If you’re looking for a traditional seaside break with your loved ones, Dorset is a fantastic option. Not only does it have lots of things to offer for all ages but it’s home to some of the most incredible beaches in the UK. In fact, it has everything you’d want from a European holiday – much closer to home.
Spend your days exploring the Jurassic Coast – a huge stretch of coastline along the English Channel where fossils and rock formations tell tales from years gone by. Head over to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, two of the most popular attractions in the area and feast on local delicacies in the towns of Poole, Swanage and Weymouth, which are equally impressive for their golden sands.
Of course, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head. And, you’ll be pleased to know that Dorset has plenty of holiday homes. Plus, we’ve done the hard work for you and scoured the internet to find the best properties that have all the home comforts and lots of luxury extras. Think open-plan living, incredible views, swimming pools and, of course, a private hot tub.
So whether you’re after a relaxing break perfect for couples or want a pet-friendly romantic getaway, why not take a look at our luxury lodges with hot tubs in Dorset?
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The best locations in Dorset
The best activities in Dorset
Finding cottages in Dorset is easy – the hard part is whittling down the locations. From countryside to coastal and everything in between, this little slice of haven has lots of fantastic areas to tempt you.
Best for? A seaside trip
Our top property pick: Chapel Lodges
It’s vibrant, colourful and full of character. Whether you’re looking to base yourself in Bournemouth or just want to visit for the day, heading to this stretch of Dorset coast is sure to please the whole group. Shopping, theatre, arts, music and entertainment – there’s always something going on and there’s plenty of dog-friendly sands and walking trails meaning no-one has to miss out on the fun and games. While it does get busy in peak periods, if you’re in search of something a little lively with an evening scene that goes on way after dark, this is a great choice.
Best for? Beautiful views
Our top property pick: Branksome Wood House
Famous for its beautiful harbour and golden beaches, Poole is ideal for a romantic break. Spend a morning by the water before heading into the Old Town to take a look at the local architecture and museum. After lunch, why not take the boat from the harbour and head to Brownsea Island – which is home to woodland trails and lots of wildlife. Here, you’ll also find a 16th century castle as well as coastal and countryside views. This isn’t the only reason that visitors flock to Poole though, as it also has an upcoming foodie scene that will definitely get you talking.
Best for? Something a little quieter
Our top property pick: Sunny Croft
Dorset is one of our favourite staycation destinations in the UK but it can get quite busy. For this reason, you might want to stay somewhere like Dorchester as it makes for a great base for exploring everything that the wider region has to offer. As a historic market town, the area is steeped in history, heritage and culture and it also sits on the River Frome meaning there’s lots of opportunity for exploration. After a day out and about, there really is no better feeling than heading back to your hot tub lodge though.
Best for? Beach lovers
Our top property pick: Samphire at Middle Acre
Often recognised as one of the best beach destinations in Europe, it’s no surprise that Weymouth is a popular choice for families, couples and groups of friends. Here, you’ll find everything you’d expect from a traditional seaside town – even down to the colorful beach huts. As well as lots of shops, bars and restaurants, there’s also plenty of family-friendly attractions including Weymouth Sealife Park and the Jurassic Skyline – a revolving viewing tower. If you can pull yourself away from the town, there’s a causeway that takes you to Portland Island which is home to a historical lighthouse and lots of local wildlife.
Best for? A little bit of everything
Our top property pick: The Skilling
Combining the best of the rural countryside with beautiful coastal views, Bridport makes for a great trip away. It’s a lively market town that’s home to independent shops, galleries, arts, culture and family-friendly activities. It’s also ideally located in rural Dorset for those who want to get their heart racing in the great outdoors. The holiday accommodation here is just as varied too with historical houses, apartments, barn conversions and coach houses all being up for grabs.
Sitting by Poole Harbour, and with views over the Purbeck Hills, this island is open for day trips throughout the year. Once here, you’ll find plenty of wildlife and plants in their natural habitats and even a few hot tub lodges. One thing’s for sure, you won’t want to forget your camera.
This rescue centre has been helping governments around the world since the 80s to stop monkeys and primates from being smuggled from the wild. Today, Monkey World houses hundreds of animals and makes for a great day out for all ages.
Lyme Regis Marine Aquarium
Where? Lyme Regis
Dorset might be famous for its incredible beaches but the aquarium is the best way to get up close and personal to the marine life of the Jurassic Coast. Not just that but you can learn about the history of these animals and their natural habitats while enjoying a few interactive presentations at the same time.
While this activity might be a little more vague compared to the rest, a trip to Sandbanks Beach should definitely be on your list. After all, it’s won numerous awards for its sands, waters and facilities. Close by, you’ll also find lots of luxury bars and restaurants and some water sport organsiers to tempt you.
Palmers Brewery have been making fine cask ales since 1794 so they definitely know what they’re doing. With 53 pubs in Dorset, Devon and Somerset, you might come across one during your travels but, either way, a trip to the local brewery is definitely worth it. Discover how it’s made, learn a few top tips and, of course, enjoy a tasting session with the experts.
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