Once heralded the ‘Naples of England’, Weymouth is a bustling seaside resort during peak summer months, with some fine sand and pebble beaches, which are ideal for families on a cottage holiday. The busy harbour buzzes with a dizzying number of eye-catching yachts, cruisers and pleasure boats, powerboats, lifeboats, cross-channel ferries and Naval vessels. The town has a lovely sweep of seafront lined with Georgian houses, plus Tudor cottages are to be uncovered tucked away in the narrow back streets behind the bright seafront, and there is wide range of restaurants, cafes, pubs and ice cream parlours to cater for the hungry tourists who flood in during the holiday season. The beaches are well maintained and supervised in season, and offer all manner of beach and water sport activities, from the hire of beach huts and pedaloes to the more traditional seaside fare of donkey rides, Punch and Judy shows and many other forms of children’s entertainment.
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The coastal road from Weymouth to Bridport is a stunning drive, with superb views and picture-postcard villages en route. The historic market town of Bridport, together with neighbouring West Bay, enjoys a lovely coastal position and some beautiful beaches, and has long been known for the manufacturing of twine and nets, used as fishing nets the world over, but also in production of such varied commodities as Wimbledon tennis nets and airline equipment. (more…)
This area is well worth exploring on a cottage holiday. The Isle of Purbeck is a peninsula encompassing Wareham, Swanage and St. Aldhelm’s Head, with the gateway to this region being Corfe, an iconic village dominated by a ruined castle, standing proudly on a rocky outcrop above the village and visible from miles around. The village offers a unique shopping experience, with a host of ‘nostalgia’ shops selling goods from times past, from home made fudges and ice creams to traditional sweets of yesteryear. There are gift, craft and jewellery shops, specialist stores such as the Ginger Pop shop and even a local blacksmith. Two of the main attractions though are Corfe’s Castle and the Corfe Castle Model Village. Ruined Corfe Castle, believed to have been the site of defenses since the Roman times, and a place of chequered history, is now run by the National Trust. The Visitor Centre charts the turbulent history of the castle and its various occupants.
During your stay in a holiday cottage, take time to visit this delightful town. Taunton is the county town of Somerset with an interesting local heritage which can be uncovered using the town’s Heritage Trail; a self-guided circular walking route which takes in the lovely old black and white timbered buildings and places of interest in the heart of the town. Taunton castle is a Grade I listed ancient monument in the very centre of town, dating back to the twelfth century and now home to the Somerset County Museum. (more…)
One of the smallest cities in the country, Wells is justifiably famous for its stunning Cathedral, and in the heart of rolling Somerset countryside, just a short journey from Glastonbury and Bath, it has an ideal location for a those cottage holidaying in the area. The cathedral forms the natural focal point of the town, with its imposing and splendid West Front, adorned with hundreds of intricate carvings. Visitors flock to see the neighbouring Bishop’s Palace, and in particular to witness the curiously obedient swans that have been trained to ring a bell hanging from the gatehouse of the Palace moat to herald feeding time. As they do this, food is duly thrown to them in time-honoured fashion. The gardens and arboretum provide a pleasant and peaceful place for a stroll, the Rampart Walk rewards the visitor with terrific views of the surrounding countryside, and on still days the lake here affords a superb mirror image of the cathedral in its still waters.