The August Bank Holiday often feels a lot like the peak of the summer; the sun is high in the sky, the kids are off school for another week or so and if you don’t have a jam-packed weekend planned, it feels a little wasteful. Make this summer bank holiday one to remember and escape to the picturesque county of Dorset with friends, family or your significant other. Whether you’re in the market for a relaxing retreat, a romantic getaway, or simply a chance to unwind in the countryside, our selection of August bank holiday cottages in Dorset has something to suit every preference.

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Woodland Lodge
Poole
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One of a small selection of superior lodges that overlook Poole Bay on Rockley Park. This detached holiday lodge offers a tranquil retreat in an exclusive gated area. The idyllic enclave is just a leisurely stroll away from Lytchett Bay, a charming small sandy beach, and in close proximity to the renowned Poole Harbour. For those seeking entertainment within the holiday park, tickets can be conveniently procured, with detailed pricing available on the Rockley Park website.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,224.40 £1,002.40
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Denbur Cottage
Gaunts Common
4.8/5
2 Bedrooms. Denbur is a lovely semi-detached cottage, with lawned garden and conservatory enjoying a superb location in a village that takes its name from John O’Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster.
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23rd - 30th August  £988.75
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Pembroke Cottage
Langton Matravers
4.7/5
Beautiful 19th century stone cottage offering a peaceful retreat to families and friends. Well situated in the village of Langton Matravers, this holiday home offers endless attractions and picturesque views of the countryside.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,251.25
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Valley View
Swanage
5/5
A stylish Edwardian home beautifully appointed with hot tub, large garden, parking and spacious reception rooms.
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23rd - 30th August  £2,380.00
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The Aspens
Swanage
4.8/5
Delightful light-filled family holiday home, situated just a stone’s throw from beautiful Swanage Pier.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,009.75
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Orchard Cottage
Nr Wareham
5/5
A romantic bolt hole for two, close to the Blue Pool and surrounded by open heathland - you will often see deer walking past your door. A nature lovers delight, ideal for walkers and those who are looking for a romantic retreat.
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23rd - 30th August  £725.00
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Juniper Cottage
West Lulworth
4.8/5
Juniper Cottage is a recently refurbished Victorian terraced cottage tucked away off the main road in the scenic village of West Lulworth, close to both Lulworth Cove and one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic features, Durdle Door. This two-storey, dog-friendly cottage accommodates up to 4 adults or a family of 5. The ground floor is an open-plan living and dining space with small, private front and rear gardens, upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,382.50
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Westport Cottage
Wareham
4.9/5
3 bedrooms. A distinctive period holiday cottage to rent in Wareham, in a unique location with tastefully presented interior. This is one of only three cottages built on top of the old Saxon walls in Wareham.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,324.75
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Castle View House
Corfe Castle
5/5
Escape the ordinary at Castle View House, a haven in the countryside that accommodates up to nine guests. With its enchanting views of Corfe Castle, stylish open-plan interiors, and dog-friendly atmosphere, this residence promises a unique and memorable retreat. Nestled in the heart of Corfe Castle village, it provides an ideal setting for switching off from the demands of everyday life and savoring every moment with friends and family. Whether you're captivated by the historic charm of the surroundings or indulging in the comfort of the stylish interiors, Castle View House invites you to create lasting memories in a tranquil and welcoming escape.
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23rd - 30th August  £3,470.00 £2,790.00
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Bronte Cottage
Wareham
4.8/5
3 Bedrooms. Bronte Cottage is a charming holiday cottage in Wareham, hidden away in a fabulous location a few strides from Wareham Quay and the river Frome.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,219.75
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Old Stable Cottage
Nr Wareham
0/5
A stylish bolt hole in the heart of ancient heathland, ideal for nature lovers and walkers - a perfect couples retreat.
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23rd - 30th August  £785.00
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Sea Reach
Swanage
4.9/5
2 Bedrooms. We are delighted to introduce Sea Reach, this spacious and modern ground floor apartment is in a prime holiday hotspot, just 3/4 minutes’ walk from the beach.
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23rd - 30th August  £1,093.75
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Paddle boarding on the sea | August bank holiday in Dorset activities
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August bank holiday cottages in Dorset

Gather the whole family and head to the southwest for a tranquil weekend by the sea. Spend the long, warm hours of a British summer’s day building sandcastles on the beach, exploring the history-rich Jurassic coast and discovering Dorset’s iconic landmarks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. These spots are a must-see for anyone visiting our lovely county, and the scenic coastal walk between each is enough to blow any remaining cobwebs away before September arrives.

After an immersive day in nature, tired feet can rest once you return to a fully-equipped holiday cottage nestled in one of Dorset’s quaint villages or rural hideaways. Our August bank holiday lets are spacious, many have enclosed gardens, and offer everything you need for a comfortable and enjoyable stay for guests of all ages.  The city will feel a million miles away and we can guarantee you’ll want to stay here a little longer.

Dorset beach huts
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Long weekend away in August

Don’t leave your furry friend behind this August bank holiday while you retreat to Dorset for a relaxing long weekend by the sea. With miles of dog-friendly beaches, countryside trails, and pet-friendly attractions, Dorset is a great destination for a last-minute summer break with the entire family – including those with four legs. While in our sunny county, you can spend time exploring the South West Coastal Path, wandering through the rolling hills of Purbeck, and finishing the day by cooling off with a dip in the sea. For a home-from-home place to stay while you’re away, choose from our selection of dog-friendly accommodations, including rural cottages and coastal townhouses where your dog will be welcomed with open arms.

Weymouth Harbour in Summer
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last of the summer in Dorset

Once it’s here, we never want summer to end, and the August bank holiday marks one of the final weekends of guaranteed warm weather – or at least as guaranteed as you can get for the UK! Before the kids return to school and you head back to the office, bid farewell to the sun in style with a 2024 August bank holiday break in Dorset. From lazy days on the beach to luscious countryside walks, Dorset offers a little bit of everything to make the most of those extra days off from work. All of our attractions are open, the county’s National Trust gardens are in full bloom, and the coastal towns of Swanage, Poole and Weymouth are fabulous for a wander while you enjoy an ice cream. End the day by sampling delicious cuisine at restaurants that offer striking views of country and coast or head home to cook a fresh meal in a fully equipped holiday let kitchen. With a range of August Bank Holiday cottages in Dorset to suit large groups, couples or families with babies, you’ll be sure to find an ideal base for your 2024 August bank holiday adventure.