Thatched traditional inns at Puncknowle near Bridport

Thatched traditional inns at Puncknowle near Bridport

The countryside to the east of Bridport is characterised by traditional farming villages surrounded by rolling green open countryside. It's a popular area for those wanting to get away from it all or take a walking holiday through West Dorset's beautiful countryside. Askerswell, Puncknowle and Swyre are three villages in the area offering a range of holiday accommodation including B&Bs, self catering cottages, caravan and camping parks and character thatched old inns with rooms.

Askerswell

Askerswell is a small village at the foot of the Iron Age hillfort at Eggardon Camp. There are several ramparts and ditches still evident from which there are great views south to Golden Cap and the sea. The Spyway Inn in the village is four hundred years old and has had several uses as a blacksmith's as well as a pub. It is also reputed to be haunted. St Michael's Church in the village retains its Norman tower. A Norman font and 15th century carved stone relief of the crucifixion also sits near the west door into the tower. Askerswell was also home to one of Dorset's most reputed smugglers, Isaac Gulliver, who bought North Eggardon Farm. He was known to operate gangs all along Dorset's coast up to Poole.

Puncknowle

Puncknowle, pronounced Punnel, is just inland between Bridport and Abbotsbury. It's set amongst some beautiful Dorset countryside excellent for rural walks and strolls down to the coast and Chesil Beach. The village is situated in the Bride Valley and is sheltered from the sea by chalk downland and The Knoll. It was mentioned in the Domesday Book and the church retains its original Norman tower arch and chancel arch. Behind the church is the 19th century manor house where Henry Shrapnel lived. He invented a fragmentation bomb used in the Crimean War - his name survives as the word describing the injurious fallout from bombs. He was also a friend of William Barnes, Dorset's most famous dialect poet who often visited him here in Puncknowle.

Accommodation in Bridport

  • Bridport   (1.4 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Caravan park on the historic Jurassic Coast. 200 yards from the beach and 1.5 miles from Bridport. Five types of self-catering caravan sleeping 4-6. Pets welcome. Wi-Fi and parking
     
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  • West Bay   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £64
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    Comfortable ensuite B&B accommodation, a short walk from West Bay Harbour and beaches. Family friendly, excellent choice of breakfast served. Off-road parking. Pets welcome.
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  • Bridport   (1.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £27
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    West Dorset farmhouse B&B near Bridport, set in 90 acres with all ensuite rooms. Well trained dogs welcome. Only 2 miles from the Jurassic Coast with veranda overlooking Lyme Bay.
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  • Bridport   (0.5 miles from the centre of Bridport)
    Sleeps 2
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    £256
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    Delightful single storey cottage in Bridport with one bedroom, attractive garden, modern shower room, off road parking for 2 cars & 32" TV. Great for couples. Short breaks.
     
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  • Burnton Bradstock   (2.3 miles from the centre of Bridport)
    Sleeps 2
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    £335
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    Gold award winning Burton Bradstock holiday cottage with attractive courtyard garden, double bedroom, home cinema system, modern kitchen, parking & Wi-Fi.
     
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  • West Bay   (1.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
    Sleeps 4
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    £260
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    3 Star bungalow situated between Bridport and West Bay Harbour, just a 10 minute walk to the beach. Garden & patio. Freeview TV, Parking and WiFi access. Bus stop 200 yards away.
     
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  • Puncknowle   (5.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £35
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    16th Century thatched inn at Puncknowle near Chesil Beach, the perfect gateway on to the Jurassic Coast & into Hardy Country. Fine food and local ales. Pets welcome with open paws!
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  • Lower Eype   (1.4 miles from the centre of Bridport)
    Sleeps 4
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    £275
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    Well appointed private chalet park on the Jurassic Coast with a range of 1 & 2 bedroom properties available. Wonderful walks & beaches closeby. Short breaks welcome. Dog friendly.
     
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  • Bridport   (0.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
    Sleeps 4
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    £265
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    Cosy boutique cottage retreat in Bridport close to West Bay with electric woodburner, parking, sunny courtyard and WiFi. Ideal for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
     
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  • West Bay   (1.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £44
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    Delightful Jurassic Coast B&B near Bridport, West Bay and Chesil Beach perfect for relaxing getaways. Parking, Your choice from the breakfast menu. Packed lunches and Wi-fi
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