{"LocationDetails":{"Id":85,"Name":"Dorchester \u0026 Country","Description":"\u003ch1\u003eOur guide to holidays cottages in Dorchester\u003c/h1\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDorchester is the county town of Dorset and overlooks the River Frome. Close to Weymouth and Bridport, Dorchester is an historic market town with a fascinating past and connections with several famous figures. Holidays\u0026nbsp;in Dorchester are perfect for family breaks, walking holidays and time away with friends \u0026ndash; whatever your perfect pastime, Dorset is the ideal place to enjoy it.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThings to do in Dorchester\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDorchester has plenty of things to do for all the family. The Great Dorset Steam Fair is popular with both residents and visitors, taking place in the little village of Tarrant Hinton in the heart of Dorset. This extravagant event features hundreds of steam engine vehicles from all over the world as well as live music, horses, displays and children\u0026rsquo;s entertainment. Our favourite is the old steam funfair with more than 60 traditional roundabouts and swingboats. The live stunt displays are incredibly exciting with monster trucks and motorcycle teams on show. You won\u0026rsquo;t want to miss this remarkable event.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Blue Pool has been intriguing guests for many years. This tranquil attraction allows you to get up close with the waters changing colour. You can also walk one of the many paths by the pretty green woodland.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Lawrence of Arabia Trail is a must visit hiking spot. Lawrence of Arabia settled in Dorset after leaving the military and this trail allows you to explore some of the areas related to his great character. The 7 mile walk takes you to quiet woodland and beauty spots as well as The Bovington Tank Museum and River Frome.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003ch2\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDorchester \u003c/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAttractions\u003c/strong\u003e\u003c/h2\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eDorchester is well-known for its sensational attractions which will delight the whole family. Rattys Trail is a circular walk where you can explore the local wildlife. The 1.5 mile walk is ideal for those of all ages and it follows an easy route. Along the way, you\u0026rsquo;ll get to see the beautiful countryside at its finest. See what animals you can spot along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThomas Hardy\u0026rsquo;s cottage is one of the most prominent attractions in Dorchester. The home (where Hardy was born) was built in 1800 and it still stands today. Guests can view the spot where Hardy penned his most famous works as well as the stunning orchid in the grounds. Ask the staff questions about its history or spy the peephole in the porch in which Hardy\u0026rsquo;s grandfather used to smuggle escapades.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eAdventurers will adore Lulworth Cove \u0026ndash; one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK. Here, you can have coasteering lessons with a professional and get up close to the striking rock formations and marine life. If you take a session, you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to see the areas fossils and rocks as well as swimming through isolated tunnels. Clear waters and magical coves make this attraction extra special and whether you want an individual lesson or a group one, there\u0026rsquo;s something to suit you.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","Alias":"dorchester-country","MainImageLocation":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/emily.judge/2018/11/Dorchester.jpg/carousel.jpg","PointOfInterests":[{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Blue Pool","Body":"\u003cp\u003eThe Blue Pool has drawn curious visitors in their hundreds since its discovery in 1935, as its waters are forever changing colour! The pool has got to be one of the most peaceful Dorset attractions and if you can take a few hours out to walk one of the paths around it you\u0026rsquo;ll enjoy some time out in a unique setting. Surrounded by green woodland and bowing trees, the waters can look completely different from one day to the next, and they\u0026rsquo;re ideal for that perfect holiday photo.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe suspension of very fine clay beneath the pool\u0026rsquo;s water produces a spectrum of different colours, painting the pool anything from blue to green to turquoise day by day. 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Described by Tony Robinson as \u0026ldquo;the best example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country\u0026rdquo; the remains of the house were unearthed during an archaeological dig in 1937 and have offered a fascinating insight into what life was like in Roman Dorchester.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe house dates all the way back to the fourth century AD and its decorative mosaics are still clearly visible (they\u0026rsquo;ve been protected by glass panes in recent years). The outer walls of the house show how big the rooms would have been, and if you stand back you can cl;early make out the shape the house would have stood in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you want to know more about the town house you can arrange a private tour with one of the town\u0026rsquo;s Blue Badge Guides through Dorchester Tourist Information Centre. You\u0026rsquo;ll also be able to buy a guidebook from the TIC, and audio tours can be downloaded as apps before you visit too.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe site is open all year round and admission is free. 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Hardy lived in the cottage until he was 22, and returned to it to write after 5 years in London. Visitors can sit in the very spot where Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most famous writer penned some of his best-loved works, including \u0026lsquo;Far from the Madding Crowd\u0026rsquo; and \u0026lsquo;Under the Greenwood Tree\u0026rsquo;.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePicture the quintessential English country garden and it\u0026rsquo;ll probably look just the one that Hardy admired from his bedroom window. There\u0026rsquo;s also an orchard, and the whole area is full with the sound of birds singing all year round. The property may be beautiful but as you discover more about day to day rural life you\u0026rsquo;ll start to appreciate that it had its challenges during the 19th century, and the friendly staff are always on hand to answer questions or just enjoy a chat about the author.