Luxury Holiday Houses to Rent in Dorset, England

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Luxury Villas in Dorset

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Famed for its dramatic coastline teeming with crystal blue coves, striking limestone arches and some of England’s best beaches, it’s easy to see why a seaside sojourn to Dorset is a firm favourite. Home to the spectacular Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with miles of scenic coastline, here you can spend day after day hopping from one beach to another during your luxury beach holiday in Dorset.


Dorset Region Guide

Dorset is teeming with National Trust highlights, from the historical remnants of Corfe Castle to the elegant country mansion of Kingston Lacy. And with countryside walks and ancient coastlines in abundance, there’s never a dull day in Dorset.


Dorset is often synonymous with Durdle’s Door, mother nature’s finest stone archway with a whir of waves beneath. Whilst a visit to Dorset wouldn’t be complete without a stop there, and an early alarm clock is rewarded with the rising sun being perfectly framed beneath the arch.

Lulworth Cove is a popular spot for sheltered paddling and views of the near-perfect crescent-shaped cove can be beheld from atop the coastal path, whilst equally eye-catching views can be found at Old Harry’s Rocks, where protruding chalk formations make for a beautiful viewpoint from the cliff’s edge. The rainbow of beach huts that line Swanage are perfect for a bucket and spade day on the sandy beach, whilst the rivers of Wareham can be enjoyed by canoes, rowboats, kayaks or even stand-up paddle boards.


Away from the waters of Dorset, the options are as endless as the sea the county is famed for. Lulworth Castle is a great day out, with bird’s eye views from the castle tower, lush lawns ideal for afternoon tea picnics and ancient woodlands to wander. Take to the tracks of Swanage Railway, where train enthusiasts delight over the chance to chug past the castles and coast of Dorset on a nostalgic steam train.


Another trip back in time can be had at Hardy’s Cottage, the quaint thatch lodging of Thomas Hardy and his birthplace where he first put pen to paper. And when you’re looking for a scenic stroll or energetic hike, hop on and off at different parts of the Jurassic Coast hike where your efforts will be rewarded with magnificent vistas.


When to Visit Dorset

The warmest summer months are July to August, with perfect temperatures to make the most of the coast. May, June and September are also fantastic months to visit, where you can benefit from warm weather without the crowds of the school holidays, and pleasant temperatures for hiking the coast.


The spring months around April and the autumn months around October are beautiful times to explore the national parks, with wildflowers in bloom or the burnt autumn leaves falling. Many of our luxury beach houses in Dorset are available over Christmas and are perfect for a festive get-together with family and friends, but temperatures will be cool and some seasonal restaurants and shops are closed for the winter.


What We Love About Dorset

We love life on the water in Dorset, and whether you like adrenaline-fuelled adventures or a slower pace on the waves, there’s something for everyone. Feel the wind rush as you zoom along by jet ski or opt for a calmer breeze on a sailing charter or windsurf lesson. Take a pew in a kayak or try your balance on a stand-up paddle board. Dorset has it all!


For families, there’s no need to worry about keeping little ones occupied. Dorset Adventure Park has that covered, with a wild inflatable water park and obstacle assault courses offering fun for all the family. Animal lovers will adore the apes at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.


The islands that dot the coastline also offer a revitalising dose of nature. Take a trip to Brownsea Island, where the rare red squirrel can be found amongst the woodland and lagoons.


Getting to Dorset

We recommend arriving in Dorset by car, as taxis are not in abundance in many of the smaller towns and a car gives you the freedom to explore the national parks and beaches.


Should you arrive by train, Weymouth and Bournemouth are two of the largest hubs, which connect with many small train stations dotted throughout Dorset.


The nearest airports are Bournemouth, Southampton and London Heathrow. Distances depend on which town you are staying in, and our specialists can recommend the best way to get to your luxury beach house in Dorset.


The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Dorset

As you can imagine, with the sea on Dorset’s doorstep, the seafood feasts are worth indulging in, and The Guildhall Tavern offers local fish, crab and lobster with French influences. For an unbeatable supper with a sea view, the Oyster & Fish House offers panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast accompanied by fresh fish and seafood from the wrap-around terrace or from floor-to-ceiling glass windows.


The Pig on the Beach is always a winner for dinner as we love to eat locally. Their ‘25 mile menu’ takes inspiration from the surrounding coast and countryside, and their illustrated menu maps where all of the ingredients were sourced locally, from trout farms to local dairies.


A trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream, so a stop at Fortes Gelateria in Swanage is a must-do. Over three generations of the Fortes family have been producing Italian-influenced ice cream and it is as good today as it was in 1926.

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Rafters, Dorset





LOW SEASON: from £17,860/week
HIGH SEASON: to £26,740/week

  • Games room
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Terrace with sea views
  • Walking distance to beach