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Scenic Rural Dorset, traditional England at its finest, offers a chance to escape the everyday.

Our historic market towns with their wonderful pubs, fine-dine restaurants and wide variety of shops and boutiques offer a warm welcome, whilst further afield tiny hamlets and picturesque villages, with quaint tea rooms and farm shops, await discovery! Be sure to take in the highlights of beautiful Rural Dorset; • Panoramic views from ancient hill forts • Enticing market towns with cobbled streets, hidden courtyards and great shopping • The Minster Church of St Cuthburga & its unique Chained Library

• Moors Valley Country Park, action and fun for all the family • The world renowned Great Dorset Steam Fair

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• Stunning grasses and plants at award winning Knoll Gardens • The Treasures of Wimborne, four fascinating attractions that add up to a great day out! • Iconic Gold Hill, made famous by Hovis • The beautiful 17th Century manor house of Kingston Lacy Whether in Rural Dorset for a short break, weekend or longer holiday, there is plenty to keep you busy, whatever the weather. If time allows venture further afield and visit our neighbours; the World Heritage Jurassic Coast,

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the beautiful New Forest National Park, the sandy beaches of Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth or the historic cathedral city of Salisbury, all on our doorstep! For more information visit; www.visit-dorset.com

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Explore the area’s rich history; discover country houses and glorious gardens, ramble along miles of footpaths in stunning countryside or simply enjoy the atmosphere of a local event.

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Bluebell woodlands, lush watermeadows, colourful heaths and sweeping downlands with panoramic vistas, Rural Dorset’s picturesque landscapes offer colour throughout the seasons.

To stretch your legs further try one of the area’s long distance routes. Alternatively, more structured guided walks are available at our country parks, which also offer orienteering, cycling and a host of great outdoor activities and events throughout the year. Anglers will enjoy the area’s well-stocked lakes and rivers, and golfers have a fantastic choice of high quality, varied courses to challenge them.

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Take a stroll on one of our hill forts; Badbury Rings, Hambledon and Hod Hills, it is easy to imagine that you are treading in the footsteps of ancient warriors. Enjoy the amazing views, butterflies and rare flowers of the never ending Cranborne Chase. Escape the car and fill your lungs with fresh air with miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways to explore.

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For a full day out Moors Valley Country Park -

walking and cycling trails, fishing lakes, golf course, play trails, narrow gauge steam railway and Go Ape High Wire Adventure something for every generation!

Half-day attractions Royal Signals Museum - the

perfect location for ‘would be spies’. Learn how to break codes, guide laser beams and set up a satellite network, and take the Cyber Warfare Challenge! Kingston Lacy House & Estate

- explore the stately home, from upstairs to downstairs! Then get out and about on the estate to discover formal gardens, parkland and even an ancient hill fort.

Great combinations Priest’s House Museum - Hands on displays bring to life local history and archaeology and the childhood gallery recalls a time before computer games! Wimborne Model Town - be a giant with your own kingdom spread out before you! Do one of the quizzes which take you on a ‘treasure hunt’ around the tiny streets of Wimborne as it was in the 1950s.

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Adventure Wonderland Bournemouth Aviation Museum Honeybrook Farm Fleet Air Museum

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Rural Dorset’s attractions offer memorable days out for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents!

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The Treasures of Wimborne explore Wimborne Minster’s leading attractions; the Minster Church of St Cuthburga, the Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne Model Town and Walford Mill Crafts, all within walking distance of each other.

Half-day attractions

representing the flying arm of the Royal Navy, the museum is the world’s second largest naval aviation museum with over 90 aircraft and 30,000 artefacts in four exhibition halls. Shaftesbury Abbey Museum

- on the site of King Alfred’s nunnery of 888AD the museum vividly brings the Abbey ruins to life with displays including carved stonework, medieval floor tiles and other excavated objects.

Kingston Lacy House - 17th century house built to resemble an Italian Palace with beautifully detailed carvings. Discover intimate Great Combinations; family souvenirs and outstanding Explore the charming walled artworks, gardens and parkland. garden of the Priest’s House Athelhampton House & Gardens Museum, or any of the other - discover this 15th century manor Treasures of Wimborne (see house with its historic rooms and above) and combine with a antique furnishings. Explore the trip to; stunning architectural gardens, Knoll Gardens - 4 acre garden riverside walk and art gallery. of Neil Lucas, the UK’s leading Royal Signals Museum - learn authority on ornamental grasses. about signalling through history The extensive collection of from semaphore to satellites, grasses, set against a backdrop telegraph to telephones, codes to of rare and unusual trees and computers, plus a special ‘Women shrubs, create stunning at War’ exhibit. year-round displays. For further details and contact information, please see pages 14-15

Sturminster Newton Mill and Museum - learn more about the

rich traditions of the Blackmore Vale and explore this pretty market town with its picturesque water mill on the River Stour. For a full day out, combine Sturminster Newton with a visit to historic Shaftesbury.

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Rural Dorset has many smaller places of interest to discover including ancient sites and wonderful countryside, all just a little more off the beaten track: Jonathan Garratt refines his own locally dug clay to create wonderful garden and table ware, which is on display in the pottery’s gallery and pretty courtyard. Knowlton Church & Rings explore this atmospheric English Heritage site with its Bronze Age rings and ruined church. Edmondsham House & Gardens - open on selected

days, the House is of 16th and 18th century construction, with a charming walled garden and an unusual Victorian octagonal dairy. Badbury Rings - an Iron Age

hill fort with extensive views and rare orchids in summer. Cranborne Manor Gardens -

pretty manor garden containing a Jacobean Mount garden, herb and walled gardens, a river garden and sculptures.

Farrs Lodge - discover the 4½ acre gardens and studio of botanic artist Lys de Bray.

Enjoy some of our unique events; the Ashmore Filly Loo, the Cheese Festival and the Great Pudding Stir. Or try events in unusual venues such as the Viking Longhouse or Earthouse at the Ancient Technology Centre.

Barford Ice Cream Garden -

enjoy delicious award-winning ice cream in beautiful natural surroundings. Hambledon & Hodd Hills -

neighbouring hill forts with spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Shillingstone Railway Station Project - see progress on the

restoration of this 1950s period station on the former Dorset and Somerset line and the creation of a railway museum.

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White Mill - a renovated mill, part of the Kingston Lacy estate, in a picturesque location adjacent to Dorset’s oldest bridge.

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Great combinations;

Priest’s House Museum - period rooms show how life and work have changed in this historic townhouse. 10 galleries illustrate the area’s rich archaeology, local history, costume and childhood.

Royal Signals Museums -this

fascinating museum tells the story of communication; from torches and sunlight, through flags, semaphore, telegraph and telephone, to modern encrypted satellite and integrated battlefield communications.

is full of surprises; an amazing Astronomical Clock, the unique Chained Library and other intriguing artefacts including the ‘man in the wall’.

Shaftesbury Abbey Museum

- on the site of Saxon England’s foremost Benedictine nunnery founded by King Alfred in 888AD, Kingston Lacy House - 17th the museum, decorated in century mansion with stunning dramatic medieval colours, tells rooms including the sumptuous the story of the abbey and its Spanish Room gilded in leather and inhabitants. an outstanding art collection with Sturminster Newton Museum works by Titian and Van Dyck. - a pretty thatched building with Walford Mill Crafts - explore exhibits on the history of the town the beautifully converted old mill and its cattle market, railway, milk buildings which are now a high factory and local poets including quality crafts centre with resident Thomas Hardy and William makers. Watch them at work, Barnes. browse the shop or enjoy the latest exhibition. For further details and contact information, please see pages 14-15

Sturminster Newton Mill

- one of a series of ancient flour mills on the River Stour, explore yourself or enjoy an informal guided tour of three floors of working machinery to understand how flour was ground.

Other suggestions; Fleet Air Arm Museum Athelhampton House Milton Abbey Church

An activity or a swim at one of our local leisure centres in Wimborne Minster, Verwood, Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton, Ferndown and Blandford Forum.

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When it’s wet outside pay a visit to one of our wonderful museums, mills or manor houses

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Athelhampton House and Gardens

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Visit one of the most outstanding 15th Century manor houses in England. Explore the glorious Grade 1 gardens. Enjoy coffee, lunch or afternoon tea in the Topiary Restaurant.

Wimborne Minster offers free entry to a fine Norman Building with an Astronomical Clock, the Quarter Jack and a unique Chained Library. Donations welcome. Gift Shop.

Open Sunday - Thursday, 10.30am until 5.00pm. Closed Friday’s and Saturday’s. Athelhampton House, Dorchester, DT2 7LG Tel: (01305) 848363 email: enquiries@athelhampton.co.uk

Open 9.30am to 5.30pm every day (9.30am to 4.00pm January and February). All subject to services. Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HT Tel: (01202) 884753 email:wimborneminster@btinternet.com

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Kingston Lacy This magnificent country mansion, with its outstanding collection of art and sculpture, is surrounded by over 300 acres of gardens and parkland. Shop and Restaurant. Events throughout the season. Please see website for opening details. Kingston Lacy, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4EA Tel: (01202) 883402

Explore 1000 acres of Park and Forest with waymarked footpaths and cycle routes hire a bike or bring your own. Or for a more leisurely journey take a trip on the narrowgauge steam train. Children will love the adventurous climb through the trees on the ‘Go-Ape’ Tree Top Adventure. Back at the Visitor Centre there are art exhibitions on display and you can enjoy a home cooked meal at Seasons Restaurant. The Rangers also run over 500 events each year catering for a wide range of ages and interests. Parking Charges, maximum £8 per car, par day. Open every day from 8.00am to dusk (8.00pm latest) Horton Road, Ashley Heath, Nr Ringwood BH24 2ET Tel: (01425) 470721 email: rangers@moors-valley.co.uk

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Knoll Gardens

Priest’s House Museum & Garden

Glorious, secluded, naturalistic garden featuring unusual shrubs and trees; rare and native species and year-round appeal. Home of the UK’s leading ornamental grass specialist. Discover wildlife-friendly techniques - take home award-winning grasses and perennials. 10 Chelsea Gold Medals. Regular events.

