What’s blue and green and loved all over? Dorset, of course. With its spectacular Jurassic coastline spanning 95 miles, a gorgeous stretch of the South West Coastal Path to walk down and a televised Chimpanzee rescue centre to enjoy, what’s not to love about Dorset?
In this post, we’re taking you through some fantastic places to stay when you visit this beautiful county.
In inland Dorset, just outside of the historic town of Shaftsbury, you will find the Coppleridge Country Inn & Restaurant. This family run establishment offers guests luxury en-suite rooms set in 15 acres of stunning meadows and woodland. If there is no room availability, there is the opportunity to camp on their grounds, which will give you access to the wonderful facilities including the tennis court and restaurant.
From £95 for a Double/Twin Room – includes breakfast.
Just four miles outside Bournemouth, in a fantastic beach location, sits the White Topps Dog Hotel. What’s special about this hotel? You guessed it, you can bring your dog. If you’re holidaying at home in the UK, bringing your dog is just another perk, and when you bring them to White Topps you’ve got beach walks on your doorstep and the New Forest a short drive away. Breakfast is included when you stay here but be sure to bring your own dog food.
From £42 per person, including breakfast.
In the fashionable Soho quarter of Bournemouth sits the only chocolate themed hotel in the country. The Chocolate Hotel is ideal for a girly getaway or a romantic break in one of their sweet suites. Like melting chocolate, this hotel oozes luxury, all rooms come complete with state of the art equipment and there’s even a automated cocktail machine in the bar.
From £100 per room per night, or hire the entire hotel from £1,200.
Ulwell Cottage Caravan Park is situated in open countryside, just under the Purbeck Hills in Swanage. The park is open all year, perfect for families in the school holidays and couples looking for a quieter break in term time. On site facilities include The Village Inn bar and restaurant, an indoor heated pool and an extensive outdoor play area. And of course, while you’re here you can visit the seaside town of Swanage and take advantage of all the restaurants, water sports and amusements on offer there too.
From £201 for a short break.
Set in the peaceful village of Askerswell, just outside of Dorchester, Hembury Mill offers two gorgeous self catering properties for holiday rentals, a mill and a cider barn, both of which have been lovingly restored. These great holiday properties are set in an orchard, where you’ll find friendly chickens pecking around. For both indoor and outdoor leisure Hembury Mill offers beautiful accommodation in Dorset. The market town of Bridport is only a five minute drive away, so you won’t be far from the spectacular Jurassic Coast.
From £400 per week
With unrivalled views overlooking the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, Eype House Caravan Park is a great place in Bridport to camp, glamp or caravan. All caravans come fully equipped and campers have every facility they need too, if you’re glamping at Eype the log pod comes bare, so bring your bedding. There’s an onsite shop serving drinks and snacks in the garden and if you want to go out for a meal the charming village of Eype has a local pub, or you could go just further afield to Bridport.
From £14 for a camping pitch
Within walking distance of Weymouth town centre, Florian is a fabulous base to explore this delightful Dorset town. This family run bed and breakfast offers guests six bedrooms to choose from and there’s a lovely garden for guest use in the nice weather. While you’re here, explore Weymouth’s Georgian seafront, roam a way along the south-west coastal path, or take a half an hour drive to Wareham and visit the famous Monkey World. Your hosts at the Florian will be delighted to help you plan your stay.
From £35 per night
Set on the isle of Portland, just south of Weymouth, Portland Lodge offers visitors great value for money when they explore this part of Dorset. All rooms are ensuite, with modern facilities and there is WiFi throughout the hotel. On the ground floor, there are seven bedrooms which have been specifically designed to ensure those with physical disabilities have a comfortable stay. Portland Lodge is only a mile away from The National Sailing Academy and major dive centres, so if you love your sea sports, or even want to learn, Portland is a great base.
From £35 per night
In the heart of Lyme Regis, known as the pearl of Dorset, the Royal Lion Hotel makes a statement on the high street. The renovated hotel retains much of its 17th Century character, in its oak beams, wooden panelling and open fire places. When you stay here, as well as a comfortable room, you can enjoy a heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna, there’s also a games room to keep you entertained. When you want a meal, as well as exploring Lyme Regis, you can eat at the Lion in their Oak Room restaurant.
From £105 per night, bed & breakfast
As you can see, there’s plenty of great places to stay when you visit Dorset. Discover something new or revisit an old favourite, whatever type of holiday you’re looking for, holiday park to hotel, there is something for you.