The Local Area

Dorset Heritage

Maiden Castle is the largest Iron Age hill fort in Europe covering 47 acres just two miles from us.
Thomas Hardy’s Cottage and Max Gate (Thomas Hardy’s permanent home) are both within 5 miles.
Dorset County Museum in Dorchester 4 miles away provides wonderful exhibits about the Jurassic coast, local historical finds as well as a temporary art gallery showing varied works of art, many of which are for sale.
Athelhampton House is a wonderful stately home and gardens just 5 miles away.
Dorset & Devon Military Museum again in Dorchester, provides wonderful views over the landscape from the top of its Keep as well as having a collection of artefacts, uniforms and weapons.
Corfe Castle one of the most evocative ruined castles in England is a 20 minute drive away.
The Cerne Abbas Giant and the White Horse in Osmington are giant carvings into the chalk hillsides of Dorset.

The Jurassic Coast

We are under 30 minutes away from the following famous beaches and coastal towns: Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Weymouth, Chesil Beach, Kimmeridgeand Ringstead.

Under an hour away from Studland, Swanage, Sandbanks, West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

We can arrange sea fishing trips from Weymouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay.

Walking & Cycling


Barton Cottage is just 5 miles from The Hardy Way, The Jubilee Trail and the South West Coast Path. These offer a wide variety of well signed walks in addition to hundreds of local footpaths and bridleways across the county.


The Ridgeway Cycle Route passes through broadmayne and interconnects with other national bike routes for road based bikes. For those with mountain bikes, Puddletown Forest provides good off road opportunities as well as jumps for dare devils, this is just a 25 minute bike ride or 8 minutes by car.

Restaurants & Pubs

Places to Eat...

Nearby is the famous County town of Dorchester which has many good Indian, Chinese, Thai and Italian Restaurants.

The new Brewery Square development offers lots of well known restaurants such as Nandos, Zizzi, Carluccios, Wagamama and Pizza Express. It has a large outdoor cinema screen as well as a large indoor multi screen cinema and a large courtyard with a fountain system for children to play in.

Weymouth Harbour is only a 15 minute drive and offers a wide variety of good pubs and restaurants.

Traditional Local Pubs...

The New Inn - in West Knighton, our local village, 3 minute walk.
The Wise Man - West Stafford, half an hour walk or 4 minute drive.
Yalbury Cottage - Lower Bockhampton, absolutely delicious local food and perfect for a special occasion, 5 minute.
The Blue Vinny - Puddletown, 15 minute.
The Smugglers - Osmington, 15 minutes.
The Sailors Return - East Chaldon, 15 minutes.
The New Inn - Cerne Abbas, great food with a large beer garden. 16 miles / 20 minutes.