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.

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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   (4.2 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Comfortable and well equipped en-suite rooms available at this B&B in the heart of Dorset. Close to Lyme Regis and Bridport. 4 star. Silver and Breakfast award. Free Wi-Fi.
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  • Bridport   (3.9 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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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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  • Litton Cheney   (5.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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  • Bridport   (2.5 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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  • Bridport   (2.3 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    Luxury Salway Ash self-catering cottage providing light, airy and modern accommodation within 42-acre grounds, including a private garden. WiFi and parking included.
     
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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   (1.7 miles from the centre of Bridport)
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    This wing of the owners' farmhouse is set close to the hamlet of Dottery and sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
     
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