About Us

Charles & JennieA Little History…

Dorset Coastal Cottages is a brand of Dorset Holiday Cottages Limited, a small family business established in 1992 by Charles and Jennie Smith. The business started with an annexe of their house as a holiday cottage and was run from a phone in Jennie’s kitchen. Gradually, over time, other holiday home owners in the area asked Charles if he would consider letting their cottages in addition to his own.

Over the course of over 25 years, we have grown from an agency of one self catering holiday cottage to just over 220 holiday properties. In this time the company ethos has never changed. We’re a local agency with local staff, able to offer intimate knowledge of our properties and our beautiful county.


Dorset Coastal Cottages, Wool Office, DorsetThe Business…

Dorset Holiday Cottages Ltd is based in Wool on The Isle Of Purbeck in south Dorset. Everyone who works here is local to the area and knows it well. We have cottages, barn conversions, townhouses and apartments that span the entire coast from Studland to Lyme Regis so we also have offices in Bridport and Swanage. This means we are on hand to assist with any problems in the properties quickly and efficiently.

The company is now run by Jeremy, Charles’s eldest son and Jennifer Owens who has been with the company for nearly 25 years. In turn, they are supported by loyal, long staying members of staff including Nikki Axon our Office Manager. Quality/Customer Services lies in the capable hands of Kate Hinton.


Peony Cottage AffpuddleOur Properties…

A Dorset Coastal Cottage has specific criteria that mean you know what to expect no matter which of our lovely self catering holiday properties you choose. We specialise in traditional and thatched cottages, barn conversions and irresistible Dorset chocolate-box cottages as well as seaside townhouses and harbour-view apartments.

All our properties are within 10 miles of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, however, most are within 5 miles. All of our resort townhouses and apartments are within just a mile of the coast.

The properties are all assessed under the Turnstone Assessment quality scheme. This guarantees the highest standards and each and every property has between a 3 and 5 star award. Additionally, our guests grade all our properties on an ongoing basis. Feedback from guests is closely monitored to ensure we are maintaining our high standards.