Broadwindsor is a popular, friendly and very historic conservation village, in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
The cottage is very popular and guests return year after year.
The White Lion pub is only about 300m from the cottage and there is a welcoming village atmosphere.
The pub serves great food and a good selection of beverages.
Walkers and well behaved dogs are very welcome.
There is a wonderful award winning Community Village Shop which provides a wide range of very good quality fresh local produce, and freshly baked bread every morning.
A children's play area is in the centre of the village and there is a large well maintained sports field with football goals very close to the cottage. Historians will be interested in the 12th century church King Charles Cottage in The Square where King Charles II was fleeing Parliamentary troops and he sheltered here for 2 nights Enemy troops began to search the house, but were put off when a camp follower began to give birth in the kitchen. The troops left, and the king was able to escape dressed as a serving maid.
Broadwindsor also has a renowned Craft centre, which also has a restaurant serving very good lunches.
From the cottage there are many delightful walks along well marked footpaths including Lewesdon Hill, owned by the National Trust, the highest hill in Dorset. From the summit are wonderful views. Also in walking distance is Pilsdon Pen an ancient hill fort; from the summit are spectacular views.
Beaminster; a small historic market town is 3 miles away it has a wonderful square and church. It has several pubs, cafes, restaurants and a small Co-op store. There is also a butchers, baker and green grocers, all of which provide fresh, quality produce.
Bridport is about 7 miles away; it is a wonderful lively town with a fascinating history. and a thriving art and music culture. It has all the facilities of a small town including the renowned Electric Palace; a beautiful Listed old theatre, Bridport Art Centre and a famous street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
In the historic back streets of Bridport, St Michaels Trading Estate can be found. There are an abundance of units selling antique furniture, Art and collectables.
Bridport has numerous charming pubs, several of which often have live music. There is an array of cafes and restaurants; many of which are highly commended for their delicious locally sourced food.
There are several large supermarkets in Bridport including Waitrose, Morrisons, Lidl and Co-Op
The charming fishing harbour of West Bay is just a few minutes drive from Bridport.
Now famous as the location for 'Broadchurch', West Bay has something for everyone.
It is a thriving harbour and there is a wonderful beach below the towering spectacular Jurassic red cliffs. Fishing and crabbing are very popular from the harbour side.
There is also an attractive, sandy dog friendly beach.
There are numerous food kiosks selling all sorts of delicious food. Rachel's kiosk is rated as the best food in the whole of Bridport and Baboo Gelato Ice cream kiosk sells the best ice cream too.
The incredibly beautiful and historic Customs House has recently been re-opened to the public and it is now a fascinating collection of units selling all sorts of antiques, quirky collectables and wonderful gifts.
There is also an area to relax and soak up the unique atmosphere.
The renowned town of Lyme Regis is about 25 minutes drive from the cottage, with it's range of wonderful beaches. There is a beautiful safe sandy beach ideal for younger children to splash, play and swim.
There is a huge rockpool area and a dog friendly pebble beach.
There are also beaches where fossils can be found and guided fossil tours take place. Lyme Regis offers a host of other activities for all ages and interests.
The back streets of Lyme Regis are full of character and history and there is a working mill where a fascinating tour is available.
There is abundance of wonderful places to eat and drink and there are numerous interesting shops to wander around too.
The fascinating historic County town of Dorchester is about 30 mins drive. So much to see and do, full of charm and character.
Lyme Regis 20 min away
Sandy beach, pebbly beach, dog beach, rockpools,crabbing, fossils, crazy golf, Town Mill. Something for everyone, a wonderful, beautiful place to visit. Perfect for children to swim in the sea.
West Bay, near Bridport, 20 min away
Small, quaint fishing port and beach with shale, and pebbles. fishing, crabbing, boat trips.
Burton Bradstock; Hive Beach, near Bridport.
Weymouth, 50 min away
Beer and Sidmouth , 30 min away
Nearest train station; Crewkerne 15 mins drive
Dorchester 30 mins drive