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The pretty market town of Beaminster is bursting with personality. Used as the inspiration behind ‘Emminster’ in Thomas Hardy’s novels, Beaminster is an idyllic little Dorset town. Our collection of Beaminster holiday cottages are the perfect base for you and your loved ones.
Tucked away between acres and acres of unspoilt English countryside on the banks of pretty, natural streams and rivers, with the River Brit flowing through the middle, picture-perfect Beaminster is a fabulous choice for those wishing to unwind.
As much as it is charming, rural and rustic, Beaminster has many fantastic activities for people of all ages. Anyone for Llama trekking? You can also spend the day with your own donkey at Donkey Walking Adventures and get him ready to wander along the lanes and backwaters around Beaminster.
For a small town, Beaminster boasts a fantastic selection of eateries, ranging from fine dining to classic pub grub. Quirky boutique shops and cute cafes line the pretty streets and you must pop into Le Vieux Patisserie if you are visiting the town. The cakes are all homemade and exquisite. From Gateau Basque aux Cerises and Blackcurrant Bavarois to traditional Chocolate Brownies, you will not be disappointed. The patisserie itself is delightful too with displays of ceramics, artwork and gifts from local designers and artists.
For those wishing to take peaceful walks on perfectly manicured lawns, Mapperton House and Gardens are well worth a visit. Voted ‘The Nation’s Finest Manor House’ by Country Life Magazine, the gardens are a delight to walk around and reflect different periods of history. With a traditional croquet lawn, an Italianate garden complete with grottoes and fountains, an Orangery, a wild garden and pretty fish ponds, there is lots to explore. Then, why not ‘take tea’ at The Sawmill café to complete your quintessential English afternoon.
For those wishing to spend time by the sea during their cottage break, a drive down to West Bay will take you just 18 minutes. Eat fresh fish and chips and walk along the cliffs or sit and soak up the atmosphere at West Bay harbour. Explore the coves and beaches along Dorset’s famous Jurassic coastline. Hunt for dinosaur fossils or head to Lyme Regis which is just a half-hour drive from Beaminster and walk the famous Cobb.
Beaminster Holiday Cottages
A self-catering holiday cottage in Beaminster is just the ticket for a tranquil break and is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors, particularly if you take advantage of some of Beaminster’s activities.
We have some wonderful Beaminster holiday cottages to offer our guests, including quaint, converted stable buildings, traditional stone cottages or ground-floor accommodation. Browse our collection of dog-friendly cottages in Dorset so you never have to leave your favourite four-legged friend behind.
Staying in one of our beautiful self-catering Beaminster holiday cottages will put you in a wonderful Dorset spot.