A Rural Gem…
Dorset is a small gem of a county encompassing all that is best in rural England. It has rolling green hills, woodland and hedgerows running down to the sea, yet it is only 3 hours from London and the South-East. There are 90 miles of unspoiled coastline with dramatic cliff-top walks and good, safe beaches.
The whole coastline from Exmouth to Poole has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Known as the Jurassic Coast, it is the only natural phenomenon in England to achieve this status.
History at Every Turn…
The small towns of rural Dorset have grown from the landscape over centuries. This means you will find history at every turn to inform and delight you. For the more energetic, footpaths and cycle-ways open up Dorset’s secrets and the coast is always close at hand for water sports enthusiasts.
Virtually all the cottages are in traditional villages with a pub and a shop near at hand. These villages are graced by fine old buildings that Thomas Hardy would have known and immortalised in his books on Dorset.
Our stunning unspoilt coastline is one of the many reasons to visit Dorset. From the dramatic natural rock arch at Durdle Door to the endless sandy expanses of Studland; Dorset has it all.
Whether you are interested in sunbathing in a perfect idyll, exploring some of the lesser known areas or entertaining your four-legged friend, visit our Dorset beach guide to find exactly what you are looking for.
The Diverse Areas of Dorset
All of our cottages are situated in a traditional village and are within 10 miles of the Jurassic Heritage Coast and World Heritage Coastal path. You can read more about each area and find cottages in the area you prefer by clicking on a link below:
Classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty, as is most of west Dorset, this area has a maintained a genteel, old-world ambience quite unlike any other beach resort. This area is excellent for fossil hunting!
Bridport is an attractive Georgian town and the beautiful surrounding area is great for walking, with ancient footpaths linking Iron age hill forts. The coastal path here takes in the spectacular 618 ft Golden Cap above Seatown
Dorchester is a small, characterful town, with many interesting historical buildings, including Hardy’s Birthplace. Weymouth has a sandy beach with many activities. The coast of this area includes the famous Chesil Beach.
The coast here is the most dramatic and varied in the county and also includes the famous landmarks of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Inland are the beautiful valleys of the Frome and Piddle rivers, along with Lulworth Castle and many other places of interest.
The Purbeck area has a uniquely diverse landscape, with hills, heathlands and the vast expanse of Poole Harbour and the RSPB reserve at Arne. Swanage has a sandy beach with a steam train linking it with the beautiful Corfe Castle ruins.
Travel distances to Dorset
One of the many reasons for Dorset’s enduring popularity is how easy it is to get here. By car, Dorset lies just an hour and a half’s drive from the M25 making it an ideal destination for a West Country short break. The west of the county is also well served by the M5 making it very accessible for those travelling from Wales and the north. Dorset enjoys a frequent rail service from Waterloo. Bournemouth, Southampton and Exeter international airports make the county more accessible than ever to our overseas visitors, as do Southampton and Weymouth ferry terminals. For your convenience, we have put together a complete list of all travel options for getting to Dorset.