Welcome From Tanglewood! We are now Super hosts!
Tanglewood farmhouse has 4 acres of woods and streams and 12 acres of grassland. There are plenty of great places to see, in an area with beaches, undulating hills and the highest floral diversity in the UK, not to mention the Jurassic Coast and its fossils. Local heathland is a protected European habitat, accessible on foot 300 m from Tanglewood, or take one of our walks to Wareham a mile away. There are lots of other places to visit, with excellent scope for eating out. Booking our guest apartment or shepherds hut is easy too.
Easter in Dorset
23 Mar 2019
Easter is a perfect time to enjoy a day out in Dorset and there are wonderful selections of springtime events happening around our glorious county. There are egg hunts and Easter bonnet parades, craft fairs and kids activity days, as well as traditional Easter Sunday feasts to enjoy some of our fabulous local produce.
If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a lovely Easter break away, Dorset promises everything you need to spend some quality time with your friends or family. By spending your Easter break in Dorset, you’re sure to make memories that will last a lifetime and have you returning time and time again.
There’s plenty of egg hunting fun around the county, so wherever you choose to stay, you can be sure you’ll find a hunt or trail not too far away.
Join an Easter Egg Hunt
Easter Egg hunts are brilliant fun and are a fantastic way of giving the children a bit of exercise before all the chocolate eating begins!
Easter fun for the family
Have an Eggcellent time at Farmer Palmers Farm Park. Spring into Eggciting Easter Egg hunts, plus look out for the Easter Bunny and lots of baby animals too!
Join in the annual Brewery Square Easter Egg Hunt - simply search for the eggs hidden around Brewery Square and return your form for a free Easter prize!
Whatever your preference we’re sure that you will find plenty of fun and excitement from our fantastic visitor attractions in Dorset.
Easter is a fantastic time to see Dorset at its very best, with spring in full swing; Dorset is bursting into life with stunning scenery and breath-taking wildlife to seek out. Enjoy the spectacular spring colour of the camellia groves and magnolias at Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens. The Gardens are a mixture of formal and informal, with charming walled garden walks and spectacular woodland valley views.
Get your walking boots on and explore the abundance of walking routes or feel the warm spring wind through your hair and enjoy Dorset’s incredible network of cycle routes.
01 Mar 2019
Dorset is the perfect place to bring your wonderful mum this Mother’s Day and is the ideal spot for a bit of relaxation.
There are some fantastic places in Dorset to pamper your mum – why not try Summer Lodge Country House Hotel and Spa near Dorchester, Knoll House Hotel at Studland or the George Albert Hotel and Spa near Dorchester. Indulge in a variety of treatments followed by a luxurious champagne afternoon tea and relax while your every need is catered for.
If your mum loves flowers, take her for a stroll through one of Dorset's splendid houses and gardens and enjoy the spring bloom. Athelhampton House and Gardens is a lovely day out, with outstanding topiary pyramids in the walled gardens, an aromatic kitchen garden and riverside boardwalk to explore.
Does your mum love the countryside? Catch the ferry to Brownsea Island and enjoy a walk through the woods, then treat her to a cream tea in the café.
Abbotsbury Gardens is celebrating spring, feel your spirits lift as you see the beautiful magnolias, camellias and other spring flowering shrubs. After a climb up the hill to see stunning views of Chesil Beach, enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Colonial Restaurant.
Is your mum an animal lover? Enjoy a wonderful family day out at Farmer Palmer's Farm Park, perfect for Mums with younger children – download the voucher from their website and your mum gets in free!
Dorset has an extensive selection of cafes and restaurants and you can be assured they'll be pulling all the stops out for Mother's Day! So take this opportunity to say thank you to your mum by taking her out for lunch or dinner.
The beautiful and historic Priory Hotel, situated on the banks of the River Frome in Wareham, is a perfect place to go for a luxury experience.
The outside courtyard at The Orchard tearooms is a lovely suntrap with views across the pond to the Purbeck Hills. On a sunny day it is a great place to relax outdoors, or sit inside if it is a bit chilly!
If your mum loves local food and seasonal menus, book a table for Clavell's Restaurant which is offering a fantastic mother’s day lunch and a mother’s day special high tea. If you have something special to celebrate why not try the champagne afternoon tea?