“The Museum of East Dorset” Discover our stunning Roman wall paintings and unique Victorian valentine card collection. Explore period rooms in this historic town house.

Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10.00am - 5.00pm

Hampreston, Nr Wimborne, BH21 7ND Tel: (01202) 873931 www.knollgardens.co.uk

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Royal Signals Museum

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Dorset’s Hidden Gem! From semaphore to high tech cyber space, and electronic warfare: discover the rapidly evolving story of the British Army’s dynamic cutting edge...The Royal Signals. This modern museum traces the history of the British Army’s battlefield communications experts from the introduction of the telegraph in the Crimea to the secretive story of cryptography and cyber warfare via espionage and satellites! A voyage of discovery through hands-on, family-friendly interactive displays: guide a laser beam, “direction find” the enemy, set up satellite networks, break codes, practice Morse and more!

Walford Mill Crafts is a contemporary craft centre, just a short walk from Wimborne town centre. Here you can enjoy and purchase a diverse collection of high quality work from over 200 local and national makers. Free admission.

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Wimborne Model Town

Adults £7.50, Senior £6.50, Child (5-16) £5.50, Family £22.00 Open Monday - Friday (All Year) 10.00am-5.00pm, Weekends and Bank Holidays (Feb 15 - Oct 27) 10.00am - 4.00pm. Check website for exceptions.

A more delightful, family fun, value for money visit you will be hard pressed to find. This little gem of an attraction, beautifully presented, offers visitors of all ages a wonderful insight into what life was like for local folk living in a rural town back in the 1950s. As you explore the many streets and lanes set within prize-winning gardens, you will discover Wendy Street play area for youngsters,

Royal Signal Museum, Blandford Forum, DT11 8RH Tel: (01258) 482248 email: adam@royalsignalsmuseum.com www.royalsignalsmuseum.com

Open Monday-Saturday, 10.00am-5.00pm, Sunday 11.00am-4.00pm Stone Lane, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1NL Tel: (01202) 841400 email: info@walfordmillcrafts.co.uk www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk Map ref: F13

the Sunflower Garden Putting Green and the ‘oo’ gauge interactive model railway layout. Refreshments are available throughout the day from our traditional tea rooms. No visit is complete without a browse in our gift shop. Adult £5.00, Senior £4.50, Child £4.00, Family (2+2) £16.00 Open: Every day 10.00am - 5.00pm, Easter to Nov.

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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum and Garden The foundations of this once important Abbey lie in a peaceful walled herb garden. The museum displays the Abbey’s fascinating history. Adult £3, Concessions £2.50, Child (under 16) FREE. Open daily 1st April to 31st October, 10.00am - 5.00pm. Park Walk, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JR Tel: (01747) 852910 email:user@shaftesburyabbey.fsnet.co.uk www.shaftesburyabbey.org.uk Map ref: V11

Sturminster Newton Mill This 16th Century Mill is maintained in full working order. Three floors of machinery, powered by a 1904 water turbine. Adult £2.50, Child 50p. Groups (10+) £2.00 per head Open Easter to September inclusive, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Thursday, 11am - 5.00pm Sturminster Newton Mill, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2HW Tel: (01747) 854355 www.sturminsternewton-museum.co.uk

Reg. Charity: 29811 16 King Street, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1DY Tel: (01202) 881924 email: info@wimborne-modeltown.com www.wimborne-modeltown.com

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Drusilla’s Inn Drusilla’s Inn is a traditional thatched Wessex Freehouse set in rolling Dorset countryside with beautiful uninterrupted views of the historic Horton Folly Tower. Wobbly walls, low ceilings, open fires and exposed beams all add to Drusilla’s olde worlde charm. Come and try one of our great walks through the Dorset countryside. Open 7 days a week, from 10am to 11pm Drusilla’s offers a range of menus from bar snacks to a la carte featuring free range, hand reared local produce. Come and stay in a cosy shepherds hut (complete with heating and plumbing!) Visit Drusilla’s website or call in to find out about Drusilla’s walks, accommodation and current special offers. Drusilla’s Inn, Wigbeth, Horton, BH21 7JH Tel: (01258) 840297 www.drusillasinn.co.uk

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Millstream Café Enjoy lunch, morning or afternoon tea in the picturesque setting of Walford Mill on the banks of the River Allen, a great place to eat with family and friends. A versatile lunch menu and daily specials board. The Millstream Cafe is available for functions. Open 10am - 4pm Mon - Sat and 11am - 4pm Sun. Walford Mill Crafts, Stone Lane, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1NL Tel: (01202) 842258 www.walfordmillcrafts.co.uk

Eating out in Rural Dorset is always a treat. Enjoy a full range of foods and meals from simple but scrumptious cream teas to a la carte menus bursting with locally sourced ingredients. Make a pub lunch, an afternoon tea or a leisurely evening meal part of your holiday experience. Get a real taste of Dorset with local produce from one of our frequent farmers markets or a farm shop. Try our Blue Vinney cheese, Apple Cake or Dorset Knobs! Local foods are celebrated at a number of annual events including Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival

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in September and Wimborne Food Festival

Traditional British with a twist. Set in a beautiful Grade II listed building, the award winning Number 9 restaurant, which carries 2 AA Rosettes, offers something unique and special. Advance booking recommended. Ensuite rooms available in 2013. Visit the website for opening hours.

in October; enjoy cookery demos, tastings, music and entertainment.

9 West Borough, Wimborne Minster Dorset BH21 1LT Tel: (01202) 887557

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Each offers a wonderful mix of historic buildings, cafes, pubs and restaurants and an enticing blend of traditional shops, independent boutiques and high street stores, perfect retail therapy! Pick up gifts and souvenirs at more unusual outlets; a local pottery or a quality crafts centre, or visit one of the regular markets, Wimborne Market with its grand bazaar is one of the largest on the south coast. Pay a visit to one of our more quirky events; a Filly Loo or a Woodfair, go back in time with traditional games and stalls at a village fete, or marvel at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, one of the world’s leading heritage events. A selection of local events are shown on pages 20 and 21. Our arts centres and theatres offer diverse entertainment programmes from films to shows, music to dance, so make an afternoon or evening out a special part of your stay.

Farmers’ Markets

(9am - 1pm unless stated) Blandford Forum 2nd Friday in the Marketplace Shaftesbury 1st Saturday, Town Hall Sturminster Newton 4th Saturday in Station Road Verwood 4th Saturday at Ferrett Green Wimborne Minster every Friday morning at Wimborne Market Wimborne Country Market - every Friday in The Allendale Centre

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Our Super Seven Fantastic Events, not to be missed!! 17-21 JULY Larmer Tree Festival Renowned music and arts festival, workshops, live bands, holistic therapies and crafts. www.larmertreefestival.co.uk 27 JULY Milton Abbas Street Fair - 18th Century Street Fair with music, dancing, food, crafts and more. Milton Abbas, nr Blandford. www.miltonabbas.org.uk

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Festivals, fetes, music, dance, sports and arts! Every year hundreds of colourful events take place across Rural Dorset, here is a taster… 8 FEBRUARY London Festival Opera Highlights, Layard Theatre, Canford Magna, Wimborne

11 MAY Dorset Hardy Plant Society’s Spring Plant Fayre, Colehill Memorial Hall, nr Wimborne

21 AUGUST Gillingham & Shaftesbury Agricultural Show - Traditional show with 1000s of animals, trade and craft stands and arena events. Turnpike Showground, nr Shaftesbury. www.gillshaftshow.co.uk

12 FEBRUARY Pancake Race, The Minster, Wimborne

25-27 MAY Craft & Garden Fair, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne

14 MARCH & 30 MAY Practical Gardening with Neil Lucas, Knoll Gardens, nr Wimborne

25 MAY-2 JUNE Art In May, Shaftesbury

16-26 AUGUST Sting in the Tale; a Festival of Stories - Enthralling storytelling in unique and unusual settings. www.stinginthetale.org.uk

30 MARCH-1 APRIL Craft & Garden Fair, Somerley Park, nr Ringwood

28 AUG-1 SEPT Great Dorset Steam Fair - One of the largest heritage events in the world; working engines, old time steam funfair, rural crafts, heavy horses, music and more. Nr Blandford. www.gdsf.co.uk 14-15 SEPTEMBER Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival - A celebration of the area’s rich dairying heritage with quality food and crafts. www.cheesefestival.co.uk 26 & 27 OCTOBER Wimborne Food Festival - Celebrating local food and drink with celebrity chefs, demos, tastings, food and crafts stands, music and street entertainment. www.wimbornefoodfestival.co.uk 20

