About Us

Charles & JennieA Little History…

Dorset Coastal Cottages, a brand of Dorset Holiday Cottages Limited, is a small family business established in 1992 by Charles and Jennie Smith. When the business started it was run from a phone in Jennie’s kitchen, with just their own holiday cottage, an annexe of their house. Gradually, over time, other holiday home owners in the area asked Charles if he would consider letting their cottage as well.
Over the course of 20 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.
As we have cottages, barn conversions, town houses and apartments that span the entire coast from Studland to Lyme Regis we also have offices in Bridport and Swanage, so that we can 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 over 20 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 Gurner.

Peony Cottage AffpuddleOur Properties…

A Dorset Coastal Cottage has specific criteria that means you know what you are going to get no matter which of our lovely self catering holiday properties you choose.
We specialise in traditional and thatched cottages, seaside and harbour-view apartments as well as barn conversions and irresistible Dorset chocolate-box cottages.
All our properties are within 10 miles of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, however most are within 5 miles. All of the our resort town houses 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. All properties are also annually graded by our guests.