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLook out for the peep hole in the porch used by Hardy\u0026rsquo;s grandfather for smuggling escapades, and the small room upstairs in which the author wrote. 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From Thomas Hardy\u0026rsquo;s country cottage to the rolling countryside walks, this is the place to sample Michelin star fodder and Sienna is the restaurant to do it in.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eSienna is Dorset\u0026rsquo;s only Michelin star restaurant, so it\u0026rsquo;s just the place for a romantic meal or a special treat whilst staying in Dorchester accommodation. This cosy restaurant serves modern British meals created using seasonal ingredients.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Head Chef, Russell Brown, strives to serve up the very best produce of every season, and the wine list more than holds its own beside the ever-impressive menu. If you like to be surprised with a wine selection then you\u0026rsquo;ll love this one, and the staff are always on hand to recommend which to sample if you can\u0026rsquo;t quite decide.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith impressive accolades such as the Michelin Star, an AA Rosette and a place in the Good Food Guide 2010, this is a relaxing spot for a meal where you\u0026rsquo;ll find great service. Please note that Sienna isn\u0026rsquo;t suitable for children under 12 years old, and it\u0026rsquo;s best to book in advance for evening meals to avoid disappointment.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":true,"LocationLatitude":50.7149,"LocationLongitude":-2.4409,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/fine-food.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/dorchester-country/sienna","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/fine-food.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Rajpoot Restaurant","Body":"\u003cp\u003eRajpoot Restaurant is all about imaginative Indian cuisine served in style. The colourful lighting throughout the restaurant reflects the impressive menu, and it\u0026rsquo;s great for traditional curries with that little extra flair.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eHailed by one reviewer as the best Indian outside of London, Rajpoot is enjoying a fast-growing reputation for confident Indian cuisine that goes the extra mile. Only the freshest ingredients are used in each dish, and they\u0026#39;re carefully blended over time to create new tastes and pungent fragrances.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe resident chef prides himself on his mouthwatering dishes and he creates every one. Thought and flair go into every starter, main and side dish, so no matter what you opt for you\u0026#39;ll be in for an experience as well as a meal.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\r\n\u003cp\u003eThere\u0026#39;s a relaxed feel to this restaurant and it has a chic, contemporary style, and if you have any special dietary needs you\u0026#39;re invited to let them know in advance so they can work around you. 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When you\u0026rsquo;re after good food with no fuss that\u0026rsquo;s not far from your bed La Gondola is just right.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThis Italian restaurant manages to be authentic without going over the top, and it has a traditional family feel that\u0026rsquo;s an ideal start to a holiday with your brood. Whether for lunch or dinner, La Gondola serves great food in healthy portions. One of the best things about this one is that it\u0026rsquo;s open at the start of the week when other restaurants are closed so keep it in mind during your holiday.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWith reviews such as \u0026ldquo;best Italian in Dorchester\u0026rdquo; and \u0026ldquo;fab food\u0026rdquo; La Gondola is the kind of restaurant you can rely on for quick service and good food, and it\u0026rsquo;s a good choice for those sticking to a holiday budget. It can be tricky choosing an independent Italian with all the chains out there these days, and this one\u0026rsquo;s an example of how to get it right \u0026ndash; by keeping it simple.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.7138,"LocationLongitude":-2.438,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2013/08/pizza.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/dorchester-country/la-gondola","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2013/08/pizza.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"Cerne Valley Walk","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWherever you pick up the circular Cerne Valley Walk we think you\u0026rsquo;ll be bowled over by the beauty and changing landscape of this walk. The trail is marked on the ground by a round white disc with a buzzard in the centre. Use this as your cue to glance skywards and you may be lucky to catch sight of a buzzard circling above you.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003ePlan it right and you can also take in a visit to the smallest pub in England; the Smith\u0026#39;s Arms at Godmanstone, just one of the wonderful gems that this walk can uncover. You can also see Britain\u0026#39;s largest hill figure, the Cerne Giant, and visit Hilfield Hill Local Nature Reserve.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIn total the circular walk takes in 26 miles of route. Dorchester can be used as a location to pick up the trail. From here you can park in the Dorchester town centre car park. \u0026nbsp;Running parallel to the river the walk meanders along the chalk stream, at Cerne Abbas you will come face to face with the Cerne Giant.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMystery and much folklore surround the Cerne Giant. At 180ft tall this is Britain\u0026rsquo;s largest chalk figure, and is thought to date back to the Iron Age. Local Morris Dancers celebrate the figure on May Day celebrations and rumour has it, sleeping on the Giant will ensure a future marriage for unmarried ladies.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eA glorious spot for watching wildlife is the Hillfield Hill Local Nature Reserve. The Duke of Burgundy butterfly is an elusive character that you may come across as you walk along the reserve. 