A weekend in Dorset

A weekend in Dorset

Last weekend, Oliver and I headed down to Dorset for the weekend to watch two of our friends get married: our first wedding of the year! Sawday’s kindly put us up at the Little Boutique Club for the weekend: a self-catering apartment in the small town of Bridport near West Bay beach. Read on for my review of our stay…

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Location: The nearest station to Bridport is Crewkerne, about a 20 minute drive away (this journey costs approximately £25 by taxi), so if you have a car, I’d definitely recommend driving to save money! The apartment is located right in the centre of town above the old bookshop, which plays both to its benefits and disadvantages. On the plus side, we were less than 5 minutes’ walking distance to all of the restaurants we visited during our stay. Convenience-wise, there’s also a supermarket, pharmacy, and bakery barely minutes from the front door, as well as multiple pubs and cafes. Less appealing however, was the fact that we were positioned just across from the local pub, which has (very loud) live music on Friday nights until midnight; this was followed by the local crowds spilling out onto the street and making a racket until 3am that evening…this was not so great, and something that couldn’t really have been prevented or foreseen. On Saturday morning we were then woken by a large brass band playing at the farmers’ market that takes place in the square outside the apartment…

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Interiors: The apartment is tastefully decorated, and feels like a chic and modern home. There’s more than enough room for two, with a wide open plan kitchen and sitting area, and a separate bedroom and bathroom. From the plush velvet sofa in the living room (where we spent our first night curled up watching Stranger Things season 3 and munching on fish and chips from the local chippy), to the elegant freestanding rolltop bath in the bedroom, the interiors were just to my taste. Additional touches which added character to the apartment included a retro Smeg mini-fridge, and piles of vintage books placed in various perches around the rooms.

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Comfort: Other than forgetting to pack shampoo (it’s been a while since we stayed at a self-catering property!), we had everything we needed whilst staying at Little Boutique Club. We’d been sent a comprehensive information sheet ahead of our stay, and we felt safe and comfortable in the apartment. As previously mentioned, the property is in walking distance of all of the town’s main attractions and restaurants: our meals included breakfast on Saturday morning at the nearby Bull Hotel, and dinner at The George (the aforementioned pub across the road). I wouldn’t recommend either of these spots for a meal unfortunately; however, Oliver and I both agreed that the fish and chips we had on our first night in Bridport was some of the best we’d ever eaten.

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Final words: If you’re visiting Bridport or the south of Dorset, I would definitely recommend staying at the Little Boutique Club - it’s certainly a chic and comfortable property, and in my opinion, far more tasteful than any of the hotels in town. If we hadn’t been at a wedding for the majority of Saturday, I would’ve loved to explore more of the coast, and the nearby West Bay, where you’ll find stunning views and more restaurant choices. I’d also recommend bringing a car with you, as the beach is easily a 5 minute drive away, but it’s much harder (and expensive!) to get around the area if you’re not driving. Unfortunately, we couldn’t have accounted for the noise outside the apartment on the Friday night, but all in all, we had a very comfortable stay here.

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