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West Dorset

Dorset, and West Dorset in particular, has everything to offer as a year round holiday and weekend break destination. The stunning world famous Jurassic coast, iconic landmarks, beautiful countryside, quaint villages and vibrant towns, fabulous food and drink, and vast choice of activities, days out, and tourist attractions make Dorset a perfect choice for all ages, individuals, families and couples.


Chideock is our nearest village ( 1 mile) A beautiful and charming village with chocolate box thatched cottages flanked by dramatic Jurassic hills and landscape. A good local shop (with post office and off licence) that sells most groceries is open 7 days a week, and two pubs that serve excellent food.

Chideock is walkable in around 20 minutes from the cottage or just a 2 minute drive away.

The George Inn Chideock

The Clock Inn


Seatown (1.7 miles by road) a coastal hamlet very close to Frog by the Sea, overlooked by Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast of England. The multi award winning Anchor Pub is situated immediately above the beach, and has plentiful outdoor seating for dining and drinking (and is the charming white property on the beach visible from Frog by the Sea). Renowned for locally sourced superb food and its superb location, it has a reputation as a foodie paradise.

There is a picturesque large (pebble) beach at Seatown, great for fishing, walking, and fossiling.

It is possible to walk to the Anchor and Seatown from the cottage (approx 30 -40 minutes across the footpaths, or a 5 minute drive by car). A favourite with our guests (especially when combined with a meal or drink on the cliff garden at the Anchor).

West Bay

West Bay

West Bay 3.6 miles by road (of Broadchurch fame) – iconic cliffs, small working harbour and resort with beach, pier, cafes, restaurants and harbourside take away outlets (lovely to sit on the harbour-side and eat Fish and Chips or ice cream). Popular with children and families for crabbing harbourside. Fishing and boat trips available from the harbour. Miles of coastal walks. Fossil hunting.Canoe trips (on the inland river ways).


Bridport – (2 miles) is  a vibrant market town with plenty of good bars, restaurants and cafés. High street and independent shops and several supermarkets (including Waitrose). Several good art, book, vintage and antique shops and sellers. Traditional street market twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday plus a monthly Farmers market, and antique and vintage market. Two petrol stations. A leisure Centre with swimming pool. Bridport has many events and Festivals throughout the year and a wonderful historic theatre regularly hosting top National comedians, musicians and cinema screenings. Walk up the iconic Colmers Hill landmark near Symondsbury village (lovely café, restaurant and quality shopping outlets) just outside Bridport.


5 miles away.  Nice spacious beach and cafes, Fossil Heritage Centre and café on the beach. Famous for Fossil hunting. There are guided Fossil hunting tours (seasonal variation). Popular with families and children due to large expanses of sandy beach and gently sloping shore.

Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock (5 miles) is a charming village and very close to Hive beach. No visit to this sandy/stoney beach is complete without a visit to Hive Beach Café (superb dining experience with restaurant, snacks or cakes and located on the beach – a food lovers paradise).


Abbotsbury (11 miles) another charming and picturesque village with a swannery, subtropical gardens and a children’s farm to visit. Combine with a visit to Chesil beach, a naturally occouring 18 mile shingle barrier beach – an iconic sight. The coastal road from Abbotsbury has been voted as one of the top most scenic coastal roads in the uk.

West Bay Harbour
Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis (just under 8 Miles, 15 minutes drive) known as “The Pearl of Dorset” and it is easy to see why. A small and beautiful seaside town with wide array of quality independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Large area of sandy beach near the harbour and a gradually sloping shore make it popular with children and families for paddling and swimming. It has a working harbour with world famous Cobb surrounding it (where the French Lieutenant woman was filmed with Merryl Streep and most recently Kate Winslet in the Ammonite film). Perfect for a day out (a favourite for guests at Frog by the Sea) crabbing from the harbour wall, boat trips, fishing trips, and fossil hunting.


Durdle Door
Corfe Castle

Slightly Further Afield


Weymouth (20 miles) has a lovely old harbour for wandering around and the beach is vast and sandy with large promenade of shops and eateries. The Nothe Forte and Sealife Center make good rainy day places to visit.


Portland (27 miles) is linked to the mainland near Weymouth by a causeway. Portland Bill is an iconic red and white lighthouse that visitors can climb.


Dorchester (17 miles) is the county town of Dorset with many high street and independent shops, cafés and restaurants. Large multiplex cinema. Ideal for rainy days.


Poole (42 miles) near Bournemouth (massive sandy beach and seaside resort). Poole has a large shopping complex, huge marina with many cafes, bars and yachts. It s a great place to sit and watch the super yachts pass by! Boat trips and boat trip to brownsea island (of Baden Powell fame where the World Scouting and Guiding movement was formed from Baden Powell’s first camp).

And A Few Extra Ideas for Things to Do

The Tank Museum at Bovington (30 miles) is a great day out and so much more than just tanks. Replicas of the trenches from World War II make it very interesting for families and children.

Durdle Door and Lulworth cove (30 miles) make a good combined day out with the Tank Museum. Durdle Door is a naturally formed sandstone arch in the sea. Stunning and a very iconic landmark.

The county of Devon is close to West Dorset being only around 8 miles away and the pretty little fishing village of Beer (18 miles) is beautiful and charming.  Many cafés and restaurants and a beach. Beer Quarry caves are good for rainy days (and very hot days).

The Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth is 22 miles away and is a lovely place to spend a few hours. Free entry (donations gratefully received) and is dog friendly. Good café and restaurant. why not combine with a visit to Beer or the seaside town of Sidmouth.

River Cottage (of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall fame) just under 10 miles away (approx 16 minutes drive) This is a wonderful venue for a special celebration dining treat or Sunday lunch during your stay at Frog by the Sea. River Cottage offers a vast array of dining experiences and Masterclass cooking experiences. Booking is essential (advisable to book early to avoid disappointment).

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