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Bespoke Experiences

Champernhayes want to go that extra bit further

Champernhayes Experiences

We decided that would like to offer our guests that little but more, in coming to stay with us.

As you can’t always guarantee the weather or in addition to enjoying the beach, the walking and the site seeing, we thought you may like to have some other experiences and activities to consider? For our courses please contact us for booking, for other local experiences, please book direct and mention that you are valued guests of Champernhayes.

Indulging . . .

Iyengar Yoga

High-quality yoga teaching from a very experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher. Classes are suitable for adults at any stage, beginners and intermediate, with teaching structured to allow for different capabilities. The teaching is energizing and restful, and fun! The Studio is fully equipped and has underfloor heating.

Therapeutic Massage

Sophie Graves is a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor & Complimentary Therapist, offering Complementary Therapies massage, Indian Head Massage, reflexology and Reiki. She can discuss your needs with you and tailor your treatment to make sure you come away feeling like a new person!

Day Spa

Day Spa packages and individual treatments, make-up lessons, massage, beauty and body therapy. Two treatment rooms and a Yoga Studio, all fully equipped with underfloor heating. Outdoor heated swimming pool (May – Sept – weather permitting). Refreshments and lunches also available. See the web site for more details.

Out and About . . .

Guided Tours of the Jurassic Coast

Our fully qualified Jurassic Coast Ambassador will guide you wherever your interests take you. Fossil-hunting, walking, views, history or geology – together you & Martin will set your own itinerary, and make sure you get to see the best of the Jurassic Coast, including some insider’s secrets as well as the famous highlights. Full or half-day tours available.

At the moment in time we are not able to offer a tour where we can collect from accommodation points and take customers to different locations during the tour.
Customers will require their own transport during the tours or transportation can be arranged at an additional charge.)

Outdoor Discovery - Forest School

Our fully-trained outdoor leader can take you back to nature – a forest skills or beach life session for the children, or how about your teenagers ditching the tech and learning some Iron Age skills?! Campfire cooking, foraging, outdoor adventure or just beachcombing – the choice is yours.

Organic Farm Tour

Becklands is a small, traditional Dorset farm run along Soil Association’s organic principles. Come and explore the farm and learn about the interplay between the animals, the land, the soil and the people. Perfect for anyone, but families will especially enjoy this taste of country life.

Organic Orchard Tour & Cider Tasting

Guided tours of an organic Orchard & cider farm. West Dorset is famous for its ciders and orchards, so why not visit and see how it’s made? Taste their ciders & juices, and maybe purchase a few souvenirs!

Learn or improve your skills . . .

Baking Masterclasses

Whether a beginner, improver or baking genius, you will learn a lot and have fun with Cathryn. Gluten-free, celebration cakes, children’s classes, or baking masterclasses available. You can even get competitive with a Bake-off Party!

Chocolate Workshops

No explanation needed! Create or decorate your own chocolate masterpiece in the wonderful chocolate workshop. Make an Easter egg, decorate a chocolate lolly or learn some more advanced skills – this activity is able to be tailored to children, adults or family groups.

Ceramics Classes

Learn with Marieanne in her peaceful countryside pottery on the Dorset/Devon/Somerset border! Damson Tree Pottery was born at the end of the garden in the shade of damson trees, where she is always inspired by the beauty of the natural world and often incorporates real plants and flowers into her ceramic art. She make tiles, coasters, bowls and other tableware, jewellery and hair accessories using earthenware clay and glazes to produce unique variations in colour and effects.

Indian Cookery

Learn authentic methods, techniques and recipes with Mina, our talented Indian cook.

