Local area
& things to do

Local area

We are situated close to the stunning Jurassic Coastline, and wherever you choose to visit it, this holds a wealth of experiences. From Dancing Ledge over near Studland, the legendary Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove, the lovely old Harbour at Weymouth, The Flete and Chesil Beach around Abbotsbury, Golden Cap at Chideock, the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis and the wonderful fossil hunting. With beautiful coastal walks covering nearly all of these areas, the views, cliffs, rock formations, beaches and coastal farmland all offer an exhilarating experience at many different times of year.


Coming inland Dorset is peppered with pretty rural villages, wonderful thatched cottages, traditional country pubs, hidden churches and narrow lanes taking you through the secluded valleys and over stunning hill tops. The coastal road from Bridport to Abbotsbury, the old Roman road from Eggardon Hill to Powerstock and The Three Horseshoes Pub are really essential for anyone wanting to get the feel of Hardy’s Dorset. The northern tip of the county has the old town of Shaftesbury with Gold Hill (Hovis advert!!) and extensive views on the way along the high road from Blandford.

Eating out: pubs

The Blue Vinny

At Puddletown (20 mins)
Tel: 01305 848228

The Greyhound

At Sydling St Nicholas.
Tel: 01300 341303

The Three Horseshoes

At Powerstock, about 25mins away.
Tel: 01308 485328

The Manor Hotel

At West Bexington. A good place to eat if you are having a day at Abbotsbury.
Tel: 01308 897785

The Anchor

At Burton Bradstock
Tel: 01308 897228

The Hive Café

At Burton Bradstock Beach
Tel: 01308 897070

Watch House Cafe

At West Bay
Tel: 01308 488321

The Saxon Arms

At Stratton. Our nearest place to eat.
Tel: 01305 260020

The New Inn

At Cerne Abbas
Tel: 01300 341274

Eating out: Restaurants

Things to do

Check out: https://www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/ for lots of ideas on what to do in Dorset during your stay.

If you like walking, check out: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/walks-in-dorset

Country Sports Events

We are pleased to have teamed up with this great company that will come to you at Dove House and give you on site entertainment.  Country Sports Events provide fun and relaxing Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery and Air Pistol shooting for guests in our extensive grounds at a time to suit.

Contact Amanda on 07707 782413 or e-mail hello@countrysportsevents.co.uk to discuss your requirements.  www.countrysportsevents.co.uk

Some other ideas…​

There is lots do keep you busy near to Dove House & Swallows! Have a look at a few other activities you may like to look into for you stay with us…

Golf Dorset


There are several golf clubs in the area for all players. Contact us for more information.

Litton Lakes

Idyllic setting, about 15 minutes from us. Cafe on site. Book times to try paddle boarding and kayacking. www.littonlakes.co.uk

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Purbeck Shooting School in Wareham. www.purbeckshootingschool.com 01929 405101

Go Karting Dorset


Clay Pigeon Raceway. About 15 mins away. www.claypigeonraceway.com Tel: 01935 83713 email: info@claypigeonraceway.com

Paintballing Dorset

Extreme Sports

Gorcombe Extreme Sports offers a variety of fun activities including paintballing, clay shooting, archery and Quad biking. www.gorcombe.co.uk Tel: 01258 452219

Henley Hillbillies

Henley Hillbillies offer quad biking along with mini mavriks, hovercraft and archery and crossbows and clay shooting. facebook.com/HenleyHillbillies/ Tel: 07860 75999

High ropes Dorset

Moors Valley Country Park and GO APE

A huge range of outdoor activities for all ages all at one location. Pre-book for the GO APE activities. Tel :01425 470721 www.moors-valley.co.uk www.goape.co.uk Tel: 01603 895500

Dorset Falconry Park

Dorset Falconry Park

This is highly recommended for anyone interested in these amazing birds. Book in for the daily shows or just enjoy being on site and watching the birds being trained and flown. Tel: 01305 250710 www.dorsetfalconrypark.co.uk

Deep Sea Fishing

The Tourist Office can give you the names of recommended people from Weymouth, Lyme Regis or West Bay should you wish to arrange a trip. Tel: 01305 267992

Fly fishing Dorset

Fly Fishing

www.goflyfishing.co.uk for further details on dates and contacts or Tel: 01305 848460. www.riverfrome.com also has further information on other flyfishing in the area.

Horse riding Dorset

Riding Centres

Luccombe Riding Centre. Ring to discuss your needs. It is about 20 mins from Dove House. Tel: 07734 388501 (Terri)

Riding stables Dorset

Bidlake Riding Stables

Bidlake Riding Stables - near Bridport. www.bidlakeridingstables.co.uk Tel: 07796 517888 email: joforsey@hotmail.com

Sculpture by the Lakes

26 acres of lakes and beautiful grounds to wander and enjoy stunning sculptures and quiet places to sit. Delicious cafe. (No under 14's) Pre book on-line. www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk

Tank museum

The Tank Museum

The largest tank museum in the world. This is a very popular, award winning local attraction, Tel: 01929 405096 www.tankmuseum.org

Farmer Palmers

Farmer Palmers

Specifically designed for Under 8's, this very popular award winning attraction offers a wide variety of fun activiites and interaction with animals. Tel: 01202 622022 www.farmerpalmers.co.uk

The Newt Somerset

The Newt and Hauser and Wirth at Bruton

Two very popular attractions for garden/art lovers. www.thenewtinsomerset.com www.hauserwirth.com


There are many cycle paths in Dorset and you can connect to one (NCN Route 26) from Dove House without going on the roads. If you do not bring your own bikes they can be hired locally.

E Bikes can be hired from Dorset Cycle Hire, they will deliver to us for a small fee ready for your holiday. 

Tel: 07597 082777


Road and Mountain bikes, tandems, tag-a-longs and baby seats etc can all be hired through Weymouth Bike Hire. Delivered to site.  Tel: 07548 254634


Cycling Dorset