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Little Court
"Good Points: Very welcoming and friendly staff. Bad Points: Very poor show, despite booking the most expensive room. We stay in many nice 5 star venues and having a ..." More

Little Court
"Visited Dorchester for the weekend and stayed at this most adorable country manor. The building has such character and the rooms have silent charm. Staff were extremely friendly and ..." More

Little Court
"Good Points: Good position. Excellently run hotel. Friendly and efficient staff. Breakfast very good Bad Points: Only bad points were the very poor water pressure and supply and a toilet which ..." More

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Charminster is a historical and beautiful Dorset village lying one mile north of the county town of Dorchester. The village is full of delightful traditional cottages and possesses a typical old English feel. The village of Charminster, situated on the River Cerne, should not be confused with the Bournemouth suburb of the same name. The river and the small village church of St Mary's give the village its original name Cerneminster, as recorded in 1223. A mosaic pavement has been unearthed in the village dating from Roman times. The arches of St Mary's church are Norman, dating from the 12th century, whilst the bell tower is 15th century. The river Cerne flows under the church. Charminster also features Wolfeton House, the home of the Trenchards from 1480 until the late 18th century. There are many ghostly tales associated with the house! For Pubs and Inns Charminster has The Three Compasses and the Inn for All Seasons providing that special village pub atmosphere. Charminster was the town of origin of Richard Norman, one of the planters of The Massachusetts Bay Colony, arriving in America in around 1626. Charminster was also the site of a large Victorian Lunatic Asylum, which could accommodate up to 720 inmates.


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Little Court (0.66 miles)

Little Court

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Little Court is a delightful Edwardian Country House in the Lutyens style with fabulous gardens. The accommodation designed for business and leisure travellers combines high standards with excellent value. The guest ... More

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Summer Hill House (1.11 miles)

Summer Hill House

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Elegant Victorian Country Residence offering high standards, outstanding value, tranquil enviroment and a friendly welcome. We offer large en-suite bedrooms, tea/coffee making facilities,TV lounge for guests to relax with open fireplace. ... More

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Milbury Cottage (1.19 miles)

Milbury Cottage
Situated in a conservation area and an AONB, in the quaint village of Bradford Peverell, this delightful flint and brick adjoining cottage has two bed and breakfast rooms; one double en-suite bedroom (king size bed) ... More | visit website
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Dorchester Apartments (1.52 miles)

Dorchester Apartments

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The 'Visit Dorchester' marketing team manage a number of apartments in the county town. We have stayed in each of the apartments we manage, and only those that meet our ... More

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Wessex Royale Hotel (1.56 miles)

Wessex Royale Hotel

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The Wessex Royale is a delightful Georgian hotel with an excellent location in the centre of Dorchester. It has free Wi-Fi and an á la carte restaurant with an RAC Rosette.
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Westwood House Hotel (1.56 miles)

Westwood House Hotel
Centrally located in the historic county town of Dorchester; Westwood House is an attractive Georgian property built in 1815 by Lord Ilchester we believe for his coachmen.Converted to a town house guest house and personally ... More | visit website
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Poundbury Village B & B (1.57 miles)

Poundbury Village B & B

A beautiful detached house in the heart of Poundbury, a thriving new development on the outskirts of Dorchester, designed by the Prince of Wales.

Three comfortable twin rooms with private bathrooms and excellent “Duchy” ... More | visit website

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Kings Arms Hotel (1.64 miles)

Kings Arms Hotel

A well-known local landmark in the centre of Dorchester, the Kings Arms has excellent rooms with en suite bathrooms. The Best Western Kings Arms Hotel was built in 1720 and has many interesting and classical Georgian ... More | visit website

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The Casterbridge (1.68 miles)

The Casterbridge
Our Georgian residence and concealed courtyard annex combine to provide a peaceful haven behind the bustling street scene of this pleasant and historic county town.

Breakfast, in dining-room or conservatory, is a generous affair from healthy ... More | visit website
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The George (1.73 miles)

The George

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The George is a family run friendly bed and breakfast and public house, set in the centre of Dorchester. We are close to all local amenities including both train ... More

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