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Welcome to our fine selection of hotels and inns in Dorset, handpicked by the team here at English Country Inns. Dorset is ' Hardy Country'. Thomas Hardy was born, lived and worked in Dorset and the county town of Dorchester features as Casterbridge in his novel, 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'. Other attractions include historic Lyme Regis, situated on the world famous Jurassic Coast and featured in the film, 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'. The large resort of Bournemouth boasts great shoopping, beaches and nightlife, whilst nearby Poole Harbour is famous for its superb natural harbour - and millionaires houses!

Inland you will find rolling hills, winding lanes, sleepy villages and pretty country pubs. Dorset has been designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and it's easy to see why. And where better to stay than at a country inn. Whether you want to be right at the heart of the countryside or close enough to the sea to dip your toes, you will find your perfect Dorset inn here.

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The Rose and Crown, Trent

The Rose and Crown, Trent

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This truly old-fashioned village local is complimented further with Chef Marcus Wilcox preparing food to the highest of quality using local producers and suppliers. All of our bedrooms are furnished to the same high standard but as you might expect with a boutique Bed and Breakfast they do vary a little in size and aspect. Each room also has its own patio area, the perfect environment in which to relax and unwind with the rolling views over the fields, rustic charm with a modern finish.

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The Anvil Inn, Pimperne near Blandford Forum

The Anvil Inn, Pimperne

Prices From: £85 prpn

This lovely 16th Century thatched hotel is located just outside Blandford Forum and is open all day for you to relax and enjoy a meal and drinks in the bar or restaurant. Salisbury, Dorchester, Sherborne and Shaftsbury are all within easy reach. AA 4 Star Inn.

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The White Lion, Bourton

The White Lion Inn, Bourton

Prices From: £55 prpn At a Glance:

Built in 1726, the beautiful old White Lion Inn with its atmospheric bar offers a warm welcome in a comfortable and relaxing environment. Relax with friends and family over a drink or two, sit by the open fires and on fine days take a seat outside to enjoy the beautiful and relaxing gardens. Our imaginative and varied menu includes established pub favourites as well as more exotic dishes. We have two beautifully appointed en-suite double rooms full of character.

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The Stapleton Arms

The Stapleton Arms, Buckhorn Weston

Prices From: £80 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the Stapleton Arms, a new style country pub with rooms situated on the Somerset / Dorset / Wiltshire border. Our philosophy is quality food cooked simply with the freshest local ingredients, sensibly priced, and our menu changes daily. Sample some of our superb range of tapped and bottled beers from around the world or our great wines and whiskies. Our four individually furnished bedrooms boast state of the art bathrooms.

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The Kings Arms, Charlton Horethorn

The Kings Arms, Charlton Horethorn, Sherborne

Prices From: £100 prpn At a Glance:

Quintessentially English and completely refurbished from cellar to loft, The Kings Arms has retained the atmosphere of a traditional country pub but with full 21st century comforts. The inn boasts great home cooked food, log fires in winter and a lovely garden, terrace and croquet lawn for the summer. This welcoming country hotel is situated in Charlton Horethorne, three miles from Sherborne, on the Somerset / Dorset border.

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The Junction, Dorchester

The Junction, Dorchester

Prices From: £55 prpn At a Glance:

This six bedroom, former coaching inn is set in the heart of Dorchester, Thomas Hardy's 'Casterbridge'. The popular Junction boasts a traditional bar with lots of atmosphere where you can enjoy fine food and a wide choice of cask ales, lagers, wines and soft drinks.

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The Fontmell near Shaftesbury

The Fontmell, Fontmell Magna, Shaftesbury

Prices From: £95 prpn

The Fontmell offers individually designed en-suite bedrooms and an eclectically furnished bar serving local real ales and unusual wines. There is also a stylish library-themed restaurant serving stunning food. Unusually, a babbling stream runs between the bar and the restaurant. The Fontmell is the perfect place for a weekend away in North Dorset.

