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Try a Walk Along the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth

Here is Amy’s (our Marketing an Accounts Assistant) walk.
The Rodwell Trail is a walk and cycleway starting in the centre of Weymouth and ending at Ferrybridge.  Once a railway, the Rodwell Trail is now enjoyed by locals and visitors who can admire the far reaching sea views and leafy walkway along the way.  So, on my recent day off, I decided to take a picnic and walk along the Rodwell Trail with my fiance, as we hadn’t done this in a long time.  You can join the Rodwell Trail at different points along the route.  We parked by Sandsfoot so we could wander around the lovely Sandsfoot Gardens and castle which dates from 1539, then walked The Rodwell Trail to Ferrybridge. It was a lovely sunny day so the views were absolutely stunning and very clear.

Benches are placed along the trail where there are perfect views so you can sit and enjoy for a while.  Once we got to Ferrybridge, we carried on walking over to Chesil Beach where we stopped to enjoy our picnic.

It was a glorious July day and the afternoon’s walk really made me think WOW, what a stunning place I live in.

If you are holidaying in Weymouth and fancy a walk to admire the views then the Rodwell Trail is one that has to be done.

Link on info for Rodwell Trail:

http://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/activities/rodwell-trail-p1599393

http://www.sandsfootcastle.org.uk/the-rodwell-trail/

The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth

 

Dorset Seafood Festival

This weekend (12th and 13th July) is the annual Dorset Seafood Festival which takes place around Weymouth’s Old Harbour. I cannot wait to try all the yummy food which has come just off our wonderful shores in Dorset.

Just from looking at their website there is a whole list of things I want to do… Pommery Champayne and Oysters is a good way to start! There are over 100 stalls lining the harbour where I can sample all sorts of fish.

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There are cooking demonstrations, face painting, live music, wine tasting and clothes to buy!

The festival opens at 10.30am on Saturday and finishes at 5.30pm on Sunday.

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I’ve had a look at the street food menu and there is so much on offer from traditional fish and chips to sushi, paella to shellfish, fish fingers to crab and surimi prawns to salmon pancakes. Being a seafood lover I’m going to be in my element.

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There are lots of top chefs on the main stage talking a bout Welks, wine and various demonstrations crammed with tips on how to prepare fish at home.

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For more information visit http://www.dorsetseafood.co.uk

If I’ve tempted you to come down for a last minute break, we have availability for a three night break this weekend. Do call the office on 01305 789000 or view our availability or drop us an email admin@dream-cottages.co.uk so we can find the perfect cottage for you.

Photos curiosity of Dorset Media Geoff Moore

 

Upwey Wising Well

Have you ever been to Upwey Wishing Well? Whether your local or not this little hidden gem is really worth a trip.

Upwey is a little village just on the outskirts of Weymouth and maybe where all your wishes could come true…. The ‘wishing well’ is sourced by a spring thought to be the most powerful in the South of England. This is what makes the water gardens so lush. The water is thought to have  possessing therapeutic properties (the scenery around the area is defiantly very therapeutic in my opinion!)

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For centuries, the well has enjoyed royal patronage.  The former Prince of Wales (briefly King Edward VIII) visited in August 1923, having previously had the water sent to him, presumably by train which to this day still stops at the nearby Upwey Halt.  King George III also visited on a number of occasions around 1770.  Indeed the seat adjacent to the Wishing Well was added for his comfort and on the third visit he had his feet washed at the foot of the steps where once there was a stone basin for this purpose.  It is also believed that the gold cup from which he drank the waters later became the original Ascot Gold Cup given to the winner of this prestigious flat race held annually in June.

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Exactly when the springs at Upwey became known as the ‘Wishing Well’ is unclear but it is mentioned as such as far back as 1874 in the novel ‘Broken Bonds’.

People have been ‘taking the waters’ at Upwey Wishing Well for centuries.  In fact it was so popular that in times gone by two elderly ladies from the village assisted visitors in taking the waters in the ‘correct’ way which involves holding a glass (or indeed a laurel leaf) in your right, standing with your back to the well and sipping the water whilst making a wish.  Then throw the remaining water over your left shoulder back into the well.  Unfortunately modern environmental health advice discourages people from drinking the water.

After making a wish or two I recommend stopping in at The Tearooms. On offer is a wide range of delicious home-cooked tasty food. You can sit inside or dine al fresco next to the water.

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Within easy reach of both Weymouth and Dorchester and just a stone’s throw from other tourist destinations such as Maiden Castle and Thomas Hardy’s cottage at Brockhampton, the tearooms are situated on Church Street in Upwey, being accessible on foot, by car or public transport.

