Verwood holiday cottages are a stone’s throw from a spectacular coast and idyllic countryside dotted with castles, stately homes and Iron Age hill forts. The town of Verwood is located in eastern Dorset, 15 miles north of Bournemouth. It is probably best known for its pottery industry, which has thrived for many centuries, thanks to the area’s clay soils.
Set amid forest and heathland near the New Forest border, it is the ideal base for visitors who want to explore the county. Verwood’s town centre is best explored by foot, with a range of independent shops. Every Friday, a market is held in the Memorial Hall with stalls selling fresh produce from neighbouring farms. There are some excellent places to eat and drink, including the Monmouth Ash, Swans, and The Hollow.
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Just outside the town, and well worth visiting on self-catering holidays in Verwood, the Dorset Heavy Horse and Farm Park is home to horses, ponies, alpacas, turkeys and pigs. Nearby, Moors Valley Country Park is a popular spot for a stroll or picnic. A short drive eastward from your Verwood holiday cottage, the New Forest National Park is an enchanting expanse of heathland and forest, crisscrossed by trails and frequented by wild ponies. To the south of Verwood, the Jurassic Coast is a World Heritage Site famous for its stunning bays, dinosaur fossils and unique geology.
The charming town of Ringwood is well worth a visit, a few miles southeast of Verwood. Reserve an afternoon for a wander along the banks of the River Avon and into the historic town centre, where you will notice fine Georgian and Victorian architecture. Glorious beaches at Boscombe and Bournemouth are half an hour away from the town, while the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury is a short drive northward.