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On the Map: Our Top 20 Dorset Getaways

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Published 18/12/2020 On the Map: Our Top 20 Dorset Getaways


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 Garden House Studio

The Garden House Studio

A stylish mid-century inspired self-catering studio in stunning gardens of 1960s family home. They say good things come in small packages and guests at The Garden House Studio are bound to agree! Hidden away in the grounds of a family home, this luxury self-catering studio offers all the comforts two people need for an idyllic retreat to the Jurassic Coast, and is a haven of peace and…

The Old School

The Old School

For a gorgeous retreat that combines quirky original features, a peaceful village location and luxurious touches throughout, the Old School gets top marks. This beautiful holiday home once served as the village school of South Perrott, a charming little village in Dorset just south of the Somerset border.  Today, it offers luxury self-catering accommodation for up to six people. …

The Woodman's Treehouse

The Woodman's Treehouse

Set deep in the heart of the Dorset Woodland lies this enchanting, skilfully crafted treehouse; a peaceful natural retreat under the forest canopy. For the ultimate romantic retreat, there's nothing more special than an escape to The Woodman's Treehouse. A RIBA award-winning design, this treetop utopia is like no other, complete with two sensational decks, a sauna and hot tub, exquisite…

High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van

High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van

Transport yourself back to days gone by with a truly unique stay at the High Cross Camping Coach and Living Van. Tucked away in the Dorset countryside, just a couple of miles south of Beaminster, a charming holiday experience awaits.  It's here that you'll find the Camping Coach (a delightful Victorian railway carriage) and the Edwardian Living Van - surely some of the cutest…

Lakeside Hut

Lakeside Hut

An idyllic Dorset cabin perfectly positioned in the ‘Gateway to the South West', where you'll discover a little something for everyone to enjoy, including the dog. Close to the enchanting town of Shaftesbury on the edge of the Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire border, this two-person extended shepherd's hut is a blissfully peaceful escape that is also a perfect base for exploring a…

Short House Chesil Beach

Short House Chesil Beach

Far from the Madding Crowd; Short House is a delightful seaside cottage on Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Short House, Chesil Beach is a Purbeck stone and pink rendered cottage, part of the Long House small private country estate, with a 200 metre frontage on to Chesil Beach, in the centre of Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Surrounded by National Trust farmland…

34 Monmouth Beach

34 Monmouth Beach

Wake up right next to the sea in a charming and contemporary beachfront chalet, stunningly situated in the ‘Pearl of Dorset'. If you're looking for an energising seaside escape, 34 Monmouth Beach couldn't be more ideally located... in the coastal town of Lyme Regis, affectionately known as the ‘Pearl of Dorset' and whose romantic harbour wall, The Cobb, has featured in classic…

Bournemouth Beach Lodges

Bournemouth Beach Lodges

Bournemouth Beach Lodges provide the perfect setting for a refreshing coastal break, just a pebble skim away from seven miles of stunningly sandy beach. It's time to bring some much-needed sunshine into your life, with a fun-filled break spent with a group of your favourite people, right by the sea in a beautiful Bournemouth Beach Lodge. British seaside holidays don't come…

Crafty Camping

Crafty Camping

Luxurious, sophisticated and totally ingenious - the perfect way to describe Crafty Camping's sensational glamping accommodation. This totally unique, adult-only ‘glampsite', nestled in West Dorset woodland, affords total seclusion and an unforgettable experience for couples seeking a retreat to nature like no other. From exquisite yurts and bell tents to a wonderful tipi and…

The Yurt at Hollands Farmhouse

The Yurt at Hollands Farmhouse

Unparalleled luxury awaits at The Yurt at Hollands Farmhouse, nestled in a secluded natural setting that overlooks the soothing Dorset countryside. What better way to immerse yourselves in all the enchanting beauty of nature, than by resting your heads in a lovingly hand-built, luxuriously furnished yurt? Hollands Farmhouse originally dates back to the 18th century, and was once a…

