Our guide to luxury Dorset holidays

Where sea dragons do exist and enchanting woodlands hide romantic cabins, a Jurassic world begs to be discovered. From secret beaches to cosy alcoves in mediaeval pubs, here’s the Unique guide to luxury Dorset holidays.

Ripe for grand expeditions, blessed with raw beauty, and teeming with wildlife on land and at sea; Dorset is a county enriched by the power of nature. Steeped in history over millennia, from Neolithic burial mounds and tiny Saxon villages to mosaic-laden Roman villas and grand Royalist strongholds, all have left their mark. Even prehistoric ocean dwellers, fossilised by time, lie in wait under shingled shores across its wild Jurassic Coast. Here, pretty seaside towns with independent boutiques, antique bookshops, and pastel beach huts sprinkle the coast all the way from Lulworth Cove to Lyme Regis.

Retrace the footsteps of authors whilst clocking miles on the South West Coast Path, tuck into artisanal gelato on iconic seafronts, or uncover hidden treasures in fossil museums and fine art galleries. Our guide to luxury Dorset holidays covers some of the best things to see, do, and eat – from county favourite Blue Vinny and crackers to a corked bottle from the local vineyard. Whether you’re ready to unplug from it all or play intrepid explorers, all the best-kept secrets this marvellous county has to offer are ready to be discovered: from those dizzying limestone heights to the birthplace of the Scouts