13 APRIL Stamp & Postcard Fair, Barrington Centre, Ferndown

8 JUNE Wimborne Minster Summer Fayre, Wimborne Minster Green

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1-5 JULY Midday Music Boxes, The Minster, Wimborne 6 & 7 JULY Gold Hill Fair, Shaftesbury 6 & 7 JULY Glorious Gardens of Cranborne including Cranborne Manor Garden

8 JUNE Corfe Mullen Carnival

13 JULY Ashley Heath Country Fayre, Horse and Dog Show, Three Legged Cross

14-16 JUNE St James Festival of Arts, St James Church, Shaftesbury

13 JULY Gussage All Saints Village Fete, nr Wimborne

13 APRIL Wimborne Horticultural Society’s Spring Flower Show, The Allendale, Wimborne 16 JUNE Fippenny Fayre, Okeford Fitzpaine, nr Blandford 13 APRIL Plants & Art in the Garden, Allen View Cottage, Witchampton, nr Wimborne 21 JUNE Ashmore Filly Loo 13 & 14 APRIL Stone Age Weekend, Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

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23 JUNE Wimborne In Bloom Open Gardens

28-30 JUNE ‘Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime’, 14 APRIL Spring Market, Okeford Fitzpaine, Open Air Theatre, Deans Court, Wimborne nr Blandford 29 JUNE Strawberry Fair, Pamphill School,

13 JULY Horton & Chalbury Village Fete, nr Wimborne 13-14 JULY Craft & Garden Fair, Chettle House, nr Blandford 14 JULY Race Day, Dreamboats, Wimborne 15-27 JULY Wimborne Art Club Annual Art Exhibition, Church House, Wimborne

4 MAY The Grand Cranborne Attic Sale, Cranborne

Wimborne 29 JUNE Verwood Carnival

17 JULY ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, Open Air Theatre, Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Gardens

6 MAY Southern England Town Crier’s Championship, Wimborne Minster Green

29 & 30 JUNE Open Sweet Pea Show, Stewarts Garden Centre, Broomhill, Wimborne

20-22 JULY Wimborne St Giles Church Flower Festival, nr Wimborne


www.visit-dorset.com 21 JULY Anonymous Travelling Market, Deans Court, Wimborne

26 AUGUST Multicultural Day, Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne

14 DECEMBER Verwood Christmas Extravaganza

27 & 28 JULY Viking Weekend, Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

26 AUGUST Verwood Rotary Rustic Fayre, Potterne Park, Verwood

14 DECEMBER The Great Pudding Stir, Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne

3 AUGUST President’s Summer Fete, Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne

26-31 AUGUST Blandford Art Society Open 14 DECEMBER Save The Children Exhibition, Corn Exchange, Blandford Christmas Parade, Wimborne

8 AUGUST ‘As You Like It’, Open Air Theatre, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne

11-19 SEPTEMBER Dorset Architectural Heritage Week, www.edht.org.uk

20 DECEMBER Carols in the Cornmarket, Wimborne

17 AUGUST St Stephen’s Church Fete & Horticultural Show, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne

12 & 19 SEPTEMBER Ornamental Grass Masterclass, Knoll Gardens, nr Wimborne

For a full list of events please visit our website www.visit-dorset.com or call into one of our Tourist Information Centres (see back cover for details).

24 AUGUST Duck Race, River Allen, Wimborne

14 SEPTEMBER Wimborne Horticultural Society’s Autumn Flower Show, The Allendale, Wimborne

24-26 AUGUST Craft & Garden Fair, Kingston Lacy, Wimborne

20 SEPTEMBER Garden Tour with Neil Lucas, Knoll Gardens, nr Wimborne

24 AUGUST Stock Gaylard Oak Fair, nr Sturminster Newton

21 & 22 SEPTEMBER Roman Weekend, Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

24 AUGUST ‘A Comedy of Errors’, Open Air Theatre, Walford Mill, Wimborne

3 & 17 OCTOBER Ornamental Grass Masterclass, Knoll Gardens, nr Wimborne

25 AUGUST Wimborne St Giles Church Fete, nr Wimborne

5 & 6 OCTOBER Cranborne Chase Woodfair, Breamore House, nr Fordingbridge 12 OCTOBER Ancient Harvest and Apple Day, Ancient Technology Centre, Cranborne

These venues hold regular events, see their websites for details:

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26 OCTOBER Exhibition, Crafts & Gift Fayre, Verwood Memorial Hall

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With picturesque countryside little changed from the times of author Thomas Hardy, the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast, resorts with sandy beaches, historic market towns and quaint villages, Dorset is England at its finest. Charming Christchurch has a fascinating heritage epitomised by its 900 year old Priory Church, Highcliffe Castle and the Norman Hall and Castle ruins. The picturesque harbour at the mouth of the Rivers Stour and Avon is perfect for fishing and watersports and Christchurch’s lovely natural beaches and attractions ensure its popularity with all age groups. Visitors to Swanage and the Isle of Purbeck can enjoy fantastic sandy beaches and breathtaking views over the Jurassic Coast from the South West Coast Path. Durlston Country Park and Wareham Forest are the perfect places to discover rich wildlife, flora and fauna and there are renowned attractions to explore; Monkey World, the Tank Museum and Swanage Railway.

The county is a treasure trove of arts and foods - work up an appetite by taking part in one of many activities available, from walking and cycling, to windsurfing and kayaking – delightful Dorset offers so many wonderful opportunities to escape, explore and enjoy!

The rugged coastline of Portland with its famous

‘Bill’ is a contrast to the safe, shallow waters of Weymouth and the traditional harbour where the day’s catch is delivered by trawlers. The area offers exceptional watersports opportunities for all, it is also the setting for numerous events and festivals and home to a rich variety of flora and fauna. Dorset’s mild climate is great for gardens and many of the magnificent manor houses, for which Dorset is famed, have marvellous gardens to explore.

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Tour this captivating unspoilt County;

Go fossil hunting at Charmouth along the Jurassic Coast in West Dorset or marvel at the natural phenomenon of Chesil Beach and the Fleet, home to hundreds of swans and cygnets at Abbotsbury Swannery. Discover Dorchester, once home to Thomas Hardy, or soak up the atmosphere at the Lyme Regis Jazz Festival, by the harbourside in West Bay or at Sherborne’s famous Abbey and Castle.

on Durdle Door Coast the Jurassic

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Selecting Your Accommodation Our accommodation entries are divided into several areas within Rural Dorset. The map below highlights these areas and each section begins with an introduction to the area and its attractions.

Serviced Accommodation entries are shown in pink, these include B&Bs, farmhouses, inns and guest houses. Self-catering properties are shown in blue. Caravan and Camping Park entries are shown in green.

Sturminster Newton and the Blackmore Vale (p.31)

Shaftesbury (p.30)

For up to date information on accommodation, including availability, please visit www.visit-dorset.com or contact one of our Tourist Information Centres.

Cranborne Chase (p.29)

Sturminster Newton

Cranborne

Blandford

Blandford Forum and The Dorset Downs (p.26)

Verwood

Verwood, Ferndown and the Avon Valley (p.32)

Wimborne Ferndown

Wimborne Minster and the Lower Stour

Poole

(p.35)

Dorchester

Dorchester, Poole and Beyond (p.41)

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a. Map reference which refers to the town and area maps at the back of this guide (page 42 - 44).

Shaftesbury

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Little Cottage

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b. Name of the accommodation. c. Local or National Grading. d. Rooms - For serviced accommodation this will show the number of ensuite rooms (ES), rooms with a private bathroom (P), or those with shared bathroom facilities (Sh). Units & Sleeps - For self-catering properties this shows the number of properties (or units) and indicates the number of people that each caters for. Pitches - For camping/touring parks the number of camping/touring pitches available. e. Rates - For serviced accommodation these are either per person per night (pppn) or per room per night (prpn). For self-catering properties these are per unit per week (unless stated otherwise) and for camping/touring parks per pitch per night.

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Finding your accommodation Your accommodation is an important part of your holiday. All of our B&Bs, farmhouses, inns, self-catering properties and touring parks offer a warm welcome and excellent service.

run accommodation with 5 stars indicating an exceptional degree of luxury.

A separate guide for visitors with special needs is available from Wimborne Tourist Information Centre (see back cover for details).

Under the AA scheme, Gold Stars are awarded to the best guest Some properties offer additional All the properties accommodation within the services or facilities for walkers, featured in this cyclists, families or pets and 3, 4 and 5 star ratings. brochure meet the have been thus awarded. The VisitEngland standards set by the Dorset scheme awards Approved Visitor Accommodation Gold and Silver to Scheme, which is accredited by those that deliver VisitEngland. a standard of Other businesses have shown Many of the service over and above their commitment to operating properties have their rating and the in an environmentally sensitive undertaken a Breakfast Award to those manner through participation more complete whose breakfasts are of in the Green Tourism Business assessment as part of the exceptional quality. Scheme or, for holiday parks, National Quality Assurance through the David Bellamy Some properties offer facilities Scheme operated by VisitEngland Conservation Awards. particularly suited to visitors and the AA. These schemes use with special needs and these a star rating system of 1-5 stars; are recognised with the relevant all rating levels offer clean, wellsymbols.

www.visit-dorset.com Working farm Garden TV in all bedrooms/units Tea/coffee making facilities in all rooms Ground floor bedrooms Off road parking (No. of spaces) Bus stop nearby (approx distance in metres) Children welcome (min age, if applicable) Dogs accepted by arrangement Open Christmas and New Year Special diets catered for Local produce served Evening meals available Washing machine/Laundry Facilities Credit cards accepted WiFi Conference facilities Indoor swimming pool Outdoor swimming pool Games room/sports facilities Self catering only Dishwasher Electricity/gas by meter Linen provided Touring / holiday parks Showers/Toilet facilities Chemical toilet disposal Electric hook-up Hardstanding available Motor caravans admitted Children’s playground Food shop on site

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Blandford Forum & the Dorset Downs...

