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Places to Visit, Things to Do and Days Out in Dorset

Dorset is famous for its Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, its many coastal resorts and its many ancient settlements and hill forts. Places to Visit in Dorset The Eastbury Hotel and Montacute House are listed below.
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Looking out over the hotel's pretty walled garden is the award-winning Conservatory Restaurant, Seasons, boasting Two Rosettes for culinary excellence. 'Without a doubt, the best meal that I have eaten at a restaurant in Dorset for 25 years!'' - Taste of the West Gold 2019/20
19.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the stunning grounds of and Elizabethan House Montacute House and gardens is a simple, elegant, Elizabethan garden comprised largely of green spaces, of lawns and processions of clipped yews. Most memorable is the formal sunken lawn beside the house, fringed with borders of rich pinks and purples and backed by balustraded, pinnacled walls and fine pavilions.
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Experience the breathtaking views of Corfe Castle Discover the rich history that is imbued into the ruins of Dorset's Corfe Castle, from the sibling struggle more than 1000 years ago that ended in Ethelred the Unready's brother Edward being murdered to its defiant stand against Cromwell which ended in its destruction by Parliamentarians in 1646. This was once the strongest fortress in Europe and was even entrusted to guard the Crown Jewels back in the 12th century. Take the kids aro...
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Discover a lifetime of family treasures at Kingston Lacy Kingston Lacy is a 17th century house that was the home of the Bankes family for over 300 years, and replaced the ruined family seat at Corfe Castle. The house contains an outstanding collection of paintings and other works of art including work by Titan, Sebastiano del Piombo and a Velçzquez. The dramatic Spanish Room has its walls hung in magnificent gilded leather. On display are furniture, books, Italian sculptures and bronze...
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Connaught's Bluewater Spa & Leisure Club is considered by many as one of Bournemouth's finest spas - following a major facelift, this relaxing haven does downti
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The Museum Inn is a superb 17th Century country inn situated in the delightful village of Farnham, Dorset, on the glorious Cranborne Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a renowned countryside pursuit destination. The pub has eight beautifully appointed double en-suite rooms, four in the pub itself and a further four in the old Stables. If you want to add an extra luxurious touch to your stay, choose the General's room which comes complete with floor-to-ceiling French windows,...
19.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Step inside a masterpiece of Elizabethan Design Montacute House is an Elizabethan house adorned with elegant chimneys, carved parapets, heraldic glass and other Renaissance features. The magnificent state rooms include the Long Gallery which is the largest of its type in Britain, and is full of furniture and Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. Also tapestries, hangings and an exhibition of 17th century samplers from the Goodhart Collection. The f...
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Kids love a day out at the award-winning Dinosaur Museum. Packed with life-sized models of dinosaurs, along with skeletons and fossils, it's interactive, immersive and great fun. Kids are encouraged to touch and explore, and the life-sized reconstructions really bring the attraction to life.
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Walk in the footsteps of SIR WALTER RALEIGH in the home he built 425 years ago. See decorative styles and nationally important collections of art, furniture and
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Farmer Palmer's is an award-winning farm park designed specifically for children aged 0-8. Acres of Adventure to explore and Bucketfuls of Play to discover
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Explore the beautiful gardens of Kingston Lacy Beside the Kingston Lacy house is the late-Victorian formal garden. Bright bedding, a fern garden containing 25 different varieties of ferns with gravel paths running between irregular raised beds, roses and spring bulbs, with meandering shrubberies and some fine Egyptian and Italian sculpture. This garden contains the National Collections of Anemone Memorosa and Convallarias. Good specimen trees, some planted by visiting royalty, avenues ...
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Welcome to the health and leisure club at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton. Welcome to total relaxation. With indoor and seasonal outdoor swimming pool, sauna and spa pool you can make the most of the revitalising powers of water at our seaside hotel. Then, to complement, these healthy activities, why not book yourself a treatment in our beauty rooms.
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Discover the secret world of Brownsea Island The inspiration for many a story by children's writer Enid Blyton, from a child's point of view it's hard to imagine a better spot for ripping adventures and lashings of ginger beer than Brownsea Island. The fun starts on the boat ride over from Poole Quay or Sandbanks where some crossings feature commentaries on all the local celeb residents plus a jaunt round the surrounding islands. Once on Brownsea, there are kids' nature and smuggli...
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The Alexandra Hotel & Restaurant is a luxurious boutique hotel situated in the historic seaside town of Lyme Regis, with sweeping views of Lyme Bay. The hotel has two award winning restaurants, direct road free access to the beach, large private gardens with glorious coastal views, treatment room and 23 en-suite bedrooms- most with sea views.
