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Enjoy the rural calm of Sturminster Newton

Situated in the hub of Dorset's Blackmore Vale, Sturminster Newton is an idyllic market town. Built in the centre of a large dairy agriculutural region, the town was home to Thomas Hardy for a few years. With museums, mills and markets, and miles of scenic delights for runners, walkers and cyclists, it's a delightful place to be.

Witness furry friends up close and personal at Badger Watch Dorset

Badgers are fascinating but elusive creatures, but 10 miles from Sturminster Newton in Dorchester, Badger Watch Dorset provides an excellent chance to see them in action. In fact, in recent years the site has often recorded a 100% sightings record. The floodlit area provides excellent views of badgers, as well as owls, foxes, rabbits and badgers.

Athelhampton House and Gardens - a glorious day out

Under 13 miles away in neighbouring Dorchester, Athelhampton House and Gardens is a beaiful 15th Century house and grounds. A fascinating example of Tudor architecture, it makes for a wonderfully relaxing and fascinating experience as you walk through the stunning garden and along the river. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Sturminster Newton? Travelodge Wincanton Hotel offers all you need and is half an hour away. Travelodge Yeovil Podimore Hotel is the next best bet and is 45 minutes by car.