Open from 10.30 the tearooms offer breakfast lunch and dinner (also fully licensed) and they are known for their Sunday Roasts!

Opening hours – 10.30am – 5pm 7 days a week throughout the year.  (closed 21st Dec – 5 Jan)

If you are looking for somewhere to stay close to The Wishing Well have a look at our nearby properties, Sixpenny Cottage, Follis Cottage and Fountain Cottage. 

Upwey Wishing Well & Tearooms, Church Street, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE

 

Dorset Events 2014

Dorset has plenty of regular family attractions and entertainment as well. The seaside town of Weymouth is a popular destination due to its expansive sandy beach and traditional Georgian promenade. Combine this with a plethora of traditional food outlets and it is not surprising that it continues to attract a wealth of visitors each year. Dream Cottages HQ is based in Weymouth in the popular Old Harbour area of the town.

If you have booked a self-catering holiday in Dorset with Dream Cottages then you might want to take note of what’s happening in Dorset during the time of your stay.

May

Fayre in the Square 25th-26th May
Quayside Festival 25th-26th May 
Wessex Folk Festival 30th May-1st June- Weymouth Hope Square 

June

Sutton Poyntz Summer Fete- 29th June 

July

Dorset Seafood Festival 12-13th July,  Weymouth 

August

Weymouth Annual Carnival 20th August 

Dorset Seasoofd Festival

Dorset Seasoofd Festival

Short breaks over Easter in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Dorset Easter Events 2014

Easter is approaching fast and the supermarket shelves are swelling with chocolate temptations! If you are looking for an Easter break in Dorset then you will be pleased to know that we have opened up a number of our properties for short breaks over this period as well as week-long bookings.   Our short breaks start from three nights and we have a number of special offer properties that overlap with our Easter availability meaning you will save even more if you are looking for an Easter holiday at the Dorset coast or countryside.

There are some great Easter Events in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, if you are wondering what is happening in the South West and are looking for events and activities over the Easter holiday then we have outlined a few you might be interested in (do check with each event / venue before planning your journey):

The Great Easter Egg Hunt, Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, Dorset 18-21 April 2014

An Easter egg hunt for the whole family to enjoy. In the wonderful surroundings of the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury. Face painting and much more. Great family day out! Hundreds of creme eggs to be found every day.  Free bouncy castle, children’s entertainer and face painter.

Lyme Regis Beer Festival, 5th April,  Lyme Regis

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Now a regular fixture in Lyme’s Calendar, the Beer Festival is an opportunity to sample beers and ciders from local breweries and enjoy the best in local entertainment – all at the Marine Theatre.

Events at Durlston Country Park – ranging from Delinquent Dinosaurs to Star Gazing.

Durlston Country Park has some great events planned, from Stargazing – Moon, Jupiter, Galaxies and Constellations to Delinquent Dinosaurs and Fantastic Fossils!  Take a look at their full events diary to see what else is on: Events Diary.

Here’s a Link to What’s on in Cornwall over Easter

Here’s a link to Events in Devon

 

An adventure to The Purbecks, East Dorset

 

Last Monday I had the day off, it was such a beautiful day that my partner and I decided to go explore The Purbecks. We headed out to Studland through Corfe Castle.

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I love The Purbecks, there is something wild and rugged about it which somehow is really relaxing. I’m lucky that Studland is only a short drive but it felt like I was on a Dorset Holiday!

We stopped for lunch at the Bankes Arms in Studland. The food is really good – I recommend the Fish and Chips or the      Ploughmans.

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Studland Bay is made up of various beaches (one being a nudist) and is looked   after by The National Trust. There is plenty of car parking and a couple of places to get something to eat or drink along the beach (Knoll Beach Cafe is meant to be nice).

 

 

 

After lunch, we headed out towards Old Harry’s Rocks which is about a 1.5 mile walk along a bridalway.

Below are pictures I took of the views at Old Harry’s Rocks. if you stand one way you can see across to Swanage and the other side across to Poole and Studland.

 

 

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On our way back we walked via South Beach (no its the one in Miami!) Studland-AP

 

When we got back to the car we decided to go to Chococo in Swanage – this is one of my favorite places to go for a hot chocolate. Try the ‘deluxe’ hot chocolate. It’s amazing – seriously naughty though!! Oh and The ginger cake is really good too.

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If I’ve tempted you down to The Purbecks and East Dorset, Dream Cottages has a number of lovely cottages in the area. Coombe Orchard is only a short drive from Swanage and Langton Matravers. Its a cute little bolthole for two and welcomes dogs.

