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Tuesday 9 July 2019

The Dorset Weekender- Where to go on a whistle stop tour

It's been a little while since I blogged of late and to be honest I get pretty busy over the summer with things like travelling to Dorset for an epic weekend.

She's A Gentry

I wasn't planning on blogging about this trip but it was such a blast and I snapped so many photos, it felt almost rude not to!

Brownsea Castle

We headed to Poole in Dorset last Friday afternoon and started the weekend with a Dorset Gin Cruise aboard then "Dorset Queen" with BH1 Gin as the main showcase gin of the evening.

The cruise itself was utterly gorgeous, getting to snap away in front of the Old Harry Rocks on the Isle of Purbeck.

Dorset Cruises Review

Dorset Cruises review

BH1 Gin review

So what was the gin like? Well the BH1 gin was gorgeous and my kinda gin, being very botanical. It actually contains 13 different botanical elements from juniper to pink grapefruit and even coriander!

As well as the BH1 gin there was a large array of other gins to choose from and cocktails too, with French 75s being a firm favourite on my list.

Dorset Cruises review

Dorset Cruises review

The cruise was just gorgeous, the atmosphere high with excitement and merriment from gin and the views simply breathtaking.

She's A Gentry

On Saturday we got a whistle stop tour of the area, starting with The Priory Hotel in Wareham for a spot of coffee and to soak up the sunshine.

The Priory Hotel, Wareham

This place reminded me so much  of the chateau Chris and I stayed in in France a few years back (this place) and to be honest with the weather being so glorious, we could've well been at a french chateau! 

I'd definitely love to stay here in the future as the hotel itself was just as gorgeous as the grounds and their afternoon teas look divine too.

Durlston Castle view

Next we headed up the Jurassic Coast to Durlston Country Park and up Durlston Castle for a spot of lunch. 

views from Durlston Castle

views from Durlston Castle

Again we had spectacular views of the coastline and could see the Old Harry Rocks from a different angle as well as Poole Bay. There are lots of amazing walks and trails to explore here but as it was a whistle stop tour, we didn't get to explore. Again this is somewhere I'd love to return to as the walks looked awesome.

Brownsea Castle

Our final stop was an island. Brownsea Island to be precise where we went to Brownsea Castle for a spot of tea and cake.

Brownsea Castle

views from Brownsea Castle

Brownsea Castle

The castle itself is stunning and has a mix of architectural style due to being renovated over the centuries and in the grounds you can see deer, chickens and even red squirrels roaming around. We saw a red squirrel during our visit which just made my day, having never seen one in real life before!

The views and even the architecture as well as the Italian garden made us feel as though we were abroad. 

Italian Garden at Brownsea Castle

Italian Garden at Brownsea Castle

We were very privileged to have the opportunity to go in the hotel itself as its not actually open to the public but the island itself is definitly worth a visit for the wildlife views and more.

After all the tour stops on Saturday we headed back to Poole Harbour to the awesome boat we'd been staying on and drank way into the small hours.

If you're looking for a quick trip to Dorset, i'd definitely recommend visiting all these places in a 48-72 hour period but of course if you have longer I'm sure you could see much more or even just embrace these places that I did a whistle stop tour of.

Have you been to Dorset? Where would you recommend?

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