Villages in the Bridport area could not be more diverse, from quaint thatched rows of cottages in villages such as Burton Bradstock or Loders to West Bay which has many of the features of a traditional English holiday resort town.
Winner: Dorset Best Kept Small Village 2016
The name derives from Osgar’s Well or the Viking version, Asger’s Well. The old countrymen, however, insist it is much simpler than that, being Askers’ Well, which in the Dorset dialect means Newts’ Well. It is set in spectacular hilly countryside with wonderful views and good walking especially to Eggardon Hillfort and the lovely Bride Valley.
Is a prosperous small market town with over 200 listed buildings. The shops are an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, antiques and places to eat which include an old-fashioned victualler, a deli, a French patisserie, three pubs, restaurants and a hotel. There are some beautiful walks from the town as it lies at the head of the River Brit’s ‘Hidden Valley’ – well known for its tranquillity, wildlife and old watermills.
A hamlet with a pretty church, children’s playground, Nature Reserve and footpaths to the coast; very convenient for Bridport and West Bay.
A large but exceptionally pretty village on the River Bride where it cuts through Jurassic coastal cliffs to provide access to the sea. It has a shop, two pubs, a recreation ground and a cafe on the nearby beach. Have a look at our cottages in Burton Bradstock.
A maze of footpaths radiate from this lovely rural village with characterful properties and a traditional pub, The Fox, which offers good wines and ales.
A beautiful village, set just inland from the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with a good pub, hotel, views of Golden Cap and beach access.
A long, winding, village with a pub tucked under tumuli-strewn downs in the lovely Bride valley. A maze of paths connects the surrounding rural villages.
Rural villages with good pubs, situated south of Eggardon Hill Fort. Superb walks along the River Asker.
One of Dorset’s prettiest villages with a fine church and elegant houses nestling in the tree-filled Brit valley.
Pronounced “Punnel”, a lovely village with a pub and church, is situated in the picturesque Bride Valley. Surrounded by footpaths that connect it to the surrounding villages and Coast Path.
Situated in a steep valley on the edge of the Dorset Downs, the ancient village of Powerstock (formerly known as ‘Poorstock’) is a small but beautiful village, which has been used as a film location for a number of BBC television series. The church dates from Norman times and contains a carving of what is thought to be Good King Wenceslas. The Three Horseshoes pub is an excellent spot for a drink or a meal.
Situated just a couple of miles from Bridport, the tiny village of Salwayash is perfect for a rural retreat. With beautiful countryside to roam in.
Has a fine hilltop church, lovely cottages on narrow lanes, farm shops, a pub and beautiful countryside down to the sea.
Stoke Abbott was described by the late agriculturalist Ralph Wightman as ‘a beautiful place of deep lanes and old houses, with a church of quiet charm’. A hundred years later nothing has changed. Stoke Abbott has a tiny population (209 at last count) and a fine Norman church.
Just outside the historic market town of Bridport, this small village is surrounded by beautiful hilly countryside. The village may not have a pub (the nearest one is about a mile away) but it does have a real tennis court where Henry VII played during his visits to the area. The golden cliffs and family friendly beaches of West Bay and Burton Bradstock are only a couple of miles away.
A small hamlet close to the village of Netherbury with a well know pub called The Hare and Hounds. Set up above the river Brit the hamlet overlooks a tree lined valley and offers great walking from the many footpaths criss-crossing the beautiful countryside.
With the stunning golden glow of the sandstone cliffs and the shimmering radiance of Golden Cap, West Bay is the golden gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Enjoy the sunshine on sheltered beaches or get involved in numerous activities such as fossil hunting, fishing, golf and scuba diving. Visit one of the colourful kiosks serving traditional fish and chips, often with locally caught fish, or there are also a number of pubs, cafés, and restaurants. The historic market town of Bridport is one and a half miles inland from the West Bay coast. You can check out our cottages in West Bay here.
A tranquil hamlet set below Eggardon Hill Fort with two village pubs nearby.