Minterne Gardens
Minterne Gardens

The county town of Dorset with all the history and amenities that implies, Dorchester (Hardy’s Casterbridge) has a handsome centre and fascinating attractions like the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, and just a mile or so away Maiden Castle... Read More

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Dorchester Events

February
Maiden Newton Potato Day
Snowdrop Sundays at Mapperton
April
Animal Handling Day
May
Minterne Gardens Family Open Day
June
Dorchester Festival
July
Summer Ball
September
Antique Fair
Dorchester County Show
October
Halloween
Wedding Fair
November
Christmas Craft & Gourmet Food Fair
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The Casterbridge

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 | Double Room: £99 - £110 | visit website
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Acorn Inn

Acorn Inn

Quality coaching inn that Thomas Hardy called 'The Sow & Acorn' in 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'. Set in the picturesque village of Evershot, this lovely old stone-built Inn boasts worthy history. Log fires, beams, oak ... More | Double Room: £95 - £180 | visit website

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Summer Lodge Hotel

Summer Lodge Hotel

Only two and a half hours away from London nestles Summer Lodge, a beautiful manor house built in 1789 right in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Dorset - who himself designed the Drawing Room and ... More | Double Room: From £200 | visit website

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Yalbury Cottage Hotel & Restaurant

Yalbury Cottage Hotel & Restaurant

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Thatched country cottage hotel in the heart of Thomas Hardy country, approximately halfway between his birthplace and Max Gate, where Hardy died. The restaurant and lounge have exposed beams and ... More

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Wessex Royale Hotel

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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The Old Forge

The Old Forge
Situated 3 miles west of Monkey World on the A352, this 200 year old forge nestles in the heart of the sleepy rural village of Owermoigne. Within minutes of the major towns of Weymouth and ... More | Double Room: From £50 | visit website
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The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn

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Deep in the beautiful Dorset countryside, this inn offers excellent accommodation, food, and service in peaceful surroundings. The Fox Inn is perfect for walking tours and ideally placed to explore the ... More

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Sydney Arms

Sydney Arms

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Set in the lovely market town of Dorchester in Dorset, the heart of Hardy County, this traditional English pub provides 5 newly-built letting rooms finished to a high standard. The Sydney Arms ... More

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The Coach and Horses

The Coach and Horses

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The Coach & Horses, as it's name suggests, is a former coaching inn dating back to the early 1800's. In rolling countryside, it is perfect for exploring Dorset's beautiful Jurassic ... More

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Brace of Pheasants

Brace of Pheasants

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Carol and Phil Bennett welcome you to our 16th century thatched inn located in the heart of Hardy's Dorset. We have converted the old skittle alley and function room into ... More

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