Discover the West Country
Nestled in the heard of the West Country, we are surrounded by spectacular landscapes, activities for all the family and fantastic places to eat.
For the children, you can't beat a day fossil hunting at Charmouth, and Abbotsbury offers the perfect day out with its famous Swannery and Children's Farm. If you're looking to take in the scenery, the spectacular South West Coast path offers views across Chesil Beach to Lyme Regis, and there is always a traditional pub serving local ales and great food to be found!
We have plenty of tourist literature for you, so you'll find something to do for all the family, come rain or shine.
South of Sockety is the beautiful Jurassic Coast, with spectacular scenery such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. To the east lies Chesil Bank and Abbotsbury, with the famous swannery and haunting St Catherine's chapel.
South is also the market town of Bridport and West Bay, home of the iconic cliffs in Broadchurch. Join the fossil hunters at Charmouth, then on to Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb, pretty harbour and Mark Hix's highly acclaimed Oyster and Fish House.
To the north, the landscape changes from the rolling hills of West Dorset to the flat Somerset levels, with wetlands and willows, and Glastonbury Tor and Abbey to explore.
Whilst in the area don't forget to visit Wells Cathedral, a stunning example of Gothic architecture in England's smallest city.
DORCHESTER AND WEYMOUTH
East of Sockety lies the county town of Dorchester, home of Thomas Hardy. A little further towards the coast lies the harbour town of Weymouth with its sandy beaches and the fascinating island of Portland, where the 2012 Olympics sailing events took place.
To the west there is the beautiful area of the Blackdown Hills on the Somerset/Devon border.
There are plenty of country houses and gardens to explore within very easy driving distance, such as Forde Abbey near Chard, Montacute House and Barrington Court, many of which are National Trust.
FOOD AND DRINK
The West Country is famed for its fresh and local food, from both the fields and the sea.
Whether you're looking for fine dining and oysters, steaks from a nearby farm, a traditional pub lunch, or a local cider to enjoy whilst taking in the scenery, you'll be spoilt for choice in the local area.