Your own personal chef on site…. Steve James Catering

Steve James can offer a menu that is seasonal and full of fresh local produce. They can cater for you whether you are local for a dinner party or are on a self-catering holiday in the area and would like a nice evening meal at our accommodation. Also they do canapés for you if you are hosting a party or require a buffet. Their food is a take on traditional food but with a modern twist. They also offer optional seasonal cocktails to match each course using his experience from working in a cocktail bar. If you are having a dinner party or an event that requires canapés or a buffet then a bespoke menu can be created for you. The food whenever possible is sourced locally. from butchers, greengrocers and fishmongers and by using fairly traded ingredients. Using seasonal, local, fresh products and ensuring fish is sustainably sourced is essential to the quality of the food. The majority of the fresh herbs and vegetables, and some fruit, are grown by Steve James himself in his garden and all of the eggs used are also free range from his chickens.

Other local experiences to contact directly . . .

(Please mention Champernhayes)

Vodka Distillery Tours & Tastings

Black Cow is the world’s only pure milk vodka, produced in the Dorset countryside on a beautiful farm. Distillery tour & cocktail making.

Lyme Rib Rides

Experience a high-speed thrilling whizz in Lyme Bay or a Jurassic Coast Cruise in a 500hp RIB. Private hire and water taxi service available.

Helicopter Ride

Helicopter rides over the Jurassic Coast

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Have you tried SUP yet? Expert tuition and all the kits available from

Micro-Brewery Tours

Gyle 59 is a fabulous little local brewery set in a historic country estate. Jon will show you how his beers are brewed, and tasters are available.

Champernhayes Experiences


West Dorset

If you are feeling active, you can try your hand at just about anything in West Dorset. Walkers can choose from miles of heritage coast path, a programme of over 300 guided coast and countryside walks and events, leisurely pub strolls or fascinating town trails.

There is an excellent range of golf courses and riding centres as well as plenty of opportunities to fish inland or off the coast.

For the latest events and information visit:

See Also: Dorset Towns & Villages  |  Useful Links


Walking gives you the freedom to get off the beaten track and absorb the sights, sounds and scents of the countryside, to discover attractive villages with their picturesque cottages, fine old churches and welcoming pubs, to explore the nooks and crannies of historic towns full of architectural interest, or simply to admire the views.

Whether you prefer a relaxing ramble or an exhilarating trek, you will find West Dorset offers the perfect walking country. With miles of paths and tracks it is easy to take a short break from the noise and bustle of modern life and enjoy a little exercise at your own pace.

Walks include:

• Liberty Trail
A 28 mile route across the hill and vales from Ham Hill to the Dorset coast of Lyme Regis following the footsteps that Monmouth’s men took in 1685.
• Wessex Ridgeway
Runs for 137 miles from Marlborough in Wiltshire to Lyme Regis and forms part of the Great Ridgeway, an ancient highway providing a long distance path through many of West Dorset’s most beautiful landscapes.
• The South West Coastal Path
• Monarch’s Way



West Dorset is almost entirely designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a spectacular coastline, and is perfect for exploring on two wheels. You’ll find sleepy villages, bustling market towns, river valleys and gentle chalk downlands behind the famous Chesil Beach.

The NCN (National Cycle Network) is for all cyclists whether you’re a keen cyclist or just looking to have some fun, making the most of cycling in west Dorset.

NCN Route 2 in West Dorset is between Dorchester and the Devon border near Lyme Regis, approximately 30 miles. The entire route is manageable in one day, but has been designed to take in a number of West Dorset’s historic towns and picturesque villages.

The NCN Route 2 passes Champernhayes enabling you to divide up the route and take detours, or plan your own trips off the main rote, and take tome discovering the real west Dorset for yourself.

World Heritage Site

The Jurassic Coast – England’s first natural World Heritage Site. This unique stretch of coastline has joined the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as one of the wonders of the Natural World. The Dorset and East Devon coast has become a World Heritage Site due to its outstanding geology, which represents 186 million years of earth history in just 95 miles.
The best place to find fossils is in West Dorset – just remember that it is safer to look on the beach, not on the cliffs. It is also worth remembering that the ideal time to find fossils is during the winter months when the rough seas have washed away soft mud and clays, making the Jurassic Coast the perfect choice for a Winter break.
The Jurassic Coast is stunningly beautiful, with unparalleled range of natural features. The variety of beaches, bays and cliffs result in a constantly changing landscape, with such spectacular features as the Hooken Landslide, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door.
The coast is well served by the towns and villages, which act as gateways to the Jurassic site, and you will notice the changing character of the coast due to the use of local stone. Such famous stones as Beer, Portland and Purbeck have shaped the character of the towns and villages and have also been used in the construction of the finest buildings, Cathedrals and churches throughout the UK and the World.



