Local Area and Activities

Well Cottage is located in a tiny hamlet called Bedchester in the north Dorset countryside, in the south of England.


Well Cottage is located in a very small hamlet called Bedchester, we are surrounded by fields, farmland and rolling countryside. Bedchester borders the Cranborne Chase- An area of outstanding natural beauty – perfect for exploring, walking or hiking, cycling and enjoying countryside views. A hamlet is a small settlement of houses with a population generally less than 100 people. Well Cottage is situated on the outskirts of Bedchester providing complete privacy with no other properties overlooking.

Fontmell Magna

In less than 1 mile down a quiet country lane from Well Cottage is the village of Fontmell Magna which is where the local pub is located, a small corner shop/post office and the parish church (believed to date back to the late 15th century) It wouldn’t be a traditional English village without a pub- ‘The Fontmell’ is our local pub which offers good food and local ales. We can take you and pick you up in your private vehicle if you have had an action packed day or you can just wander there at your own leisure and enjoy the walk on the way to have a pint or a meal with the locals.


Located just a few miles north of us is the beautiful market town of Shaftesbury. The town was built around the Shaftesbury Abbey which was founded in 888 by King Alfred and became one of the richest religious establishments in the country before it was destroyed in 1539. Shaftesbury is home to Gold Hill, a steep cobbled street, which was made famous in the 1970’s by a television commercial advertising Hovis bread.

If you visit us in early July we can take you to Gold Hill Fair which has food stalls, art stalls and local live music and in February the community has kept the tradition of the Snowdrop festival where every year more Snowdrops are planted.

Cranbourne Chase

This is an ‘Area Of Natural Beauty’ Plenty of walking or hiking to be done here to take in the beautiful views. Win Green is the highest point on the Cranbourne Chase at 277m (909ft) and is a landmark with a ‘clump’ of trees at the peak. Hambledon Hill is a prehistoric iron age hill fort owned by the National Trust and offers breathtaking views, it is a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh Dorset air. There is a wonderful circular walk which we will guide you on if you wish, and for the kids (or adults) there are convenient Geocache ‘treasures’ to be found along the way.

Wardour Castle

Located just over the county border of Wiltshire, Wardour Castle was built in the 1390’s and then partially destroyed in the mid 1600’s. It is now managed by the English Heritage and could make a great stop on the way home from one of our main excursions or if you prefer to have a more relaxing day and just stay closer to Well Cottage.

More Places to visit

We’ve put together some details of things you can do during your stay at Well Cottage, and also places you can visit for the day. If you fancy a mini break away to explore some more of what the UK has to offer, then check out our mini breaks page.