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I can’t hurry in my favourite county of Dorset.
It takes time; it boasts having no motorways and forces me to meander down delightful country lanes to reach my destination, Sutton Poyntz, near the late Georgian seaside town of Weymouth. I am greeted royally by the hill figure of George III on a grey horse riding sedately out of Weymouth.
I’m staying in the aptly named Lavender Cottage – given that the flower is attributed with calming properties. It is tucked away in the idyllic village, nestling amid the hills, complete with local pubs, a Mill and duck pond. Hardy fans will recognised the village of Overcombe in his book the Trumpet Major
This Victorian period property is lovingly decorated and comfortably furnished in keeping with its era. I am welcomed by Dorset tea, local biscuits and a tasty Lyme Bay blackberry wine. All of which I enjoy in the small courtyard garden in the evening.
Such a quiet spot, would be lovely too in the winter with the wood burners and log fire.
I dawdle along the rather muddy South West coastal path to Osmingtons Mill with great views of Portland Bill in the distance jutting out into the bay like an animal tethered to Weymouth bay. Further along this World Famous Jurassic coastline is the remote National Trust owned Ringstead Bay, without a caravan park in sight.
Catching the bus along the coast to visit the traditional Georgian seaside town of Weymouth, I remember that Jane Austen once wrote “Weymouth is altogether a shocking place, without recommendation of any kind”
Well, this weekend she would have found the harbour side in full swing with music and Morris dancing, as it was the Wessex folk weekend. The beautiful sandy beach was being thoroughly enjoyed by family groups and the shopping centre bustling. A lively traditional seaside town much enjoyed by King George III and his entourage despite Jane Austen’s dismissive summary.
There is so much to see and do in this area of Dorset but its best to take your time. No rush – any time you enjoy wasting isn’t wasted time.
The quiet evening relaxation of Lavender Cottage with its sleepy village duck pond and choice of local pubs is a haven of tranquillity.
http://www.visit-dorset.com
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