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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, what a place to visit!

Amy tells us about her trip to Abbotsbury Subtopical Gardens

What a place to visit! On Saturday 1st November, my family and I went to the Sub-tropicalGardens for the evening. We do this each year as in the half term break in October they open the Gardens up in the evening, and put lots of different lights around the gardens, which just look magical. You follow the Floodlit path, which is lit by lanterns and it takes you around the gardens and shows off the beautiful lighting display. As it was over Halloween, of course there were lots of different and spooky activities going on. You could have your face painted (not for me unfortunately) go to the witches hut for some chocolate and of course be made to jump. Yes certain trees and bushes would have things jump out in front or you and lots of spooky sounds going on, however this just made the evening more entertaining. This year they also extended the walk, so you got to see the ponds and more of the lovely gardens all lit up.  There was also a fantastic laser show on, which was just brilliant.

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After the walk around you can go into the café and enjoy a nice hot cup of tea to warm you up before heading home. As you leave there is also a lovely gift shop to see, which is great for Christmas Decorations.

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I love going to the Subtropical gardens, it is just lovely to walk around in the autumn evenings and admire the whole view.

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If you are visiting Dorset then this is definitely a place to visit, whether in the evening in October or just for a day out in the Summer.

 

Lulworth Cove is gorgeous all year round

A few weeks ago,  I went early to Lulworth Cove for a walk before the rain came in. Even though I have lived 10 minutes from Lulworth Cove my entire life it still feels so special going there for a walk. It’s a wonderful time of year to visit as it’s a lot quieter and you have no problems finding anywhere to park!

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Strolling down the village to the cove you walk past lots of different pubs, cafes and restaurants  and of course the adorable tiny sweet shop called The Dolls House.

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You must try the fudge! I haven’t eaten in any of the pubs for a while but I can recommend the fish shack right at the bottom.

We always walk down to the cove and then take the right hand path back upon yourself past Stair Hole.

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You walk up what feels like a private drive, after 150 meters on the left you’ll notice a footpath sign follow this and you’ll see some of the best views in Dorset!

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This path is not for the faint hearted as it’s narrow, twisty and there are some huge drops next to you. This takes you towards Dungy Head, St Oswald Bay and then along to Durdle Door.

Not many people see this part of Lulworth – you can get down to the beach here. It’s rugged, rustic and wild at this time of the year. In the summer its beautifully quiet and tranquil. The views over to Portland Bill and stunning. Lovely spot of a BBQ!

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It never ceases to WOW me the natural beauty of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

There is something about it’s calming atmousphere and its cute shops.

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I wouldn’t hesitate recommending a trip or even a holiday to West Lulworth. Dream Cottages has a wide variety of cottages in the village and the area. If I’ve tempted you down for a holiday or even a winter break do call the office or have a look at our cottages available.

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Joy’s wintery walk from Bowleaze to Osmington Mills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joy had a lovely (and a little muddy!) walk from Bowleaze Cove to Osmington Mills last weekend.

If you head east along to South West Coastal Path it should only take you about an hour. You’ll pass lots of walkers along the route so it might take you a little longer if you stop to chat and admire the view!

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This walk is gorgeous all year round. It can get a little slippy in winter so make sure you wear adequate footwear. The views across the coastline are stunningly rustic and rugged especially at this time of the year. As you get closer to Osmington you’ll go through a wood – lots of berries for foraging here!

 

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(These pictures of Osmington Mills were taken last summer!)

 

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You might recognise this pub called The Smugglers. This popular pub is dog friendly and serves some amazing grub. There is a good variety on the menu and little ones are catered for.

If you would like more information on the South West Coastal Path visit

http://www.southwestcoastpath.com/walksdb/669/

Have a great weekend and if you have a fab story to tell about your walk in Dorset do let us know – we would love to see your pictures email admin@dream-cottages.co.uk

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Sideways hair at the top of Golden Cap

Last week, I had a few days off and decided to be a bit of a tourist in my own county.  We headed off to Golden Cap near Bridport after months of driving past and saying ‘We must go for a walk there’ now was the perfect time to do it.

We couldn’t have timed it better  the sun shone as we drove through Bridport, Chideock and finally arriving at Lamberts Castle car park.

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My grandparents used to live in Lyme Regis and when I was little walking up Golden Cap was something I took for granted. Although running down the hill was great fun.

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As I took a trip down nostalgia lane along the path from the car park, I had forgotten how amazing the views are across the Jurassic Coast. I gave myself plenty of opportunities to admire the view (obviously not to have a rest climbing to the top!)

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When we reached the summit, it was very windy but it added to the rustic backdrop of the coastline.

With the wind in my face and sideways hair I took loads of pictures. After being ‘tourists’ we had a quick sit down to take in the view and it dawned on us how lucky we are to live in such a wonderful place.

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After the hike up the hill lunch time called! We headed off down the coast path to The Anchor at Seatown. This is the pub where we went for our first date so it is very special to us….. ahhhhhhhhh!!!

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We hadn’t been there since it’s recent refurbishment and what a fantastic job they have done. The moment you walk in there is a big friendly welcome. I decided to have a ploughman’s and it was delicious!

They try and source as much produce locally which I love. The bread came from Leakers just down the road in Bridport and it was delicious!

