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Hidden Gems of Dorset

Date: 15th February 2019
Author: Sarah Twist
Publisher: Darwin Escapes
Park: Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat
Local Area

Dorset is home to some of the UK’s most beautiful and historic beaches, so what are the hidden gems in the beautiful region?

Our own Wareham Forest Lodge Retreat is ideally located in Dorset to explore all the big tourist traps and those hidden secrets not found in the guides, we’ve managed to list a few of these hidden gems for you in this post, explore this historic region and learn all about the history of the area!

Lulworth Castle & Park

File source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lulworth_Castle_(1937).jpg

Nestled in the heart of privately owned Lulworth Estate, this 17th Century Marvel stands in all its beauty. The current owners have had the Estate and Castle in the family since 1641, so 375 years, in which the exterior of the castle has hardly changed at all. With stunning views of the Jurassic Coast and under rated Dorset countryside, the surrounding grounds offer a magical and ancient woodland, family fun lawn games (giant Jenga!) and an activity room for the kids inside for the wetter days.

Mapperton House & Gardens

This stunning Tudor Manor house was re-modelled in 1660 and has remained unchanged since, with a charming café on the grounds to enjoy a spot of tea and cake while you survey the beautiful three tiered gardens. Including a lovely little croquet lawn, grottoes, ornamental birds and animals, water fountain, fish ponds and magical wild gardens, all ready for you to explore! The beautiful gardens have even featured in a few movies, including Jane Austin’s novel adaption Emma (1995), starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

The Globe Inn

A wonderful traditional local pub, with a warm and friendly atmosphere, even to the furbabies of your family, as dogs are welcomed with open arms too! The Globe Inn has a novel arrangement with talented Chef Ash, he rents the kitchen out to cater to customers on Thursday and Friday evenings, as well as weekends. Make sure to book a table in advance, Ash’s food is a hit with locals and tourists alike, you can have a drink and some grub while watching sports on TV or playing a game of pool.

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Photo Credits: Nilfanion, Rictor Norton & David Allen, Mike Smith

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