Dorset – A Relaxing Break in Portland Bill & Weymouth

Staying at the 3* Heights Hotel

5 DAYS | 19th May 2019

Join us for a relaxing break at the welcoming scenic county of Dorset, a county offering the very best of countryside, coastline and attractions. Our trip includes an array of destinations from the delightful seaside town of Weymouth with its sandy beach, Georgian houses and Jurassic coastline to the fossil rich pebbly Chesil beach. There is also the famous Abbotsbury Swannery, Portland Island with its lighthouse, bird life and our hotel, and then Dorchester, the county town with its fine museum and market. The area has captivated film and TV makers taking advantage of the unspoilt countryside, dramatic coastline and spectacular historic houses and gardens.

Our base for the tour is the 3* Heights Hotel set on the summit of Portland with stunning sea and coastal views over Weymouth and Chesil beach towards Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour. This modern style boasts a bar, bistro and coffee shop, which have beautiful sea and coastal views and an enclosed courtyard with tables and chairs for relaxing in the sun. Bedrooms are en-suite with TV and hospitality tray. This hotel has only two floors and there is a small lift.

We will depart Macclesfield calling for coffee en-route. We travel on to Cadbury Garden Centre where we stop for lunch and a browse. We then continue south and on to our hotel.

This morning we have a tour of the Isle of Portland making a stop at the lighthouse for morning coffee. We then head over the causeway to the seaside resort of Weymouth where we spend the afternoon. You will have time for a stroll along the prom and have lunch.

After a leisurely breakfast we have a scenic run calling at West Bay for coffee and then on to Abbotsbury Swannery. The 600-yearold swannery is a natural history paradise, and is home to the only managed colony of free flying mute swans in the world that visitors can walk among. There is an audio-visual show to watch, a gift shop and a coffee shop for lunch. We return to the hotel mid-afternoon.

Today we venture to the historic market town of Dorchester, lying on the banks of the River Frome it is particularly well known for its associations with Thomas Hardy, the famous novelist and poet. There will be free time to visit the market and shops or the fabulous museum. This afternoon we visit Kingston Maurward Gardens, with its contemporary parkland and pleasure gardens laid out in the style popularised by Capability Brown. Simplicity was the hallmark of the gardens which consisted of a 35 acre formal garden, carefully placed groups of trees, a lake and a lakeside temple. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon strolling through the grounds with time for tea in the café before returning to the hotel.

Today we head for home calling at for coffee en-route to Tewkesbury where we stop for lunch. We continue home, making a stop en-route aiming to arrive around team-time.

Tour includes: Luxury coach travel throughout, four nights dinner bed and breakfast, entrance to Abbotsbury Swannery and Kingston Maurward Gardens.
£498.00 per person sharing twin/double
£80.00 single room supplement
£28.50 insurance per person, inc. IPT

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