The beautiful countryside and towns of Dorset are famous for their rural charm and history. On this new tour we will be staying close to Dorchester and visiting the lovely coastal resort of Lyme Regis, spending time in the market town of Dorchester and we also include a visit to Forde Abbey and Gardens, a former monastery which has been transformed into a Renaissance palace. Our final excursion includes medieval Sherborne and a visit to Shaftesbury, famous for Gold Hill which featured in the Hovis adverts.
The George Albert Hotel is conveniently located between Dorchester and Yeovil. It is a family owned hotel with a good reputation for service. The en suite rooms have modern furnishings, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryers. The hotel does not have any ground floor bedrooms, but has a lift and a small number of rooms with walk in showers are available on request. The hotel also has a spa, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. There will be entertainment on one evening during our stay.
Monday: We travel to Dorset arriving at the hotel late afternoon.
Tuesday: After breakfast we head for Lyme Regis where we spend the morning. Later we continue to Forde Abbey and Gardens for our afternoon visit.
Wednesday: Today’s shorter excursion takes us to Dorchester, where it is market day. The town is famously associated with Thomas Hardy and his novels.
Thursday: We visit the pretty town of Sherborne with its medieval buildings and Abbey before heading to Shaftesbury, one of the ancient hill top towns of Dorset, where cobbled Gold Hill offers impressive views over Hardy’s Wessex.
Friday: With luggage loaded, it is time to head back to Derbyshire.
Cost shown is per person for half board sharing a double or twin room
Single room supplement £72
Admission to Forde Abbey and Gardens is included