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Blandford Forum & the Dorset Downs... Blandford Forum, on the banks of the River Stour, is one of most complete Georgian market towns in England, rebuilt following a devastating fire in 1731. Discover local history at the town museum; explore the Fashion Museum, Royal Signals Museum and Hall and Woodhouse Brewery and enjoy a delightful selection of shops, cafés, pubs and restaurants. To the west lie the Dorset Downs with their idyllic hidden villages including Milton Abbas with its ‘chocolate box’ cob-andthatch cottages. In the nearby chalk hills lies the Winterborne Valley and a string of pretty villages. With miles of footpaths, this picturesque countryside is perfect for walking.

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Arnewood House

Hill House

Delightful country house with spectacular views, ideal for a relaxing break. Spacious ensuite rooms with tea/coffee and digital TV. Hearty full English breakfasts with homemade bread, preserves and free range eggs. (Open all year) From £35-£45 pppn

2xD(ES), 1xF(ES)

(Open all year)

Arnewood House, Winterborne Houghton, Blandford Forum, DT11 0ED Tel: (01258) 880611 Mob: 07780 905628 Email: margaret_thorne@btinternet.com www.arnewood-house.co.uk 2

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Hill House, 49 Salisbury Road, Blandford Forum, DT11 7HT Tel: (01258) 480074 Mob: 07780 744692 Email: enquiries@hillhousedorset.co.uk

Our homely farmhouse B&B enjoys space, peace, rural views, off-road parking, WiFi, TV/DVD, hospitality tray and fantastic full English breakfast. (Open all year)

From £35 pppn

150

2

2

www.brylow.co.uk 150

2

Manor Barn

Five star accommodation in a peaceful location. Ensuite bedrooms, TV/DVD, private sitting room, own entrance and fantastic breakfast. Walks from the door on Hambledon Hill. (Open all year) From £110 prpn, £80 single

2xD/T(ES)

800

Lower Bryanston Farm, Blandford Forum, DT11 0LS Tel: (01258) 452009 Mob: 07594 704849 Email: andrea@bryanstonfarm.co.uk 2

150

£37.50-£60 pppn

2xD(ES), 1xT(ES), 1xF(ES) 4

Fishmore Hill Farm, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, DT11 0DL Tel: (01258) 881122 Mob: 07708 003561 Email: sarah@fishmorehillfarm.com

50

Map ref: W11

Friendly modern farmhouse accommodation with valley views in outstanding countryside within walking distance of Milton Abbey and the idyllic thatched village of Milton Abbas with its pub. Fabulous onsite stabling for horse riders. (Open all year)

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Lower Bryanston Farm

1xS(ES), 1xT(ES), 1xD(ES)

From £70-£100 prpn

1xF(ES), 2xT/D(ES)

www.hillhousedorset.co.uk

Fishmore Hill Farm

www.fishmorehillfarm.com

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Upmarket accommodation for the discerning guests that enjoy life’s pleasures, large ensuite bedrooms with very comfortable beds, Egyptian cotton sheets, hostess tray with a wide variety of drinks and lots of hot water for that relaxing bath or try our rain fall showers. The guests’ sitting room is available for TV or catching up on some reading, on cold winter nights you can enjoy the log fire. Why not have a leisurely start to your day with a delicious breakfast, then perhaps visit some of the delights of Dorset, there are many, our help is always available with so many places to choose from.

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Manor Barn, Upper Street, Child Okeford, Blandford Forum, DT11 8EF Tel: (01258) 860638 Mob: 07973 595344 Email: carisorby@btinternet.com

www.manorbarnbedandbreakfast.co.uk 2

150

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Blandford Forum & the Dorset Downs...

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Milldown Stud

Portman Lodge

Whether you’re young or old, the ideal holiday starts at Milldown stud & B&B, where we offer not only cosy and comfortable accommodation but a real commitment to fulfilling the needs of our guests. So whether you prefer to just chill out or head off for exciting excursions, our guest house provides a perfect starting point and we’ll be pleased to offer advice on how to make the most of your time. Trust in our many years of experience, and let us help you with your plans! It’s an approach that’s worked for our numerous regular guests who return here again and again.

This elegant Victorian house, close to Blandford town centre offers first class hospitality with ensuite bedrooms, WiFi access and off-road parking. (Open January to December) 2xD(ES), 1xF(ES), 1xT/D(ES)

(Open all year)

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Milldown Stud, Nyali, Shaftesbury Lane, Blandford Forum, DT11 7FD Tel: (01258) 488664 Email: jackielaws@btinternet.com

1xD(ES), 1xS(Sh), 1xT/D(Sh) 4

Portman Lodge, Whitecliff Mill Street Blandford Forum, DT11 7BP Tel: (01258) 453727 Mob: 07785 971743 Email: enquiries@portmanlodge.co.uk

From £55 prpn

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www.milldownstud.co.uk

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St Martin’s House

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A home with a hugely generous heart! All our guests love it! Light and spacious rooms, huge baths, delicious breakfasts. Inspection welcome or visit our website. We really do look forward to welcoming you. (Open all year) From £32.50 pppn

1xF(P), 1xD/T(P)

2

150

2

The Old Bakery A pot of tea or coffee, along with a friendly welcome awaits you. Our well-equipped, clean and comfortable ensuite rooms, combined with an extensive breakfast menu that includes home-made bread, marmalade and yogurt, makes for a relaxing stay. Ideally located on village road adjacent to A354 for coast, countryside and walks along the Jubilee Way. AA Gold Star Award 2012-13. Special Offer: Discounts on stays of 3 or more nights during weekdays, double or twin room only. (Open all year)

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St Martin’s House, Whitecliff Mill Street, Blandford Forum, DT11 7BP Tel: (01258) 451245 Mob: 07818 814381 Email: info@stmartinshouse.co.uk www.stmartinshouse.co.uk 2

150

The Old Bakery, Church Road, Pimperne, Blandford Forum, DT11 8UB Tel: (01258) 455173 Mob: 07766 480282 Email: jjtanners@hotmail.com

2

www.theoldbakerydorset.co.uk

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From £27.50-£32 pppn

1xT(ES), 2xD(ES)

150

2

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£80-£120 prpn

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Blandford Forum & the Dorset Downs...

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Dairy Cottage

Luccombe Farm & Country Holidays

Detached single storey cottage in the grounds of Broadlea Farm. The spacious and cheerful sitting room has access to a terrace and full use of an attractive garden. Two bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin. Separate kitchen and bathroom. Ideally situated for walking, exploring the coastline and visiting National Trust properties. Excellent restaurants, inns and good local shops all nearby. (Open all year)

Attractive, well equipped 19th century barn conversions. A very peaceful location and surrounded by gardens and ponds. Just a short walk across our fields to historic Milton Abbas with excellent pub. Superbly situated to explore both countryside and Jurassic Coast. Meet our animals, wallow in the heated pool, use the sauna, gym, tennis court, games room or BBQ, hire a bike, feed the fish or just let it all go by! High standards maintained and with many facilities and activities to suit all ages. (Open all year)

1 unit, sleeps 4

Dairy Cottage, Broadlea Farm,

Sutton Waldron, Blandford Forum, DT11 8NS

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Tel: (01747) 811330

Luccombe Farm, Milton Abbas, Blandford Forum, DT11 0BE Tel: (01258) 880558 Email: luccombeh@gmail.com

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6 units, sleep 2-7

£300-£1500 per week

www.luccombeholidays.co.uk

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Greygles

2

150

Rural peace in spacious well-equipped 4 bedroom stone house with lovely views. Enjoy walking or relaxing. Charming towns nearby. (Open all year) 1 unit, sleeps 7 £550-£950 per week

2

Newfield Farm Holiday Cottages

2

150

4 adjoining cottages sleeping between 2 and 6 people (19 in total) in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Originally a barn, beautifully converted to a high standard, the cottages can be rented individually or all together for a family gathering. Cottages well-equipped with fridge freezers, dishwashers, washing machines and Freeview flat screen TVs and DVD players. Other facilities include spacious games room, wooden childrens’ climbing frame, large lawn with wooden garden furniture and BBQ. Free WiFi access. Fabulous walking and cycling all around. Undercover parking for 4 cars.

2

South Holme

Traditional beamed 1850s brick and stone cottage. Cosy living room wth inglenook fireplace and woodburner. 2 double bedrooms, one ensuite, plus attic bedroom. Small paved garden with summerhouse. (Open all year) 1 unit, sleeps up to 6

£350-£750 per week

(Open all year)

Greygles, Melcombe Bingham, Dorchester. c/o 22 Tiverton Road, London, NW10 3HL Tel: 020 8969 4830 Mob: 07979 860266 E-mail: enquiry@greygles.co.uk www.greygles.co.uk

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£30 linen charge

Newfield Farm Holiday Cottages, Pimperne, Blandford Forum, DT11 8BX Tel: (01258) 458623 Mob: 07899 792106 Email: bookings@newfieldholidays.co.uk

4 units, sleep 2-6 £261.50-£1050 per week 6

Stourpaine, Blandford Forum.

c/o 60 Marksbury Avenue, Richmond, TW9 4JF Tel: (0208) 487 1344 Mob: 07813 596049 Email: richardelyle@hotmail.co.uk www.dorsetcottagestourpaine.co.uk

www.newfieldholidaysdorset.co.uk

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Cranborne Chase...

