September 28, 2016

Why we love Dorset

Here at Langtry Manor, we truly appreciate being located in one of the most beautiful regions of the country, if not the world. Dorset boasts landscapes even writer Thomas Hardy and poet William Wordsworth were inspired by. For those of you who have never visited, or even those who live in Dorset but have not yet explored all the hidden treasures, here are a few of our favourite local beauty spots to visit whilst staying with us.


You can’t picture Bournemouth without thinking of our miles and miles of blue flag beaches. The white sands here are as breath taking as any exotic beach location. Why not take a stroll from the hotel down to the cliff top, from there head towards Boscombe’s new surf reef, and further on to the popular landmark of Hengistbury Head. If you are feeling energetic, head west to Bournemouth Pier and on to Sandbanks. Why not take the ferry over to Studland and sample our famous Purbeck ice cream along the way.

In the mood to venture a little further afield? You may be tempted to visit the iconic Durdle Door at Lulworth Cove, a location so picturesque you can hardly believe it isn’t man made. Walk over the hill for a little light exercise before making your way down to the natural stone arch the sea has gently moulded over hundreds of years. Here’s a tip – Finley’s serve the best fish and chips you will ever sample!

Finally, to let you in on a local secret – nestled in the hills somewhere between Corfe Castle and Swanage (both also worth a visit), is the tiny village of Worth Matravers. Consisting of limestone cottages and farm houses built around a sweet little duck pond, it comes complete with a traditional red phone box and its own pub. The Square and Compass serves homemade pies, Dorset apple cake, and even cider grown and brewed in its own back garden. However, the real highlight is the walk down to the cliff top. The views simply cannot be described. It’s easy to wile away an afternoon listening to the crashing waves. There are even the remnants of an old quarry, deserted since 1940 to explore, before retiring for a well-earned pint!


So there you have it, a mere taster of the things our beautiful county has to offer, and all easily accessible from your base at Langtry Manor.