The area

Beaminster is an attractive traditional Dorset market town, with pubs, shops and restaurants, set in the heart of stunning walking countryside. With over 200 listed buildings the whole of this historic town centre has now been made into a conservation area.

The West Dorset area has been described  by the Daily Telegraph as a “Foodies’ Paradise” .  TV personality Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s “River Cottage restaurant is only a few miles away in Axmister.   In Beaminster itself we have the now famous Brasserie at the Bridge House Hotel

Dorset is a heaven for garden lovers and walkers.   Being close to the Somerset and Devon borders,  À Côté, in Beaminster town is an ideal place to stay for aficionado to attend the numerous art, music and food festivals in the area.

It is only a few miles from West Bay, the Jurassic coast and a short drive from Golden Cap, the highest cliff in Dorset.

Spend the morning at  the grand Elizabethan Mapperton House with its spectacular layered gardens, where “Far from the Madding Crowd” was filmed,  and in the afternoon take a stroll around Forde Abbey and its splendid gardens.

From there you can explore the coast, starting at Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, south facing beaches and narrow bustling streets.

Visit the Market town of Charmouth which boasts the finest fossil beach in Europe or go to the peaceful fishing village of Beer.

Stroll along Chesil Beach and visit the Swannery or the tropical gardens of Abbotsburry.

Walk to Hardy’s Monument (Nelson’s Hardy not Thomas Hardy)  and take in the panoramic views.

To find out more about Beaminster, visit the website here.