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Whatever your interest in the area of Dorchester/Weymouth, be it visiting the birthplace of world-famous poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy, tracing your ancestry, or viewing the Iron Age or Roman remains of this ancient town, you are going to need a place to stay. There are a few hotels and B&B's in Dorchester town, but why pay expensive rates to stay at a hotel, when you can enjoy a stay at one of the best B&B's in the country. It's a small, but cosy and comfortable, detached house, highly rated by the Tourist Board, located on the on the outskirts of this small, historic town. It's only a short walk from the town centre, public records office, hospital and ideally located for cycling, walking or visiting surounding towns. The coast is only seven miles away in any direction except north. This area of Dorset, especially the coast, is magnificent. The rooms are beautifully decorated with good facilities. The beds are extremely comfortable, and the views from the bedroom windows are very rural! It really is like a home from home. Breakfast is excellent. Whatever you want, you can have it! There is an extensive menu. The host, Mrs Joan Cox, is a wonderfully friendly lady, and her hospitalitity goes that extra bit further than other places. She is very knowledgable about all local events, history, and knows all the best places to go for whatever you are interested in. If you choose not to have breakfast, she offers to do a packed lunch, so you do get value for money. I stayed there for a week and at a small cost for electricity and detergent, she allowed me to use her private washing machine for my clothes. Evening meals are not available, but local resaurants are pleasant and food is good. The large garden of the house can be used at your leisure. Access is through the french windows in the dining room, so although the house is non-smoking, you can pop out to the garden at any-time of day or night to smoke if you do . The garden is split into two parts. The first section has an ornate gazebo and a summer house, built personally by Joan. There is a large pond with frogs and water-lillies, with a rockery, small waterfall and a bridge over the small river. The second part is hidden by ornate fencing but there is an aviary of budgies and finches. At the far end, live a group of hens who lay eggs everyday for guest breakfasts. Kids are welcome to see or touch the animals, so they seem to really like the place too! It really is a lovely place to stay. It is well situated and prices are at around £18-20 per person per night, which is extremely reasonable for what you get in comparison to other B&B's nationally. There is off-road parking, and I would really recommend that anyone visiting the area should contact the owner and book to stay here, because lets face it, if you're miles away from home, it is essential to have a comfortable base, and this guesthouse gives you everything you need and more.