Why choose self catering accommodation in Dorset?

Dorset, around two hours from London is blessed with sandy beaches, rolling countryside, numerous stately homes and gardens and the ancient Jurassic Coast, which all add up to a great destination for a self catering holiday.

Without doubt, one of the highlights of Dorset is the opportunity to explore the Jurassic Coast, taking walks in the fresh air, soaking up the sea views or hunting for fossils on the beach. The coast also offers holidaymakers the chance to relax on beaches at Studland, Swanage and the ever popular Lulworth Cove.

Kingston Lacy, Athelhampton, Smedmore and Lulworth Castle are amongst the stately homes open to the public. Thatched cottages, country pubs and historic towns like Dorchester have a calming pace of life but if you fancy more hustle and bustle then head for the seaside towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth where these is plenty of entertainment on offer.

A self catering property in Dorset also gives you the chance to sample the local food and drink scene. Rather than stay in and cook why not head out to one of the local restaurants, eateries or pubs and let someone else doing the cooking – Portland Lamb and Dorset Apple Cake sound delicious.

Whether you are heading for the beach, the spectacular cliffs, the coastal harbours of Boscombe or Lyme Regis or the countryside that inspired Thomas Hardy Dorset’s self catering options will give you a great base from which to explore the county.


What types of accommodation are available?

You are spoilt for choice for self catering accommodation in Dorset – whether it is a family break, a romantic weekend, or a reunion with friends or an extended family getaway there are plenty of great places to stay.

The villages of Dorset offer some great cosy cottages, converted barns and farm buildings to retire to in the evening, many with fantastic views over the surrounding countryside. If you fancy a bit of glamping there are a number of sites with luxury pods, yurts and bell tents across the Dorset countryside.

Along the coast will find numerous houses and cottages where you can soak up the atmosphere of the local towns and villages whilst enjoying the seaward views and splendid coastline.

There are options for those on a budget but if you want to spoil yourself go ahead and choose one of the many attractive properties on offer – there is plenty of accommodation with a touch of luxury – well appointed properties with hot tubs, relaxing gardens, patios and terraces will ensure you relax and enjoy a well earned break.

Dog lovers can enjoy plenty of dog friendly accommodation and if you are setting out on one of Dorset’s many walks see our Dog Friendly Beaches Guide to Dorset.


Examples of self catering accommodation that you can book in Dorset include:


Somerville Athelhampton B&B | Dorset

Somerville, Athelhampton, Puddletown, Dorset, DT2 7LG

Tarrant Valley Camping Campsite | Dorset

Tarrant Rawson, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8SB

Dudsbury Lodge | Dorset

4 Dudsbury Court, Glissons, Ferndown, Dorset, BH22 9FJ

Omaha Meadows Campsite | Dorset

Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 6RS

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