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Discover 1,000s of smashing holiday cottages right on your doorstep. Dotted around some of the most jaw-droppingly stunning parts of the country, these gorgeous places to stay make for great British breaks whatever the weather.



The Victorians popularised British coastal resorts, but more recently we’ve ignored the coast on our doorstep, opting for the Med and further afield. From the glitz of Brighton to the rugged coastline of Cornwall, pack your bucket and spade and don’t forget to pick up a stick of rock when you get there!



If you’d rather escape the madding crowd, go for a rural retreat. We’ve got farmhouses and country cottages in areas of outstanding beauty all over Britain. Fill your days exploring the Brecon Beacons, rambling across the Lake District or scaling the peaks of the Scottish Highlands.

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from £54 /night

£377 - £1170 / week

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Watermill Cottage is surrounded by the hills of Exmoor National Park, situated within walking distance of one of the finest villages on Exmoor, with shops, restaurants and tea shops. Porlock Weir is just half a mile away with its quaint harbour and fantastic walks. T...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £55 /night

£383 - £716 / week

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Situated on the edge of Crewkerne, this detached barn conversion, dating back to 1750, offers excellent holiday accommodation for two, with wonderful wooden features, character, and galleried en-suite bedroom, with lovely commanding country views. Located on the owne...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £46 /night

£322 - £1115 / week

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Enjoying a truly tranquil position in the village of Harcombe Bottom, close to the popular resort of Lyme Regis, Harcombe House offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and requirements. The house started life as a Victorian gentleman's residence, and was...  …see more

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from £35 /night

£245 - £725 / week

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In an AONB just 4 miles from the pebble beach at West Bay and the World Heritage Coast, these two charming holiday cottages, with their own gardens, retain much original character. They stand opposite the owners' home on the edge of their organic dairy farm, with won...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £53 /night

£367 - £759 / week

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Jasmine Cottage, situated in the village of Bothenhampton in a designated AONB, boasts a sheltered and secluded garden with 7 terraces which enjoy spectacular views towards the coast and surrounding countryside. It is approximately 1 mile from the beach at West Bay (...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £39 /night

£270 / week

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Nestling in the pretty landscape that fringes Exmoor, Grooms Lodge and Stable Cottage have been converted from the original stables of an impressive 16th-century thatched long house. Both these thatched cottages have been presented to a very high standard. They offer...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

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from £77 /night

£533 - £1583 / week

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The Old Forge cottage nestles in the small 'chocolate box' village of Kingston in the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, on the Dorset coastline. Renovated and adjoining an ancient stone pub, this traditional single-storey stone cottage (including restored forge) has outs...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £55 /night

£385 - £679 / week

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Set down a country lane, this detached, Mediterranean-style single-storey property holiday occupies a superb elevated position, commanding magnificent views over Chew Valley Lake and the surrounding countryside from the garden. It stands within the owners' 3½-acre gr...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £50 /night

£347 - £1053 / week

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On a quiet road just off the high street in the village of Porlock, this thatched cottage (steeped in history and built about 1650) is a perfect base from which to explore Exmoor National Park. It lies adjacent to another cottage where the owners sometimes reside. Fr...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £49 /night

£340 - £883 / week

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Set in a small hamlet of Ashton, surrounded by farmland and rolling countryside, this attractive, single-storey barn conversion offers a peaceful rural base for walking, riding and exploring the area. Close to the A38 and M5 it is an ideal touring base for easily rea...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £65 /night

£449 - £832 / week

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Situated in peaceful countryside rich in wildlife, this beautifully converted, detached barn provides very comfortable and well-appointed holiday accommodation, equipped to the Visit Britain '4 Star' standard. It stands in the grounds of the owner's Grade II listed G...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £43 /night

£299 - £867 / week

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In a tranquil setting in South Somerset, with easy access to many attractions in this delightful county, these two detached stone character barn conversions lie in a courtyard of the owner's surrounding 3-acre grounds. They have been furnished and equipped to a super...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £46 /night

£322 - £621 / week

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This detached stone holiday cottage has been converted from a former ciderhouse. It is finished to a good standard and retains many original features. Set within the owner's grounds in a peaceful location, ideal for wildlife and bird-watching. There is good walking f...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £56 /night

£392 - £986 / week

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This 18th-century thatched cottage is one of a pair set in the quaint village of Chaffcombe, near Chard on the Somerset/Dorset/Devon border. This is an excellent holiday home for 6, and a great base for enjoying this popular area and exploring the many family attract...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £53 /night

