Know Before You Go – Mobile and Wi-Fi in Dorset

One of the questions we are most often asked is:

Wifi In Dorset“Will I get a mobile signal at my cottage?”

“Maybe, maybe not!” is the answer.


That’s because there is no hard and fast rule governing mobile coverage in Dorset. You may get a signal with Orange but not with Vodafone. Some of our thatched cottages have 3 foot thick cobb walls so you won’t get reception inside but you will get it in the garden! Often you will find a random spot where you can pick up a bar or two, maybe even download an email, but this can change as quickly as the weather. Outside of the larger towns you will be lucky to get 3G and if you do it will be slow and unreliable.

So what’s the solution?


If you can’t afford to be without your phone or laptop…


1. Check with your network before you leave home

Orange/T – Mobile, Vodafone, Virgin, O2 and Three all have comprehensive coverage checkers on their website where you can search by the name of the village you are staying in or the postcode of the cottage.

Mobile Phone Reception in Dorset2. Book a cottage with Wi-Fi

You can specify this requirement in your search or call the office to check if you are unsure. Please remember that old copper wiring and large distances from telephone exchanges means the broadband may not be up to the speeds you are used to. Oh and those 3 foot thick walls again…you may only get Wi-Fi in the room with the hub! Browse our cottages with wifi.

 3. Visit one of the larger towns

Cafes with free Wi-Fi and decent 3G coverage can be found in the larger towns of Swanage, Weymouth, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Bridport.