Dorset’s coastline offers some of the finest sandy beaches to be found in England, backed by sweeping cliff walks and stunning backdrops. Backdrops such as the famous fossil-flecked cliffs along its Jurassic Coast, a stunning stretch of 200 million-year-old shoreline that has been designated a Natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO due to its outstanding geological make-up.
Dorset is frequently described as “The Best of Both Worlds”, for behind the varied coastline lies a county rich in archaeology, beautiful countryside that has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a history to be proud of. How many areas do you know that can boast a huge naked chalk giant, England's first Natural World Heritage Site and the largest hill fort in Europe?
The area owes much of its charm to snug little towns and villages – over 150 of them – tucked into tranquil spots and jammed with sandstone cottages, tempting tea rooms and lovely old coaching inns with comfortable accommodation. The delightful surrounding countryside is bursting with even more of Dorset's rural pubs where you can cosy up by a roaring log fire, join in the local banter, and enjoy great food and drink.
At Drusilla's Inn near Horton you can even stay in a shepherd's hut!
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
The Griffin is a proper local pub with a truly authentic feel that is matched by few other establishments. Family run with great passion, a devoted crowd flock to the well-stocked bar for real ales...
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
For those seeking the traditional Cotswold experience or those who have a desire for walking the King’s Head, sitting behind the village green, ticks all the boxes.
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
This cute whitewashed pub has more strings to its bow than just pulling pints.