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Highlights in Dorset
- The Jurassic Coast
- Corfe Castle
- Swanage Railway
- The Seafood Festival
- Durdle door
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Holiday rentals and lettings in Dorset
Dorset offers a wide range of possibilities to choose from. Whether you are looking for a coastal escape in a seaside modern apartment, a little break in a charming town or just want to spend some time in the countryside to put you back in touch with nature in a country-house, Dorset has got the rental you want. Find truly fabulously convenient locations just within a walking distance from all the attractions and conveniences a seaside town has to offer or opt for an inland quiet hamlet nestled in the Dorset countryside to be away from the bustle of the town. Beautiful converted barns, utterly gorgeous cottages and quintessentially English deco is on offer for you to enjoy.The perfect holiday accommodations
The perfect rentals for small groups, big families and friends gatherings. Whatever your needs are, Dorset has got you covered. Plenty of rentals for you to choose from that will suit every taste and budget. Many properties can accommodate up to 22 guests in large properties in the countryside or smaller groups and families up to 8-10 people in lettings near the seaside with all the amenities included. Sprawling gardens for lawn games, a sun-trapping terrace and nice porches to lay down and soak up the surrounding field or sea views. Shops, restaurants and local attractions are just a pleasant stroll away.
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The area and getting around
Dorset is a county in southwestern England and comprises Dorset, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. The Jurassic coast was the first-ever natural site to make the UNESCO World Heritage list in December 2001. Its cultural heritage allows you to have a unique activity enjoying a film at Lulworth Castle, one of the best experiences ever. Courtesy of the Luna Cinema, you can watch classic movies projected onto a screen on a 17th century castle! Hunt for ghosts at Knowlton Church or have yourself an adventure and follow Enyd Blyton’s footsteps. The writer used many Dorset landscapes as an inspiration for her novels. Do you remember the Famous Five? But if you are looking for adrenaline-pumping emotions tackle some of England’s best climbing routes in the isle of Portland, perfect for climbers of all levels.Getting to know the Jurassic Coast
A day out in Lyme Regis, considered the Pearl of Dorset, is a must on your ticking list while in the area. A bustling harbour, a vibrant dining scene and also a popular spot for fossil-hunters! Are you more into frocks than rocks? Have a look around the handful of exclusive and unique shops waiting for you. Islands are also easily accessed by ferry or private boats. Brownsea Island which is home to a Nature Reserve where to spend a wonderful day admiring deer, squirrels and peacocks or you can consider booking tickets for Brownsea Open Air Theatre to enjoy an open air Shakespeare play in this incomparable setting. Goldhill or Bridport are also pretty towns for a wonderful day out and if you want to admire Thomas Hardy’s birthplace cottage, a National Trust property, head to Higher Bockhampton, near Dorchester.
Travellers and activities
Book a foodie break with the best local produce, the freshest fish and fabulous seafood that you can wash down with wonderful wines and awesome ales. The best award winning restaurants, seafront cafés and traditional pubs. The food on your plate comes from the garden and the wine in your glass is from a local vineyard. Can you think of anything better?Dorset for entertainment lovers
Entertainment never ends in Dorset. There is a great variety of traditional theatres where to enjoy performing arts. From traditional Shakespeare’s plays to famous comedians, local amateur dramatics and live orchestras. For a relaxed evening, look for the latest blockbusters at a nearby cinema. And if you still have the energy for some more, let your hair down and have a big night out to see your favourite band, big artist and all time legends!
There are only five counties in England that don’t have a motorway, and Dorset is one of them!
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To enjoy a vintage experience jump on a picture postcard train making its way through the gorgeous Isle of Purbeck and passing the magnificent and iconic ruins of Corfe Castle to the sandy beach of Swanage. Stations are located at Norden, Corfe Castle, Harmans Cross, Herston Halt and Swanage.2. Corfe Castle, a medieval experience
This is the site of a romantic ruined castle of the same name, surrounded by the Purbeck hills. Want to know more about tales of treason and treachery? Corfe Castle has got them in every corner! Feel history come alive between these fallen walls and secret places and discover years of Corfe Castle’s history as a royal palace and fortress. Have some fun trying to spot the “murder-holes”, count the arrow loops and then, dress up like they did in medieval times with swords and shields included! It will captivate children and adults alike!3. Visit the impressive Jurassic Coast
As one of the most popular destinations in Great Britain, the Jurassic Coast draws visitors from all over the world. Hunt for fossils, visit a museum, appreciate the stunning scenery on foot following one of many walks in the area or cycle between towns. Many beaches are dog friendly so you can take you canine companion on holidays too!4. Durdle door and Lulworth cove, wonders of nature
Another Dorset iconic landmark eroded by time and nature around 140 million years ago. This magnificent natural limestone archway over the sea, together with its splendid cove, is another masterpiece at this eastern gateway of the Jurassic Coast from this great sculptor called Mother Nature. The name Durdle comes from the old English word “thirl” meaning to pierce or drill. Between September and May is quieter than the rest of the year to have a relaxing day at the beach. If you go when it’s peak time use public transport, walk or cycle.5. Dorset Seafood festival
This annual event is held for two days. Weymouth harbour becomes a lively market lined with stalls selling local produce. Taste the cheese and chutneys, Asian foods and of course, the mouthwatering seafood. It is a must and you cannot leave Dorset without trying it!
FAQs: Holiday Rentals & Lettings in Dorset
With an annual average price of £143.31, Dorset is not a destination that stands out as being the most expensive or the cheapest in the United Kingdom.
According to our most recent historical data, the months that are the cheapest in Dorset are March, January, and February, with average prices of £122.22, £127.82 and £128.37, respectively.
When it comes to looking for a holiday letting in Dorset, the months when it is most expensive are, in descending order, August, December and November with average prices per night of £159.71, £157.3, and £152.9, respectively.
In order to not have problems finding accommodation in Dorset, we recommend you to think ahead, as 77% of rentals are usually booked, according to last year's data.
The months when it's the easiest to find free accommodation in Dorset are January (the average amount of properties that are free reached 48.5% of the total in 2020), May (40%), and April (38.5%).
The months with the lowest properties available in Dorset are, in order, August, September and July, with respective average availability figures of 1.4%, 2%, and 7%, based on data collected in 2020.
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