The other is Tavern Way in Corfe Castle. This stone property has two bedrooms sleeping four and gorgeous views from the back of the property. This also welcomes two dogs.

For further information on our East Dorset properties do call us on 01305 789000 or drop us an email admin@dream-cottages.co.uk

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Have you been to Ringstead Beach in Dorset?

 

Ringstead beach is a only short drive from Weymouth. head out towards Osmington and further on you will see a sign for ‘Beach Cafe’ and Ringstead. You take a sharp turn down a steep hill into Upton and you just follow the lane up and down the hills until you arrive at the car park and cafe.

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Parking can be a little pricey in the summer but it is totally worth it (around £6 per car) you could always park at the top and walk, it’s free in the winter and dog friendly.

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We have had a lot of rain over the last couple of weeks but when the sun came out,I quickly headed down to the beach.

 

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I always think I could go on holiday to Ringstead even though I live close by!

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s one of my favorite places in the county. It’s the perfect place for summer (or even winter!) BBQ’s with friends, crabbing, dog walking, swimming, rock pooling and on that particular day a romantic walk with my partner to stroll off all the Christmas food!

 

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In the summer there is a popular cafe which serves a delicious crab sarnie and yummy cream tea. You can buy most essentials if your renting a holiday cottage which is handy as I doubt very much you will want to leave once you’ve arrived!

From Ringstead I recommend a short walk along the coast path to Osmington ending up at The Smugglers Pub. Or if you turn East and head up the hills it will take you past St Catherine’s Chapel and onto Holworth where you will witness stunning views over towards Lulworth.

If this has tempted you to come down to Ringstead then have a look at Pitt Cottage which is right on the beach. The property has three bedrooms sleeping seven and welcomes dogs.

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Pitt Cottage, Ringstead Dorset.

Hope to see you soon and Happy new year!

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Soggy Santas and freezing harbour Swims – Got to love Weymouth at Christmas

Did anyone see the all the Santas chasing a Christmas pudding down Weymouth Beach on Sunday? I haven’t got mad this actually happened! Over 100 Father Christmas’s turned up to chase the pud 5km up and down the seafront to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

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Next on the agenda for fun things over the festive period is the Christmas Day Harbour Swim. This annual daring swim is organised by the Weymouth and Portland Lions and anyone can get involved… Over 150 brave souls took part in last years event.

 

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Its not to late to book somewhere for Christmas or New year. We have some fantastic special offers (Some with 30% off a festive break) We can help organize a tree and recommend where you can get a some local food and drink. As always if you would like some further information call us on 01305 789000 or drop us an email admin@dream-cottages.co.uk

Hope to see you soon

 

 

 

 

 

WIN delicious Dorset Tea!

 

Dream Cottages is delighted to have teamed up with Dorset Tea this Christmas. Simply enter your details below and one lucky winner will win a luxury Dorset Tea Caddy Tin and a box of 80 luxury Dorset Tea bags. This prize will come just in time for Christmas! After lots of running around what could be better than putting your feet up with a delicious cup of Dorset Tea!

 Enter here http://bit.ly/ITtUB9 and one lucky winner will win this gorgeous prize.


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Best of luck!

 

 

Dream Cottages outing to Lyme Bay Winery

Last week Joy, Lynn and Hazel went to see our Cornwall properties to take some new pictures (watch this space!) on the way back they stopped off at Lyme Bay Winery near Lyme Regis to sample local tipples in time for Christmas.

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Choosing a good bottle of wine can pose similar challenges to choosing a holiday cottage. First you are attracted to the packaging, then the volume, or number of rooms, then the price tag; is it good value for money? And if all of the former meet the brief, then proof of the pudding, (as the old adage goes, or wine or in fact holiday cottage in our case), is in the tasting!

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A recent visit to Lyme Bay’s Winery by Dream Cottages staff, proved most enjoyable. There was a wonderful variety of locally produced wines, liqueurs, ciders and ales. And there was lots of tasting going on too.

 

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The raspberry wine, with its slimmer that usual elegant looking bottle and the chocolate orange liqueur, with equally stylish packaging, which Lynn and Hazel are enjoying sampling below, were particularly delicious and made it onto both their shopping lists!

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We really enjoyed our trip to Cornwall but Lyme Regis and West Dorset are seriously gorgeous too. We have several properties around Lyme Regis.  The beautiful Cobb is famous for being the set of The French Lieutenants Woman and Mark Hix’s Oyster Bar is very yummy.