Main image : The Ollerod, Dorset
As part of our Dorset Delights feature within the latest issue of Travel Dine Relax we highlighted four fabulous locations to call your home while exploring the Jurassic coast and Dorset county treasures.
Close-by to the spectacular Jurassic Coast, this former quarry has been transformed into Silverlake, a nature reserve where guests can stay in an eco-holiday home.
With hundreds of acres and different waterways, Silverlake is a haven for wildlife and outdoor adventure.
Guests seeking rest and relaxation in the tranquil countryside, The Hurricane Spa is the jewel in the crown of the estate and is perfect for those looking for a sport of pampering. It has a 20m outdoor pool that is heated year-round, and indoors guests will find a sauna and Technogym equipment.
There’s a choice of accommodation to choose from with individual holiday homes suitable for families or groups.
The Pig on the Beach
This popular hotel opened in June 2014 and is an old coastal villa formerly belonging to the Bankes family of Kingston Lacey fame. It is a combination of eccentrically interpreted architectural styles reminiscent of castles in a C.S. Lewis novel. Formerly The Manor House Hotel, THE PIG-on the beach has been lovingly restored in the same relaxed, quirky style that has become THE PIG’s signature.
The 23 quirky and characterful rooms are like something from a classic fairy tale with Victorian windows, cosy and romantic attic rooms, freestanding baths in clever nooks and the signature ‘larders’ for piggy snacks.
This charming property dates from the 14th Century and The Ollerod is a magical Dorset country house full of character.
Situated in the picturesque town of Beaminster, which borders 3 counties, The Ollerod is the perfect place to explore an incredibly beautiful, and untouched, part of England.
The hotel is a foodie lovers retreat and is headed up by Chris and Silvana, who used their experience within the hospitality sector while celebrating the character and beauty of the building. Chris delights with a range of beautifully crafted dishes which draw on his Michelin star experience. South African born Silvana has extensive experience within the boutique, luxury hospitality sector.
The Ollerod has nine individually styled hotel bedrooms from cool modern to classic English, all with ensuite bathrooms, organic toiletries, and fine Italian bed linens for added comfort and luxury.
This intimate and cosy hotel is enviably positioned within a short stroll from Lulworth Cove. Lulworth Lodge features a range of contemporary, coastal-inspired bedrooms from a single snug to the generous space of The Lodge Suite providing the perfect vantage point to view the sea. Throughout the property calming neutral palettes are punctuated with quirky prints and chic furnishings.
Each of the twelve rooms has all the essential guest amenities, from tea and coffee facilities to handy water bottles and complimentary cookies. Its on-site dining area provides a range of seafood and bistro styled dishes to whet the appetite after a day exploring the cove and Dorset walks. Included within your stay is a choice of breakfast dishes featuring local and seasonal produce.
Outside is a charming deck area that lends itself well to sipping a local cider (or two), while catching the sunshine and sea breeze.