Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. Looking for a secluded site with wonderful views across the countryside? To learn more or withdraw consent, please visit our cookie policy. Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. Mary Anning's correspondence helped kick off the study of coprolites. With a wealth of history, attractions and even animals, the county offers an eclectic mix you’d struggle to find anywhere else. Dorchester, once home to the Victorian writer Thomas Hardy, is a must-visit for literary fiends, as is Lyme Regis, the former home of Jane Austen. featuring the most unusual and exciting holiday accommodation in the UK and worldwide. There are two lighthouses in Dorset where you can book to spend a few nights. © 2020 Host Unusual Limited All rights reserved. Apart from the fishermen’s sheds there is nothing there except nature and the sea. Host Unusual works with associate sites and may earn commission when you book via certain property links. If you want to step off the beaten path and discover a hidden gem rich with wildlife, make your way to the village of Arne. This picturesque spot on the Isle of Purbeck is not easy to reach, but is well worth the effort. Meanwhile, Sherborne, built in ochre ‘ham stone', is often included in lists of the UK's most beautiful towns. It's no surprise that Dorset has taken the starring role in many famous film and TV productions, from the French Lieutenant's Woman to Broadchurch. You can get there by a public footpath from West Road, Ferndown. Registered office: Space 282 282 Leigh Road Leigh-on-Sea Essex SS9 1BW. Countryside-wise, Christchurch boasts flawless rural scenery, and Shaftesbury, set over 200 metres above sea level, is a charming town that will make you feel immediately at home. Buzzards, Ravens and Stonechats live there. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google. © 2020 Atlas Obscura. On the Isle of Portland there’s the 19th century Old Higher Lighthouse, a Grade II listed building with amazing views. Subscribe to our newsletter for latest news & offers. A hand-picked directory This tiny town features a tiny town that acts as a 3D snapshot of the town during the 1950's. If you love ancient and mysterious monuments, you should definitely pay a visit to the Corscombe Standing Stones near the village of Corscombe. In fact, the county's entire western shoreline is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, infused with around 185 million years of natural history...and plenty of fascinating fossils. See. Famous landmarks have been made from stone quarried here, including Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the United Nations headquarters in New York - so you're sure to conclude that you're in good company! You can also discover a sculpture trail in the woods. Sign up for our newsletter and enter to win the second edition of our book. Offer available only in the U.S. (including Puerto Rico). It is a gorgeous place to wander around the fantastic landscape. Follow us on social media to add even more wonder to your day. This former quarry is now a vibrant labyrinth of magical in situ sculptures. Your email address will not be published. In Dorset, things can get a bit quirky, but quirky often means a fun, unforgettable experience. You'll find a wide selection of unusual places to stay in Dorset, as you explore its endless natural delights. Host Unusual Limited It is one of the most remote and peaceful parts of Dorset. Try Ibberton Hill, near Blandford,  renowned for its wonderful views across Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.