Love is in the Air
26 Jan 2019
Make the most of your precious time together and take an idyllic walk to discover Dorset’s many beautiful and charming landscapes, from secluded beachy coves to fairytale woods.
Mosey round quaint market towns and have fun picking out a Valentine’s Day gift or stroll in awe around historic stateley homes and castles.
Some of Dorset’s grand stately homes Kingston Lacy and Mapperton House are surrounded by inspiring and award winning gardens and are perfect for an intimate leisurely stroll to admire the exotic paradises that lie within the grounds.
For another fun way to explore, why not discover the spectacular Lulworth landscape upon horseback? You’ll feel like you’ve jumped out of the pages of a novel as you trot side by side over the cliffs with Lulworth Equestrian
For a quirky twist, wander the hidden valleys and stunning cliff tops of West Dorset with your very own loveable donkey from Donkey Walking Adventures in Dorset.
Your friendly companion will carry your basket and bubbly while you enjoy precious quality time together.
Or how about creating a memory of an awesome coasteering adventure experience together and then indulging yourselves with a romantic cream tea at Love Cake!? With Cumulus Outdoor Adventures, you and your sweetheart can discover hidden coastal secrets together then reward yourselves with scrummy cakes and scones at Love Cake, located in the picturesque town of Swanage.
Spring break in Dorset
26 Jan 2019
If you’re searching for a welcoming home-from-home environment while on your break in Dorset, choose to stay in our lush countryside and enjoy a peaceful setting amidst gorgeous natural scenery. With amazing walks and outstanding nature on your doorstep, you’ll be able to relax and unwind, whilst benefitting from the hospitality and local knowledge of your hosts.
Includes home grown "Breakfast Platter" for the first 2 mornings.
All yours light, airy, warm self contained large private upstairs flat of farmhouse, with lounge, dining area & kitchenette. Sleeps 2 in double room with option to sleep 2 on the sofa bed in lounge and one on a put up bed.
booking is easy
Top 10 Dorset Views
24 Jan 2019
Want to know where the best places are in Dorset to find the perfect view? With such a stunning and beautiful county, you will be rewarded with spectacular views at every corner. We’ve chosen our top ten, but we’re sure you’ll discover more!
Gold Hill, Shaftesbury
Gold Hill's steep cobbled street is famous for its picturesque appearance. The view looking down from the top of the street has been described as "one of the most romantic sights in England” and was made famous in the 1970s Hovis advert. Take in the stunning vista down the hill and across the stunning Dorset countryside.
The headland of Hengistbury, found south-east of Christchurch was an important trading port even from the Iron Age but is now a Nature Reserve; stand on top of the plateau and you will see views of Christchurch Harbour, Mudeford, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth beach.
Stand on top of this prehistoric hillfort situated near Blandford Forum and gaze at glorious views across the Blackmore Vale. Nearby Fontmell Down offers similarly spectacular views.
One of Dorset’s most attractive hills, Ballard Down offers fantastic views of the Dorset heaths, Poole Harbour, Old Harry Rocks and even the Isle of Wight.
Chesil Beach view near Abbotsbury
The coastal road from Bridport to Abbotsbury (the B3157) offers absolutely spectacular views along the Jurassic Coast and just before you arrive in the picturesque village of Abbotsbury, Chesil Beach stretches before your eyes with views to Portland.
Golden Cap is the highest point along the south coast of England and is definitely worth the climb up! You will be rewarded with some of the most awe-inspiring far-reaching views over the surrounding cliffs and beaches.
Hardy’s Monument, Portesham
A monument to Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, who captained Nelson’s ship HMS Victory at the battle of Trafalgar and was born in Dorset, was erected in 1844; from here you will experience panoramic views of the unique Fleet lagoon, Chesil Beach and the rolling Dorset Downs.
The highest spot in the Purbeck hills near Swanage; the hill commands extensive views from the Isle of Wight to Portland.
Pilsdon Pen is an Iron Age Hillfort on the highest hill in Dorset and is only 30 metres short of a mountain! The hill offers sweeping views across the hedged landscape of the Marshwood Vale and is a perfect spot for a picnic.
Portland Olympic Rings
The view from outside the Heights Hotel overlooks Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon looking west. Watching the sunset from here is simply unforgettable.
These views will simply take your breath away!