This ancient village is located in Northwest Dorset, five miles northeast of the market town of Bridport. It lies in a steep valley, on the edge of the Dorset Downs. The Mangerton River runs past holiday cottages in Powerstock, on the southern edge of the village. In the centre of Powerstock, on King’s Lane, School Hill and Dugberry Hill, there are rows of historic cottages and the church of St Mary the Virgin. The Three Horseshoes Inn is a cosy pub serving local ales and excellent food. Every summer, one of the region’s best cider festivals is held here. There is another pub, the Marquis of Lorne, in the neigbouring hamlet of Nettlecombe, a short stroll southward on quiet country lanes from your holiday cottage in Powerstock. The food here is particularly good and is prepared with the finest fresh produce from neighbouring farms.
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The countryside surrounding Powerstock is wonderfully unspoiled, with swathes of fields and woods to explore. A walk to the summit of Eggardon Hill is a must on self-catering holidays in Powerstock. A notorious smuggler is said to have planted a stand of pine trees here to help him navigate the south Dorset coast. At 827 ft, there are spectacular views across the Downs and toward the coast. Powerstock Common is another lovely place for a stroll, with wildflowers and butterflies along a disused railway line. A scenic drive southward from Powerstock, Chesil Beach is a wild, 18-mile stretch of shingle shore. Exploring this unique stretch of coast is highly recommended. Don’t miss Fleet Lagoon, one of the world’s few remaining brackish lagoons, or the swan colony at Abbotsbury. Nearby, West Bay is a charming village with a harbour and towering cliffs overlooking a sandy beach, while Dorset’s county town, Dorchester, is a short drive eastward from Powerstock.