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

  • West Bexington   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £53
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    Beautiful country manor house hotel near Bridport overlooking stunning Jurassic coastline at West Bexington. Restaurant and bar. 13 guest rooms including a four poster room.
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  • Bridport   (3.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £40
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    A scenic location with beautiful large rooms with dual aspect on a working farm near Bridport. Excellent position for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
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  • Litton Cheney   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £960
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    Beautiful country cottage in the Dorset countryside, just inland from the Jurassic Coast with 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Cosy log burner. WiFi, parking and pets welcome.
     
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  • Bridport   (3.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £695
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    Beautiful barn conversion in a private combe valley near Bridport, a perfect romantic retreat with stunning living space. Close to West Bay. WiFi, garden, patios and BBQ.
     
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  • West Bexington on Sea   (4.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £250
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    Peaceful 4 star caravan park in pretty location of West Bexington with wonderful views of the area. Perfect base for exploring the countryside and coast. Very pet friendly. Wi-Fi.
     
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  • Chideock   (2.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £250
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    Five beautifully presented self catering holiday cottages on rural farm in Dorset close to Bridport. Two miles from beaches set in beautiful countryside. Close to activities.
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  • 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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  • Bridport   (3.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £270
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    Three well appointed barn conversion cottages in Dorset 3 miles from Bridport & the Jurassic Coast. Ideal for both families & couples. Large grounds, modern facilities. Sleep 2/4.
     
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  • Bridport   (2.1 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    £433
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    Charming detached holiday cottage set two miles from the World Heritage Coastline of Dorset. 3 bedrooms, lovely garden, parking & Wi-Fi service. Two dogs welcome. Short breaks.
     
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  • Burnton Bradstock   (2.3 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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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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