West Dorset Holiday Cottages

Long gone are the days when West Dorset was viewed as quaint and old fashioned by the whirling urban centres in the east of the county.

Although its deep-rooted sense of identity is still there in its coastal and rural villages and towns, today it is also famed for gastronomic excellence thanks to the work of celebrity foodies like Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Mark Hix, Mat Follas and Cass Titcombe. As well as high quality old-fashioned seaside fish and chips and hearty pub food there’s a mouth-watering choice of first class eateries, many of them award winning, in and around Bridport, Beaminster, Seatown, Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Sherborne.

The golden cliffs at West Bay and Burton Bradstock are instantly familiar to the millions that watched David Tennant, Olivia Coleman and Jodie Whittaker in the three seasons of ITV crime drama Broadchurch, but they are just aperitifs for a feast of visual thrills in West Dorset.

The county town of Dorchester is laden with treasures dating back to prehistoric times, while Sherborne with its distinctive ochre-coloured ham stone architecture was the ancient capital of Wessex and the final resting place of two Saxon kings of England.

Chesil Beach, 18 miles of pebbles and shingle, connects the port resort of Weymouth in the east to the fascinating village of Abbotsbury, home to a 600-year-old swannery and subtropical gardens founded more than 250 years ago.

Further along the coast is the steep shingle beach and delightful village of Eype and inland the charming villages of the Piddle Valley, the Iron Age hill fort and farm at Eggardon Hill – once owned by the notorious smuggler Isaac Gulliver – and the defiantly male charms of the giant hill figure at Cerne Abbas.

West Dorset really is full of surprises!


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Dorchester, West Dorset

WY408

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£411 - £886
per week
From £317 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Special offerEnjoy a fabulous 10% off a stay at Ruth's taken up to the end of November 2019!
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 9 miles

Bridport, West Dorset

WY396

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£396 - £852
per week
From £306 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • This is a wonderfully unique property which holds many period features. Rope cottage has mastered the fusion of quirky characteristics and traditional comfort, with gorgeous wooden beams and a wood burner in the lounge. Rope Cottage is part of a terrace of traditional rope worker cottages, and so has lots of character. 
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 2 miles

Charmouth, West Dorset

WY395

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£335 - £721
per week
From £260 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Situated one mile from Charmouth and just over two miles from Lyme Regis, Fern Cottage is perfectly located to explore the Jurassic coast. Charmouth is home to the world famous fossil beach, and was recently nominated by BBC Countryfile Magazine as one of the UK's five best beaches 2017.  
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • No Pets
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach 1 mile
  • Pub 1 mile

Weymouth, West Dorset

WY394

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£418 - £901
per week
From £323 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Rose Cottage is a pretty holiday cottage situated in a popular residential area of Weymouth, approximately 4 miles from the town centre and beach. You can enjoy taking in the local scenery on many cycle routes and coastal walks, take a trip into the nearby seaside town of Weymouth or even catch the bus along the Jurassic Coastline!
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 5 miles
  • Pub 2 miles

Weymouth, West Dorset

WY406

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£398 - £865
per week
From £308 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • Situated just a short walk from Bowleaze Coveway, a popular beach to the East of Weymouth, Bowleaze Beach Apartment is a spacious first floor two bedroom apartment, with a view of the sea, and private off road parking. It is perfectly positioned to enjoy Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic coast, whilst also having so much to do right on your doorstep! 
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Pets
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Private parking

Beaminster, West Dorset

WY368

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£435 - £933
per week
From £335 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Surrounded by beautiful countryside walks within an AONB and only a fifteen minute drive from the sea at West Bay, Dorset's Jurassic Coast - Spinners Hatch is ideally situated for most holiday pursuits. This 17th Century Grade II Listed cottage is steeped in history, and was once a storehouse for the local Mills.
  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • On-street parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Pub 0.3 miles

Bridport, West Dorset

WY400

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£534 - £1164
per week
From £410 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star Gold
  • Located in the hamlet of Shave Cross, approximately 5 miles from Bridport, and only 4 miles from the beaches at Eype and Charmouth, Allviews is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy the beautiful West Dorset countryside.  Shave Cross has a charming local pub/restaurant only 500 yards from the property, and is a fantastic location for walking in and around the famous local hills, including Golden Cap and Pilsden Pen.
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Beach 6 miles
  • Pub 0.5 miles

Bridport, West Dorset

WY401

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£465 - £1009
per week
From £358 for a 3-night stay
  • 3 Star
  • A delightful cottage, perfectly located in the centre of Bridport, with views over meadows and the River Asker. Bridport is one of the most vibrant market towns in Dorset, with an eclectic mix of events and cultural activities taking place throughout the year. 
  • 5 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 1 mile

Bridport, West Dorset

WY403

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£1059 - £2354
per week
From £803 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star Gold
  • Hardown House is an imposing, detached country residence, set in a stunning elevated rural position, in the village of Morcombelake, with panoramic rural and sea views towards Golden Cap. The property is set in half an acre of south facing grounds, which have been well landscaped with an abundance of mature trees, flowers and beautiful rhododendron bushes.
  • 8 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • Private parking
  • Open fire or woodburner
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Pub 2 miles

Weymouth, West Dorset

WY397

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£805 - £1794
per week
From £613 for a 3-night stay
  • 4 Star
  • Perfect for a family get-together or a group of friends; this immaculately presented five bedroom house has a welcoming, sociable and fun feel. Laurel House is located approximately 1.3 miles from the main beach at Weymouth. 
  • 8 Guests
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 1 Pet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • WiFi
  • Garden
  • Enclosed garden
  • On-street parking
  • Beach 2 miles
  • Pub 1 mile