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Local Attractions

Some of the best visitor attractions in West Dorset including Brownsea Island and Hardy Monument – all well worth a visit during your stay here at Rudge Farm.

 
 

Visitor Attractions in West Dorset

Cerne Giant

The Cerne Giant stands 180ft tall and is Britain’s largest chalk hill figure. The origins of the Cerne Giant are somewhat mysterious with many theories surrounding its identity including whether its an ancient symbol of spirituality, the Greco-Roman hero Hercules, or even if its a mockery of Oliver Cromwell.

Hardy Monument

This distinctive tower sits on a ridge high above the Dorset coast. The tower was erected to commemorate Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy who was thes Flag-Captain on the HMS Victory. Around the tower are fantastic views and plent of excellent picnic spots.

Maiden Castle

Maiden Castle is one of the largest Iron Age hillforts in Europe. The several ramparts which once protected several hundred residents provide an insight into its historic past. There is evidence of a late Iron Age cemetery, where many of the burials had suffered horrific injuries from defending the fort.

Portland Castle

Portland Castle, built in the early 1540s, is one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts used to protect against French and Spanish invasion. The castle provides amazing sea views and gives you a chance to see the powerful armoury that was used. As well as its older history the castle also played a part in the First and Second World Wars.

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What Our Guests Say...

Great location to explore West Dorset - We had a really lovely stay at Rudge Farm. As our first visit to West Dorset it was an ideal location to explore the coastline. The kids really enjoyed the activities on site too including the boating on the lake, the games room and tennis court. The local farm shop was fab and did lovely fresh bread, yummy cheese, and veg. Thanks for a great holiday and we would definitely recommend it to other people.

Caroline, Brighton

Family birthday weekend - Fantastic place to stay. Beautiful views, gorgeous spacious cottages and very modern and clean. Couldn't ask for a better place to stay. Absolutely perfect. Very well equipped with everything you need. Would definitely recommend.

Sarah, Cardiff

The kids absolutely loved our stay and it really was the perfect family holiday.

Paula and David, Midlands

Just spent a long weekend here and must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed in Carter's cottage, lovely and warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Went with our daughter and one year old grandson. Perfect for families so much there to do - would love to go back in the summer months although weather was kind to us sunny but cold. Very well equipped all you could possibly want with good local pubs.

Susan, Surrey

By far the best place we have stayed. Lovely warm welcome, cottages delightful and scenery stunning!

Judith and Steve, Cambridgeshire
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