Where to stay? If you are looking for a few days away here in deepest darkest Dorset I can absolutely recommend
West Hillhouse Cottages . Situated in a 'proper' Dorset village close to the Jurassic Coast these award winning cottages are beautifully decorated and are dog friendly with secure gardens. You can also get a 10% off code for my workshops if you book with them (you may wish to check availability with me first if this is the sole purpose of your trip)
Another highly recommended for a stay of 3 nights or more..
Owner Kate describes these as glamping but they are so much more, luxury, dog friendly shepherd huts in the beautiful Purbecks. Take a look at the website and I guarantee you will love them instantly.
For an over night only stay then take a look at The Duchess of Cornwall Inn. Quite literally a 2 minute walk away from my workshop, this beautiful pub/restaurant also offers beautiful accommodation. Perfect for a flying visit where comfort is as important as convenience.
I have also heard great things about The Kings Arms, DorchesterSeveral previous students have stayed there and recommended it.
There is also a Premier Inn in Dorchester just a few minutes drive away and 2 Premier Inns and a plethera of guest house and hotels in Weymouth which is the next town along, some 15 minutes drive away.
Where to eat? Locally, Bonjour Cafe is an absolute gem. Owner operated by Emma, scrummy homemade food is on offer from Tuesday to Saturday. And again within walking distance of my workshop.
A little further afield but situated at one of my favourite beaches is The Hive Beach Cafe. The location is stunning, they serve lovely food and they also have an awesome little shop featuring many local artisan products.
What to do? If you love walking and the outdoors then you absolutely cannot miss Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Stunning views and both are a must see. If you are up to a steep hill you can park at one and walk to the other. ( I suggest you park at Durdle Door and walk to Lulworth Cove as there are refreshments and toilets at Lulworth. I also really love Worbarrow Bay which is a little further along the coast but stunning.
If arts and crafts are more your thing and you are down with the children then take a look at Gone Potty in Weymouth. Emma offers pottery painting for adults and children alike and you can just drop in during her usual opening hours.
Spa luxury on your wish list? Then you will be pleased to discover that the award winning luxury Monart Spa is 2 minutes walk away from my workshop (and just across the square from The Duchess of Cornwall Inn as above). It has just been listed by The Guardian as one of 20 best spa retreats. What is not to love about that? Any excuse to treat yourself I say.
Watersports activities are a huge part of life here in Dorset and rightly so. Situated on the south coast our climate is mild and nearby Portland Harbour was the home of the sailing events in the 2012 Olympics. Situated within The Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy you can find the OTC where you can hire equipment for windsurfing, stand up paddleboarding and more plus book in for tuition. Tris and the team are super friendly and approachable and even if you are a complete beginner there is something they will be able to offer you