A poetic landscape …





Of spectacular chalk downland, and inspiration to Thomas Hardy.


“There are some heights in Wessex, shaped as if by kindly hand

For thinking, dreaming, dying on, and at crises when I stand,

…I seem where I was before my birth, and after death may be.”

Thomas Hardy Wessex Heights

The local area …

Ashmore is the highest village in Dorset,

originally an Iron Age settlement set around an ancient dew pond.

Right on our doorstep are Melbury Hill and Downs, and Win Green with far reaching views

as far as the Isle of Wight, the Purbeck Hills, and the Blackmore Vale.

Drovers paths and Wessex Ridgeway designated walks criss cross the landscape

through the local Ashcombe and Rushmore estates, and National Trust land.

My particular favourite walk is through the mature beech woods of Melbury Down

where you can often see the elusive white Hart deer.

Enjoy skylarks, the Adonis butterflies, orchids and other wild flowers, hares …

Nearby is the Saxon town of Shaftesbury with it’s  famous Gold Hill.

And a car ride away …

The Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, is a 40 minute drive away.

Studland Bay, Old Harry Rocks,  and Lulworth Cove,

And then on along the coast to Abbotsbury and Lyme Regis.

Full itineraries on walks, restaurants, rare sights are available for you in the cottage.