Wander through to the back, via a fascinating outhouse, to a garden swathed in clematis and wisteria. Grassy paths still divide the long rambling gardens where the rope-workers applied their skills… this row of Victorian cottages has barely changed in 100 years.
Hop on the bus or walk twenty minutes across the fields to West Bay for outstanding beaches towered over by majestic cliffs. Here you can swim, boat, kayak and go coasteering – there’s plenty of space and children will love the special play parks in summer.
Step out the front for the river and sandy paths down to the centre of town. Buy Dorset-fresh produce from three weekly markets, rest in Buckydoo Square and watch life flow by, or wind up having lunch at The Bull. Return to sunny bedrooms and the perfect teenage dorm in the loft.