To Do & See

Immediate Setting

No 53 Durweston is located in the heart of rural Dorset in the picturesque Crown Portman Estate village of Durweston. There are fabulous walks nearby with amazing views over the chalk ridges - go to the famous Hod Hill on the doorstep or stroll along the River Stour to the local pub. 

Within a 10 minute drive is the Georgian market town of Blandford as noted in Thomas Hardy's books. It has visiting food markets, a local butcher and lovely bakery - as well as being the home of the renowned Hall and Woodhouse Brewery!

The cottage is also perfectly placed to explore the wider area and is within easy driving distance of wonderful landscapes and village pubs. Visit Cranborne Chase, The New Forest and Lulworth Cove together with Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Salisbury.

Places to Visit

  • Lulworth Cove on the famous Jurassic Coast
  • Brownsea Ireland Nature Reserve
  • Kingston Lacy, National Trust
  • Monkey World
  • Cerne Abbas, Giant Chalk Man carved into the hillside
  • Hall and Woodhouse Brewery, Blandford Forum

Local Pubs

  • Walk to The White Horse in the same parish at Stourpaine
  • The Anchor at Shapwick
  • The Talbot at Irewine Minster
  • The Cricketers at Shroton
  • The King John at Tollard Royal


Within 35 minutes drive is the beautiful Jurassic Coast, including Lulworth Cove, the Poole Sandbanks beach and Shell Bay. Poole and it's enormous natural harbour and Brownsea Island are within 30 minutes driving, where kite and windsurfing are very popular.


  • Ashley Wood Golf Club (8 mins drive) - originally established over 100 years ago
  • Rushmoore Golf Club (1/2 hour drive) - 18-hole golf course set high on the chalk of the Cranborne Chase, with the unusual distinction of having 9 holes in Dorset and 9 in Wiltshire
  • Bulbury Woods Golf Club (1/2 hour drive) - with views over Purbeck Hills and Poole

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