Holiday Cottages in the Dorset countryside.

A selection of holiday cottages in rural Dorset.

Most of Dorset, whilst still within easy reach of the coast is a network of country lanes, running through a rich, green countryside. The county has a long history of human settlement, dating back to Neolithic times. You will find a huge number of ancient barrows and hill forts, the largest of which is Maiden Castle.

Most of rural Dorset is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and three quarters of the coastline is a World Heritage Site, both richly deserved, for this exceptional County epitomises the English countryside.

The County town of Dorchester was made famous by the works of Thomas Hardy, who used the county as the principal setting for his novels. The Great Dorset Steam fair held near the Georgian market town of Blandford, is one of Europe’s largest outdoor shows.

Dorset’s climate is of warm summers and mild winters, due to its position on the South coast. It boasts higher summer temperatures than both Cornwall or Devon and enjoys more sunshine.

If you want to know more about this area please see our Rural Dorset area page.

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