It would be remiss when visiting The Old Government House Hotel not to sample our sumptuous, classic afternoon tea, including assorted teas, delicious freshly- baked scones and pastries. Begin the following morning with a hearty, traditional Full English or Continental breakfast – and find some time in between to visit our Spa for a deeply relaxing and restorative treatment.
A pebbly beach with views of Golden Cap, the south coast’s loftiest cliff, and good fossil-hunting potential. Lunch at The Anchor Inn - a chocolate-box pub right on the beach and ideal for families with a large outdoor dining area.
Distance: 18 miles
Journey time: 35 minutes
Great for exploring wildlife and geology along the Heritage Coast, with a marine centre run by the Dorset Wildlife Trust. The sheltered bay allows swimming, diving and picnicking.
Distance: 40 miles
Journey time: 1 hour 5 minutes
A near-perfect semi-circular beach, carved out of the cliffs by the power of the sea, offers safe bathing in the sheltered bay, rock pools at low tide and endless diversions for the geologically inclined.
From Lulworth Cove there is a popular 2km walk along the cliffs to the equally impressive Durdle Door, a natural arch of limestone rock that overlooks the cove.
Distance: 28 miles
Journey time: 45 minutes
Studland Bay offers 3 miles of beautiful sandy beaches in the unspoilt surroundings of Studland Nature Reserve, a 3200-hectare area of heathland which is a haven for rare birds. The bay’s four main beaches include a National Trust visitor centre and a water sports equipment hire shop, both on Knoll Beach.
Whilst in the area, pop into the Square and Compass Pub in nearby Worth Matravers. You might also like to try some horse-riding at Studland Stables, for rides on the beach, in the forest, on the heath and along the coastal ridge – spectacular views!
Distance: 42 miles
Journey time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
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