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Cranborne Chase... A former Royal Hunting Forest, the Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offers boundless open countryside. Its sweeping downland is home to rare flora and fauna, numerous archaeological sites and welcoming villages, including Cashmoor and Sixpenny Handley. ‘Capital’ of the Chase is the village of Cranborne. Discover the area’s two hidden gems Cranborne Manor Gardens and nearby Hare Lane Pottery.

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Cashmoor House 17th century cottage with pretty garden and 8 acres. Attractively furnished with many hand embroideries. Our own free range eggs, homemade bread and preserves complete the award-winning breakfast. Ideal for local towns, Salisbury, the coast and Cranborne Chase. In the heart of ‘Hardy Country’ with many landmarks to spot, where rural Dorset can be enjoyed at its best, with wonderful views and sunsets. Excellent walking country. Local pubs in walking distance or short drive away. Friendly farmhouse welcome for holiday or business. (Open all year)

Cashmoor House, Cashmoor, Blandford Forum, DT11 8DN Tel: (01725) 552339 Email: mary@cashmoorhouse.co.uk

2xD(ES), 1xT(ES), 2xD/F(ES)

www.cashmoorhouse.co.uk

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Map ref: Z12

Chase House

2 150 2 Church Farm Caravan & Camping Park

Friendly welcome to comfortable house. Large ensuite twin bedroom and double with adjoining bathroom. Good breakfast using local produce. (Open all year) From £45 pppn

1xD(P), 1xT(ES)

From £35 pppn

50

We are a family owned campsite on the Cranborne Chase which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are two minutes from the village centre, which has a number of shops. The area is perfect for walks and the views are truly excellent. We have a new shower and toilet block with disabled facilities and a family room.We have a bar and restaurant and can cater for large numbers. We offer cooked breakfasts, evening meals and Sunday lunches. 2 static holiday homes also available to let.

Shaftesbury Sturminster Newton

Cranborne

Blandford Verwood

(Open all year)

Chase House, Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury, SP5 5PD Tel: (01725) 552829 Email: chasehouse1@gmail.com www.chasehouse.info 2

150

The Bungalow, Church Farm, High Street, Sixpenny Handley, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP5 5ND Tel: (01725) 552563 Mob: 07766 677525 Email: churchfarmcandcpark@yahoo.co.uk

35 pitches From £17 per pitch per night 2 static holiday homes £285-£320 per week

Wimborne

www.churchfarmcandcpark.co.uk

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2

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Shaftesbury...

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Shaftesbury... The hilltop town of Shaftesbury, at 700ft, is Dorset’s highest town and offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Its unique location inspired Kings to settle here; its Saxon Benedictine Abbey was founded in 888AD by King Alfred. Soak up the atmosphere in the Abbey ruins or stroll the cobbles of one of England’s most iconic streets, Gold Hill, famous by virtue of a loaf of bread! Pay a visit to the oldfashioned stores, Gold Hill Museum or to neighbouring Gillingham whose own museum explores its historic railway links and the local mill scenes caught on canvas by John Constable.

Map ref: W14

The Coppleridge Inn A traditional family run country inn, set in 15 acres of meadows and woodland, overlooking unbroken views of the Blackmore Vale. The main house encompasses the friendly and welcoming bar and dining areas with free WiFi. The farm buildings surrounding the courtyard have been converted into spacious, comfortable ground floor ensuite rooms with lovely views. Our magnificent, restored 18th century barn is now a function room with character and atmosphere. We hold a Civil Licence and have 2 rooms in which to get married. A relaxed and friendly atmosphere. (Open all year)

Cranborne

Blandford Verwood Wimborne

The Coppleridge Inn,

From £47.50 pppn

4xD(ES), 4xT(ES), 2xF(ES)

Motcombe, Shaftesbury, SP7 9HW Tel: (01747) 851980 Email: thecoppleridgeinn@btinternet.com

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www.coppleridge.com

Map ref: M3

Map ref: N5

The Retreat

2

150

2

Updown Cottage

Large, light and airy bedrooms await you in this family run Georgian townhouse. We are situated in a quiet part of town and within walking distance of shops, restaurants, pubs and local beauty spots. (Open all year)

Luxurious, rustic elegance in historic tardis-like cottage on ‘Hovis’ Hill. 3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms. Baby grand piano, WiFi. Spectacular views. (Open all year)

1xS(ES), 4xT(ES), 3xD(ES), 1xF(ES) From £45 pppn

1 unit, sleeps 6

7

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150

£695-£1295 per week

150

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The Retreat, 47 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AE Tel: (01747) 850372 Email: info@the-retreat.co.uk

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Shaftesbury Sturminster Newton

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Updown Cottage, Shaftesbury c/o Lodge Farm, Heath Lane, Codicote, SG4 8WP Tel: (01438) 829088 Mob: 07710 307202 Email: info@updowncottage.co.uk www.updowncottage.co.uk 2

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Gold Hill, Shaftesbury ©RH


Sturminster Newton and the Blackmore Vale...

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Map ref: U11

Map ref: V11

Map ref: V12

Blackmore Farm Cottage

Hazeldean

The Old Post Office

Sturminster Newton & the BlackmoreVale Once home to Thomas Hardy and Dorset dialect poet William Barnes, pretty Struminster Newton is the hub of the Blackmore Vale

Open all year

Charming 17th century former farmhouse with attractive ensuite rooms, overlooking the Blackmore Vale, 5 mins from Sturminster Newton. Guest’s own private garden. Aga-cooked breakfast. A warm welcome awaits. (Open all year) From £35-£45 pppn

1xD(ES), 1xT/D(ES) 2

5 mins walk to Sturminster Newton town centre, ‘The Exchange’ and riverside walks. Excellent accommodation, beautiful gardens with hens in the orchard! First class hospitality.

Welcoming B&B in the heart of the picturesque Blackmore Vale, close to village pub. Two bright comfortable double rooms.

1xD/S(ES), 1xT/S(P) £35-£45 pppn (single £50)

1xD(ES), 1xD(P)

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5

Blackmore Farm Cottage, Lydlinch, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2HZ Tel: (01258) 471624 Mob: 07811 458741 Email: blackmorefarmcottagebnb@yahoo.co.uk www.bfcbednbreakfast.co.uk

Visit the picturesque mill on the River Stour or learn about the area’s rich dairying heritage in the pretty thatched town museum or at the annual cheese festival.

(Open all year)

From £32.50 pppn

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2

50

Marnhull Road, Hinton St Mary, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1NG

Hazeldean, Bath Road, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1DS Tel: (01258) 472224 Mob: 07960 325142 Email: sarah_grounds@hotmail.com

Tel: (01258) 475590 Email: catherineloudwell@hotmail.com www.northdorsetbandb.co.uk

www.hazeldeanbnb.co.uk

Shaftesbury

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2

Map ref: V11

150

2

2

150

2 Sturminster Newton

Hillyground Cottage Holidays

Belview Cottage

Equipped to a high standard with one double and one twin bedroom. Beautiful view across rural Dorset. Ideal for exploring countryside and coast. (Open February to November) 1 unit, sleeps 4

2

From £350-£575 per week

Two well-equipped, comfortable cottages in large shared garden overlooking the River Stour and 17th century Newton Mill. Each cottage has: kitchen/diner/lounge, double bedroom with super-king size bed, single bedroom and shower room. Conveniently located on Sherborne to Blandford road, ideal for exploring countryside and coast; walking, cycling and angling; Hardy’s Wessex; historic houses and gardens; ancient hillforts and ruins; lots of family activities.

Blandford Verwood Wimborne

(Open all year)

2

Belview Cottage, Fifehead Neville, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2AL

Tel: (01258) 818397 Mob: 07879 454861 Email: stay@belviewcottagedorset.co.uk www.belviewcottagedorset.co.uk 2

150

Hillyground Cottage Holidays, 86 Newton, Sturminster Newton, DT10 2DQ Tel: (01258) 473890 Email: hillyground@tiscali.co.uk

2 units, sleep 3 each 2

www.hillyground.co.uk

2 2

150

Cranborne

2

£210-£483 per week

Sturminster Newton Mill © RH

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Verwood, Ferndown & the Avon Valley...

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Situated amid heathlands, Verwood and Ferndown are both attractive small towns offering modern shopping and leisure facilities. Explore Dorset’s protected heathland, with its rare wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park, or visit one of England’s foremost country parks at Moors Valley where all ages can enjoy walking and cycling routes, play trails, fishing, golf or Go Ape High Wire Adventure! Discover other varied attractions in the area including Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park near Verwood and award-winning Knoll Gardens, near Ferndown. To the east, the River Avon forms the boundary with the picturesque New Forest National Park, a long distance footpath traces the river’s route from Christchurch to Salisbury.

