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Stock Hill House
Thomas Hardy’s Tupcombe eavesdrops in the inglenooks of this 16th-century inn, renamed the Sow and Acorn in The First Countess of Wessex. Under the real-life management of Jack and Alex MacKenzie, the refurbished inn (Red Carnation Hotels) retains the ‘good atmosphere’, beams, stone floors and log fires that the writer captures.
‘Comfortable’ cottage-style bedrooms, ‘first-class’ food, ‘friendly, efficient, helpful’ staff and a ‘cosy’ atmosphere combine to form one ‘lovely little hotel’, say ‘delighted’ guests, many of whom become regulars.
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Lyme Regis with its Cobb, described in The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Persuasion. Famous beaches include Chesil Beach, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door,
Wonderful meals and personal service await at the Good Hotel Guide hotels in Dorset. Choose from seaside locations, thatched countryside retreats and smart townhouse-style hotels – or indeed combine a stay to experience a true sense of Dorsetlife. Other places to see in this interesting county include Dorchester – Hardy’s Casterbridge (his cottage is at Higher Bockhampton). Near Cerne Abbas is the priapic giant carved into a hillside. Historic buildings include Christchurch Priory, Sherborne abbey church and Wimborne Minster. Tolpuddle remembers its martyrs with a memorial, Maiden Castle is a vast prehistoric earthwork with stunning views. Visit the ancient Swannery at Abbotsbury, and the Prince of Wales’s purpose-built town of Poundbury.
For holiday ideas in Dorset, please see VisitEngland
Guide Book Vouchers
Selected hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 25% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. Each printed copy of the Guide contains six vouchers worth in total about £150.Buy the guide