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Join us in our beautiful and peaceful corner of West Dorset for a relaxing short break or holiday.

Just four miles from the Jurassic Coast, Pilsdon Farm Cottages is the perfect base for your stay in West Dorset.

One thing’s for certain: you won’t be short of things to do!

Towns and Villages
Walking
Eating Out
Historic Building and Beautiful Gardens
Entertainment
2012 Olympics
Getting creative
Things for the children
Other links

Towns and Villages
Bridport - A vibrant market town, with its twice-weekly street market and flourishing arts scene, is a great place to potter. Don’t miss the Art & Vintage Quarter
Lyme Regis - A picturesque harbour town. Enjoy a mackerel fishing trip, browse the old bookshops or stroll along the historic Cobb harbour.

Walking
With both the Monarch’s Way and the Jubilee Trail footpaths passing through the farm, you’ll find fantastic walks in all directions.

The hill fort of Pilsdon Pen towers over the farm, and Lewesdon Hill, the highest point in Dorset, is a lovely mile-and-a-half hike away. From the top of the Pen you can see panoramic views extending for many miles across Dorset and out to Lyme Bay.

The South West Coast Path is within easy reach, with the stretch between Golden Cap and Thorncombe Beacon particularly popular with walkers.

Of course, you’ll also enjoy strolling the numerous footpaths and bridleways that pass through the farm and the surrounding countryside.

Eating Out
West Dorset has long been famed for its local produce and high quality food, with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall putting the area firmly on the map with his River Cottage TV series.

Here are a few places we can recommend:

River Cottage Canteen - Axminster
Hix Oyster & Fish House - Lyme Regis
The Wild Garlic - Beaminster
The Riverside - West Bay
The Hive Beach Café - Burton Bradstock
The George Inn - Chideock
The Shave Cross Inn - Shave Cross, a 20 minute walk from the farm
The Lord Poulett Arms - Hinton St George

Historic Buildings and Beautiful Gardens
Forde Abbey is 15 minutes away, a former Cistercian abbey converted to a stately home after the Reformation. The 30 acre gardens are stunning at any time of year.
Mapperton, voted the nation’s finest manor house in Country Life magazine.
All within a half-hour drive are the National Trust properties Montacute House, Barrington Court, Hardy’s Cottage, Shute Barton and Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory -
Also of interest are the subtropical gardens at Abbotsbury.

Entertainment
The Electric Palace in Bridport is one of the most vibrant and quirky entertainment venues in the South West. Attracting big name musicians and top comedians, there are also regular live screenings from the National Theatre and Met Opera.

Olympics 2012
Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour, situated on the south coast of England, will be the venue for the Olympic and Paralympics Sailing competition, providing some of the best natural sailing waters in the UK. We are located just 40 minutes away.

Getting creative
This area is a real hub of creativity. With a number of courses on offer at Hugh Fearnley-Whittintingstall’s Cookery School -
River Cottage HQ.

Malcolm Seal runs basket making and garden structures courses throughout the year from his workshop just outside Bridport.

Discover your inner woodsman with Guy Mallinson’s ‘green’ wood-working courses.

Things for the children
Fossil Walks along the Jurassic Coast
Swimming at our local leisure centre

Other useful websites
Lyme Regis activities

 

 

 
 

Self-catering facilities

Fully equipped kitchen
Colour TV and DVD player
Washing machine

Sorry - no dogs