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The Kings Arms

The Kings Arms

18 Castle Street, Christchurch BH23 1DT

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Situated in Christchurch, this hotel is steps from Christchurch Castle, Regent Centre, and Red House Museum and Gardens. …

$85
The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

The Christchurch Harbour Hotel And Spa

95 Mudeford, Christchurch BH23 3NT

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (12 reviews)

Located in Mudeford, this beach hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mudeford Quay and Prototype Bailey Bridge. Christchurch Harbou …

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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 (153 reviews)

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

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The Knoll House

The Knoll House

Ferry Road, Studland, Swanage BH19 3AH

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Studland, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Harry Rocks, Sandbanks Ferry Terminal, and Shell Bay Beach. Corf …

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Captains Club Hotel

Captains Club Hotel

Wick Lane, Christchurch BH23 1HU

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (10 reviews)

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

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The Redcliff - Guest house

The Redcliff - Guest house

18/19 Brunswick Terrace, Weymouth DT4 7RW

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Situated on the beach, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Weymouth Beach, Weymouth Marina, and Pirate …

$57
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 (193 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. …

$48
The Fisherman's Haunt

The Fisherman's Haunt

Salisbury Road, Christchurch BH23 7AS

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (77 reviews)

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

$68
King's Head Hotel

King's Head Hotel

The Square, Wimborne BH21 1GA

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (161 reviews)

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

$74
Avon Causeway

Avon Causeway

Hurn, Christchurch BH23 6AS

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (237 reviews)

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

$76

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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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