Dorset Holiday Cottages
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Dorset was Jane Austen's home and features in many films?
Dorset’s beautiful and dramatic scenery has long made the county a favourite with writers, poets and film crews. Jurassic cliffs plunge alongside picturesque harbour towns and coastal resorts, providing an impressive backdrop for the many popular Dorset holiday destinations. Blue Chip Holidays can offer Dorset holiday cottages in many of the county’s towns, each of which has a slightly different experience to offer than the next.
- Poole has one of the world’s largest natural harbours
- Portland Castle was built in 1539 by Henry VIII to defend Weymouth
- Tours of Thomas Hardy’s Dorset are operated throughout the county
Dorset Tourist Information
Dorset’s relatively small size as a county proves convenient for guests of Blue Chip’s Dorset holiday cottages, as the various family attractions are within easy reach of one another for handy days out.
Dorset’s many beaches comprise the famous Jurrasic Coast, the first natural World Heritage site in England. There are several ways in which visitors to Dorset can experience the Jurrassic coast, including specialised walks, a boat trip, or even by hopping onto the area’s Jurrassic Coast bus.
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Beach Holidays in Dorset
Those seeking beach-based holidays in Dorset have a number of inviting, family-friendly beaches to choose from throughout the county. Weymouth offers a sandy beach with shallow waters and plenty to do during the summer, such as donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows. Avon Beach in Christchurch is also ideal for young families, whereas Castle Cove beach in Portland has limited facilities but is sandy and located very close to the harbour.
Bournemouth poses a popular choice for beach-centred Dorset holidays, as it has seven miles of sandy beach which regularly achieve recognition for their safety. RNLI lifeguards are positioned for the length of Bournemouth’s beaches, giving you peace of mind during your family’s visit to the shore.
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Dorset Family Attractions
Indoor attractions for all weathers include Weymouth Sea Life Centre, Bovington Tank Museum, Adventure Wonderland, which includes a large indoor play area, and Dorset County Museum.
Alternative family days out for warmer weather include Monkey World (in Wareham) and the chimpanzee rescue centre and Abbotsbury Swannery (located between Bridport and Weymouth), where children love to get up close to the residents. For a day out with a more historical theme during holidays in Dorset, why not visit Lulworth Castle Park, west of Wareham, or enjoy a trip to either Highcliffe Castle or Portland Castle?
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Eating Out in Dorset
Eating out during self-catering Dorset holidays will present the opportunity to sample the county’s diverse choice of cafes and restaurants. From fresh seafood on the coast, to traditional country meals in rural inns, visitors to Dorset’s resorts will find no shortage of foods to tempt them, no matter what their age!
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Dog Friendly Holidays in Dorset
Blue Chip’s portfolio of Dorset holiday cottages includes a number of dog friendly options. Many of the county’s beaches permit dogs all year round, making a holiday that includes your best friend a simple possibility. Avon Beach in Christchurch welcomes dogs in many areas throughout the whole year, and they're even welcome in the beach cafe too. If you're looking for dog friendly Dorset attractions, the majestic Corfe Castle welcomes them on short leads.
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