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We have some wonderful Blandford holiday cottages, either in pretty rural villages dotted around Blandford, or in the market town itself. Our Blandford Cottages make the perfect base for exploring this stunning area, between the Dorset Downs and the Cranbourne Chase.
This area is pure, unspoilt English countryside at its best. With glorious views at every turn and miles upon miles of beautiful rural landscape, this area of Dorset is very special. Sitting on the banks of the River Stour surrounded by meadows, farms and woodland, a Blandford holiday cottage offers everything you would need for a tranquil countryside retreat.
Country walks are plentiful in this area, with some lovely walks taking you along the banks of the river, through meadows, along bridleways and through pretty woodland. Just a stone’s throw from Blandford Forum town centre are the riverside meadows of the Marsh and Ham which are a popular choice for walks along the riverbank. Follow the River Stour through pretty waterside gardens and understand why artists from all over the country flock to this glorious part of the world.
The town of Blandford Forum is particularly elegant. A true Georgian town, it is full of beautiful architecture with some stunning buildings built by the Bastard brothers after the devastating fire, which enveloped the town in 1731. The re-birth of the town by the famous Bastard brothers has meant that it really is an extremely attractive Geogian gem, most worthy of a visit. With boutique shops, charming little bookshops, stylish galleries and some fantastic regular markets, this bustling market town has plenty to offer. Thomas Hardy is reputed to have had a soft spot for the town with Blandford Forum being used as his inspiration for Shottsford Forum.
Meander through the quiet backstreets that lead off Market Place and East Street in a winding network full of fantastic restaurants, delightful tea rooms and specialist antique dealers. Rest for a while with an ice cold beer in the garden of The Greyhound pub, a traditional old coaching inn. Visit Blandford Town Museum and spend time looking at some of the amazing exhibitions there.
On a hot day, if the beach beckons, then jump in the car and drive the 40 minute journey to Weymouth for turquoise seas and the golden, sandy award winning beach,
Blandford Forum Markets
Blandford is famous for its market scene set amidst the elegant grandeur of the Georgian architecture. There are weekly markets on Thursdays and Saturdays and the popular farmers market on the second Friday of every month from 9am til 1pm, where you will find award-winning preserves and chutneys and the finest produce from specialist fine game dealers. Pop along for some of the best quality sausages and smoked and cured meat straight from the farm and fill your shopping bag up with cheese and wine for a hearty feast back at the cottage!
If you require some locally grown organic ingredients for a day when the Farmers Market isn’t on, you could always pop to the Goldhill Organic Farm Shop in the beautiful village of Child Okeford.
A beautiful Blandford holiday cottage offers a splendid spot for a vacation. Offering undulating green countryside, picturesque rural villages and then the bustling town of Blandform Forum, as well as being just 40 minutes from the beaches of Weymouth and Swanage. Some of our self-catering holiday cottages are dog friendly which is great because this most certainly is a dog walkers’ paradise. Have a browse through our Blandford holiday cottages and plan your rural retreat!