Visit Beaminster and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Beaminster, Dorset, is one of the most appealing towns of its size in the South-West and is set in beautiful country of steep hills dividing deep cups of farmland. Undulating itself and centred on a square and a 1906 market cross, it is largely of yellow-golden stone, from Ham Hill for most of its major buildings, from local quarries for the rest. Virtually destroyed by a great fire when Royalist troops were quartered in it during the Civil War and much damaged by other fires in 1684 and 1781, it was rebuilt with almost the same consistency as Blandford, though in a very different, less urban style. Fortunately all these conflagrations missed the church, for it has possibly the most splendid tower - early 16th-century and magnificently pinnacled and figure-sculptured - in the county. Its interior was mainly restored in the 19th century, though there is a mighty monument (1753) to George Strode and his wife dressed as Romans. Just North West of the churchyard are pretty almshouses of 1603.
The Strodes lived at Parnham, 1 mile South South-West, which is among the best Tudor houses in Dorset.
Two miles South East is another fine, basically Tudor house, Mapperton. The population of the village that surrounded it was wiped out by the Great Plague in 1660.
Netherbury, 14 miles South West, and Stoke Abbot, 2 miles West, are pretty villages, the latter particularly so, reached by tunnel-like lanes and with, in its middle, a particularly attractive l8th-century farmhouse. Netherbury has a notable 14th- to 15th-century church.
About 2¼miles South, Melpash Court, another Tudor building, is well seen from the A3066 to Bridport.
The road from Beaminster West to Axminster is beautiful and comparatively traffic free, following a high ridge and affording numerous fine views.
Nearby towns: Axminster, Bridport, Charmouth, Dorchester
Nearby villages: Askerswell, Blackdown, Bradpole, Bridport, Broadwindsor, Burstock, Burton Bradstock, Charmouth, Chelborough, Chideock, Chinnock, Compton, Corscombe, Crewkerne, Dinnington, East Chinnock, East Coker, Evershot, Greenham, Halstock, Haselbury Plucknett, Hinton St. George, Holywell, Hooke, Loders, Long Bredy, Maiden Newton, Marshwood, Melbury Bubb, Middle Chinnock, Misterton, Morecombelake, Mosterton, Netherbury, Nettlecombe, Pilsdon, Powerstock, Rampisham, South Perrott, Stoke Abbott, Sutton Bingham, Thorncombe, Toller Porcorum, West Bay, West Compton, Whitchurch Canonicor, Wootton Fitzpaine, Yetminster
Have you decided to visit Beaminster or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Beaminster bed and breakfast (a Beaminster B&B or Beaminster b and b)
- a Beaminster guesthouse
- a Beaminster hotel (or motel)
- a Beaminster self-catering establishment, or
- other Beaminster accommodation