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Discover Moors Valley Country Park Moors Valley Country Park covers 750 acres in the valley of the Moors River. There is so much to do, a steam railway, 18 hole golf course, walks and cycle trails and a chance to swing amongst the trees with Go Ape. Alongside its exciting attractions, the Moors Valley Country Park is set in the beautiful Dorset Countryside, surrounded by tree, rivers, lakes and stunning wildlife. The park also has a fantastic outdoor children's play area which bri...
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92.3 miles from centre of Dorset
The Horse and Groom is a stunning, traditional British pub situated atop Bourton on the Hill. Ticking all the boxes; The Horse and Groom uses locally sourced, fresh ingredients served with efficient service. This pub is definitely a must even for a quick drink in the beautiful garden.
48.0 miles from centre of Dorset
Stockwood Vale Golf Club is a very popular destination for golfers of all abilities. Due to the the free draining limestone that it is built upon the course ne
115.3 miles from centre of Dorset
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Dining at Fawsley offers a unique setting where guests can enjoy a mixture of traditional and contemporary. Dishes feature seasonal ingredients sourced locally.
75.3 miles from centre of Dorset
Kelmscott Manor is a 17th century farmhouse known for its inspiration on William Morris - writer, designer and craftsman, who first saw it in 1871. Due to major conservation and improvement works funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Manor is now closed. Visit the website for more information.
76.1 miles from centre of Dorset
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The Swan at Southrop is Thyme's 17th century English village pub with a beautiful restaurant and dining room, serving the best of what English country life has to offer, located a stone's throw away from the Estate, at the heart of Southrop's village community. “Home grown, homemade and produce-driven” is the motto at The Swan, where each morning, fresh vegetables, herbs, and eggs are harvested from the estate's gardens and incorporated in the seasonal menus. Award-winning landscape gardener,...
75.6 miles from centre of Dorset
Discover a world set in 28 acres of spectacular gardens where Dinosaurs and Animals roam together. Come and see Lions, Wolves, Sea Lions, Primates and more!
42.6 miles from centre of Dorset
Diggerland Devon is one of the most unique and exciting theme parks in the UK, offering children and adults the chance to experience what it's like to ride and operate real JCBs and construction vehicles.
76.1 miles from centre of Dorset
Unique Outdoors provides all sorts of exciting outdoor activities, across a range of UK sites, including a 15 acre site in the Wokefield Estate, near Reading. With highly-qualified, friendly instructors, adventures at Unique Outdoors are always big fun,and of course, safe.
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90.3 miles from centre of Dorset
Blenheim Palace is a perfect example of beautiful Baroque architecture. As the home of the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family, and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it is steeped in history and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
60.0 miles from centre of Dorset
The Spa at Bovey Castle is a sanctuary tucked away from the bustle of modern life. Echoing the tranquillity and therapeutic flow of the River Dart, these bespoke spa experiences have been created to relax, revive and restore the body and spirit. The dedicated team of therapists together hold a wealth of knowledge and experience encouraging a respect and understanding of the body that is both rare and valuable. Housed in the Orangery, the hotel's indoor Art Deco swimming pool overlooks...
72.6 miles from centre of Dorset
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The Greyhound Inn offers a fabulously warm welcome and looks after its guests with great care and attention. The rooms are thoughtfully appointed, the food is freshly prepared, imaginative and delicious, and there's a good selection of beers and wines by the glass. Guests can enjoy country walks from the doorstep or cycling routes on the untouched North Wessex Downs.
58.9 miles from centre of Dorset
Southsea Castle, built by Henry VIII in 1544 to protect Portsmouth Harbour. Over the centuries it´s defences were strengthened and in the 19th century a tunnel was built to defend the Castle moat.
36.3 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the impressive collections and beautiful interiors at Mompesson House Mompesson House, an elegant and spacious 18th century house in Cathedral Close, was built for Charles Mompesson in 1701. It has magnificent plasterwork, a fine oak staircase and good quality period furniture. The house also contains the Turnbull collection of 18th century drinking glasses. In the Green Room is a display of black and white portrait prints. A well known tenant of the house was Barbara Townsend a...
92.1 miles from centre of Dorset
This 17th-century inn offers the best of all worlds: a rural setting on the edge of a classically good-looking Cotswold village; a cosy-contemporary interior with a bar much loved by locals; very highly rated food; and relaxingly stylish bedrooms.
92.5 miles from centre of Dorset
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Castle House is an award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant in a quiet part of the city of Hereford, just a few minutes' walk from the historic cathedral. The hotel is owned and run by a local farming family which grows much of the restaurant's seasonal food in the kitchen garden on its nearby farm.
