7-Night Dorset Coast Discovery Tour

Portland
Dorset
England
Novemer 23, 2018
View of the lighthouse in stormy weather at Portland Bill
Duration: 7 nights
Interests: Discovery Tours

Discover the dramatic Jurassic Coast and the beautiful chalk downlands further afield. Get ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’ in Dorchester, once home to renowned author Thomas Hardy, and enjoy the calm of Cerne Abbas – famous for its chalk giant. Take a ride on the Swanage Heritage Railway, explore the elegant mansion of Kingston Lacy, view the unique expanse of Chesil Beach and stroll the streets of Weymouth at the coast and Wimborne Minster inland.

Holiday Highlights

  • Explore the Jurassic Coast and town of Weymouth
  • Walk in the steps of Thomas Hardy in Dorchester
  • Wander in Wimborne Minster
  • Look out to sea at the dramatic Isle of Purbeck

What’s included

  • High-quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Full-day excursions with all transport on touring days in a good-quality, comfortable mini-coach

For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage. 

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


We enjoy a visit to the Saxon town of Wareham and continue with a nostalgic trip on the Swanage Railway. After lunch in Swanage and a stroll along the promenade, our afternoon will be spent at Durlston Country Park to enjoy the stunning sea views and cliffs. Perhaps there will be time for a cup of tea at the Victorian folly – Durlston Castle? Our journey back will follow the Purbeck ridge with views over Poole Harbour. 


Today we explore the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, taking in the views to Chesil Beach and eventually arriving in Portland with its iconic lighthouse. We finish the day in Weymouth, the base for the Olympic sailing events in 2012.


A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.


We start our morning with a visit to the historic village of Cerne Abbas, known for the infamous giant resting on the hillside. We then explore Sherborne Castle, the stunning home built by Sir Walter Raleigh, with a Capability Brown garden. The afternoon is spent in Sherborne, a charming country town, with a magnificent abbey, which traces its origins to Anglo-Saxon times. 


We take a journey back 2,000 years today with a walk around the Iron Age fort of Maiden Castle as it fell to the Romans. Later, there will be time to enjoy the county town of Dorchester with its wide choice of museums. After lunch, we touch on the life of Thomas Hardy with visits to his last home at Max Gate and his local church, St Michael’s, where he was baptised and buried.


This morning, we'll explore Wimborne’s maze of alleyways around the imposing minster. Don’t forget to seek out the chained library! An afternoon at nearby Kingston Lacy provides the contrast of an Italian palace in the Dorset countryside. A walk through to the woods reveals the Japanese Garden and visit the recently refurbished walled vegetable garden.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


West Lulworth House

Set just 200 yards from the sea, West Lulworth House has a highly coveted location just above the lake-still expanse of Lulworth Cove on Dorset’s iconic Jurassic Coast. Built in 1881 by the then Mayor of Weymouth, it has been perennially popular with walkers, twitchers and fossil hunters. As well as 22 delightful bedrooms, there’s a south facing garden and elevated terrace with cracking views, an outdoor heated pool and a pair of lovely lounges, perfect for a relaxing walking holiday exploring the Jurassic Coast. Step out the front door and on to the coast path. To the west lies Middle Beach and the picture perfect Durdle Door, with its massive rock arch and gently sloping beach. East lie the beaches of Mupe Bay and Arish Mell. But you’re here for the walking and what adventure you’ll have on the coast path or exploring the interior. Then there’s Lulworth Castle and the famous ruins of Corfe Castle standing guard over the Purbeck Hills to explore.

 

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the adjoining cottage. With 22 bedrooms, West Lulworth House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 4 on the first floor of the main house for its weathered, pastel-painted wood panels and the lovely view looking over the cove, or squirrel yourself away in Room 23 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the Dorset Coast or hunting for fossils, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the sunny south facing gardens or take a table on the terrace with matchless views of the cove below. Slip in to the heated outdoor pool (currently closed) then surface in time to retire to the cosy lounge and its squishy sofas and seafaring decorations to read up on the area or the attractive bar with its pretty tiled insets for a sundowner.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Food at West Lulworth House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for West Lulworth House

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Essential Information

To enjoy your holiday comfortably and safely, it’s essential that your clothing and footwear is suitable for the conditions likely to be encountered. Changeable weather is possible throughout the year, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities – hot, cold, wet or dry.

All of our Discovery tours involve active sightseeing and you should therefore be prepared for walking between the sights and wear flat, comfortable shoes. In the evening most guests wear casual clothing. You will probably find a small rucksack or cross-body bag useful for carrying spare clothing, a camera and drinks (at least 1 litre) during the day.

Please note: For 2022 departures, all admission costs are included on Discovery tours, including National Trust & English Heritage.

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Duration:
7 nights
Interests:
Discovery Tours

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