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Cottages in Dorset short breaks

Cottages in Dorset short breaks

Dorset really is a gem of a county encompassing all that is best about rural England - rolling green hills, gorse-filled heathland, inviting pubs, woodland and hedgerows running down to one of the finest stretches of coastline in England, including a World Heritage Site. From our collection of cottages in Dorset short breaks can be enjoyed either on the coast or in a beautiful rural setting. For many Dorset is just a few hours' drive away and an ideal location for a short break. At most of our cottages in Dorset short breaks are available either for long weekends or midweek getaways.

Here's my Top Five Things To Do whilst staying on a short break at one of our cottages in Dorset.

1. Climb up Gold Hill
Shaftesbury is one of England's most scenically located and charming historic market towns, made famous by the Hovis advert that featured Gold Hill - the steep cobbled street lined with its unique thatched and tiled Dorset cottages.

2. Fossil hunt on the Jurassic Coast
There are excellent fossil-hunting opportunities to be had along the entire length of the coast, so called because of the richness of its fossils. This World Heritage Site offers a unique insight into a record 185 million years of the Earth's geological history.

3. Picnic at Durdle Door
Lulworth Cove is an almost perfectly circular bay with pebble shores flanked by high cliffs. A short, albeit energetic walk, along the coastal path leads to the natural limestone arch called Durdle Door, and two small, busy shingle beaches separated by the rock formation, the perfect place for a picnic.

4. Blush at the sight of the Cerne Abbas Giant
Cerne Abbas, with its abbey ruins, lies at the heart of Hardy's Wessex. However it is best known for its infamous Giant, a 180-foot nude male etched into the chalk hillside above the village. A walk around the Giant goes from the abbey up the hill and alongside the carving, with excellent views of the surrounding countryside.

5. Take a boat trip to Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island lies just inside the entrance to Poole Harbour, one of the world's largest natural harbours. Boat trips are available to this National Trust-owned island which is only one-and-a-half miles long and most famous as a red squirrel sanctuary and the birthplace of the Scouting movement.

So, why not browse my selection of cottages in Dorset to find something that catches your eye for a relaxing short break? To see all of our cottages in Dorset click here

If you cannot find what you are looking for, please do not hesitate to contact me via Ask Cathy, Ask Cathy live if I'm online or Can't Find The Property You Want, all available throughout the website.

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  • Blackberie Cottage

    Blackberie Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E2389

    Court Orchard, Stoke Abbott.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Stunning country views, very comfortable, wood burning stove, walk to pub, pet friendly. Dorset cottages bring to mind scenes of ru...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £286 - £816
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  • Corner Cottage

    Corner Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E4296

    The Cross, Okeford Fitzpaine.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Village location, walk to pub, wood burning stove, sunroom, enclosed garden, pet friendly. While staying in this holiday cottage Do...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £373 - £740
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  • Strawberie Cottage

    Strawberie Cottage

    Property Reference Number:
    E2390

    Court Orchard, Stoke Abbott.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Stunning country views, very comfortable, wood burning stove, walk to pub, pet friendly. Dorset cottages bring to mind scenes of ru...
    Sleeps: 2
    Weekly price range: £341 - £674
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  • The Kite

    The Kite

    Property Reference Number:
    E4133

    Bagber Common.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Spacious, wood burning stove, two bathrooms, large garden, pet friendly. Among the holiday cottages Dorset can offer is this spacio...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £373 - £740
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  • The Old Dairy

    The Old Dairy

    Property Reference Number:
    E5394

    Berne Lane.  View on map>

    In a nutshell: Detached, lovely views, wood burning stove, short drive to beach, pet friendly. Among our featured Dorset cottages is this detached...
    Sleeps: 4
    Weekly price range: £404 - £816
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  • Trent

    Trent

    Property Reference Number:
    E3612

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    In a nutshell: Far reaching views, very comfortable, four poster bed, wi-fi, two bathrooms, wheelchair access. While staying at one of these two h...
    Sleeps: 6
    Weekly price range: £501 - £986
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