7 (all year)
Chesters, 34 Loders offers visitors the best of Dorset from the doorstep. The golden hamstone cottage is pet-friendly and sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms, so it is ideal for everyone from couples, to families with older children and friends. There's a friendly pub, The Loders Arms, 200 metres from the door, with the Crown Inn also within walking distance.
Loders is a picturesque village of around 500 people. Its size and quiet location make it perfect for anyone who wants a rural escape, yet because it is only two miles from Bridport, you're within easy reach of places to eat, drink and shop - including a thriving market on lower South Street every Saturday and a big supermarket. The walk from Loders to Bridport is lovely, following beside the Asker River and through scenic countryside. Other destinations for a walk or a bike ride include the Eggardton Hill Fort where your efforts are rewarded with views that reach as far as Torbay on a clear day.
In addition to a rolling rural landscape, Dorset also has a breathtakingly dramatic coastline. West Bay is four miles from the cottage, and easy to cycle if you'd rather not drive. It is part of the Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage Site, and fans of "Broadchurch" will easily recognise its sheer cliff-face and sandy shore. It's a lovely spot for a day at the seaside, a relaxing walk, or for casting your line and seeing what bites.
Day trips can include hunting for fossils at Charmouth and marvelling at the beauty of Durdle Door. Lyme Regis is the most popular seaside resort in Dorset with excellent amenities, fossils, a medieval harbour called "The Cobb" and a narrow flight of steps called "Granny's Teeth"!
You'll love your time here, no matter what the season or the weather. Although some beaches, like Lyme Regis, are busy in summer, there is always a quiet cove or a scenic spot where you can experience solitude. There are beautiful places to walk, including the coastal Bridport course for golfers, wineries and breweries to visit, and attractions that range from country houses and gardens to traditional piers and theme parks.
Peter Nardone & Stephen Tilton joined Independent Cottages in September 2020
Chesters, 34 Loders is a period property extended and updated to suit modern lifestyles. The golden hamstone is typical of buildings in this area and always looks warm and welcoming, even in the depths of winter. Accommodation is beautifully presented over two levels.
Outside: The south-facing rear garden is fenced, with lawn for playing and a patio with a picnic bench for barbecues and alfresco meals. There is free parking on the quiet road outside the cottage.
Additional Information: All utilities, WiFi, sheets and bath towels are provided, as is an initial basket of logs for the wood burner. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome through prior arrangement. Guests must be at least 12-years of age. Smoking is not permitted. Short breaks (minimum of four nights) are available outside of peak season, depending on availability.
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