Local Attractions

Longleat Wildlife ParkLawn Cottage is an ideal base for visiting Dorset, Somerset or Wiltshire being on the border of all three, or as a quiet place to relax and unwind 'far from the madding crowd'.

Gold Hill, ShaftesburyLawn Cottage is in the village of Stour Row three miles south west of Shaftesbury in the Blackmore Vale – Thomas Hardy's 'Vale of Little Dairies'.  It has a charming garden and terrace which guests are very welcome to use. The front lawn has recently been converted to raised vegetable beds which now produce lovely beans, potatoes, tomatoes and herbs in season. There is a gate from the garden to the fields behind which leads to Duncliffe Wood. Duncliffe is 250 acres of Woodland Trust full of lovely walks and in the early Spring bursting with primroses and violets and later filled with bluebells and foxgloves.

The delightful market town of Shaftesbury is nearby and is famous for Gold Hill which featured in the Hovis advert. Within half an hour are the following lovely towns – Sherborne (with the Abbey, Old and New Castles) Wincanton (with antique shops and the National Hunt Racecourse) Blandford, famous for its Georgian houses, Dorchester (Thomas Hardy) and Wilton and Salisbury.

The lovely Wilton House, Longleat and Sherborne Castles are within half an hour as are the National Trust houses of Stourhead and Kingston Lacey. Dorset has a wealth of lovely Churches, villages and places to visit. There are books of walks at Lawn Cottage and Mrs Watkins is happy to recommend days out.

Dorset is a delightful county to explore with a wealth of villages and towns, churches and gardens, walks and pubs, ancient hill forts and its isolation from any motorways and small lanes to travel through somehow make it unique.