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Christmas at Lancombe – This is how we do it!

T’was the night before Christmas and throughout Lancombe’s grounds

Not a creature was stirring…except for the chickens

Each cottage was bursting with tinsel and charm

Waiting for families to arrive arm in arm

When a note from Dear Santa arrives on the mat

“I’ll be coming to Lancombe, you can be sure of that”

Dressed all in fur from his head to his feet

A little bit tarnished from ashes and soot

“I come bearing gifts for the good girls and boys”

The reindeer sleigh was choc full of toys!

As the grotto opens, one by one they can see

Shiny bows and big presents, ‘Is that one for me’?

Then dinner arrives, it’s from Asda you see,

It was ordered last week just in time for us to eat

Turkey, sprouts and potatoes, in the oven they go

So we can stroll the woodland, and play in the snow*

Once the pudding is cold and the night has drawn in

The fireplace is lit and the games can begin

Monopoly, balderdash…even cards can be played

‘They haven’t stopped laughing’, the field horses neighed

As boxing day falls with a crisp dawn frost

Mum and Dad take a swim in the warm pool, (it’s a must)

Then all wrapped up with hats, scarves and boots

Everyone goes to the beach for a blustery hoot

As the Christmas fun ends, the children all shout

“This has been the best Christmas ever, we have no doubt”

“Can we come again next year, oh please parents please”

And Caroline books their favourite cottage out with ease

“Farewell my friends, until next year…

But if you fancy a summer break, I’ll be right here”

If you’d like to make a reservation to stay on one of our fabulous country cottages or lodges over the Christmas break, then just give us a call on 01300 320562 or email info@lancombe.co.uk to make your reservation.

We’d be delighted to welcome you to Lancombe!

*Fake snow available on request 😉

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Four Favourite Dorset Winter Walks

lyme-regis-beachWinter is one of the best seasons to explore the stunning beauty of Dorset’s coast and countryside.  Don’t let the cold weather put you off this winter; dress up in your warm clothes and put on your walking boots and venture out to see some of the counties’ most stunning landscapes and wildlife.

 

Here are a few of our favourites:

Portland Bill and Castle

When a winter storm is about to hit, there is no better place to witness the spectacle of the huge rolling waves than Portland Bill.  Take in the blustery views over the limestone cliffs and spot the seabirds blowing on the breeze. Why not stop at the Lobster Pot Café and warm up, with stunning views of the ocean it is the perfect spot to indulge in some homemade pie.

 

The Historic Blackmore Vale

Starting out at the beautiful village of Marnhull, you can explore the stunning countryside of Blackmore Vale.  This is quite simply rural Dorset at it’s finest.  You’ll climb over a kissing gate and stiles, and once you’ve built up an appetite, you can head to the 15th Century Blackmore Vale Inn where you can enjoy beautiful, locally inspired and seasonal food with a pint of real ale in front of a roaring wood fire.  Dogs and horses are welcome here too!

 

Radipole Lake RSPB Reserve

If you’re a keen birdwatcher, then make a day of it at Radipole Lake Reserve.  One of Weymouth’s most beautiful spots for dog walkers and families alike to enjoy a tranquil and peaceful walk.  The winter months will bring sightings of Water Rail, Pied Wagtails and Pochard; you can also see a magical display of hoar frost on the trees and vegetation on a particularly frosty day.  Binocular hire is available here and there are also guided walks.  After an enjoyable walk around the reserve, you can stop at the café and indulge in a home-made cake!

 

Lyme Regis

The pretty little town of Lyme Regis is renowned for its fossils.  Here you’ll find fossil shops and fossil tours, even the pavements have ammonites.  It is well reported that after a winter storm, the fossils are more exposed from the cliffs, perfect for the novice fossil hunter!  Take yourself down onto the beach with your dog and explore the cliffs and beaches.  There is a picturesque harbour here, along with 3 main beaches for you to discover.  Why not try out some tasty cod and chips at ‘By The Bay’, a fabulous seafood restaurant with wonderful views of the area.

 

Dorset may be known as a summer destination but the county has so much to offer in the winter months, especially for anyone interested in getting back to nature, photography, dog walking, rambling or those in need of some ‘me time’, and a place to breathe in the fresh sea air.

 

Happy Walking!

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5 Dorset walks to take your breath away

old-harry-rocksThere’s no better way to experience Dorset than to explore the beauty of its stunning coast and countryside and there are hundreds of trails and pathways to explore.

 

Whether you fancy blowing away the cobwebs on a windy cliff top, a peaceful stroll along the river side, a meander around local some villages (stopping to enjoy a refreshment or two at a local village inn, of course), or working up a sweat with a woodland trek, we promise you that Dorset has all you could hope for, and more!

 

Over half of the county is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so whether you’re a keen rambler or simply enjoy taking the dog for a nice afternoon stroll, there is so much to experience on a Dorset walk.  So, here are 5 of our favourites:

 

The South West Coast Path National Trail

This stunning path stretches a whopping 630 miles from Worth Matravers in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset.  Whether you’re looking for the ultimate hiking challenge or just to take in the unspoiled, rugged beauty of this spectacular coastline, this is the trail for you. You’ll experience some of the most dramatic landscapes and breath-taking seascapes along the way.  Just Follow the Acorn!

