Pretty local towns & villages

We have many characterful towns and villages nearby. Shaftesbury, with its famous Gold Hill, is close, and Sherborne, a little further away, is packed with tempting independent shops, restaurants and cafes.

Monday is market day at our local town, Sturminster Newton – worth a browse – and there’s a Saturday market at nearby Blandford. Dorset’s county town, Dorchester, was founded by the Romans and has an excellent museum.


A quirky door in an Elizabethan home in Shaftesbury Houses on Gold Hill in Shaftesbury in Dorset covered in snow

From Thomas Hardy to Ancient History

Culture, museums or extreme sports: you’re less than an hour from great visitor attractions.

The writer and poet Thomas Hardy lived at nearby Sturminster Newton for a while. The beginning of his novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ is set in this area and ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ was recently filmed in Sherborne.

We really are a bit spoilt for choice here. Not only is Loose Reins surrounded by some wonderful countryside, we’re only about three quarters of an hour from the Jurassic Coast – a world heritage site where you can uncover fossilised creatures from eons ago…


Corfe Castle in Dorset at Sunset A large fossil on the beach in north Dorset

A foodie’s paradise

North Dorset is a foodie paradise, offering a delectable array of culinary delights that will tantalise your taste buds and leave you craving for more. From quaint villages to bustling market towns, this region is a treasure trove of gastronomic adventures waiting to be explored.


A couple holding hands in a restaurant with their food and wine on the table

More to Explore

Peruse the shop. Explore a trail. Check out our luxurious lodges and cosy cabins. You’ll find there’s more to Loose Reins than you first thought.

Get ready to create lifelong memories amidst stunning frontier landscapes and experience the joy of glamping at its finest. Book your dream getaway in Dorset today and let the adventure begin!


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This is amazing walking country with views to match. Discover the Wessex Ridgeway and Shillingstone Village Trail by foot or jump on your bike and ride.

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Eat a home-cooked meal at the dining table and unwind on the sofa after a day of adventuring. Watch the sunset from the deck.

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Embrace that pioneer spirit in a cosy cabin that's perfect for two. Light the wood-burner and curl up on the king-size bed under an authentic American quilt.

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