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Dorset Holiday Cottages

The view from Brownsea Island, Dorset © John Plimmer

The view from Brownsea Island, Dorset © John Plimmer

Holiday cottages in Dorset are awaiting your visit to bring you ever-closer to some of the finest coastline in all of Great Britain. A stay in one of our holiday cottages will create a long-lasting memory and leave you wishing to return to Dorset again and again.

Our Dorset holiday cottages are found amongst the coast and near a number of splendid seaside towns. We have holiday cottages for just about everyone and you can even let your dog tag along to some of our cottages!

Dorset is famous for its outstanding coastal setting. The beaches of Dorset add extra appeal, especially the likes of Weymouth Beach and Lulworth Cove. The south-west coast of England is home to World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast and the Durdle Door natural arch near Lulworth Cove is one of the shoreline’s most iconic points.

The magical Brownsea Island is a highlight of Dorset. The largest island in Poole Harbour is notable for the formation of the Scout Movement in 1908 and can be reached by ferry or private boat for a day out. Dorset is well embedded in English history and is home to a wealth of castles and forts. Prized dwellings feature the likes of Lulworth Castle, Sherborne Castle and Portland Castle, with the latter constructed by Henry VIII to defend against France and the Roman Empire.

The National Trust offers a number of wonderful Dorset holiday cottages. We have more than 20 cottages in this picturesque county, including a collection of cottages on the coast as well as a selection of quirky and historic cottages.

A trip to the seaside is the highlight of every UK getaway and what is even better than a visit to the beach? A coastal holiday cottage right next to the shore!

The Golden Cap of West Dorset encompasses the Jurassic Coast, including some of the best views on the south coast. The Trust have six cottages on the estate including Shedbush Farm House, a former working farm from the seventeenth century that sleeps six, with views towards the Golden Cap. Smaller cottages include Oak Cottage, Ash cottage and Elm Cottage - a row of three individual thatched cottages sleeping four to five people in each, ideal for a short UK break.

Portland House in Weymouth is pretty unique. The Art Deco style villa is an eclectic example of fantasy architecture of the inter-war period. The holiday cottage offers wide terraces with unrivalled sea views and sleeps 12, making it the optimal choice for a family reunion or gathering with friends.

On Brownsea Island you can get away from it all in middle of Poole Harbour. The island is popular with birdwatchers and ramblers and the combination of woodland, heathland and lagoons mean it is thriving with wildlife, including the rare red squirrel. Custom House and Agents House sit together on the waterfront, boasting expansive sea views and sleep four or six people.

Dorset’s setting is a walker’s heaven. A bold mix of rural countryside and coastal scenery provides an ideal setting for taking many a stroll on your holiday. Rolling hills, quiet country lanes and a varied shoreline mean there are walks for everyone to enjoy.

Purbeck, near Corfe Castle in Devon, is one of the richest places for plant life in Britain. Perfect for a nature-spotting walk, Purbeck is home to 14 out of 17 British bat species and supports all six native reptiles. Purbeck Holiday Cottages include the Heathland Cottages, 1, 2 and 3, provide views across the heathland towards Poole, and a short drive away from the famous Studland Beach.

The popular Beech Cottage at Golden Cap acts as an ideal starting point for walking the South West Coast Path. The National Trail is England's longest waymarked long-distance footpath, stretching for 630 miles (1,014 km), with the bulk of the route in Dorset. You may even spot some fossils on your walk too!

Don’t forget, many of our Dorset holiday cottages welcome dogs! We know you love to bring your pooch with you on your travels and the Trust have a number of dog-friendly holiday cottages.

The Vineyard Farm Cottage at Corfe Castle was named after the vineyard that was found in the nearby field. Within walking distance of pubs and the shops of Corfe, it is an ideal cottage for exploring the Dorset Coast and Lulworth Cove. This charming thatched cottage sleeps four with direct views of the castle and caters for man’s best friend.

The former tennis pavilion, Seaview, entertains with panoramic views over Studland Beach from the verandah. The cottage welcomes two doggies and is just a matter of minutes away from the sandy and secluded South Beach.

Why choose a holiday cottage in Dorset with the National Trust?

Every time you stay with us, the proceeds goes directly back towards protecting, restoring or opening up buildings and landscapes for everyone to enjoy. Your contribution is invaluable in helping the National Trust continue to protect and grow these special places.

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  • The exterior of Downhouse Farm Cottage, near Bridport, Dorset © Chris Lacey

    Downhouse Farm Cottage

    nr Bridport , Dorset

    Truly rural semi-detached cottage, fine views to the sea.

  • Exterior frontage of 524 Pamphill Green Cottage

    524 Pamphill Green Cottage

    Wimborne Minster , Dorset

    A delightful semi-detached thatched cottage tucked away in a quiet part of the Kingston Lacy estate.

  • Exterior frontage of Shedbush Farmhouse, Golden Cap, Dorset

    Shedbush Farm House

    nr Bridport , Dorset

    Thatched C17th farmhouse situated on the Golden Cap Estate along the south Dorset coast.

  • The exterior of The Bakehouse, Middlebere Farm, Purbeck, Dorset © Chris Lacey

    The Bakehouse

    Purbeck , Dorset

    Hideaway cottage close to 16th century farmhouse, has great views.

  • Exterior view of Agents House, Brownsea Island © John Plimmer

    Agents House

    Brownsea Island, Poole , Dorset

    A large family house on Brownsea island. Ideal for bird watchers.

  • The exterior of Greenlands, Studland, Dorset © Chris Lacey


    Studland , Dorset

    A former farm workers cottage in an enviable location on the edge of Poole Harbour