The small hamlet of Plush is located in the heart of Dorset.

Set in a beautiful valley surrounded by rolling hills, Plush is the perfect base for exploring Dorset’s picturesque scenery and rich history – gorgeous countryside, quaint villages, the stunning Jurassic coastline and many landmarks including the famous chalk giant at Cerne Abbas just a short drive away. Our staff are always happy to share their local knowledge with guests and would be delighted to help you make the most of your stay at Brace of Pheasants.

CERNE ABBAS

→ 4.8 miles

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Home to the Cerne Abbas Giant hill figure.

The village streets are lined with historic houses, several excellent pubs, a church and the ruins of an abbey. The village grew up around the great Benedictine abbey which was founded in AD 987.

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It was destroyed in 1538 under orders from Henry VIII during the Dissolution on the Monasteries and only a few ruins remain. St. Augustine’s Well (or The Silver Well) also remains and was said to have been blessed by the Saint.

MINTERNE HOUSE & GARDENS

→ 6.9 miles

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The secluded gardens at Minterne, famed for its seasonal profusion of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Japanese cherries and Magnolias are set in a peaceful wooded valley. 

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Small lakes, streams and cascades offer a new vista at each turn around the 1-mile round horseshoe-shaped gardens, and in the summer the streams are enhanced by primulas, astilbes and water-lilies. Over 200 acers provide sensational autumn colouring. There is also a café offering teas, cakes and light lunches.

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Address: Minterne House, Minterne Magna, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7AU
Tel: +44(0) 1300 341370
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ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE & GARDENS

→ 8.9 miles

Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House is situated approximately 5 miles north-east of Dorchester. It’s a superb example of 15th-century Tudor Manor House and is set within 160 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The house contains many finely furnished rooms and artwork. The walled garden includes the famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. There is also a 15th-century dovecot and a boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle.

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Address: Athelhampton, Dorchester, DT2 7LG
Tel: +44 (0) 1305 848363
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LANGHAM WINE ESTATE

→ 9.2 miles

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Langham Wine Estate was overjoyed to have been awarded the trophy for Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year at the IWSC 2020, fighting off competition from renowned French Champagne houses such as Maison Mumm and taking the trophy from 2019’s winner Veuve Clicquot. Offers wine tasting and great lunch, booking essential.

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Address: Langham Wine Estate, Crawthorne, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7NG
Tel: +44(0) 1258 839095
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ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE & GARDENS

→ 8.9 miles

Athelhampton House

Athelhampton House is situated approximately 5 miles north-east of Dorchester. It’s a superb example of 15th-century Tudor Manor House and is set within 160 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. The house contains many finely furnished rooms and artwork. The walled garden includes the famous topiary pyramids and collections of tulips, roses, magnolias, clematis and lilies. There is also a 15th-century dovecot and a boardwalk along the banks of the River Piddle.

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Address: Athelhampton, Dorchester, DT2 7LG
Tel: 01305 848363
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LANGHAM WINE ESTATE

→ 9.2 miles

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Langham Wine Estate was overjoyed to have been awarded the trophy for Sparkling Wine Producer of the Year at the IWSC 2020, fighting off competition from renowned French Champagne houses such as Maison Mumm and taking the trophy from 2019’s winner Veuve Clicquot. Offers wine tasting and great lunch, booking essential.

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Address: Langham Wine Estate, Crawthorne, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7NG
Tel: +44(0) 1258 839095
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DORCHESTER

→ 9.7 miles

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The historic market town of Dorchester lies on the banks of the River Frome just south of the Dorset Downs. Dorchester was the home and inspiration of the author Thomas Hardy, whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge was based on the town.

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Dorchester is also the County Town and home to the County Council offices as well as the Dorset County Museum (recommended), the Dinosaur Museum, the Tutankhamun Exhibition, the Terracotta Warriors Museum and the Teddy Bear Museum.

THOMAS HARDY COTTAGE & MAX GATE

→ 10 miles

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Dorset’s most famous literary figure, Thomas Hardy was born on 2 June 1840 in Higher Bockhampton to the east of Dorchester, where his father Thomas worked as a stonemason and local builder. He went to the village school in Bockhampton at age eight and then moved on to schools in Dorchester. His formal education ended at the age of sixteen, when he became apprenticed to a local architect.

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Thomas Hardy’s cottage National Trust is the birthplace of Thomas Hardy and Max Gate is the home that Hardy built, just a few miles away in Dorchester. At Max Gate, Hardy entertained famous guests and wrote some of his most famous works including Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and most of his poetry.

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Address: Dorchester, DT2 8QJ
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SCULPTURE BY THE LAKES

→ 11 miles

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Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside lies Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers and collectors, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique. Pre booking essential.

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Address:Pallington, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QU
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TOLPUDDLE

→ 12 miles

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In the 1830s, life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy.

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A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern-day trade unionism.

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Address: Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Dorchester Road, Tolpuddle, Dorset, DT2 7EH
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SCULPTURE BY THE LAKES

→ 11 miles

About

Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset’s glorious countryside lies Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers and collectors, created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique. Pre booking essential.

