We are so glad to be able to welcome guests to North Lodge again from 4th July. The safety of our guests is paramount, and we always give the highest attention to cleanliness. In line with guidance we sanitise high touch and all other relevant surfaces between stays. North Lodge is situated in its own... Continue Reading →
Dorset in winter: it’s the best time to visit. (Sshh, don’t tell anyone!)
Getting up early to watch the sun rising over a frozen landscape, mist hanging low in the silent air and a ruined, thousand-year-old castle in the distance. It’s what memories are made of. Think of Dorset and your first thoughts may be of summer. But there are just as many adventures to pursue across the... Continue Reading →
Summer is giving way to autumn, but still some blooms to enjoy in the garden.
Summer solstice 2019 from Badbury Rings
This year I went with my walking group to watch the sunrise on the day of the summer solstice (June 21). We had chosen Badbury Rings, the iron age hill fort between Blandford and Wimborne. For only a limited amount of walking uphill you get a very fine, uninterrupted view over the surrounding landscape from... Continue Reading →
Blandford bridge, crossing the Stour
Blandford bridge in the early morning sun A moment. But in the still, sun-poured early morning it stretches out, flowing imperceptibly like the water under the bridge, beckoning towards the future and the past. Blandford’s history is fundamentally tied to crossing the river. The name of the town derives from the Anglo-Saxon ‘Blaen-y-ford’ describing a... Continue Reading →
Apple blossom in the garden at North Lodge this evening.
Bluebells and wild garlic
Walking through the spring woods, the bluebells are all out and the scent of wild garlic fills the air.
A sparkling lunch at Langham Wine Estate
If you’re a wine enthusiast or just enjoy a good glass of fizz, a visit to the Langham Wine Estate is for you. This award-winning winery produces its sparkling wines using only grapes grown at the vineyard at Crawthorne in Dorset, between Blandford and Dorchester (take the marked turning off the A354). You can join... Continue Reading →
Sunshine brunch at Parterre
We have to admit to being a bit in love with Parterre at Keyneston Mill. There’s nowhere better to meet for coffee or brunch, especially when the sun’s shining. Or on the weekend strolling through the gardens before pastry indulgence at the Scented Botanist Café. The gardens are dedicated solely to aromatic and scented plants,... Continue Reading →
Fontmell Down Circular Walk
This is a very good National Trust walk with stunning views across the Blackmore Vale, the landscape at the heart of Thomas Hardy country. Walking along the open expanse of downland here, you can also find many species of butterflies and wildflowers; in early spring, for example, the slopes are carpeted in yellow cowslips. A... Continue Reading →