£367 - £839 / week

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This well-presented, single-storey, Grade II converted barn lies in the owner's grounds in Tintinhull, South Somerset, an area renowned for historic properties and beautiful gardens, including Tintinhull Gardens, Montacute House, Barrington Court and Muchelney Abbey....  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £46 /night

£321 - £724 / week

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A wonderful setting to relax and unwind in, The Old Mill stands detached and has wooden floors, beams and character. Tastefully furnished, it offers an idyllic romantic haven to enjoy the abundant wildlife from the decked patio overlooking the mill pond and lovely co...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £46 /night

£321 - £1135 / week

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Nestling in a peaceful hamlet this pretty, well furnished Edwardian cottage is surrounded by rolling heathland and boasts beautiful views. Adjoining another property, the cottage enjoys a delightful garden overlooking meadows. Activities available locally include wal...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £61 /night

£427 - £1189 / week

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Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely wood-burning stoves. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £48 /night

£333 - £849 / week

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Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, these two well presented single storey barn conversions, offer comfortable and spacious accommodation in a peaceful location. They are delightfully situated and yet within 2 miles, one can be in the lovely town of ...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £78 /night

£540 - £1591 / week

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Marshwood Manor offers excellent accommodation and facilities in a tranquil rural setting, surrounded by Dorset's loveliest countryside, and only 5 miles from the unspoilt beaches and golden sandstone cliffs of the coastline. The estate's 10 acres of lawn, garden, pa...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £75 /night

£520 - £1372 / week

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Situated in the pretty village of Burton Bradstock, a short walk from the Chesil beach coastal walk and two pubs serving a range of food, this 200-year-old traditional thatched cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the area. The character stone cottage i...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £131 /night

£917 - £2145 / week

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This restored detached holiday home, with a heated indoor swimming pool and 4 bedrooms all en-suite, is set in the heart of the quaint village of Netherbury, between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast (6 miles) and the small market town of Beaminster (2½ miles)...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £54 /night

£373 - £1359 / week

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In a stunning location, at the head of a valley, with country views and only 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these 15th-century Grade II listed, traditional stone built cottages make excellent holiday accommodation to relax and u...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £50 /night

£345 - £1233 / week

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In a stunning location, at the head of a valley, with country views and only 5 miles from Lyme Regis and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these 15th-century Grade II listed, traditional stone built cottages make excellent holiday accommodation to relax and u...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £58 /night

£405 - £1182 / week

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Nestling within a picturesque village, this pretty cottage lies just a short drive from the World Heritage coastline at West Bay and fossil beaches in Lyme Bay. Adjoining another property, it is set amidst beautiful countryside and close to Charmouth and Lyme Regis, ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £61 /night

£425 - £1134 / week

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This delightful, detached, thatched holiday cottage provides a wealth of character and charm and is located just 10 minutes' drive from the picturesque harbour town of Christchurch. The property is furnished to a high standard whilst retaining its original beams, ing...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £115 /night

£801 - £2197 / week

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Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy's 'Upper Mellstock'), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommoda...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £53 /night

£367 - £922 / week

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Nestled in the pretty village of Litton Cheney, set back from the beautiful Dorset coastline, this adjoining, 17th-century, thatched holiday cottage is tastefully decorated and has a real cottage feel to it. With a coal-burning stove, beamed rooms and a stream which ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £87 /night

£609 - £1336 / week

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Set at Higher Bockhampton (which is Hardy's 'Upper Mellstock'), Greenwood Grange is a secret hideaway set in its own 4 acres of peaceful grounds and landscaped gardens. All the cottages have undergone a major refurbishment and offer the very highest quality accommoda...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £51 /night

£354 - £750 / week

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Lying in the picturesque Piddle Valley in West Dorset are the twelve acres of glorious rolling countryside in which these holiday cottages are set. No longer a working farm, Doles Ash Farm now has an established vineyard producing English wines. The splendid range of...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £63 /night

£439 - £1595 / week

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Sympathetically converted, this lovely detached coach house stands within its own large garden, with views over the shared swimming pool from its open-plan living room. It enjoys use of the owners' woodland grounds, with shady walks leading down to a river. Bournemou...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 3

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from £37 /night

£257 / week

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This delightful 18th-century detached cottage is set in the heart of Maiden Newton, near the county town of Dorchester and is a great base to discover West Dorset. Explore from Weymouth with its beach, shops and attractions, along the Chesil beach and famous World He...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £85 /night

£593 - £1491 / week

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This Grade II listed thatched holiday cottage dates back to the 1600s and sits on the village road which leads to the sea and Lulworth Cove. Retaining many original features, with beams, inglenook fireplaces and wood-burning stove. West Lulworth has a village store a...  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 10

