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Dorset holiday cottages for rent

With more than half of the county designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the only problem with holiday homes in Dorset is narrowing down your choice. This famously picturesque corner of England has kept much of its rural atmosphere. Despite a sleepy reputation, the county definitely knows how to enjoy itself. Why not plan your vacation rentals in Dorset around one of the local festivals? Enjoy classical music at Sherborne Abbey, or try not to get too airborne at Weymouth's kite festival. For local life at its most weird and wonderful, try Frome's food fair and the truly eccentric Dorset Knob-Throwing Contest, named after the area's traditional biscuit! And you may well need the home comforts of a holiday cottage after Bestival, a full-on August weekend of music and stand-up in the grounds of historic Lulworth Castle. Even with so much else on offer, it would be unthinkable to miss the region's biggest highlight. It's worth searching for holiday homes in or around Dorset's natural World Heritage Site: the Jurassic Coast. Vacation rentals close to charming towns such as Dorchester and Lyme Regis - the latter can claim to be the home of fossil hunting - make perfect starting points to explore one of the most spectacular shorelines in Europe, a combination of accessible beaches with breath-taking geological landmarks. Families will love exploring this rare natural treasure, whether by boat or walking the cliff-top paths; for the more adventurous, kayaking, climbing and abseiling get you even closer! The list of attractions in Dorset doesn't end there, however. The castles at Corfe and Sherborne, both dramatic and beautiful in their own way, are open for exploration, while the Cerne Abbas Giant - a 180-foot chalk carving with a striking natural feature of his own - is one of the emblems of the South-West.

Holiday Letting in Dorset for your short break

Home to some of the most ancient landmarks and architecture in England, holiday rentals in Dorset will also put you within one of the finest stretches of coastline in the country, and round that off with countryside that rolls on for miles towards Somerset and Wiltshire, you'll find that the holiday cottages in Dorset make the ideal base from where your whole family can find something to keep them occupied without having to travel much further than your own doorstep. With any holiday home in Dorset you can plan anything from horse-riding, hiking or biking through unspoilt National Park landscapes to watersports and sailing from a selection of outstanding beaches and harbours - many people choosing a cottage rental in Dorset merely to give them the opportunity to go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, a fine example of the wealth of natural heritage that exists in this southern area of England. Holiday accommodation in Dorset really can add such incredible variety and versatility to your vacation whether you'd prefer a situation further inland or to be in a coastal location such as Lyme Regis, Weymouth or Swanage. Cottages and holiday homes in Dorset being just as popular with couples seeking romance as families looking for the ideal place for an outdoor activity vacation, and with an atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation, any time of the year is a good time to consider a holiday rental in Dorset. Find Cottages in Dorset with Owners Direct Holiday Rentals.

Best time to enjoy Dorset

The beauty of self-catering home stays in Dorset is that the countryside is open all year round. With some of the gentlest winter weather to be found anywhere in the British Isles, and the prospect of a real bargain outside school holidays, it's a great option to consider for off-season getaways. The popularity of short breaks in Dorset owes a lot to its accessibility: closer for most of us than Devon or Cornwall - and with higher average summer temperatures, too. With or without a dusting of snow, Christmas in Thomas Hardy country always has something gently magical about it, if only for the peace and quiet of the region in wintertime. For a proper break from the norm in December, it's well worth investigating holiday cottages in Dorset, particularly those with an open fire. Holiday lettings in Dorset also make a perfect excuse for a post-New Year escape with family or a group of friends: it's up to you to decide whether to explore the region's exciting things to do, or make the most of some time to relax. Self-catering rentals give children a proper home from home in the summer holidays, but it's easy to forget that they're ideal for a romantic break for two. With so much information only a few clicks away, you can check out local pubs and restaurants, discover nearby walks and plan your secret weekend.

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