Above are the weather conditions for Dorset. During July, maximum temperatures go up to more than 71° However, temperatures can go lower than 35° in Dorset in January. The rainiest month is December while the driest month is April.
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Compare and find a welcoming accommodation from $63 per night by searching among the 8,370 options featured in Dorset. With HomeToGo, you can easily search and compare the prices of each available rental to discover the best price and save up to 83%.
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Popular Rental Amenities in Dorset
The above filters will help you find your dream property in Dorset. Dorset is the perfect spot to book a rental if you need internet access during your vacation or you never miss an episode of your favorite show, as the most frequently offered features are "internet" and "TVs." Plan your vacation in advance if you enjoy soaking in the hot tub or you want to sweat it out in a sauna. There are just 102 listed rentals providing "hot tubs" and 165 properties providing "saunas."
Price and Availability Index in Dorset
Vacation Rental Price Information in Dorset
In the above graph, you will find information on average prices of the vacation homes & apartments in Dorset. Prices reach their highest point in December, where prices are an average of $804 a night (12/24 - 12/31). Opt for a getaway in November (11/12 - 11/19) for optimal savings when heading to Dorset.
Rental Availability Information in Dorset
Have a look at the above graph to see the global availability of vacation rentals in Dorset. The week with the highest booking rate is in January (1/22 - 1/29). Only 55% of the rentals are still available. Conversely, it is in October (10/8 - 10/15) that the highest percentage of rentals are available.
The Weather in Dorset
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Accommodations for your vacation in Dorset
1,576 among the 8,370 listed rentals in Dorset are house rentals. They account for a few of the property types in this destination (19.01%). Additionally, the average nightly cost of house rentals in this destination is $348, and their size, on average, is 1,340 ft². Furthermore, these rentals are excellent for 6 it represents the average number of people house rentals can accommodate in Dorset. Hotel rooms represent the other most available accommodation option in Dorset. These accommodations cost $204 a night on average and have an average size of 210 ft².
Adventure and natural beauty with Dorset vacation rentals
Dorset may not be the most famous tourist destination in the country, but that is exactly what’s charming about it. This quintessentially English county in the south west of the country is home to farms, small villages and iconic chalk cliffs. Highlights include many kilometers of stunning coastline, historic villages and excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. With Dorset vacation rentals, you can explore all of the above and more, safe in the knowledge that you have comfortable and cosy lodgings to return to at the end of the day.
How to get to Dorset
Dorset is served by Bournemouth International Airport, but most visitors will probably find it more convenient to fly into other nearby airports that offer more international routes, such as Bristol or London. From there, you can reach Dorset vacation homes easily with public transport. However, it’s much more advisable to book a hire car and drive yourself, if only because Dorset is largely rural and you’ll need your own vehicle to see the majority of the attractions in the area.
Weather in Dorset: What to expect
Fear not: you won’t just be holed up in your Dorset vacation rental during your stay! Dorset has among the highest number of days of sunshine anywhere in the UK, with around 1,700 hours per year. Winters are also warmer than the UK average, with less rainfall. That being said, this is still England and you should be ready to expect rain at any time. Pack an umbrella and waterproof clothing – you’ll be thankful you did as you make your way across the wet Dorset Downs.
What to do in Dorset
If you only do one thing during your stay in Dorset vacation homes then make it the Jurassic Coast, which is 152 kilometers of absolutely stunning coastline. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was England’s first natural wonder to be given the title, and features beautiful beaches, rock formations and limestone cliffs. Take your family and spend the day walking in an area that has been 185 million years in the making.
Walking is a popular pastime in Dorset, with a wide range of trails available for all levels of fitness. Some 700 footpaths guide you over cliffs, down narrow country trails, through woods and over the county’s famous rolling hills. Set off from just about anywhere and you’ll be taken on an adventure through the very best environs that Dorset has to offer.
Dorset is a relaxing, beautiful place that attracts many nature lovers, but it’s not just the outdoors that brings people to the county. There are also unique museums and beautiful period homes to keep you entertained during your stay in Dorset vacation rentals.
Literary lovers can visit the birthplace of Thomas Hardy, as well as the cottage that he would later design and live in as an adult. Then there’s the Kingston Lacy House, an elegant estate from the mid 17th century that looks like it’s straight out of Downton Abbey. If horticulture is more your thing then visit Mapperton House and Gardens or Knoll Gardens, two of the best gardens in the country.
For something completely different, stop by the Tank Museum, a journey through 100 years of military history that includes interactive displays, exhibitions and, of course, tanks.
Fun for the kids in Dorset
Dorset is a dream destination for children, who will love playing amid the natural scenery. There is also plenty of organised fun to be had for the whole family. At Monkey World, you can get up close and personal with more than 200 monkeys as you explore over 65 acres of woodland.
At Badger Watch Dorset, you can witness this beloved animal in its natural environment. Or, if you prefer your creatures to be a little bigger, older and, well, extinct, stop by the Dinosaur Museum, which houses fossils, skeletons and recreations of the largest beasts ever to roam the earth.
Younger children can have their imaginations stirred at Dorset Teddy Bear Museum, which contains an expansive collection of teddy bears – isn’t that a child’s dream?
Finally, engage with local life and really give your children something to smile about by spending an afternoon at Abbotsbury Children's Farm or Dorset Heavy Horse Farm and Rescue Center, two farms that allow visitors to handle, feed and learn about the animals that live on these farmlands.
Visit Dorset for stunning beaches and history
The Tank Museum
Dorset’s Tank Museum narrates more than 100 years of history. See the world’s first tank and many other weapons.
This gently sloping beach boasts white sand and shallow waters. It has traditional English seaside attractions such as Punch and Judy puppet shows, several eateries, and a small funfair.
Bournemouth’s beautiful coastline has an historical pier, superb views of the Isle of Wight, and a variety of water sports.
This rescue center works to stop the illegal trade of apes. Visiting the center helps support this cause, and in return, you can meet chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons, and monkeys.
Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
The World Heritage coastline at Lulworth Cove is the most stunning nature that Dorset has to offer. Just up the coastal path is Durdle Door, a massive natural rock arch on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to rent a vacation rental in Dorset?
The average nightly price for vacation rentals in Dorset is $63.
How many vacation rentals are available to book in Dorset?
October has the highest amount of available House rentals and Hotel rooms in Dorset, so you can expect plenty of offers, even for last-minute bookings.
What amenities are most popular for vacation homes in Dorset?
The most popular amenities for home rentals in Dorset include accommodations that have: internet, TVs, and yards.
How many vacation rentals are in Dorset?
Dorset has 8,370 House rentals and Hotel rooms on offer to rent.
Are pets allowed in vacation rentals in Dorset?
Yes, there are 685 vacation homes in Dorset that allow pets, with an average price of $281 per night.
What's the best time of year to travel to Dorset?
If booking a vacation rental in Dorset, consider that rainy season is usually in December or March, with April often being the driest.
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