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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 family fun - We had a great family trip with 14 of us sharing three adjacent cottages to celebrate a family birthday. Whilst we were only there for two nights, the facilities on site were great and kept the three children entertained and busy.

Simon, Cambridge

We stayed in 'Pigsty Cottage'. So beautiful, we had our own little veranda & stunning views overlooking the lakes & surrounding countryside. A short drive to Chesil Beach. The cottage is well equipped & comfortable. A jug of milk & a selection of tea & coffee was a lovely welcome!

Maryann, Kent

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

I organised this get away for my husbands 40th with our family and friends. What a wonderful weekend we all had! The farm is a kiddies paradise. They just loved the freedom with lots to do. This always makes a parents break away heaven. The cottages are clean and comfy - a home from home. Beaches are nice and close too. We will be back.

Janine, Surrey
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