I love going on cruises, no question, but that doesn’t mean to say I am not averse to the odd holiday in my beautiful home country of England, tucked away in a quaint holiday cottage somewhere by the sea. Maybe it’s my love of the sea that always draws me to the coast, but there are some occasions when I prefer to have my feet firmly on the ground and in control of where my holiday takes me.
Finding the perfect holiday cottage isn’t always easy. Some might say I’m a bit fussy, but if I’m going on holiday I like my accommodation to meet my requirements and to feel as though it’s as cosy as home, but with a few added special extras. For me, you have to go a long way to beat a holiday cottage in Dorset. The dramatic coastline, the chocolate box cottages and not forgetting the yummy Dorset apple cake – perfection. My husband, Jim, and I are avid walkers. We may be in our seventies but we firmly believe that if you don’t use it, you lose it so we are keen to keep our bodies fit and healthy. Dorset is perfect for this as there are some many beautiful walks around, which are suitable for all ages and abilities. The Jurassic Coast stretches from East Devon and follows the coastline 95 miles round to Dorset. It is England’s first natural World Heritage Site and displays 185 million years of the Earth’s natural history, it is truly breath taking. I personally love the walk up Hambury Tout hill on a beautiful sunny day. It is a relatively steep hill with a gravel path, but the views at the top are well worth it. Just remember to pack a cold drink and a slice of that Dorset apple cake for a well earned snack stop at the top. Upon reaching the top you are rewarded with the geological masterpiece that is Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch, and Lulworth Cove, which was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the powerful erosion of the sea.
After our walk, we like to stop off at the local village in West Lulworth for an ice cream – there are so many flavours to choose from – and buy a bottle of homemade fruit wine. I never tire of visiting Lulworth time and time again, it is just such a beautiful part of the country.
When we go to Dorset, we tend to always stay in a traditional thatched cottage. I always insist that it has a garden as I like nothing better than returning after a day out walking and sitting out in the garden with a lovely cup of tea in the last of the sunshine. There’s just something so relaxing, sitting there listening to the different bird songs, the smell of the salty sea air and the promise of what tomorrow will bring.