 

Corfe Castle Village Walks

This magnificent ruin sits on the top of a hill and can be seen along the winding country lanes of Corfe on your approach.  You can enjoy a relaxing walk around the village whilst taking in its vast history.  From Corfe, you can also take a 20-minute trip on a beautiful steam train across to Swanage; Corfe Castle Station itself boasts spectacular views of the castle. Click here for more info.

 

Old Harry Rocks

This 3 ½ mile walk to the chalk headland offers stunning views across Poole Harbour, Bournemouth and on a clear day, even the Isle of Wight.  From here you’ll see Old Harry and his wife; three beautiful chalk formations formed by sea erosion.  Starting at The Bankes Arms Inn, the trail takes you along the cliff top, down through the chalk grassland and back to the Inn.

 

Brownsea Island

It was voted Britain’s favourite nature reserve in 2013 so if you’re a keen wildlife enthusiast then this 1 mile walk in the middle of Poole Harbour will be a real treat.  This beautiful place is a wildlife refuge and home to a wide variety of birds including the Oystercatcher! You may also see lizards and deer.  Take some time to be still and take in the breath-taking views of the Purbeck Hills and if you’re lucky, the rare red squirrel may make an appearance. There are a variety of guided walks here too.

 

West Bay

West Bay was the backdrop to the award winning TV drama, Broadchurch, so if you’re a fan of the show, you’ll love the coastal walks here. There are a number of walks starting out at West Bay, taking you to a number of other beautiful beaches and picturesque inland spots.

If you fancy going on a fossil hunt then a few miles west of West Bay, you can search for Ammonite fossils which are often be found on the beach after a stormy tide.

Happy walking!

 

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Who says the kids should have all the fun?

As a child, the time between breaking up from school in July and going back in the September seemed to be endless!

While the days, months and years may seem to pass faster as we get older, a summer break is still as good a time as any to relax, unwind and recharge the batteries.

Who said that summer holidays are just for the kids?

Lancombe has something for guests of all ages

At Lancombe, we cater for the whole family. So why not treat yourself to a getaway and enjoy some of the leisure pursuits on offer.

Relax and unwind at the spa

The Lancombe Spa is the perfect place to pamper yourself and enjoy some quality ‘me’ time. Get away from the daily grind and experience true relaxation of the body and mind. Why not treat yourself and enjoy a treatment from our extensive list.

Have a splashing time

Take a leisurely dip in our heated pool or, if you are feeling energetic, do a few lengths! When you are finished, you can sit back and relax in our sauna.

Stunning views, right on the doorstep

You don’t need to go far to enjoy the amazing views. Take a stroll around the grounds and you’ll find breath-taking scenery. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, then one of the trails leading out of Lancombe will provide you with a pleasant ramble.

Be a bookworm

Visit our library, select a book and then pop your feet up and relax. Lancombe has plenty of places where you get comfortable and get stuck into a book.

Soak up the atmosphere in our courtyard

Our courtyard is a wonderful place to reflect on your day and enjoy an evening aperitif.

Al fresco dining

Make use of our communal barbeque. Our on-site shop sells lots of local produce, saving you time in the supermarket.

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Why Dorset is the perfect UK holiday destination

swanage-bay-836465_1280Whatever makes your perfect summer holiday, one thing is for sure: a staycation has many benefits.

Let’s compare holidaying in Dorset with an overseas trip.

 

The journey

Dorset

Pack your bags, load up the car, belt up the kids and you are off!

You can travel in the luxury and familiarity of your own car, stopping for a break whenever you like.

You can sing along to your favourite tunes and get into the holiday spirit from the moment you leave home.

 

Abroad

Whether you opt to fly or travel by boat, you will be required to arrive early in order to check in.

Both modes of transport invariably result in lots of queuing and waiting around. You don’t know who you’ll end up sitting next to during your trip, or what meal you may be served. Try singing along to your favourite artist and you are guaranteed to receive some strange looks from your fellow passengers!

 

Familiarity

Dorset

When you arrive in Dorset not only will the scenery take your breath away, you will also be able to enjoy it all the more because of the familiar driving conditions.

With no strange currency to deal with, you will know exactly how much everything costs without needing to get out a calculator to do the currency conversion.

 

Abroad

If you opt for a hire car, you will need to find your way to your destination while driving on the wrong side of the road.

This requires additional concentration, particularly if the locals are a little erratic with their driving. Who needs this added stress the moment you arrive on foreign soil?

Currency fluctuations could leave you paying a lot more than you hoped for food, drink and souvenirs.

 

The location

Dorset

With fantastic beaches, beautiful views, parks and lakes, Dorset has a rich landscape that rivals many overseas destinations. Its rugged coastlines hold hidden secrets and you can discover its rich history by exploring the old buildings, hill stones and barrows.

Good weather is never guaranteed but come rain or shine there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained. You’ll find cream teas in abundance so you can get your fill of the local delights.

 

Abroad

Of course there will be plenty of culture to explore and new foods to try, plus the opportunity to get to grips with the local customs and language.

If trying some of the local dishes appeals to you, then unfortunately, there is a slight risk that you may get an upset stomach.

The weather overseas may be a little more settled but should it turn cold, is there enough to keep the kids entertained away from the pool or beach?

These are just a few reasons why the UK, and Dorset in particular, is an idyllic holiday destination.

 

 

Keep an eye on our blog and Facebook page for even more reasons to visit Dorset.

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