowds, why not stay in the small villages of East or West Bexington? They border the shingly Chesil Beach and are close to amenities and attractions in Abbotsbury or Weymouth.

What are the benefits of self-catering in Dorset?

A paradise for animal lovers

Whether you are travelling with the family pet or want to spend your break learning more about wildlife, Dorset has plenty to keep you busy. Take the dog for long walks along the region's beaches, or along the Wessex Reidgeway long distance path. The area is also a haven for birds with many reserves and birdwatching possibilities along the coast. For younger visitors, a trip to the region wouldn't be complete without a visit to one of Dorset's open farms and wildlife parks.

Chesil Beach One of the best areas for dog walking is the 28km long Chesil Beach, stretching west from Weymouth. The shingle is less popular with families than sandier stretches of coast, so dogs have plenty of space to run free.

Pony Trekking The eastern part of Dorset is best for pony trekking, with stables in Studland and Lulworth offering organised excursions. You don't need to be an expert rider; the stables will provide all the equipment and basic instruction needed for an afternoon in the saddle exploring Dorset's footpaths and bridleways.

Brownsea Island The National Trust owned Brownsea Island is at the entrance to Poole Harbour and is open to visitors throughout the year. Follow the clearly marked walking trails around the island where you can spot red squirrels, sika deer, wading birds, and spoonbills.

Monkey World If you prefer your wildlife a little more exotic, then visit Monkey World in Wateham. The centre covers 26 hectares and is home to over 20 different species of rescued primates, including chimpanzees, orang-utans and smaller monkey species.

What are the must-see attractions in Dorset?

Top beaches and sites to visit on your Dorset holiday

The Tank Museum

Dorset’s Tank Museum narrates more than 100 years of history. See the world’s first tank and many other weapons.

Weymouth Beach

This gently sloping beach boasts white sand and shallow waters. It has traditional English seaside attractions such as Punch and Judy puppet shows, several eateries, and a small funfair.

Bournemouth Beach

Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline has an historical pier, superb views of the Isle of Wight, and a variety of water sports.

Monkey World

This rescue centre works to stop the illegal trade of apes. Visiting the centre helps support this cause, and in return, you can meet chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and monkeys.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door

The World Heritage coastline at Lulworth Cove is the most stunning nature that Dorset has to offer. Just up the coastal path is Durdle Door, a massive natural rock arch on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Information about holiday rentals in Dorset

🏡 Holiday homes available 10,579 rentals
💳 Discounts available up to 75%
🌙 Nightly prices from £59
⭐ Popular amenities Pets allowed, Pool and Parking
🐾 Pet friendly rentals 2,332 properties
🏊 Holiday rentals with pools 692 properties
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Dorset holiday rentals have an average rating of 4/5 across 41 reviews left by travellers.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many holiday apartments are available to rent in Dorset?

Low season in Dorset is in April, so you'll be able to choose a great deal for Cottage or House rentals for your holiday.

What is the most popular holiday home amenity in Dorset?

The top three amenities our customers choose for holiday homes in Dorset are Pets allowed, Pool and Parking.

How many holiday homes with a pool there are on offer in Dorset?

Holiday homes with pools are 7 of all in Dorset on HomeToGo. Also, there are 56 of homes with pools near water.

What's the perfect time to travel to Dorset?

July and August are the best months for sun lovers in Dorset.

Where can I see discounts on holiday lettings in Dorset?

You can get brilliant bargains on holiday lettings in Dorset with the cost per night for a rental beginning at £59 - and HomeToGo has created plenty of filters that mean it's quick and simple to locate the best deals. When thinking about the timing for your holiday, search with HomeToGo's flexible dates technology to easily look for great value timings and get discounts of up to 75%. In addition, HomeToGo's 'distance from' filter can help you find hidden gem holiday homes in lower-price, lesser-known locales that are just as close to the area of your choice, whether that's a beach, lake, ski region or city centre. Book early to take advantage of a wide range of offers and the best deals - and do so free from stress by clicking on HomeToGo's 'free cancellation' filter when searching for holiday accommodation.

What are the pros of choosing a holiday letting in Dorset with HomeToGo?

From serenity away from the crowds to plenty of room to enjoy with your travel companions, holiday rentals in Dorset offer plenty of advantages. HomeToGo provides real reviews written by previous guests, and searching is secure, simple, and stress-free - so with 10,579 lettings from 28 providers in the region, you're bound to discover the perfect holiday home with the amenities and features you need in Dorset.

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