Summer is the most popular season to travel to Dorset – and for good reason. We are famous for our sprawling, white-sand beaches, spectacular coastal walks and refreshing countryside trails, all of which are best enjoyed when there are blue skies overhead and the sun is shining. But hotels don’t quite cut it when holidaying in our lovely county during the summer months of the year. While they can be convenient, they are usually badly placed, limited in space and they lack any means of spending time outdoors. For a rejuvenating summer break by the sea, browse our wide selection of holiday cottages in Dorset.

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The Hollies
Nr Lulworth
5/5
A boutique, single storey holiday home, which overlooks open countryside, on a quiet country lane - just a couple of miles from Lulworth Cove.
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19th - 22nd August  £1,192.37 £1,028.72
17th - 21st August  £1,364.38 £1,175.98
5th - 7th August  £1,200.55
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Woodland Lodge
Poole
0/5
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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17th - 20th August  £939.80
18th - 22nd August  £1,078.40
5th - 9th August  £1,078.40
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The Old Butcher’s Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.9/5
The Old Butcher’s Cottage is bursting with character. Recently renovated throughout, this high spec property is the hideaway you’ve been searching for. Luxurious furnishings and exquisite linens adorn the bedrooms, living area and kitchen, providing stunning accommodation that the whole family will remember. Parties of all kinds can enjoy home cooked meals in the large open plan kitchen-lounge area and gather around the dining table for drinks or a board game.
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3rd - 10th August  £1,713.25
3rd - 17th August  £3,376.50
10th - 17th August  £1,713.25
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Brook Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.8/5
Step back in time and enjoy this delightful semi-detached cottage, exuding charm and character throughout. Built in the early 1730s, this distinctive Grade II red bricked cottage, is set in the heart of the historic village of Corfe Castle. This cosy retreat, nestled in the heart of the Purbecks, would surely be able to tell a tale or two! Sitting peacefully at the bottom of the romantic Castle ruins, you will enjoy morning coffee with arguably one of the most impressive backdrops in Dorset.
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2nd - 9th August  £1,534.75
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Magnolia Cottage
Weymouth
4.9/5
Magnolia Cottage is a beautiful and welcoming three bedroom semi detached cottage built from a mix of local Portland stone and brick. It gets its name from the magnificent Magnolia tree in the cottage style garden that it is truly beautiful when in bloom.
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3rd - 10th August  £1,710.65 £1,553.65
3rd - 17th August  £3,371.30 £3,057.30
10th - 17th August  £1,710.65 £1,553.65
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Leap House
Wareham
5/5
Leap House is a well-presented three-bedroom semi-detached holiday retreat, sitting peacefully within a short walk of Wareham Quay. This well-presented holiday accommodation, is an excellent base to explore one of England’s Saxon Walled towns and nearby beaches of the Jurassic coast. Entering the house via the patio area, you will be greeted by a fully-equipped kitchen, featuring integrated appliances and all the amenities for your culinary creations, which you can enjoy in the next-door lounge/dining area. The inviting living area features two leather sofas, an armchair, and a wood-burning stove – ideal for those wanting to unwind with a book or a favourite movie.
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9th - 16th August  £1,293.25
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The Lawns
Charlton Marshall
4.8/5
2 bedroom holiday cottage near to Blandford in the pretty village of Charlton Marshall, lovely country views and walks. Property all on one level with stunning garden.
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3rd - 10th August  £1,084.00 £889.00
10th - 17th August  £1,084.00 £889.00
3rd - 17th August  £2,118.00 £1,728.00
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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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9th - 16th August  £725.00
2nd - 9th August  £725.00
2nd - 16th August  £1,405.00
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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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11th - 14th August  £2,537.00 £2,040.60
9th - 16th August  £3,470.00 £2,790.00
2nd - 14th August  £5,898.57 £4,757.14
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Seaspray
Swanage
5/5
Located steps away from the sandy beach and traditional promenade in Swanage, Seaspray is a three-bedroom, 1930s-style apartment with panoramic sea views. Situated on the wonderful seafront parade, this town centre location is perfect for families or friends seeking a relaxing coastal escape within a stone’s throw of many of Dorset’s prolific attractions.
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12th - 15th August  £1,198.19 £1,143.62
12th - 16th August  £1,370.45 £1,307.66
14th - 16th August  £1,198.19 £1,143.62
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Castle Heights
Corfe Castle
0/5
Escape the ordinary at Castle Heights, 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 Heights invites you to create lasting memories in a tranquil and welcoming escape.
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2nd - 9th August  £2,458.75
9th - 16th August  £2,458.75
2nd - 16th August  £4,847.50
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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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9th - 16th August  £2,380.00
2nd - 9th August  £2,410.00
2nd - 16th August  £4,720.00
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Summer on the beach in Dorset
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Summer holidays cottages in Dorset

Dorset is a great UK location for history lovers, thrill-seekers and explorers alike and during the summer season, there’s plenty to do, lots to see and a handful of landmarks to tick off your bucket list.

While in Dorset, history lovers will enjoy the county’s variety of museums and heritage centres, from Dorchester’s Keep and Military Museum and Bovington’s Tank Museum to Blandford’s Fashion Museum and Purbeck’s Mining Museum. If you’re a member of the National Trust, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy and Brownsea Island are also a must-visit.

For adrenaline junkies and sports lovers, travellers to Dorset will love the mud trail at Dorset Adventure Park, indoor climbing at RockReef and Warmwell’s dry ski slope. Dorset’s abundance of sandy beaches also offers plenty of opportunity for kayaking, paddle-boarding and wild swimming.

Families with young children are also spoilt for choice while staying in the area for the summer holidays. Sunny afternoons can be spent building sandcastles on the beach and slightly cooler hours can be enjoyed at Monkey World, Weymouth’s Sea Life Centre or Famer Palmer’s. From coast to country and every buzzing town and village in between, families visiting Dorset in the summer are truly spoilt for choice.

Our county is a top-tier family-friendly location for a sunny holiday by the coast, and our selection of summer holidays cottages in Dorset are perfect for the occasion. We have cottages of all sizes, whether you’re a small or large group travelling to the southwest, we will help you find a cottage that suits.

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Summer holidays 2024 getaways with your dog

Over half of our summer holidays cottages in Dorset are pet-friendly, so when you travel to our verdant county for the warmer months, you don’t need to leave your four-legged companions behind. We are dog lovers and owners and understand the flexibility needed when going on holiday. Your dogs need a safe and secure home for the duration of your stay, and access to exciting dog walks is also particularly important.

Dorset is a fabulous county for you and your dog to explore. Dorset is home to a large portion of the 630 mile South West Coastal Path, offering striking sea views, treks through meadows peppered with wildflowers and dog-friendly beaches where you can rest and recoup. Our selection of pet-friendly cottages is the perfect destination for you and your furry friend to set up camp during your expeditions. From properties suited for large groups to homes with enclosed gardens and idyllic views, we have something for every holiday preference.

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Summer holidays cottage in Dorset

Whether you’re escaping the city for a peaceful stay by the sea or looking for a trip that provides buckets of entertainment for the whole family, Dorset is an ideal location for families, couples and gatherings of friends. Spend the summer in Dorset at a home-from home town centre cottage, rural retreat or seaside escape. Browse our wide selection of summer holidays cottages in Dorset, and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to speak to one of our expert holiday planners.