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Price and Availability Index in Dorset
Holiday Letting Price Information in Dorset
The price graph will give you the nightly price average for the upcoming months. It is during one week in August (03/08 - 10/08) that you will find the highest prices for the next months. In November (02/11 - 09/11), prices will hit an average low of £85 per night.
Holiday Home Availability Information in Dorset
The availability graph shows the percentage of available rentals in Dorset. The week with the highest booking rate in the next 6 months is in July (27/07 - 03/08), when 56% of the holiday lettings are booked. Conversely, you will find the highest percentage of available offers in Dorset in October (12/10 - 19/10).
The Weather in Dorset
You can see our climate diagram above. July is the warmest month of the year in Dorset, with temperatures reaching an average daily maximum of 22°. January is the coolest month, with the average minimum temperature falling to 2°. The rainiest month is July, while the driest month is September.
Find adventure and natural beauty with Dorset cottages
Dorset may not be the most famous tourist destination in the country, but that is exactly what’s charming about it. This quintessentially English county in the south west of the country is home to farms, picturesque villages and iconic chalk cliffs. Highlights include many kilometers of stunning coastline, historic villages and excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. With a Dorset holiday cottage, 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.
How to get to Dorset
Most Dorset holiday homes can easily be reached with public transport from major cities like Bristol or London. However, you may prefer to drive yourself, if only because Dorset is largely rural and you’ll need your own vehicle to see the majority of the attractions in the area. The county is also served by Bournemouth International Airport, if you're coming from further afield!
Weather in Dorset: What to expect
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 to do in Dorset
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 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.
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.
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.
Fun for the kids in Dorset
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.
At Monkey World, you can get up close and personal with more than 200 monkeys as you explore over 65 acres of woodland, while at Badger Watch Dorset, you can witness this beloved animal in its natural environment. Or, if you prefer your creatures to be a little bigger, older and, well, extinct, stop by the Dinosaur Museum, which houses fossils, skeletons and recreations of the largest beasts ever to roam the earth.
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.
Younger children can have their imaginations stirred at Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, home to a huge collection of teddy bears – isn’t that a child’s dream?
Finally, engage with local life and really give your children something to smile about by spending an afternoon at Abbotsbury Children's Farm or Dorset Heavy Horse Farm and Rescue Centre, two farms that allow visitors to handle, feed and learn about the animals that live on these farmlands.
Visit Dorset for stunning beaches and history
The Tank Museum
Dorset’s Tank Museum narrates more than 100 years of history. See the world’s first tank and many other weapons.
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’s beautiful coastline has an historical pier, superb views of the Isle of Wight, and a variety of water sports.
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.
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