The Bridge House Hotel is both a cosy medieval country retreat and a chic Dorset luxury hotel. Imagine yourself settling in by the crackling log fire as dusk turns to darkness through the stone-mullioned windows and the soothing glow of candle light illuminates the centuries-old oak beams. Here you are surrounded by beautiful countryside, a tapestry of history and only minutes from an ancient, heritage-listed coastline. BridgeHouse's 13 bedrooms are plush yet elegant, classic yet very contemporary. Individually-designed, the rooms feature stylish period furniture and lighting, intricate wallpaper, Egyptian cotton linen, Molton Brown toiletries and flat screen TVs. In the acclaimed Bridge House Restaurant Chef Geri Gay draws upon the region’s immense wealth of freshly caught fish, organic meat, fruit and vegetables. The 2 AA Rosette-winning food here is fresh, modern and unfussy with British takes on classic brasserie fare. Everything from breads, jam and marmalade to ice-cream, sauces and jus are homemade. With its beautiful walled garden, the Bridge House is in the heart of quaint and lively Beaminster. Deep in spectacular countryside immortalised as Thomas Hardy's Wessex, the hotel is also on the doorstep of the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast - 95 miles of unspoiled coastline crammed with 185 million years of fossil history.