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South West Dorset offers so much variety. From the stunning coastline of Burton Bradstock, the pretty harbour at West Bay, unspoilt chocolate box villages like Askerswell and the natural wildlife at Abbotsbury, it really does have everything you need for a charming English holiday.
Enjoy the pretty little town of Bridport, once the rope and net-making capital of the world. It is particularly fun on Wednesdays and Saturdays when bustling market stalls line the wide streets creating a real buzz to the place. Visit the free Bridport museum and show the kids the hangman’s noose! On a sunny day, a fishing trip from West Bay is an absolute must followed by fish and chips at the charming harbour.
From West Bay, walk along the beach to Burton Bradstock on the iconic Jurassic Coastline. Sip wine and enjoy line caught Portland Bill Wild Seabass at the beach café. From anywhere on the beach, on a clear day you can enjoy stunning views along the coastline and across the harbour towards Thorncombe Beacon, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.
For a traditional peaceful English village, meander through Askerswell amongst the chocolate box cottages. A treasure of a village, completely unspoilt and nestled in beautiful Dorset countryside. Sip local ale in the old smugglers inn, rest your feet by the roaring log fire and while away the afternoon.
For great family days out, head to Abbotsbury. Offering something for every member of the family, kids will love the Abbotsbury Children’s Farm where they can pet cute animals, help to feed them and then tire themselves out in the soft play while you have a cup of tea. Abbotsbury Swannery is a real back to nature treat. The only place in the world where you can walk through hundreds of nesting mute swans and cute baby signets.
If you love literacy head to Beaminster, famous for its Literacy Festival. Great for art lovers, Beaminster has many galleries and also hosts a fantastic summer festival every year.
We have such a wide variety of cottages for hire in South West Dorset. From cosy thatched cottages amongst the rolling green hills to modern town houses in cool market towns. If a rural peaceful village ambience is what you desire, yet with spectacular sea views, then this could just be the spot for you!