Discover a selection of 3,500 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 kitchens. Prices start at $77 per night, and cottages and houses are popular options for a stay in Dorset. Either way, you'll find a rental for everyone's needs.
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.


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.


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

The nearest airport is in Bournemouth (BOH-Bournemouth Intl.), located 21.5 mi (34.6 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Southampton (SOU), which is 43.1 mi (69.4 km) away.

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

How many vacation rentals are available around Dorset, GB?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 3,519 vacation rentals around Dorset. From 1,712 cottage rentals to 935 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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 Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Weymouth: 928 vacation rentals
  • Swanage: 849 vacation rentals
  • Christchurch: 1,139 vacation rentals
  • Portland: 550 vacation rentals
  • Shaftesbury: 167 vacation rentals

And Vrbo 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: 928 rentals
  • Swanage: 849 rentals
  • Christchurch: 1,139 rentals
  • Portland: 550 rentals
  • Shaftesbury: 167 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:

  • Bournemouth Airport (BOH): 1,634 vacation rentals
  • Poole (POQ-Poole Bus Station): 1,457 vacation rentals
  • Ringwood (RNW-Ringwood Bus Station): 1,746 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?

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

  • Lulworth Cove Beach: 1,445 rentals
  • Gold Hill Museum: 601 rentals
  • Weymouth Beach: 1,104 rentals
  • Upwey Station: 1,176 rentals
  • West Bay Beach: 1,762 rentals

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

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