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For a holiday which gives you complete flexibility, choose a self-catering property and enjoy your freedom with one of the many accommodation offers available to you in Dorset. There is an excellent choice of quality self-catering accommodation, with everything from luxury apartments, cosy holiday cottages, lodges, chalets and just about everything else you can think of. Whatever accommodation you like, you’ll find something to suit your taste and budget.


Going self-catering not only offers you the freedom of being able to come and go as you please, but it gives you the chance to live as a local for the duration of your stay. Properties often are fully equipped with kitchen goods giving you the chance to prepare family meals, as well as enjoying an outdoor space with a BBQ and of course, all the room and privacy you could wish for. Staying at a holiday cottage, serviced apartment or farmhouse will give you the opportunity to try as many of the locally sourced foods and drinks as possible. Grab something from a deli or farm shop to serve for dinner in your property’s kitchen or grab some locally made sausages to throw on the BBQ and follow up with a cake or ice cream made right here in the local area.

These properties are great, not only for families, but also for groups that are going away together, those who want to bring their four legged friends and couples looking for a romantic bolthole. Whatever it is you are looking for you’ll find it here in Dorset.

When it comes down to it, all you really have to think about is whether you want to stay at the coast or in the country, Dorset has both and there are an abundance of properties to be found at either location, as well as in town centres, so every whim can be catered for. If you want to get off the beaten track and perhaps stay in a wonderful thatched chocolate box cottage, head for a country location. Or if you want to be able to smell the glorious sea air, try the ones on cliff tops or grab a swanky apartment looking over the sea. Families with small children often find self-catering to be the easiest option, you have multiple rooms and all your own equipment, as well as a driveway and garden area so you can easily accommodate everyone in the family. These properties are also usually dog-friendly too, so your furry friends get to enjoy a little break too.

You aren’t just limited to traditional accommodation either, if you want something more unique, there are plenty of options for you too like treehouses, shepherd’s huts and yurts and even properties with hot tubs, wood burners and swimming pools so you can have a luxurious stay without giving up the home-from-home charm of these properties. Plus, as these are mainly owned by individuals, there is a chance that you’ll get some good deals if you’re looking for a last minute break!

Really, self-catering properties are an excellent choice for those of you coming to Dorset because you want to sample the wide range of food and drink that is available to you. Either spend your days rustling up your own food using locally sourced ingredients or head out and sample a different menu every night at the many eateries that can be found around the region. If you’re in the area, why not book onto a cookery course and then show off what you’ve learned or stop by one of the many events, grab a few ingredients and have a go at one of our recipes?
You can find a whole host of self-catering properties listed below, click here to find out what you can see and do during your stay and here to see what events are on while you’re in Dorset.

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Dorset Coastal Cottages

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