The Eden Project

Less than 2 hours drive away, the Eden Project is a global garden for the 21st Century. In the humid Tropics Biome you can experience the sights, smells and sheer scale of the rain forest in the world’s largest greenhouse. Discover the tropical plants found in the products that you use every day and understand the ways in which they are being managed for the future.


With it’s bright and bustling shopping precinct, elegant 18th Century houses, broadwalks and vibrant cultural life, the County town has much to offer. Take time to uncover Dorchester’s history with a visit to the Roman Town House, Maumbury Rings or the Old Crown Court and Cells where the Tolpuddle Martyrs were tried. There are numerous places to eat out and the Wednesday market is well worth visiting.


Bridport is a colourful market town, which dates from the 9th /10th Century and stands where the rivers Brit and Asker meet. It has a fascinating history and was once renowned as the centre of the country’s rope and net making industry. A Georgian Town Hall and the broad streets dominate the town, where the weekly Wednesday and Saturday markets, as well as the Farmers’ market (2nd Saturday in the month), are held.

This Farmers’ market featured in the Channel Four’s ‘Return To River Cottage’ series featuring TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, which was filmed around the Bridport area.

Bridport is a welcoming town and an ideal place to browse, shop and stop for a bite to eat. Take a look at the medieval Chantry House or sample the local brew or a tour of Palmers Brewery.

West Bay

Once known as Bridport Harbour, the resort village of West Bay has a busy waterfront which buzzes on a summer’s day with its bright kiosks, fishing and pleasure boats. It is an ideal place to take a walk and enjoy a pub lunch or a fresh seafood supper whilst admiring the views – to the West is Lyme Bay and the fossil rich cliffs known as the ‘Jurassic Coast’ and Golden Cap. To the East is the East Cliff and the beginning of the shingle curve of the Chesil Bank.

If you’ve see an episode of the television series ‘Harbour Lights’ starring Nick Berry, the area may seem very familiar to you as filming took place around West Bay and its harbour.


The stretch of coast between Charmouth and Lyme Regis forms the ‘Jurassic Coast’ where fossils dating back 185 million years can be found. Visit the Chamouth Heritage Coast Centre where you can find out how to hunt for and identify fossils and discover the Mary Anning story. There is a safe sandy beach, ideal for rock pooling at low tide and several places to eat.

Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, Lower Sea Lane, Charmouth – offering a wide range of walks, rambles and fossil hunting tours.

Check dates and times with the Centre. Tel: 01297 560772 or

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis is a narrow tangle of streets that tumble down to its 13th Century Cobb harbour, where a cloaked Meryl Streep famously stood in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ adapted from the novel by local author, John Fowles.

It is an ancient town with a varied history stretching back to the 8th century. It was from here that ships sailed to meet the Spanish Armada and the Duke of Monmouth landed in 1685. Today Lyme Regis offers fun for all the family with its sheltered beaches, bustling harbour, shops, galleries and many attractions. Why not enjoy the view of Golden Cap, the highest point on the South coast at 626 feet. It gets its name from the top layers of golden sandstone, which glow, in the sunshine.

Fossil hunting with Dr Colin Dawes PhD every Sunday all year round, and every Wednesday and Friday from April to the end of September. Daily during the school half-term holidays. Meet 1.00 pm at the Old Forge Fossil Shop. Duration – 2 hours. If you do not find a fossil you will be given one!

Jazz Festival – why not enjoy a break during the Lyme Regis Jazz Festival.
Bonfire Night Celebrations on the Cobb – torch light procession and firework display from the Cobb in early November.

Check for further details of these two events, and more!