The Cider House

The Cider House

A stylish bolthole on a welcoming Dorset farm, perfect for an eco-friendly, all-weather rural escape from everyday life. If life and work are getting too much, grab your loved ones and head for Higher Kingsland Farm in Dorset, where you'll find The Cider House ready and waiting for you to relax. Lovingly styled and ridiculously cosy, friendly owners Eddy and Caroline have put a great…

Penn Castle

Penn Castle

An exclusive use Castle, situated on the scenic Isle of Portland, Dorset, perfect for family staycations, extraordinary celebrations and special occasions.   Located on the Jurassic Coast, Penn Castle can sleep up to 20 guests within 9 luxury en-suite bedrooms, each individually decorated to provide your guests with their own unique space to relax. Enjoy spectacular sea views from…

The Little Sea House

The Little Sea House

Rest your heads right on the edge of the sea, in a cosy chalet positioned on Dorset's renowned Monmouth Beach.Set along the World Heritage Jurassic Coast, and recognised as one of the most beautiful parts of Dorset, Monmouth Beach affords amazing views across Lyme Bay, all the way across to Portland and Chesil Beach in the distance.Uniquely positioned for you to enjoy this amazing scenery to the…

Rafters

Rafters

A state-of-the-art holiday home with a serious ‘wow factor', secluded in Dorset's breathtaking Lulworth Cove for an unforgettable group break. Lulworth Cove is uniquely scenic and steeped in breathtaking beauty, owing to its idyllic position along the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Sleeping up to 16 guests in exceptional comfort, we defy you to find a setting as ideal as Rafters, for a…

Melbury Vale Winery Glamping Barrel Pods

Melbury Vale Winery Glamping Barrel Pods

Lovers of the grape rejoice, in a cosy hillside haven on the soothing grounds of a Dorset vineyard. There are plenty of good reasons to visit Melbury Vale Winery.  Set within 28 gentle acres of rolling countryside in Dorset's beautiful Stirkel Valley, you'll receive an immediately warm welcome from the friendly family owners.   Not only that, the winery itself is a soothing sight to…

thecabin@greensleeves

thecabin@greensleeves

A homely, handcrafted haven, surrounded by whispering trees and perfectly positioned for exploring both Devon and Dorset. You'll find the bespoke-crafted cabin@greensleeves dreamily positioned at the end of a farm track in Harcombe Valley - an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - surrounded by mature trees, open green fields, and a sparkling stream. Though you'll feel miles away from…

Symondsbury Manor

Symondsbury Manor

Lords and ladies of the manor unite, in an exquisitely quirky Tudor house that's perfect for special stays on Dorset's Jurassic coast. Sleeping up to 22 guests, Symondsbury Manor presents the perfect excuse to grab a carefully chosen group of your favourite people (well-behaved dogs included), and plan a very special trip to your very own country manor! Nestled behind ancient trees in the…

The Houseboat

The Houseboat

An awe-inspiring, award-winning architectural masterpiece, featuring spectacular beachfront views out to Lake Pier and Poole Harbour. The winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects' coveted Stephen Lawrence Prize in 2017, The Houseboat boasts the ‘wow factor' in buckets-and-spades. Cleverly constructed to resemble two upturned boat hulls, the house is flooded with natural light from…

Hooke Court Glamping

Hooke Court Glamping

A soothing and historic retreat with an eclectic range of accommodation, nestled on a friendly site close to Dorset's Jurassic Coast. With its perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, Hooke Court Glamping is an ideal setting for couples, friends and families who can't wait to escape from humdrum life back home! Secluded on a friendly village site in West Dorset, you'll be achingly close to the…

Jurassic Bus

Jurassic Bus

Hop on board a cheerfully converted double decker, conveniently stopped close to some of the Jurassic Coast's most breathtaking attractions.Ideal for fresh-air-filled family breaks, Jurassic Bus is perfectly located to explore the very best of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with easy access to Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and the world-famous Tank Museum (to name just a few!)Better…

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