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Address:Pallington, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8QU
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TOLPUDDLE

→ 12 miles

About

In the 1830s, life in villages like Tolpuddle was hard and getting worse. In 1834, farm workers in west Dorset formed a trade union. Unions were lawful and growing fast but six leaders of the union were arrested and sentenced to seven years’ transportation for taking an oath of secrecy.

Read more

A massive protest swept across the country. Thousands of people marched through London and many more organised petitions and protest meetings to demand their freedom.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the harrowing tale of the Martyrs arrest, trial and punishment, leading to the foundation of modern-day trade unionism.

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Address: Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum, Dorchester Road, Tolpuddle, Dorset, DT2 7EH
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MORETON & CLOUDS HILL

→ 14 miles

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Moreton is a tranquil Dorset village famous for its association with the prolific writer, celebrated soldier and pioneering archaeologist, T. E. Lawrence, perhaps better known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence was buried in the local churchyard and a funeral was held in the village, attended by such luminaries as Sir Winston and Lady Churchill. His much-visited grave, which features an open book carved from stone, can be found by passing through an ornate portico in the graveyard.

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The nearby church of St Nicholas is also famous for its windows, all of which were designed and engraved by another Lawrence, Sir Lawrence Whistler, to replace the mundane panels that were hastily installed when a bomb blasted the church during the Second World War. The walled gardens and café are well worth a visit while there.

See also Clouds Hill, the rural retreat of T.E.Lawrence, where he wrote, read, entertained friends and escaped the hurly burly of army life at nearby Bovington Camp.

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SHERBORNE

→ 15 miles

Sherborne Castle

Sherborne Castle was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and has been the stately home of the Digby family since 1617.

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne Abbey, founded by St. Aldhelm in AD 705, has developed from Saxon cathedral to the worshipping heart of a monastic community, and finally, to one of the most beautiful of England’s parish churches. For many, it is still the ‘cathedral of Dorset’ and our Benedictine heritage lives on in the daily offering of prayer and praise.

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TANK MUSEUM

→ 16.3 miles

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The Tank Museum, Bovington, UK – the world’s finest collection of tanks and home to TANKFEST and Tiger 131. A great family day out!

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Address: Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG
Tel: +44(0) 1929 405096
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WEYMOUTH

→ 18 miles

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Blue Flag winning Weymouth Beach is consistently recognised as one of the top beach destinations in Europe with its sandy beaches, safe shallow waters and an abundance of natural and themed attractions for visitors of all ages.

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A visit to the Nothe Fort is a must! Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour – this unique attraction is a network of underground passages, steeped in history and also provides stunning views out towards Portland and over Weymouth Bay.

TANK MUSEUM

→ 16.3 miles

About

The Tank Museum, Bovington, UK – the world’s finest collection of tanks and home to TANKFEST and Tiger 131. A great family day out!

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Address: Bovington, Dorset, BH20 6JG
Tel: +44(0) 1929 405096
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WEYMOUTH

→ 18 miles

About

Blue Flag winning Weymouth Beach is consistently recognised as one of the top beach destinations in Europe with its sandy beaches, safe shallow waters and an abundance of natural and themed attractions for visitors of all ages.

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A visit to the Nothe Fort is a must! Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour – this unique attraction is a network of underground passages, steeped in history and also provides stunning views out towards Portland and over Weymouth Bay.

ABBOTSBURY

→ 19.5 miles

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There are lots of places to visit, in and around the village, within easy walking distance: landmark St. Catherine’s Chapel, St. Nicholas Church, Chesil Beach, Abbotsbury Swannery, the Sub-tropical Gardens and the children’s playground. Or if you are feeling energetic, a walk up the hill to Abbotsbury Castle, the Iron Age hillfort, with its amazing panoramic views.

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LULWORTH COVE

→ 22 miles

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Lulworth Cove is world famous for its beautiful secluded beach and clear blue water surrounded by unique geological landforms including Stair Hole. The cove is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast, a designated World Heritage Site, that attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year. The rock arch of Durdle Door is only a 10 minute drive away or an exhilarating 30 minute walk along the coastal path.

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Address: Lulworth Cove Sat Nav postcode to car park: BH20 5RQ
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KINGSTON LACY HOUSE & GARDENS

→ 24 miles

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Kingston Lacey is an elegant 17th-century country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. It was built between 1663 and 1665 by the Bankes family who had been under siege in Corfe Castle* during the English Civil War and were forced to leave when it was destroyed. Kingston Lacy is now owned by the National Trust and offers facilities including a café and shop, kitchen garden and woodland play areas.

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*Corfe Castle ruins sit proudly on the hill of the historical village of the same name. The “thousand-year-old castle” has a rich history as royal palace and fortress and the ruins offer breathtaking views across the Purbecks.

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Kingston Lacy House:
Address: SAT NAV postcode BH21 4EA
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Corfe Castle:
Address: SAT NAV postcode BH21 4EA
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PORTLAND

→ 24 miles

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Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast and a World Heritage Site important for its geology and landforms. Portland stone, famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul’s Cathedral and the UN Headquarters, continues to be quarried here.