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The Lulworth Cove Inn

The Lulworth Cove Inn, Lulworth Cove, near Wareham

Prices From: £75 prpn At a Glance:

This coastal inn enjoys a superb position on the doorstep of stunning Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Enjoy great food, prepared where possible from the freshest local produce, or just relax with a drink in the garden on a sunny day...

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The Crown at Marnhull

The Crown at Marnhull, Marnhull

Prices From: £59 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the pretty thatched 16th century Crown Inn, situated in the heart of Blackmore Vale, frequented by Thomas Hardy and portrayed as `The Pure Drop Inn` in his famous novel 'Tess of the D`urbervilles'. Steeped in history, there is a priest hole still visible in the bar that linked the pub to nearby St Gregory`s Church. Today the inn boasts five spacious en-suite letting bedrooms with full modern facilities including power shower, deep roll top bath or wet room, and free WiFi. Our main bar with log fire is open all day, and homemade food, prepared where possible from the freshest local produce, is served at lunchtime and in the evening.

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The Rising Sun Inn, Lynmouth

The Marquis of Lorne Inn, Nettlecombe, Bridport

Prices From: £75 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the 16th century Marquis of Lorne, a traditonal inn with an excellent reputation for good food, perfect for a relaxing country break in one of our seven en-suite double rooms, all with views over the countryside. The Inn also features two cosy bars. You will find us situated in the picturesque hamlet of Nettlecombe, surrounded by views of outstanding natural beauty, just 7 miles from Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

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The Brace of Pheasants, Dorchester

The Brace of Pheasants, Plush, Dorchester

Prices From: £78.75 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to the Brace of Pheasants, a 16th century thatched inn located in the heart of Hardy's Dorset, awarded Dorset Dining Pub of the Year 2011 by the Good Pub Guide. We have eight en-suite bedrooms, four in the old skittle alley and the remainder upstairs above the pub. The rooms have been individually created by interior designer Chrissy Potter to make your stay feel that bit more special.

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The Shah of Persia, Poole

The Shah Of Persia, Poole

Prices From: £45 prpn At a Glance:

Situated just a short distance from the centre of Poole with its harbour and busy quayside, the popular Shah of Persia offers fifteen en-suite bedrooms and a great choice of quality pub food and drink is served all day.

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The Half Moon, Sherborne

The Half Moon, Sherborne, near Yeovil

Prices From: £83.95 prpn At a Glance:

Welcome to The Half Moon in the beautiful Dorset town of Sherborne with its Abbey and Castle, an ideal base for discovering Hardy's Wessex. Food is served all day, including sandwiches and snacks as well as hearty pub meals. There are also 13 comfortable en-suite rooms.

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Langton Arms, Blandford Forum

The Langton Arms, Tarrant Monkton, Blandford Forum

Prices From: £90 prpn At a Glance:

This lovely 17th century thatched inn is peacefully set in the small thatched hamlet of Tarrant Monkton in the Tarrant Valley, surrounded by some of the most spectacular countryside in Devon. A free house, the inn is renowned for its excellent food and offers a wide variety of interesting homemade dishes, including vegetarian meals, at value for money prices. The accommodation includes six guest rooms set around an attractive courtyard plus four rooms in the beautiful neighbouring cottage, Taddlestones.

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The Fishermans Haunt, Christchurch

The Fisherman's Haunt, Winkton, Christchurch

Prices From: £65 prpn At a Glance:

This 17th century inn oozes character and historic charm. The 12 refurbished bedrooms combine comfort with all modern amenities and there are a limited number of rooms suitably adapted for disabled access. The restaurant enjoys an excellent reputation for good food, accompanied by a fine selection of wines and Fuller's award winning ales. Close to the New Forest and River Avon, the Fisherman's Haunt is the ideal location for the country lover and angler, tourist and businessman.

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