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Highlights Dorset

  • Natural paradise Brownsea Island
  • Great Dorset Steam Fair
  • Swimming on the Jurassic Coast
  • Bovington Tank Museum

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Jurassic Coast, South West England
Vacation Rental • 4 Guests • 2 Bedrooms
Badgers Cottage is a lovely period thatched cottage with garden and parking, situated in the picturesque village of Langton Herring.The property is within easy walking distance of the Village Inn and Fleet Lagoon as well as a short journey to the historic coastal towns of Weymouth, Bridport and county town of Dorchester. The village is surrounded by fantastic country walks and close to the beautiful beaches of the Jurassic Coast.Size: Sleeps 4 in 2 bedroomsBeds: Double bed & 2 singlesRooms: Living, dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms, shower room (very small)Kitchen/Utilities: Electric o...
from $84 / night
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Swanage, Purbeck Heritage Coast
Vacation Rental • 4 Guests • 2 Bedrooms
4-room apartment on the ground floor. Practical and comfortable furnishings: living room with open-hearth fireplace and TV (flat screen), DVD. Dining room. 1 double bedroom with 1 double bed. 1 room with 2 beds. Kitchen (4 hot plates, oven, microwave, freezer). Shower/WC. Gas heating. Patio. Terrace furniture. View of the sea. Facilities: washing machine, dryer, baby cot for up to 2 year olds. Internet (WiFi, free). Please note: non-smoking house.
from $120 / night
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Swanage, Purbeck Heritage Coast
Vacation Rental • 2 Guests • 1 Bedroom
Azure is a one bedroom first floor apartment, located in the old part of Swanage, at the top of the high street, and is perfectly placed for both the town and the beach. Ideal for a couple looking for a relaxing break, to walk in the Purbecks, or just enjoy the beach!Once inside, you are greeted by an entrance hall with coat hooks and two doors leading one side to the bedroom and the other side to the open plan kitchen. The modern gloss kitchen is well equipped and open plan, with dining table and comfortable sofa seating alongside smart TV. The double bedroom benefits from an en-suite show...
from $66 / night

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Vacation rental prices Dorset

$237for 3 Dec - 10 Dec
$287 annual average
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52%for 3 Dec - 10 Dec
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Vacation rentals in Dorset

Holidays in picturesque Dorset

Dorset is one of England's most popular holiday destinations and has a correspondingly wide range of holiday accommodation to suit every budget, vacation rental or holiday home. Would you like to spend a beach holiday on the coast? Then places like Bournemouth, Weymouth or Lyme Regis are exactly the right choice. Culture lovers, on the other hand, will get their money's worth in places such as Shaftesbury on "Golden Hill", in the Dorchester administrative centre or in Sherborne with its world-famous Norman castle.

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Travelers and Activities

Nature and culture united in southeast England

There is hardly any other region in England where the past centuries have been as dominant as in Dorchester. Together with the numerous natural attractions, the more than 1,000 kilometres of hiking and cycling trails offer a multitude of destinations worth seeing, which combine active holidays in nature with English cultural history. Besides the numerous castles like Corfe Castle and the Iron Age fortification Maiden Castle, you will also explore the so-called Jurassic Coast, where small and large fossil seekers can also enjoy one or two fascinating discoveries.

Things to know

Best travel time

Those who want to explore the region on foot or by bike will find excellent conditions between mid-May and mid-September. Active holidaymakers, who have no objection to an intermittent rain shower, can also use the numerous hours of sunshine in April for their activities. Bathers, on the other hand, get their money's worth between the end of June and the beginning of September with water temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius.

The county of Dorset is the English region with the largest population of over 65s (25.9%).

Top 3 travel tips

1. Dive into a world of steel

The Bovington Tank Museum is a tour of the museum that will make the hearts of technology enthusiasts beat faster. In the five halls, a journey through time awaits you through the history of armoured vehicles, from the first British prototype "Little Willie" to the legendary German "Tiger I" and the ultra-modern "Challenger 2".

2. Visit the Great Dorset Steam Fair

Another highlight for technology fans is the Great Dorset Steam Fair, which attracts over 200,000 visitors annually. Go back in time and marvel at the inventiveness of the early engineers.

3. Hiking on Brownsea Island

Nature lovers should definitely take a day trip by boat to Brownsea Island off Poole Harbour to explore the idyllic island. In the summer there are also regular performances of Shakespeare's works.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Dorset

How much do the vacation rentals in Dorset cost on average?

Dorset is one of the most expensive destinations in the United Kingdom. For a vacation rental here, you can expect to pay around $273 per night.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Dorset?

According to the previous year, the months with the most reduced prices in Dorset are March, May and April, with average prices of $244, $246, and $253, respectively.

When are vacation rentals more expensive in Dorset?

It can be concluded, by analyzing the data from the previous year, that costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of August ($317), July ($299), and January ($295).

Is Dorset a good location for a last-minute getaway?

If you decide to put Dorset on your bucket list, we recommend organizing your travels ahead of time because it tends to be very high in demand, with an annual average of 86% of rentals booked the previous year.

Which months offer the highest availability?

January, November and December are, in order of highest to lowest, the months offering the largest number of properties available, with an average availability of 31%, 24%, and 22%. However, even during these periods of time, when rental availability is the highest, the average is just 25%. So it is still important you always book a little in advance to make sure you get the rental of your dreams.

When will it be harder to find an available vacation rental in Dorset?

The month with the highest average booked rental figures is August (only 2% of properties were available on average last year). Followed by July (2%), and then June (4%). During these three months, the availability is only 3%. It is therefore preferable to reserve early.

How many vacation rentals are there in Dorset?

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