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Make a holiday cottage in Bridport your home away from home

The lively market town of Bridport, in Dorset, is one of the region’s most picturesque and friendly destinations. A Gateway Town to the World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast, Bridport is famous for its rich heritage and for the delicious produce available locally. HomeAway has a wide selection of rentals available here, including Bridport holiday cottages and barn conversions. From Bridport, visitors can explore the surrounding Dorset countryside and coast. The Bridport holiday accommodation is varied and suits every budget. You might find a property with its own swimming pool while others feature private decking, and superb sea and country views. All are furnished to a high standard and come with excellent facilities.

Things to do in Bridport

Bridport’s history and heritage is wide and varied, dating back to Alfred the Great giving it a Royal Charter in the 9th century. By the late 13th century, Henry III confirmed it as a Royal Borough and Bridport began to become known for its rope-making trade, exporting its ropes and cables around the known world. The rope industry remains one of the town’s biggest industries, alongside tourism, with local firms producing nets for fishing and sports.

-Bridport’s history: can be glimpsed in the more than 1,000 buildings in town listed as having historical or architectural merit. The oldest building in town is the Chantry, which dates back to the time when Bridport first received its Royal Charter. Other significant buildings include the Bridport Literary and Scientific Institute, which has links to the artist Fra Newberry; and Bridport Town Hall, which was built in the late 18th century.

-Farmers Markets: The high quality and wide variety of local food produced around Bridport has made it a Beacon Town and twice-weekly markets and monthly farmers’ markets held in the town centre make it a magnet for foodies. The markets are also ideal for shoppers looking for bargains in antiques, clothing, flowers and plants, all of which can be easily transported back to your Bridport holiday accommodation.

-West Bay: A mile from Bridport is the pretty town of West Bay, which was once known as Bridport Harbour and is still a busy fishing port – visitors in Bridport holiday cottages can go mackerel fishing on day trips from the harbour and locally caught seafood is on sale in the shops and served up in bars and restaurants. West Bay is also known for its excellent diving offshore.

-Fossil Hunting: Bridport is a Gateway Town to the Jurassic Coast, the extraordinary sandstone sea cliffs that are some 180 million years old. There are organised fossil hunting tours to be enjoyed along this stretch of beautiful coast. The cliffs of West Bay offer a fabulous panoramic view of the coast and out to sea, with the South West Coastal Path running along the cliff tops.

-Chesil Beach: Most holiday homes in Bridport stand close to the western end of this familiar English landmark and is a must visit, especially if it is within walking distance of your accommodation.

The weather in Bridport

Expect warm summers and mild winters when you visit Dorset, thanks to its location on the south coast of England. Summer temperatures average around 19°C and in winter, the area around Bridport has higher temperatures than neighbouring counties such as Devon and Cornwall. If you’re choosing Bridport holiday cottages for a visit to the county, do dress appropriately for the season – rain showers can strike at any time, particularly in spring and summer.

Getting to Bridport

Bridport is easily accessible, both by road and by public transport, with regular trains and buses servicing Dorset. There are regular flights into Bournemouth Airport, too, and ferries from continental Europe and the Channel Islands arriving at Poole and Weymouth.

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                                                                                                      Wonderful relaxing break

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                                                                                                      From the moment we arrived at the site, we felt relaxed. The caravan was lovely - spacious and clean and yards from the beach (which is gorgeous) and with two toilets which is always useful if you are trying to get out for a day trip!!! No idea what the entertainment was like, as we just had a couple of beers on the roof terrace of the bar watching the sun set. The only comment I would make is keep an eye on the time, as they stopped serving food at 8pm on site, but in a self-catering caravan this shouldn't really be a problem as there is a Spar on site (closes 18:00), a large Morrisons in town to stock up and plenty of pubs in Burton Bradstock a short drive / relaxing walk away. One evening we treated ourselves to a meal of freshly caught fish in the Blue Anchor Inn, but it might be advisable to book a table next time as it was extremely popular. The 'specials' board was possibly the most comprehensive I have ever seen, whilst the Puddings menu was probably the heaviest. Day trips to Weymouth, Dorchester, Lyme Regis and the short beach or coastal path walk to West Bay (Broadchurch) were all great. But the best part was always coming back for a quick cuppa then lazing on the beach by the caravan for an hour or so and watching the world drift by........ Would recommend to anyone, and will be hopefully booking again as we still have the Hive and the tropical gardens to visit.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Vintage Bliss

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                                                                                                      Wonderful stay in the Blue Bird Vintage Caravan. Lovely fresh flowers on arrival with milk and eggs in the fridge, biscuits by the kettle and even some dog treats for our Irish Terrier. Very pretty, clean and comfy with stunning views of the countryside. Our stayed was thoroughly enjoyed but parents and children. Would definitely stay again.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Couldn't stay in a nicer place!

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                                                                                                      This place is absolutely stunning. It's quiet and out of the way, in the most stunning place, beautifully furnished and we had eggs, milk and cake left for us on arrival. We'll be coming back for longer next time for a perfect retreat away!
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2016