The village of Moreton is beautiful, with a lovely Tea Rooms serving amazing cakes, cream tea’s and Sunday lunches. There is also St Nicholas’ Church with it’s spectacular engraved glass windows which were created by Laurence Whistler. There is a pretty Ford at the river Frome with Moreton’s ‘Long Bridge’ running across it which is a great spot for a picnic and a paddle. Once over the Ford there are numerous trails through Moreton Forest to be enjoyed.
Moreton has become synonymous with the memory of T.E Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. He rented nearby Clouds Hill cottage from his cousins, the Framptons, while serving at Bovington Camp. Following his death in 1935 he was buried in Moreton churchyard where his grave attracts tourists from around the world.
The nearest town to The Manor is Dorchester, Dorset’s county town. There are many shops and supermarkets to visit as well as a weekly market on a Wednesday. There are two new developments worth visiting, Prince Charles’ ‘Poundbury’ which has some lovely independent shops and eateries and Brewery Square which has lots of restaurants from Carluccio’s to Nando’s as well as an Odeon cinema.
For visits to the seaside, our favorite beaches are Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door, Ringstead, Osmington and Studland. All are within a 25 minute drive.