Best Large Holiday Homes in Dorset

On this page, I’m going to show you the best large holiday homes in Dorset, along with things to do nearby.

All the properties are of an excellent or exceptional standard throughout.

Let’s get started.

Sleeps 8

Quay Hill Studio

Sleeps 8 | Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | Seaside | WiFi | Near a pub

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Pretty cottage in Lymington with secluded garden and hot tub.

Things to do: Explore the New Forest National Park. Regular ferry links to the Isle of Wight.

Sleeps 10

Apple Tree Cottage

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets No | Hot tub | Open fire | WiFi

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Grade II listed detached cottage located in Tarrant Monkton.

Things to do: Close to Hall and Woodhouse Brewery which offers detail on the beer-making process, with tastings and an on-site bar and restaurant. Visit Bradbury Rings, which is on the former site of an Iron Age hill fort.

Baytree Lodge

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 6 | Pets No | Swimming pool | Games room | Open fire | WiFi | Near a pub

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Luxury holiday rental with indoor swimming pool in Osmington, less than a mile from the seaside.

Things to do: 6 miles from Weymouth beach and just 11 miles from beautiful Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, for scenic coastal walks and beaches.

Branksome Wood House

Sleeps 10 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 5 | Pets No | Swimming pool | Open fire | WiFi | Hot tub

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Branksome Wood House is an architect-designed detached house and is set on a private road within Poole, centred around one acre of gated gardens. Elegantly designed, the full-height windows welcome natural light inside.

Things to do:  Enjoy the indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, pizza oven, and open fire. Just a 15-minute walk leads to Branksome Chine which is a fantastic sandy beach on the edge of Sandbanks. If you shopping, head to Westbourne where you can visit the best Fish & Chips shop Chez Fred, The Plantation, The Cliff and the Rick Stein restaurant, and Petit Prince which offers the best coffee and cakes.

Sleeps 12

The Old Grainstore

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 3| Pets No | Games Room | Open fire | WiFi | Hot tub

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The Old Grainstore is a hidden gem that can be found in the Dorset countryside in the small village of Plush. It is finished with a modern and high-quality standard including a large glass bi-folding door that overlooks the garden, which is perfect to enjoy the view of the countryside.

Things to do: A leisurely stroll in the evening can bring you to the nearby pub under a mile away. The popular town of Dorchester is under 10 miles away, a historic market town promising walks by the River Frome with excellent shopping and activities on offer.

Garden House

Sleeps 12 | Bedrooms 6 | Bathrooms 4 | Pets No | Garden | WiFi | Hot tub

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Garden House is a picturesque family home in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, guests can enjoy a quiet and comfortable time here.

Things to do: Step out into the beautiful, large garden, with outdoor seating to dine alfresco on warm afternoons, and a rich collection of plants, trees, and shrubbery arranged to give your group a private place of your own to relish, run around on the lawns with the little ones and play some garden games, creating pleasant holiday memories. Take a day trip to Bournemouth for a day at the beach and grab some fish and chips by the sea, try out a surfing or paddle-boarding for the first time with Sorted Surf School on Bournemouth Beach, or relax on Bournemouth Pier.

Sleeps 14

The Skilling

Sleeps 14 | Bedrooms 5 | Bathrooms 3 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | WiFi | Near a pub

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This holiday rental is situated in the heart of the West Dorset countryside, close to the market town of Bridport and overlooking the coast at West Bay.

Things to do: Visit the dramatic Jurassic coast at West Bay, now a World Heritage Site, home to the backdrop for TV’s Harbour Lights and the coastal setting for popular Broadchurch.

Sleeps 15

Manor Farm Barn

Sleeps 15 | Bedrooms 8 | Bathrooms 8 | Pets Yes | Swimming pool | Games room | Open fire | WiFi

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Located in the village of Dewlish, Manor Farm Barn is a beautiful conversion of an 18th-century barn. Complete with an outdoor swimming pool.

Things to do: Take excursions to the Dorset Jurassic Coast. Monkey World and the Bovington Tank Museum, all within an easy drive away.

Sleeps 22

Thatch Cottage

Sleeps 22 | Bedrooms 10 | Bathrooms 8 | Pets Yes | Hot tub | Swimming Pool | On-site Pub

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Unique holiday rental in Verwood. With a stunning enclosed courtyard with plenty of seating, a large pool, and an 8 person jacuzzi. You also have your own onsite private pub with local beer!

Things to do: Visit Moors Valley Country Park. Avon Heath Country Park is less than 10 minutes’ drive away. The award-winning Blue Flag beaches of Bournemouth and Poole are a 20 minutes drive away.

The New Forest with charming Pubs and endless possibilities for walking, cycling and exploring is less than 10 minutes away by car!

Sleeps 24

The Old Manor House

Sleeps 24 | Bedrooms 9 | Bathrooms 9 | Pets Yes | Games Room | WiFi | Hot tub

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The Old Manor House is a beautiful home in the quaint village of Puddletown. It includes a Drawing room, a study, a games room, and a gym.

Things to do: Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are iconic landmarks along the Jurassic Coast and are only a short 20-minute drive away. Family attractions such as the Dinosaur Museum and the Tutankhamun Exhibition can be found in Dorchester, only a 4-mile drive.

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