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Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, what a place to visit!

Amy tells us about her trip to Abbotsbury Subtopical Gardens

What a place to visit! On Saturday 1st November, my family and I went to the Sub-tropicalGardens for the evening. We do this each year as in the half term break in October they open the Gardens up in the evening, and put lots of different lights around the gardens, which just look magical. You follow the Floodlit path, which is lit by lanterns and it takes you around the gardens and shows off the beautiful lighting display. As it was over Halloween, of course there were lots of different and spooky activities going on. You could have your face painted (not for me unfortunately) go to the witches hut for some chocolate and of course be made to jump. Yes certain trees and bushes would have things jump out in front or you and lots of spooky sounds going on, however this just made the evening more entertaining. This year they also extended the walk, so you got to see the ponds and more of the lovely gardens all lit up.  There was also a fantastic laser show on, which was just brilliant.



After the walk around you can go into the café and enjoy a nice hot cup of tea to warm you up before heading home. As you leave there is also a lovely gift shop to see, which is great for Christmas Decorations.



I love going to the Subtropical gardens, it is just lovely to walk around in the autumn evenings and admire the whole view.



If you are visiting Dorset then this is definitely a place to visit, whether in the evening in October or just for a day out in the Summer.


Lulworth Cove is gorgeous all year round

A few weeks ago,  I went early to Lulworth Cove for a walk before the rain came in. Even though I have lived 10 minutes from Lulworth Cove my entire life it still feels so special going there for a walk. It’s a wonderful time of year to visit as it’s a lot quieter and you have no problems finding anywhere to park!

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Strolling down the village to the cove you walk past lots of different pubs, cafes and restaurants  and of course the adorable tiny sweet shop called The Dolls House.

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You must try the fudge! I haven’t eaten in any of the pubs for a while but I can recommend the fish shack right at the bottom.

We always walk down to the cove and then take the right hand path back upon yourself past Stair Hole.

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You walk up what feels like a private drive, after 150 meters on the left you’ll notice a footpath sign follow this and you’ll see some of the best views in Dorset!

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This path is not for the faint hearted as it’s narrow, twisty and there are some huge drops next to you. This takes you towards Dungy Head, St Oswald Bay and then along to Durdle Door.

Not many people see this part of Lulworth – you can get down to the beach here. It’s rugged, rustic and wild at this time of the year. In the summer its beautifully quiet and tranquil. The views over to Portland Bill and stunning. Lovely spot of a BBQ!

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It never ceases to WOW me the natural beauty of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

There is something about it’s calming atmousphere and its cute shops.

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I wouldn’t hesitate recommending a trip or even a holiday to West Lulworth. Dream Cottages has a wide variety of cottages in the village and the area. If I’ve tempted you down for a holiday or even a winter break do call the office or have a look at our cottages available.


We had a great time at The Dorset County Show


We have just got back from exhibiting at The Dorset County Show for the first time. We are all a little tired but we had an excellent two days. This annual county show attracted over 60,000 visitors.




It was great to meet so many nice people who all shared the love for Dorset.

The visitors to our stand were treated to some seriously yummy Dorset Apple Cake and sparkling Elderflower.


When we weren’t chatting to potential owners or guests we all managed to have a look round.

There was so much to see, try and take in. It was fantastic and I will defiantly be going back next year (the shopping was just too good!)

Just one of the main attractions this year wasThe Bolddog Lings.


Watching them fly through the sky was jaw dropping. Even though watching these adrenaline junkies was absolutely terrifying I was fixed onto them! They jumped so high and the stunts they were doing were incredible.

During my break I even started some Christmas shopping, I purchased chutneys, a wine rack, a tea cosy, jams and even mint mayonnaise!


I had to go and see the giant vegetables


I didn’t believe my friends when they said how big they were!





WOW they were huge!!

The horticultural tent was simply stunning. I treated myself to a beautiful bunch of freshly cut dahlias.

I also went to see the goats, pigs and watch the showjumping.





We had a lovely time at The Show and can’t wait to go back next year. Thank you to everyone who popped in to see us and we hope you enjoyed the show as much as we did!















Try a Walk Along the Rodwell Trail in Weymouth

Here is Amy’s (our Marketing an Accounts Assistant) walk.
The Rodwell Trail is a walk and cycleway starting in the centre of Weymouth and ending at Ferrybridge.  Once a railway, the Rodwell Trail is now enjoyed by locals and visitors who can admire the far reaching sea views and leafy walkway along the way.  So, on my recent day off, I decided to take a picnic and walk along the Rodwell Trail with my fiance, as we hadn’t done this in a long time.  You can join the Rodwell Trail at different points along the route.  We parked by Sandsfoot so we could wander around the lovely Sandsfoot Gardens and castle which dates from 1539, then walked The Rodwell Trail to Ferrybridge. It was a lovely sunny day so the views were absolutely stunning and very clear.

Benches are placed along the trail where there are perfect views so you can sit and enjoy for a while.  Once we got to Ferrybridge, we carried on walking over to Chesil Beach where we stopped to enjoy our picnic.

It was a glorious July day and the afternoon’s walk really made me think WOW, what a stunning place I live in.

If you are holidaying in Weymouth and fancy a walk to admire the views then the Rodwell Trail is one that has to be done.

Link on info for Rodwell Trail:

The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth The Rodwell Trail, Weymouth