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Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park is an abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a stone sculpture park. One of Portland’s most popular attractions, you can discover over 60 hidden sculptures in the Quarry and enjoy the stunning views over Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour. The park is also known for its wild flowers and butterflies. See the Olympic Rings and stunning views from Portland Heights Hotel.

KINGSTON LACY HOUSE & GARDENS

→ 24 miles

About

Kingston Lacey is an elegant 17th-century country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland. It was built between 1663 and 1665 by the Bankes family who had been under siege in Corfe Castle* during the English Civil War and were forced to leave when it was destroyed. Kingston Lacy is now owned by the National Trust and offers facilities including a café and shop, kitchen garden and woodland play areas.

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*Corfe Castle ruins sit proudly on the hill of the historical village of the same name. The “thousand-year-old castle” has a rich history as royal palace and fortress and the ruins offer breathtaking views across the Purbecks.

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Kingston Lacy House:
Address: SAT NAV postcode BH21 4EA
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Corfe Castle:
Address: SAT NAV postcode BH21 4EA
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PORTLAND

→ 24 miles

About

Portland is a central part of the Jurassic Coast and a World Heritage Site important for its geology and landforms. Portland stone, famous for its use in British and world architecture, including St Paul’s Cathedral and the UN Headquarters, continues to be quarried here.

Read more

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park is an abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a stone sculpture park. One of Portland’s most popular attractions, you can discover over 60 hidden sculptures in the Quarry and enjoy the stunning views over Chesil Beach and Portland Harbour. The park is also known for its wild flowers and butterflies. See the Olympic Rings and stunning views from Portland Heights Hotel.

PORTLAND CASTLE

→ 24 miles

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Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, overlooks the Harbour and offers a look back through 450 years of history – explore the Tudor fortress, Captain’s House and a Contemporary Heritage Garden, built as part of a special English Heritage Scheme and designed by Christopher Bradley-Hole.

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Address: Liberty Rd, Castletown, Portland DT5 1AZ
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LIGHTHOUSES

→ 26 miles

Portland Bill Lighthouse

Portland Bill Lighthouse was built to replace the two original lighthouses, Old Higher Lighthouse and Old Lower Lighthouse, by Wakeham Bros of Plymouth, to house the latest apparatus, a giant revolving-lensed lantern designed to send a candlepower beam 18 miles on a clear night. The lighthouse was painted in bright red and white livery, which has been the tourists’ symbol of Portland ever since. The lighthouse was de-manned on 18th March 1996 and is now fully automatic.

The Old Lower Lighthouse

The Old Lower Lighthouse is one of the top bird observatories in the country and is owned and operated by the Portland Bird Observatory. It was opened by the naturalist Sir Peter Scott in 1961.

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CHARMOUTH

→ 32 miles

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Charmouth is a delightful, unspoilt seaside village set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a fantastic beach world-renowned for its fossils.

Just two miles from Lyme Regis on the famous Jurassic Coast, Charmouth retains an old-world charm and is a favourite with families.

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For those that would like to learn more about the fossils, and perhaps search for their own, the Charmouth Heritage Centre provides advice, displays and even guided fossil hunting on the beach.

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LYME REGIS

→ 35 miles

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Lyme Regis is a town in west Dorset, England, 25 miles west of Dorchester and east of Exeter. Sometimes dubbed the “Pearl of Dorset”, it lies by the English Channel at the Dorset–Devon border. It has noted fossils in cliffs and beaches on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The harbour wall, known as The Cobb, appears in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, the John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman and the 1981 film of that name, partly shot in the town. 

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A former mayor and MP was Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded the English colonial settlement of Somers Isles, now Bermuda, where Lyme Regis is twinned with St George’s. In July 2015, Lyme Regis joined Jamestown, Virginia in a Historic Atlantic Triangle with St George’s.

CHARMOUTH

→ 32 miles

About

Charmouth is a delightful, unspoilt seaside village set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a fantastic beach world-renowned for its fossils.

Just two miles from Lyme Regis on the famous Jurassic Coast, Charmouth retains an old-world charm and is a favourite with families.

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For those that would like to learn more about the fossils, and perhaps search for their own, the Charmouth Heritage Centre provides advice, displays and even guided fossil hunting on the beach.

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LYME REGIS

→ 35 miles

About

Lyme Regis is a town in west Dorset, England, 25 miles west of Dorchester and east of Exeter. Sometimes dubbed the “Pearl of Dorset”, it lies by the English Channel at the Dorset–Devon border. It has noted fossils in cliffs and beaches on the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site. The harbour wall, known as The Cobb, appears in Jane Austen’s novel Persuasion, the John Fowles novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman and the 1981 film of that name, partly shot in the town. 

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A former mayor and MP was Admiral Sir George Somers, who founded the English colonial settlement of Somers Isles, now Bermuda, where Lyme Regis is twinned with St George’s. In July 2015, Lyme Regis joined Jamestown, Virginia in a Historic Atlantic Triangle with St George’s.

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