Dorset holiday cottages

Bournemouth, Dorset
Browse holiday cottages in Dorset. For clean air, sweeping cliffs and breathtaking scenery, visit the county of Dorset, located in the South West of England, otherwise known as 'The West Country'.

With so much to see and do in Dorset it is hard to know where to begin, one of the facsinating attractions in the region is Sea Life Adventure Park – Weymouth.
Situated in the South West of Dorset, Lyme Regis is an historic unspoilt sea side resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb Harbour. Surrounded by beautiful coastlines and countryside, the area has been awarded World Heritage Site Status.
 
Heading southwards along the coast, lies the market town of Bridport, offering vibrant culture and a good reputation for quality local food and art. Bridport has a rich history and heritage as one of the leading rope and net producing towns in England. West Bay, one mile south of the town, is a charming village on the famous Jurassic Coast, a favourite holiday destination for generations and one of the main filming locations for the TV drama ‘Broadchurch’.

Situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey lies the seaside town of Weymouth on the English Channel coast. It's Georgian seafront is an impressive backdrop to the long sandy bay from which the views are spectacular. In contrast to the gentle bay of Weymouth is the isle of Portland where waves crash against the rocks along the dramatic coastline. Weymouth & Portland was the venue of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.

Along the eastern coast of Dorset you will reach Swanage, a small resort town overlooking Swanage Bay, offering great views from Durlston Head, south of the town and lovely beach at Studland to the North. Take a trip on the Swanage Railway, famous for its steam locomotives, visit Monkey World, home to many various primates, enjoy an evening of culture at the Mowlem Theatre, try your hand at one of the many water sports on offer or just simply relax in the Beach Gardens.

Heading back up the coast is the large town of Bournemouth. The town's architecture is notably Victorian and the huge spire of St Peter's Church, one of three Grade I listed churches in the borough, is a local landmark. Bournemouth's location has made it a popular town for tourists with seven miles of golden beaches and clear sparkling sea, the vibrant town has it all – shops, restaurants endless countryside and a buzzing nightlife.

Wareham, south of Poole, is a curious and fascinating town. It has a history that goes back nearly 2000 years, flourishing in Saxon times and was a strategic stronghold for King Alfred the Great. The town's quay is now a focal point and is one of the most relaxing places in Purbeck. Wareham has also gained a reputation as a centre for locally produced foods and offers a market on the Quay every Saturday.

Lying east of Wareham is Poole, home to the second largest natural harbour in the world, renowned for its watersports, as the areas has perfect conditions for windsurfing, kitesurfing and various other nautical events. Take a boat ride to the National Trust gem, Brownsea Island, the birthplace of Baden-Powell's scout movement. Wander through the cobbles of Poole Old Town down to the Quay full of traditional pubs, bistros and restaurants or simply enjoy an afternoon of retail therapy.

Back to the north of the region is the prosperous market town of Beaminster, hosting over two hundred listed buildings and is a designated conversation area. A charming place to shop, browse, sample the local fare or just walk Beaminster stands at the head of the River Brit's 'Hidden Valley' renowned for its wildlife, peace and old water mills. Beaminster, along with all the other beautiful towns, villages and resorts in Dorset, has a rich selection of attractions to suit every taste.

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