Hastings Farm Cottages

Beautifully restored 17th century self catering cottages in Dorset

Thursday 30th of March 2017

Phone Number: 01305 848627

Around and About

There are many interesting places to visit when staying at one of our self catering cottages in Dorset, your only problem will be to choose.  Our Dorset farm cottages are conveniently located near to Dorchester and many of the countys' wonderful attractions can be found without spending ages in the car.  Really close by are some fantastic family attractions :   Dinosaur Museum, Monkey World, Sea Life Centre (special discounts available), Tank Museum, Farmer Palmers the brilliant family farm, Hardys Cottage, Athelhampton House and Gardens (Use our corporate card for reduced entry fee + discounts on food + beverages)...............these are just a few ways to make a family holiday really special.  

Take a trip on the Steam Railway from Corfe Castle to the seaside town of Swanage, an evocative step into history.  

There are breathtaking country and coastal walks, the Jurassic Coast offers drama and beauty as well as beautiful beaches of golden sand.  National Trust members benefit from free parking at one of the countrys best beaches...Studland.

Just along the lane visit "Sculpture by the Lakes" a wonderful combination of lakeside landscaping and sculpture by local artist Simon Gudgeon.

There are castles and country houses to visit with many National Trust properties in the area, such as Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacy, Hardys Cottage, Montacute and more.

Dorchester has a brilliant new Sports Centre for those who like to keep trim while on holiday, indoor  pools and gyms etc..

The local lanes are wonderful for an early morning run, with riverside paths and Puddletown Forest nearby.

Local Pubs and Restaurants

You can find a variety of pubs and restaurants in the area, ranging from bar snacks to fine dining, most offer a wide range of ales and wines, including some that are locally produced, all within range of Hastings Farm Cottages. Here are a few pubs and restaurants nearby:

Yalbury Cottage Restaurant  village hotel, fine dining just along the lane

The Wiseman Inn  nearby village inn, great food and interesting menus.  Special Pie night Mondays... delicious home made pies, drink included.

The Martyrs Inn  nearby friendly village pub + restaurant Use our corporate card for reductions on food + beverages.  Curry night buffet on Mondays   Fish + Chip night Fridays  Good food, great value with a drink included.

The Frampton Arms  good food in a family friendly inn   

The Blue Vinney  great for a special meal  

The Sun Inn family pub, garden, play area, carvery + great menu

The new Brewery Square in Dorchester has a selection of popular restaurants such as Cote BrasserieWaga Mamas, Carluccios, Nandos, Zizzi, Pizza Express all around the fun new Fountain Square.

Also at Brewery Square the new Odeon cinema complex.

The Plaza Cinema in Trinity Street Dorchester offers great value and comfort.

There are plenty more available, but these are just a few places for you to consider when you stay at one of our self catering cottages in Dorset.

If you prefer to relax in your cottage with a meal you will find that the kitchens are all well equipped.  Why not stock up with some great "cook from frozen"  family meals from Cook in Dorchester, seriously good food that's always ready very quickly, especially good after a busy day out with no pans to clean.

There are a host of takeaways in Dorchester from Fish + Chips to Thai and everything in between, many of whom can deliver to self catering cottages.

On Wednesday evening (4:30 -7:00) there is a popular Fish + Chip van in nearby Puddletown so you could collect supper on your way back after a busy day enjoying all that Dorset can offer.

Events Calendar 2016                                              also see the links page for more

 RSPB at Arne  Free guided walks during March

Easter Egg Hunt at Corfe Castle  25-28 March         see  National Trust web for details
Easter Egg Hunt at Studland Beach  25 Mar - 10 April
 
Spring is wonderful at......Abbotsbury Sub Tropical Gardens..... February until end April

Minterne Garden is a real delight for lovers of the natural garden landscape, especially in the spring.

Mapperton Garden a springtime must visit

Swanage Railway Steam Gala  8-10 Apr

BMW Concours Rally Sherborne Castle 17 Apr

Sherborne Abbey Music Festival 29 Apr - 3 May

Lyme Regis Fossil Festival  29 Apr - 1 May

Athelhampton Plant Fair  an opportunity to buy rare and unusual plants nearby 1 May

Frome Valley Food Festival and Dorset Knob Throwing Contest 1 May

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala + Beer Festival  6-8 May

Springtide Food Festival at Hive Beach  21-22 May

Moreton Flower Festival in the parish church 28-30 May, fabulous display in a beautiful church with engraved glass windows by Whistler.

Baby Swans at Abbotsbury Swannery - Mid May - 30 June....... wander among the nests where the cygnets are hatching

Dorset and Purbeck Art Weeks  28 May - 12 June  local artists and gardens open to all, fantastic selection of concerts and events.

Open Gardens, many Dorset villages open their gardens to all as part of the NGS scheme during the summer months

Athelhampton House  Classic Car Auction 9 June ...... just along the lane

Athelhampton House Flower Festival  12-16 June

Kingston Maurward Country Fair, just along the lane........12 June

Tankfest 2015 at Bovington Tank Museum, arena displays include the White Helmet m/c display team and much more....25-26 June

Live Jazz in the beer garden at the Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle  every Saturday evening in July + August 

Thomas Hardy Explorer half day tours, Dorchester Ghost walk or Town Walk  early July to 30 Sept

Dorset Seafood Festival - Award winning event in Weymouth  9-10 July

Puddletown Carnival Parade at 5pm - a fun event in the local village.... Saturday 9 July

Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival - 15-17 July

Camp Bestival at Lulworth Castle  28-31 July

Dorset Arts + Crafts Fair  5-9 August            Large and popular fair long established in Dorset.  Wareham    Purbeck School

Live Jazz in the beer garden at the Greyhound Inn, Corfe Castle  every Saturday evening in July + August

The Great Dorset Chilli Festival  30-31 July  a really HOT day out..........

Swanage Carnival + Regatta.....a week of events   30 July-6 Aug 

Dorset Food + Arts Festival  6 August at Poundbury 

MG Car Rally at Athelhampton House Sunday 7 August

Dorchester Borough Gardens events and open air concerts August

Corfe Castle Open Air Theatre August  

Weymouth Carnival  + Carnival Night Fireworks   16-17 August

Melplash Show     Bridport      25 August  Brilliant Country show

Corfe Castle...Stars under the Stars  open air cinema August  

Athelhampton House Open Air Theatre   Sherlock Holmes  August 

Oak Fair    27-28 August A day for those inspired by the countryside, timber, conservation,crafts and delicious local produce. 

The Great Dorset Steam Fair 25-29 August  huge country fair, steam engines and loads more     

Dorset Premier Country Show, interest for all ages - 3-4 September   Dorchester Show Ground

Athelhampton House  Plant Fair  11 Sept

Swanage + Purbeck Walking Festival 17-25 Sept

Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival - 12-13 September 

Abbotsbury sub Tropical Garden - Floodlights in the Garden   13-30 October 

Autumn Apple and Garden Day at Kingston Maurward   October...... just along the lane from here