Sturminster Newton, self-catering holiday cottages, barns, rural retreats and lodges to rent in Dorset, England
Perfect for a countryside holiday, Sturminster Newton is a small and pretty Dorset market town with tree lined streets set by the banks of the River Stour, surrounded by fields and pastures. Riverside walks and exploring the local countryside are the rewards of visiting here. Thomas Hardy, once a resident in the town, drew inspiration for some of his novels from the local landscape.
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There is plenty of local history to discover during a holiday at Sturminster Newton at the town’s museum with artefacts and photographs telling the story of past trades and industries in the town. Themed rooms are a delight to discover, including the Roman Room, the Railway Room and the Victorian Room. Another fascinating landmark is the 17th century, working watermill and weir, which welcomes visitors on open days. As well as history, this town has cafes, restaurants and pubs to relax in. An annual carnival week is organised each August.
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Sturminster Newton is located between Blandford Forum and Sherborne, and the former is a Georgian town with impressive architecture, a market place and independent shops. Sherborne is considered an exceptionally beautiful town, feted for its abbey, two castles and medieval buildings. It is also a centre for the antiques trade.
Just 8 miles away is Shaftesbury, one of Dorset’s prettiest hilltop towns where you can marvel at the awe inspiring views over the Blackmore Vale.
For days out by the seaside, Bournemouth is within an hour’s drive and with its long stretch of sandy beach, shops and restaurants has plenty to offer visitors.
Another appealing coastal town, Weymouth with its lengthy golden sandy beach and traditional English seaside charm is also around an hour’s drive away.
Book a Sturminster Newton cottage and look forward to discovering some of the best of Dorset on holiday.