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Holiday cottages in Dorset

Welcome to Dorset Coastal Cottages. We offer a fantastic collection of over 200 coastal self-catering holiday cottages perfectly positioned either in quaint, traditional villages within 10 miles of the Jurassic Coast, or in prime locations near the beach in one of our lovely seaside towns.

Immerse yourself in the past by visiting a wealth of historic castles; explore endless unspoilt countryside with 3000 miles of footpaths which weave amongst our holiday cottages; take the South West Coast Path which stretches from Poole to Lyme Regis or spend lazy days on the coast with the sand between your toes.

Our properties offer something for everyone: romantic getaways for couples, large cottages ideal for group get-togethers with friends and family or thatched cottages offering quintessential charm. Over half of our properties are also dog-friendly (and many have gardens!) so your four-legged friend can join the adventures.

Sit back, relax and browse our collection of self-catering cottages and start planning your next coastal adventure in Dorset.

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Dog-friendly beaches and attractions in Dorset

Where will you and your canine friends spend the holiday? If you are heading to the Dorset coast with a pup or two in tow, you cannot miss out on a trip to the beach!

Splashing through the shallows, digging in the sand and running full-tilt, trying to catch the ball before another doggo gets there, that’s what beaches are for. After days spent with an excited and exhilarated dog running about the beach, head back to a cosy dog-friendly cottage to curl up together around the fire. To ensure you have an easy time away and don’t get caught up in the planning, we’ve gathered together a list of dog-friendly beaches along the Jurassic Coast where you and your canine companions can walk, run and play.

Those on our list include Eype, Cogden and the famed Lulworth Cove. See our full list of dog-friendly beaches in Dorset.

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The top ten things to do in Swanage

Set in the heart of the Purbeck Heritage Coast, this sought-after holiday destination is full to bursting with activities for families, couples and groups of friends on a trip to Dorset. We’ve narrowed down the huge selection on offer to our top ten things to do in Swanage, so take a look and see if you agree.

The landscape in this part of the country is breathtaking, making for excellent walking and rambling while the wildlife and birdlife are varied and draws visitors every year. Artists and water sports enthusiasts are drawn to the region where there are workshops that cater to visitors and those who want to try something new on their travels. And the dining in Dorset is exquisite, with relaxed beachside cafes, traditional pubs, alongside stylish and contemporary restaurants, there’s plenty on offer for evenings out in Swanage.

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Uncover Tyneham: Dorset’s ghost village

Ever heard of the mysterious ghost village hidden on the Jurassic Coast? The village of Tyneham is set in a quiet spot between beautiful Kimmeridge Bay to the east and famed Lulworth Bay to the west.

Apparently, an idyllic place, this village has a church, grand house and many homes that now sit in ruins, creating an unearthly atmosphere. With collapsed roofs and walls, and grass that has taken over much of the old streets, it’s not difficult to imagine ghosts from centuries past roaming the decrepit buildings.

On Christmas Eve 1943, the villagers up and left, seemingly overnight. Read on to find out what really happened here…  

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Dine out at The Station Kitchen West Bay

Drawing on Dorset’s long history, with contemporary and stylish interiors and delicious food, this award-winning restaurant should be top of your list on a foodie retreat to West Bay. Calling itself ‘rustic-luxe’, this restaurant certainly delivers when it comes to their use of traditional, old-world furnishings, yet ensuring a high-end setting with quality food.

Due to its location down in popular West Bay, the town that provided the backdrop to TVs Broadchurch, it has had its share of celebrity clientele. Book to dine in the exclusive setting of the refurbished carriage, or invite a big group of family and friends for a great evening meal at The Station Kitchen. They even host a range of events, with everything from music to murder mystery nights. Find out more about this contemporary and quirky restaurant by the sea.

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