Self catering holiday cottages in Alderholt, Dorset, England

Taking a self-catering holiday or break in Alderholt in Dorset opens up many possibilities for you. You are on the fringe of the New Forest National Park, not far from the Dorset coast or the Hampshire ports and within a comfortable drive of the historic city of Salisbury. What’s more, in between all of this is some beautiful countryside, perfect for a rural retreat holiday or country cottage stay.

Advice on Cottage Holidays in Alderholt


Alderholt is a great place to just take it easy and enjoy the relaxed surroundings. The village has a pub, a co-operative store with post office facilities, a reading/meeting room, two coffee houses and a pet store. St. James’ is the parish church and there is also a chapel in the village. For more comprehensive shopping and a variety of choices of restaurants, the town of Fordingbridge on the banks of the river Avon is just a short distance away.

The New Forest National Park offers visitors many attractions from the beauty of nature and wildlife to historic houses, museums and an array of gardens. Bordering on three counties there is a lot of space to cover but close to Alderholt there are a number of places to discover on a cottage holiday.   National Trust land at Ibsley and Rockford Commons and Hale Purlieu are typical of heathland and woodland found in the New Forest and the areas are popular with walkers and photographers.

Venture further in and you’ll come across Rufus Stone, the point where King William II died in a hunting accident in 1100. Breamore House is an Elizabethan manor house that has hardly changed in 400 years. Set in its own parkland the manor is full of historic paintings, tapestries, porcelain and furniture. Visit for a taste of the high life on a self-catering break.  Wander around and experience the grandeur of the great hall, the drawing rooms, the sumptuous bedrooms and magnificent staircases. Breamore also has a countryside museum with full size replicas depicting life as it was in rural Hampshire and there is an exhibition featuring farm machinery and a maze.

Just south of Alderholt, near Verwood, is the Dorset Heavy Horse Centre. A great day out for all ages is practically guaranteed, not only among the wonderful breeds of heavy horse but also with hands on experience, pony rides, play areas, showmen, Romany caravans and much more besides.

Further south are the highly popular resorts of Bournemouth and neighbouring Poole and Boscombe. As well as spending lazy days on the beach and enjoying the calm waters the area has much to offer in the way of entertainment, shopping and dining.

A cottage holiday in or near Alderholt has plenty to offer for a special break away for couples, families or groups of friends.  Self-catering accommodation choices include romantic cottages, family holiday homes, country houses and rural retreats.  We hope you find the perfect cottage that best suits your needs and that you have a fabulous time in this area of the West Country.

Book a Alderholt cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.

10 rental properties

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Lake Farm Country & Fishing Holidays, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, South East England, England

3 bedroom Log Cabins, Alderholt 1 miles away

sleeps 2 - 8 guests
2 - 8
3 bedrooms
3
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

Escape to beautiful rural Hampshire for a lodge holiday at Lake Farm, choose from a collection of 8 high quality holiday lodges, some with lake views and some with hot tubs, close to the New Forest National Park.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £230

Endymion Pet-Friendly Cabin, New Forest National Park, Linwood, Hampshire, South East England, England

1 bedroom Pine Lodge, Alderholt 4 miles away

sleeps 1 - 3 guests
1 - 3
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
3 star

Charming 1 bedroom wooden-clad holiday lodge set in a tranquil location next to woodlands within the New Forest National Park near Linwood, pet-friendly and welcoming up to 2 dogs.

Weekly Price from: £330
Next availability:
from 10 December to 22 December 21 from 02 January to 08 January 22

Whitey Top Lodge, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Farmstay Lodge, Alderholt 7 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
4 star

Modern stylish 2 bedroom holiday lodge with warm bubbly outdoor private hot tub in a rural setting on a dairy farm, within around 30 minutes' drive of Salisbury and the New Forest National Park.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £628
Next availability:
from 01 December to 10 December 21 from 12 December to 31 December 21

Apple Tree Cottage, Blandford Forum, Dorset, West Country, England

5 bedroom Thatched Cottage, Alderholt 11 miles away

sleeps 6 - 10 guests
6 - 10
5 bedrooms
5
3 bathrooms
3
no dogs allowed
5 star

Pretty 5 bedroom thatched country cottage, near Blandford Forum, with warm bubbly outdoor hot tub in garden.

Special features: free internet access, outdoor hot tub.

Weekly Price from: £989
Next availability:
from 05 December to 10 December 21 from 13 December to 17 December 21

The Stables, Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, South East England, England

1 bedroom Cottage, Alderholt 16 miles away

sleeps 2 - 3 guests
2 - 3
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed

Comfortable one bedroom holiday home which usually sleeps 2 but is family-friendly and can also sleep two children with the sofa bed in the lounge, great base for exploring the New Forest and the Hampshire coast.

Special features: free internet access.

Weekly Price from: £200
Next availability:
from 11 March to 28 March 22 from 01 April to 21 May 22

Ryecross Rural Retreat near Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Farm Cottage, Alderholt 16 miles away

sleeps 2 - 4 guests
2 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
3 star

Get away from it all with a stay at this idyllic rural retreat near the attractive hillside town of Shaftesbury in Dorset.

Weekly Price from: £291
Next availability:
from 02 January to 12 February 22 from 19 February to 07 May 22

Brock Romantic Retreat, South Coast , Beaulieu, Hampshire, South East England, England

1 bedroom Romantic Retreat, Alderholt 16 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
no dogs allowed
3 star

Romantic retreat with direct forest access from grounds, nestled close to Beaulieu and well placed for a holiday in the New Forest National Park.

Weekly Price from: £354
Next availability:
from 11 December to 26 December 21 from 29 December to 26 February 22

The Old Stables Holiday Barn, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

3 bedroom Barn Conversion, Alderholt 17 miles away

sleeps 3 - 6 guests
3 - 6
3 bedrooms
3
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage
5 star

Family-friendly and dog-friendly barn conversion with modern interior, situated within a small development on a working farm, ideal for rural retreat breaks and within reach of the Jurassic Coast.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £469
Next availability:
from 31 January to 11 February 22 from 18 February to 26 February 22

Corner Pet-Friendly Barn, Dorset AONB, Winterborne Stickland, Dorset, West Country, England

2 bedroom Barn Conversion, Alderholt 19 miles away

sleeps 1 - 4 guests
1 - 4
2 bedrooms
2
2 bathrooms
2
dog-friendly cottage, 2 dog(s) welcome
2
5 star

This 2 bedroom pet-friendly barn conversion is located within a development of six holiday barns in a tranquil rural setting close to the Purbeck Heritage Coast and the Jurassic Coast, shared facilities on site include a games room with pool table, table football and air hockey, whether for a family holiday or a getaway with friends, there is plenty to keep you entertained here.

Special features: free internet access, games room.

Weekly Price from: £372
Next availability:
from 13 December to 22 December 21 from 25 February to 11 March 22

Sail Loft Annexe, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, English Islands, England

1 bedroom Holiday Apartment, Alderholt 19 miles away

sleeps 1 - 2 guests
1 - 2
1 bedrooms
1
1 bathrooms
1
dog-friendly cottage, 1 dog(s) welcome
1

Studio holiday apartment very near beach and coastal path on Isle of Wight.

Weekly Price from: £227
Next availability:
from 01 February to 26 March 22 from 02 April to 30 April 22