Located in Dorchester, Dorset
The Meal House is a holiday cottage in Dewlish, Dorset, sleeping 3 and pet friendly, the perfect romantic retreat with Japanese-style woodburning hot tub
The Meal House is a semi-detached former farm cottage dating back to the 1880s set in a chalk hillside in the village of Dewlish. This cottage is great for lovers of the countryside and the area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those looking for more of a quiet, romantic retreat a Japanese-style wood burning hot tub with rural views is perfect. The cottage retains many period features with its wooden floors and oak beams but has been sympathetically modernised to bring modern comforts such as underfloor heating. Unsurprisingly there are scenic walks in all directions right from your doorstep and The Old Dairy does accept one well behaved dog so they too can take advantage of the excellent walks. The local pub is just an 8 minute walk away and serves great food.
The accommodation at The Meal House comprises of an open plan living area with wood burning stove, smart TV with Freeview, WiFi and a selection of books and games. The kitchen has underfloor heating and is equipped with an electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The bedroom is a king-size double with en-suite bath, separate shower, toilet and basin.
Outside is an elevated decked terrace at roof height with furniture, chiminea and Japanese-style wood burning hot tub with wonderful views down the valley, accessed by an external wooden staircase. There is off road parking for one car. Your fuel, power, bed linen and towels are all included in the price.
Dorchester is the county town of Dorset with a long history dating back to pre Roman times. Best known perhaps as the birthplace of Thomas Hardy his novel, The Mayor of Casterbridge, is based on Dorchester. Being the county town there are lots of attractions, both indoor and out with plenty of museums, country houses and gardens and historical sites to visit.Read more
Although there is a lot happening in Dorchester the surrounding villages are also worth a visit. In Charminster you will find Wolfeton House, an Elizabethan House set in water-meadows. Kingston Maurwood is just 1.5 miles from Dorchester and is a Georgian mansion surrounded by 35 acres of gardens, 5 of which is a beautiful lake. Lots of events happen here throughout the year including open air concerts so do have a look to see if events coincide with your visit. Tolpuddle houses the Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, birthplace of the Trade Unions. Cerne Abbas has the largest hill figure in Britain, aptly named the Cerne Abbas Giant, standing at 180 feet in height and carrying a club a sizeable 120 feet in length. While in Cerne Abbas have a walk around Cerne Abbey.
In May the Dorchester Festival is held over 5 days with both free and ticketed events. The festival is broad in nature, with comedy, theatre, music, sculpture, food, painting and much more. The Forever Sun Festival is at the end of July and is a music festival with five stages. August hosts the One World Festival with world food, music and activities. In August, the Dorset Food and Arts Festival takes place in the square in Poundbury with huge farmer's market, music and a mixed programme of arts and performances. From April to October join the Dorchester Town Ghost Walks form the Kings Arms. Dorchester Corn Exchange has events on all through the year, from top comedians to music acts. Finally, the Dorset County Show is held at the start of September and features two days of events, animals, farming, crafts, gardening, shopping and food and drink.
There are many attractions in and around Dorchester, too many to list here to do the area justice but I will do my best. In Dorchester itself lies The Keep Military Museum, 4 floors of military history focusing on the Dorsetshire regiment over the past 500 years. Dorchester also has the Dorset County Museum, a remarkable museum with ever changing exhibitions alongside permanent galleries covering ancient Dorset, Jurassic Dorset, rural Dorset, Writer's Dorset, the Victorians and Dorchester itself. The Dinosaur Museum is also located in Dorchester and has been running since 1984. This award winning museum has life-size dinosaur reconstructions, fossils, skeletons and hands on displays. A must for the dinosaur lover. Finally, the Teddy Bear Museum is a celebration of all things stuffed in teddy form that will delight those young of heart. Aside from the museum is the Teddy bear house and a shop.
If you are looking for a peaceful day out then head to Sculpture by the Lakes. Set in 26 acres of beautiful countryside, this attraction is equally good for lovers of the outdoors as well as the arts blending nature’s beauty with inspiring art. Run by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon, the attraction is open all year round but is only bookable online to keep visitor numbers capped so you can enjoy the experience as it was intended.
To the east of Dorchester lies Max Gate, the childhood home of Thomas Hardy now owned by the National Trust and open to the public. Staying with If you want one of the best views over the county then head to Hardys Monument, a monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy who served with Lord Nelson. Set on the hills to the south west of Dorchester, the view from here is far reaching and on a clear day, from the top of the tower, you will be seeing pretty much all of the county of Dorset. Also worth a visit is Athelhampton House and Gardens. Dating from 1485, the house is a great example of Tudor architecture while the gardens have many areas to explore including the Great Court with its pyramid shaped yew trees, the private garden, octagonal pond and out towards the River Piddle where the gardens change from formal to natural. Just to the south-west of Dorchester lies Maiden Castle run by the English Heritage, one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill fort's in Europe with a 4,000 year history.
Food lovers won't be disappointed with the offering in and around Dorchester with huge variety. You have tastes from around the world, from Japanese to the Mediterranean, traditional English to a French Creperie. Dorchester also has the only restaurant in Dorset with a Michelin Star, Sienna. I suggest you book!Read less
Bournemouth is 26 miles away
Bristol is 47 miles away
Exeter is 58 miles away