Ian and Wendy greet you warmly with tea and homemade cake by the fire in their listed Georgian home – you’ll feel relaxed in no time with such easy hosts. Upstairs you’ll find roomy bedrooms with pretty village views, fresh flowers and interesting books to dip into.
You breakfast well on sausages and bacon from the local farm, tomatoes from the greenhouse in season, rhubarb and gooseberry compotes from the garden and homemade jams. Plan your walks through this AONB or join the Macmillan Way (half a mile). Bring bikes and cycle the National routes which criss-cross the area, have a day of fossil hunting at the coast, climb Eggardon Hill or Golden Cap for far-reaching views – you’re in the heart of Hardy country.
Return to look around the village, visit ‘the best village stores in Dorset’, explore the church with the highest tower in Dorset, an Art Deco baptistry and a splendid William Morris window. It’s well worth taking a turn in the beautifully-kept garden too. The local pub, the Fox and Hounds, is a short stumble from here.