Rural Dorset is one of the most peaceful and genuinely unspoilt parts of England. The Dorset Down, Cranbourne Chase and Blackmore Vale are designated areas of outstanding beauty. Meander through the maze of narrow country lanes, sleepy thatched villages and small market towns.
Forde Abbey and Gardens - A Cistercian Abbey and country house, founded in 1140, with superb landscaped gardens specialising in rare and unusual plants.
Shaftesbury - One of the oldest towns in England, with splendid views across the Blackmore Vale. We will visit the Abbey ruins founded by King Alfred the Great in 888AD. Stroll down the famous Gold Hill.
Lyme Regis - A favourite resort of Jabe Austen. Explore the amazing fossil shops, stroll along the cob and enjoy English fish and chips.
Hardy Country – If you have read his books, then a visit to this area is a must. See where Hardy was born, lived and buried.
Abbotsbury – Lots to see: the Swan Sanctuary, Chesil Beach and the Tropical Gardens – all wonders of nature.
Corfe Castle – A majestic ruin of an important stronghold since the time of William the Conqueror.
Montacute House – built of local golden Ham Hill stone, this magnificent Elizabethan house has many treasures and a fine landscaped garden”.