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Magical Vacation Destinations: The Surprising Natural Treasures Of Dorset

Some of the best vacation destinations are home to amazing modern structures designed by talented architects. From the Eiffel Tower in Paris to the Statue of Liberty in the United States, there’s no question that these were built to amaze and enthral us with their sheer majestic appearance. The sentiment of which can be felt as we look up- and admire the craftsmanship, creativity and dedication, that has gone into creating these works-of-art. 

However, despite how spectacular these and other structures are, they don’t hold a candle to the ones created by the world’s best architect – Mother Nature, herself. Some of the best wonders of the world are natural and effortlessly marvellous. Beautiful, mesmerising and with a unique power to take our breath away, these natural treasures are beyond compare. 

Here in Dorset, there are so many of these natural wonders, including some that combine nature’s own designs, while others are awe-inspiring creations by mankind. When you book a holiday with us at English Cottage Vacation, we can share these amazing natural wonders with you so you can visit them and add a little magic to your luxury vacation. 

Durdle Door

Photo of Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast which is a popular vacation destinationDurdle Door beach is one of the most famous in Britain. The iconic landscape stands out in a majestic way, thanks to the predominant, natural arch that it boasts along the coastline. This portal-like structure is made from limestone that stands tall above the sea. It has been formed over the years from the slow, continued erosion of the stone as it gives way to the waves and is located along the Jurassic Coast. 

Here at English Cottage Vacation, we offer you a completely new perspective to witness this sight. Our fantastic half-day yacht excursion that we can organise for you as one of the trips we plan during your stay here with us is definitely one of our favourite experiences to share with our guests! Being out on the water for the day, on your own private yacht with a glass of Champagne in hand and a luxury picnic spread, while looking back at the land from this unique ocean viewpoint allows our guests to admire this spectacular natural wonder in a very different light!

Mupe Bay

Photo of popular vacation destination Mupe Bay on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset Durdle Door might be the place everyone has on their to-do lists when they visit Dorset, but Mupe Bay is another must-see area of the Jurassic Coast that is a real hidden gem. 

Set just around the corner from Lulworth Cove, the bay has a shingle beach and is mostly accessible on foot, unless the ranges are open. It’s ideal for anyone who enjoys a good, long walk, boasting a glorious view of the sea and the towering white chalk cliffs nearby. 

The Blue Pool 

The Blue Pool offers a refreshing break from the outdoors with a pool that’s famous for its ever-changing colours. Thanks to the very fine clay suspended in its waters, the pool can look green at times and turquoise at others, depending on how the light hits it. Now isn’t that truly something magical? 

You can sit on benches set around the pool and rest while you marvel at the incredible colours. As you sit, entranced by the fantastically majestic depths of the water, you can sip on a glass of wine or any other refreshing beverage that your live-in host and chauffeur, Nathan, recommends for you along with a delicious array of snacks prepared by your live-in host and personal chef, Laura, from your picnic excursion basket. 

Mapperton House & Gardens

Mapperton House, home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, is a perfect representation of the remarkable beauty that comes from the combination of nature and mankind’s creations. The house is just stunning – so much so, that it has been used in the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, Far From The Maddening Crowd.”

The gardens are, however, even more spectacular, with a perfect lawn and a romantic valley garden that’s sure to brighten up your mood and lift your spirits. Just like the gorgeous garden back at our Well Cottage, the Mapperton gardens are an absolute joy to simply bask in.  

The Lost Village of Tyneham

Although this village bears the sad story of its residents that were forced to leave, just before Christmas in 1943, it has remained a beautiful place that has been made all the more special by its moving history.

The village is currently still owned by the Ministry of Defence, but you can spend the afternoon there and take a walk around to see the school, church and most of the houses that are still intact and being kept in good condition.

Gold Hill

Famous for being at the centre of a 1973 ad where a boy rides his bike down the cobbles after a bread delivery, Gold Hill is one of the most well-known streets in Shaftesbury.

Apart from the famous ad, Gold Hill is also a treasured Dorset gem for the amazing view one gets when they look down from the top of the street, which has been described as one of the most romantic sights in England.

Little Bredy Waterfall

Any waterfall is a thing of beauty, but the Little Bredy in Dorset is a treasure in a league of its own. The waterfall is hidden away in a little village where a lake feeds into the River Bride before cascading down into a beautiful watery veil.

Apart from Little Bredy which is likely the largest waterfall in Dorset, there are a few more in the area that you’ll enjoy seeing too. This includes Kimmeridge Bay, Osmington Mills, Compton Acres and the Ninesprings waterfalls.

When it comes to natural treasures, Dorset is one of the richest places, filled with majestic hills, beautiful watery wonders and colourful gardens in full bloom. There’s so much to experience here and a great way to take it all in is through a fully-organized luxury vacation that gives you the liberty to customise your holiday according to whatever your heart so desires.

English Cottage Vacation offers this convenience so you can plan the vacation of your dreams without any hassle. Give us a call to find out more about Dorset’s natural wonders and how we can help you experience them in the best way possible!