I’m back writing again after having some time off full of birthday celebrations, moving house (we’re FINALLY IN!) and then our holiday in Dorset with family.
So what did we get up to in Dorset…
We were staying in a beautiful house on the Came House Estate just south of Dorchester (link below to their website). Side note; it would be an amazing place for a wedding which is on their website!
We got the train down from London from Waterloo station. It took about 2 and a half hours on the train, no changes, so relatively easy. Everyone else drove (it is definitely a holiday that requires driving to explore places FYI!).
We did a mixture of different beaches and visiting towns for shopping and exploring.
First up was Dorchester which (no offence to the people of Dorchester although I’m sure you’ll agree) there’s not that many things to do there. There’s some restaurant chains for a good meal and there was an amazing pub we went to one night called The Kings Arms at the end of the high street which does incredible food and a fantastic cocktail menu. I had the Asparagus starter there with fondue cheese sauce and oh my word it was one of the best things I’ve ever had.
We visited Weymouth on one of the days which is only around 20 minutes from Dorchester. Weymouth had more about it than Dorchester I’d say, it was a classic seaside sandy beach town with rides, fresh donuts (is there anything better), pubs, local shops and a harbour. The beach stretches a long way so it’s a lovely walk along the seafront and on the sand or alternatively a picturesque walk along the harbour popping into each pub as you go 😉 (there are many).
Another seaside town we visited was Poole where Sandbanks is. We actually booked a rib experience which was great fun that took us all the way out to sea passing Sandbanks as we went which is definitely worth a look! Poole is another classic seaside town with cracking fish and chips and in the sunshine a great place to have some pints in a local pub.
Other beaches we went to were…
West Lulworth which is relatively hidden away and small with a walk down to the beach and cute little independent coffee shops and pubs on the way. There’s an amazing looking boutique B&B we went to just for a drink with a swimming pool, it had a great atmosphere when we were there and looks like it would be a great stay.
The beach is a great place for paddle boarding too!
Knoll Beach was another fantastic and highly recommended sandy beach closer to Poole and Sandbanks. It’s got a real holiday spot kind of feel especially on a gorgeous day like it was when we were there. We were lucky to find a spare plot on the beach that day!
We hired two Catamarans and went sailing which was probably the highlight of my holiday. Having done a lot of sailing as a kid it was great to be at the helm again and feeling that breeze. Heavenly.
We also went to Hive Beach and West Bay Beach which are part of the Jurassic coastline, West of Weymouth.
On one of the nights we bought portable barbecues and had a barbecue on the beach which was so special. Gave me all the holiday vibes 👌🏼
Aside from beaches, we also did some shopping (how can you not on holiday!). On one of the days we visited the town of Bridport (close to West Bay Beach mentioned above) which boasts some gorgeous independent shops and a big antiques yard with the cutest coffee shop. Definitely worth a visit.
We came away with this beautiful antique jug for the new house.
Another place well worth a visit is Athelhampton House, a Tudor Manor House near Puddletown (a fantastic name for a town I thought). The house is over 500 years old and you can walk round it (try and spot the hidden doors) as well as walk round the Elizabethan garden, probably one of the most amazing gardens I’ve seen. On a sunny day it’s well worth a walk round.
Then finally and definitely my other highlight (aside from sailing) was seeing Durdle Door. You might not know the name (I didn’t pre holiday) but you would have definitely seen it before…
All in all it was the most amazing weeks holiday, I highly recommend beautiful Dorset for a staycation. It was so special as well to spend it with all the family including all the dogs ❤️ (in spite of stepping in poo one evening!).
Lots of love xxxx