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The famous "Cobb" at Lyme Regis Gold Hill, Shaftesbury Bulbarrow Hill, at 900 feet above sea level, is one of the highest points in Dorset


High quality country and coastal holiday cottages in Dorset

The county of Dorset

Dorset is a delight. It is a county that can still give you the feeling that no one but you has discovered its richness before. This is of course an illusion; Dorset is popular as only a southern county with a magnificent coastline can be. But while it has seaside resorts to compare with any, there are also long stretches of unfrequented coast to enjoy, because there are no main roads that hug the coastline. The Dorset coast is England's first natural World Heritage site. Known as The Jurassic Coast, it covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to The Isle of Purbeck with rocks recording 185 million years of the earth's history.

In the inland heart of Dorset you are constantly enticed into the byroads by the very names of the villages. Who can resist the urge to discover such places as Worth Matravers, Bingham's Melcombe, Sydling St. Nicholas, Piddletrenthide, Mappowder or Plush? To many of course, Dorset will always be the heart of the Hardy Country. To them the names on the signposts carry an invisible alternative; the names by which they can be identified in the novels and poems of Thomas Hardy.

Our selection of Dorset Holiday Cottages

Hideaways has specialised in letting Dorset holiday cottages for over 35 years and has a comprehensive selection to offer throughout the county. Our Dorset cottages are high quality, perfect for short weekend breaks or family holidays of a week or more. Find your ideal Dorset holiday cottage by clicking on ‘View Our Dorset Cottages’. Select a cottage name or click on a thumbnail image to see full descriptions, pictures, pricing and availability. Make bookings online using our secure payment system or, if you prefer, contact us to discuss your requirements.