Map ref: CC9

Petherton Cottage Petherton is a delightful cedar shingle cottage set in 2/3 acre of attractive garden. We offer quality bed and breakfast with family (4) and double/twin rooms. Sky TV, tea and coffee facilities. Free WiFi connection. We are ideally situated close to the quaint market town of Ringwood on the edge of the beautiful New Forest National Park. Bournemouth is only 15 minutes by car then onto Dorset’s World Heritage Jurassic Coast and the pretty resorts of Swanage, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. (Open all year)

Petherton Cottage, Horton Road Ashley Heath, Ringwood, BH24 2ED Tel: (01425) 475449 Mob: 07803 077741 Email: pethertoncottage@hotmail.co.uk

1xF(ES), 1xD/T(ES)

www.pethertoncottagebandb.co.uk Map ref: BB9

Thatch Cottage

2

150

2

A charming cottage in a village location. Two double/twin ensuite rooms, one family suite, all with colour TV and tea and coffee making facilities. The cottage boasts a solar heated swimming pool, woodland garden and Koi pond. Ideally situated to explore Dorset, with Wimborne Minster, the New Forest and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast nearby. Easy access to Bournemouth International Airport and Bournemouth Railway Station. (Open January - December)

Ringwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne Minster, BH21 6QY Tel: (01202) 822042 Mob: 07855 531674 Email: dthatchcottage@aol.com

1xF(ES), 2xD/T(ES) £85-£110 prpn, £55-£65 single occupancy pn 91

www.thatch-cottage.co.uk

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From £20-£45 pppn

6 100

2

150

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Moors Valley Country Park and Forest

Verwood, Ferndown & the Avon Valley...


Verwood, Ferndown & the Avon Valley...

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Map ref: BB10

Please mention this guide when making an enquiry or booking For further information or assistance with your accommodation requirements please contact our Tourist Information Centres:

Wimborne Minster (01202) 886116 Blandford Forum (01258) 454770 Shaftesbury (01747) 853514

White Owls B&B Set in 4 acres of paddocks, surrounded by fields adjacent to walking, cycling and riding tracks, the Lodges are just less than 2 miles from Verwood centre. Ideal for family holidays or to just get away from it all and enjoy the countryside. Perfectly located for discovering the New Forest, just 10 minutes by car, the beaches of Bournemouth 12 miles away and Weymouth and the Jurassic Coast. Free Sat TV. Home cooked breakfast. Come and see us - you won’t be disappointed! (Open all year)

White Owls B&B, Horton Way, Verwood, BH31 6JJ Tel: (01202) 821772 Mob: 07710 802520 Email: whiteowlsbb@aol.com

1xT(ES), 1xD(ES)

From £35-£40 pppn

www.whiteowlsbbfordogsandhorses.co.uk Map ref: BB9

Alderholt Mill

2 150 Forester’s and Keeper’s Cottages

Sympathetic mill conversion in idyllic countryside. Private fishing, wildlife gardens, working watermill. Two ground floor apartments. Large first floor apartment, ideal touring centre. B&B also available. (Open all year) 3 units, sleeping 2-6

£280-£720 per week

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Alderholt Mill, Sandleheath Road, Alderholt, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1PU Tel: (01425) 653130 Email: enquiries@alderholtmill.co.uk www.alderholtmill.co.uk

Two delightful, detached cottages on our farm. Both ground level accommodation, full central heating, beautifully maintained and equipped. Digital TVs with Freeview, furnished patios with BBQ. Forester’s - double and twin bedrooms ensuite. Keeper’s - super king double ensuite, second bedroom accommodates up to three singles. Plus family bathroom. Quality linens, towels, gas, electricity included. Ideal location, coast, forest, open countryside, excellent walking, cycling, riding, a wealth of pursuits, special sights and events. Pets welcome by arrangement. Short Breaks/Couples Discounts.

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Shaftesbury Sturminster Newton

(Open all year)

Cottage Farm, Verwood Road, Three Legged Cross, Nr Wimborne, BH21 6RN Tel: (01202) 820203 Email: jeanbaylis@btinternet.com

2 units, sleep 4/5 + cot £350-£820 per week 4 50

www.foresterscottages.co.uk

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Cranborne

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The Bungalow

West Farm Lodges

This very attractive, well decorated bungalow sleeps 6. It is situated approx 5½ miles from the New Forest boundary and 7 miles from Bournemouth pier and beaches. There is a front garden conservatory and enclosed rear garden. There are 2/3 bedrooms, 1 ensuite, family bathroom, lounge with Freeview and kitchen/diner. Parking for 2 cars plus garage. The Bungalow is situated in an ideal location to enjoy both the beaches, harbours and New Forest with all its natural beauty.

Our converted farm buildings are now four attractive and comfortable two-bedroom lodges. We hope you will enjoy the peaceful rural setting although Verwood is just a mile away. You can walk to our lake and Crane Valley Golf Course is close by. We are pleased to show you the farm and our friendly animals. We offer short breaks and you can start and end your holiday on the days of your choice. Children’s rates are available. (Open all year)

(Open May to Sept)

The Bungalow, West Moors, Ferndown, c/o 22 West Drive, Cheam, Surrey, SM2 7NA Tel: (0208) 241 7498 Mob: 07958 209493 Email: annette.leach@blueyonder.co.uk

£270-£465 per week

1 unit, sleeps 6 + cot 2

www.bournemouth1.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk

Mr & Mrs R J Froud, West Farm Lodges, West Farm, Romford, Verwood BH31 7LE Tel: (01202) 822263 Email: west.farm@virgin.net

4 units, each sleeps 4

www.westfarmholidays.co.uk

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2 Woolsbridge Manor Farm Caravan Park

Quiet family-run park ideally situated near Bournemouth, the picturesque New Forest, Poole and the cross-channel ferries. Ideal for beaches and exploring Dorset. Shops, bars and restaurants nearby. The site has showers, laundry and washing up facilities with hot water and also a picnic and play area for children. We offer storage and seasonal pitches, please enquire for further details. We also have a static caravan for hire. No dogs allowed in August.

Woolsbridge Manor Farm Caravan Park is nestled in the heart of Rural Dorset, and with magnificent beaches and the New Forest within easy reach, it is a stunning place to holiday. The caravan park is part of a 100 acre, family run, working farm in the village of Three Legged Cross. The park is level and sheltered in a quiet country setting. (Although the farm is not open to the public, much of the agricultural comings and goings may be viewed from the caravan park). The pitches are very spacious, on average 40 feet apart and all have electrical hook up facilities. Advance booking necessary in peak season and during Bank Holidays. (Open Mar-Oct)

(Open April - 1st October)

St Leonards Farm, Ringwood Road, West Moors, Ferndown, BH22 0AQ Tel: (01202) 872637 Email: enquiries_stleonards@yahoo.co.uk

150 pitches From £11-£21 per pitch per night

www.stleonardsfarm.biz

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Woolsbridge Manor Farm Caravan Park, Three Legged Cross, Wimborne Minster, BH21 6RA Tel: (01202) 826369 Fax: (01202) 820603 Email: woolsbridge@btconnect.com

60 pitches

www.woolsbridgemanorcaravanpark.co.uk

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£19-£22 pppn

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Wimborne Minster and the Lower Stour...

The historic market town of Wimborne Minster, named for the Minster Church of St Cuthburga, lies in the picturesque watermeadows of the Rivers Stour and Allen. Winner of the Small Town category of Britain in Bloom 2012, the attractive, colourful town has a wide range of shops and eateries and an extensive regular market. Explore the Minster Church, Priest’s House Museum, Model Town and Walford Mill Crafts. Walk the Stour Valley Way following the meandering river past villages and hamlets. West Parley and Corfe Mullen have views over the valley, and Sturminster Marshall lies on the river where it is crossed by Dorset’s oldest (medieval) bridge, at White Mill. The latter, a restored mill, is part of the Kingston Lacy estate.

Map ref: L10

Ashton Lodge Shaftesbury Sturminster Newton

Cranborne

Blandford Verwood Wimborne Ferndown

Spacious detached house with ample off-road parking. Centrally located with pleasant easy short walks to historic Wimborne Minster and along the River Stour water meadows. All bedrooms are tastefully decorated with full facilities and furnished to a high standard of comfort. A full English breakfast is served in the dining room overlooking the attractive garden. Whether on holiday or business we plan for you to have an enjoyable stay. Full colour brochure available on request. Special Offers: 10% discount for weekly bookings. 10% discount for 3 nights or more in Autumn or Spring (Open all year)

Ashton Lodge 10 Oakley Hill, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1QH Tel: (01202) 883423 Mob: 07974 131027 Email: ashtonlodge@tiscali.co.uk

2xS(Sh), 1xT(P), 2xD/F(ES) From £40 single, From £37 double/twin pppn 3

www.ashton-lodge.co.uk

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Brook Farm

Doll’s Cottage

Friendly working farm in pretty peaceful hamlet between Wimborne Minster and Dorchester. Our comfortable rooms are fully equipped for your convenience with TV, tea and coffee making facilities. A choice of hearty breakfasts ensures a good start to the day. Excellent evening food at local inns within walking distance. The farmhouse windows look out over farmland and the River Winterborne with plenty of wildlife to watch. Ideally situated for walking and exploring Dorset countryside, Jurassic Coast, historic towns, beaches and all the major attractions.

