West Lulworth holiday cottages in Dorset are perfectly located for discovering fossils and secret beaches on the Jurassic Coast. This peaceful village lies in Dorset’s Purbeck district, in South England, between Poole and Weymouth. It is surrounded by rolling hills, fields and woods and close to spectacular beaches such as Lulworth Cove. With its history of smuggling and easy access to amazing walking and geology, it has become a popular base for exploring the Dorset coast. Wander into the village from your holiday cottage in West Lulworth and you will discover a sleepy community which time seems to have forgotten. Pretty stone cottages and former coastguard houses line the narrow streets and family-run shops sell fresh seafood from local fishing boats. There is a historic church, a village hall and a number of excellent pubs.
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Self-catering holidays in West Lulworth would be incomplete without a trip to the Castle Inn, a charming 16th century inn with a thatched roof and a pretty courtyard. Stop for lunch and enjoy a delicious pie or Sunday roast prepared with the best local ingredients. There are a number of interesting landmarks to look out for in the village including the tiny Dolls House, which was amazingly once home to 11 people. Nearby, there is a mill pond, the remains of an old watermill. A stroll away from the village, Lulworth Cove is the result of the remarkable way in which the sea has eroded the cliffs over thousands of years. The beach is perfectly horseshoe-shaped with a narrow channel to the open sea, making it perfect for swimming in its calm, clear water. There is a good cafe near the beach and in the summer, you can take a boat trip to Durdle Door and Mupe Bay. West Lulworth is also a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site with incredible geology and dinosaur fossils to discover.