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Dorset Holiday Cottages
For a wide selection of Dorset self catering cottages, see the companies listed below. They've been sorted in accordance to the amount of holiday properties they provide in the Dorset region. They also offers a vast selection of South West England cottages.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 270 Dorset holiday cottages
situated throughout the county in places like Dorchester, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. A range of discounts are available for many of their self catering properties and most have a minimum of three stars.
Holiday Lettings - 250 Dorset cottage properties
from Holiday Lettings. Many of their cottages are located within a short distance of the heritage coastline with prices starting at around £215. They also offer a selection of apartments and moden bungalows.
- More than 170 Dorset cottages provided by Holiday Rentals. Owners can be contacted directly and user reviews are available for selected properties. Locations include Poole Harbour, Bournemouth and Chesil Beach. Bookings start at £350 for week-long holiday breaks.
Around 40 cottages in Dorset offered by Hoseasons Cottages. Booking prices start at £230 for 7 day breaks during low season. There's also a further 170 holiday properties in the South West England region.
Dorset is situated in South West England and is bordered by Devon, Wiltshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. The county has the sunniest climate in the UK with an estimated 2000 hours of sunshine each year. It also boasts a distinctive, World Heritage coastline that features distinctive coves and long shingle beaches.
Pilsdon Pen, Dorset's highest peak at 908ft offers a spectacular view of the Marshwood Vale. The land is fertile, fed by the Rivers Cerne, Frome and Char. One can still trace Dorset's distant past, with remains of ancient track-ways and earthworks cut from the ground - the Cerne Abbas Giant
is perhaps the most famous example.
Dorset is also a county of small villages tucked away along country lanes. Its charm and beauty was perfectly captured by author and poet Thomas Hardy
in works such as 'Tess of the Durbervilles' and 'Return of the Native'. His birthplace, Burton Brandstock, a picturesque little village seems to exemplify the county's charm and character.
Sherborne, Cerne Abbas and a host of villages scattered across the county feature countless reminders of an eventful and intriguing past. The fan-vaulted roofs of the imposing Sherborne Abbey and the medieval port town Lyme Regis
are good examples and are a must-visit.
Dorset visitor attractions
This section provides practical information about the top visitor attractions, restaurants and pubs in the country of Dorset. There's also details regarding historical places of interest. Admission times, and entry prices are included where possible.
The award-winning Dinosaur Museum
in Dorchester, is one of Dorset's top attractions and exhibits dinosaur skeletons, jurassic fossils and full-size reconstructions. Opening times are 9.30am - 5.30pm and admission charges are between £5 and £6.75. Under 4s are admitted for free.
Adventure Wonderland in Christchurch is also worth a visit and is the most popular theme park in the county. It features an indoor play area, a ghost ship and a selection of rides and roller-coasters. It's open from 10am to 6pm and tickets are £5 for children, £10 for adults. Farmer Palmer's Farm Park
is another award-winner and is geared towards the young with bouncy castles, woodland walks and animal-related activities such as pony grooming. The park is open from 10am to 4pm.
Food and drink
The Square and Compass in Worth Matrevers, is memorable and has been in the same family for over 100 years. In addition to a range of local ales such as Palmers Dorset Gold, visitors will also find 13 different ciders including one which is homemade. The interior is traditionally furnished and features an inglenook fireplace and woodburning stove. The Marquis of Lorne Inn
in Nettlecombe is also brimming in character and dates back to the 16th century. The cosy interior includes log-fires and there's also a large beer garden.
The Sienna Restaurant
in Dorchester is one of the finest eateries in Dorset and specialises in modern British food - specialities include Dorset lamb and shepherds pie. Visitors are advised to book well in advance due to its popularity. Alternatively, try the well-situated West Beach Restaurant
in Bournemouth, which affords some impressive sea-views and serves contemporary cuisine. The a la carte menu utilises local ingredients and is reasonably priced.
History and Culture
Portland Castle is an important historical site and was constructed by Henry VIII to protect against Spanish and French invasion. It features an impressive amphitheater and picturesque garden area. Tours of the castle run daily and its open from 10am to 5pm. The Tank Museum
in Bovington is also a major visitor attraction and exhibits the largest collection of tanks in the world, from early WW1 tanks to modern armoured vehicles such as the Challenger. Opening times are 10-5pm.
The Keep Military Museum
in Dorchester is also a must-visit and houses a large range of military artifacts such as armour, medals, weapons and uniforms. It's open from 10am to 5pm. For a similarly themed day out try the acclaimed Forde Abbey and Gardens
- its over 900 years old and features over 30 acres of landscaped gardens and a selection of ornately furnished state rooms. Access to both the house and gardens are £9.