Self catering holiday cottages to rent in Dorset by the sea.
We are a holiday cottage agency specialising in self catering holiday cottages and apartments to rent by the sea in Dorset, England, UK. You can hire one of our 200+ Dorset holiday cottages for self catering short breaks (as little as 2 days, weekend break or midweek) or by the week, all year round.
The majority of our holiday cottages are old, with gardens. Most have open fires, many are thatched and over half allow pets. For the pick of English country cottages to rent for your Dorset holiday by the sea, take a break with Dorset Coastal Cottages. Our Dorset self catering holiday properties are either in a traditional village within 10 miles of the Jurassic Coast or near the beach in one of our lovely seaside towns. You can be sure that with us, your vacation or weekend break will be in an excellent standard of self catering accommodation.
Why holiday in Dorset?
Dorset is ideal for a self catering cottage holiday. It has more sunshine and less rain than Devon or Cornwall and it’s closer to London and the South-East which is ideal for that last-minute short break. With its rolling countryside and spectacular coastline providing an endless array of activities, there is truly something for everyone. Over half the county has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its mainly rural landscape means an abundance of nature. This, coupled with centuries old traditions, means that there is plenty of delicious local produce to enjoy as well. Find out more about the different holiday areas in Dorset.
Dorset walking holidays and beach holidays
The sea is always close by. There are sandy beaches at Studland, Swanage, Weymouth and Lyme Regis, plus many shingle beaches. Snorkelling and diving are available off ledges and rocky coves all along the coastline. The South-West Coast Path allows you to walk on unspoiled coastline from Poole to Lyme Regis. Inland there are 3000 miles of footpaths, so you can walk in beautiful countryside from any of our holiday cottages in Dorset.
Around half of our holiday cottages are dog friendly, so you can enjoy long walks with your best friend along the South West Coast Path and visit our dog friendly beaches. Most of our country pubs accept pets too. Finish off a bracing winter walk with a well-earned drink while your dog warms himself in front of the fire.