Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Tamarisk Farm

Last week we were booked to do a review of dog friendly accommodation in Dorset at - or rather, one of their cottages, and were really looking forward to it, partly because we were both in need of a break, and also because it was a chance to see my dear friend Av.

I wasn’t sure from the website what the cottage would be like (pictures can be misleading), but we headed off on the Sunday in splendid sunshine and after a coffee and Lidls stop, went to Burton Bradstock. Mr B had camped here as a child so the area had fond memories for him, and we walked along the cliffs, while Moll raced ahead like a sprightly rabbit. We clambered down to the beach and I spent a happy half hour sunbathing on a rock while Mr B and Moll looked for fossils.

The cottage we were allocated was Whispering Pines and it was a delight, reached by a winding path through a secret garden that opened out with a big secluded lawn and patio, and this enchanting cottage in the middle, surrounded by pine trees. The whole atmosphere was very un-English - it almost felt as if we were in Italy, and the weather seemed to think so too, for the sun shone every day.

We shared this peaceful garden with dragonflies, a green woodpecker, greenfinches, rabbits, pigeons and bees, and it was wonderful to sit outside and read in the sunshine. We did venture further afield to walk Moll and had a notable trip on the Saturday to a car boot, then looking at the map we decided to go either to Dorchester or Weymouth. As we wandered round the town, looking for somewhere to have coffee, I said idly, “Dorchester’s rather like Weymouth you know.”
Mr B looked at me with gathering incredulity. “This IS Weymouth,” he replied.

When we’d finished howling with laughter, he wiped his eyes and said, “I should have kept my mouth shut. I could have just pretended we were in Dorchester. I could have kept that going for days.”

In fact, we had such a good time we asked if we could stay a few more days, until Friday which was changeover day. Then on Thursday, I asked if we could stay till Sunday and as luckily they didn't have a booking for the following week, they said yes.

We had such a wonderful relaxing week and the Pearse family, who run the farm and the cottages, were incredibly welcoming - so much so we felt part of the family by the time we left.

So if any of you fancy a holiday in Dorset, I couldn’t recommend Tamarisk Farm more highly. It’s perfect for walking (near Chesil Beach and the coastal footpath) and not far from Bridport, Weymouth and Dorchester. The scenery is just beautiful and we can’t wait to go back.


Sally said...

Sounds like an idyllic stay - and laughter is what does it for me! :)

Flowerpot said...

Sally - me too. And Mr B!!

Rena George said...

Lovely happy post, Sue. Glad you all had such a great time. x

ADDY said...

They do look like lovely cottages and Moll looks as if she is jumping for joy to be there.

Flowerpot said...

Addy - she was jumping for joy. So were we!

Flowerpot said...

Rena - it was great, thanks x

Trubes said...

What a fab shot of the dog FP, she certainly seems to be enjoying herself.
I've passed the details of Tamarisk Farm to daughter as she has2 pug Dogs that they like to take on holiday with them.

love di xx

Flowerpot said...

Di - oh I'm so glad. If they do decide to go there, please say that it came via me!! xx

Chris Stovell said...

I absolutely love Dorset but haven't visited for years (and the last time was by boat - a brief foray into Weymouth then tying up at Portland). Your blog's reminded me of how delightful it is.

Flowerpot said...

Chris - yes, well worth a visit x