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Charlton Horethorne, Sherborne DT9 4NL
At a Glance: Historic, AA Rosette for Food

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.

From £165/room per night
Main Road, West Lulworth, Lulworth Cove BH20 5RQ
At a Glance: Historic, By the Sea

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...

From £125/room per night
Plush, Dorchester DT2 7RQ
At a Glance: Historic, Boutique

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.

From £78.75/room per night
Half Moon Street, Sherborne DT9 3LN
At a Glance: Historic

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.

From £50/room per night
Tarrant Monkton, Nr Blandford Forum DT11 8RX
At a Glance: Historic, Pet Friendly

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 Dorset. 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.

From £150/room per night
East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AP
At a Glance: Boutique, Swimming Pool, By The Sea

Located just a few minutes walk from the beach and only a 15 minute walk from the centre of Bournemouth, the Cottonwood with its panoramic views over the bay is perfectly located for those visiting the area. Enjoy the views whilst soaking up the sun from the bar and terrace, or experience elegant fine dining in the Garden Restaurant. Ask about the Chocolate Buffet! Fancy a bit of pampering? The on-site Beauty Essence offers a number of beauty treatments, and if visiting in the summer months, why not check out the outdoor pool!

From £53/room per night
23 West Street Wimborne, Wimborne Minster BH21 1JS
At a Glance: Historic, Boutique

The Minster Arms offers luxury accommodation featuring Victorian style bathrooms in ten newly refurbished rooms, alongside an on-site restaurant that offers rustic and honest food. Set in Wimborne, an old market town known for its charm and history.

From £105/room per night
The Queens Arms, Sherborne DT9 4LR
At a Glance: Historic, 2 AA Rosette, Pet Friendly

Set in a former 18th century cider house, The Queens Arms is set just 3 miles from the beautiful market town of Sherborne. With a rich history, Sherborne is home to Sherborne Abbey, the ruins of a 12th century palace and 16th century mansions, along with many medieval and Georgian buildings built in the local ham stone. AA 5 Silver Star Inn, 2AA Rosettes for food.

From £120/room per night
12 Queen Mother Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3BW
At a Glance: Historic, Boutique

Overlooking the statue of HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, this palatial building offers 20 stylish bedrooms, each decorated with an exquisite attention to detail. The inn has been styled to the Georgian era, with luxurious extras including smart TVs. There is a choice of dining: the Pantry and Bar offer casual dining, whilst the Dining Room serves classic British food. Situated in Poundbury, a few miles from the center of Dorchester and only 3 miles from Maiden Castle, one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hill forts in Europe.

From £100/room per night

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