Nestled in a sweeping valley, the historic market town of Beaminster lies near the source of the River Brit, in the county of Dorset. It is located within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, a few miles inland of a rugged stretch of the Jurassic Coast. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Beaminster, the easily walkable town centre is packed with listed buildings, independent shops, and some of the region’s best places to eat and drink. Local landmarks to look out for include the graceful church of St Mary’s, and the magnificent Jacobean manor of Mapperton House, which you will find just outside the town. Activities to enjoy on self-catering holidays in Beaminster include hiking through the surrounding countryside, as well as rowing, crabbing and wild swimming on the Dorset coast, which is a scenic drive southward from the town. A particularly scenic walk begins at West Bay and meanders through the unspoiled countryside of the Brit Valley. Every summer, the Beaminster Festival celebrates the best of food and the arts in the area. The charming seaside town of Weymouth is close enough for day trips, with a lovely beach backed by colourfully painted beach huts, and a bustling boating marina.

Recommended Places to Visit When On Holiday in Beaminster

Beaminster Museum  Don’t forget to visit this excellent museum, with interactive exhibits on the town’s fascinating history.

Furleigh Estate  Take a guided tour of the vineyard before enjoying a wine-tasting session at this beautiful estate, in the heart of the Dorset countryside.

Sea Life Weymouth  Visit the incredible range of sea creatures at this renowned aquarium, in the pretty seaside town of Weymouth.

Dorset Alpaca Walking  Enjoy a day exploring spectacular landscapes near Beaminster, available from Spring to Autumn.

Mapperton House and Gardens  Take a stroll through the magnificent interiors and gardens of this Jacobean manor.