In the heart of Dorset lies one of the UK’s most stunning coastlines known as the Jurassic Coast.
We were recently invited to visit the coastline and stay in a pet friendly cottage at the Lulworth Estate, so we invited Layla Flaherty to take a break from city life in Liverpool and visit the beauty spot with her Yorkshire Terrier, Buttons.
We all take trains, planes and automobiles out of the UK to escape the city fumes and to witness some of the world’s most picturesque places, but until recently I did not know that to see some of the most breathtakingly beautiful coastlines, we don’t even need to leave the UK.
Recently, my partner, Mr B AKA Buttons, my Yorkshire Terrier and I, had the pleasure of checking out the Lulworth Estate on one of our dog friendly trips and I can wholeheartedly say if you are looking for a quiet walk around beautiful scenic coastlines, with bundles of tradition then Dorset’s Lulworth Cove needs to be on your bucket list.
The Dorset coast is one of panoramic views. I was taken back by the beaches and the bright blue waters, it almost resembled the Caribbean, so crystal clear and so clean!
I couldn’t keep Buttons out of the water, he loved it and he’s normally not a keen swimmer.
If you’re not one for a long trek or prefer not to climb the rugged coastline, then there are plenty of cafés and restaurants dotted around the village which are well worth a visit for a spot of lunch or a coffee.
There are so many little shops tucked away, as well as a huge range of shops with local. Personally, my favourites were the doggy ice cream and the homemade fudge!
The rows of Lulworth cottages are so beautiful and most definitely Instagram worthy – full of, character, colour and they’re exceptionally picturesque.
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This is a spot where boredom could never kick in with so many things to see and to do, from visiting Lulworth Castle to iconic landmarks such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole, a small cove located just west of Lulworth Cove, to name but a few.
Adventure seekers can go mountain biking, coasteering or take long walks on the challenging landscapes - the list is endless.
Our picturesque cottage (Spring Cottage) was just 200m from Lulworth Cove.
This quirky and charming 18th-century two-bedroom cottage is a lovely little coastal retreat with a well-maintained garden and a stunning fresh spring water stream (which it is named after), which added to the serenity of this superb location.
The cottage is quirky and full of character and has all of its of period features intact, including a thatched roof and huge inglenook fireplace.
When we arrived, a welcome basket was waiting for us and the cottage also had off-road parking available and Wi-Fi. The garden is secure so we could let Mr B play in the garden and roam freely.
Lulworth Estate is most definitely a ‘go to’ spot. There’s a wonderful lunch spot for those passing through or for a day trip, and the estate is very welcoming to dogs.
I mean, you know a place is good when they’ve got doggy ice cream on the menu almost everywhere you go!
For humans, they’ve got a great lunch menu, or a selection of cakes if you’d prefer, plus locally caught fish and locally grown fresh produce.
The staff are so friendly and accommodating and in the Summer, there are great courtyards that you can sit outside to enjoy the sun.
This has to be one of the most tranquil places I have ever visited. There is so much to do in the area, the choice is yours.
As with most of the villages around this stretch of coastline in Dorset, Lulworth has really steep hills so make sure to come prepared and if the sun is out, be sure to pack swimwear too.
The Lulworth Estate in South Dorset is an area of outstanding natural beauty which offers an incredibly diverse and comprehensive holiday ‘package’ for visitors.
With its UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic coastline and 11th-century heritage, the Estate has curated, special facilities and activities for visitors which bring alive this breathtaking destination and make it perfect for staycations.
Roll out of a Hypnos bed in your 17th century thatched cottage, take-in endless views of sea and sky as you walk to the turquoise waters of Durdle Door. Find a fossil while enjoying locally-made ice cream and meet a Lulworth Ranger for a spot of off-road biking, before retiring to Lulworth Castle for a homemade cream tea on the castle lawns – all within the Estate’s boundaries.
Find out more about the Estate’s dog friendly properties here