112.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the beautiful Canons Ashby Canons Ashby House, has a formal garden that was created between 1708 and 1717 by Edward Dryden. Derelict and overgrown when the house was rescued by the National Trust, the restoration work of the 1980s has now matured. The garden is divided by stonewalls and yew hedges into courts with terraces and topiary. Mixed rose and herbaceous borders; old fruit varieties including plums, pears and apples; early 18th century timber gates and seats; a fine Ced...
84.4 miles from centre of Dorset
Once a 16th century Inn, the pub boasts a 5* AA rating, has 9 guest rooms and is dog-friendly. The Mason Arms is a smart and convivial country pub, offering sumptuous menus of local produce. The Mason Arms is also home to Artist Residence Oxfordshire, a delightful boutique-hotel offering a heavenly retreat in the most glorious setting.
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78.8 miles from centre of Dorset
In this stunning location overlooking the picturesque Watermouth Cove, Watermouth Family Theme Park and Castle offers a unique and magical experience with entertainment for all ages. A beautiful setting for a fantastic day out.
91.3 miles from centre of Dorset
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Explore the city of dreaming spires and the beautiful surrounding countryside before returning to The Oxford Belfry spa to rest your weary limbs. The hotel, set within 17 acres, will tend to all your troubles – pep up lacklustre complexions, ease tight muscles, relax overworked minds and engerise sluggish souls. Spa connoisseurs will love that Espa is at the heart of the treatment menu, applying its renowned formulations and techniques to a host of terrific therapies. Or plump for QHotels' ve...
50.7 miles from centre of Dorset
The Lorrens Ladies Spa is an elegant,award-winning ladies only spa located on the beautiful English Riviera. This newly-refurbished spa promises the highest possible standards of customer care and has a reputation for quality treatments and warm hospitality.
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76.3 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the celebrated West Green House Garden West Green House Garden demonstrates how creative energy is poured into gardening. It is a garden with a special and distinctive sense of place, made by Marylyn Abbott. It has a delightful series of vibrantly-planted walled gardens, surrounding a charming 18th century house. The largest features herbaceous beds with wonderful colour combinations and a superb ornamental kitchen garden. The Nymphaeum is fully restored with water staircase a...
60.0 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the highly distinctive gardens of Hinton Ampner House The gardens of Hinton Ampner House were laid out by the scholarly Ralph Dutton in the middle of the 20th century with great regard to line, landscape and historical propriety. Statues, buildings, axes and views have been placed with exquisite judgement to lead you subtly along the exact route that Dutton intended. He was also careful to choose plants which would do well on chalk, and then plant lots of them - using always t...
43.4 miles from centre of Dorset
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All the food served at The Montagu Arms' restaurant has been grown in the on-site organic garden, or is sourced from the New Forest, the wider Hampshire area an
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109.1 miles from centre of Dorset
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The British Motor Museum is home to the world's largest collection of historic British cars – from the very first Land Rover to Lady Penelope's FAB1.
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60.0 miles from centre of Dorset
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Great Western Restaurant is just a little bit special. We're not in the market for stuffy dining where you feel like you need to whisper behind your napkin. Great Western Restaurant is relaxed and comfortable, yet upscale and classy. We call it ‘exclusive dining' actually, purely because it's an experience you won't find anywhere else. Our roots are firmly planted in classical cookery, recalling the glamour of the restaurant's Art Deco origins and echoes of a bygone era. They say the f...
51.0 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the stunning Gardens of Tyntesfield Tyntesfield, the original garden is thought to have been laid out in the 1840´s. Currently there is a huge restoration project underway to bring this impressive estate back to its former glory. The garden is Grade II* listed and is one of the top 500 parks and gardens in England. Divided into three ballustraded terraces and separated from the park by a ha-ha, originally surrounded by an impressive pleasure garden planted with trees and shr...
53.4 miles from centre of Dorset
Discover the Breathtaking Views of Exmoor National Park Sitting across 267 square miles in south west Britain, Exmoor National Park engulfs an enormous variety of landscapes, from moorland, woodland and valleys to soaring cliffs overlooking the Bristol Channel and rolling farmland. There is an excellent path network that traverses high moors and pretty wooded valleys for walkers, a winding network of bridleways and lanes perfect for horse-riding and terrific climbing opportunities. Stu...
