Nr. Lyme Regis
Nestled in the South West of England is Dorset - a part of the UK that is famous for its areas of outstanding natural beauty, varied landscapes and mesmerising coastline. Having inspired poets and authors over the years, today Dorset is a firm favourite with holidaymakers of all ages. This includes couples looking for a romantic getaway, families wanting an action-packed trip and individuals in search of relaxation.
Whatever your age, budget or taste, a holiday in Dorset won’t disappoint. With a variety of things to see and plenty of activities to fill your day with, the accommodation in Dorset is just as good. Think luxury self-catering cottages with hot tubs and more, and modern holiday homes with dog-friendly options.
When you book a luxury holiday cottage in Dorset through us, you’ll also receive the best deals and last minute offers. Our expert team will go above and beyond to ensure that your holiday exceeds all of your expectations too. As well as this, they can advise on some of the best activities, sightseeing and places to go.
Find your perfect holiday cottage in these most popular locations in Dorset.
Best for: A traditional seaside break
Boasting seven miles of award-winning beach, ample water activities and plenty of things to see and do on dry ground, a holiday in Bournemouth is for all ages and tastes. Hire out a beach hut for the day, explore the local culinary delights and choose from theatre, comedy or arts productions thanks to a local events calendar that’s always packed.
Best for: Its world-famous natural harbour
As one of Dorset’s most beautiful coastal towns, Poole really does have something for everyone. Foodies will love exploring the harbour and all of its bars and restaurants. A family gathering certainly won’t be boring either with the Old Town and its museums. And adrenaline-seekers can choose from plenty of activities on the water and deep in the countryside.
Best for: Plenty of things to do and see
Another popular beach resort in Dorset is Weymouth. Packed with all the traditional seaside activities, here you’ll also find incredible harbour views, historic forts and the famous Jurassic Skyline. There’s also Sealife Park and Portland Island for those who want to spot some local wildlife along the coast path.
Best for: Families of all ages
Frequently named as one of the best places to live in the UK, the market town of Dorchester is a great base for families exploring Dorset and the surrounding areas. Ideally located for all the nearby beaches and sightseeing opportunities, Dorchester itself is filled with cafes, restaurants, shops and plenty of activities.
Best for: Exploring the local area and wildlife
Often dubbed the ‘Pearl of Dorset’, Lyme Regis is a coastal town that is ideally located for Dorchester and Exeter. Sitting on the English Channel coast, it’s known for its fossils, cliffs and beaches. It’s also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site - that is the Jurassic Coast - where there are plenty of picture opportunities.
Dorset and the surrounding towns are jam-packed with coastal walks, countryside hikes and town centre ambles - ideal for all abilities.
Walk length: Three and a half miles
The circular Bournemouth Pier to Sandbanks Beach walk offers incredible sea views, plenty of places to stop off at and lots of picture opportunities. The route is completely flat making it ideal for all walking abilities and pushchairs. For those that want to carry on, you can continue your journey onto Swanage too.
Walk length: Varied
The Poole Trail is a great way to explore Poole and its Old Town, Harbourside Park and Poole Quay. With different routes to choose from and interactive activities to enjoy along the way, this is ideal for families of all ages. Simply follow the signposts in the town, use your smartphone to play along and discover the interesting past of Poole.
Walk length: Six miles
While the Weymouth to Portland walk might not be suitable for everyone, if you are confident on your feet it should definitely be a priority. Starting from Weymouth train station, you’ll follow the Rodwell Trail which is now a disused trainline. From here, you’ll head to Portland Harbour and then onto Portland’s only beach. You won’t want to forget your camera for this.
Walk length: One mile
Everyone in the family can enjoy the Durnovaria Town Walk - even your four-legged friends! There’s no better way to explore this historic town and see local attractions like the Borough Gardens and Salisbury Fields. There’s also lots of places to stop off at and enjoy a drink or two.
Location: Lyme Regis
Walk length: Five miles
Take in the real beauty of Lyme Regis and the local area with this moderate Lyme Regis, Uplyme and Ware walk. You’ll see River Lim, country views and enchanting woodland in Uplyme, Ware Cliffs and Cobb Harbour. The route does include three small hills so it’s not suitable for everyone, however.