Enid Blyton's Dorset
Enid Blyton’s wonderful Famous Five stories are still as popular today as when they were first published, so why not indulge in some childhood memories? Enjoy talks about the author and readings from the books, whilst visiting the areas that featured in the novels. Visit Corfe Castle and enjoy views over Poole Harbour from the Isle of Purbeck. Discover Blue Pool at Furzebrook and enjoy a journey to Swanage on a steam train.
- Corfe Castle
- Isle of Purbeck
- The Blue Pool
- Steam train ride to Swanage
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our country house
- Full programme of excursions and visits
- The guidance and services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
- All transport on touring days on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach
- All admissions to places of interest that form part of your holiday itinerary, except for National Trust and English Heritage properties
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2.30pm (1pm for better & best rooms). Please join us for afternoon tea.
We travel to Swanage where Enid Blyton spent many holidays. Then we board the steam train which would have been the regular service in Blyton’s time to Corfe Castle (National Trust) which Enid Blyton called Kirrin Castle in the first book in the series - Five on a Treasure Island. We’ll explore the castle ruins and the village. Then we tour along the Purbeck Ridge to see the wonderful views of Poole Harbour and discover areas where Enid and her husband lived.
Blue Pool, near Wareham, has water which changes colour with the colour of the sky and inspired Enid Blyton’s “wonderful dark blue lake” in Five on a Hike Together. The vintage tea rooms were built in 1935 when they most likely sold real ginger beer.
Then we travel to Poole Harbour to board the ferry to Brownsea Island (National Trust) for the afternoon. The island appears in Five Have a Mystery to Solve. It’s also where Baden Powell established the first scout camp.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
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.
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 Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 3 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 22 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
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 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at West Lulworth House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to flavours such as Dorset blue Vinney, pork fillet with Purbeck Cider and apple sauce and New Forest wild mushroom tagliatelle. Settle in under the large roof lantern or beside the panoramic double doors to dine in style – if the sun’s out they’ll even throw the doors open to let the outside in.
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