Find the best place to stay — Dorset

Where to stay around Dorset?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 1,307 vacation rentals near Dorset. From 710 cottages to 191 apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Dorset for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dorset?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dorset. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Weymouth: 492 vacation rentals
  • Sandbanks: 23 vacation rentals
  • Swanage: 826 vacation rentals
  • Dorchester: 315 vacation rentals
  • Bridport: 407 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Dorset! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dorset?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Dorset:

  • Weymouth: 492 rentals
  • Swanage: 826 rentals
  • Charminster: 319 rentals
  • West Bay: 377 rentals
  • Poole: 906 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Dorset?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Dorset are:

  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,259 vacation rentals
  • Taunton (TTY-Taunton Bus Station): 884 vacation rentals
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,525 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Dorset?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Dorset. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Poole Harbour: 1,233 rentals
  • Dorset County Museum: 858 rentals
  • Swanage Beach: 1,088 rentals
  • Lulworth Cove Beach: 1,017 rentals
  • Dorset Teddy Bear Museum: 873 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dorset listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Dorset is a classic English vacation spot

This English county and vacation hotspot lies along the country's south-west Jurassic Coast, a spectacular landscape of towering cliff faces, rocky formations and secluded bays, showcasing millions of years of geology. Further inland, things are no less impressive. Rolling green meadows and woodland are dotted with Iron Age forts, castle farms and pretty thatched chocolate-box villages, where you'll find many Dorset vacation rentals. This is a place to make family memories – whether it's paddling in sea kayaks across the calm bays, hiking along the achingly beautiful coastal trails, or delving into the county's thriving food scene.

Hiking, biking and fishing await in Dorset

Dorset's countryside is perfectly suited as a playground for outdoor pursuits. If you've brought your bicycle, you can ride along the mile upon mile of challenging trails. For something more sedate but equally spectacular, take to the coastal footpaths, which wind their way up and down the Jurassic Coast. Being near the sea, it'll come as no surprise that fishing is big in the county. If you nab one of the rental boats, you can head out to sea for a little mackerel fishing and return with your catch to cook up a seafood feast at your Dorset vacation rental.

Steam trains and stately homes in Dorset

Dorset's long been a summer vacation spot for families visiting from the big cities. Over the years it's built up a long list of fascinating attractions to keep you busy when you're off the beach. Kids will love a ride on the classic steam trains that choo-choo through the Purbeck Hills. Alternatively, you can take the kids to one of the local farms or sanctuaries, where they can get up close to everything from monkeys to llamas. Dorset has its fair share of stately homes and ancient castles, including Lulworth, a 17th-century hunting lodge once used by the king.

Dorset's fickle weather never dampens the fun

Dorset's weather is unpredictable and it's not unheard of to experience all 4 seasons in the same day. That said, your best chances of fine sunny weather are between July and August and these are the busiest months for Dorset vacation rentals. If you're looking to save a few bucks and don't mind taking your chances on the fickle weather, score a rental in spring or fall. The beaches might not be a goer, but it can be a wonderful time for outdoor activities and if all else fails, you can dive into one of the cozy country pubs to take shelter.

Dorset's nature changes with the seasons

When you stay in a Dorset vacation rental, you'll never be far from the county's natural wonders. Walking through the countryside will bring you past everything from bluebell-laden woodland to open rolling meadows. These habitats provide a home to a long list of resident critters. Shy deer dart through the trees, badgers rustle around on the forest floor and hares scamper over the fields. If you look out to sea, you may very well spot pods of dolphins leaping out of the water, while the hoot of owls fills the air at night.