A warm welcome awaits you at Doll’s Cottage, a beautifully appointed, thatched property, built recently in a very secluded garden in a village 3 miles from Wimborne Minster. Bedrooms are equipped to a very high standard with flat screen TV, DVD player and iPod docking station. Elizabeth, the proprietor, is a Ballymaloe trained cook and cooks breakfast and dinner (the latter by prior arrangement) using local, organic produce wherever possible. (Open all year)

(Open all year)

Brook Farm, Winterborne Zelston, Wimborne Minster, DT11 9EU

2xD(ES), 1xT(P)

From £35 pppn

Gaunt’s Common, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4JN

Tel: (01258) 840281 Mob: 07799 376621 Email: dollscottagewimborne@gmail.com

www.brookfarmdorset.co.uk

Bow Cottage

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Friendly family home offering double ensuite & twin rooms. Extensive continental breakfast. 5 miles to Poole station and ferry terminal. Local buses to Poole and Wimborne. Self-contained annexe (sleeps 4) also available. (Open all year)

From £35 pppn

1xT(Sh), 1xD(ES)

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Bow Cottage, 76 Wareham Road,

Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3LG

Tel: (01202) 693394 Email: bow.cottage@hotmail.co.uk

www.bow-cottage.com

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Doll’s Cottage, Petersham Lane,

Tel: (01929) 459284 / 459267 Mob: 07920 775918 Email: rosebrookfarm@hotmail.co.uk

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Elms Lodge B&B

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Gold award winning, flexible ensuite accommodation with excellent in-room amenities including fridge and free WiFi. Ideally located between Poole and Wimborne for business, special occasions/events or simply enjoying Dorset’s beautiful countryside and coast. Spacious 1st floor suite for couples, families or groups (max 5 + cot). Includes king-size bed, sofa and chairs, Sky TV, additional bedroom area and ensuite with luxury walk-in shower. Ground floor suite for twin, double or single occupancy with Freeview TV and ensuite shower. Locally sourced, organic breakfast. Walkers and cyclists welcome. (Open all year)

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Fernhead Guest House

Spacious accommodation with free WiFi, flat screen TVs and off-road parking. Ten minutes walk from Wimborne Minster town centre. (Open all year)

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Elms Lodge B&B, 7 Cogdean Way,

1xT/D(ES), 1xF/D(ES)

Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3XD

Tel: (01202) 699669 Mob: 07766 617167 Email: elmslodge@hotmail.com

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From £30 pppn

Fernhead Guest House, 7 Wimborne Road, Walford, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1NW Tel: (01202) 881248 Mob: 07768 567201 Email: fernhead7@btinternet.com www.fernheadguesthouse.co.uk

www.elmslodge.co.uk

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Florence House

Heatherdene House

Kenways

Welcoming, elegant and spacious accommodation, in tranquil, secluded gardens. Village offers good pubs/restaurants in walking distance. Off-road parking. (Open all year)

Welcome to our friendly, family home close to beautiful beaches, New Forest, Monkey World, Tank Museum, Poole Ferry Terminal. Easy access from the A31. Children welcome. Pets by arrangement. WiFi access. (Open all year)

Come and stay with us, Sandy and Pete, at our traditionally decorated and furnished, large Victorian terraced home, within walking distance of Wimborne town centre with its Minster, attractions, shops and restaurants. We have two double ensuite rooms and one twin room with a private, separate shower room. All bathrooms have power showers. We use fresh, locally sourced ingredients for our breakfasts, that we serve at a mutually agreed time. Residents lounge available. Lots to see and do in the area; Bournemouth beaches, Poole Harbour, New Forest and more.

From £37.50 pppn

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(Open all year)

Florence House, 38 Newborough Road, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1RB Tel: (01202) 880568 Mob: 07968 248287 Email: sandyandpete@googlemail.com

From £32.50-£45 pppn

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Honey Lodge

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Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3LQ

Tel: (01202) 280620 Email: eileen@kenways.com

www.kenways.com

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Linden Lea

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Linden Lea Bed and Breakfast, our family home, provides superb, clean and modern B&B accommodation with ample off-road parking. All double and twin rooms are beautifully appointed and equipped to a high standard, featuring fresh white linen and towels with large ensuite bathrooms, WiFi access is available. Situated between the famous Jurassic Coast and the New Forest, only 2 miles from Wimborne Minster, 5 miles from Poole and close to the A31. A perfect base for exploring Dorset.

Award winning B&B, conveniently situated between historic Wimborne Minster and beautiful Poole, just off the A349, ideal for the New Forest, Bournemouth and Jurassic Coast. Immaculate ground floor ensuite rooms, private to main household, guest sitting room and private entrance, allowing access at all times. Excellent accommodation for a family or couples. Equipped with every home comfort, delicious breakfasts. Ample parking. Walking distance of Broadstone centre, shops, restaurants, excellent pub and golf course. A warm welcome assured. (Open all year)

(Open all year)

Honey Lodge, 41 Dunyeats Road, Broadstone, BH18 8AB Tel: (01202) 694247 Mob: 07752 647408 Email: honey_lodge41@hotmail.com

From £35 pppn

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Linden Lea, Higher Merley Lane

From £37.50 pppn

2xD(ES), 2xT(ES)

Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3EG

Tel: (01202) 886215 Mob: 07775 921947 Email: enquiry@linden-lea.co.uk

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www.linden-lea.co.uk

www.honeylodge.co.uk

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Kenways, 90A Wareham Road,

Heatherdene House, 33 Highfield Road Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3PB Tel: (01202) 604948 Mob: 07704 295426 Email: info@heatherdenehouse.com www.heatherdenehouse.com

www.florencehousewimborne.co.uk

From £30 pppn

2xS(P), 2xT(P)

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Long Lane Farmhouse

Oaklea

Riversdale Guest House

Large Edwardian country home, set in quiet rural location 1½ miles from Wimborne Minster town square. Delightful garden and open views of the countryside. One spacious double room with ensuite bathroom. Tastefully decorated throughout, the accommodation is relatively self-contained with guests’ own entrance, staircase, sitting room and dining room. Excellent facilities for walkers and cyclists. Ample parking and three good pubs within 10 minutes walk. (Open all year)

Long Lane Farmhouse, Long Lane, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7AQ Tel: (01202) 887829 Mob: 07796 146910 Email: viv@longlanefarmhouse.co.uk

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1xD(ES), 1xT(ES), 1xF(P)

Tel: (01202) 883325 Mob: 07986 423457 Email: davieskimberly@googlemail.com

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The Log Cabin, 12 Dogdean Wimborne Minster, BH21 4HA Tel: (01202) 882664 Mob: 07564 241227 Email: info@thelogcabinbnb-wimborne.co.uk

1xD(ES)

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www.thelogcabinbnb-wimborne.co.uk

www.dorsetbedandbreakfast.vpweb.co.uk

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www.riversdaleguesthouse.co.uk

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A spacious, self-contained, beautifully decorated log cabin with ensuite facilities, set in a quiet country lane ½ mile from the charming historic town of Wimborne Minster. We offer you a warm welcome, fantastic accommodation, beautiful views and an amazing, locally sourced continental breakfast. The Log Cabin is ideally located to see and do so much in Dorset; beaches, fossil hunting, forests, bike trails, horse riding, sailing and swimming. Also bars, restaurants, tea shops, theatre and cinema. We look forward to meeting you.

St Algars, Holt Lane, Holt, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7DQ

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The Log Cabin

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Situated in a picturesque village 2½ miles from Wimborne Minster with beautiful views, quality accommodation, good food and a friendly welcome. Offering a relaxing retreat for those on business and an ideal base for visiting the New Forest, Purbecks, Bournemouth and its lovely beaches. Located in an area surrounded by footpaths with an excellent local pub only a few minutes walk. Special diets catered for. Walkers and cyclists welcome. Long stay discounts offered. (Open all year)

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Riversdale Guest House, 33 Poole Road, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1QB Tel: (01202) 884528 Mob: 07816 253899 Email: charles@riversdaleguesthouse.co.uk

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Oaklea, 38 Wimborne Road West, Wimborne Minster, BH21 2DP Tel: (01202) 889357 Mob: 07790 662489

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St Algars B&B

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From £35-£45 pppn

1xD(ES)

1xT(ES), 3xD(ES), 3xS(ES), 1xS(P) From £27.50 pppn

From £26 pppn

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Recently updated, family run Georgian guest house, central to Wimborne. Ideal for holiday and business travellers. All rooms have ensuite or private facilities. Special rates for extended stays. Optional breakfast. (Open all year)

Friendly accommodation in a large bungalow 1½ miles from historic Wimborne Minster town, with its many attractions, pubs and restaurants. Ideally located for exploring Jurassic Coast and New Forest. (Open all year)

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Brightside Cottage

Church Farm

Denbur

Parkfield Cottage

Tucked away in a pretty cottage garden, this 17th Century cottage makes a lovely retreat and base for exploring Dorset. 20 minute walk to Wimborne Minster. (Open Apr-Oct)

Attractively converted barns provide accommodation of two spacious, three bedroomed cottages and units with one and two bedrooms. Fishing. Separate laundry and games room. (Open all year)

£500-£620 per week

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Inviting country cottage, refurbished to a high standard, garden to south. Good village location, ideal for walking or touring. Coast or New Forest 16 miles. Stonehenge or Winchester 38 miles. (Open all year)

www.brightsidecottage.co.uk

Church Farm, Church Lane, West Parley, Ferndown, BH22 8TR Tel: (01202) 579515 www.churchfarmcottages.co.uk 2

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Please mention this guide when making an enquiry or booking For further information or assistance with your accommodation requirements please contact our Tourist Information Centres:

Wimborne Minster (01202) 886116 Blandford Forum (01258) 454770 Shaftesbury (01747) 853514

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The Old Exchange Located in the beautiful Vale of Allen, on the outskirts of Witchampton village. Double en-suite, high spec, triple aspect lounge with extensive countryside views.