93.8 miles from centre of Dorset
The Lygon Bar & Grill is a relaxed and informal eating space at the heart of Broadway, set in the historic The Lygon Arms. The grill offers a seasonal British menu that celebrates fantastic local ingredients in a relaxed yet imaginative way. The highest-quality produce is at the heart of all dishes and has stemmed from friendly and sustainable relationships with Cotswolds suppliers, farmers and artisans to create a varied all-day dining menu.
26.1 miles from centre of Dorset
Hillbrush has been manufacturing cleaning equipment in Mere, Wiltshire, since 1922. In April 2017 we launched our visitor centre, Visit Hillbrush, incorporating our gift shop of cleaning and personal grooming products, our amazing locally sourced restaurant with an extensive menu of delicious meals, drinks and snacks, and our interactive brushmaking museum.
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32.4 miles from centre of Dorset
Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa is positioned as the jewel in Somerset, the spa provides an exclusive and intimate atmosphere, the idyllic combination of heat and water experiences, fitness essentials and first class bespoke treatments, will guarantee that this bathing house offers the perfect therapy to well being. This Somerset gem includes a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room, foot spas and experience showers. Then, on a completely separate level, you will find a fitness suite and two beautif...
78.3 miles from centre of Dorset
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Perhaps taking its inspiration from the historic spa town of Cheltenham, the wellbeing retreat at Cheltenham Chase Hotel in Gloucestershire is designed for indulgent healing. This boutique hotel, overlooking the beautiful Cotswolds, will have sore sightseeing feet well tended to, sallow 9-5 complexions boosted and overworked minds fully relaxed. There's a terrific treatment menu of spa therapies and grooming services available to experience in two candlelit rooms – from signature rituals to b...
93.8 miles from centre of Dorset
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1919 is a two AA Rosette award winning restaurant named after the year The Cottage in the Wood started its commercial life as tea rooms. With panoramic Cotswolds views and fantastic flavours 1919 is the destination restaurant in Malvern. Serving delicious modern British cuisine ranging from light, healthier dishes to more indulgent meals to suit all tastes and appetites. Influenced by the forest and coast, with the emphasis squarely on fresh, clean flavours. Our menu changes frequen...
65.1 miles from centre of Dorset
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An Elizabethan Cotswold Manor, the front unaltered for 400 years; played Trenwith House in the hugely popular Poldark. A real gem - Great for Group visits.
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91.4 miles from centre of Dorset
Discover the hidden treasures of Snowshill Manor and Garden A Cotswold home packed with unusual treasures collected by one Charles Wade, Snowshill Manor and Garden near Broadway in Gloucestershire is a brilliant day out. The house itself is a wonderland of interesting items but the garden is just as glorious (look out for many curiosities dotted about the grounds). This is just the perfect place to sit awhile and relax while the children run around playing hide and seek. Hidden vista...
36.1 miles from centre of Dorset
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Rhinefield House really does have looks on its side; this beautiful old manor set in the lush Hampshire countryside is surrounded by an elegant outdoor pool and inviting loungers that encourage you to stop clockwatching and step into an environment of utter relaxation. De-robe and experience a host of therapies from Elemis and organic brand Spiezia. To really soak up your surroundings book the Forest massages and take to the outdoors for some hands-on healing amongst the trees. If you fancy w...
45.3 miles from centre of Dorset
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The Galley is a charming seafood restaurant in historical Topsham, overlooking the River Exe estuary. They proudly serve the very best of Devon on a plate.
45.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Bath Aqua Glass have glassblowing demonstrations in their studio in Bath, twice a day from Monday to Saturday. It is family-friendly and a short walk from their central shop by the historic Bath Abbey
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77.7 miles from centre of Dorset
Across 350 acres of parkland, Wellington Country Park presents the biggest outdoor play opportunities in Berkshire. It has an absolute mass of things to do for kids up to about the age of eight. With an adventure playground, toddler area, sandpits, slides, a miniature railway (additional fee applies), animal farm and petting barn, enchanted forest, water play area and 12-hole mini golf course on site, there should easily be enough to keep the little ones busy all day. There is also a dinosaur...
108.1 miles from centre of Dorset
Charlecote Park is a place of surprising treasures. With 900 years or history and acres of parkland to explore, this beautiful property has gardens and parkland which are a haven for wildlife and carefully conserved for future generations.
73.1 miles from centre of Dorset
The Royal Oak is a true dining destination. Proud holders of 2 AA Rosettes, the menus change with the seasons and reflect the love of contemporary British food. The Royal Oak Inn is passionate about produce and sourced locally and from the countryside surroundings wherever possible, if you'd ever like to know the origin of one of the ingredients simply ask a member of the friendly team. The love of local extends to our bar, where you'll find a choice of local ales as well as an extensive win...
