A charming market town nestled along the banks of the River Frome, Dorchester sits just south of the serene Dorset Downs. Renowned as the County town of Dorset, Dorchester has captivated the imaginations of many, including the legendary novelist Thomas Hardy, who immortalised the county in his timeless literary works. An ideal spot for families, friends or couples alike, take a look at our Dorchester cottages and holiday lets that sit in this bustling town.

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Cheesemans Cottage
Muckleford, Dorchester
4.6/5
2 bedrooms. Cheeseman’s Cottage embodies all the distinct qualities of a quintessential English country retreat in Dorset. This ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage, located on a quiet country lane is surrounded by a beautiful garden (mainly laid to grass) and enjoying rolling country views. This cottage lies in the quiet village of Muckleford, which is within easy reach of the coast and a wealth of attractions.
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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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Holiday prices from  £508
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The History of

Dorset’s County Town

Dorchester’s rich history dates back to prehistoric times, with early settlements around Maiden Castle bearing a formidable Iron Age hill fort that once stood as one of the most powerful in pre-Roman Britain. The town’s Roman heritage is still evident today, with remnants of the ancient Roman wall encircling the town. While you’re here, we recommend delving into Dorchester’s fascinating past at the County Museum, where Roman artefacts and archaeological treasures found nearby await discovery.

Brewery Square in Dorchester, North Dorset
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Brewery Square

A lively new development, Brewery Square is brimming with restaurants, bars, shops, and even an outdoor big-screen cinema area. Perfect for leisurely evenings or vibrant nights out, this entertainment complex is a great choice for evenings when you don’t fancy cooking. On rainy days the kids will enjoy a trip to the Odeon, and if you fancy something a little different, the escape rooms will be sure to keep the whole family entertained.

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Holiday Cottages in Dorchester

We take pride in handpicking and reviewing our holiday lets in Dorchester to ensure your peace of mind and ultimate comfort. Choose from our fabulous selection of cottages nestled around the County town, each offering a unique blend of traditional charm and modern luxuries. However, if you want to be a little closer to the coast, take a look at our Weymouth cottages located in the neighbouring town.

If you are still looking for that ideal escape, explore our full collection of Dorset holiday lets, including gorgeous family-friendly cottages, dog-friendly accommodation and Dorset holiday cottages for two for romantic escapes by the sea.