Out & About

Jurassic Coast Dorset

15 Minute Drive

30 Minute Drive

Bridport - Historic Market Town

Markets on Wednesday and Saturday. Turn left out of village and turn left in Rodden towards Swannery and Abbotsbury. Lovely scenery. Suggest calling in West Bay outside Bridport for a walk around the old harbour and perhaps a visit to one of the many trendy cafes along the waterfront.

Symondsbury Estate

Take a walk through idyllic old sunken way at Shute’s Lane and find lots of trails in the estate. DT6 6HF

Eype Beach

Gentle sloping beach. Good for swimming. DT6 6AL

Golden Cap

Walk up Golden cap. Arguably the highest point on the south coast. If you look down the coastline to the West from Coastguards Retreat, you can see Golden Cap (it often creates clouds above it due to the onshore sea breeze being forced up). DT6 6JX

Mapperton House

Glorious Jacobean manor overlooking large Italianate garden, with orangery, fountains, statues, herbaceous borders, bold topiary and grottoes. Licensed café onsite for refreshments. Closed Fri, Sat and some Thursdays. Free parking onsite. DT8 3NR

Further afield

Bovington Tank Museum.

300 military machines from around the world. 40 minute drive from Coastguards Retreat. BH20 6JG

Fleet Air Arm Museum – Yeovilton

BA22 8HT

Gold Hill, Shaftsbury.

Made famous by the Hovis adverts! 1 hour drive. SP7 8HB

Food & Wine

Weymouth Fresh Fish

Nigel is a local fisherman who specialises in line-caught bass and other species. He also has pots for lobster and crab. Message him while he is out fishing and you can find out what is being caught. Meet him when the boat returns to the Harbour for the freshest possible fish.


Fishmongers in Weymouth Old Harbour. Free local delivery.

Brace of Butchers

High end butcher in Poundbury. Meat boxes or bespoke orders with free local delivery.

Weymouth Cider

Treat yourself to some local cider and maybe indulge in 20l bib. Order by Wednesday for Free local delivery on a Friday:

Rodden Eggs

Turn left at the top of Angel Lane and follow the road down out of the village to Rodden. The chickens are often out and about on the road and fresh local eggs are available. DT3 4JE

Sgt Bun Bakery

Fresh bread and cakes daily. Closest bakery to Coastguards Retreat. Open 0800-1300. 1 Lanehouse Rocks Rd, Weymouth DT4 9DQ

Leakers Bakery

There are several lovely Bakeries in Bridport. We like Leakers for the Jamaican Bean slice and Dorset apple cake.


Elm Tree Inn

Lovely country pub on your doorstep.

Rockfish Weymouth

London quality fish restaurant on the prommenade

Hive Beach Café

Seafood right on the beach.

Bennett’s Fish & Chips Weymouth

You normally don’t need to queue when eating in (don’t end up in the queue for takeaway but go straight in and enquire)

The Abbey House Abbotsbury

Walk there from the cottage and enjoy a lovely lunch in the garden

Catch at The Old Fish Market, Weymouth

Located in the old fish market in Weymouth Harbour. Michelin standard food.