107.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Discover the beautiful Farnborough Hall nestled in the Warwickshire Countryside Bathed by the light bouncing off the honey-coloured stone of the glamorous 18th century Farnborough Hall, the grounds at this wonderful regal stately home are a delight to explore. This is a rare example of a ferme ornee (or ornamental farm), a style much favoured by the early 18th century landscape gardeners who wanted to move from grand, formal gardens to softer, more naturalistic designs. The hall's ow...
88.1 miles from centre of Dorset
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Surrounded by lovely lakes and tranquil gardens, Le Mirage Spa at St.Pierre Park Hotel in Guernsey encourages you to take a breather from everyday life and ease
66.5 miles from centre of Dorset
Berkeley Castle is unique, it has been lived in by the same family for almost 900 years - longer than any other fortress in England.
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104.1 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the Beautiful Upton House and Gardens Upton House is an impressive mansion built in the 17th century on an earlier site, and was remodelled in the 1920s by the 2nd Viscount Bearsted, son of the founder of Shell Oil. He adapted the building to house his great collections. Amongst the outstanding collection of English and Old Master paintings are works by Hogarth, Raeburn, Stubbs, El Greco, Bosch, Metsu, Canaletto and Breugel. The porcelain collection includes fine examples of SÅ...
69.6 miles from centre of Dorset
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The Wellington Arms, Hampshire Wellington Arms is a homely pub restaurant which serves good, honest, local food executed with understated finesse. Owners Simon Page and Jason King are living the good life keeping chickens, bees and even pigs on the premises and tending to fruit trees and their veg patch. Homemade honey from pub's very own bees and fresh eggs collected from the chickens are sold at the bar. The interior resembles your gran's living room with exquisite, solid Edwardian ...
52.1 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the grandeur of Dyrham Park The magnificent formal gardens of Dyrham Park were laid out when the grand house was built but became unfashionable by the late 18th century. They were largely cleared away or filled in when the park was landscaped by Humphrey Repton and Charles Harcourt Masters. However, it is a joy to travel down the winding drive through the deer park until the house appears, wedged across the valley and facing out to the plain below. A bold formal terrace with ...
106.0 miles from centre of Dorset
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At Hooray's British Gelato Kitchen, visitors will discover a cluster of scrumptious joys to stimulate the taste buds. Hooray's style and motivation can be class
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53.9 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore the beautiful Dunster Castle and Gardens Dunster Castle has a hilltop garden, lawn and interesting rare shrub borders. Below there are formal woodland terraces and along the river, opulent sub-tropical plantings of Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. The season begins with thousands of Snowdrops and Daffodils followed by Forsythias. There is a National Collection of Arbutus along with a 150 year old lemon tree under glass. The fine views stretching across Exmoor, the Quantock...
101.3 miles from centre of Dorset
The Hartwell Spa is an integral part of a relaxing stay at this popular country hotel in Buckinghamshire. Half & full day spa days available.
90.4 miles from centre of Dorset
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The Feathers is the place to come for a celebratory meal, relaxed lunch or Afternoon tea treat! Executive Chef, Dominic Chapman brings a wealth of experience to The Feathers. Having been Head Chef of Heston Blumenthal's Michelin-starred Hinds Head (Bray), Michael Parkinson's Royal Oak, and now Chef Proprietor of the acclaimed Beehive in White Waltham. His trademark is straightforward, comforting food made from the best seasonal ingredients, with the kind of attention to detail that only ...
62.2 miles from centre of Dorset
Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about 5 miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. It is the country seat of the Earl of Carnarvon, a branch of the Anglo-Welsh Herbert family.
69.8 miles from centre of Dorset
Escape to serenity in our newly revamped discovery spa, specially designed to restore and revitalise. Set in the staggering scenery of Soar Mill Cove, the discovery spa offers prescriptive spa experiences to allow you to escape from a chaotic and stressful lifestyle and find a more primitive, peaceful and natural state of being - to have totally indulgent time for 'you 'and just 'you' The Discovery Spa uses Spa Find dead Sea Mineral products and Molton Brown's luxury range, with OPI Nail r...
47.9 miles from centre of Dorset
Explore Knightshayes Court Knightshayes Court, designed by William Burges, is a gothic Victorian building dating from 1869, and a rare survival of his work. The house is entered under a carved porch by Thomas Nicholls. Much of the decoration was by J G Crace, with his wallpapers and fabrics, depicting flowers and butterflies. On display are a collection of family portraits, furniture and 17th-century majolica, and also the original designs by Burges. The garden features a lily pond, t...
92.5 miles from centre of Dorset