What's near the house

The beach at Osmington Mills is a mixture of large rocks and pebbles, with patches of sand, and rocky ledges reaching out to sea which make great rock-pooling territory at low tide.  Swimming is possible, but shoes are recommended because of the stones.
 
Provisions and newspapers can be found at the Osmington Mills Holiday Centre shop just up the road, and for meals out, visit The Smugglers Inn (above), a large family pub with a childrens play area and an outdoor BBQ in the summer.
 

The coastal path to Ringstead and Lulworth Cove starts from  the Smugglers Inn.

 

If you’re into walking, it couldn’t be better – Osmington Mills is halfway between Durdle Door and Weymouth on the coastal footpath, and a 20 minute walk to the east will bring you to Ringstead....
 
... the beach has a public slipway and is a good place to launch canoes and dinghies into the relatively calm waters of Ringstead Bay.
 
 

... in Ringstead there is café and beach shop selling an amazing variety of things including ice creams and buckets and spades. There is ample parking at Ringstead which is useful if you have members of your group unable to use the coast path. 

 

The menu at the Ringstead café  / kiosk...

 

 

You can walk to Weymouth in around an hour an a half (or 3 hours with children – they’ll want to stop off at the beach below Osmington Holiday Centre, visit the fun fair at Bowlease Cove and get an ice cream on the way!) In the summer there’s a land train between Lodmoor and the Kings Statue in Weymouth to save you the last mile or so.