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.
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 is also quite cultured. The Beaminster Festival runs every year in June and July and attracts many a music, theatre, art and literature enthusiast. Artists flock here all year round to try and capture the picturesque views and unique personality that Beaminster holds dear.
We have some wonderful Beaminster holiday cottages to offer our guests, including quaint, converted stable buildings, set in a sunny courtyard, with a flower meadow paddock nearby, just perfect for a well-behaved dog to run around!
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. Anyone for Llama trekking? There is also a chance to 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 is 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.
Staying in one of our beautiful self-catering Beaminster holiday cottages will put you in a wonderful Dorset spot!