Two thirds of holidaying Britons have chosen to take their summer holiday within their own borders this year – a figure that has increased by 41% since 2012. Although the recession is often presented as the main reason for the increasing trend towards staycations, a growing number of Brits are choosing to go on UK-based holidays to support local and national economies.
Outside of city breaks, the countryside holiday is the most popular type of UK holiday to embark on. Dorset, with its beautiful, diverse and geologically rich scenery, as well as plethora of high-quality places to stay and eat, provides those seeking a rural retreat with an attractive solution. If you are among those who find themselves enticed by the prospect, read on for our tips on how to check out Dorset in style.
Places to stay
You cannot classify a holiday as luxury without booking suitable surrounding to rest your head. To fulfil this, Dorset has available to it a vast array of gorgeously set guest houses, sumptuous self-catering cottages and dazzling hotels.
The cottages and apartments situated within the grounds of Norburton Hill, near the town of Bridport, offers those seeking the freedom of a self-catering holiday the chance to do so within five-star surroundings. Boasting features that date back to the 17th Century and six acres of idyllic grounds, Norburton Hill represents potential accommodation that is the embodiment of indulgence. Two of the cottages are even classified as pet friendly and are therefore ideal for those of you who want to take their dog along with them on the trip.
In terms of guest houses and hotels that offer excellent service as part of the package, The Dower House in Lyme Regis and The Swanage Haven in the town of the same name are two of the finest examples the county has to offer. Both of which offer a wide range of fantastic facilities that include amazing spas, swimming pools, as well as flavoursome and inclusive catering options.
Luxury car hire
Dorset is home to stunning viewpoints and vistas that are viewable from the road. Therefore, one of the best ways to take in the sights of this wonderful county is via its expansive network of winding country roads.
But why stick to the normal, boring rental cars available through most rental agencies – or indeed the familiarity of your everyday drive – when you embark upon your Dorset-based driving odyssey? With even the most cursory of Google searches, you can find a service that is offering Porches, Jaguars and Aston Martins for hire. So why not explore the option of taking in the Jurassic Coast or any of the other numerous areas of natural beauty while enjoying a thrilling ride in one of the world’s best sports cars.
Places to eat
Dorset boasts an amazing array of dining experiences, ranging from quaint village pubs to celebrity run restaurants, capable of tantalising any palate and attracting jealous glances from the rest of the country. However, perhaps unsurprisingly given Dorset’s proximity to the Ocean, the county excels in presenting world-class seafood.
One of the county’s leading practitioners in delivering the catch of the day, seasoned, cooked and ready to eat is Michelin Star winner Alex Aitken. Visitors to his restaurant, The Jetty in Mudeford, Christchurch will be rewarded with not only amazing food but breathtaking views too. For those less enamoured by the treats of the sea, The Sienna restaurant in the county town of Dorchester has just won a Michelin Star for the fifth year running.
Things to do
Luxury is not only defined by the tangible but also by the richness of experience, and to that end Dorset delivers in abundance. During the popular holiday month of August, the county hosts both the Dorset County Show andThe Great Dorset Steam Fair that celebrate the regions affinity with all things rural and the great outdoors.
For keen walkers, Dorset holidays offer unique landscapes and stunning vistas that include some of the best traversable landscapes in the whole of the country.If you’re looking for a recommendation, Godlingston Heath at the Studland Beach and Nature Reserve presents a fantastic place of natural beauty. Here you’ll find captivating heath land, gorgeous sandy beaches and a wide range of wildlife, including all six species of reptile native to the British Isles.