The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A beautifully restored bar and restaurant which offers traditional, seasonal food served in a tasteful, serene environment.
Rockley Sands beach in Poole is a small sand and mud beach, with facilities including a cafe, shop, toilets, equipment hire and parking. There is also disabled access and the beach is dog-friendly all year. Swimming at low tide should not be attempted due to strong currents.
A National Trust area of Natural Beauty taking in chalk downland. This three mile, quite challenging circular walk has some lovely views of the surrounding area but take note, it gets muddy after wet weather and although dogs are allowed on a lead, you may need to lift them over a stile.
Another famous haunt of the novelist Thomas Hardy, Shaftesbury has some of England’s most fascinating architecture, including the famous cobbled street of Gold’s Hill and the ruins of the abbey which date back to 888AD. The town sits at the top of a hill with panoramic views in every direction over Dorset and Wiltshire. Despite its glorious position and the beauty of its buildings and streets, Shaftesbury remains unspoilt by tourism.
Really worth a visit
We thought this would be more 'touristy' with the attraction of the Gold Hill. We stayed nearby and could have enjoyed pottering into Shaftesbury everyday. Turnbulls Deli and Cheese shop is amazing. (bring deep pockets). There are lots of cafes and independent clothes, gift shops and galleries to dip into. We didn't even get time to go to the Abbey but there are some fantastic views across the vale in the park area next to the Abbey entrance. A really friendly small market town, which even has an excellent curry house (Chutneys) which was an unexpected bonus.
Shaftesbury is a lovely little town with an excellant bakery and nearby Hovis hill (Gold Hill)
World famous landscaped gardens with a magnificent lake as centrepiece. Certainly worth a visit to see the classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare, exotic trees. Why not combine a walk around the garden with a visit to the house, restaurant and shop with opening time information available on their Web site.
This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.
A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.
Stock up on organic veg and British beef grown and reared on the farm. Goldhill has been an organic farm since 1988.
Gold Hill Farm Shop
Great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as groceries, yoghurts and cold meats. They do turkeys at Christmas and run a box scheme.
- J Barber
Indulge in a Dorset cream tea.
A well established Indian restaurant serving both traditional and contemporary cuisine. A take-away service is available and booking is recommended.
Definitely worth a visit, gets very busy at weekends so go early! Plenty of choice on the menu, beautifully cooked chef's specials, polite service, just what you need. My husband ordered 'off menu' and they were happy to oblige.
Crisp white table linen, impeccable service and fabulous food.
Excellent food in beautiful country house. In all guides. Welcoming atmosphere. A special night out.
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