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Why has Dorset suddenly come back onto the radar and why should you be interested in which the best hotels in Dorset are?

Well, Dorset has been the location of many recent atmospheric dramas. Broadchurch re-ignited or perhaps reminded watchers of the BBC that Dorset has some stunning scenery on offer. Far from the Madding Crowd has now hit cinemas and includes locations like Mapperton Estate as Everdene Farm, Claydon House as the Boldwood Mansion and various locations like West Bay around Bridport as Northcombe Hill cliffs.

Add to this, Rick Steins soon to open a Sandbanks restaurant – the locals have already renamed the Peninsula “Steinbanks”-  and of course the miles and miles of glorious beach and you will find there is a surprising amount to do in little old Dorset.

So which hotels are best? Michael Sheen from Madding chose the historic Bridge House Hotel in Beaminster as his abode for filming. The Pig on the Beach is always packed although I would argue that it isn’t quite on shores of a beach. The recently opened Seaside Boarding House tipped to be Groucho-on-the-sea as owner Mary-Lou used to be manager at the Groucho club. Finally Hix townhouse is another great option in Lyme Regis.

Hardy and Barnes aren’t the only writers to have been inspired by Dorset’s landscapes. Jane Austen visited Lyme Regis in 1804 and her Persuasion is partly set in the West Dorset resort. Frankly I like it for the white sand beaches, and on a sunny day, Dorset is one of the loveliest places to spend the day.

(The photo use for this article is of Sandbanks beach on one of those sunny days!)

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