Dorset is a glorious blend of thatched villages, prehistoric earthworks, literary resonances, geological treasures, and sweeping chalk cliffs. If you like traditional Dorset charm – narrow winding lanes, ivy-clad cottages, the Wessex of Thomas Hardy, and invigorating, get-away-from-it-all countryside – you need go no further than our quaint home village of Evershot.
For a glimpse into Dorset's ancient past, see the famous Cerne Abbas Giant, a potent symbol cut into the chalk downland, and the breathtakingly vast Maiden Castle, an Iron Age hill fort. To go even further back into geological time, try the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile stretch of heritage coastline. Sites include Chesil Beach (a ruler-straight, 18-mile stretch of shingle), Abbotsbury Swannery, Durdle Door (a natural cliff arch, pictured top), and Lulworth Cove. Dorchester is a nearby Roman town, little changed since the days of Thomas Hardy. Weymouth, on the other hand, is a lively seaside resort popularised by George III and now loved by watersports enthusiasts.
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa, 9 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorset, United Kingdom DT2 0JR
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