Know before you go – mobile coverage in Dorset

One of the questions we are most often asked is:

Mobile signal 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 4G and if you do it may 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

EE, Vodafone, Virgin, O2 and Three all have comprehensive coverage checkers on their websites 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

Nearly all our cottages have Wi-Fi (double check on the property details page or use the filter on our search form). However, 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! Not all cottages have unlimited internet packages, so please check before you book.

3. Visit one of the larger towns

Cafes and pubs with free Wi-Fi and decent 3/4G coverage can be found in the larger towns of Swanage, Weymouth, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Bridport.