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A Guide to Dorset
Dorset. Home to traditional seaside towns, golden sandy beaches and 1940’s steam trains chugging through the rolling hills. Medieval castles, picturesque villages and pretty little harbours bustling with fisherman. Where else could you find all of this and more, in one beautiful county?
For a perfectly nostalgic day by the sea, visit Weymouth. A traditional English seaside town, that plays host to a lively promenade, Punch and Judy shows, carousels, sticks of rock, fish and chips and donkey rides.
Or visit the cool little market town of Bridport with its street markets, vintage fair, amazing food and the Electric Palace.
Watching the sun sink across the harbour at Lyme Regis is a must. Lyme Regis, also known as the “Pearl of Dorset is a pretty unspoilt seaside town set amongst the Jurassic cliffs and is well known for its harbour wall, The Cobb.
For a real picture postcard village, have a cup of tea in Milton Abbas. Rows of identical thatched cottages look so perfect that they don’t actually look real!
The Jurassic Coast
The 95 mile stretch between Exmouth in Devon and Old Harry Rocks in Studland has been granted World Heritage status and is seriously one of the most beautiful places you can visit in the UK. 185 million years of history mean that fossils from dino days can be found in the rocks and on the beach. Go and see a complete dinosaur skeleton at the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre! They have guided fossil hunting walks along the beach where they teach you how to spot your fossil treasures! To see actual dinosaur footprints, head to Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre.
For exercise with the best views, walk the South West Coastal Path.
From the dramatic coastline and rugged cliffs of the Jurassic coast to the long curved sweeping beach of Studland bay, there is an abundance of blue flag beaches and stunning landscapes in Dorset. We offer a wide range of Dorset Cottages located around Dorset’s beautiful coastline including a range of Dorset Coastal Cottages.
This beautiful varied county is also home to many other wonderful ingredients that make Dorset so wonderful. Dorset cream teas, fabulous food and drink, famous authors, ghostly tales of smugglers and some of England’s prettiest villages.
West Dorset has a fast growing reputation for being a top foodie destination. From award winning restaurants, tea rooms, seafront cafes and traditional thatched Dorset pubs, there is something for every taste. Some of the country’s top chefs have also chosen to set up there restaurants here.
Take a look at our Dream Cottages peppered around the beautiful Dorset countryside, from rural dwellings with an open fire to modern sea view abodes, use it as a base and explore the county far and wide!