After lunch before the sleepiness kicked in (and the rain!) we went back up the path back to the car.

We had a great walk and it left us completely refreshed. It reminded me of how amazing it is to live in Dorset with the Jurassic Coast right on my doorstep and how I should never take this special place for granted.

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If I have tempted you down Dream Cottages has a variety of holiday cottages which are right on the coastline! For more information visit www.dream-cottages.co.uk   


Have a great weekend


Abi 





 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazel feeling like she’s on holiday in Lyme Regis

Hazel one of our property managers had to Lyme Regis for work but here is what she had to say…

Lyme Regis on a sunny day. The waft of fish and chips and the gentle chatter of holidaymakers wandering along the sea front made me feel as if I were on holiday instead of work!

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What a wonderfully quaint High Street, reminiscent of times gone by with high pavements accessed via stone stairs, lots of shops selling fossils and sea side nick naks and bakers selling the best pasties this side of Cornwall.

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Think this would be a lovely place to holiday with a long pebble beach, a sandy beach and a harbour to boot. Lots of interesting shops and plenty of pubs, restaurants and small eateries, it all made me wish I could stay longer.

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We had a great time at The Dorset County Show

 

We have just got back from exhibiting at The Dorset County Show for the first time. We are all a little tired but we had an excellent two days. This annual county show attracted over 60,000 visitors.

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It was great to meet so many nice people who all shared the love for Dorset.

The visitors to our stand were treated to some seriously yummy Dorset Apple Cake and sparkling Elderflower.

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When we weren’t chatting to potential owners or guests we all managed to have a look round.

There was so much to see, try and take in. It was fantastic and I will defiantly be going back next year (the shopping was just too good!)

Just one of the main attractions this year wasThe Bolddog Lings.

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Watching them fly through the sky was jaw dropping. Even though watching these adrenaline junkies was absolutely terrifying I was fixed onto them! They jumped so high and the stunts they were doing were incredible.

During my break I even started some Christmas shopping, I purchased chutneys, a wine rack, a tea cosy, jams and even mint mayonnaise!

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I had to go and see the giant vegetables

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I didn’t believe my friends when they said how big they were!

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WOW they were huge!!

The horticultural tent was simply stunning. I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of freshly cut dahlias.

I also went to see the goats, pigs and watch the showjumping.

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We had a lovely time at The Show and can’t wait to go back next year. Thank you to everyone who popped in to see us and we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!

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Gill’s trip to Honeybrook Farm near Wimborne

 

Gill our Accounts Manager wrote this post for our blog about her lovely day out with her grandchildren.

 

Recently I took my 2 Grandsons and family to Honeybrook Farm near Wimborne for a day out.

There was a pet’s corner where the children can cuddle a bunny, guinea pig or chicken and all have names.

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Very friendly staff helps the children to hold the pets. There was a cute pony to groom and goats to feed aided by staff.

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Also there are other horses and lots of pigs with piglets at different ages to view in their enclosures.

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There is a large picnic area with fairly new picnic tables. In this area there is ducks and a pond, a bouncy pillow for energetic kids, splash pad (water fountains for children to play in) and lots of chickens and geese walking around you whilst you picnic.

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There is a large play area, zip wire and climbing frames to play on and play area for under 6 year olds. There is also an indoor play area in case of bad weather.

 

After our picnic, we did the river walk and saw lots of dragonflies, birds and farm animals. There is a pebble area you can paddle in the river. We then headed for the café to buy ice creams, also they do really nice food and there is an old fashioned tea room café to sit and enjoy a cream tea in pretty gardens or look at the old part of the house.

 

We then went to look at the reptile rescue centre, which was full of all things creepy, snakes of all sizes and scary lizards of all varieties.

 

There is also tractor rides and pony rides throughout the day.

We spent 5 very enjoyable hours there and only £5 for adults, £3 for children and £1 for the car park. So good value and took home 2 very tired grandchildren at the end of the day.

 

For more information visit http://honeybrook.org/

Best of both worlds – head to Sutton Poyntz

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I always think  the village of Sutton Poyntz would make an ideal holiday destination. Situated just outside of Weymouth near Preston, this gorgeous little village has a real country feel but is only a short bus ride from the Weymouth’s seafront.

If your a keen walker, there are some fantastic footpaths which go for miles. You can either trek up The White Horse or even walk over to Preston for some sea air. However, a more relaxing option is also available in this village.

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Willow trees surround the duck pond and there is a really good pub called The Springhead (Sunday carvery is seriously yummy) with a large family garden.

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This pub is also dog friendly. Every year at the end of June/beginning of July they have a popular village fete.

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We have a number of properties in Sutton Poyntz.

 

Blueberry Cottage is in the centre of the village but tucked away up a quiet lane. This dog friendly property has two bedrooms sleeping four.

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The Courthouse is a popular large family property. Again, the house welcomes dogs and has a good enclosed garden. There are three bedrooms sleeping six.

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Rolling Hills is another large property with four bedrooms sleeping seven.

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Poyntz Cottage is a gorgeous thatched cottage with amazing views. This property has four bedrooms sleeping seven.

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To visit all our properties in Sutton Poyntz visit our website. www.dream-cottages.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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/

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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