Hideaways has been letting holiday cottages in Dorset for many years with a wide selection to offer you throughout this beautiful county. An excursion to Dorset's Jurassic coast, England's first natural World Heritage site, is a must while inland there are many treasures to explore - Corfe Castle, The Cerne Abbas Giant and Maiden Castle Hill Fort - to name just a few.
Discover Dorset from a luxury cottage near Weymouth, a romantic cottage for two near the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury or a stunning, contemporary house on the Sandbanks peninsula.
Set halfway down the only ‘street’ in scenic Milton Abbas, “The Engine Room” once housed the engine for the village fire station. Now, imaginatively converted into a cosy, well-planned hideaway.
A beautifully restored, Grade II listed cottage in the small village of Leigh, 6 miles from Sherborne and 30-40 minutes' drive from the Jurassic coast.
Perched above a ‘Heritage’ garage in the hamlet of Stoke Trister, on the Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire border, this delightfully ‘quirky’ retreat enjoys far-reaching views over the Blackmore Vale.
One of two carefully designed cottages with ground floor accommoadtion, deep in the countryside, on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset.
Deep in the countryside on the Dorset-Wiltshire border with far-reaching views across unspoilt countryside, The Old Piggery provides a peaceful pied à terre for exploring this beautiful area.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 2nd September
Quietly situated along a winding country lane in the parish of Stour Provost, 4 miles from the hilltop town of Shaftesbury, this is a beautifully appointed cottage, perfect for two guests.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd September
Built in the 18th century, with a thatched roof, thick cob walls and a tastefully furnished interior, The Old Rectory Cottage exudes character and charm.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 3rd September
These two stone cottages stand quietly by a bridge on the edge of the small village of Powerstock, just 5 miles from the Dorset coast at West Bay.
A carefully restored, quintessential English cottage, below Gold Hill in St James's, a few minutes' walk from the main part of the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury.
Great care has gone into the conversion of this former coach house which is situated in the attractive Dorset village of Okeford Fitzpaine. Visit England 4 stars.
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Dorset is a delight - a county that can still give you the feeling that no one but you has discovered its richness before. Hideaways has specialised in providing cottages to rent in Dorset for over 35 years and has a comprehensive selection of holiday cottages to offer throughout the county, giving you the opportunity to discover some of England’s finest coast and countryside.
Dorset is popular as only a southern county with a magnificent coastline can be. But while it has seaside resorts to compare with any, there are also long stretches of unfrequented coast to enjoy, because there are no main roads that hug the coastline. Dorset's Jurassic coast is England's first natural World Heritage site, covering 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to The Isle of Purbeck. The coast is famous for its natural geological structures, including Durdle Door, a naturally formed stone arch in the sea near Lulworth, and Old Harry Rocks, a set of chalk sea stacks – independently standing rock formations out in the sea – near Studland. Both of these are visible from the South West Coastal Path, which offers a great way for anybody staying in one of our Dorset holiday cottages to see some of the Jurassic Coast.
If you’re a watersports enthusiast, head for Poole, which boasts the second largest natural harbour in the world and is a haven for wild sea birds. Poole is a vibrant town with a bustling quay, a good variety of shops and restaurants. Poole’s Sandbanks peninsula is renowned for its windsurfing. The neighbouring seaside resort of Bournemouth has seven miles of golden sands and is brimming with shops, restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs.
The interior of Dorset is carried on the broad backbone of the chalk hills extending southwards from Salisbury Plain. You can appreciate the sweep of the landscape from its high places, the Blackmoor Vale from the Saxon hilltop town of Shaftesbury, the Cranborne Chase from Pentridge Hill, the Stour Valley from Hod Hill. If you choose an inland holiday cottage in Dorset, among the hills you will come upon amazing reminders of ancient Dorset, such as the Giant cut in the turf above Cerne Abbas and probably the most impressive Iron Age hill fort in the country, Maiden Castle. We have a special selection of holiday cottages in Shaftesbury that are perfectly located for enjoying this part of Dorset.
In the inland heart of the county you are constantly enticed onto the byroads by the very names of its villages. Who can resist the urge to discover such places as Worth Matravers, Bingham’s Melcombe, Sydling St Nicholas, Piddletrenthide, Mappowder or Plush? To some Dorset will always be the heart of Hardy country. To them the names on the signposts will always carry an invisible alternative; the names by which they can be identified in the novels and poems of Thomas Hardy.
Dorset is also a county of historic towns and villages: Dorchester – the county town – home and inspiration to Thomas Hardy, Bridport, famous for its rope making, Sherborne, with a great abbey, Corfe Castle, dominated by the ruins of its Norman castle. All are within easy reach of our Dorset holiday cottages.
We have highlighted some of the county’s best features and hope that they will give you an idea of what is possible during a cottage holiday in Dorset. Our holiday cottages in Dorset are high quality, perfect for short weekend breaks or family holidays of a week or more.
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