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www.denbur-dorset.co.uk

www.parkfieldcottage.sturminstermarshall.co.uk

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A luxurious, light and spacious self contained studio in a tranquil rural location, off a private woodland lane. It is newly completed and furnished in a modern contemporary style. (Open all year)

£275-£370 per week

1 unit, sleeps 2

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1 Burts Cottages, Gaunts Common, Wimborne Minster, BH21 4JW Tel: 01305 267611 E-mail: sj@clarke-eaglelodge.co.uk

Tel: (01258) 857804 Email: mikeroyles@yahoo.co.uk 2

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Brightside Cottage, 49 Wimborne Road, Colehill, Wimborne Minster BH21 2RR Tel: (01202) 849044 Mob: 07895 866071 Email: brightside49@btinternet.com

From £300-£760 per week

1 unit, sleeps 4

Converted cosy cottage in picturesque village. Ideal for walking and cycling. Poole beaches 25 minutes away. Close to Kingston Lacy (NT). Local pubs with excellent food. (Open all year)

From £95 for 2 night stay

1 unit, sleeps 2

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Quality cottages with beds freshly made and towels supplied. Set in acres of land with enchanting wildlife to watch and stunning views across the Stour Valley. Ideally located to explore Dorset. (Open all year) 2 units, sleep 4-5

From £270-£850 per week

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The Old Exchange, Witchampton Lane, Witchampton, Wimborne Minster, BH21 5AF Tel: (01258) 840809 Mob: 07932 157192 Email: enquiries@theoldexchange.co.uk www.theoldexchange.co.uk 2

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Willowcombe Studio, Keepers Lane, Stapehill, Wimborne Minster, BH21 7NE Tel: (01202) 891171 with answerphone Email: lisa.ottley@talktalk.net 2

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Ashington, Wimborne Minster, c/o 2 Rowlands Hill, Wimborne Minster, BH21 1AN Tel: (01202) 901775 Mob: 07941 554212 Email: enquiries@wimbornecottages.co.uk www.wimbornecottages.co.uk 2

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Charris Camping & Caravan Park

Springfield Touring Park Quiet family-run park set in 3.5 acres of mature trees and shrubs, offering well spaced pitches, some hard standing, all with electric hook-up. Tent pitches available. 150 Facilities include free showers and awnings, childrens play area, laundry room and gas cylinder exchange. Near historic market town of Wimborne Minster, also Poole, Bournemouth and the New Forest. Voted one of Practical Caravan’s Best 100 parks in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Special Offer: Low Season only, any 7 days, 2 persons, £80 including electrics.

Well-maintained 3 acre park on edge of Stour Valley with terraced, tree-screened grassy areas with flat and gently sloping pitches. A warm welcome and friendly service. (Open all year) 45 pitches £12.50-£18.25 per pitch per night

(Open April - mid October)

www.charris.co.uk 2

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Family owned and run since it was established in 1972, Wilksworth Farm Caravan Park is now a five star Premier Park. The park surrounds a Grade 2 listed farmhouse once belonging to Henry VIII and listed in the Domesday Book. Excellent facilities include newly re-furbished outdoor heated pool, toilet block with under floor heating and recently updated play area. Coffee shop for light meals and take-aways. Practical Caravan Top 100 Sites (2010). With a special charm and magic all its own, regulars return year after year and say it feels like coming home. (Open Easter - October)

www.wilksworthfarmcaravanpark.co.uk

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Wilksworth Farm Caravan Park, Cranborne Road 85 pitches Wimborne Minster, BH21 4HW Tel: (01202) 885467 rayandwendy@wilksworthfarmcaravan park.co.uk

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£12-£20 per pitch per night

www.springfieldtouringpark.co.uk

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Wilksworth Farm Caravan Park

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Wimborne Minster, Winner of Britain in Bloom 2012, Small Town Category © SC

Springfield Touring Park, Candy’s Lane Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3EF Tel: (01202) 881719 Email: john.clark18@btconnect.com

Charris Camping & Caravan Park, Candy’s Lane, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne Minster, BH21 3EF Tel: (01202) 885970 Email: bookings@charris.co.uk


Dorchester, Poole and Beyond...

Dorchester, Poole & Beyond Visit the pretty county town of Dorchester, once the home of author Thomas Hardy. Meet Jurassic Coast dinosaurs in the County Museum or browse the shops. Enjoy the stunning harbour and old town of historic Poole with its safe beaches and a multitude of watersports. Explore further to see all that this wonderful county has to offer.

www.visit-dorset.com

Acorn Inn Finalist for Dorset’s Best Dining Pub 2010, 2011 and 2012 and named as the “Sow and Acorn” in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles, this 16th century village inn is the perfect base for walking, exploring or just putting your feet up. Enjoy local real ales, ciders, a substantial whisky and wine list by blazing log fires. The awardwinning restaurant sources great local produce. This historic inn also boasts a range of beautifully decorated ensuite bedrooms and suites with double, twin and four-poster beds. (Open all year)

Acorn Inn, 28 Fore Street, Evershot, Dorchester, DT2 0JW Tel: (01935) 83228 Email: stay@acorn-inn.co.uk

£49.50-£94.50 pppn

10xD/T(ES)

www.acorn-inn.co.uk

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Rockley Park, Poole Privately owned caravans

Discover Dorset from one of our delightful cottages, many of period character, situated in rural and coastal locations throughout the county 5* Haven Holiday Park, on the shores of beautiful Poole Harbour, 2 miles from Poole town centre. Entertainments, indoor and outdoor pools, shop, restaurant, beach, fishing and boating. (Open Mar-Dec)

Hideaways, Chapel House, Berwick St John Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0HQ

£POA (Prices do not include amenity passes)

www.hideaways.co.uk

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Stan Pretty Caravans (RD) c/o 80 Parkway Drive, Bournemouth, BH8 9JR Tel: (01202) 394423 Mob: 07818 616954 Email: stay@caravansrockleypark.co.uk www.caravansrockleypark.co.uk 2

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For your free colour brochure tel: 01747 828170 or email: enq@hideaways.co.uk

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Tennis, bowls, skateboarding, pétanque, children’s playground

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United Reformed Church

WESLEY RO AD

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Victoria Hospital

REDCOTTS RECREATION GROUND

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Allenbourn Middle School

CHAPEL LANE

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Stour Valley

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Wimborne First School

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Wimborne Minster COLEHILL

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St. Margaret’s Almshouses

17

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LONG LANE FARMHOUSE

Supermarket

B3078

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B3082

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BURTS HILL

RIVER

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CEMETERY

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Queen Elizabeth Leisure Centre

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Dumpton School

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Queen Elizabeth School

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Walford Bridge

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Walford Mill Crafts

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CRANBORNE Honeybrook Farm Shop 1.5 miles

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BLANDFORD Kingston Lacy House (NT) 2 miles Badbury Rings 2.5 miles

Pamphill Farm Shop

19

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HARDY CRE SCENT

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STONE LANE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE

21

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WIMB ORN E RO AD

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WEST BOROUGH

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Leigh Park Community Centre

CHURCHIILL ROAD

Civic Amenity Site

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Gillingham

14

East Stour

West Stour

A35

30

A350

Motcombe

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Shaftesbury

A30

54

13

Bulbarrow

9

Winterborne Houghton

Ansty

Tarrant Gunville

Stourpaine

Blandford Forum

Witchampton

Winterborne Stickland

Tarrant Keyneston Charlton Marshall

50

8

A31

Shaftesbury Tourist Information Centre

Holt

Three Legged Cross

8 Bell Street, Shaftesbury, SP7 8AE 01747 853514 or email: tourism@shaftesburydorset.com

Ashley Heath

Open: April to September, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm; October to March, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 3pm

St. Leonards West Moors Matchams 31

A

Colehill

Wimborne Minster

Stapehill

7

34

A

Ferndown

Longham

BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT West Parley Hurn

Broadstone

B3347

Blandford Information Centre

Riverside House, Blandford, DT11 7AW 01258 454770 or email: info@blandfordinformation.co.uk Open: April to September, New 10am Milton Monday - Saturday, to 5pm; October to March, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 3pm

Christchurch dl e

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Gaunts Common

Corfe Mullen

50

Ri ve rP id

Open: April to September, Monday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm; October to March, A31 Monday - Saturday, 10am to 4pm

Verwood

A35

Athelhampton

River

R

Wimborne Tourist Information Centre

Horton

Canford Magna

A3

7

Woodlands

Badbury Rings

Spetisbury Sturminster Marshall

Winterborne Whitechurch

Alderholt B3078

Edmondsham

Information

29 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HR 01202 886116 or email: WimborneTIC@eastdorset.gov.uk

Cranborne

Knowlton Rings

Hinton Parva

Winterborne Zelston

DORCHESTER

Wimborne St. Giles

Gussage 4 Long Crichel All Saints A35 Tarrant Hinton Pimperne Moor Crichel Tarrant Monkton

Bryanston

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Melcombe Bingham

Cashmoor

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Fifehead St Quintin

Okeford Fitzpaine Shillingstone

Farnham

Iwerne Minster

B3078

A357 Child Okeford

Fifehead Neville

10

Hambledon Hill

Ac (Ro kling ma Dyk nR e oad )

B3092

Lydlinch

Tourist

Sutton Waldron

A350

11

Newton

Fontmell Magna

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Hinton St. Mary Sturminster River Sto

Sixpenny Handley

81

Stalbridge

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12

Compton Abbas

Marnhull

River Avon

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