Our Manor Houses in Dorset

Dorset is a county located in South West of England, and is famous for its coastline that stretches for almost 100 miles. Named the Jurassic Coast, due to the numerous fossil fi...

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Our Manor Houses in Dorset

Dorset is a county located in South West of England, and is famous for its coastline that stretches for almost 100 miles. Named the Jurassic Coast, due to the numerous fossil findings that date back 140 to 200 million years ago, it's England's only UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site and you'll soon understand why.

Starting with Studland to the East, you next have Swanage, Dancing Ledge and Kimmeridge, all very beautiful and unique parts of the coastline that make up the Isle of Purbeck. Next, you have Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, perhaps the most photographed landmarks in Dorset, before moving along to Osmington and then Weymouth Bay.

Weymouth is Dorset's third largest town and sits in the middle of the county's coastline. Here you'll find a great selection of Things to do, with a thriving high street, lots of good food and perhaps the most family friendly beach around. It's a really suitable hoilday destination for all kinds of groups and a great base to explore all that Dorset has to offer.

Jutting out from Weymouth is The Isle of Portland - the most southerly point in Dorset and unlike anything else for miles around. Here you'll find a thriving water sports scene and rock climbing enthusiasts who take advantage of the sheer drops and many cliffs. It's also a haven for wildlife, where you can see red kites fluttering above, razorbills nesting on the cliffs, and if you're lucky, puffins! Not to mention the impressive lighthouse (there's actually 3) at Portland Bill, and the Tout Quarry Sculpture park, where you'll stumble across monolithic carvings in huge slabs of Portland's iconic stone.

Connecting Portland to Weymouth, and to the mainland itself, is Chesil beach - an 18 mile stretch of pebbles that creates a series of lagoons known as East and West Fleet. Chesil is one of the world's best examples of a 'barrier beach', and provides a protected and unique habitat for a variety of fawn & fauna. At the most westerly inland lake you'll find Abbotsbury Swannery, which is home to 600 swans!

Following Chesil to the west of Weymouth, you'll come across the quiet beaches of West Bexington, Cogden and Burton Bradstock - which are all very popular with sea fishermen and mackerel! Next you have West Bay, filming location to ITV's award winning Broachchurch, starring David Tennant, Olivia Coleman, and Jodie Whittaker. Just inland is Bridport, a town with a lot of personality, well reknown eateries and lots of antique dealerships.

Next, and towering over the beach of Seatown, is Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast - this clifftop offers stunning panoramic views (that's if you're able to climb it!) Then the penultimate beach on Dorset's coastline is Charmouth, a gold mine for fossil hunters and in 2014 where a near complete ichthyosaur skeleton was found. You can't speak of the Jurassic Coast and not mention Lyme Regis, the birthplace of Mary Anning, who was one of the first paleontologists.

Dorset is a delightful place to visit, holiday and take a staycation. Perfect for a weekend away, a week long break or spending a fortnight to really explore all it has on offer.

  • Lorton House

    Prices from £2,625.00

    A welcoming, relaxed yet elegant 8 bedroom Victorian Country House set in 11 acres, bordering nature reserves and with stunning views over Weymouth Bay and the Isle of Portland.

    • 15 minutes from the coast
    • Sleeps 16 in 8 bedrooms
    • Wine Cellar with full sized billiard table
    • Roaring Open Fires
    • 4 Oven AGA
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