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In short, this is an exhilarating walk on a stunning stretch of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s coastline.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eLulworth Cove attracts an impressive 500,000 visitors every year, and the walk from Lulworth to the geographical celebrity that\u0026rsquo;s Durdle Door is 6.8 miles long. The terrain isn\u0026rsquo;t easy going, (you\u0026rsquo;ll have to climb stiles and navigate your way along grass tracks and stone paths) but with one eye on the sea views as you go you\u0026rsquo;ll be wowed every step of the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe path runs quite close to the edge of the cliffs at times, so if your dog gets a little excitable it\u0026rsquo;s probably an idea to keep him close or on the lead just to be on the safe side. You\u0026rsquo;ll be walking routes that humans have trekked along since the Stone Age, and as dogs are welcome on the beaches at Lulworth Cove and Dudle Door you\u0026rsquo;ll be able to sit on the sand for a rest along the way.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eTake some time to sit and admire the rock arch at Durdle Door, but no matter how long you sit there you won\u0026rsquo;t be able to get your head around the fact that it\u0026rsquo;s more than 140 million years old...Look up at the rocks above Durdle Door, as they\u0026rsquo;re home to the remains of a petrified forest that was swallowed by the sea millions of years ago and then fossilised.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n","AtGlance":null,"Categories":[],"Inspirations":[],"HotPick":false,"LocationLatitude":50.6201,"LocationLongitude":-2.25322,"MainImage":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_carousel/users/102/2014/04/Durdle Door.jpg/carousel.jpg","LogoImage":null,"Alias":"dorset/dorchester-country/walking-lulworth-cove-to-durdle-door","MainImageSmall":"https://assets.bluechipholidays.co.uk/media/catalogs/public/downloads/preview/custom_1x1/users/102/2014/04/Durdle Door.jpg/carousel.jpg","Locations":[]},{"AdditionalImages":[],"Id":0,"Title":"The Lawrence of Arabia Trail ","Body":"\u003cp\u003eWe know everyone\u0026rsquo;s familiar with the extraordinary life and career of Lawrence of Arabia, but did you know that he settled in Dorset after leaving military service? 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Home to the world\u0026rsquo;s largest collection of tanks, the museum includes live displays and The Trench Experience to help visitors gain a lifelike insight into what on the frontlines is really like.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWander the exhibitions that demonstrate the tale of the tank for the last century, and get up close to real tanks and associated artefacts so you don\u0026rsquo;t miss a thing. Find out what life was like before tanks were invented and how they cope in harsh conditions \u0026ndash; it\u0026rsquo;s a learning curve as well as a must-see attraction for those on Dorset holidays.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you time your visit right you\u0026rsquo;ll be treated to one of the infamous Tank Action Displays that are held in the museum\u0026rsquo;s arena. 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The house dates back to 1485 and the spectacular formal gardens have been carefully designed to wow those who see them. The gardens were built between 1881 and 1889 by Alfred Cart de Lafontaine, and their quiet woodland scenery softens the formal architecture that surrounds them.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe Great Court is one of Dorset\u0026rsquo;s most striking sights as its dotted with perfect Yew trees in the shape of pyramids. When they were first planted the idea behind the trees was that they would punctuate rose beds, but these days they\u0026rsquo;re the centrepiece of the gardens. Wander through The Great Court to discover the canal, the Private Garden and the octagonal pond, and you\u0026rsquo;ll soon feel as though you\u0026rsquo;ve stepped into the pages of a fairy tale.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eMany choose to stroll the pretty river walk which makes its way through the landscape before taking visitors to the ancient Dovecote. Thomas Hardy used to live close to Athelhampton, and he was a regular visitor to the gardens, perhaps looking for inspiration for his latest novel or poem. 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Snuggle up in a cosy woodland hide and watch as a family of badgers emerge from their sett and go about the night time business just metres away, it really is an exciting experience.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eThe whole area is floodlit to give you a clear view of the foraging badgers, and the attraction has a 100% badger sighting rate, so you\u0026rsquo;re pretty much guaranteed to see them. Booking in advance is essential, and you\u0026rsquo;ll need to take a torch to light your way from the car park to the entrance. This is a rare chance to see wild badgers enjoying their natural habitat, and you can stay in the hide and watch them for as long as you\u0026rsquo;d like to (just remember to bring warm clothes and walking boots).\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIn fact you\u0026rsquo;re likely to see more wildlife than just the badger folk, as the area also attracts foxes, owls, rabbits and bats. 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Made up of multiple earthen ramparts, the castle would once have protected several hundred residents in its heyday, although it\u0026#39;s difficult to imagine when you stand on this quiet and windswept site today. The site has a 4,000-year history, starting out as a Neolithic causeway enclosure 4000 years ago and later becoming home to a small Roman temple built in the 4th century AD.\u0026nbsp;\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eIf you download your audio guide from the English Heritage before you go you\u0026#39;ll be able to listen to the site\u0026#39;s complex history as you wander it. 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Walks start from the Kings Arms (please check the programme for dates and times) and treat those who take them to the grisly side of Dorchester.\u003c/p\u003e\r\n\u003cp\u003eWalkers will learn about Judge Jeffreys and the Bloody Assize, the grip of the Black Death and of course the many ghosts that are said to haunt its historic taverns and gloomy alleyways. 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