Mapperton House is very close by and is a lovely building with wonderful gardens. For classic film fans its was the setting for Thomas Hardys ‘Far from the madding crowd’ and that where the name Everdene originates.
The history of Abbotsbury is tied closely with the creation of the monastery that once dominated the village. In 1541, the old monastery was converted into a mansion which burnt down and was rebuilt badly and then demolished, but the garden remains and what a wonderful sub tropical garden it is to. Well worth a visit.
Bridport is our local and lively market town with a rich, rope-making heritage. It also has a tremendous reputation for arts, culture, events, food and what we call special people. The town is a hive of activity with an eclectic mix of independent shops , cafes and restaurants that give the town a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere and vored that happiest place to live in England.
Always worth a visit with lots of charm and the iconic cobb. Who can forget Meryl Street standing on the end waiting for her French Captain….who never turned up. Also has a few local festivals including Jazz week. Only downside is it can be a vistim of its own success in high season and make sure the seagulls dont get your pasty
Weymouth is also worth a visit and has alot to offer especially around the old harbour. Sadly spoilt by one massive bar/nightclub near the bridge where all the yobs go….I must be old. They have a seafood festival each year which is great and often tall ship are in harbour. If you see some mad woman driving a little blue boat half cut it will be Helen.
Sherborne is nice little town but quite along way from us. Obviously dominated by the church and private shools, but it does have a load of indepenedent shops and a nice place to spend a few hours.
Cerne Abbas is a charming and quaint village that is world renowned for the Cerne Giant, a 180 ft high ancient chalk figure carved out into the steep sloping hillside above the village. The origins of the Giant are a mix of fact and speculation, but adds to the charm.
Brideshead & Little Bredy
Bridehead stands at the head of the Bride Valley where the River Bride tumbles down a waterfall from its springs and is well worth visiting for its gorgeous setting. The village is serene – cars are not allowed through part of the village creating a peaceful, old fashioned ambience, a sanctuary miles away from today’s fast paced society. From the churchyard, it is sometimes possible to walk through the grounds of Bridehead House up to the sparkling lake formed by damning the springs which are the start of the river.
Corfe Castle village is overlooked by the outstanding ruins of its castle perched on a hill. The Castle, built in 1086, was one of the country’s great strongholds and was defended by Lady Bankes during the English Civil War. For many years, the famous children’s author Enid Blyton holidayed in the area and some of the local places and people feature in her books.