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from £106 /night

£742 - £2287 / week

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On the outskirts of Lyme Regis, on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast and ¾ mile from the beach, scenic harbour and historic Cobb, these two properties; a 300 year old Coach House, and single storey thatched cottage offer excellent holiday accommodation individ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £65 /night

£455 - £1442 / week

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This delightful, former Coach House, set in a secluded village location, has been refurbished to a high standard. It offers spacious, detached holiday accommodation and is situated in the historic, popular village of Chideock - ½ mile from the World Heritage Coast be...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £69 /night

£482 - £1384 / week

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In the quaint village of Leigh, just south of the picturesque abbey town of Sherborne in north west Dorset, these four converted listed barns are set in an L shape around a courtyard on one side and with lovely country views over Thomas Hardy's famous Blackmoor Vale ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £43 /night

£297 - £966 / week

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Located in a charming and secluded environment on the Jurassic and Heritage coastline, Coastline Cottages have been converted to a high specification and are well-equipped with lovely wood-burning stoves. Situated 100 yards off the main road, the cottages are set in ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £48 /night

£333 - £849 / week

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Near the character abbey town of Sherborne, 2 miles, these two well presented single storey barn conversions, offer comfortable and spacious accommodation in a peaceful location. They are delightfully situated and yet within 2 miles, one can be in the lovely town of ...  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £118 /night

£826 / week

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Set in a stunning cliffside location with spectacular views of Charmouth Bay and Lyme Regis, this beautiful property offers uninterrupted coastal views as far as Torquay some 50 miles away. The New England-style, single-storey house and annex is ideal for a larger pa...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £40 /night

£274 - £770 / week

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Nestling in the heart of the picturesque village of Stoke Abbott, one of West Dorset's hidden treasures, is this stone, corner cottage, formerly The Old Meeting Room. Church House, set along a quiet village road, has been renovated and is well presented, offering an ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 3

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from £43 /night

£297 - £739 / week

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This charming 18th-century Grade II holiday cottage adjoining the owner's home was originally the village school room, and is set in a delightful conservation village of stone and thatched houses. It is ideally placed to explore west Dorset, from the abbey town of Sh...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £52 /night

£358 - £832 / week

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This charming Grade II listed holiday cottage of traditional thatch and hamstone (all of building in photograph) is set in a conservation village on the Somerset/Dorset border. Comfortably furnished and attractively decorated, it has its own garden. Explore lovely wa...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £39 /night

£272 - £549 / week

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These charming holiday cottages (refs W43047, W43048, W43199 and W43200) are located close to the country village of Elsdon, nestled within the Northumberland National Park which is an AONB. Picnic tables are scattered amongst the pretty grounds for relaxing, whilst ...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

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from £40 /night

£276 - £689 / week

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Nestling in the foothills of the Brendons, this single-storey holiday cottage adjoins the owner's period house, and offers use of an outdoor heated swimming pool (weather permitting, end of May - end of August, shared with owner) and secure garden. Surrounded by 400 ...  …see more

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House | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

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from £82 /night

£569 - £1369 / week

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This pretty 17th century farmhouse, on a site dating back to the Domesday Book, nestles in the peaceful Dorset countryside. It has been sympathetically modernised whilst retaining many original features including beams, a flagstoned floor, mullion windows and an ingl...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £37 /night

£255 - £700 / week

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This charming detached 18th century cottage, with an enclosed garden, has been renovated whilst retaining much of its original character. There is a beach within a mile of the holiday cottage and the African adventure of Suffolk Wildlife Park is within walking distan...  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

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from £46 /night

£320 - £734 / week

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This spacious, well furnished and equipped dormer bungalow, adjacent to the owners home is situated in the coastal village of Ulrome, only 0.5 mile walk to the lovely beach, it makes the ideal seaside holiday home. 5 miles north of Hornsea, famous for its pottery, me...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £49 /night

£337 - £646 / week

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These six holiday properties are peacefully situated and surrounded by countryside where cattle and sheep graze. W2937 is a delightful cottage on one level which forms part of an 18th century steading conversion. It has been tastefully renovated to provide spacious h...  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

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from £40 /night

£276 - £622 / week

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In a quiet residential area, this semi-detached bungalow is conveniently located for the village of Flamborough, with its lighthouse, dramatic inlet at North Landing and its sand and chalk bay at South Landing. There is an assortment of shops, takeaways and pubs. Vis...  …see more

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House | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

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from £31 /night

£217 - £598 / week

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Surrounded by farmland, this detached single storey holiday cottage was originally used as the living quarters for those manning the nearby Second World War searchlight. Completely modernised yet retaining its original working range in the living room, it offers a pe...  …see more

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