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The Bridge House Hotel

The Bridge House Hotel

2 Ringwood Road, Ferndown BH22 9AN

3.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (168 reviews)

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Knoll Gardens and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Bournemouth University. …

$84
King's Head Hotel

King's Head Hotel

The Square, Wimborne BH21 1GA

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (144 reviews)

Situated in Wimborne, this hotel is steps from Priest's House Museum and Garden, Tivoli Theatre, and Wimborne Minster. …

$73
Captains Club Hotel

Captains Club Hotel

Wick Lane, Christchurch BH23 1HU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.9 out of 5 (8 reviews)

Situated in Christchurch, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Red House Museum and Gardens, Christchurch …

$161
Grosvenor Lodge Guest House

Grosvenor Lodge Guest House

53 Stour Road, Christchurch BH23 1LN

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (135 reviews)

Situated in Christchurch, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Regent Centre, Red House Museum and Gardens, and …

$87
Clare House

Clare House

1 Park Road, Swanage BH19 2AA

5.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Situated in Swanage, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre and Swanage Beach. …

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Smugglers Cottage

Smugglers Cottage

577 Wimborne Road East, Ferndown BH22 9NW

3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ferndown, this bed & breakfast is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Knoll Gardens and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bournemouth …

$117
Mortons House Hotel

Mortons House Hotel

45 East Street, Wareham BH20 5EE

3.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (28 reviews)

Situated in Wareham, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Purbeck Mineral and Mining Museum and Corfe Castle. Langton Matraver …

$169
The Fisherman's Haunt

The Fisherman's Haunt

Salisbury Road, Christchurch BH23 7AS

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (75 reviews)

Located in Winkton, this inn is within 3 mi (5 km) of Regent Centre, Christchurch Castle, and Red House Museum and Gardens. …

$97
Amberlea Guest House

Amberlea Guest House

36 Victoria Avenue, Swanage BH19 1AP

4.0 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (90 reviews)

Situated in Swanage, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Swanage 18 Hole Pitch and Putt and Swanage Beach. …

$86
Avon Causeway

Avon Causeway

Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6AS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (225 reviews)

Situated in Christchurch, this inn is 1.9 mi (3 km) from Bournemouth Adventure Wonderland and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Bournemout …

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Dorset Hotel Guide

The lovely county of Thomas Hardy is sometimes overlooked in favor of its higher profile neighbors, but opting for hotels in Dorset when you plan your next break could be a smart decision. So, before you dash off to Cornwall or make a beeline for Sussex, check out some Dorset hotels and indulge yourself in the luxury of 4-star hotels in a destination that’s truly 5-star.

First stop has to be beautiful Bournemouth, which grew to prominence with the popularity of sea bathing in the Edwardian era, bringing visitors from far and wide to take the waters and breathe the pungent air of the pine trees that line Bournemouth beach. Some of the charm of that era can still be recaptured in buildings such as the Winter Gardens, the art deco theatres and cinemas and the impressive spa hotels that sprang up to service the growing stream of rich and famous visitors.

Bournemouth has never been content to rest on its historic laurels however, and today it’s a vibrant and modern town with plenty to keep culture vultures more than happy. Bournemouth International Centre is one of the major venues on the south coast, hosting performances by international stars as well as influential political conferences and trade exhibitions. This has encouraged a number of well-known chains of business hotels to locate in the town, helping to swell visitor numbers at the budget end of the scale.

Nature-lovers won’t be able to resist a trip to Brownsea Island, the largest of eight islands in Poole Harbor and owned by the National Trust. Thanks to its isolation from the mainland it is one of the few remaining places in England where indigenous red squirrels can still be found, while the lagoon is a popular feeding ground for wading birds such as terns and avocets.

To the west of the county lies Lyme Regis, known as the "Pearl of Dorset" and favorite holiday haunt of J. R. R. Tolkien. Check into one of the romantic hotels in the pretty town centre before following in the footsteps of John Fowles’ enigmatic French Lieutenant’s Woman with a bracing walk along the Cobb. Then visit the museum built on the site of the family shop of famous paleontologist Mary Anning to learn more about the fascinating fossils found on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site..

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