Dorset's Hardy Landscape

In 2018 Dorset was voted the UK's favourite county and it's easy to see why on our scenic packaged tour which features its glorious gardens and landscapes. Featuring private guided tours of Forde Abbey and Sherbourne Castle and excursions to Dorchester, Lyme Regis and the iconic Lulworth Cove, this tour discovers the best of Thomas Hardy's beautiful landscape.
Day 1 Arrival
We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Day 2 Lulworth & Dorchester
We spend this morning at Lulworth Estate in the heart of Dorset, set in 20 square miles of rolling countryside lined by 5 miles of Jurassic coast. We visit world-famous Lulworth Cove, famous for its unique geology, breathtaking scenery and panoramic views before making our way to Lulworth Castle. Here we learn about its history, visit the Roman Catholic Chapel and Church of St Andrew, enjoy the extensive parkland and visit the tearoom. We spend the remainder of our day at leisure in Dorchester. Please note, there is a walk downhill to Lulworth Cove.

Day 3 Forde Abbey & Lyme Regis
This morning, we enjoy a private guided tour of the house at Forde Abbey (tours are conducted when the house is not open to the general public so should be started no later than 11 am), where we learn about its history, followed by free time to stroll around the beautiful gardens and enjoy lunch in the tearoom. In the afternoon, we travel along Dorset’s Jurassic coast and visit Lyme Regis, the historic unspoiled seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour.

Day 4 Sherborne Castle & Sherborne
Today, we enjoy a private guided tour of Sherborne Castle (starting between 10 am and 10.30 am) where we see its magnificent state rooms, Tudor kitchen, relics from the Civil War and archaeological treasures. We also have time at leisure to explore the 30 acres of tranquil gardens set in a stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscape, affording spectacular views of 1,000 acres of parkland. In the afternoon, we spend time in the medieval market town of Sherborne whose attractions include Sherborne Abbey and Sherborne Museum.

Day 5 Departure
After breakfast, we make our way home.

George Albert Hotel

Wardon Hill, Nr Dorchester
Positioned in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the modern George Albert hotel is situated in a peaceful location approximately 10 miles north of Dorchester. There are 39 light, modern bedrooms, a large, informal restaurant, a relaxing bar and an outside terrace. • Lift • Bar • Restaurant • Tea/coffee in room • Coach parking is on-site & free of charge

George Albert Hotel

Wardon Hill, Nr. Dorchester
4 Nights Half Board
2020 Twin from £274pp
Double for Sole Use Supplement from £84
Based on Sunday arrivals

• Porterage
• Non-alcoholic pre-dinner drink on 1st night
• 3 course carvery menu on 1st night
• Choice of menu on 3 nights
• Tea/coffee after dinner
• Entrance to Lulworth Castle
• Private guided tour of Forde Abbey House
• Private guided tour of Sherborne Castle
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£274 for 5 days

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