Hideaways has been letting Dorset holiday cottages for many years with a wide selection of luxury self-catering accommodation 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 but a few.
Discover Dorset from a stunning family house near Weymouth, romantic thatched cottages near Shaftesbury or a contemporary barn conversion in the heart of Hardy Country. Perfect for couples and families alike, our holiday cottages in Dorset provide ultimate comfort and convenience while you explore this captivating county.
Furnished and equipped to extremely high specifications, North Cottage offers an opportunity to stay somewhere quite exceptional in South Wiltshire’s highly sought after Chalke Valley.
Switch off from the stresses of modern living and find some peace and tranquillity in a corner of Wiltshire where the three shepherd’s huts at Milton Farm nestle quietly at the bottom of a wheat field.
This is a charming cottage situated in a small mews just off the High Street in the village of Tisbury, on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset .
At the end of an impressive, tree-lined avenue, lies this enchanting folly. Painstakingly restored and imaginatively converted by its owners, it provides a special place to stay in a beautiful setting.
Set halfway down the only ‘street’ in the scenic Dorset village of Milton Abbas, “The Engine Room” once housed the engine for the village fire station. It has now been imaginatively converted into a cosy, well-planned hideaway.
A beautifully restored, Grade II listed, thatched Dorset holiday cottage in the small village of Leigh, 6 miles from Sherborne and 30-40 minutes' drive from the Jurassic coast.
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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.
Imaginatively converted and extended from an outbuilding within the garden of a larger house, Bridge Studio lies in the pretty village of Bishopstone, half way along the unspoilt Chalke Valley.
A lot of thought has gone into the conversion of this old stone coach house, which stands near the top of Tisbury's attractive village High Street, on the Wiltshire-Dorset border.
One of two carefully designed holiday cottages with ground floor accommodation, deep in the countryside, on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset.
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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 luxury holiday accommodation to rent in Dorset for over 35 years and has a special selection of country and coastal 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 most spectacular sights on 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.
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.
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. Hideaways' holiday cottages in Dorset are high quality, perfect for short weekend breaks or family holidays of a week or more. We have a particularly wide selection of holiday cottages in and around Shaftesbury which are perfectly located for enjoying the lovely but less well-known Blackmore Vale, which stretches out below this ancient hilltop town. Slightly further south but still firmly inland, Hideaways has a special selection of period cottages and barn conversions close to the popular market towns of Blandford and Wimborne Minster. This part of Dorset has breathtaking scenery with magnificent views across several counties from Bulbarrow Hill, 900 feet above sea level - perfect for keen walkers and cyclists.
If you are set on being as close as you can to Dorset’s World Heritage coast, then our Dorset coastal cottages will not disappoint. Several of them deservedly appear in our selection of luxury holiday cottages, offering you those extra touches which will make your stay all the more special. Many of them are also dog-friendly holiday cottages – what better way to spend time with your four-legged friend than on a bracing walk along Dorset’s stunning coastline.
Rural or coastal, town or hamlet, grand or bijou, Hideaways’ enticing collection of Dorset self-catering cottages will provide a comfortable base where you can happily unwind after a busy day discovering the many delights that this magical county has to offer.
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