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Hut in Piddlehinton
Kingfisher cabin in secluded Dorset woodland
In Middlemarsh not Piddlehinton. Reconnect with nature at this lovely secluded spot, surrounded by woodland and forest, this is the perfect getaway from busy city life. The cabin is located within an area of outstanding natural beauty with access to a great range of footpaths, and the Hunters Moon Inn a short walk away. It is also only a 30 minute drive to the Jurassic coast with beaches like Lulworth. There are a herd of friendly deer on site that you can be introduced too. We do not allow dogs
13–20 Dec, Individual Host
£90 per night
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Cabin in NORTH Chideock
Log Cabin/Hot Tub on Private Lake Jurassic Coast
This very charming, cosy and rustic log cabin is located on a private lake on the outskirts of a quiet family farm in North Chideock, just 5 minutes drive from the Jurassic Coast. The tranquil surroundings make this place the perfect romantic getaway for couples and an amazing place to spend a holiday as a family. Various wildlife and lifestock are frequent visitors of the cabin including our resident heron. Enjoy a drink on the sun deck and watch the sunset over the fields from the hot tub.
19–26 Jul, Professional Host
£248 per night
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Apartment in Dorset
Luxury flat on Sandbanks beach with panorama view
Luxury top floor two room apartment. Located directly on the beach of the Sandbanks peninsula with breathtaking double sided views over Bournemouth Bay, Studland, Isle of Wight and Poole harbour. It has everything you need for a self-catering holiday and loads of sporty activities just around the corner (all sorts of water sport, walks, golf, tennis, bike riding & lots more). Suitable for people who want to relax and wind down. Please beware this is not a party location. NB: Very steep stairs.
28 Jan – 4 Feb, Individual Host
£217 per night

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Other great holiday rentals in Dorset

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Cottage in Dorset
Cute & Cosy Bothy Cottage, near Sherborne & Yeovil
15–22 Oct, Individual Host
£113 per night
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Shipping container in Blashford
Lynbrook Haybarn, Hot Tub, New Forest
7–14 Jun, Individual Host
£288 per night
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Guest suite in Long Bredy
Stylish hayloft conversion next to 18thC farmhouse
11–18 Apr, Individual Host
£98 per night
Cottage in Dorset
18th Century Coastal Cottage
4–11 Nov, Individual Host
£182 per night
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Barn in Winfrith Newburgh
The Stable Barn - Luxury Spacious Cottage for Two
5–12 Sept, Individual Host
£102 per night
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Place to stay in Weymouth
Pebble Lodge
14–21 Oct, Individual Host
£188 per night
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Home in Eype
Beautiful beachside home, amazing sea view & walks
11–18 Jan, Individual Host
£224 per night
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Cottage in Corfe Castle
Cottage by the Common, Corfe Castle
21–28 Jan, Individual Host
£162 per night
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Cottage in Nr. Bridport
5* Cottage on Chesil Beach Dorset Jurassic Coast
13–20 Oct, Individual Host
£352 per night
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Flat in Charmouth
Fab Studio, Full Sea Views, Private Terrace,
30 Oct – 6 Nov, Individual Host
£124 per night
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Guest house in Dorset
Garden Annexe, hot tub, 15 mins to Sandbanks beach
4–11 Dec, Individual Host
£151 per night
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Place to stay in Curry Rivel
Romantic Couples Iglu - HOT TUB - Quirky Escape
24–31 Dec, Individual Host
£178 per night

Your guide to Dorset

All About Dorset

From the ruins of Corfe Castle to pastel-hued harbours, from rocky shoreline to verdant countryside, Dorset is a patchwork of history. One of the county’s most famous features is the striking natural stone arch of Durdle Door, which sits on the imposing Jurassic Coast. Home to fossils galore and secluded coves, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is brimming with idyllic clifftop walks and turquoise waters for sea swimming — just be prepared for potentially chilly water temperatures. Victorian Bournemouth, Dorset’s largest town, is known for its sweeping beach and manicured gardens, while Poole combines a scenic harbour with a motorcycle speedway stadium dating back to the 1940s.

Weymouth is also a popular destination for summer visitors, who line its curved, sandy beach and blend in with the rows of boats in its traditional harbour. Moving out into the countryside, you’ll find grand manor houses, expansive estates, blooming gardens, and plenty of local wildlife. Along the shoreline, there are working lighthouses, pretty piers, and charming fishing villages to admire.

The best time to stay in a holiday rental in Dorset

Summer is the most popular time to visit Dorset, with beaches peppered with families, regular boat trips operating along the coast, and harbourfront cafes buzzing with diners. However, like the rest of the UK, even the summer months can bring rain showers as well as sunshine. Veterans of British summer breaks will know that sunscreen and a light waterproof coat are advised to cover all eventualities. The summer months are also peak season for wildlife spotting — head to Brownsea Island for sightings of deer, lizards, dragons, and butterflies. Springtime is another good time for a cottage holiday in Dorset, as temperatures are generally milder than other parts of the country. The Food Rocks festival also draws crowds to Lyme Regis in September for two days of foodie fun, from classes run by experts to supper clubs showcasing local seafood.

Top things to do in Dorset

The South West Coast Path

There are over 600 miles of the South West Coast Path to explore, running from Poole Harbour, snaking around the Cornish shoreline, through Devon and right up to Somerset. If you’re looking for a shortcut to the scenic views, there are a number of coastal bus routes that make hiking shorter sections an easy option.

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Park up within a stone’s throw of the lighthouse itself, or take a short boat trip across from Weymouth Harbour for a real sense of its maritime history. Lighting the way for sailors since the early 20th century, Portland Bill Lighthouse is still operational, and visitors can climb its 41-metre tower for a commanding view of the Portland Race — a powerful clash of tides off the headland.

Holes Bay Nature Park

Wildlife spotters love this peaceful park, which offers a stunning display of flora in spring and summer to accompany its plentiful fish species, roosting birds, and wildfowl. Aside from the fauna — there’s something to see here whatever the time of year — you can also enjoy a coastal walk that connects to the nearby Castleman Trailway.

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