Located in the South West of England, Dorset is a county famed for its natural wonders, such as its varied landscape and stunning coastline, which have captivated and inspired authors, poets and film makers for many years. In fact, more than half of the region has been officially designated as ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ by Natural England and the majority of its coastline is classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The region attracts millions of domestic and overseas visitors every year and thanks to its popularity with tourists, Dorset has a wide range of accommodation options to choose from. However, by far the best way to enjoy a holiday in the area is by staying in one of the many luxury cottages we have to offer.
We have a range of different luxury cottages in Dorset, which will suit just about all needs, budgets and party sizes. Regardless of whether you are travelling alone, with a partner, with a group of friends, or with your family, you are sure to find an ideal option, and we even have a number of dog friendly cottages available, so you can take your pet along too.
A luxury cottage is the perfect accommodation to come back to after a long day of exploring Dorset’s many sights, and the self catering experience provides travellers with maximum freedom. Moreover, for those extra special trips away, we are able to offer cottages with hot tubs, jacuzzis and other lavish extras, providing the ultimate relaxation.
Dorset is a rare example of a county which contains no cities and it is predominantly made up of small villages. With that said, there are also a few large towns in the region, which are well worth visiting.
The main urban area in the county is known as the South East Dorset conurbation and contains the town of Bournemouth. It is the largest settlement in Dorset, based on population, and is a popular destination for tourists, thanks to its proximity to the seaside, its bars and restaurants and its status as the county’s entertainment hub. Some of the other notable towns in the South East Dorset conurbation include Poole and Christchurch.
Meanwhile, the historic county capital is the market town of Dorchester, which is known for being the home of the author Thomas Hardy. It contains various popular tourist attractions, including the Tutankhamun Exhibition and the Dinosaur Museum, which is currently Britain’s only dedicated dinosaur museum.
The majority of Dorset’s stunning coastline forms part of what is known as the Jurassic Coast; a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, which has been regularly referenced as one of the United Kingdom’s natural wonders. As a result, the region’s beaches and coastal areas are a major draw for tourists.
In particular, a number of naturally occurring features enjoy great popularity with visitors, including Durdle Door, a limestone arch near Lulworth, and Old Harry Rocks, a collection of chalk formations found on the Isle of Purbeck.
Dorset’s Jurassic Coast contains several gateway towns and villages, each offering access to beaches, as well as various other facilities, making them perfect for day trips. These towns include Bridport, West Bay, Charmouth, Portland and Lyme Regis, which is known as ‘The Pearl of Dorset’.
In addition to its coastal areas, Dorset is well known for its vast countryside and indeed, it has one of the country’s highest proportions of protected areas. Two official ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ fall within the county boundaries, and these areas cover a total of 53 percent of Dorset’s land.
The Dorset AONB spans more than 1,000 square kilometres, while a significant part of the the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB is also contained within Dorset, adding a further 270 square kilometres. Both areas are extremely popular with hikers and a popular walking route called ‘Great Wessex Way’ passes through both.
However, both areas can also be explored extensively through driving or cycling, and maps detailing specific paths and routes can be obtained from any of the tourist information centres in the region.
Owing to the millions of families who visit Dorset every year, the area contains numerous attractions which are ideal for entertaining adults and children alike.
Monkey World is an ape rescue centre, located in Wareham, which provides a save haven for many rescued and endangered primates. The park, which is close to 70-acres in size, is open to the public, allowing the animals to be observed, and also includes a large adventure play area for children, as well as picnic areas and cafés.
For young children, Lemur Landings is a large soft-play centre, suitable for children up to 12 years of age, with a dedicated under-5s area. Finally, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest will offer something for everyone in the family and includes adventure play areas, a treetop trail, bike hire facilities, cycle paths and even a golfing area.