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Beaminster, a hidden gem in West Dorset

Nestled at the base of a natural valley, the picturesque small town of Beaminster is surrounded by four of Dorset's highest peaks, providing keen walkers and cyclists with stunning backdrops.

Beaminster's main square has an inviting mix of pubs, independent shops and excellent food and drink options, including the award-winning Brassica restaurant.

Visit Mapperton House and Gardens

Voted the nation's finest manor house by Country Life magazine, this Jacobean mansion is set amid rolling hills and woodland, and was the location for the 2015 film Far from the Madding Crowd starring Carey Mulligan.

Mapperton is the home of the Earl and Countess of Sandwich, and their family collection features paintings by Hogarth and Reynolds, while the immaculate gardens include a croquet lawn and Italianate garden.

Explore with a four-legged friend

With miles of countryside surrounding it, Beaminster is the perfect place to explore on foot. Why not get a four-legged companion to join you - and we don't just mean your pet dog? UK Llamas and Donkey Walking Adventures provide the opportunity to trek round the Dorset countryside with a llama, alpaca or donkey by your side. It makes for a truly memorable experience.

Planning a trip to Beaminster? Travelodge Ilminster Hotel is a 30-minute drive away, handy for trips around Dorset. Slightly further afield is Travelodge Yeovil Podimore Hotel.