What we love about Dorset
We love life on the water in Dorset, and whether you like adrenaline fuelled adventures or a slower pace on the waves, there’s something for everyone. Feel the wind rush as you zoom along by jet ski or opt for a calmer breeze on a sailing charter or windsurf lesson. Take a pew in a kayak or try your balance on a stand-up paddle board. Dorset has it all!
For families, there’s no need to worry about keeping little one’s occupied. Dorset Adventure Park has that covered, with a wild inflatable water park and obstacle assault courses offering fun for all the family. Animal lovers will adore the apes at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre.
The islands that dot the coastline also offer a revitalising dose of nature. Take a trip to Brownsea Island, where the rare red squirrel can be found amongst the woodland and lagoons.
We recommend arriving in Dorset by car, as taxis are not in abundance in many of the smaller towns and a car gives you the freedom to explore the national parks and beaches.
Should you arrive by train, Weymouth and Bournemouth are two of the largest hubs, which connect with many small train stations dotted throughout Dorset.
The nearest airports are Bournemouth, Southampton and London Heathrow. Distances depend on which town you are staying in, and our specialists can recommend the best way to get to your luxury beach house in Dorset.
Best places to eat and drink in Dorset
As you can imagine, with the sea on Dorset’s doorstep, the seafood feasts are worth indulging in, and The Guildhall Tavern offers local fish, crab and lobster with French influences. For an unbeatable supper with sea view, the Oyster & Fish House offers panoramic views of the Jurassic Coast accompanied with fresh fish and seafood from the wrap-around terrace or from floor to ceiling glass windows.
The Pig on the Beach is always a winner for dinner as we love to eat local. Their ‘25 mile menu’ takes inspiration from the surrounding coast and countryside, and their illustrated menu maps where all of the ingredients were sourced from locally, from trout farms to local dairies.
A trip to the coast wouldn’t be complete without an ice cream, so a stop at Fortes Gelateria in Swanage is a must-do. Over three generations of the Fortes family have been producing Italian-influenced ice cream and it is as good today as it was in 1926.