It’s time to get away to Dorset!
Although the weather might well be a little cold at this time of year, there’s no reason why you can’t book a weekend away in one of these charming little places this Winter.
Dorset is a hive of activity during the peak Summer months and whilst the sunny weather might well be pleasant, there’s not much to like about queuing for parking or ice creams. From January to April most of the hotels and B&Bs put discounts on their tariffs, making this a cheap time to visit.
Travelling in the Winter months also means that you’re more likely to get a table at your chosen restaurants, of which there are plenty to choose from in the area. These Dorset destinations are perfect for a quick weekend getaway. So grab a booking, jump in the car and make an adventure of it!
To call Beaminster a town would be correct, but this feels like an overstatement. With a population of just over 3,000, this rural town feels like it hasn’t left the 19th Century much like Brassica Restaurant which blasts you with twee gingham patterns and well cooked grub. Whilst you’re there you can stay at the Bridge House, a boutique hotel that dates back from the 13th Century. You can keep it historical by visiting Mapperton House & Gardens, just the ticket for a winter’s walk.
Stay in the shadow of beautifully preserved Castle ruins and get a taste of the local life in Corfe Castle, a charming country retreat with everything that you’d expect from a village. In the 16th century manor house hotel, Mortons House, you can eat like a king in their 2 Rosette fine dining restaurant. When you’re ready to walk off your food, head up the hill to the Castle and enjoy this fine walk from the National Trust. Once you’ve built up an appetite you can head to Clavells Restaurant or even pop into The Castle Inn for a cosy pint or two.
The jewel of the Jurassic Coast, Lyme Regis is always rammed with tourists during the summer, eagerly hunting for fossils and ramming the excellent cafes. Come the winter, however, the footfall drops off to a trickle and the resort town is much easier to navigate.
Although you might have to wrap up a bit, you’ll have the same odds of finding a fossil as in summer and you’ll also be able to grab a table at Hix Oyster and Fish House, a task that is nigh on impossible during the heat of summer. Stay at the Mariners Hotel to enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, away from the crashing waves.
Finally, the market town of Sherborne might well lie outside of the Dorset AONB, but don’t let this put you off staying there. With it’s easy connections to main roads and proximity to the town of Yeovil, Sherborne is a practical option for those not wanting to delve too deep into Dorset.
Check out Sherborne Abbey to get an eyeful of some truly awe-inspiring architecture. Parts of this building date back over a thousand years, making it a living museum exhibit that is well worth visiting. After you’ve seen your fill, head to Oliver’s Coffee House for a slice of their excellent cake, then waddle back to Cumberland House for a peaceful night’s sleep.