Dramatic… Historic… Extraordinary
Located at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, The Jurassic Retreat Lodge Development is a prefect base to explore this beautiful part of the world. Designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001, the 95 miles of East Devon and West Dorset coastline has ever ending places to visit, explore, photograph and walk not to mention the huge selection of food and drink available in the many pubs, restaurants and seaside shacks.
The Jurassic Coast truly is a walk through time, with its rocks and fossils details of Earths ancient past has been uncovered, now we need to look to the future. Your West Dorset bolt hole could be your key to the country lifestyle you have dreams about, with its day time exploring, evening dining and night time star gazing from your Lodge decking.
The Jurassic Coaster X53 bus service runs from just outside the park, giving you the option of escaping park life by bus and being able to go as far as Exeter in the West and Poole in the East as well as a number of towns and villages along the coast, with our favorites being Lyme Regis and Abbotsbury.
On your doorstep you will have two local gateways to the coast, the village of Burton Bradstock is just a 5 minute walk from the park is your first opportunity not only to gain access to the South West Coast Path but also visit highly recommended seaside restaurants, the Hive Beach Cafe and the Seaside Boarding House. Well known for its fresh fish and its stunning location, we definitely recommend the Eggs Benedict and Coffee while sat watching the waves role in on the beach. Just up the road from the Park, in the village of Burton Bradstock, you will find two great village pubs, the Anchor Inn and the Three Horseshoes.
3 miles west from the Larkfield Holiday Park in the very heart of West Dorset you will find your second local gateway, Bridport and West Bay. With a fantastic reputation for quality food, antiques and art, Bridport has a friendly and vibrant culture. The town has a rich history and heritage as one of the leading rope and net making towns in the England and is also home to the oldest thatched brewery in the country, Palmers, which has been brewing traditional ales for over 200 years. Enjoy the independent shops, antique markets, food market, farmers market and twice weekly street markets with bands and musicians in BuckyDoo Square.
Venturing a mile south of Bridport you will find the small fishing village of West Bay. Located at the mouth of the River Brit on the Jurassic Coast, the charming harbour has become a famous location thanks to its starring role in the ITV drama ‘Broadchurch’. The area has been a favourite holiday destination for generations with its wonderful food and friendly welcome at an array of pubs, restaurants and kiosks. Alternatively take a dip in the sea or enjoy a boat ride from the harbour.
Exploring the Jurassic Coast at night
You may at this stage think we are going a bit mad, but Dorset is one of the best areas in the UK for stargazing, with clear night skies and little light pollution. A lot of the guests we welcome tell us that these are fantastic locations for stargazing and viewing the clear night skies on the Dorset coast. With the Milky Way visible on clear nights from March to October, what could be more perfect than sitting outside your new lodge viewing the amazing night sky?