Discover a selection of 4,000 vacation rentals in Dorset, GB that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including WiFi and parking. Prices start at $105 per night, and houses and cottages are popular options for a stay in Dorset. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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Destination guide

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.

Things to do

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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Natural features

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.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Dorset

If you prefer to travel by train, Moreton Station, Dorchester South Station and Dorchester West Station are the main stations in the city.

What are the top vacation rentals in Dorset?

Whether you're organizing your next big adventure with pals or a romantic rendezvous with your loved one, one of these top vacation rentals in Dorset is sure to tempt you:

  • "Happy Shack Beach And Bay Kayak": This Alligator Point retreat offers 3 bedrooms and is highly rated among visitors. Conveniences such as a playground and a beach help make your stay comfortable.
  • "Cosy Cottage Located On The Isle Of Purbeck": Stay at this escape in Beach District and make use of WiFi, heating and more. It has 2 bedrooms to accommodate your family and friends.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Dorset vacation rental for you.

What are the best tiny house vacation rentals in Dorset?

For an unconventional vacation experience, book one of Vrbo's tiny house rentals in Dorset. Be warned though — after you've experienced the tiny house lifestyle, the temptation to downsize and move into one of these mini digs will be hard to resist!

  • You can look forward to a simpler way of living at "Canal - Side Architect - Designed Tiny House". Amenities at this small wonder in South West England include a restaurant dining guide, heating and more.
  • "Pass The Keys | Whitstable Tiny House" comes with plenty of conveniences, such as towels and free WiFi. Located in Canterbury, you'll be able to live large in this small yet comfy abode.

Can I find log cabins to rent in Dorset?

From time to time, you just want to get away from the chaos of modern life. That's where Vrbo can help. We've got a great range of log cabin rentals in and around Dorset where you can relax in nature. These are just the start:

  • "Cottage Log Cabin At Hillside Self Catering" works hard to make sure your Dorset vacation is all you dreamed it would be. With conveniences such as a garden and a kitchen to make things easy, all you've got to do is chill out and enjoy your vacation.
  • After a huge day of outdoor activities, wind down at "Romantic Cosy Log Cabin On Country Park With Spa And Leisure Facilities By Lake". This cozy hideaway comes with a garden and a pool.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Dorset?

After a hectic week at work, a quick getaway brimming with adventure will be just what you need to reinvigorate your spirit. Browse these awesome weekend getaways in Dorset where you can cram plenty of fun into your stay:

  • "Luxury Villa For 22 People With Pool" in Verwood is an excellent choice if you love the outdoors. Visit a few of the area's best nature attractions, like Borough Gardens and Poole Park, or have a go at some activities. Cycling and sailing will keep you busy around these parts.
  • "Beautiful Barn Conversion In Stunning Setting With Super Fast Fibre Broadband" in Winfrith Newburgh is also suited to a weekend getaway. Stay in and catch up on rest or get out and try some fishing and horse riding. If you're eager to explore some nature attractions, Bennetts Water Gardens and Monkey World Ape Rescue Center should be on your to-do list.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Dorset?

There's no shortage of studio apartments in Dorset. While they're no mansion, they pack a big punch when it comes to convenience, character and location. Here are two popular choices:

  • Stay at "Small Hamlet, 1 Level, Enclosed Private Garden" and you'll be in the ideal position to explore cultural sights like Bridport Arts Centre and Great Globe. Heating and free toiletries are just some of the amenities at this apartment in Winfrith Newburgh.
  • Alternatively, get comfy at "Eagles Nest Cabin" Remote Escape Away From Everything" which comes with golf, a microwave oven and more. Located in Northeast Side, sights such as Leavenworth Summer Theater and Numerica Performing Arts Center will appeal to your inner culture vulture.

Can I find short term rentals in Dorset?

Yes, so forget about checking in to a characterless hotel or paying to sleep in someone's spare room. Pick one of our short-term rentals in Dorset and kick back in your own private getaway. Here are two options that just might inspire you:

  • "Luxury Villa For 22 People With Pool" in Verwood is waiting to welcome you. Spend your vacation doing nothing but relaxing here or get out and explore. Wimborne Minster and Tivoli Theatre are among the top things to check out nearby.
  • Come for the welcoming vibe at "Beautiful Barn Conversion In Stunning Setting With Super Fast Fibre Broadband", stay for the unique sights scattered around it. This retreat in Winfrith Newburgh puts you near Lulworth Cove, The Tank Museum and other highlights.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Dorset?

A romantic weekend getaway in Dorset is sure to rekindle the passion. Light some candles, take your sweetie by the hand and let the sparks fly at one of these retreats:

  • "Happy Shack Beach And Bay Kayak" in Alligator Point was just made for lurrrve. This retreat is full of nice touches, including a nearby bay and outdoor furniture.
  • Alternatively, organize a loved-up weekend escape at "Cosy Cottage Located On The Isle Of Purbeck". Located in Beach District, it offers a nearby bay, a fireplace and other bonuses.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Dorset?

When it comes to who you take on vacation, we believe the more people the merrier. If you're searching for a getaway with enough space to fit the entire family, one of these large group vacation rentals in Dorset will tick your boxes:

  • "Luxury Villa For 22 People With Pool": With 10 bedrooms, everyone is invited to this sought-after escape in Verwood. A swimming pool and a garden are just a couple of the amenities offered here.
  • "7 Bedroom Accommodation In Plush": Located in Piddletrenthide, this roomy stay has 7 bedrooms and is another popular pick for getting the family together. There's plenty to keep guests both entertained and comfortable, such as a kitchen and a fireplace.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Dorset?

There's no shortage of houses with a pool in Dorset, so dig out your swimsuit and get ready to spend your days splashing around. Here are some top-rated options we think you'll love:

  • The pool at "Beautiful Georgian House In Centre Of Blandford" will add another level of fun to your break. Located in Blandford Forum, this retreat also comes with a dishwasher and towels.
  • Kick back beside the water while the kids splash about at "2 Bed Comfy House". This property in Wareham comes with a range of features to keep your crew comfortable and happy, such as a separate dining area and a toaster.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Dorset?

At Vrbo, we have properties that are roomy enough to fit your family tree. And if you don't want to invite those strange second cousins, just stretch out and enjoy the extra space! We recommend these large family vacation rentals in Dorset:

  • Located in Verwood, "Luxury Villa For 22 People With Pool" has 10 bedrooms and can sleep up to 22 guests. Family-friendly amenities at this sizable retreat include outdoor furniture and coffee and tea making facilities.
  • "Cosy Log Cabin With Hot - Tub - Authentic Finnish Log Cottages" in St Leonards is another popular option. It has the capacity to accommodate up to 7 people over 4 bedrooms. A fridge and a kitchen will help keep all your crew happy and comfortable.

If you're hoping to visit some family-friendly attractions in Dorset, there's plenty to keep you busy. Monkey World Ape Rescue Center, Oceanarium and Tower Park promise crowd-pleasing fun for kids and adults alike.

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