As well as being England’s only natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast is one of the country’s most romantic destinations. Whether it’s windswept cliffs, meandering coastal paths, or sun-drenched beaches, our magnificent coastline provides an ideal backdrop for romantic getaways and escapes.
For some Valentine’s Day inspiration, we’ve put together this selection of top romantic cottages on the Jurassic Coast with help from our lovely Business Partners Dorset Hideaways. We’ve picked a selection from across Dorset’s portion of the Jurassic Coast, and each one is designed to help you and your loved one create idyllic memories of your time on the Jurassic Coast.
Everdene Lodge, Sherborne
Sherborne may be a little inland in Dorset, but it is still within easy reach of the coastline. By staying at this charming single-bedroom cottage, you can explore the delights of the town, which include Sherborne Abbey (pictured bottom), which dates back over a thousand years.
The distinctive look of Sherborne’s many historic buildings can be attributed to the use of hamstone, a handsome ochre-coloured building stone that originates from the Jurassic period, about 180 million years ago.
The views from this cottage are of the tranquil Dorset countryside. It’s quiet enough to feel like you’re getting away from it all, whilst at the same time some of the coast’s top highlights like Lyme Regis, Durdle Door and Portland are all accessible within a drive of an hour or less.
Merry Hill Barn, Portesham
This beautiful barn conversion in the cosy Dorset village of Portesham holds the distinction of being a famous movie location! It was featured in the 2015 adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel Far from the Madding Crowd, with its thatched roof and sweeping countryside views offering a genuine feel of 19th century Wessex.
Since then the property has undergone a complete refurbishment to bring it into the present day, and it now boasts all the requisite amenities for a romantic stay including flat-screen television, underfloor heating and luxury bath sheets.
Portesham is home to the King’s Arms, a must-visit country pub featuring a fabulous garden, complete with gently flowing stream.
The village makes a perfect base from which to explore Dorset and the Jurassic Coast. The fascinating village of Abbotsbury is nearby, as well as the wild wonders of Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Weymouth and Dorchester are both within easy reach for restaurants and holiday essentials.
Belvidere 1, Weymouth
Fancy a room with a view? Look no further than this stylish seafront apartment located on Weymouth’s renowned Esplanade.
Dating back to Georgian times when the King himself was a frequent visitor, the Esplanade is abuzz with activities, shops, restaurants and a golden sandy beach. You can explore some of the town’s top sites including the Nothe Fort, Sandsfoot Castle and Lodmoor Country Park, or simply hire a deckchair and soak up the sunshine!
Weymouth is easily reached by train from London Waterloo, and is located right in the middle of the Jurassic Coast. There are brilliant walking opportunities nearby, including Bowleaze Cove, White Nothe and Ringstead to the east, and the rugged beauty of the Isle of Portland to the south.
Odd Nod Cottage, Coombe Keynes
The cottage features a beautiful paved garden, a summer house and delightful views of the nearby countryside that practically demands exploration on foot. Pack your OS Map, a flask of tea and a good pair of boots, and set about discovering this historic, immaculately maintained slice of English countryside.
Odd Nod Cottage is also perfectly situated for a visit to Camp Bestival, the Jurassic Coast’s biggest festival that features three days of family-friendly activities, music and entertainment. You might even get to hold a dinosaur bone and speak to a real scientist at the Jurassic Coast Trust tent!
The Hideaway, Salwayash
Feel like a romantic holiday with a difference? This charismatic shepherd’s hut is kitted out with everything you need for a romantic getaway, including kitchen, shower and outdoor picnic bench.
The surrounding countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering unspoiled views and clear night skies paired with the gentle nocturnal hoots of tawny owls. The family-run Washingpool Farm Shop is right around the corner, offering all your holiday essentials along with top notch local produce.
Salwayash is also home to Furleigh Estate, an award-winning winery and producers of Jurassic-themed varieties Tyrannosaurus Red and Ammonite White. Just a short drive away is Bridport and the harbour town of West Bay, where you’ll find the majestic golden cliffs made famous by Broadchurch.