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On the Map: Our Top 20 Dorset Getaways

18 December 2020

Splendour-seekers rejoice… much of Dorset‘s countryside has been labelled an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  Peppered with ancient, winding lanes and lush green meadows, there’s a great deal to explore.

But beautiful countryside isn’t all you’ll discover in this exceptionally charming county. The Jurassic Coast, a glorious UNESCO World Heritage-designated stretch of 200-million-year-old shoreline, is the perfect place for a windswept walk, or even rooting out a fossil or two!

The best news? With so many amazing things to see and do in Dorset, all this is merely the tip of the iceberg.  

So, why not choose an unusual place to stay from our hand-picked list of favourites, and immerse yourselves fully in the endless wonder that Dorset has to offer?  
Author: Nina Jervis
Main Image: The Little Sea House | Lyme Regis

The Old School

South Perrott, Dorset
For a gorgeous retreat that combines quirky original features, a peaceful village location and luxurious touches throughout, the Old School gets top marks.
Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 6
£928 (1 week)

The Woodman's Treehouse

Holditch, Dorset
Set deep in the heart of the Dorset Woodland lies this enchanting, skilfully crafted treehouse; a peaceful natural retreat under the forest canopy.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£495 / night

High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van

Bridport, Dorset
Transport yourself back to days gone by with a truly unique stay at the High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van.
Bedrooms: 2
£90 / night

Short House Chesil Beach

West Bexington, Dorset
Far from the Madding Crowd; Short House is a delightful seaside cottage on Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£1,229 (7 nights)

Bournemouth Beach Lodges

Bournemouth, Dorset
Bournemouth Beach Lodges provide the perfect setting for a refreshing coastal break, just a pebble skim away from seven miles of stunningly sandy beach.
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 6
£400 (4nt)

Mallinson’s Woodland Retreat

Holditch, Dorset
An exquisitely-crafted, adults-only retreat with an al fresco ‘oak tree’ shower and a wood-fired pizza oven, privately secluded amongst serene West Dorset woodland
Bedrooms: 1
Sleeps: 2
£325 (2nts)

The Cider House

Near Bridport, Dorset
A stylish bolthole on a welcoming Dorset farm, perfect for an eco-friendly, all-weather rural escape from everyday life.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£105 / night

Melbury Vale Winery Glamping Barrel Pods

Shaftesbury, Dorset
Lovers of the grape rejoice, in a cosy hillside haven on the soothing grounds of a Dorset vineyard.
Bedrooms: 1 per barrel
Sleeps: 2 per barrel
£750 (6ppl)

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Lyme Regis, Dorset
A homely, handcrafted haven, surrounded by whispering trees and perfectly positioned for exploring both Devon and Dorset.
Bedrooms: 2
Sleeps: 4
£100 / night


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